Monday, June 16, 2008

On-line Dating Services

This can be an experience in itself. It’s tricky to get back into the world of dating when you’re a woman in your fifties.

I consider myself a very courageous woman and thought I’d give it a try. Some very interesting things have happened. I’ve spoken by e-mail to a number of men but when they learn what I do professionally, I never hear from them again. (I’m a counselor for the state of Texas). I think what men are looking for when they sign up on these things is a girl with mush for brains.

I did talk to man that seemed nice for quite a while. He said that he lived in California and was soon moving to the Austin area. After we had talked for a while he told me he was going on a business trip to Africa and he’d contact me after he got back. Well, after about a week he contacted me and asked if I’d do him a favor. I said I’d try and he said that he was having a problem with the banks there in Africa and wondered if he could send me some money orders for $5,000 which he wanted me to deposit in my account and then transfer the money to his account. I thought that sounded OK, so I told him yes.

When I got the money orders I took them to my bank. Luckily a sharp lady at Bank of America helped me. She recognized that the money orders were forgeries and kept me from transferring the money into his account. I mean if she hadn’t caught that I’d have been in the red $5000!

I now don’t trust anyone I meet on-line!

Friday, June 13, 2008

This is a new adventure

Life in my fifties has definitely been an adventure. It has allowed me to view the world through a new pair of glasses, which is a very pertinent cliche'. I have admired audacious people all of my life, and now I have become one.

Since my move to the Austin area six years ago, I have been given the opportunity to explore some really interesting avenues. I still work for the government of Texas but now I’m in a professional position that I thoroughly enjoy and work with people that I like and respect.

I joined a Red Hat Society group called ‘The Pfancy Pfriends of Pflugerville’, a very outrageous group of women that I love and trust. We travel together, shop, go to plays, play cards or go out to eat together at least twice a month. We also dress up in our purple outfits and big, frilly red hats and talk and giggle like school girls; it is the world’s best stress reliever.

I joined a small church in Round Rock and have gotten to know some really sweet people. They’ve even asked me to join the leadership team and made me the lead for the training team, which is fun and interesting. I’m still very active in AA, with over twenty seven years of sobriety.

My son, Demian, has been divorced more than two years now. He is engaged to a very nice girl, named Kindrea. They are getting married October 25th, in Denver. He’s still working for the Venetian Jewelry company but he’s hoping to find a position there in Denver soon.

I’ve had some really harrowing experiences on a dating web site that has taught me some very good lessons. I will write about this at a latter time.

I have a website where I post articles that I’ve written; it’s Most of the articles are about my travels, which I thoroughly enjoy. I haven’t let my walking disability keep me from seeing the world. As a matter of a fact, I’m taking my 83 year old mother on a cruise down the Danube River in six weeks. We’re even going to spend a couple of days in Transylvania! I can hardly wait.

Please join me in this wonderful trudge through latter life experiences.