how did guys meet guys before the internet?

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    Nov 24, 2010 10:37 PM GMT
    perhaps the older guys would be able to shed some light on this, but today it's so easy to meet other guys, where it be for sex, dating or whatever else you please.

    so before the internet, what did guys do to actually meet other guys? i'm especially interested in the casual sex part.

    did you have to go to gay clubs (i suspect not as open back then tho??), did you cruise shopping malls?

    how did it all work back then? i'm really interested to know.
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    Nov 26, 2010 4:33 AM GMT
    Let Al Pacino show you 'bout the bad old days, before you could order in, when you settled for takeout. From the folks that brought us "Dallas." (I know: "What's 'Dallas?'")

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    Nov 26, 2010 4:43 AM GMT
    They wore wigs and rainbow flags.
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    Nov 26, 2010 5:08 AM GMT
    lol are you serious? even eden had free WiFi
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    Nov 26, 2010 5:08 AM GMT
    The same way I meet now...at bars.
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    Nov 26, 2010 5:14 AM GMT
    Cruising.
    Worked before, works still.
    Unless you have Grindr. icon_wink.gif
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    Nov 26, 2010 5:31 AM GMT
    I liked it better before the internet. Somehow it felt more interactive, if that makes any sense. But those dinosaurs could be a real pain in the ass!
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    Nov 26, 2010 5:34 AM GMT
    They go to bowling clubs.
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    Nov 26, 2010 5:35 AM GMT
    ...in the flesh!


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    Nov 26, 2010 5:35 AM GMT
    Restaurants, clubs, coffee shops, malls, bars; anywhere where people go.

    Lots of eye contact. Some guys used a hanky code.

    Though not cited adequately, here:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handkerchief_code
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    Nov 26, 2010 5:39 AM GMT
    Chaaxwvn said...in the flesh!




    eh, you weren't there before teh interweb. :p

    guess that's what gay ghettos were created for.

    and is it so easy to meet guys through internet these days?
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    Nov 26, 2010 4:39 PM GMT
    cruising has been replaced by surfing.

    Another hot spot seemed to be book stores.
    Here in Ann Arbor we had Borders (before it became a chain) and moreso the Community News [Cruise] Center".

    Also, lots of parks were known to be cruisy.
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    Nov 26, 2010 4:43 PM GMT
    Here, there and everywhere. Nearest bar was fifty miles away, back home. But that didn't stop me. Just a lingering gaze, a smile worked then just as well as now (Well, better then, I was hot once)
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    Nov 26, 2010 4:58 PM GMT
    xassantec> is it so easy to meet guys through internet these days?

    Heh. I always wonder that, too. For example, in gay.com chat rooms it seems like it's often the same people advertising that they are "looking". I never can quite tell if that's because they keep coming back for more... or if they are still trying.
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    Nov 26, 2010 5:26 PM GMT
    Smoke signals.....you add blueberries for top....cranberries for bottom....sage for vers....icon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gif
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    Nov 26, 2010 5:39 PM GMT
    musefreek saiddid you have to go to gay clubs (i suspect not as open back then tho??)


    What do you think life was like before the internet? It wasn't the dark ages. I started going to gay bars and clubs as a teenager in the 80's and most of them you entered through the front door and the bar's name was a sign, often neon, on the front of the building. Sure there were some bars you entered from the back, but just like today that was often for convenience of the location of parking or because it was an illegal after hours.