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Happy Thanksgiving!


“The family… a strange little band of characters trudging through life… inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together.”

Erma Bombeck

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“Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.”  EB

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“Somewhere it is written that parents who are critical of other people’s children and publicly admit they can do better are asking for it. ” EB

Fort Collins Fall

 

“Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received.

Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling.

Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.”  

Henry Van Dyke

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She thought he was a honk…

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Dominika is a regular at the famous Palo Alto pick up bar, Rosewood. Her posse, Renate, Tatyana and Vera car-pool with her every Thursday night. 

They considered themselves “Russian beauties,” and dressed in risqué cocktail dresses and very high heels.  The girls are still slipping and skipping over English phrases. However, they  learned important phrases, “You here alone?” “What’s your name?”  “Buy me drink?” “You like party?” “You have cash?”

Some of the English words were very hard for Dominika and her gang. When a conversation got too complicated, the girls would move in with the hand-on-the-knee move. The well-rehearsed ploy moved to whispers – foricing the prey to move in closer.

Renate considered herself smarter, prettier and better with the “Anglish vords.”

She called men “honks.” She had over-heard the word in the ladies room       and decided to use this American word.

Men blinked at her and wondered what she was saying…

 

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Don’t Do This: Lousy First Dates

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Fact: You are still being Checked Out and are Checking Out Your Date from head to toe. Avoid suggesting a horrible, terrible, no good, First Date like these:

No Skydiving

No PaintBall

No Rocky Horror Picture Show

No Dumpster Diving

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No Zombie Camp

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No Duck Hunting with Buddies on Date #1

No Introducing First Date to Your Kids

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No Gator Hunting.

Yes to Baseball Games, Hikes, Strolls, Sharing a meal, Going to Comedy.14522922_10206753619191288_4179986392809610747_n

 

Do Nice Guys Finish First?

The Game of Love – Keeping Score

hipster-358479__180Everyone knows a so-called nerd.

He is your brother, cousin, uncle, neighbor, or best friend. Generally, he is very smart and perhaps lacking social graces (i.e. the Old Joke: When they were giving out personality traits in Heaven St Peter said, “Who wants a good Personality?” All the nerds heard “Who wants Periodontal disease?” and all said, “Not me!”)

My pal, George is the nicest nerd you ever met:  he is smart off the charts, very patient and kind. He is an inventor – he loves gizmos and gadgets and spread sheets. And, he has always been pretty  shy around girls.

He says he tried Online Dating once: he met one women. She wasnt his “style.”

Undaunted, he did some analysis. It appeared his taller, Lacrosse playing, tall, blonde, slim friends got more action than he did. In no time, he created four different profiles on Match, two on OKCupid and one on Plenty of Fish.

It didn’t take a genius (although he is one) to determine what captured a woman’s attention.George will tell you he went from being a short, scientist to a being a taller, more interesting, creative writer, overnight.Bam!

OK Cupid has a blog that explains the most popular buzzwords for men to attract female attention. Plenty of Fish also offers free advice on attention-getting devices.

Research over Drinks

While quaffing a beer at Perry’s, his old pal, Biff  (prepped at Exeter/Yale) told George what to look for in a woman.

Biff generously provided his Perfect Woman /Top Five /Must Have List

 Must Have:

  1. A healthy and fit body which delights
  2. She must be financially solvent.
  3. Must be emotionally warm, generous, and accessible
  4. She must come from a happy home life, with parents who were happy and loved her.
  5. She must love children; and will meet the challenges of parenting with empathy, humor, and wisdom

Now, George knew braggadacio Biff didn’t have a fraction of the things on his My Ideal Woman List…Biff was twice divorced, his parents were lushes who vacationed separately; each had flings and trysts and affairs all their married lives. Biff didn’t have a real job and the trust fund was dwindling.

George went back to drawing board- every day -and tweaked, improved, and enhanced the truth.

In a short while, George (aka Rodney, Ted, Billy) actively tested the dating waters.  And slowly and clearly he discovered what women want. In time, he tossed his façade profiles – research completed.

George was on Match for one month before he met Megan.Their first phone call lasted 40 minutes – smart guy (“Leave them wanting more”) and he begged off.

Their first date lasted four hours and they have been exclusive ever since.

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“The demand to be loved is the greatest of all arrogant presumptions.” Nietzsche

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Put the brakes on speed dating workshops?

High atop a hill in beautiful San Francisco, a new Dating Workshop was slated to “To rival all others.”

The attendees were nestled all tight in their seats with visions of horizontal happiness dancing in their heads.

Mica Glassworthy was the guest speaker and the topic was “Speed Dating for those stuck in First Gear”
Mica was tall, lithe, dressed in silver from head to toe – very Prada, Hermes, Manola Blahnik…her carefully coiffed hair was remarkable – and all the women were remarking…
The large bustling audience was comprised of  women over 50 who were ‘game’ to try something new. That was the tag line on all the flyers and in the email blast: Try something new.


