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    Posted November 9, 2009 by
    Beverly HIlls, California
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    Cougar Town... Miss California Cougar, Beverly Hills


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Men have been dating younger women for years and Pixel said these women were tired of being left behind. "Since women now are so beautiful at this age, it's working," she said.
    - davidw, CNN iReport producer

    In the Jungle, The Mighty Jungle, The Lion Sleeps Tonight.... A Cougar Convention was was held in Beverly Hill's California. Cougars came out of the jungle to find a "Cub" and have an opportunity to be Miss California Cougar. The Lion sleeps as the cubs come out to claim their place in the Cougar's heart. Definition of a Cougar: a woman over 40. Definition of a Cub: any guy over 18. The "Cougar Craze" has taken hold . Many woman in their 40's and above look and act so much younger. Times, needs and societal mores have changed drastically from our mother's time. We have examples such as Susan Sarandon and Timothy Robbins. Demi More and Ashton Kutcher, that say, "Hey, a younger guy is where it is at." The hot new TV show Cougar Town, with Courtney Cox, adds to the acceptance that a younger guy with an older woman makes sense.. The acceptance of men dating younger woman is as old as the timex on their wrist. Woman are taking over with a roar!

    The evening began with How to Be a Cougar 101. Lessons on how to be the best cougar, how to act with a cub,and questions and answers. Next a meet and greet ,"Rapid Dating Mixer" You would have 1-2 min to connect with the person across from you, then move to the next person. Never being in this type of dating circle, this was an eye opening experience to witness. I wondered if the courting days of yesterday; romance, flowers, and love letters are gone. Connecting in a rapid fire mixer... somehow takes the mystery and romance right out of it! Dancing, drinking and getting as many coins from the cubs was the next activity for the cougars. The cougar with the most coins at the end of the evening would be crowned Miss California Cougar She would also receive many prizes including a Cougar Cruise in December.. I began to realize that some of these woman were quite seasoned in the cougar kingdom. All in all, it provided for an evening of great entertainment... a cat fight at the end almost occurred when Melanie from Sacramento was about ready to be crowned and Tianna from Los Angeles came forth with more coins.... a little questionable conduct as many witnessed  Tianna receiving coins from girlfriends. All is fair in the cat kingdom as they claw their way to the top, Tianna Alverado was crowned Miss California Cougar!
    Cougars and Cubs, the verdict is still out.....personally, I  still hear the Roar of the lion.

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