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2014: Sex and the suddenly single girl?

Sex and the Single Girls…

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Remember the exciting, best-seller Sex and the Single Girl?.

The 1962  risqué bestseller changed the way women thought about the chase and being chaste.

Helen Gurley Brown, Cosmopolitan magazine editor, wrote the avant-garde book that instantly climbed and stayed at flying off bookshelves status.

The racy book, renown to be suggestive – in a good way- was a frothy concoction. Women in 29 countries devoured it.

Mundane copies of Good Housekeeping, Redbook and Seventeen magazines were kicked to the curb, as women basked in the sexy secrets and revolutionary advice for the 60’s.

At the time, Sex and the Single Girl was considered provocative- required reading.

(Some of us secretly smuggled our mother’s copy off the nightstand and got an instant education.)

The 1960’s model citizens: June Cleaver, Donna Reed and Marlo Thomas types were “out” and the gossamer gowned Marilyn Monroe singing “Happy Birthday, Mr. President”…

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Happy Easter! Sweet times in San Francisco


Get ready for a Sweet Easter Celebration

A happy Easter conjures up images of colored eggs, chocolate bunnies, buffets,

bountiful Easter baskets, tulips and lovely Gin fizzes, right?

San Francisco has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to gourmet Easter treats.

 

Five Classic San Francisco Sites for Easter’s perfect preparations:

1. Varoom. Start the day with a cup of the best coffee in San Francisco: Tou choose: Peet’s, Philz or Blue Bottle Coffee.

2. Got Candy? San Francisco’s premiere candy store, aptly named, The Candy Store on Vallejo at Polk Street will dazzle you with the finest selection of yummiest candies “… one-of-a-kind boutique features walls lined with old-fashioned candy jars, shelves stocked with the finest confections from around the world, and nostalgic treats you probably haven’t seen in years.”

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3. Fruit Heaven – Berries, melons, citrus, mangoes, 22nd and Irving Produce– best quality and bargain produce in all of San Francisco. Parking is pain – and, it’s worth it.

4. Best bakery in San Francisco? Bakery Tartin located at 600 Guerrero Street. You’ll think you time- traveled to Paris –Tartin has a perfectly sublime selection of the highest quality pastries. Marvel over the Chocolate Soufflé Cake, the Frangipane Tart, the utterly divine croissant or frangipane croissant, perhaps a double pain au chocolat or the tres yummy morning buns. I dare you try one croissant.

5.Confused by chocolate? Do you die for Godiva? Or really love Recchiuti? Perhaps you prefer San Francisco’s classic, plump chocolate eggs from the all-time favorite: See’s. Or, do you go for TCHO? Love truffles? XOX Truffles are rich, delicate, and filled with 27 flavors and totally addictive. Sweetly perched on Columbus Avenue across from the City’s stellar Graffeo Coffee.

If you are feeling a little famished after all that Saturday shopping? Get in line, there is always one, at Ella’s for the Best Brunch in San Francisco located at 500 Presidio/Arguello.


Remember, The Wise Words of the Easter Bunny:

* Don’t put all of your chocolate eggs in one basket.

* Walk softly and carry a big carrot.

* There’s no such thing as too much candy.

* Some bunny loves you: cute little tail attracts a lot of attention.

* Everyone is entitled to a bad hare day.

* Let all your happy thoughts multiply like rabbits.

* Keep your paws off other people’s jellybeans.

* The grass is always greener in someone else’s basket.

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Page Larkin, welcomes your feedback, questions and queries at Page.larkin@gmail.com

 

No money for your honey? Five tips for cheap dates dates in San Francisco

Eight Great Ideas…Dates in SF

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Are Saison  the French Laundry, Jardinière, Gary Danko,  way out of your Range  and dating  budgetary stratosphere? Feeling a little light in the wallet?

Fear Not:

photo_378_20051108-1The City is alive with myriad great (cost effective) date ideas.

  1. Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s romantic, thrilling and free. What’s not to like? Leave your selfie stick at home.
  1. Spend the day at Golden Gate Park Enjoy and explore a long list of ‘see for free’ Check out the Buffalo Paddock, see and try the Fly Casting Pond, next walk to the tulip gardens and the historic Windmill, stroll through the Rose Garden, explore myriad hiking trails, try Lawn Bowling, find love at the tennis courts and dig the Conservatory of Flowers. You might want to check out the Cal Academy   Think: Opera in the Park 

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San Francisco:Top 20 list- what the world needs now~

