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Brilliant riposte: Dear Page Larkin- dating dilemmas

Dear Page Larkin,

When Kath and I started dating, ((she’s 65, I’m 70) she was romantic and spontaneous. Four years later, she is less available. My job is the resason: we only see each other on weekends due to distance and driving. She claims she’s tired of the driving. I call the 18 miles from my house to her apartment “Our 18-mile Hallway.” She used to think that was romantic. Now, she wants to move into my house. I cherish my man-cave and don’t wish a full-time roommate.

Henry VIII

Dear Henry VIII

Dude, Fish or cut bait. Kath’s lack of luster may be in direct proportion to your unwillingness to take it up a notch. I imagine, at 65 she may be planning for the future and thinking your interest is waning with your dead end weekend-only arrangements.

Peace, Page

Dear Page,

I met a great guy online (retired SF Fireman, divorced thrice.) We took it very slow. We have both been hurt and have six adult kids between us. Our on-and-off again relationship took a turn for the better after he received an inheritance and could pay off all his debts. Flush, he moved in with me, redecorated my kitchen, the master bath, and transferred my pathetic garden to Sunset magazine cover. Then, much to my dismay, he got bored and started playing golf with the boys and having drinks.

My home is beautiful and empty. And, he has virtually disappeared. My friends say,  “Toss the bum out.”  I ’m thinking about going online just to look for other single men. Good idea?

Sunset Years need Sunshine

Dear Sunset Years

Close one door before you open another. Talk to the Lukewarm Fireman and tell him your feelings about six-hour golf games and drinks, thereafter.  Do you miss him? Tell him. This is your call:  decide iif you want to be a classic ‘Golf Widow’ or “In the Game?”

Carpe diem, Page

Page Larkin,

I just met George on a dating site. He is great guy by all accounts, except for one. While he says he’s divorced, he still lives with his Ex and may share the same bed.  He says it’s a very small apartment and a foldout bed in the living room is lumpy.  Should I be worried?

Besty of No Bed Bugs

Dear Betsy of No Bed-bugs

Hmm, where else could Johnny possibly sleep? Think: a cot, an air mattress, the couch, in Air B&B, a guestroom, a sleeping bag.  I would say Johnny lacks initiative and you should lack interest. Move on, girlfriend. You can do better.

Moving on,  Page

Ms. Larkin,

My randy and retired neighbor, Stan, trolls Craigslist every day in hopes of a “Nooner.”  I know his wife is a nurse – she works a classic 12-hour shift- and he invites women into his house for casual sex.  How do I know this? He told me. Should I tell his wife?

Good neighbor Sherry

Dear Good neighbor Sherry

This is classic: NOYB.  While you think you would be helping – this is none of your business.   Pay attention to your own wife, life and commitments.

Peace, Page

Hello, Page,

Since when did everyone start kissing and holding hands on the first date? I met three different men, three different nights,  for drinks downtown last week. After the second drink, they all became very lovey-dovey. I wasn’t feeling it. Am I out to lunch? 


Hello, ShampainCocktails,

You might consider trying “daytime dates” involving coffee – not cocktails – in clean well-lighted places. Let me know if you don’t experience a 100% change in attitudes and platitudes

Peace and love,Page

Dear Ms. Larkin,

My dad, “56,” has been divorced and single for 20 years.  He just announced that he wants to get married again.  He has turned into a dating machine. He goes out with a different woman three nights a week. The money he spends on dinners, drinks and flowers, etc. could buy me a condo.

He left his computer on and I looked at his dating profile. He claims to be  46, a runner, a movie buff, and a gym rat. He is not seen a gym or run a mile since high school. Shall I tell him to smarten up?

Peggy in Pleasant Hill

Dear Peggy,

NOYB:  What your dear old dad does is none of your business.  And, you are snooping and sneaky to read his private material. I’m sure you’d expect the same respect. Wish your Dad well-  it’s his romantic research. Not yours.

Peace, Page

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.  Mark Twain




Curling – Romancing the stone: Kizzle Kazzle?

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Curling, the novel and  very mysterious  Scottish sport, created in the 16th century…and Everybody’s talking about the novel sport-on-ice involving great patience and a sweeping technique.

Curling involves four players and simple equipment consisting of a 42-pound stone and brooms. The players, called Sleepers, guide the stone and frantically sweep the ice with brooms. Yes, brooms.                                                

And there’s great slang like kizzle kazzle – what’s not to like about Curling?

Cynics say Curling is like watching the famous TV Yule Log, so popular on Christmas day, because both are mildly entertaining, totally relaxing and a little slow.

Tossing the First Stone

Imagine: Scotland in 1590, freezing temps, a stark and bleak landscape and frozen rivers and ponds all around.  So what else would you do after a hearty meal of haggis, laddie?   You hit the frozen lake, with a broom and a stone and: play stone!

Thus, the birth of a game.

Curious? The cool history of Curling was written in 1890 by John Kerr. The History of Curling is often regarded as one of the comprehensive histories of the sport. Not considered light reading… few have been swept away.

