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An acquaintance convinced her friend, a man, and me, a woman, that we should meet.
She gave us each other’s contact information so we could fail or succeed in private.
When his department chair told him to stop running up the phone bill, and his girlfriend told him to move out, he got sick.
But they’re not often married to men whose careers have less stature.One day a student working on her master’s degree, and an incorrigible matchmaker besides, suggested I should go on a blind date with her former professor in a nearby city. He spent 30 minutes asking the waiter about each entrée. He asked about the wine list, too, then ordered a single glass. Once, during pillow talk, he told me UFOs existed, but the moon landing was a hoax. A friend raised blue-collar in Bakersfield, California—she was just shortlisted for a prestigious fellowship in her research area—said: “I want to be with a person who knows what it takes to get from there to here.I still considered strong drink the best reason to leave home at night. I was sending a message—we were outside our comfort zones. Depending on which poll you consult, Gallup or Fox News, 6 to 20 percent of Americans think the moon landing was a hoax. I sputtered my incomprehension, pacing while wrapped in a bed sheet: “Little green men mastered interplanetary travel, but we can’t get to a moon and convinced journalists to pretend? I was too busy to ponder who I’d been and might become and therefore whom to date. I couldn’t feel loved by someone who doesn’t know that.”Doctors married nurses, executives married secretaries, pilots married stewardesses.This gives men a much wider pool of romantic candidates.Mark, divorced and dating also complained to me, “Women are their own worst enemy when it comes to equality.