Dating for ranchers
Despite the name, Farmers isn’t just for farmers, Miller notes.
“They already knew everybody in their immediate areas. When they did find time, they didn’t want to hang out at a bar.
They wanted to find someone who understood their lifestyle.” The Internet boasts scores of specialized dating sites.
When a match works out well, members tend to let their $15-a-month ($45-a-year) memberships lapse, but occasionally a couple will e-mail Miller gushing about their wedding.
“I met Brian last September 8 on Farmers Only,” Lisa Mc Gregor of Shady Shores, southeast of Denton, wrote Miller. Brian and I are a perfect match, and we knew it almost from the start.” At 50, Mc Gregor, an administrative assistant at a Denton hospital, had never married.
When a man living in the suburbs loses a spouse to divorce or death, or a woman in the city decides she’s ready to give up the single life, options for finding potential partners abound: Cultural and sports events, churches and civic clubs, bars and gyms, even supermarkets and shopping malls put them in contact with dozens of potential partners. The romance with the sky-diving piano teacher fizzled, but Cooper soldiers on. Typically, after exchanging e-mails with a match and visiting by phone, Cooper will make a lunch date.