a. learning to write in cursive
b. in the middle of their Ph.D.
And yes, I have heard of the countless people who have hooked up despite age differences and I am more than happy for them. It's hard to find somebody to love and if you can manage it, more power to you.
For me, right now, my spread is 5 years in either direction.
I mentioned this to BJ, one of my best friends while at art school.
"But," he said, "*I* am SIX years younger than you...and don't we get along great?"
"Yes," I said, "But you are also gay...so what's your point?"
"Well...what if...," he started, "What if you meet someone that is `dateable' and is six years younger...or older?"
"Okay," I conceded. "For you...if they are really, really cool...I will spot them an extra year."
And THAT, gentle reader...is what is known as The BJ Spot.