Be there, boys and girls: Saturday January 21


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Romeo, Romeo: What turns you on?

Romeo! Retired old Men Eating out~~~

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The Romeos (Retired Old Men Eating Out) meet at the Cafe  every first Tuesday for lunch and laughs.

The average age of this coterie is 65.   Justin, 80, is ebullient with a quick wink and a great smile. Eight guys sit around tables pulled together and drink really good wine and share a meal and jokes. You are a very lucky person if they catch you laughing at their lightning fast repartee. That was my good fortune.

The self-appointed Alpha Romeo, Calvin, invited me to share a glass of wine with “The Boys”.

Platters of food and three bottles of High Rock Ranch Syrah were on the zinc-covered tables. The group of friends was engaged and and very entertaining. In the course of an animated conversation, I revealed I was completing a book called “Sex in the City for Girls over 50”. This simple announcement was met with thunderous applause…

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1/20 No TV… Peaceful Resistance Party?


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Streep: Brighter than the stars in heaven











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Welcome 2017! And, away we go


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Try a new dating site? Skip this time

Dater Beware: Read this!

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The Date Watchers, a group of local, single, women who get together on a monthly basis at La Boulange to talk about online dating: the good, the bad, and the ugly.

 The group’s numbers fluctuatea couple of the ladies have found their “Partner for life,” a couple others are ‘going steady’ with somebody special…a few have thrown in the towel and have given up on dating-again altogether- however, they live vicariously through the exploits of their pals.

 New Year’s Resolution: Try a new dating site?

The women are confidant they have explored every viable online dating site known to man and woman. They have tripped the light fantastic at eHarmony – conclusion: eHarmony doesn’t have any boundaries. (What woman in California-in her right mind- wants to date a guy from Toronto or Saskatoon, Canada? Consensus: None.)


A couple of the ladies explored JDate. Anne called…

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Merry Christmas!


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Merry Christmas to you!

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To Buy or Not To Buy Christmas gifts for your new sweetheart?

Hey, girlfriend: Are you gifted or gifting?

New at the dating game?

Here’s the deal: There are two very diverse schools of thought on Christmas gifting while dating.

The leading school of thought believes that research, analysis, and careful planning are a necessity. In addition to making a list and checking it twice, one must do the whole who was naughty versus nice analysis.

Thus begins the titanic burden called Romantic Involvement Christmas Handling (RICH).

The second, far more appealing philosophy is that anything, beautifully wrapped and involving chocolate, is the perfect present for one and all. No fuss, no muss, and never any of that nasty re-gifting involved.

candles-492171__180The most blasé and generic gifts one can buy are: candles, socks, flashlight and pens. By all means, avoid the Oh-no-O.-Henry, Gift of the Magi debacle. Combs and watch fobs are guaranteed to displease.

Patsy S. has a social calendar that rivals Dede Wilsey or Lady Gaga. This social butterfly smartly keeps numerous boxes of Godiva chocolates and a small army of chocolate Santas from See’s in her pantry, so she’s always prepared with the perfect little gift. Sweet.

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Is there such a thing as going overboard in Gifting While Dating? A big gift (Kindle, iPad, Cartier watch, a Tiffany bauble, or plasma TV) speaks volumes and if you want to turn the volume down, think smaller and more discreet.

Here Comes Santa Claws

Each Christmas, bachelor George W  heads to the closest Safeway kiosk of gift cards and plucks a dozen gift cards off the wall and his Christmas shopping is done. He buys iTunes and Gap gift cards for “the kids,” Nordstrom gift cards for all his women friends, and specialty restaurant gift cards for everyone else.

Jingle Bell Rock-Bottom Prices

Very clever /very thrifty, Karyn almost lives at the Dollar Store and buys beautiful gift bags ($1.00) and yards of ribbon ($1.00) trinkets, treasures, baubles and stocking stuffers, and she makes boyfriends, relatives, and neighbors very happy by her frugal thoughtfulness.


Frosty? Are You Getting a Cold Shoulder from a Flame?

Whether you are ‘Romantcially involved‘ or merely flirting at every given opportunity, think outside the box or gift bag. The art of gift giving is just that: an art. It really requires planning, precision and perspicacity.

If, after delivering the perfect Christmas gift, you are not feeling the love? Remember Trader Joe’s carries the perfect gift: a lump of coal. Ho ho ho.

“Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.” — Camus

Merry Christmas!

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Surprise! Bring a date home for the holidays?

Do you dare? Could be Jolly – Could be folly!

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A wet red christmas ballHo, ho, ho, here we go: meet the family

Or Dysfunction: a game the whole family can play


Mistletoe and Folly?

You know the precarious December dilemma. You have a new holiday crush. You two have been dating for weeks, maybe months. You click, match and are very connected. You’ve become a couple and now must decide: do you dare bring your darling-date home for Christmas? Whether your family looks like the Addams family or a Norman Rockwell painting; you have to decide. Are you willing to subject your sweetheart to la familia?

Silent Night? or Rock Around the Clock Tonight?

And just think about who will be seated around the dining room table. There will be your quirky sister, the Vegan and her boisterous boy friend, poet; Aunt Xenophobe, Uncle Eclectic, Cousin Chauvinism. And your sweet little mother who can push your buttons like she was playing an…

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