While lounging at my apartment pool yesterday, one of my older friends started talking about his young ex-girlfriend. She had stopped by his place the night before for a brief visit, and they adjourned to Perry’s for a martini before eventually deciding to have dinner and a bottle of wine. Easily $200 for a casual encounter.
My friend is in his 60s and his ex-girlfriend is still in her 20s. Also, she is not only young, but she also has the four traits most guys are looking for – attractive, smart, personable, and warm. So what does she see in him? Sure, the $200 evening was nice. Plus, they have done a lot of traveling together – domestic and international. What’s not to like?
Of course, most people will disparage the woman as a gold digger – i.e., someone who goes out with a rich guy for his money. I’m not sure why that is a bad thing. Why is it considered more appropriate for a woman to go out with someone who has the ability to be funny (or dance well), and less appropriate to go out with someone who has the ability to take her to an expensive resort? Perhaps the woman enjoys a fine resort more than witty repartee.
Personally, I like people who do their own thinking instead of following the conventional wisdom.