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Dating and trick or treating – the same?

night-995191__180Have you noticed: your first date and trick-or-treating

hauntingly similar?

Both require identical preparations and it’s all about wear and where.


Dressing – or selecting a costume- for Trick or Treating on Halloween and for that all-important first date requires an inordinate amount of time. You want to look good and make a statement. You forage through closets and drawers to select the right thing to wear. Women often aim for hauntingly beautiful or the girl-next-door costume. Good advice for guys is to appear like more like a superhero, less like a monster.


Deciding where to go Trick or Treating or for a first date requires that you carefully plan and plot. Both parties agree to meeting in a safe, well lighted neighborhood. You naturally avoid ‘dark and spooky,’ at all costs. You agree upon the perfect witching hour. Your spirits are up, and it’s time! The scariest thing that can happen? You don’t look like your picture. One of you is spooky, kooky or creepy.  Your costume is all-wrong. At the end of the night, you want to think, “Sweet!”  You don’t want to walk away thinking, “What a witch,” or “What a monster,” and return home empty handed.

Remember: A few kisses are good. You want to avoid sours, Nerds, Screaming Yellow Zonkers, Snickers, jawbreakers and gobstoppers.

Relax, enjoy one another and skip the trick, have fun and go straight for the ‘treats’.

Don’t try this at home:  2015 Spookiest Costume: Donald Trump, the Koch brothers, Marco Rubio, Shrimp Boy…

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Top 10 reasons he is going to ask you out again

First and Foremost







 Top Ten Reasons Date #2 is a given…

1. You look exactly like your photographs and he says, “Your pictures don’t do you justice.”

2. You offered to pay half – you are obviously thoughtful and evolved.

3. You laughed – with each other – a lot. Comfort level established.

4. You both had one drink – hey, first date.

5. They are as tall or taller than you (this may/may not matter)

6.You felt comfortable and at ease with each other

7. You have things in common: similar taste in sports, books, food, movies, dogs, skydiving, etc

8 You both have had ‘challenges’ in life and survived nicely.

9. You each have an “amusing” Internet dating story. And can laugh about it.

10 You both had fun and were relaxed and are looking forward to the next date.

“Women desire men’s desire of them” Freud

Dance lessons? Gentlemen, start your dance cards…

May I have this dance? Girls like boys who dance

It’s not a secret – women flock to dance classes- it’s what we do …

Looking for a few good men…cha cha cha

Salsa, cha cha, tango, waltz and West Coast Swing are the rage. Again.

Perhaps “Dancing with the Stars” has inspired some of the floods of singles signing up for dance classes. Maybe not.

Boogie by the Bay-the consummate West Coast Swing event of the year, a three-day marathon of dancing, workshops, lectures, lessons and more dancing until the cows come home. The energetic event was a magnet for hundreds of dancers and want-to-be-dancers.

Kids as young as 12 and as mature as 80, pranced, danced in the multiple ballrooms at the Burlingame Hyatt Hotel. They began the Beguine each morning at ten o’clock sharp and hustled to the dance floor to quick step, drive, swing, step, step, twirl and whirl while they  tripped the light fantastic. Dancers reveled until after three o’ clock in the morning.

The Left Coast is the Best Coast

West Coast swing and champion, teacher and icon, Kelly Casanova – was in the house. Casanova is two-time US Open Swing Dance Champion, national instructor & judge, and award recipient of the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame. Casanova displays an enormous talent, humor and style. She taught the first workshop of the day to over 100 passionate (experienced) and petrified (beginner) dancers. She encouraged, inspired, and entertained the energetic dancers.

Beginner? Her classes in Mill Valley, Santa Rosa and Emeryville are absolutely user-friendly and very popular.

Women Love Men Who Dance

It’s not a secret: from the lines in the loo, to the buffet, and the midnight dessert run, women all heartily agreed; men who dance are a lot more fun and a lot more interesting.

Marin County Writer, Producer and  Filmmaker, Mary Keill’s Indie movie, “Swing” stars Jacqueline Bisset and a small galaxy of stars anda bevy of local dancers. A great film – all about Swing, dreams, dancing, drama- a gem. Look for it.

The Take away: Gentlemen start your lessons: Take beginner lessons, have fun and practice, practice, practice.

Three Local Hot Spots for dancing

Go out in the world and work like money doesn’t matter, Sing as if no one is listening, Love as if you have never been hurt, and Dance as if no one is watching”

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