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Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012 12:00 am

It was not beautiful Jewish maidens who greeted me at JDate's recent Club Getaway weekend in rural Connecticut, but a couple of guys from New York who raised dust and kicked gravel as they flew into the parking lot. They joined another fellow who was sitting in his idling and air-conditioned orange Camaro as they kvelled over each other's cars. But when one started flinging a Frisbee around, I knew that my skills - honed at a liberal arts college in nearby Massachusetts - would make me look pretty cool, and that did help sustain me for the weekend.

I came alone to meet more than 200 Jewish singles and relive those lovely summers I enjoyed at camp in West Virginia 40 years ago, under different and adolescent circumstances. While Club Getaway also had a lakefront, organized events and sports, its air-conditioned cabins were a new thing to me and instead of "bug juice" we got beer, wine and frozen drinks.

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