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Flirt first, talk later: Flirters Anonymous Invade SF


Their Motto: Flirt First, Talk Later

Twelve women gathered at the St. Francis Hotel lobby bar – the Clock Bar– at 4 PM for  a refresher course in Flirting and Fun. The women were graduates of Larkin’s “Flirt First, Talk Later” course in June.

The group had been entertained and instructed in The Power of Flirting. Each was well practiced in the basic flirting rules of engagement: smiling, eye contact, being approachable and initiating conversation. The woman knew the subtle effects of playing with her hair and jewelry; and all well aware of the impact of delicate and more pronounced forms of Flirtation 101.

Caps and Evening Gowns?

The downtown event was the much-anticipated Graduation Exercise. The coterie enjoyed one French 75, 30 minutes of show and tell, a review, and much laughter. The women were ready to cover Union Square. The self-proclaimed, ‘Darling Dozen’ were divided into groups of three and were given a list of  activities. The list resembled a Scavenger Hunt.

First, each team had to visit one Union Square vicinity pub and ask the bartender for “The best drink of the day” recipe and to be photographed with the bartender. Next, each woman was to introduce herself to one single male; procure his business card; and practice three flirting techniques.

They were on a quest to locate the following items:

  • A department store sample of men’s cologne
  • One swizzle stick
  • One hotel brochure
  • Eight business cards from eight different men
  • One flower from a Union Square flower cart
  • One map of downtown San Francisco
  • A photo of each woman with six single, age appropriate, men
  • One single, spontaneous, man who lived within 40 miles of San Francisco

They were given two hours to complete their list and each had a cell phone camera.

Round Two – Rasputin

Team One was told to start at Rasputin Records and stand in the Jazz Music section. Each woman was to engage two men in conversation (i.e. Have you seen Keith Jarrett in person? Where is Dave Brubeck? Which CD is your favorite? Are you a big jazz fan? Are you single?) The other groups were given similar directives and were directed to the men’s department or the food court at Macy’s,  Bloomingdale’s or Nordstrom.

L.A.L.A.S Flirting Cards
Each woman was a given a dozen Flirting Cards.

The special LALAS FlirtingCard indicated she was part of the LALAS Flirting Coterie- on a Scavenger Hunt requiring her to speak to an attractive single male. During each conversation, the woman had to decide if she wanted to share her phone number or dating-only-Gmail- address (special Gmail account used solely for online dating and LALAS correspondence.)

After 90 minutes, the goal was to locate and interview one gentleman and to invite him to the Union Square hot spot: Mortons’s to the informal gathering and celebration. Twelve women found 11 men who were spontaneous, available and willing to meet the Flirting Coterie.

Two hours later

The Darling Dozen returned to the bar  with men who were good sports and spontaneous and willing to meet 12 single women. The Flirting Coterie, with 11 new friends, enjoyed two hours of laughter and libation. All in attendance were converts to the active flirting movement. How about you? Want to sign up?

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Do Fake Online Dating Profiles Really Work? You Bet!

 

After a dry spell on EHarmony…

Mike hired a professional/ghost writer to enhance his online dating profile. They talked for 60 minutes – “Ms. Pennywhistle” took copious notes, and two days later, came back with the new and improved Michael 101.

He debated about keeping his profession as an MD out of the picture. She strongly urged him to front-load his profile with allusions to his career. She insisted the word “Doctor” was a chick magnet.  There is no real way to disguise the fact you are a doctor/Veternarian or a lawyer or an Indian chief – unless you are very discreet or delete the fact. Ms Pennywhistle insisted discreet had no place in a dating profile. The goal was to “Dazzle and Date a lot.”

Nom de plume?

She also encouraged him to insert a passion for reading all things Jane Austen. Next, she changed his online name to “Mr Darcy” and, voila! his “ratings” went up. Way up. A few well placed facts and some “true fiction” can really attract. Mr Darcy was encouraged to put  his salary at $150,000. Again, he was told this was a red hot  “Chick magnet.” Keywords like Tesla, ski cabin, Buff, were plugged in.

