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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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Getting to first base…

Once Upon A Time – Falling in Love is Easy

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Charlie hadn’t been on a date in decades.

His friends kidded him and said he was “Rich, retired and a great catch.”

He married his first wife right out of college – everyone was doing it – it had seemed like the right thing to do. Within two years, they realized the folly of their ways and quietly divorced. She moved back East and he buried himself in Grad school then Med School. The White Coat ceremony at Columbia was a defining day in his life.

He “First-Dated” a lot of nurses in Med School and rarely had a second date. On some level, he figured there was something wrong with himself and, like two of his uncles, rolled over and became a Confirmed Bachelor. His sisters, cousins, neighbors and office staff all tried to fix him up.

He became very well respected and famous in his own right. He had three cars in…

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Mr Right? Not right now

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Harry decided to push the envleope and rock the online dating world.

After six years of posting that old photo – he decided, “What the hell?”

He concluded he would  get a lot more attention by posting interesting (aka bizarre) photos.

Week Number Two:

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He garnered zero attention. Go figure.

Week Number Three:

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Our pal, Harry, decided to bring out the big guns and Go Big!

His pals said he was crazy. Women rarely responded.

He kept up the charade for a month of rejection before he resorted to contacting me for sometough love and serious dating tips.

Here we go!

via Photo Challenge: Out of This World

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