What San Francisco Needs Now – The Top 20 List Today

1. More hugs

2. More Clement Street shopkeepers cleaning the dirty, icky, sticky, sidewalks, please

3. More $1.00 cupcakes

4. More Free Days at Cal Academy of Sciences and 50% discount for locals

5. More free concerts in Golden Gate  Park (Warren Hellman is a hero)

6. More Bridge Tolls locked in at $5.00 come on!

7. More  FAIR parking meters that take dimes- which would buy 10 mins /not one ( uno, 1, i, un) minute

8. Continued diverse and wonderful De Young Museum Exhibits

9. More people walking – all over

10. More kids outside on swings, slides, and carousels

11. More museums with – random -Free Days

12. More ‘Sneak Peek’  Movie Previews

13. More Ms. Manners; less Entitled

14. More  people shopping/supporting  Indy bookstores like the  West Portal Book Store and Book Passages

15. More parking  garages that welcome visitors – don’t “rob” them at $10- $25 per hour

16. More Laugh lines~~ less botox

17.More:  “Please, thanks, and you’re welcomes”

18. More  Tolerance and Patience – like the good old days

19. More ‘hi, hello, hey, how ya doing,’ exchanges

20. More clothing donations to Casa de las Madres via drop at Community Thrift Store on Valencia

Dating newbie? Bewitched, bothered and bewildered?

In the beginning…

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Yes, Binkie, “Dating at 50” can be a challenge – in the best of times.

Have you discovered there is no harmony on eHarmony? And found that Craigslist is a nightmare of anonymous “Not-my-types?”

Has Match.com linked you up with the wacky, too thin, too hyper ballerina or shock jock like Charlie Sheen- who actually need Two and Half Men in white coats?

Yes, dating and developing your social networking 2016 is a laughing matter.

Who Moved My Rules?

Since your very first date of yore- the Rules of Dating have changed dramatically. If you remember San Francisco’s randy fern-bar days (Henry Africa’s, Thomas Lord’s, and Paoli’s) and you are A Classic “Re-enter and Suddenly Single in San Francisco” – Buckle up, it is going to be a bumpy ride.

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First of all, the Playing Field you remember is no longer level and things have gotten a whole…

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Viva Viagra Day – March 27th?


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Pill poppin’ American Men celebrate

the Little Blue Pill Day

National Viagra Day is March 27

The little blue pill with life enhancing properties, or promises, has a special day

The Top 10 Prescription Drugs

In the United States, the Top Ten Prescription Drugs include Claritin, Lipitor, Prilosec, Amoxicillin and Prozac;  35 million people in 100 countries are on Prozac.

You are probably wondering: Are there National holidays for any of America’s Top Ten drugs?

Don’t bother checking your calendar. There are no jolly celebrations or festivals for mundane prescription drugs, except, of course Viagra. Yes, it’s true. March 27th is ‘Viagra Day’ all across America.

And, seriously, what exactly does that mean? You decide.

Then, riddle me this: Who would possibly be behind a vigorous promotion of sildenafil citrate? That little old drug maker: Pfizer

Interesting, Pfizer also makes a bunch of the Top Ten Drugs – however, there is not a single National holiday, or festive marketing campaign for Pfizer’s Lipitor or Celebrex. What’s up with that?

Important or Impotent? –You Decide

Now, you may think it’s ludicrous to celebrate a prescription drug with it’s own special day. Others may disagree. However, in America we seem to have a special day for everything. In the month of March, there are holidays to exult pecans, waffles, smoke and mirrors, and our favorite: National Multiple Personality Day.

March also fetes National Doctors Day

No Matter What age…

and Peanut Butter Lover’s day.  Peanut Envy?

To pill or not to pill?

See Jack Nicholsen in “Somethings Got to Give”

and Al Pacino in “Stand Up Guys.” Hello!

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Mae West said it best: “Between two evils, I always pick the one I’ve never tied before”

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Buyer Beware: Kooks on Craigslist

Today, Craiglist Announced the Closure of CL Personals 

Bravo.  Many Whackos lurked there….

Beware the Freaks on CL Personals

It’s  too early  for April Fool’s gags – however, look at these random Craigslist postings.

Buyer beware.

Granted, times are tough and the tough-to-take seem to be hanging around the

Craigslist water-cooler.

Here is a random sampling from recent San Francisco ‘Men Looking for Women’ age 50- 60 category.

