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Dating 101: Breaking the Code – reading between the lines


If we weren’t speaking in code, what would we really be saying?

Reading dating profiles on Chemistry,, or JDate  can be dizzying.

As you wade through a minefield of clichés,  brags and bon mots, you wonder how to decipher this new barrage of data.

Where do you get a romance Rosetta stone? Is there a special Code or handshake?

The answer? Read between the lines and take it all with a grain of salt.

Due Diligence and Reading Between the Lines

Tommy wrote that he hailed from the citrus belt of California. (Orange County, Republican) He reads the New Yorker and legal stuff .(Lawyer) He loves debating (argumentative) and says his two kids are his best friends. (Uh oh) He says he’s tired of restaurants (cheap) and prefers TV dinners. (Yawn) In his profile photo, Tommy commits a grave error by wearing the egregious hat and sunglasses (Hiding: bad hair, no hair, squinty eyes, tattoos.) Caution

To Tell the Truth?

‘Cherie Game Girl’ writes that she ‘Likes Jenga and Bogle’ (couch potato) and adores her cats. She says she “Is a big woman, with a big heart and big fun.” No mystery there. Cherie’s candid photograph indicate the same. She is honest and to the point.

‘Walter Mitty Mark’ should be a fiction writer. Despite his friend’s protestations, he writes that he is “A doctor with three North Bay offices; he collects old cars, has a place in the mountains, and he had a pied-a-terre in the City; in addition, he says he collects French wines. His best friends will tell you, actually, the Veterinarian business is slow, so Mark works three days-a-week all over Petaluma and Novato.

His fleet? He drives a great old truck; he has a Rambler and a Corvair. Tahoe digs? He has a big tent, in the summer, above Truckee. His place in the City? He camps out with a buddy, in a studio apartment, when the two are partying and painting the town beige. Mark likes a good story and tells one – after another. Someone has to tell him Ménage a Trois is not a French wine.

Glamazon Gal’ writes her entire profile in uppercase letters. Those in the know say, beware: anger issues here.  Glam says she’s “spontaneous to a fault” (more caution). This generally translates to disorganized, ditzy, and unpredictable. All are qualities some people might… cherish. Or not.

There are a lot of stories in “The Dating City.”

Remember: Honesty is the best policy and the truth will set you free – and help you avoid embarrassing situations.

Carpe diem, have fun out there in date world.

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