My dream: I was on The Dating Game

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My Dating Game Nightmare I dreamed I was on The Dating Game and tall, dark, and handsome Jim Lange, was the host and I was “The Bachelorette.” I was wearing Hot Pants, tights,…

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Marin County vs San Francisco: a tale of two car washes

Worlds apart…

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The trash basket near the coffee-tea-water station was overflowing. What appeared to be a perfectly executed, neatly folded “To Do List” caught my eye.

The word “Errands” –written in the most exquisite Renaissance style –was followed by this list:

  • Drop-off donations – Casa de las Madres
  • Call list of restaurants for Food Runners: need new food/supply for shelter
  • Clean out DM’s closet – deliver all to St. Anthony on Mission Street
  • Church needs men’s socks and underwear-Sunday
  • Little Sisters of the Poor- volunteer on Tuesday afternoon
  • Attend Elder Abuse Workshop/Helen Karr- at Hotel Nikko Saturday 0800
  • Drs. Without Borders = donation= kickstart
  • See Nicholas Kristof article New York Times: girls + slavery
  • Check out Shebooks get on-board
  • Old towels and sheets sheets delivered to SPCA for puppies

Who was this generous, altruistic, person? Were there still saints roaming the planet? I kept that stunningly generous, errands list. I told…

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What does an online dating email scam look like? Here are two

Caution! Beware! Scammers are more prevalent and ruthless

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Gator20081017Everyone talks about the hustles, the hustlers, the gold-diggers on the                Top Online Dating Sites.

How can you tell if you are being hit up by a scoundrel scammer? Here are two big-time, small mind, classic Online Dating Scammers

His opening email will look just like this:

Hello dear,
How are you doing ? Wow! You look very beautiful, i really like what am seeing in you as a woman… I would like to communicate with you, kindly text me, (650) 434-7—-. or you feel free to email me ( randyvincent @ /y/a/h/o/o/. com ) I think i am capable to offer your heart desires. I have heard about so i gave it a trial but i will be glad to use this opportunity to meet someone that i can build friendship with and probably go from there. Thank you and i will…

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Who are you calling a Tart?

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Call me a flirt, call me a tart – don’t  call me late for Happy Hour

Nice girls were told not to be too forward. To play hard to get. Sweetheart, play that game and you’ll never meet anyone.Repeat my mantra:  Just say Hi!

Just say, “Good Morning”

They both commuted on the Sausalito ferry five days a week. Eventually, they would nod and say ‘hey’ to one another. One typical, foggy cold morning, they were both in line for coffee, and a conversation started. It was a herky-jerky conversation. It started, ended, a pregnant pause, and it started again. He admits he found himself very tongue-tied. She said she though he was “cute and clever.”

Eventually, they sat together, all the way to the City.

The Fickle Finger of Fate?

Turns out: they worked six blocks from one another.They had coffee again and began to make a habit of it. The morning…

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Will Date for Rental Unit?

Maggie moved to Marin three years ago.

Delighted to escape the no sun in the Sunset, she found the perfect Sausalito condo…. and settled in …and became a Marin-ite in no time. Her daily commute to the Presidio was a breeze.

As fate would have it: Things were good until they weren’t.

First, the owners turned the property over to a management company.

Everything about the property changed- little by little- the renters noticed lack of services.  The janitor was let go. The two handymen quit, one by one. Office hours were trimmed. On the weekends no one was on site.

The millionaire owners retreated to their homes in Napa and the apartments in San Francisco…never to be seen again.

However, Mr Owner was on the property once, and was besieged with questions about no security guard, break-ins and car thefts, no phone support or staff present after hours for problems (Fires, broken dishwashers, back up in bathtubs, no water, and the list goes on.) He was never seen again.

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Soon, several women in the yoga class at a nearby gym realized they lived at the same  waterfront property. They compared notes and discussed the new landscape and management over tea and cookies. They vowed to look for a more professional and reliable living situation.

E044CEEA-A479-4F64-A479-A212CE002EF2New staff didn’t know the residents who had lived there for twenty years and were minor celebrities. Things changed.

Everything about the property changed. Notices of rent hikes were mailed to waves of neighbors…they compared notes…was a 10% hike legal? Maggie and the Two yoga ladies were all attorneys and so it began…they did massive research.

to be continued…




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Looking for love – at 50+ ?

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 Do you need a map, a compass, or GPS just to find

the on-ramp to the Bliss Highway of Life?

