I'm seeing some women on this site who say they would not want to get to know me because I have never been married. Thee seems to be an old stereotype about a guy in my position as not being open to commitment. Women who judge like this could not be more wrong.
I've been busy with LIFE. I have had a good career teaching abroad. I have met and spent time in different cultures and appreciated those differences. Sure, I would like to have been married earlier but honestly did not find the right woman and no, I would not "settle" for a poor match. I'm not into looks nearly as much as the average man, and love women for who they are, not trying to make them over into something else.
I will say that I am from Ohio. States like this (Indiana, Pennsylvania, other Northern industrial) which have borne the brunt of the loss of manufacturing jobs hold no real interest for me because of the winter weather and a general malaise about life that I often see, such as people's comments about "there ain't no jobs". I don't want to go back and take a low-paying customer service job either. I had one in a large bank and hated it because of all the lying I had to do over the phone to people who were struggling, forced to by the bank's policies.
No, I am not bitter, but I have lived in this kind of environment for years. During short breaks in my teaching, I have gone "home" and literally struggled because employers couldn't translate my work experiences into something that offered them a good employee, only looking at the escapist idea that I couldn't work in the USA so I went overseas. The job I have now pays the best ever, but it's in Saudi Arabia. I'm paying off debt, trying to be in line financially and spiritually. I'd wish for women to look at that resolve, not the fact I've never been married, tosee me as worthy.