Top10 Places to Meet Women in Marin

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Where do you go to meet women in Marin County? Everywhere… Demographics~ darling. It’s all about demographics. Take a look:  there are more single women, per capita, than single men… Here are The…

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Three Fails

Falling under the topic of: What Not to Do on (etc)

Here are three photos worth viewing – so as to know what not to do…


and a Man in a dress is an Epic Fail – you may think it is an attention getter, and indeed, it is – however, it is the wrong kind of attention. Henry-in the dress- a newly-single doctor in Greenbrae, headlined this photo with “I put the fun in funnel.” Really? Oh Henry.

Burke-Galero in real cardinal hat

Kimberly, on the other hand,  posted a photo of herself pretending to be hard at work. She gets points for whimsy and romance.


Men always want to be a woman’s first love – women like to be a man’s last romance.

Oscar Wilde


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Danger Dating: Texting – Road to perdition?

Testing…giving up THE Ghost?

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bad photos12Is Texting a pit stop on the Road to perdition?

 The trouble with texting…

 On their first date, Chandra (25) fell fast and hard for Tim (27)–he was fun, flirty and full of ideas for cool dates: hikes, concerts, and day trips. Their original coffee date lasted three hours and went from lattes in Laurel Village to a walk around Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park. 

They agreed to make plans. That night, he sent her a text, which morphed, into a heavily flirtatious stream. An hour flew by; he signed off with the risqué version of ‘sleep well.’  Three nights later, he texted her with an amusing opening line. She bit. She rolled right into “coquettish” and he double entendre his way around cheeky and lusty, in no time.

After the short rhetorical romp- laced with innuendo, Chandra pulled up the drawbridge and thought her come-on might have…

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Put me in, coach – Dating coaches tips


It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy…

A good friend, Matt, is new to the Dating Whirl. Divorced for two years,  he is still in that quasi-reclusive stage.

Perhaps the way he was treated by wacky judges and aggressive lawyers took the joie de vivre and the starch out of him.

Friends encouraged him to get ‘Out There’ and date.  They regaled him with so many successful dating  stories and, yet, he was hesitant to go beyond a second date. No, I  didn’t say second base.

Serendipity happens

Matt recently attended a Medical Equipment Sales Conference at the downtown Hilton.  He said the hotel was teeming with conventioneers.   On the first day, he noticed dozens of women, and a handful of men, flocking to a particular ballroom near his meeting room.  He said there were a ton of pink balloons and multiple  giant vases with red roses at the entrance to the ballroom where all the women seemed to be heading.

Impulsively, he joined  a “swarm” of fast-talking, fast-moving women and entered the  huge room with them. He deftly removed his name tag and folded his suit jacket over his arm and sat down.

The attractive woman next to him started chatting him up, not realizing she was sitting next to the King of Small Talk.  In no time he realized the sign:  WRD/LCC was at a Western Region Dating / Life Coach Convention. His first impulse was to dash – a major impostor, he might be discovered. Then, our hero decided  sit back, relax and thought,  “What a deal!”

Matt is an interesting guy.  He has enjoyed great success in his career and is a total Mid- West – never met a stranger- kind of a guy.

His 10 year marriage evaporated when his wife ran away with the pool boy – actually, with the guy who owned the Tri-State Pool Installation mega-corporation.

So, Matt, listened and became the totally intrigued interloper. He tells of  being fascinated by what he learned from the panel of optimistic and opinionated Dating Coaches. Ho took notes. He also handed out his business card and met “people” (aka single women.) 


One morning – two hours – a crash course in dating and he was launched  into the dating stratosphere. He stayed for the morning presentations and was dazzled by the flood of information about on-line dating.
And, there were single, attractive women everywhere. Kismet.Treat

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New Year’s Fun Resolutions: date more laugh often

Put Romantic Resolutions

on your romance radar this year

Recycle – Save More- Laugh More- Find Fun

You can’t swing a cat without hitting …a list of suggestions for dull New Year’s Resolutions. Why not kick start romance and relationships goals? See here:

Recycle -Your friends. Introduce your friends to one another. Invite 5 to 10 single friends, (colleagues, contacts, acquaintances) to a café  (pub, park, picnic,) for a casual get-together. No expectations except to meet new people. Encourage each single person to bring another. Aim for 50/50 – men and women.