Every week – de ja vu
Mike gets a ton of winks, emails, and canned greetings from women all over the country. Who knows if it is his picture, or his winning personality, Or his very creative ghost writer’s finesse in creating an online “Star.” Suddnely, he was beseiged with…fake photos.


In the beginning...Michael, aka Mr Darcy, was loving the floods  of attention from some very attractive women. Week by week, he grew bored by the boatloads of e-mails. Fake Photos

And,  Women from the A-States (Alabama, Arizona, Alaska, and Arkansas) found him very attractive. He noted he was not willing to travel more that 50 miles from his home in Mountain View. Hello.

He had a penchant for petite and voluptuous blondes. He first-dated a lot of “cute blondes,” and eventually grew bored by the whole scene.

In a burst of Sense and Sensibility- Mike dropped off the dating scene. No amount of Persuasion will get him back in the swim of things…for awhile.

He is reading Sports Illustrated,  Men’s Life and Cosmopolitan. He will never read Jane Austen.

Page Larkin’s Best of San Francisco

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Here Are My 2019 Best of San Francisco Tips, Scoops, Ideas, 
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Zap it, map it, print it, share it, keep it in your glove-box and use these “Best of San Francisco” scoops, tips and ideas- Enjoy the ride.

Best French Restaurant: La Folie

2316 Polk Street San Francisco, CA 94109 (415)-776-5577

Best Yoga/Massage: The Mindful Body

2876 California St San Francisco, CA 94115 (415) 931-2639

Best Candy, Sweets and Treats: The Candy Store

1507 Vallejo Street San Francisco, CA 94100

Best Saturday Night Date Blues shows on Union Square: Biscuit and Blues- seek out Earl Thomas- Last Saturday of the month.

Best Bookstore: Green Apple Books

506 Clement Street San Francisco, CA 94118 (415) 387-2272

Best Toy Store/Adult: Good Vibrations

603 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94110 (415) 522-5460

Best Need a Make-over? Best Hair Salon: Jackson Place Salon with Liz

633 Battery St San Francisco, CA 94111 (415) 399-1044

Best Pie and Coffee Date Place: 2316

1240 9th Ave San Francisco, CA 94122 (415) 665-9912

Best World’s Fair Calibre Palace Date Place: The Palace of Fine Arts

3301 Lyon Street San Francisco, CA 94123 415) 563-6504

Best Sell Your Gold: San Francisco Gold Buyer

255 West Portal Ave San Francisco, CA 94127 (415) 566-1111

Best Walgreens in the City: Franklin Street at Post St

1301 Franklin St San Francisco, CA 94107 (415) 775-6706

Best Knife Sharpener in the City: Galen at Town Cutler

1005 Bush St San Francisco, CA 94109 (415) 359-1519

Best Need Furniture for New Nest? Best Consignment Store: Design Plus

333 Folsom at Eighth, San Francisco, CA

Best Tenderloin Dive Bar: The Ha-Ra Club

875 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94101

Best -All the rage- Bakery b Patissiere

2821 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94118 (415 440-1700)

Best Wedding Photographer: Christopher Briscoe

287 4th St Ashland, Oregon 97520 (541) 488-2005 (Simply too cool not to mention)

Best Moving in Together? Best Moving and Storage: Cunningham Movers

1250 Van Dyke Ave San Francisco, CA 94124 (415) 854-0524

Best Volvo Repair Auto 280

1315 Ocean Ave San Francisco, CA 94112 (415) 333-8622

Best Couples Massage and Facials: Chez Shivy

350 Lawton St San Francisco, CA 94122 (415) 566-8316

Best Chain Bakery owned by Starbucks: La Boulange – (multiple Bay Area locations)

Best Great Date with Pomme frites, French 75’s and Oysters ‘on the half’: Absinthe

398 Hayes Street San Francisco, CA 94102 (415) 551-1590

Here and now is the time to play in San Francisco. Remember, play is not a luxury – it is a necessity.

