Donna Duvall spends a lot of her free time chatting with friends she's met online. She even has get-togethers at her home with some of them. But it wasn't always that way.
Donna was married for 18 years until her divorce in 2001. But like most baby boomers, Donna found it tough to start dating again, "I don't do the bar scene, I don't have any single friends, I don't work, so I'm not out meeting' the public. I'm putting myself out there and let's face it, nobody's gonna come knock my door down looking' for me, you know."
So she signed up for a couple of internet dating services, "Match Dot Com" and "Love Access," but didn't find a love connection, "The ones I have met locally, a lot of them are players. You have to read between the lines. You have to be smart about it, street smart. They're married, they're just lookin' for a one-night stand. You have to know what you're doin'."
Donna found more luck, and more genuine friendships, on profile sites like Yahoo 360, "And you can read their profiles and look at their pictures and "instant message" them, if you so choose. And that's the way the gentleman I'm dating now found me. I didn't find him, he found me. Cuz I had just about given up! And we started dating March 5 and we've been dating ever since."
"He saw my picture and read what I had written in my profile. He "instant messaged" me, and we just started talking and we talked for several weeks. And we decided to eventually meet at "Outback" here in Bowling Green. And we sat in "Outback" for like four or four hours and talked and talked and talked."
But as a baby boomer, wasn't easy for Donna to jump online, "See you have to be really careful. Any woman that's thinking about doing this, you have to be very careful. I have rules I go by and if the guy I talk to on the internet and if they don't want to play by my rules, then we don't play."
In part two of Looking For Love tomorrow, we'll see if Donna found a man to play by her rules.