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Then I began to get that yearning. I understand myself pretty well, and although I am quite content to sit on a rock in the middle of the desert and be at peace by myself, I tend to do better when I have someone at my side. Are you a veteran of L. We want to publish your story. I began to explore.

There are the bars — the Rages, the Abbeys — you know, the traditional mating ground of the gay male; dating sites; and of course the alternate "apps" where you can geo-locate the love of your life — or at least find someone to enjoy some time with. Starting with the apps, I had always heard they were a place in which companionship could easily be found.

However, now I viewed them differently. I was less concerned with torsos and more with profiles. I found that there are indeed a healthy number of people who use these sites to seek out, dare I say, relationships. There is something in the anonymity of these sites that makes conversation easy and I have made a number of friends whom I regularly chat with.

The professional dating sites like Match. Having spent my life as a professional communicator, I have to think I am at least a decent storyteller.

I sent more than a few emails and received pretty much meager results. Now, I am not model material but I am not roadkill either, so I was surprised. Anyone who has certain ZIP Codes in their profile I pass on, as I am very down to earth and suspect I would have little in common with some of the more elite digits around L.

Further, anyone who has "sitting by a fireplace," "walking on the beach" or "staring longingly into each other's eyes" is passed on. I have been in two long-term relationships, and anyone who has been can tell you that you spend more time fighting over who's going to take out the trash rather than looking at each other adoringly. So I look for those who have been in relationships, or who at least seem to be grounded in the realities of life.

More L. Affairs columns. Bars are not an option for me; they are bacterial breeding grounds for insecurity. I don't need that at this point. Dating is so vastly different now. People no longer talk, they text — incessantly. You have to understand, I stopped dating before the age of the Internet, so there have been 21 years in which a new infrastructure had been built up that I had not been privy to, but again, I am rallying.

I have never had a "type" and in the past was attracted to those older than myself; they generally had more to say and I appreciated their knowledge and understanding of self. Now the rules have changed. Someone 20 years older than me would be in their 70s, so not the same feeling. Avoid falling victim to the glamorization of youth.

I hear all too often from older singles that guys their age only seem to be interested in the younger men, and this is a huge missed opportunity to limit your dating to only a specific prototype of person.