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Playing the numbers - The Phantom Librarian
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fernwithy
fernwithy
Playing the numbers
According to the 2000 Census, there are 7,424,929 more women than men over the age of 21 in the U.S.--92.7 men per 100 women.

Sigh. So there isn't someone for everyone (Kenny Rogers sings in my head, "And Tommy's love was Becky..."). In fact, we could populate Manhatten with people for whom there isn't someone, and still have the same housing difficulties they have. And the older we get, the worse the odds get. Oh, sure, technically at the 34 year old point, I'm at the very last gasp where there are roughly equal numbers (in fact, more men, by a slight margin), but next year, the numbers start going down. And I haven't exactly had good luck when the numbers were slightly in my favor.

Weep, weep, weep. Poor me.

I think I wouldn't mind it as much if I were one of the "A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle" crew (you know, the ones saying that when they can't decide which man that they're dangling from their fingertips will be honored with a callback). But I like guys. Honestly. I've got nothing against them as a class. Oh, well.

I feel a bit...: blah blah

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wm_law2003 From: wm_law2003 Date: March 1st, 2005 02:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, that's depressing.
chocolatepot From: chocolatepot Date: March 1st, 2005 02:19 am (UTC) (Link)
You know, as a high school senior who asked a friend to the prom (so I haven't even had the pleasure of being asked out to that), I can see myself in this position somewhere down the road.

I'm just hoping that I'll meet a dashing young linguist/arachaeologist when I'm at grad school at Cambridge University. (Hahaha.)
malabud From: malabud Date: March 1st, 2005 02:45 am (UTC) (Link)
It's rather amazing how many dashing young linguists/archaeologists appear in popular fiction and fandom. I guess that's no coincidence. :)
chocolatepot From: chocolatepot Date: March 1st, 2005 12:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
See, as that's what I'm going into, it means I have to do less work at finding him. You know, I just have to go to class, not any social gatherings. *dislikes social gatherings*

I think I need to read more popular fiction. *looks for some dashing l/a*
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 1st, 2005 03:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Ack, I asked a friend to the prom and he said no. So I went alone. That was the most conspicuous I've ever felt in my life.
harmonicalesson From: harmonicalesson Date: March 1st, 2005 04:20 am (UTC) (Link)
I asked a friend to Homecoming my senior year, and he said maybe. Then, a week later, he had a friend tell me that he wanted to go with someone else. So I know the feeling. Hee.
sreya From: sreya Date: March 6th, 2005 06:06 am (UTC) (Link)
If it makes you feel any better, my mother asked someone to take me to my Senior Ball because I'd gone alone to the Junior Prom and refused to do that again.

The plus side was that he was 23, and a good friend (we'd both been camp counselors together), but it was still extremely weird.
gentlespirit From: gentlespirit Date: March 1st, 2005 02:39 am (UTC) (Link)
In fact, we could populate Manhatten with people for whom there isn't someone, and still have the same housing difficulties they have.

Oh, now that's encouraging.

Yeah, I've got nothing....
calliopeia17 From: calliopeia17 Date: March 1st, 2005 02:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, Chinese population is skewed in favor of men, because of the one-child-per-family thing, and people wanting more boys - you could always go to China and try to meet a nice guy there. :-)

Hmm...not a bad idea, actually; I should try that! *g*
delleve From: delleve Date: March 1st, 2005 02:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Too bad about the whole language thing, though. XD

But as the old saying goes, there's plenty of fish in the pond and across it.

Er. Yeah.
calliopeia17 From: calliopeia17 Date: March 1st, 2005 03:23 am (UTC) (Link)
OMG it's Delleve- you're famous! *grins* Love your icon.

Ah, I'm sure lots of Chinese guys speak English; and, well, learning new languages is always fun, right?
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sue_parsons From: sue_parsons Date: March 1st, 2005 03:00 am (UTC) (Link)

Well.....

Mine is nice, but he still takes some work. TRUST me.

And he isn't a linguist (I am) nor an archeologist, but he watches the History Channel a great deal. ;) And he IS a chemist with a degree in biology. Close enough?

Hey, after nearly 33 years of marriage, I am NOT giving him back, nor am I going to start over. From your stats I can conclude there would be no one out there for me anyway, at my age.

But, seriously, folks, I am of the school that there is someone for everyone who needs someone. Keep your eyes peeled. :)
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 1st, 2005 03:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, yeah. Of course, the numbers aren't skewed enough for it to really work, as then the "surplus" will be quickly accounted for and leave a lot of men who don't have much in the way of material assets for alone. There's also the biological imperative for it, of course, from the man's point of view. Of course, the woman's biological imperative dictates against it--we need someone devoted specifically to us and our offspring.
kelleypen From: kelleypen Date: March 1st, 2005 04:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Fear not. THere must be some wonderful guy looking for a smart, creative, imaginative, productive, politically sane woman to call his own. :)
By the way, why don't you come and put your stories at Phoenix Song too? I think the SOng would love your stories. You could start with "Of A Sort." It's my other fandom home besides the Quill.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 1st, 2005 04:05 am (UTC) (Link)
It's a thought. I way overarchived in SW fandom, so I've been extremely conservative about archiving in HP--trying to get lot of hits at one place instead of a few hits in a lot of places, I guess--but it's probably time to start branching out a little.
kelleypen From: kelleypen Date: March 1st, 2005 04:10 am (UTC) (Link)
PHoenix Song is a nice friendly Harry-Ginny-ship-centric site.
St. Margarets is there, and Antonia East, and Mr. Intel, and many others. It's not quite as populated, nor nearly as argumentative, as the Quill, but it has a quality betaed archive and nice people.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 1st, 2005 04:14 am (UTC) (Link)
:trying to process the notion of the Quill as argumentative:

:after years at theforce.net, failing utterly:

I've probably got enough online hangouts to keep me at 27 hours a day, but I'll definitely look into the archive.
kelleypen From: kelleypen Date: March 1st, 2005 04:14 am (UTC) (Link)
The Quill is only argumentative when you hang out at the Religion thread . . .
gryfny From: gryfny Date: March 1st, 2005 06:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Those things only crop up once every few months over there. That's the reason why they don't have any politic threads. Or even debating R/H threads anymore.
dudley_doright From: dudley_doright Date: March 1st, 2005 07:32 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm wondering, is the percentage of the male population who are gay the same as that of the female population who are lesbians? Because if not, I think the difference would completely swamp the difference in population, one way or the other.
dudley_doright From: dudley_doright Date: March 1st, 2005 07:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Wait, looking at your numbers again, I think swamp was the wrong word for me to use. The two effects would be about comparable.

Didn't realize the difference was that large.
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