I've given up
This is nothing new for those who know me but just so any of you that might read my comments will know where I stand.
I am 354 days away from 60 years old. I've never been married and that is not entirely because I didn't try. At least in the years between 18 and 45 I did try. To no avail though.
I have dated a number of women throughout the years. Of them all, and that's NOT a huge number, I found one that didn't want something of me. Whether it be changing myself to fit their ideal or something more substantial like expectations of more material items. More than not though women just ignored me as a potential husband or father prospect.
By the time I reached 45 I was completely jaded. More than a dozen times I had been told what a really great guy I was... how I was the kind of man that should be shared... how I was loved like a brother. All the typical cliche's that mean No way would I ever consider marrying you or letting you impregnate me or even get close!
So, there you have the synopsis. When you might want to criticize me for my harsh words and blunt outlook read this and realize... we are just the product of our experiences. Then do your worst. You can't match what's already been done.
The best one was the one that wanted me to take care of her and her girls till her convict husband made parole....funny how that didn't come up the first 6 dates we had.
There is more to the story.... like the girl that worked in a sensitive security position at a company in the 70's who needed a cover story to hide the fact that she was a lesbian. That one lasted 18 months before she finally told me the truth... not because she respected me or anything but because the finally felt comfortable to come out... and she had lost her high security job.
I grew up in the era of the feminist movement. The empowering of women. God how I hate the F*** out of that g******** word "empowering". It's just a damned excuse for s******* on people so you can pursue your own desirtes guilt free.