Eat Better – Dine around with friends.
Tuck in and share a meal with friends. (See above) Start a monthly “Dine Around Cuisine Club.”  Choose a new neighborhood, new cuisine, or style. Try Fondue, French or Fusion. One famous SF Group, The Food Sluts, dine around and suggest  going  from PJ’s Oyster Bed, to a dining bed at
San Francisco’s Supper club where soup to nuts are served to you- while in a supine position-in bed.

Save More – Time for Fun. Each week, put away one day (or night) to play, go someplace totally new, push the envelope and be open. Seek Out another partner in crime and scour this column for ideas as well as the Pink Section, and Johnny Fun Cheap, Pacific Sun…

chamoageeeLearn Something New– It’s a New Year and time to fill in those little white squares on your calendar.

Accomplish one small thing in 2018 (see One Small Step Can Change Your Life by Robert Maurer PhD)    Gotta dance? Learn Zydeco or Waltz: take Dance Lessons; join a running, walking, hiking, stamp collecting group. Happy New Year

Learn a Romance language, sweetie. Improve your Body Language.

Get Out – Push away from all the Screens(televisions, computers, remote controls, Blackberries, Ipads) Go outside and visit: a park, North Beach or South Beach, explore The City, try a new café, museum, or a gallery. Rent a bike and glide over the Golden Gate Bridge to Marin County – take the ferry back. Book tickets for Giants Spring Training.

Now is the time for all good boys and girls to come to the aid of fun. Make it your goal to have lots more fun in 2018

San Francisco Dating@50 Examiner, Page Larkin, welcomes your feedback, questions and queries at

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Lying on your profile like a newt

Lies with her Eyes

Tell the truth?

              It doesn’t pay to get risky with romance and the trut

Newt, a self-proclaimed historian and educator, found himself suddenly single after years of rocky marriages and dead-end flings. A man who could talk for days about Weierstrass factorization theorem and Pythagorean theorem, found he now failed miserably when it came to honest conversations with women.

Urged by a cadre of male friends, Newt decided to enter into the world of online dating and to start having fun again. As a youth, he was the epitome of a nerd; he had been mildly popular in high school. He met and married Wendy in college, divorced, married twice more and now, years later, he was “free at last.”  He had a slight problem with both managing money and his memory, but decided to be bullish and forge ahead.

Daunted by the EHarmony Herculean task of completing dozens of pages of questions, Newt went straight to, signed up and paid his dues. Then he called his best friend, Freddie M, the clever copywriter from the ad agency downtown. The two friends met over a couple pitchers of martinis and proceeded to create a highly embellished profile.

Dressing up the Naked Truth

At the end of the fiction writing expedition, Newt sounded like a cross between Brad Pitt and Warren Buffet and Jimmy Buffet; he had it all: looks, money and margaritas. With the magic of Photoshop, the plump and graying guy was superimposed into pictures at the Taj Mahal, standing next to a Porsche and standing in front of a Rolls Royce at the Casino in Monte Carlo.

Sports were Newt’s bete noire.

He spent free time writing fake Trip Advisor reviews, book reviews  and he was glued to his iPhone.

Not a problem: Freddie M, the wizard with words, knew all the chick-magnet verbs and magically Newt had an interest in cooking, hiking, biking, skiing, and camping. The sweater vest had to go.

Within no time, the two created their own manly-man version of Eliza Doolittle. Newt went from a thrice married, nerdy engineer-type to savvy bachelor. Throwing caution to the wind, they hit the ‘send’ button and ‘Brad the bon vivant’ was born. He was younger, taller, thinner, wealthier and up and running.

Caught between the Truth and a Hard Place?

The two men decided, if they were caught,  any ‘little white lies” were because they did not have access to records and notes that would help their recollection, thereby providing an out in case of any misstatements.

Clever boys? No. Newt was good at this… he said he ‘disclaimed responsibility’ for much of the fiction in his profile.

Parable: Lying is bad form; remember the truth will set you free – and lying on an online profile means risky business.

The two men had no idea of the firestorm of attention they were about to create.





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Are you In the dark?

Exactly Which is The Darkest Hour?

Today in Our Nation’s Capital?


Winter Solstice

Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 8:28 am PST

The winter solstice is the day with the fewest hours of

sunlight in the whole year.

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Mill Valley Triple Play Date?

Dear Reader: Great Dates happen all the time – it takes a little Chemistry, luck, and effort.