Say, ‘Yes!’ to every single invitation, and to go outside and play.

Stop! Don’t Text Me Again


The Girls Have Spoken.

The Date Watchers – a voluble and  opinionated group of nine suddenly single women of an age… all agree on one thing: Texting is terse and can easily be misconstrued.

They prefer to hear “his voice” on the other end of the phone. Sure, texting is fun, flirty and easy. Charmaine says some of her best conversations have been text messages…

Patsy disagrees- she loves to hear a man’s voice- instead of reading his way too succincttext messages.  K?   (Can you spell OKAY?)

Three of the women all think- if you’re not going to send me a birthday card,  a Valentine’s Day card, a Christmas card, an Easter card then!  have the decency to pick up the phone and give me a call…Phones Ring. Girls like rings..ringgg“Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

Talk talk talk instead of type type type 

All the Single Girls on Valentines Day






All the single girls!

On Valentine’s Day, all the single girls celebrate life, wear red, send Valentines cards and wishes to pals, friends, beaus, wanna be beaus, and embrace all that is well in their world.

Jennifer broke up with Michael on February 10th. Her roommate said, “Oh, no! Now you’ll be alone on Valentine’s Day!”

Jennifer replied, “I would rather spend the day alone than spend one more minute with that jerk. He was the most immature, self-centered, handsome, rich, loser I’ve ever dated. I am totally ready to meet somebody new!”

When asked what she was doing on February 14,Georgia replied she was going to her favorite yoga class,  then going out for Chai and Chat with a bunch of her friends from class. She was happy.

Lynne has very hot, red boots that she dons every “Feb 1-4.”And she wears a short black skirt over silky red blouse, just because. She loves chocolate, flowers, Valentines, and shares all of the above with friends and close office mates. She organizes the “Feb 1-4 Cocktails” after-work gathering every year. Everyone must wear red.

Kimi, on the other hand,single again and perpetually on the prowl, professes Happy Hour on Valentine’s Day is the best day to score free kisses. Unfortunately, years ago, she was cute and boys liked her…divorces and time can take a toll. A 20- something asking for a kiss versus a 40-something asking for a kiss is light-years apart. Cougar is a good descriptor. Poor Kimi.

Gayle (39 again)opines that all the good ones are taken and there are no good men.Frankly, she’d rather binge on The Last Kingdom on Netflix with her two good friends: Ben and Jerry.

Anne met Ted in an elevatorand they chatted for 50 floors and spontaneously agreed to have a drink. They clicked. She loved the whole, tall, dark, handsome thing with the great suit that he had going on. Bonus: no wedding ring. He found her very alluring and available. Well into their third drink, he admitted that he had a wife at home. Things were not that great. Their marriage was rocky. He said he was unhappy.

She backed off prontito.

As he walked her to her car, they held hands, he kissed her good night. Several times. She couldn’t help herself: she was smitten. Devil may care.

The story goes-he called her two weeks later-they met for drinks on Nob Hill just to talk. One thing led to another and they have had infrequent trysts for two years. She waits for his calls.

Anne’s new therapist told her she was wasting time and sexy energy on a dead-end-dude. All the time she was waiting by the phone, she could be madly in love / lust with a single, available man with no strings and a lot of integrity. It was a lightbulb moment. Anne’s friend had criticized her and advised her. It all fell on deaf ears. That one appointment was a turning point. Anne dropped Ted like a ton of bricks.

Yes, she admitted to being depressed, alone and lonely. She also felt ready to think about The Real Thing. And was open to meeting her Dream Guy.

Men always want to be a woman’s first love – women like to be a man’s last romance.

Oscar Wilde

Top 5: What Not to Write: Dating Profiles


Happy New Year: Don’t Make These Top 5 Mistakes

Annie, divorced and single long enough – decided to try online dating. Filled with optimism and excitement, she proceeded. After one week of exploring online dating, she found there were “Five Kinds of  Guys with Issues” she totally avoided.