Party on – Leave No Stone Unturned

Have a Curling party tonight. Decorations are easy: Brooms and Ttones are all you need. Menu planning? Please – Skip the Haggis. kilt small
Go for Single Malt Scotch, Colcannon or Rumbledethumps, or Salmon.          


I want Rumbledethumps!

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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….



You MAE go WEST, young man

The Best: Mae West Quotes

Mae West was witty, ribald, risque and naughty. She was also very smart.

A dame that knows the ropes isn’t likely to get tied up.

  • A hard man is good to find.
  • A man has one hundred dollars and you leave him with two dollars, that’s subtraction.
  • A man in the house is worth two in the street.

A man’s kiss is his signature.

A woman in love can’t be reasonable – or she probably wouldn’t be in love.

All discarded lovers should be given a second chance,   but with somebody else.

An ounce of performance is worth pounds of promises.

Any time you got nothing to do – and lots of time to do it – come on up.

Any time you’ve got nothing to do and lots of time to do it come on up.

Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly.

Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.

Cultivate your curves – they may be dangerous but they won’t be avoided.

Don’t keep a man guessing too long – he’s sure to find the answer somewhere else.

Don’t marry a man to reform him – that’s what reform schools are for.

Every man I meet wants to protect me. I can’t figure out what from.

  • Give a man a free hand and he’ll run it all over you.

  • He who hesitates… is a damned fool.

I always say, keep a diary and someday it’ll keep you.

I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it.

I believe that it’s better to be looked over than it is to be overlooked.

I didn’t discover curves; I only uncovered them.

I generally avoid temptation unless I can’t resist it.

I like a man who’s good, but not too good – for the good die young, and I hate a dead one.

I like restraint, if it doesn’t go too far.


What are men thinking? The brain of the manly man

Are men happier?

It all started when cavemen went on the Annual Mastodon Hunting Trip leaving cave women and cave children behind.

The women put the cave kids to bed early, pulled out the equivalent of Kick-a-poo joy juice, sat around the fire- invented by a woman- grunted and laughed and shared about their husbands who “acted like Neanderthals.”

Fast forward a few eons to a meeting  of  ‘The Salon’  a dozen women, all hovering around  5o, pondering about men: What makes men so happy?

Seriously, is there anything new under the sun about elusive happiness and the basics of the sexes?


Eve did it…Adam did it

From the inception of time, people have mused and metaphor-ed about little boys- frogs, snails and puppy dog tails versus little girls- sugary, spicy and everything nicely organized.

Brainy author, Louann Brizendine tackled the subject in her first book about pretty in pink The Female Brain. It didn’t take a Mensa membership to forecast Brizendine’s next book would be about men and celebrating their cerebellum. Bets were on: would the second book be shorter and less complicated?

About the same time The Male Brain came out, a simple, succinct e-mail about Men and Happiness was circulating world wide.

The illuminating and hysterical piece caught the attention of the members of ‘The Salon’.  They agreed “Why men are happier than women” is brutally honest, very clever and takes two- minutes to read – time for throwing head back and laughing heartily included.

Want To Know The Secret?   With Men:  It’s all about Number One: Men have one hair style- forever; they have one mood; and one pair of shoes and one wallet goes with every single outfit. Men are happy campers.

Truth be Told:   

Anyway and Everyday: Women simply want to know what men thinking about (answer: Sex).

We want to know what men dream about (answer: Sex).

We ponder: when it comes to flight or fright what is the limbic system of the cortex of the brain of a man thinking about? (answer: SEX)

Conclusion: Men are happy and women are luckier for it.

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In the City – we don’t like Cavs or Calves…


We love The “Golden Gate” Warriors



Happy 79th Birthday, Golden Gate Bridge


May 27, 1937
“San Francisco is one of the great cultural plateaus of the world — one of the really urbane communities in the United States — one of the truly cosmopolitan places and for many, many years, it always has had a warm welcome for human beings from all over the world.” –

Duke Ellington



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San Francisco: “A city is where you can sign a petition, boo the chief justice, fish off a pier, gaze at a hippopotamus, buy a flower at the corner, or get a good hamburger or a bad girl at 4 A.M. A city is where sirens make white streaks of sound in the sky and foghorns speak in dark grays. San Francisco is such a city.”

Herb Caen

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Yes! Yes! Yes! San Francisco Giants dwarf competition


The San Francisco Giants rule….and Win the 2014 World Series!


Sunny days ahead!

Madison + Pence, Posey, Pablo, Panik, Both Brandons and Blanco and Travis I, and very Vogel-strong…


“In the past, people were born royal. Nowadays, Royalty comes from what you do.”

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Real soccer stars? Women swoon over these two


Little known fact: Worldwide, 63% of all soccer fans are women.

We, ladies of the World,  are rabid soccer fans.

What’s not to like? Droves of handsome, young men – buff, virile, robust, at the top of their game, and, obviously  ‘Allergic to Wearing Shirts’ (as evidenced by constant furling and flinging of said shirts off their perfect torsos.)


