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24 hours left of twenty-something life

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I am sitting here, at Amie and Sherwin’s, for an extended weekend getaway, clinging to the minutes left of being 29 years old. My 30th birthday is tomorrow and I am filled with a mixture of excitement and apprehension. Turning 30 is suppose to mark some milestone in a man’s life and so I can’t help but get caught up in taking stock of my life. As it happens, I am going to keep that inventory to myself, other than to say that, despite the past year, I consider myself a very happy individual.

My friend Sharon and I were recently debating the merits of my argument, specifically my hesitancy with dating any woman 25-30. It’s not that these woman are any better or worse off than I am, and I don’t aspire to any superiority.

The problem is that woman in their late 20s are absolutely miserable! They are upset that they did not get married the day after they graduated from college. They are upset that their jobs are not as exciting or lucrative as their male counterparts They are upset that men their age favor girls that are 19 or 20.

Actually, this time of a woman’s life is also one of those rare periods when men slingshot pass them. Girls are more advanced than boys for the first 20 years of their lives, but once the two sexes get into their mid-20s, the gap is no longer so great, especially in this day and age. As someone remarked, this is the first generation of males with a disposable income greater than their fathers.

I really believe that the time two or three years post-graduation is one of the most difficult periods for females, and that is why they all like Sarah Jessica Parker. Guys don’t like her, but girls do. Men are from Mars, women are from the mall.

Turning 30 means that I will be TWO decades removed from dating anyone that is 19, and that really is my favorite year for the opposite sex. Now, I think I might have to revise that number to, say, something like 22 or 23, with a moratorium on anyone 25-30. 30+ is perfectly acceptable because I would be dating them for everything except what a hot co-ed can provide, such as personality.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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