So why on earth should I settle for an out-of-condition old codger like him just because society deems it appropriate for me?

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He also suffered from a bad back, which gave him an old man’s gait.

The thought of being intimate with him repulsed me.

Thankfully, I learned enough about him on the phone to decide not to go for a drink with him.

He was a champion whinger whose bitterness could have melted the phone line.

I would have liked to remain platonic friends with him.

But it came down to that old When Harry Met Sally thing.

I’ve crossed paths with other older men, too, in the past year or so: some I merely corresponded with; some I met in person.

I’ve discovered how world-weary and bitter they can be, desperate to offload their emotional baggage on any female who will listen.

But, trapped in his tiny living room, I began to feel stifled by his tales of woe.

Another older potential suitor was 63-year-old Martin.

Still, there were times when the idea of a permanent partner seemed appealing. Did I really want to know about that classic 1966 Mercedes SL he’d restored, or where his children went to school?