Top 10 best places to flirt

red door20111001-11Here are the Top 10 Best Places to Flirt today

1. Farmers Market’s – Sunday in San Rafael is a hot bed of activity
2. In Line at the Take Out Counter: Deli/bakery/Peets/Mollie’s. Smile and say ‘hi’
3. Wine Stores – Bev Mo, Any Wine Section – from T’Joes, to CVS
4.  Bookstores – 67% of all book buyers are women – mostly single
5. In that long long line at the airport – even the short line
6. Waiting for the Ferry (bus, jitney, metro, taxi, pedi-cab)
7. On the beach, on the river, on the Dipsea Trail, at the very end of Mountain Run
8. Dog Parks – Every hour is Yappy Hour. Single women -with empty nests- have small dogs -
9. Wine (Beer, Sake, Champagne) Tastings
10. Note: Your Very Best Bet: The Grocery Store – Safeway, The Market, TJ’s, Rainbow, or Whole Foods, etc -
All the world is a stage – and, all you have to do i. Smile and say “Hey”….

And, you’re flirting…

Repeat. Lather. Rinse.



6.0 Earthquake jolts Marin out of bed

Northern California

The vast majority of Napa to Gilroy denizens were probably fast asleep when the 6.o jolted them awake.

The quake was long enough for one to ponder, dash to a doorway and wonder how long this one would last. And then your blurry brain strains to remember – are doorways the safe solution? and Where is the Earthquake Kit? Have we updated it?

It lasted under 30 seconds and at 3:20 AM it felt like a full minute.




Was it worse than the October 1989 Quake? That is the ruler we all use to compare earthquakes. 1989 happened around 5pm …daylight…was purport to be 70 times stronger than this morning’s Wake Up Call.

Where is that Earthquake Kit?

We all need to sign up of Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness Training

( NERT in san Francisco or CERT in MARIN)

Marinities and San Franciscans know to tune in to KCBS NewsTalk Radio – for any and all natural events.


Shake, Rattle, Roll…Mother Nature is calling.

Online dating 101: You must be present to win

photo_28497_20131005Oh, no, you don’t!

You can’t sign up for an online dating site and just sit back and hope to deluged with emails, paeans, love letters and accolades.

You have to get in the game.

Rule #1. Put time and energy into the pursuit. That means – every day – you sit down at your computer and open all the emails the dating company inundates you with – scan, read, toss. Repeat. Do read the profiles, review the “perfect matches” and be open to meeting new people.


Think of a football stadium with thousands of cheering fans. It really is a blur of faces, right? Well, truth be told – your virgin voyage on the high seas of Suddenly Single Again and Dating is like a football stadium and your goal is to get noticed. There are hundreds of singles – just like you- online.

hats-7How do you stand out? Who does the TV cameraman zoom in on?

 At a televised football games – the cameraman is seeks out quirky, crazy, and cute people and photo ops. Yes, the Whack-a-delic guy-with no shirt and the colorful clown wig gets a lot of attention.

And, the guys who paint their bodies with Day-Glo paint get noticed. However, the friendly, animated, fan with the big smile, and the really enthusiastic, passionate fan get airtime, too.

You want airtime.

Do not post a photo of you five, ten or 20 pounds ago. Skip the French Maid or Batman Halloween costume. What about the hilarious Christmas Sweater photo? Not so funny. Yes, all of the above get attention, however, it is the wrong kind of attention.

Your goal in the Dating Game: Follow Rule #1: Get in the game, reach out, be open to new people, and skip kinky and bizarre.


The fool wanders, a wise man travels.

Thomas Fuller











Marin Clean Air plays dirty – Please release me – let me go

photo_21523_20120317Marin Clean Air – I can’t quit you – you won’ let me.

MCE –  Marin Clean Err

The only company in California

that  forces customers

(who don’t want their services)

to pay first  before they can quit.

photo_21517_20120317The MCE “Opt Out” Debacle – Yes, Just Sign here…

Can a single guy meet a single girl on Pinterest? Yes, you can!

Pinterest-3The New Free Dating Website?

Check out and Get Interested in Pinterest

Guys have said that their sisters, cousins, aunts and mothers all rave about Pinterest – so  they assumed it was “A no man’s land.”