  •         Nice looking guy in search of a lady with a pool in the San Rafael area for the summer.    Get back to me.
  •         I am married, in an open relationship, due to lack of interest…Is this you, also?
  •         I love dogs, cats, and horses, and  critters; like garage sales, flea markets, collect neat old stuff. Interested?
  •        My last girl friends were great, but apart from sex, we had nothing in common.
  •         I live on Social Security and that’s it. I’m not rich, I just want someone cool and lady like.
  •          Almost 5’9′, 210 pounds with wavy hair would like to find a very petite or slim (or at least HWP) ordinary housewife, or working mother, who wonders how it would feel to be with a strange man just once.
  •         Need a girlfriend and you need a boyfriend. I’m attached, but have plenty of free time.
  •         Semi-perfect sensualist wants to play Adam & Eve with a thorny thinker.
  •        I’m 70. Want to be the granddaughter I never had? Let’s go out to dinner and on little shopping trips. Come to my place and watch movies or study for school. I used to teach college.
  •          Currently attached WM (5’4″, 160, nice looking) wants to meet a married or single woman.
A warning sign for the public

Fact: “Attached Men” are the epitome of a Dead Dnd. Avoid at all costs.

Fact: Goofy Grandpa claims to have taught college. Really? (U. of Hard Knocks?) and is strange, kooky and spooky. How is it, an overweight guy (admittedly a strange man)  is seeking a petite, ordinary housewife? What is an ordinary housewife? Aren’t all housewives extraordinary?

On the Other Side of the Ledger

Men who write Craigslist posts like the following may be besieged   with emails responses:

  • Want to make some music together? I live on a steady diet of foreign films; I like to cook on week ends and skate in Golden Gate Park. Earl Thomas  at Biscuits and Blues is high on my list of great blues and fun things to do every month. I also like John Coltrane. And dark chocolate.
  • Me? Sensitive, romantic, well spoken. I have great table manners and I like to go out on the town. Prefer quiet old-school restaurants that are not too noisy. My friends say I am a great cook.. I love to dance and take walks on any beach, anytime.In the Sierras, I will  jump into mountain lakes. What about you?

It is better to err on the side of caution than to be cavalier.

So: Caveat Emptor: use caution, use the delete button, seek out “good guys” and check out other authentic dating sites.

“The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and must therefore be treated with great caution.”

 J.K. Rowling

San Francisco Dating@50 Examiner, Page Larkin, welcomes your feedback, questions and queries at page.larkin@gmail.com

 

His ex-wife ruined our first date!

The Evil Ex Wife – big buzzkill

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San Francisco First Date: Shock and Awe?

We met online, exchanged e-mails and  agreed to meet.

Don was funny and we shared several interests. What the heck, he lived in the City, was single, my age, height and weight… we were “a match.” Kind of.

He was much funnier on paper. And taller…

We met at the St. Francis Hotel. San Francisco natives know that “Meet me under the clock at the St. Francis,” has been the beginning of dates and trysts for decades.

We met and amiably walked upstairs to the lobby bar. Easy conversation flowed. We were having fun. Then came the obligatory, first date question, “Why did you divorce?”

My answer was easy and well rehearsed, “It wasn’t the lying, drinking, cheating it was the snoring.” Ba da Bing!

His answer was far more complicated.

His wife of 20 years had developed a “What you did wrong this…

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Russians meddling in dating site?

 

The Money behind the very popular Bumble Dating Site comes from Russia? Really?

#1. Badoo is owned by Russian multi-millionaire Andrey Andreev.

#2. Bumble, the very popular Online Dating Site is 79% owned by Badoo and therefore  controlled by the very  successful, powerful and secretive Russian Andrey Andreev.

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Andreev has been trying for several years to enter the U.S. market’s complex and oversaturated online dating industry with the help of his social network Badoo, which has proven to be popular in Latin America and Europe…money

What price love? If Facebook just got hacked – a sneaky, stealthy Data Breach  by the Evil Russians…whats bumbling around this dating site?

Evil men have no songs.’ How is it that the Russians have songs?

Friedrich Nietzsche

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True Romance: Two SF natives met on Match.com in New York

Star Crossed Lovers? New York! New York!

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Maureen, working in NYC for six months, wrote this on her Match.com profile

I left my heart in San Francisco…

I loved The Bay Lights, cool jazz and piano bars, Lands End, climbing the hill at 28th and Ortega, a full moon near the Bay, films festivals, Paragon Terrace at the Claremont Hotel for Champagne and Pomme Frittes.

 I like eclectic and unique over predictable, MVFF, denim and black cashmere, The Palace of Fine Arts, Keith Jarrett, Sunday NY Times, KCSM, deYoung, Blue Herons, parking places, all things Apple, Nina Simone, sky-diving 🙂

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Patrick, also living in New York for one year, wrote:

I love St Patrick’s, the Met, Yankee Stadium, Times Square and Broadway – but I miss North Beach, Union Square, Napa, the SF Giants, the Farmer’s Market at the Ferry Building, Mama’s for breakfast on Washington Square, Coit Tower and the view from the tower at the deYoung Museum.

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