I had been ready to try something new for a long time. At the time, my maiden voyagae of three months on Internet dating had been a roller coaster ride – with very high highs and some lonely lows. Quelle bummer.

Ms Bored Stiff sat next to me and heaved a huge sigh. She looked at me and in an accusatory tone, head her tilted, said, “What are you doing here?” I laughed – and told her, “Research. I’m trying something new.”
She shook her head and said, “Where are all the fat girls? This room is crawling with Bay Club-Rats. Look at this crowd.”


I looked around – granted, a number of the women looked like “Wind Tunnel 101′ – thats code for “Face lifted” and way too many G’s.”

Mica was well spoken, elegant and dry. She had multiple lists of statistics on dating at 50; dating in San Francisco; second marriages and success rates. Her hand outs were accepted by the attendees and we promplty placed them in our hand bags.

As our expert droned on, the natives grew increasingly restless. Glances were exchanged, eyes were rolled and heads were shaking. We were not there for a symposium- we wanted answers, tips, clues, websites.

The Inmates Take over the Workshop

The attendees later agreed, the only list we wanted was a list of Hot Spots in San Francisco to meet men. We exchanged stories on our nightmare dates.

Truthfully, Mica lost control of the workshop and the ladies did what women do best : we talk – we share – we inform.

Okay, so I did  a wee bit more sharing than most.

See Here: Phobias and Fear of Dating

and Three’s a Crowd;

New Faces on Match.com

 

Dance by the Light of the Moon? Oh, yeah!

Come dance with me…

Ooh, by the light, by the light, of the silvery moon
We gonna dance by the light of the moon
From the light, from the light of the silvery moon
We gonna dance …yeah….

I’m gonna dance with my darlin’
With a hole in her stockin’
Knees keep a-rockin’
Toes keep a-poppin’
Gonna dance with my darlin’
With a hold in her stockin’
Dance by the light of the moon

All within one week…

And the Evil:

Scott Pruitt, the new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, dined with top executives from Southern Company, one of the nation’s largest coal-burning electric utilities, at Equinox, a white-tablecloth favorite of Washington power brokers.

That evening, it was on to BLT Prime, a steakhouse inside the Trump International Hotel in Washington, for a meal with the board of directors of Alliance Resource Partners, a coal-mining giant whose chief executive donated nearly $2 million to help elect President Trump.


Aging with grace and aplomb…and AARP!

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You barely blow out the candles on your 50th birthday cake

and AARP is in the mail

and on the attack…

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The times they are a changin’

 

The Man of your Dreams used to quote

Rolling Stone Magazine

and Esquire…

and, then Vanity Fair  

and The New Yorker

and now!

He is quoting from  AARP magazine…

                                                                            Say, it isn’t so.

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“At age 20, we worry about what others think of us. At age 40, we don’t care what they think of us.

At age 60, we discover they haven’t been thinking of us at all.” 

Ann Landers (1918-2002)

 

 

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The 60’s Cosmo Girl was a Wild Child

 

WOMEN IN LITTLE BLACK DRESSES

Sex and the Single Girl, the risqué bestseller of 1962, 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 Best Seller 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 SeventeenSex and the Single Girl was considered provocative required reading. magazines were kicked to the curb, as women basked in the sexy secrets and revolutionary advice for the 60’s.

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

The Cosmopolitan magazine of that era was innovative and provocative. Today’s version of the magazine is a poor little paltry ‘zine’ and a far cry from Cosmo back in the day. Today’s version is a blend of National Enquirer, True Confessions and “I was a teenage mutant nymph-oh”.

Prolific author, Gail Sheehy, famous for her best seller, Passages, later wrote Sex and the Seasoned Woman, touting the benefits of sex and the single, married, or widowed woman over 50. She cites happy stories of women 50 and 60+ happily and successfully dating men 10 and 20 years younger. The consensus?  Everyone lives happily ever and more relaxed.   The end?   We’ve only just begun….


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I blame yoga

Today more women are lithe, supple, toned and sexy as a result of yoga. Yoga is that personal panacea that addresses both mind and body. Legions say no other endeavor can compete for multiple level results. Women don’t do yoga for the cute outfits, the brightly colored mats and matching bags or the Sigg water bottles; it’s all about energy, strength and focus. Secret Bonus: clarity, agility and yoga buns.

Namaste.

All The President’s Spends

$60,000 For Golf Carts

There’s something happening here…

It is not exactly clear…
There’s a man with a scheme over there
Telling me I got to BEWARE

I think it’s time we stop, children,

what’s that sound?!

Everybody look what’s going down..

There’s battle lines being drawn
Nobody’s right

if everybody’s wrong

Young people speaking their minds

Getting so much resistance from be-hind….

 

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