The Goal: Go on 30 dates before my 30th birthday — roughly two a week for 16 weeks. How did I find them?: Friends and co-workers wrote...

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The Goal: Go on 30 dates before my 30th birthday — roughly two a week for 16 weeks.

How did I find them?: Friends and co-workers wrote e-mails, talked to people at church and made phone calls. Soon, I had a number of “takers.”

The men: Seventeen in all, including a mainframe tech, a customer-service rep, a writer, a bioengineer, a house painter, a graphic designer and a schoolteacher.

The youngest was 24, the oldest was 48. The average age was 32.

Most volunteered for a date because they were impressed with my courage and sass. The dating-for-marriage pressure was off all of us and we were able to enjoy each other’s company.

The rules: I would date any single, straight male who wasn’t dangerously creepy.

Multiple dates with the same man counted toward the 30-date goal, but I couldn’t initiate any date after the first one. (The guys were aware of this.)

Who paid?: 76 percent first dates paid for me; 5 dates involved no money; 12 dates went Dutch.

Other interesting tidbits: Most dates in one day: 2. Most dates in one week: 5. Number of men who kissed me goodnight: 3.

— Donna Amoranto, Special to The Seattle Times