However, the real stars of the World Cup – stealing the show are two Brits – ESPN super stars, “Men in Blazers”– Michael Davies and Roger Bennett. Clever boys: providing witty repartee, low budget and high-brow observations with a modicum of sardonic wit –are having a whole lot of fun. And we like to watch.

Word at the espresso bar and the water cooler – Davies and Bennett are the second best part of the World Cup. They are smart, playful, funny and sexy. Girls like that.


That ‘Allergic to Shirts’ bit is a real swoon, too.

“They taste-test “World Cupcakes” frosted in the colors of the opposing teams to predict the winner, a methodology they insist is just as accurate as Nate Silver’s statistical models. Like HBO’s John Oliver, they have a self-deprecating sensibility: They call their commentary “suboptimal ramblings.”



Where to meet women in San Francisco: Top 10 List


Top 10 Places to Meet Women

While at a Labor Day Picnic in Burlingame, I mentioned to a woman that I lived in San Francisco. 

In a flash, a man appeared at my elbow and said, “Hey, San Francisco is the toughest city in America to meet women.” I thought this 50-something guy was kidding, but he continued, “Where does a guy go to meet women?”  Effortlessly, I listed a dozen places and he, gratefully, asked me to write them down. And so, here goes.

The Top 10 Places to Meet Women in San Francisco

1. Probably not a  viewing of “The Interview” – not at Santa Con...But women flock to events at Fort Mason (i.e.myriad Wine Tastings, Art Events, the Orchid Show) and Open Studios in San Francisco, Marin and Berkeley.

2. Trader Joe’s – Every Sunday night from 7pm to 9pm (and, of course Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday) this place is Mecca-for-meeting.  Why? It’s where singles shop. Your job: Ask a question, like: “What is your favorite cheese here?”  or “Do you have a favorite wine?”  Be creative. There are aisles and aisles of potential encounters at Trader Joe’s And, yes, Whole Foods, Rainbow Grocery, and Safeway fall into this category. Mandatory: Smile and say, “Hey.”

3. Lectures/Events – at the Nourse Theater, the JCC, Book Passages, the Commonwealth Club, World Affairs Council;

Check out The Mill Valley Film Festival – over the Bridge – and a world away: 80% of the Volunteers are women. Women love film

Check Out: Litquake, SF Film Festivals, SFJAzz,etc. A veritable galaxy of stars – celebrated authors, musicians, politicians, and celebrities – and single men and women- appear at these venues. Arrive early. Big Clue: Talk to people in-line.

4.  SFJazz So obvious -it speaks volumes. Stellar food, incredible line up of performers, wonderful ambiance and nearby parking. This place attracts both women and men who appreciate great music.

5. Yoga Classes – Hands down this has to be the best place to meet women. Estimate: the odds are generally 10 women to one guy. Trust me, women have a soft spot in their hearts (or soles) for a guy who happens to wander into a beginner yoga class. Do a little research and find a beginner classes and start there. You’ll thank me.

6. Bookstores – Hey, it’s where we hang out. Note: over 67% of all books are sold to single women. You do the math. Suggested activity: Simply ask a question: “Is this author any good?” or “Have you read this?”  This is the way conversations start. Note: Green Apple Books opened  a new store near 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way. What are you waiting for?

7. Cupcake Shops – (Think “Sprinkles” of the famed Oprah ‘Best Pick’ genre). Okay, sweetie, so we indulge. Sit down. Have a cup of coffee and engage. The best question for you to ask might be: “Which is your favorite?” or “I want to buy my mom something special- what do you suggest?”

8. Peet’s – Women of a certain age prefer Peet’s over Starbucks and eschew Formica tabletops. Coffee shops – smile and say “Hi.”

9. Wine Shops – (D & M Wines, Beltrammo’s, Wine Impressions, BevMo ) aren’t we all looking for the same thing: a decent Pinot noir and a Bon Soir? Speak. Say hello, ask questions. 

10. The Best Place – On the Streets of San Francisco: in the elevator, walking into the store, on the 38 Geary, after the movie, at Ocean Beach, at the Sports Basement, the dog park, at church/temple,  at dim sum, at Cafe Trieste, See’s, the Marina Safeway, the Farmer’s Market, at Best Buy, at the library, in the waiting room…opportunities abound to say ‘hey’ and a follow up, “How are you?” Trite? No, Tried  true and successful.

Every single day, there are multiple opportunities to say hello. 

Remember the best line ever scripted in the History of Boy Meets Girl is, “Don’t I know you?”statues-142190__180

 Go Giants! The San Francisco Giants playing in the World Series attracts the attention and passion of  more San Francisco Women than any other sport.

Psst, guys: Here’s a little secret:

You might be happy with Sunday/Monday Night football, March Madness, and the myriad sport shows that are on every day on every channel, however, my research indicates: girls, not so much.

Be brave. Toss the remote, walk away from the mouse and monitor and get out there and play!

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What is really Hot in October? The Mill Valley Film Festival: The ides of October

Women like Flicks, Movies, Matinees, Film Stars and

The Mill Valley Film Fest is  All That

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