Don’t dismiss Pinterest as a social media site-for-girls-only-no boys allowed. Au contra ire. Is Pinterest the new, free,

Candace (57, single –again, human resources executive, has run the Bay to Breakers three times, walked to the Dipsea, pastry chef extraordinaire, and an empty-nester) has been on Pinterest for six months. She has very eclectic interests. She started collecting “Pins” – or pictures – of vintage pinup girls. Which led to Vargas pinup’s, which led to cars, which led to an avid interest in Alfa Romeos, her dream: a Tesla, hot rods, and car collections.

Mind you, Candace has been on several times- through the years- and, virtually, struck out. On Pinterest – she felt like the ‘Princess of Interest’ with much interest in her unique pins. And, she met a number of friends- of the male persuasion – and eventually started dating Charles.

That was a year ago. They drive an Alfa Romeo.


Mark, a suddenly-single fly-fishing guide in Montana, has a passel of fabulous pictures of his favorite fly-fishing holes, rivers and streams, colorful fishing flys he crafted and a veritable book -Chamber of Commerce quality –with pictures of Montana. He decided decided to promote his love of fishing and his business and start a site on Pinterest. He had no idea it would cause such a riffle

Fact: Women fish. Fact: Women like fishermen. Mark reports his Pinterest Fly-fishing site was up for thee days and, instantly, he had followers and likes and a whole bunch of new “friends.” And he says it’s better than

Pinterest:The New Free Dating Site

Sure, it requires a modicum of imagination and time to create five ‘boards’ (collections of your favorite things) to aptly promote you and what you ‘like.”

Think about it: are you interested in sports, swimming to Alcatraz, finding the best cup of java in San Francisco, Andy Goldsworthy, Dogpatch, Pastels, The Dipsea, dogs, crafts, fishing, marathons of (—-) fill in the bank, hiking? Perhaps you have a thing for the flowers, Sunday biking or waterfalls in Golden Gate Park or the New Green Apple Bookstore, cronuts and kite-flying? Exploring and examining the City’s eclectic architecture. There are no limits.


Pinterest is Just like Boys and girls, alike: sign Up,  select a “handle,” post a complimentary photograph, write a byline:

San Francisco dreamer (55, single, father of two) – in love with North Beach, Mama’s, Graffeo Coffee, and riding across the Golden Gate Bride to Poggios in Sausalito – ferry back – is looking for a new best friend…even a date for life. Pin me!

Next, choose four or five topics you are interested in – which show off your more “attractive self.”

Create “Boards” – perhaps: Romantic San Francisco, My Favorite Haunts, Great Date Idea, Sports I  Play, Places I’ve Travelled, Dreams, Makes Me Happy,  and click on attractive photographs that resonate with you. Keep Clicking.

And, let the hunt begin!


Pinterest is Great for the non-writer – who prefes to Show not Tell.



Tinder (aka Hookups Anonymous) might not be for you…Instagram might be of interest-

Seriously, give Pinterest a look…you never know who you might ‘like’ and who may ‘like you’ even more…

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Put me in Coach: Dating Coach

Page Larkin, San Francisco Dating Coach, works with men and women to spice up their online dating profiles, update tired, old, Profile photographs and shows Singles of An Age – how to get back in the game. Contact me at

The Best of Marin County this week

Wooden foot bridge in the woods.Best of Marin this week

Best happiest County Fair in California- Marin County

Best new documentary -Brooklyn Farmer (

Best 2.5 acres rooftop garden in the whole USA- Brooklyn Grange (

Best Small Movie Theater: CineArts at Sequoia- 25 Throckmorton Ave Mill Valley

Best garden/lighting/decor store: Illumigarden in Mill Valley near Sweetwater

Best Furniture Clearance Sale: Scandinavian Design San Rafael

Best Donuts: Johnny’s Donuts in San Rafael

Best Services and Staff: Ritter House – San Rafael

Best New Film: Roger Ebert Film, “Life Itself” at the Rafael Theater

Best Mini Storage: Terra Linda Mini Storage- talk to Janet

Best six-day fireworks extravaganza nightly: Marin County Fair

Best gluten-free cakes in Marin: Beth’s Community Kitchen, Mill Valley

Best organic ice cream: Three Twins

Best new drugstore (with a Wine department) makeover: Rite Aid on Blithedale –it rocks!

Best newspaper column (written by a bartender): The independent Journal’s Jeff Burkhart: The Barfly

Best brunch and Bicycle Parade viewing: Poggio Sausalito

Best Bookstore Book Passages- Best Staff: The Karens




Not so great: Larkspur Courts – on Old Quarry Road –  the tenants forced to leave – in droves – with $800.00+ a month rent increases. Really?




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