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Looking for love in all the available places

Sun City West's residents are complaining about dozens of sightings in the past year of senior citizens engaged in sexual activities out in front of God and everybody. Geezers and geezerettes in this Arizona retirement community get it on in pools, spas, golf carts, bingo rooms and on park benches. Ah, the great outdoors.

"Sin City" isn't alone. Virtuous residents at a Florida senior community reportedly whine that duffers doing the deed on golf-course greens force players to avoid certain holes.

Investigators say much of this shocking behavior begins innocently enough with "Looking for Love" classified ads for the senior set. Like this one:

FOXY LADY: Sexy, fashion-conscious blue-haired beauty, slim, 5'4" (used to be 5'6"), searching for sharp-looking, sharp-dressing companion. Matching white shoes and belt a plus.

There are senior men looking for women, senior women looking for men, senior men looking for men, senior women looking for women, even undecideds looking for whomever they can get. Consider the following:

SERENITY NOW: Sex and age don't matter. I am into solitude, long walks, sunrises, the ocean, yoga and meditation. If you are the silent type, let's get together, take our hearing aids out and enjoy quiet times.

Some folks are simply lonely for companionship, and not particularly demanding about with whom or what. As a recent Los Angeles Senior Life classified stated:

DON'T GET AROUND much anymore. Can't be picky. Have to be lucky. DHM 59.

More lonely than lucky, most have decided it's time to step up to the plate, no matter that they haven't swung in years. Like this gentleman:

BEATLES OR STONES? I still like to rock, still like to cruise in my Camaro on Saturday nights and still like to play the air guitar. If you're a groovy chick, or a swinging hen, let's get together to listen to my boss collection of eight-track tapes.

Or this lady, playing on her single most positive trait:

WINNING SMILE: Active grandmother with original teeth seeking a dedicated flosser to share rare steaks, corn on the cob and caramel candy.

Of course, some have very specific needs:

LONG-TERM COMMITMENT: Recent widow who has just buried fourth husband, looking for someone to round out a six-unit plot. Dizziness, fainting, shortness of breath not a problem.

Others try to make the best out of what many consider risky:

MINT CONDITION: Male, 1931, high mileage, good condition, some hair, many new parts including hip, knee, cornea, valves. Doesn't run but walks well.

Still others attempt to find the perfect complementary mate:

MEMORIES: I can usually remember Monday through Thursday. If you can remember Friday, Saturday and Sunday, let's put our heads together.

And though sex always lurks in the background _ or noisily sprawled on the shuffleboard court _ some don't beat around the bush. Like this one:

MWC _ SHE IS 72, very petite. Husband approves her desire to be with slim, handsome, gentle male in 20s or well-built male of any age. One time? Maybe LTR.

This so intrigued me, I called, leaving a message requesting an interview. That was a few weeks ago. Apparently, I sounded neither 20ish nor well-built. But I'd pay big bucks to see that threesome on our 18th green.

_ Frank Kaiser is a nationally syndicated columnist who lives in Clearwater. His Web site, www.suddenlysenior.com, includes nostalgia, trivia, senior humor and 111 Best Senior Links. Write Frank c/o Seniority, the St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731, or e-mail featuressptimes.com.

According to About.com, what is "crucial to better sex" in later life?

A. Manual stimulation

B. Frank communication

C. Lubrication

D. Consultation with your physician before you begin.

Suddenly Trivia Answer: D. Consultation with your physician before you begin.

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