I'm in my 20's so it would make sense for me to date people relatively in my same age group rather than men who were shaving while I was still in diapers. However, I have always preferred older men. Keeping an open mind, I started talking to a man in his late 20's online who I met on Plenty of Fish. I will call him ManChild.
The first strike against him was when he sent me pictures from his college football days...7 years ago...at some podunk college in New Jersey I had never heard of. This Badger is a big (read: huge) collegiate football snob and was not impressed, regardless of the number of football stories he threw my way. Oh wow, look how cool you were...over half a decade ago...wearing body pads...and a helmet...on a football field...with no bleachers in sight. You might have been a football god in college ManChild, but I live in the present.
Regardless, I continued the conversation because he lives in a town that I'm planning on moving to, which I will call "Town". I like Town because it has a cute downtown area with great restaurants, shopping and nightlife while maintaining small town safety and charm. Plus it's close to work and family. Obviously ManChild has different ideas of why Town is so great...and is a perfect example of why I choose not to date men in their 20s.
Me: I'm planning on moving to Town soon and want to be within walking distance of the Green.
ManChild: that is where i am at now... it is amazing...i liked it so much here there was no way i was going to move and i wanted to remain close to town and 287
::insert some conversation about a St. Patty's Day celebration in Town::
ManChild: I am going to keep my eyes open for you in town...
Me: Sounds good
ManChild: I will also be drinking... my apartment complex is like a college dormatory... everyone here partys and partys hard
Me: I wouldn't like to live in a place like that. I'm not interested in living in an apartment building where it's a big party.
ManChild: i love it... i always have a door that i can knock to find someone to spend time with. well we are all in out late 20's early 30's.
Me: How old are you again?
Me: Oh ok, yeah that whole big party apartment style living or living with roommates is something I'd never deal with again.
ManChild: Town is a very social community, why do you want to live in town, if you are not interested in that? i'm confused
Me: I'm not interested in living in a college dorm, I didn't say I wasnt interested in being social. There's a difference. Obviously you dont get it.
I think I'll stick to men who are graying at the temples, thanks.