Here are Five Easy Ways to get ‘Back in the Dating  Saddle’  and ride off into sunset.

1. Ride On. There will always be a Greek chorus of friends and family urging you to get back on the horse. Ready to start dating, again? If you have images of a sweet pony ride dancing in your head, be prepared. The 2010 foray in dating is more like the electronic bull you remember from that John Travolta movie, Urban Cowboy. Best advice: “Better buckle up. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.”  Get in the game and enjoy the new adventures in the unique and novel Date World 2010.

2. Adopt and embrace the C’est la vie attitude. You know, life is short and why waste time? Refrain from…

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The last Love Letter from him…

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He selected a beautiful, expensive card from Papyrus. It was addressed in his signature turquoise ink.

I noted he did not use a Forever Stamp.

Nor did he pen his return address on the back of the envelope, as he generally did.

The thick cream colored envelope housed an exquisite card with a single red rose on the front.

Inside, in his beautiful handwriting, he wrote

“Every time I look at you I get a fierce desire to be lonesome.”

Oscar Levant


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Moving to Marin? Caution: PGE can be a hassle

PGE…so many stories…so much frustration

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A warning sign for the public

PGE used to be my friend…and yours.

Once upon a time, not that long ago, when you moved to a new address
You called the one and only phone company to start service
and, then you called PGE to turn on the gas and electric.

The phone call went something like this:

PGE: Good day, PGE, may I help you?
YOU: Yes, please. I am Mary Smith and we are moving to 123 First Avenue, Apartment A, on Monday; please turn on the gas and electric on Monday morning.
PGE: We would be happy to. Consider it done. Thank you for calling.
YOU: Thank you.

Flash forward – and, the times they are a changin

Friends called PGE Marin… And thereafter, spoke to four (4, iv, cuatro) different people to opt in or opt out of something called Marin Clean AIR– or not. or is it Marin Clean Err?

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Spooky – 1st dates & trick or treating – boo?


Have you noticed: your first date and

trick-or- treating 

are 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 then 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’.


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Sexy seniors bed hopping bunnies?

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Like Bunnies: The Bed-hopping at the Senior Residence Center?

At first, it was ‘The Secret Scandal’ at the very upscale retirement community in San Francisco. It seemed there were two or three widows – who missed male companionship – and flirted frequently and aggressively with many of the married men.

Well, the brazen babes flirty passes and pick-ups incensed the wives of these easy octogenarians. There were ensuing meetings, with tears and new rules about waltzing round in filmy peignoirs. Unannounced nocturnal visits were severely frowned upon. And, so it goes.


New Hot Spot or Seniors

There’s a particularly, hot, new Senior Community for Elders (Note: the term Old Age Home went out with tie-dye and patchouli oil.)

Some say the New Place already has a flamboyant reputation and the waitlist to get in is as long as the line at The Buckeye Bar on a Friday night.


Looking at Flirting at 80: Is it bold, randy, and rule-free?

 How Older Men Flirt

 – Older, single, men tend to drive flashy cars: These cars – scream “Look at me! I’m havin’ a midlife crisis! Look at me. Please!”

– Daddy Big Bucks plays Show and Tell: Some of these guys think flashing a wad of cash is sexy and a magnet.

– He brags about his successful kids:  Mind you, he might not be speaking to his children. He may not even understand what their career path involves (what exactly is IT?) And, yet he brags. A successful kid is a status symbol.

– He peppers his sentences with phrases like, “My former wife” and “When I was married…” In no uncertain terms would he allow anyone to think he was currently married.

– Living in the Past: He talks about the “Good old days” and his past successes, the trips he took, the fabulous restaurants he went to, the cars he drove, how he used to party like it was 1999…

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Good old Boys

How Older Women Flirt

Va, Va, Voom! Some sexy grandmothers subscribe to a more devil-may-care Mae West School of Flirting

 – Push Ups: Take on a new meaning; she shows a lot more cleavage.

 – Let me squeeze you in: She wears tight clothing -which is shorter and more revealing; she shops at H+M, and in the Teen section at Macy’s- if she can.

“I didn’t discover curves; I only uncovered them.” Mae West

– Hello, Sailor: She’s been known to buy drinks for the “Young man (50) at the end of the bar.”

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” Mae West

– Happy Hour starts at 12n Or “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere.” Some old dolls sit at the bar, over tip the bartender and scan the room like a semaphore – looking for love. They are open, friendly and will talk to anyone.

Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.” Mae West


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Get checked and make certain your new best friend has been tested. too.

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