 1.  The Grump: This dictator writes: “Your picture better be from this year; your height and weight had better be accurate-mine is!  Or: “I’m active and virile, I only date younger women.” (Better living through chemistry Mr. Smart and 70?) or: “Don’t be an empty nest whiner looking for me to cheer you up”.

Dear Mr. Grump: Please go out for a run; meditate; write poetry; ride your bike on Baby Heads Hill… Chill. Using your one chance to impress a woman and sounding like a grumpy old man is a surefire buzz kill. Ciao, adios, see ya!

2. Mr. “Must Have” Shopping List Maker  Annie noticed that many men had “Shopping lists” when it came to the woman they wanted to date…

Some of the “Must Have Shopping Lists” read like this:

  • You must like the great outdoors and camping and bonfires
  • You must like putting on a little black dress and go dancing with me
  • You must like entertaining my friends and being spontaneous
  • You must be ready to leave on an trip at the drop of a hat
  • You must better prefer me over your friends
  • You better like jogging, sailing, biking, hiking, and kayaking, spelunking…
  • You must be a tomboy not “a girly girl”

      You Must Be Kidding 

#3 Mr. Rambler He writes and writes – ad nauseam; extolling his virtues, attempting to be clever and witty, enumerating his degrees, experiences, education, homes – in the past 40 years. Note : After the third paragraph, certainly most women would defer to Too Long To Read. Remember: Brevity is the soul of wit.

#4. Mr. I’ve Got Nothing: So I’ll show you bunch of pictures. This man, not a writer, decides to overcompensate and post 20 pictures of the great outdoors: sky, sea, birds, rocks, and trees. This buzz kill  ploy is deemed very boring. And, posting photographs of yourself as  a child, or with your 10 best friends or  you clad in  sunglasses and a hat? Don’t even think about it.  Call all of the above a Dead-end streetAsk a friend, neighbor, child to take  three good photos of you.

Note: Hire a writer to help you.

#5. Mr. So What if I live 3000 Miles Away- you are cute. Annie was astounded by the number of men who lived on the East Coast or Seattle or Albuquerque who wanted IM or Skype with her. Chances of impetuous coffee date, a walk along the water, with somebody in Seattle/San Diego – not going to happen. Sorry, Charlie.

Chip and Skip, two randy bachelors in Seattle, claim the women in

San Francisco are all prettier, thinner, healthier than their Seattle sisters.

So these two guys troll the 94127 zip code hoping to IM or Skype their California dreaming girls.

Good Luck with that.

 
What Works?

No Grumps Allowed; No Goofy Pictures with sun glasses and hats;

No College Essay length postings bragging about your myriad accomplishments;

No Ex-bashing – or Bragging.

Try Succinct, Sweet, Kind – It works  every time, with the right person.

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New member of the “Not Married Now” club?

coffee-mugs-datte_180Every day there are tons of new members in the

Not Married Now Club.

We walk out of the courtroom glazed, delighted, defeated, feeling numb or ecstatic and newly appointed: divorced.

Some of us throw a party – replete with champagne and pizza – or darts and beer. Others take to their beds, and watch a full season of OccupiedBroadchurch, or Happy Valley on Netflix, barely paying attention.

Some are already enmeshed in a new relationship and seek sex, refuge and understanding.

Whatever your state (grace, confusion, ire, relief) take the proper amount of processing time.

When you are ready, gently remove and discard the shroud around your heart. It may take awhile. Or not.

Next, shred the mountains of documents and go outside.

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Go Outside:  Watch the sunrise, take a walk, enjoy/join humanity in your new identity as a Single Person : Suddenly Single Not Married Now. Free at last.

Feeling odd and out of sorts or splendid?

Take your time to return to a social whirlwind or even to a small gust of activity. Even though 50% of us have walked through the valley of divorce, like snowflakes: no two are alike.

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My friend once confided that her neighbor was going to the exact same divorce scenario as I had endured. Really?

