Meeting other couples

The dinner party was a celebration of a friend’s new home and his son’s college graduation.

My date and I were seated a table with four others couples. The conversations ran the gamut from the SF Giants, the 49-er’s, summer plans, wine, comments on the fabulous meal, the beautiful night and our gracious hosts.

One couple asked us about our kids and we laughed and we disclosed we were “Dating-not-married,” – that we had met online. There was rousing laughter and two other couples revealed they, too, had met on

Dating Stories 101

If you were to ‘google’ Reviews for you will come across the Good, the bad, the very bad and the horrible. It seems as though people with nightmare dating experiences talk the loudest and the most often.


FACT: Married people love to hear dating stories. Truth be told, they want to hear about the terrible, horrible, no good, disaster dates. ( See HERE). Evidently, those are far more fascinating than the cloyingly sweet: “We met and live happily ever after.”

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Merrily, merrily…..


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Speed Dating – the brakes vs the breaks

Speed dating 101 – too much, too soon, too fast

Putting the Brakes on Speed Dating

There was a Speed Dating event at the nearby Unitarian church. The irony was not lost on me. Things moved way too fast; the so-called ‘Happy Hour’ lasted 15 minutes. That should have been my first clue. The two identical-blonde facilitators, Leah and Lisa, in little black dresses and too much lip-gloss, were very upbeat, well rehearsed and acted like cruise directors.

The rules were so reminiscent of grammar school, I almost bailed. Boys on one side, girls on the other. After the divide and conquer directives, the two cruise directors launched into a lively pep talk-sales pitch. They quipped about what happened at the event the night before and their astounding romance success rate. Blonde A. rattled off staggering statistics about couples meeting in this rapid romance forum. Her mantra seemed to be “Do the math”.

So, I did. Furtively, I looked around the room and noticed everybody was doing the same. Yep, we could do the math; there were 24 men and 30 women. Any bookie would tell you, those were not good odds. On the boy’s side of the room there were 10 guys around 40 and the other half who lived in the neighborhood of 50-something.

Hurry Up and waitaminute…

Blonde B. referred to an over-sized foam board with covered with brightly colored stick figures. Deftly, she moved the stick figures to and fro resembling a shell game. She summarized the chart, a la Vanna White, revealing that the more single people you meet, the more you will date and the quicker you will live happily ever after. C’est fini.

A bell rang and, we were off to the races.

The Secret to Happiness? Low Expectations

The evening ended as fast as it started. On the Merry Go Round of Men, I met Chas, a veteran of fast flirting. He said he meets more appealing women playing “Grown-up Musical Chairs” than anywhere else. Laconic and easy-going, Chas said once a month he ponies up the $40.00 and plays. When asked if the allotted seven minutes was enough time to tell if person sitting across from you was a “match”, he laughed heartily. As he moved to the next chair, he gave me his card and said he was not looking for his twin.     (He has a two PhD’s in Engineering) He just wanted someone to go to movies,  and museums with, and hike, play and maybe, try kayaking. Nothing more, nothing less.

Sounded like the perfect foundation for a friendship and more. NOTE: Always good to have a business card to exchange…

All Aboard! Give Speed Dating a Whirl

The San Francisco Speed Dating Merry Go Round is fun, dynamic, frustrating and totally like a Clint Eastwood movie: Good, Bad, and Uncanny. You will meet a large number of new people in a short amount of time. Go with a light heart, a sense of humor, do the math, and and you will be highly entertained. Next.

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Worst Online Dating Pic?

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Originally posted on Suddenly Single in Marin:
A quick look on  and here are five examples of “What not to do” when selecting photographs for your online dating profile. Can you tell what is wrong in each picture? Harry Harley is “selling”…

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No Parking In San Francisco: meter maids gone wild?

Dear Page Larkin:

I’m one of those ‘Bridge and Tunnelers’ you write about.

But San Francisco doesn’t open up her Golden Gates for me. Oh, yeah, we all come over the Bridge to the bright lights, hot restaurants, great shopping and zero parking.

Last week, I got two parking tickets in San Francisco.

The funny thing, one was imaginary. Get this: I pulled over to the side, engine running, looking for address of a first date with a hot connection.  A meter maid came along and advised me to move on. I moved instantly. Three weeks later, I  received a $55.00 parking ticket in the mail for that day and time. Really?

I know San Francisco has really big bills, who doesn’t?  Word on the street is that San Francisco makes $90 million a year on parking tickets.

drinxThat night, I had a hot date for dinner in the Marina District.
Like you write about the Marina, I fed the parking meter handfuls of quarters. For a two hour parking experience, set my timer, was back in the car one hour and 59 minutes only to find a parking ticket on my windshield. My date was mad, I was really ticked off. Ruined the evening.

San Francisco doesn’t want me to visit– doesn’t want my dining dollars, doesn’t want me to shop on Union Square, doesn’t want me the Marina District at my favorite bars and restaurants.

I protested both tickets – the irony: I had to pay $8.00 to park and contest the ticket. Fact: San Francisco considers all parkers guilty and are rarely, so I’m I told, dismisses the ticket. So the time I took off to drive to the City (two hours) and pay for parking ($8.00) only to learn “No- ‘we don’t dismiss tickets.”

I’ll only be dating women in Mill Valley, Corte Madera in San Rafael. They welcome me with open arms, decent parking meters and free parking on Sunday!

Bye, San Francisco. I’ll stay on my side of the bridge. Max in Marin

ear Max,

You need a Lyft

Don’t give up the ship. Aviod the City’s parking debacle – hop on the fabulous Larkspur ferry, the bus, car share. San Francisco is a goldmine for fun, unique, exciting and worthwile venues. Give it  another try. Take a Lyft

Peace, Page

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Worst Online Dating Pic of the Week

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Dating 2018 – too much, too soon, too fast?

“Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen…”

There is much banter and ballyhoo about the challenges of modern dating.

Some say that Dating 2018 is too much, too soon, too fast. Profiles on dating sights like Match, Tinder, Eharm are said to be more revealing than a see-though blouse. Some claim to prefer a more dignified and seductive pace with more mystery involved.       Is the solution: Go Retro? Sock hops, blind dates, spin the bottle?

Group of Multiethnic Diverse Cheerful People

…What  about the once popular Blind Date? Could blind dates be a to new way-to-go? Could the awkward, yet, mysterious blind date make a comeback?   Overheard recently at Café Rigolo in Laurel Village: “I’ve been on so many blind dates, I should get the guide dog for free”.  But, that’s only one point of view.

There are myriad companies trying to attract the millions of singles looking for love on line. If you are ready to toy with someone’s affections – there is a toy on the market guaranteed to make you laugh. It’s full off razzle, dazzle and wonder.   You’ll wonder: why?


It’s the Electronic Spin the Bottle. Yes, the tedious spinning of that cumbersome empty Cabernet Sauvignon bottle has now been alleviated. For a mere $9.99 you can buy a spinning, lighted, electric, bottle. It gives a whole new meaning to get on the buss.

Hands down, the best way to belly up to the dating trough is with humor and a sense of joie de vire. Seriously. Have fun.

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No Pants Day in San Francisco? Try it on

There is a movement afoot to try on May 6 as

National No Pants Day

Likely, those celebrating Cinco de Mayo at a famed tequila bar, like Tommy’s Mexican, and others swilling way too much Patron tequila- might feel inspired and inclined to participate in No Pants Day.

Would it Kill You to Laugh?                  

This proposed fashionable holiday encourages people (more like members of the ephemeral 20 – 30 club) to don miniskirts, very long shirts, wild boxers of every shape and color- the more bizarre the better. Is there a fashionable alternative?

Once upon a time,a long time ago, The Gap was the single, solitary, go-to-store for all non-Levi pants. Unlike today, the stores were very few and far between, and as popular as Margarita, last night.

Sexiest Store in San Francisco – Ladies Go Gaga for Kilts

Smart women park their cars at the Sutter/Stockton Garage, not because it is reasonable, but because around the corner is the sexiest store on Union Square.

No, Binkie, not Victoria’s-can’t keep a-Secret; the Kilt Store, also known as William Glen & Son.

In addition to a vast collection of stunning sweaters, tweeds, woolens, Scottish Whiskey and all things remotely Scottish, there’s always a good-looking man clad in a handsome kilt, standing around. Forget the hackneyed cliché about a man in a uniform; a man in a kilt is a thing to behold. William Glen & Son sells and, sit down for this, rents kilts. Now, that is inspired. You can rent a kilt. What a great solution to No Pants Day.

So, on No Pants Day, drop thou trou, thou bloomers, britches, pantaloons and pedal pushers. Cancel your slacks and your sweats, chaps,and chinos.

Get kilt at William Glen and Son.

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The Matchmaker Rip Off? Dating 101

Scam Alert: Beware the So Called Matchmakers

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gallowayrind-930410__180The Big Matchmaker Rip Off? A rose by any other name…

CA Singles has lots of names: Sonoma Singles, Walnut Creek Singles, and Sacramento Singles…Ironically, they call themselves “A Matchmaking Service.“

Evidently, Service is one thing you wont find. And Matches? Not going to happen. They will take your money. And promise you dates galore. They have “sales offices” all over the state.


Mike W. (67, runner, widow, photographer, chef) reports Janelle in Santa Rosa interviewed him. In a 90-minute interview, she sold him the Dating Deluxe 18-month, $6000 program.

He was told they had approximately 800 people who were potential matches for him when he signed up. Wowser! Mike W was elated. A successful businessman and widow of two years, he was ready to pony up this extravagant amount of money for such high returns.

His Matchmaker confided, they didn’t use a computer (those new fangled contraptions.) Everything was done…

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The real secret to Dating at 50+ Success?

The Secret to Dating Success? Read this:

Suddenly Single in Marin

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 What is the current, sexy, top secret to dating success?

Pssst: It doesn’t involve  diamonds, lavish gifts  or Champagne and flirty bon mots at Cavallo Point. Hot cars, high heels, or hefty portfolios are not the piece de’ resistance. Even the sculpted, varnished Barbie or Ken Doll Perfect, nip and tuck, make-over isn’t the key.

The passport to meeting the love of your life, or your newest friend, or your Date for Life is simple: Low Expectations.

couple-437987__180Blinded by fairy tales, unrealistic dreams, gently inflated egos and sky-high hopes for Prince Charming – or a really sexy Cinderella – Single and 50 people cruise by one another all  day long...

Get real.

Delete the:  “My Man Must over 6′, healthy, wealthy and wise” or “She Should Be: athletic, svelte, sexy, and able to change into a little black dress or jeans in the blink of an eye.”

Lower your expectations –  

Smile and  say…

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Top 10 Reasons he will ask you out again

Yes! Top 10 Reasons- Second Date

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wedding-495271__340We all do it. We wonder, mull, ponder and dwell on it. We dissect and thoroughly analyze.

Eve is probably the only woman in history who didn’t worry about the competition.

We get bewitched, bothered and bewildered wondering if the first date went well and if he will ask you out again? Do an instant replay. While a scorecard isn’t necessary, there are some very definite clues.

Here they are: The Top 10 Reasons He Will Ask You Out Again

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

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

3. You both laughed and share a similar sense of humor. Obvious comfort level established.

4. You had one drink – and so did he. Both on very good behavior. Major points.

5. You both passed…

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