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Downstairs, the group found another massive installation by Mr. “But I’ve only made one really good friend that I know is really there for me.” She blamed the large geography of Los Angeles.Ai called “Life Cycle,” a sculpture about the global refugee crisis depicting the makeshift boats migrants use to reach Europe. Pollekoff carefully studied the delicate bamboo installation quietly. It’s an overwhelming piece, and here the group split off. great, now I have no friends and no one to hang out with,” she said. “A friend that lives in Santa Monica or Malibu, I can’t see much.”After a few hours at the museum, the women drove to a nearby Korean barbecue restaurant.“But I was moved to do this.”Another attendee, Julie Khalil, 62, said that “I feel like women have a lot of commonality that we don’t realize.” She looked for a group of friends after her son suggested she find people to hike with.“I’ve learned that at this stage in life, after years of putting our careers and families first, we are looking for a deeper type of friendship than we’ve had in the past,” she said. Most of my members I really, really like and I’ve made a lot of friends who are more than acquaintances, but less than besties,” she said.
Pollekoff decided to start her own group, called Finding Female Friends Past Fifty on Meetup, a site where people can make online groups to meet up in real life.
Lisa Baskin, 63, a retired former administrator and assistant principal for the Los Angeles Unified School District, said she spends much of her time on pottery and her grandchildren.
(Read a personal essay about the ecstasy and the agony of being a grandmother.)Carol Meirow, 64 and a new member, explained her situation to the group.
Dale Pollekoff, 71, moved to Los Angeles after a long career in graphic design in Washington D. As a single woman with no children, she felt drawn to the city’s weather and the less conservative ideas of varied lifestyles. But soon after her move in 2000, she ran into the challenge of meeting people to explore her new home with.
“When you’re middle-aged, you make friends in your job,” Ms. “After that, it’s very, very hard.”Los Angeles also doesn’t make relationships easy.