She pleaded for me to consult with her neighbor. I reluctantly agreed – we spoke on the phone-indeed, there were a striking number of similarities.

Girls, we aim to please – it is what we do. (Oprah calls it as “The Disease to Please) I agreed to meet Jaquie for coffee.

She had six months of divorce filings, co-parenting, and attorney meetings under her belt. Evidently, I was considered “An Expert Witness” with years worth of E-Ticket divorce-land experience.

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She came to the coffee shop with her boyfriend, Clive, whose picture I had just seen on Match.com.

He stayed just a minute, said he was, “Going to pop out and go shopping.” Yes, he did shop around.

Jaquie and I fell into an easy conversation as similar as we were – we were worlds apart.

She’s been married for 9.75 years and her father-in-law was a multi-millionaire. He had invented Post-it notes or glue 0r something very significant.

She reported she had huge financial resources and that she might go back to school and become a pastry chef. She and Clive had been together for three months and she was quite smitten.

(I checked later that day, Clever Clive was alive and looking on Match.com) Red flag, sweetheart!

The more we spoke, the quicker the similarities evaporated. Our differences expanded like those skinny sponges – simply add water and, bingo! You don’t even recognize the original, flat concept. She was on her own path. Ta, ta!

Keep your divorce to yourself

Good friends may inquire about your divorce. There is no reason to bore them with the details. So, hire a therapist. Level with your therapist. Take a spinning class – do all kinds of catharsis, but don’t bore your friends and family.

Welcome to The Club

And know: when you walk into the store, the library, or the post office: 50% of the people in line are also divorced… and that group at Starbucks, and that class you are taking? Yep, truth be told: 50%.

Carpe diem, darlin. Welcome to the club, You are not alone,fireweolslsls

 

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The Top 10 Rules of The Manly Men

From the Vault….

We’ve seen all the “Rule Books” on dating, mating, flirting, and living – written by women.

At last a guy, Mr. ANON, has taken the time to write create this:

‘”A List of Rules From the Manly Man Point of View”

Note: Because these are the Manly Men Rules they are all numbered ‘#1.’ for a purpose ~ each: is equally as important.

 

1. Men are not mind readers. We are rugged, brawny, handsome and handy – we just don’t have the ESP gene – spell it o-u-t, sweetheart.

1. Sunday Sports are of the highest importance. They’re like the full moon, or the stars, the sky – our True North. It’s not the day to drag us to mall and make us hold your suitcase-sized purse as you try on 15 pair of identical black slacks. We crave Sunday Sports – be a sport – and hand us the remote control, please.

1. Shopping is NOT a sport. And no, we are never going to think of it that way.

1. Ask for what you want. Let us be clear on this one: subtle hints do not work. Strong, loud, hints don’t work. Call us primitive – it is obvious your soft, cute little hints are not effective. You don’t ask – you don’t get…

1. ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ are perfectly acceptable answers to almost every question. We are succinct. Especially during commercials.

1. Come to us with a problem only if you really want help solving it. That’s what we do. Sympathy, gossip, chatting endlessly are what your wonderful girlfriends are for. Use them.

1. Memories: Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument. In fact, all comments become Null and Void after 7 Days.

1. If you think you’re fat, you might be – or you are looking for a compliment… and reassurance…first check a mirror, then come to us…and, Never on a Sunday.

1. If something we said can be interpreted two ways and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, we really meant the other one. Honest.

1. You can either ask us to do something or tell us how you want it done. Not both. If you already know best how to do it, just do it yourself. If you want company and camaraderie – ask us. After you’ve called your girl friends.

1. Commercial Value: whenever possible, please say whatever you have to say during the TV commercials.

1.Following our bliss ~ Christopher Columbus didn’t need directions and pride prevents us from breaking the mold. Work with us—that’s why God invented maps and GPS.

1. The Color of the Wind: All men see in only 16 colors, like the Windows default settings. Men all know Peach, for example, is a fruit, not a color. Pumpkin is also a fruit. We have no idea what mauve is. Chartreuse is a drink…we are a little color blind.

