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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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Top 5 things to bring on a first date

kids_-7Page Larkin’s Top Five Things to Bring on a First Date:
1. Your charged Cell phone
2. Money for a taxi
3. House Keys/Car Keys

 4. Identification – Don’t leave home without it.

5. The Speed-dial phone number of your pal,  “The Contact Person” – the friend who knows exactly where you are going – with whom (Name, Rank, Serial Number) and, at what time.

Get Smart: Trust your gut – if it doesn’t feel right- it isn’t.

Not exactly what you were looking for?Always trust your intuition. There are certain logical guidelines for an initial meeting. You know when something is not right. Don’t bring or wear excessive jewelry /valuables.

Remember, Binkie, it’s a coffee date – not show and tell. (Leave the bling and the credit cards at home.)

Strangers in the Night? If you are feeling strangely uncomfortable with the person –not just nervous- excuse yourself and call it quits – gently. (“Look at the time, nice meeting you – I’ve got to go. Good luck.”)

Not a Match

It happens. If you feel compelled to provide an explanation, say you have to make a phone call, have to move your car, or meet a friend or get to work. C’est fini.

Oh, no! Horrible photo...

Wrong guy….

The Great Escape: Deal-breakers

Men and women both need ‘A Great Escape’ in a truly uncomfortable situation. Let’s say you meet your ‘Perfect Date’ and you notice the ‘Non-smoker’ reeks of smoke and has cigarettes peeking out of their pocket. Time to go? Deal breaker?

Or their rude or quirky behavior freaks you out – that simple. You are uncomfortable and something is so strange you have a visceral reaction.

Pay attention to red flags.

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