Back in those days—before computers, or portable phones, or, even, electric typewriters—the rules were different.
(Of course, I go back a long way, to a time when there were streetcars going up and down Broadway.
If it were not permissible to date them in our turn, we would have had no one to date.
I remember a few girls who went out with as many as three of my friends without anyone thinking that they—or the men they dated—were behaving improperly.
I could buy a milkshake for a All the telephones were black.) It was common, around that time, for men and women to meet at parties or at dances.
The kind of dances performed then required holding each other, which put those of us who were shy at a disadvantage.
With the exception of U methods, whose use is restricted to the rather specific depositional environments of shallow marine and terrestrial carbonates, there is no established geochronometric tool capable of dating more than a fraction of the recent past at a resolution adequate to tackle the environmental issues of this period.
Any understanding of future environmental change is thus critically dependent on our capacity to reconstruct the environmental changes of the past.Otherwise, a fellow and a girl would be “fixed up” on a blind date by a mutual friend.There was a time when a proper young man and woman could not speak to each other unless they had been formally introduced. On the other hand, I understand from my patients that it is considered bad manners now for young people to date someone who has previously dated one of their friends.Such a rule did not hold in my time, at least not among the people I knew. The only women any of us ever saw were women that were dating our friends.
Fundamental to this is an ability to place the environmental responses of the last half millennium within a reliable chronological framework.
Unfortunately, this most recent part of the geological timescale presents us with some of the greatest challenges for dating.