Check this out:


Dear Page
I’ve had so many blind dates- I should get the dog for free.
Today I had the best blind date in the history of… of …well, me!
After a flurry of emails, texting, and phone calls – and that superficial ‘friend’ ship on Facebook – we agreed to meet.  Happily, we both live within walking distance of downtown Mill Valley.  We agreed to meet at the Depot Bookstore in the Historical Fiction Section. No, he was not wearing a carnation-however, his broad smile was a giveaway.
We walked across the street to fabulous Equator, Marin’s best Coffee shop, to get a superb frozen latte and chat for a while. Click!
From there we walked a few short blocks to my very favorite building~ the Mill Valley Library… (Slight detour at the ravishingly beautiful Redwood park)

After exploring the library we continued walking up hills and dales for a couple of hours. Famished – we had a wonderful meal at my favorite restaurant La Ginestra…amazing menu – great wine – super service.
He agreed to join me at Book Passages in Corte Madera for ‘Poetry Night’ organized by the Marin Poetry Center’s Traveling Show.
We arrived as famed Marin Performance Poet, Charselle, was being introduced. We were totally mesmerized and very entertained.  Charselle is the consummate performer – poet, writer – she had the audience in the palm  of her hand. We both laughed at the same jokes. Good sign.

Time waits for no one: And then this Cinderella had to catch the next pumpkin back to reality…but not before realizing what a magical day I had shared.
Hmmm, Prince Charming might exist after all.
Love, Buffy ( aka Janice

Dear Janice,  Congrats on putting it our there online and air- kissing a few frogs before this terrific guy came along. Don’t over-think it.

Merry Christmas, Page



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Hey! Have yourself a sexy little Christmas

Recipe for Romance?

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 Your Recipe for Romance

If things are a little Frosty and you want ‘Joy to the World’ ~ not  another Silent Night…

Oh, come on, all ye faithful and take note: here is the Christmas Recipe for romance for a party for two – no reservations.

The Romance Recipe must haves:

1. Candlelight – nothing says ambiance like votive candles flickering on table tops and throughout

2. Bubbles -Choose  Champagne or Proseca or Martinelli’s Sparkling cider or Perrier…

3. Music – Go Classic: Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Andrea Bocelli…Try Spotify….Need A Top 20 List?

4. Ambiance – Oh, Christmas tree? A $10 wreath from Trader Joe’s placed inside your home adds fragrance and instant atmosphere.

Three Easy Steps

1.) Shop

2.) Decorate and

3.) Prep the merry meal.


Today’s grocery stores are so one-stop shopping. At Mollie Stones you can buy the meal, the wine, the flowers…

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Dating at 50: Scam of the week

Buyer beware on

Each week, readers send in their most outrageous online dating scams. Some are good, some are really bad and some are ugly.

The Scam of the Week:
What is Truth?

He lives in San Francisco, went to Cal, and has that second home in Monte Carlo. He is 6’2, has silver hair and says he is an entrepreneur; he works out 1-2 times a week and brags he makes $150,000 a year. He is picture perfect – his handsome photo is as though it is out of a catalog – wait – it is from a catalog!

Without any editing from this end – Catalog Man writes: “I am a SF Bay area native, graduated Berkeley, although I have lived in New York, while working there I can safely say to you, I am reliable, punctual, humorous, evolved and I do not misrepresent anything about myself. Mymodesty, please!”

Given the grammar and sentence structure, it is safe to say he didn’t study English at Berkeley. And what pastimes and hobbies does the debonair entrepreneur enjoy? “Baseball, chest and usually watching Movies and frequenting restaurants and playing tennis…I trade Stocks/Bonds and aware of most events in the world”

You have to like a guy who frequents restaurants and ‘watches movies’ and plays “chest.” And, he is ‘aware of most events in the world’. That’s hot. No, you can’t make this up – but he did, and it makes for an entertaining read. Caveat Emptor, kiddies,


When it comes to describing his faith, Catalog Man waxes purely nonsensical as he writes,” I am not Atheist nor Agnostic. The natural world is amazing. Yet it’s hard for me to believe that the viewable universe and dimension we live was formed just by Noble gases and Complex Carbon compounds…So I believe in a “living” Higher Power or God.”

And the piece d résistance, Mr. Scam I Am writes, “I am very picky in my associations with people and women. Not perfect by any means, but considerate of others as to myself…”  This profile is as holy as a Belgian lace hankie.

Buyer always beware. Whether it is the sweet, young, kindergarten teacher from Ohio who winks at you or the dashing Catalog Model from San Francisco who loathes “snapshots” and winks every day for a week: Exercise caution.

Only you can prevent the scam attack. For every scam, there are hundreds of fine, well meaning, sincere singles waiting to meet you. Have fun.

Be careful out there.


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