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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.

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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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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

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? 

ShampainCocktails

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

 

Brilliant

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.          

 Slàinte!

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….

 

Peculiar

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.
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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.

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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.




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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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San Francisco Dating@50 Examiner, Page Larkin, welcomes your feedback, questions and queries at page.larkin@gmail.com

 

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

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We love The “Golden Gate” Warriors

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Happy Birthday, Golden Gate Bridge



May 27, 1937 The Grand Opening
“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

Yes! Yes! Yes! San Francisco Giants dwarf competition

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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.”

Gianni VersaceiNEW_like-you

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