1. If we ask ‘what is wrong’ and you say ‘nothing,’ we will act like nothing’s wrong. Of course, we know you are less than honest, but, darlin, it’s just not worth the hassle.

1. If you ask a question that you really don’t want an answer to, Girl up, and expect an answer you don’t want to hear.

1. Skirting the issue: when we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear is fine… really.

1. Don’t ask us what we’re thinking about ~~unless you are prepared to discuss such topics as football. Or Golf. Baseball. Tennis. Ping Pong. Bowling. Biking. Hiking. Rowing. Camping.

Thank you for reading this. (The author writes: “Yeah, I know, I have to sleep on the couch tonight…manly men really don’t mind that… It’s just like camping. But different. Sweet dreams. See you in the morning? Right? Those jeans really make you look thin. Really.”

xxoo

Date Bait: Want to hook a honey for Christmas? Best Match.com on

Merry Merry – and she got married…

Suddenly Single... Minded

Patty W. lives in Pasadena and was single/again for two years befor she signed up for Match.com

In a flight of fancy, she filled out the online dating questionaire and in a short while,( read: one week)  she met the Love of Her Life. Yes, Binkie, it happens.

Patty in Pasadena

Hi. I am happy and positive, sensual, physically fit, passionate about life and very self-assured. Friends describe me as open, thoughtful and caring with an empathy for others.

You want and truly value a partner who is loyal and can be there for you, in all ways, and support your needs as well as your own. 
You’re active, attractive, eager to explore, intellectually curious and like to play. 
 
You have a busy and engaged life you love, but want a partner and best friend to share the highs and the lows with, and to grow together. You love…

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Happy Birthday: The Wild Bunch turns 50: Celebrate or celibate?

A coterie of friends from college – they are eight women who met when they were girls

and gracefully blossomed into women partied hearty this weekend.

They were turning 50 and wanted to kick up their heels. The self-appointed scribe of the group,   Mitzi, sent in a recap of the ladies weekend. Through the decades, the friends have been through the highest highs and the lowest lows. Mitzi indicated, at times, life was like heaven (weddings, babies, careers, white picket fences, celebrations) and hell, (teenagers, parents dying, and making ex-husbands).

The Wild Bunch gather annually to celebrate life and take a pulse on each other’s recent developments.

Updated Statistics: Some Suddenly Single?

As fate would have it, six of the women are single and blithely swimming in the dating pool. After their celebration with Champagne and exquisite pink cupcakes, punctuated with storytelling and paroxysms of laughter, the women compiled their own top ten list entitled:

“Our Top Ten ‘Life is Short and I Won’t:

1. I won’t eat at a place with the words “Squat” and “Gobble” in the name.

2. I won’t respond to a man who sends me a photo of him enshrouded in a hat and sunglasses.

3. I won’t be impressed with anyone who sends a canned greeting (Hello Angel, does God know you left heaven?) <wink> <wink>

4. I won’t meet anyone for a date in a parking lot, a bowling alley, or the Indy 500.

5. I won’t kiss and tell, but I might kiss again. And, again.

6. I won’t hesitate to delete grumps, grouches, boors, less than honest people from my life.

7. I won’t waste time with people who see the glass as chipped, broken or empty.

8. I won’t miss the opportunity for a hug or a kiss. Holding hands is a priority. To mis-quote Ogden Nash,  “Candy is dandy – liquor is quicker and supine is divine.”

9. I won’t wear Crocs, Uggs, Sweats, backpacks, Lanz nighties, shoulder pads, granny glasses or acid wash jeans,

10. I won’t let anyone rain on my parade. Life is a cabaret. I will sing and dance like my hair is on fire.

The remarkable “The Wild Bunch” default to laughing, sharing, and supporting one another – 30 years ago they were new at the dating game- and here they go again – back in the dating saddle again.

Wishing them luck, hugs and kisses.


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