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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



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.


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



True Romance: Two SF natives met on 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 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 🙂


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:


He garnered zero attention. Go figure.

Week Number Three:


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

Dating 101: Are all the good ones are taken?

Singles On the look out for love…

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He says, All the good ones are taken.

Steve went to brunch at a friend’s home on Sunday. He knew he was being ”fixed up” yet, again. All of his married friends wanted him to be “As happy as they were.”

For years, he had observed the happy couples -the snipes, the snips, the eye-rolling and wondered just how happy they actually were.

Then again, who was he to wonder? He had been on six different dating sites the last eight years, and was still “Just looking.”

Truth be told, hundreds of dates later, he concluded, it was a jungle out there. More often than not, he fell in love. And it was rarely reciprocated. Women that this age and stage (50/60) were tough. Either they had a “My Man Must Have List,” or they were “Just The Sex, Please,” one-night-stand-women.

He tried Tinder and met a beautiful redhead, his…

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The Simon Cowell of Dating at 50 – Page Larkin

Me?  The Queen of Mean? Whatever do you mean?

Dear Page Larkin,

I think You are the Simon Cowell of Dating Specialists. Why are you so blunt and cold? I’m almost 50, back into dating and confused by Skype dating, speed dating, friends with benefits and calls for booty. It’s hard out there and the so-called Boom-Boom Generation needs to be coddled and cuddled.

American Idle

Dear American Idle,

Sweetie, let me get you a pillow and a blanket – you have enough whine. You are absolutely right; at first- it is uncomfortable on the Internet dating merry-go-round. But wearing those rose-colored glasses can cause myopia and tunnel vision. While I do try to infuse a sense of optimism – realism is a much better coping mechanism.

T.S. Eliot said, “Humankind cannot bear much reality.” Bottom line: get real, have fun and treat your new social life with a sense of adventure. Next!

Love, Page

Hey Page,

Two weeks ago, I met a man on line. His photos were all taken from a distance. He says he is divorced and 49. I’m 44. After a bunch of e-mails, he said, “Let’s get together for coffee,” but he couldn’t meet me if it was raining.  Huh? Everything seemed normal up until that comment. Who doesn’t go out in the rain?                      Wondering in Washington

Hey Wondering in Washington,

Not a hair-brained question. The song: “Raindrops keep dropping on my Toupee comes to mind. A so-called Fair weather friend ~ from Date #1  may be a waste of time. Next!   Love, Page

Hey, Page,

What’s the best book I can buy to understand what men are thinking. I used to know the dating game – now, I am totally confused.

Beginners Luck in Burlingame

Hey, Beginners Luck,

The bible for a lot of women is the best selling: He’s Just Not That Into You. Another favorite self-help-yourself book, with candid, direct insights into what men are thinking is comedian and radio show host, Steve Harvey’s   Act like a Lady – Think like a Man  See my column about this book.     This should be  required reading for women. Seriously.

Online Dating for Dummies is a great Cliff Notes kind of a quick read.

Finally, good luck and to help decipher all this – read my column, That’s Rude! Online Dating  TipLove, Page



 The bible for a lot of women is the best selling: He’s Just Not That Into You. Another favorite self-help-yourself book, with candid, direct insights into what men are thinking is comedian and radio show host, Steve Harvey’s   Act like a Lady – Think like a Man  See my column about this book.     This should be  required reading for women. Seriously.

Online Dating for Dummies is a great Cliff Notes kind of a quick read. Finally, good luck and to help decipher all this – read my column, That’s Rude! Online Dating  TipLove, Page

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San Francisco Dating@50 Examiner, Page Larkin, welcomes your feedback, questions and queries at  All reposts permitted with copy written notice and link to original article. All other rights reserved.

Top 10 ways to get your Valentine’s Day mojo moving

Flirt Early and Often!

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Valentine’s Day is a sugar rush for See’s Candy

and for Hallmark cards.

Florists are in 7th Heaven having dozens of acres of red roses bought and sold this week.

What about the rest of us, sweetheart?

Remember: Valentine’s Day is about Happy Hearts, Hugs, flirting, wearing all shades of red, pink and crimson.  February 14th is the one day of the year we can “Blame it on Cupid” while we gather up courage to flirt early and flirt often.


Top 10 Ways to Get your mojo moving and in the mood for Valentine’s Day

  1. Say ‘Hell-o!’ to that cutie you see every day
  2. Smile at strangers
  3. Send Valentines wishes (roses are red, violets are blue, meet me at…)
  4. Invite a ‘hearty’ acquaintance to join you for a walk through the Presidio – and a drink at Presidio Social Club
  5. Wear red – all week long
  6. Buy “Big Hunk”…

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Valentine’s Day: Worst Night of the Year to go out to dinner?

What Price Love? Skip Valentines Night Dinner Dates, Binkie!

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Stop! Don’t do it!

Cancel the reservation at the San Francisco so-called romantic, expensive, restaurant – now!

(But, the candle light! The free, long-stemmed, red rose…the amuse bouche…the artisanal choclilava and the ambiance!)

Stay home –  skip the highly touted ‘Most Romantic Restaurants.’

The Cost, crowds, chaos: Dinner for Two at Waterbar, Quince, Acqua, La Folie…Gary Danko… are going to set you back a few bills, Bill.

Binkie baby, If you need a tablecloth, waiter, candlelight and dropping $200+ to create romance – you are with the wrong partner, dude.


Hot Tip: Pop into Falletti’s Foods and pick up a fabulous dinner (check out romantic treats from: Straus, Cowgirl Creamery, Niman Ranch and from the impressive Butcher Shop and Deli, Alter Eco…throw in a bottle of Kopriva Chardonnay – and a sweet from  Delessio‘s bakery…Voila! Isn’t it romantic?





Make a Valentine – Create your…

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