I wasn't harsh or negative, but I shared my opinions frankly. The guy the hostess was dating at the time was ripped from the pages of "Sensitive Over 50 Guys in the 21st Century." He was fawning, gushing, practically springing leaks -- all his advice and anecdotes were sandwiched between ravings about how wonderful his girlfriend (the hostess) was. It was such an over-the-top performance that I was genuinely physically uncomfortable each time he spoke. But according to TODAY’s “This is 50” survey results, only 18 percent of single people in their 50s said they were dating.On the positive side, the age 50-plus daters seem to be pretty darn smart when choosing a date-mate.And of course, the dating coach/hostess/girlfriend lapped it up. If it were possible, her head would have spun around with giddy glee. He or she is perfect for taking to a wedding or an event that you don't want to attend on your own.
I tend to be pretty direct, and believe if women want the male perspective, I should offer it warts and all. I could have told you this eventual outcome just listening to his Ode to My Amazing Girlfriend yammering on the panel. Following that conversation, I did some research to help all of you who are venturing out into the dating pool again.Here’s what I learned about the new dating etiquette: Take it easy: Dating in our youth sometimes seemed like a race—biological clock ticking, friends getting married, parents asking us when we were going to settle down.If I had been wired, I'm sure my blood pressure would have been shown to spike every time he opened his mouth. They almost literally swooned at the guy's lavish praise for his main squeeze. He turned out not to be so sensitive but rather a "narcissist" -- her word. His comments about dating weren't exactly bolts of wisdom worthy of interrupting our regularly scheduled programming, but they were okay, pretty much what one would predict from a guy so clearly eager to score points -- and perhaps dates -- from his listeners.