Sampling exquisite cuisine and fine wine, they chat about By Heidi Werber Special to The Sun Imagine falling in love over a steamy bowl of French onion soup, a tantalizing Caesar salad and a luscious slice of strawberry cheesecake. The nightlife scene offers places for dancing like El Camino, Sinclair's and the Castaways that are packed with people between ages 21 to The clubs that feature country music and dancing like the Black Angus generally draw a crowd with some older singles.
Where are the single people? The lack of meeting places apparently adds to the problem. She spent seven months going out to dance in places like the Silverdale Hotel, the Sandpiper and sometimes the Hearthstone.
But there is the hope of sunny weather bringing back the atmosphere of shiny, happy people. An alternative to the club scene is a singles club.
At the other end of the age spectrum -- the pre crowd uses the Kitsap Mall in Silverdale as a social playground. The tables are turned for single women age 45 and up.
But it's tough out there -- especially for a woman. She said it's true that it seems there are many more men than women in the county, but that didn't make being a single woman any easier. We're a friendly bunch," said the club president who wished to remain unnamed. While buying things for his apartment, he found himself mingling with the friendliest people he had ever met.
Sandy Schumacher, 45, ed a year ago when she found herself single after 24 years of marriage. I am terrible at flirting. Sherry Dela Cruz, 19, of Bremerton said when she goes out it's usually with a group of friends to Seattle dance clubs.
And to top it off, a lot of guys roam around with this "I'm A--one attitude," she finds. New faces usually pop up at the soiree when her friends bring other friends. Picture an appetizing rendezvous where you meet your soul mate and have the The harrassment is nothing new for them. Rivers is a lean 6footer and has a suave way about him. In the summertime time they come out of nowhere.
Phil Gleason, 19, is attending Olympic College where he has no trouble finding other single people. Sometimes he'll go to the mall and watch the girls walk by.
Many have given up and are spending most of their nights in Seattle or Tacoma. Sometimes a crowd forms around the Redwood Plaza. HE said, "Port Orchard is probably the worst I've ever experienced. Winter arrived and all the single people seemed to fade away.
He expected to find crowds of people to meet and date. When people see you out they usually assume you want to be picked up, she said.
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Then the seasons changed. The singles club gave her a place to meet people without added pressures. Chris Franco, 21, of Bremerton works in a Silverdale clothing store. According to an informal sample of countywide opinions, people of both sexes are having a difficult time meeting new faces and getting dates. More Reading McDonald: Lessons for the flirting impaired Feb 9th, I am terrible at flirting. He moved here five years ago from Arizona and he's recently ed the single scene again only to find there are more lonely men than women. Women substantially out men in these age groups see related chart.
After years of practice, I've given up. They do everything they can to make you feel welcome," she said.
The latest figures from the state Office of Financial Management show there are almost 2, more single men than single women in Kitsap County -- that's 28, single men to 27, single women. Kristie Hamilton, 19, has lived in Bremerton since she was Now she works in a local toy store and has plans to get married in April. Her brown eyes roll back as she talks. She says she was almost ready to become a nun until she met her fiance.
It's not really the romantictype thing," Hamilton said. They walk around with tight jeans, big belt buckles and a smirk on their face like they can have whatever they want, Hamilton says. He even found himself having to duck out of extended coversations with kindly strangers. After eight years in the service, Rivers, 26, moved to Bremerton last July and landed a good job installing technical systems for the Navy.
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Done properly it can be an art form, a craft, an ego lift, a great way to attract people and, sometimes, the best way to make a huge fool of myself. Meeting people became a challenge. Rob McDonald — Feb 11th, The future looked bright for Timothy Rivers.
The group has a monthly calendar with events ranging from socials to dances and even classes like auto maintenance.
Schumacher's not one to sit around and mope. Government officials They sit down and introduce themselves. From the young adult to the senior citizen, everyone is facing the challenge of meeting other singles. For the older crowd, there is an organization of people between ages 50 and 80 called Kitsap Singles and Associates. As it breaks down, the odds are stacked against young guys seeking female companionship.
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She said. With there being so little for people her age to do locally, she usually tries to find a party. About half the women between the ages of 20 and 24 are single while almost threequarters of the men 20 to 24 are single. Currently the membership has dropped to around Some walk by three times," Gleason said.
Finding a place to mingle was difficult. One of the better ways to find the party is by checking with the crowd that forms around the Taco Bell in East Bremerton, but Dela Cruz said she will only stop if she spots someone she knows. Are they all staying home? Everyone needs a date or two, a friend or just someone by their side to whisper sarcastic comments to during a bad movie. The nightlife and the singles scene in Kitsap County were offering less than he expected. The consensus is that there are more places to mingle, and people are more approachable in the larger cities.
Rivers is normally outgoing, but latey, he has withdrawn from social activities and spends more time reading, working out or swimming.