Dating for ranchers
Widower Warren Cooper never would have met the skydiving piano teacher in the course of his daily life.
She lived 90 miles away, and they had no friends in common.
In 2005, three years after losing his wife of 46 years to colon cancer, the retired petroleum geologist had relocated from Houston to the East Texas Piney Woods, on Sam Houston Electric Cooperative lines, where he built a house from plans he found on the Internet.
Although starting a conversation may be a challenge (“Do you come here often? He may drive 100 miles each way to a restaurant; and three times out of four, that first meeting is the last. “I’ve met all kinds of interesting people,” he says.
“I’ve learned that everyone is entirely different, but I do think that what people put in their profiles is what they really want.” His longest Internet-sparked relationship lasted several years but ended because the woman wanted to get married and he didn’t—a preference he’d made clear on his posted profile.
Another decided she didn’t even want to meet him in person because she was turned off by his love of reading, especially his fondness for historical nonfiction.
“But sometimes there’s too much solitude.” He tried the singles group in Livingston, 10 miles to the east and the closest town, and he kept his eyes open at Sunday services at the Methodist church, but none of the unattached women were his type. As a former Army paratrooper, Cooper found the combination especially appealing.
As with his house plans, he found her on the Internet, in this case on where one-month packages start at .
Contry western music is enjoyed by many equestrian singles.