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Monday, November 07, 2005


Well, I overheard two well-heeled ladies chatting on the streetcar this morning discussing if one of their daughters was dating a girl who was too young for her. One of the ladies informed the mother of the craddle-snatching lesbian that Oprah had settled the whole thing recently. She then proceeded to explain how one can determine if someone is too young for you to date --- with math!!! Now, I should tell you that this is the second time I've heard Oprah's math approach to age appropriate dating determination. The first time was on public transit as well, but it was on the 38 Geary Street bus so it wasn's as sophisticated and the conversation did not involve lesbians and rich moms.

Here is how the wealthy lady explained to the concerned mother. (and I suspect this is one of those public conversations would one only hear in San Francisco --- they could care less who was listening and i just love that!)

OK -- so here is how you do it.

Divide your age 2 then add 7. If the object of your affection is younger than that number he/she is just too damned young for you. I don't know. That would mean I could date a 26 year old without guilt.

That just seems odd to me --- and, far too young.

But, what do I know? Oprah is God. Right?

...nobody can break a mirror better than Sally Kirkland circa 1969!


Blogger digitic said...

Hummm ... that would mean I'd be robbing the cradle of a medicare recipient!

Can you say AARP!?!?

7:51 PM  
Blogger matty said...

Milford, Honey -- you and I are about the same age. I think you would be advised to not date younger than 28 or 29 --- divide your age by 2 then add 7 -- that is the youngest age your date"should" be according to the wisdom of Oprah. ...I wonder if there was a way to determine how old a date could be???? Hmmmmm.... Multiply by 2 and then add 7? LOL!

7:58 PM  
Blogger Underling said...

Well, by that count I could technically date a 20-21 year old...but I never would. Shit, I never dated guys that age when I WAS that age.

I'll stick with my 30 year old boyfriend.

4:30 AM  
Blogger snarl71 said...

24 is WAY too young for me.

Hell, Matt...you had concerns that at 5 years younger than you I was too young. I can't fathom you with a 20-something now. He's have no appreciation for the finer things in life that you showed me...l;ike 8 Women, Cabaret and Hello Kitty.

9:43 AM  
Blogger Karyn said...

Karl, don't you badmouth Hello Kitty!

Matty, how does it work in reverse? How much older a person could you date without feeling like a freak? Do you DOUBLE your age and subtract 7? I'm curious.

10:32 AM  
Blogger matty said...

Karl & Karyn -- As I wrote, I don't think I could follow Oprah's guidance, but it made me laugh. I, too, wish I knew if there were a formula to determine if a date is too old. However, your suggestion would seem to match the idea of the current formula. LOL!

In the end, I guess I don't care as long as it feels mutually right.

11:28 AM  
Blogger Kiss My Mike said...

That would work if you know your date's age.

Sometimes discovering each other's age happens much later.

12:58 PM  

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