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Up To The Same Old Tricks

STUNT MAN has had two broken shoulders, a ruptured spleen, a smashed pelvis, one arm broken in several places several times, and plenty of cuts and bruises head to toe. For decades he appeared in nearly every Florida-based action film that required rolling out of speeding cars, smashing through plate glass windows, and driving off bridges into alligator-infested lagoons. When at 50 he joined the ranks of senior men, casting departments began to feel he wasn’t worth the additional insurance.

When I drove up to the restaurant for our first date, STUNT MAN was pacing nervously outside. His cell phone had died while he tried to direct me to an unfamiliar part of town. My rented-car GPS wasn’t working, but a friendly gas station attendant pointed the way, and I arrived almost on time. STUNT MAN looked relieved and gave me a polite and gentlemanly welcome hug.


STUNT MAN is an online dating site contact. I made the first approach because

a.) I liked his photo

b.) his profile had no buzz words like “sunsets” and “cuddling” and  “romantic strolls on the beach”

c.) I travel frequently to Florida and my only movie dates were chick flicks with my girlfriends.


STUNT MAN is not nearly as handsome as he looks in his professional  actor’s photo. His teeth (not his own) are too big for his mouth; the sexy salt and pepper hair turns out to be a comb-over; and he has one lazy eye. Not a problem. He’s funny, he’s well built, and he appears to be in shape, insofar as that is possible for a 63-year-old who has abused his body for decades.

Some of you may think a first date is all about finding the man of your dreams. On the contrary, the first date is merely about deciding if you want a second date. Five minutes with STUNT MAN told me that we weren’t going to be making a big leap forward, but we parlayed our mutual good humor and optimistic outlook into a really nice evening. I’d be happy to spend time with him again.

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'Up To The Same Old Tricks' have 8 comments

  1. October 22, 2014 @ 1:55 pm Sienna

    ElizAnn – Thanks for your comment. I like this man and although I knew he wasn’t Old Mr. Right — not even close — he has some nice qualities, and I appreciated his company while I was spending time in Florida. I have not seen him for several years, but we stay in touch by email.

  2. October 21, 2014 @ 8:29 am ElizAnn

    I think you’re wasting your time with this man. I just read your newer blog entries about him and I’d never put up with his physical ailments and I don’t see how you can.

  3. September 8, 2013 @ 11:19 am Tracey

    This man sounds like a refreshing departure from the usual boasting about how much they made in the stock market or what sexy studs they are or their football days.

  4. April 30, 2013 @ 2:03 pm Sienna

    Tinabelle — I no longer go out with him, but we’re still friends and stay in touch by email. He says has been feeling the effects of his old injuries, unfortunately.

  5. April 20, 2013 @ 10:24 am Tinabelle

    Are you still seeing this man?

  6. April 12, 2013 @ 2:07 pm Sienna

    Lisa– I doubt that he’s that much of a daredevil, but he quite proudly showed me an album with some photos of some scary movie tricks.

  7. March 2, 2012 @ 11:23 am Lisa H.

    Did this man really cavort on the wing of a plane? You meet such interesting ones.

  8. October 17, 2009 @ 6:26 pm Brenda

    Your dating gallery idea is unique and all the stories are interesting. I like Lust for brains best – hilarious. Where do you find these guys?

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