Two for one store coupons: the kicker is that you have to buy two in order the get the price in many places. When you are “one,” two is sometimes too many.
Restaurants with their discount on two adult dinners: I cannot eat two and do not want to take one home. I must add here, however, that when in Raleigh, NC years ago, the fine print on one restaurant’s coupon said “one-half off one dinner.”
Needless to say, I ate their often, since I was a “just one” at that time.
I know I complicate the seating at friends’ dinners since I do not have a complementary person with me. I hate formal dinners for this reason. I much prefer casual cookouts or parties where we do not sit down at a table. Why, because I make the numbers at the
table odd, unless my hostess tries to “match me” with another “just one.”
If I wanted to find someone to make me a “two” I would do just that. However, I am now content to be “just one.” Since the boomers are a large aging group whose spouses might leave for one reason or another, I wish society would recognize that there are many of us who are alone, and consider us with their “bargains.”
So I will avoid establishments who discriminate against my single
status. I will not shop at stores who force me to buy two, I will not dine where I must have a second person in attendance, and I will not feel any intimidation that I must be a part of a “two” to get along. Unless Fate
intervenes and presents me with a suitable second person, I will not feel
incomplete because I am “just one.”