Jennifer: Okay! But I think that works for me because my interests are very dull, and I just don’t have the party-all-night streak that many men in their 20′s seem to.
Ashley: Not to flatter you too much, but I think after 22/23, smart people should feel free to date much older. Not just for sex reasons.
Jennifer: BREAKING: TCM JUST FOLLOWED ME ON TWITTER.
Ashley: …Turner Classic Movies?
Jennifer: YES! I’M ONE STEP CLOSER TO BECOMING FRIENDS WITH ROBERT OSBORNE!
Ashley: That’s prescient of them.
Jennifer: So, this is why. This is why I can only date older men. I agree with you, incidentally. I kind of feel you should date based upon your common interests?
Ashley: That’s certainly part of it. I’m reminded of being at a bar once and this guy coming up to talk to me and a friend of mine. She and I were talking about Plato or something people who recently graduated talked about and he followed along for a few minutes and then sighed to show his exasperation and declared, “Talking about stuff like this… just makes me want to fuck.” Right around then was when I decided I should probably skew older, romantically.
Jennifer: Yes. At the same time, I hear some of the people I’ve dated – 90% of whom have been terrific – describe what they were like in their 20′s and I think “oh, wow, you sound like you were a nightmare person. I am so glad I did not meet you then.”
Ashley: I mean, we were insufferable in our late teens/early 20s, too.
Jennifer: True. Maybe no one should date anyone in their 20′s, or be in their 20′s themselves. Maybe as soon as you graduate from college you should be strapped into a wheelchair, handed a catheter and some Frank Sinatra LPs and told to behave accordingly.
Ashley: I like the idea of no one being in their 20s. I think we should just put muzzles on 17 year olds, take their internet away and send them off to monasteries to read On The Nature of Things over and over again in Latin until they come out with some healthy shame and dignity. And self-loathing, obviously. That being said, I’m kind of leery of the idea that “middle aged bankers” are the Cerberus at the gates to “good, interesting sex.”
Jennifer: You don’t think they teach you to do it like they do in Berlin? In my experience they’re mostly tired because they have to be up in three hours. So, I guess if the way they do it in Berlin is “really, really sleep-deprived” that’s something.
Ashley: I kind of agree with the sentiment that 23-year-olds should probably be out broadening their horizons instead of having sloppy 5-minute missionary after too many Tequila Sunrises. Wait, what do 23-year-olds drink? Vodka-cranberry? Vodka cran.
Jennifer: We were never 23, were we?
Ashley: You know, I think some people are 23 at 20. And 20 at 17. And so forth.
Jennifer: Right. I’m 112. My tenuous grip on sanity is loosening.
Ashley: Every day.