A Bachelor – for life? Or kiss a few frogs and find love?

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What are we all afraid of in Date World?

Since when did men and women become so afraid of one another? Does Online line dating perpetuate a fear of rejection… or a fear of reception?

Perhaps the breakneck speed of online dating has given singles ‘virtual whiplash’ and an abject fear of rejection. If you are enrolled in a dating service like Match.com or Tinder you see a parade of faces skating and swiping before your eyes everyday. Lo and behold, the following day, there is another picture parade-of-perfect matches. This may cause side effects of head spinning, heart palpitations and ego swelling.


And so evolves, a virtual shopping spree with a Photo-shopping bent.Wannabe-daters go from diligently reading profiles and daydreaming to simply scanning pictures. It might look something like this: Pat: 50, tennis pro, poet, chef, looks good, but Shelly, Noble Peace Prize winner, spelunker…

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

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“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, Bumble 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…

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2018: Man Most Rejected on TINDER

Thousands grimaced and quickly and did a huge SWIPE LEFT




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A very Merry Christmas To You!

Love, Page

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Dating Workshop: Passport and shots for online dating?

My gift to you: DATING Workshop Cliff Notes

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It’s a jungle out there…and sometimes we
look to others for advice… I did.

Here it is: 

“The Two Most Important Rules fo Sexy Successful Dating:
“1. Keep them wanting more               

2. Don’t give them what they want.”
E. Rednick

There. I just saved you $250.00 and two hours sitting on a steel-folding chair in a hotel ballroom.
Ebony Rednick, a self-professed dating guru from Beverly Hills and author of “Don’t Put Out, Make Him Wait“, had attracted 30 women to her pricey workshop that Monday night in June.

Divorced and new to the current dating game – plus several failed first dates – I wondered what I’d been doing wrong and a friend suggested I attend the timely lecture. The event was held at a trendy, boutique, hotel downtown.

When I walked in the meeting room, I noticed every chair…

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Hey, Santa Baby! Have thee a sexy little Christmas

If things are a little Frosty

and you want Joy to the World  not Silent Night

Oh, come on! all ye faithful…

Take note: Here is a winning Christmas Recipe for Romance: party of 2 – no reservations.

The Romance Recipe must haves:
1. Candlelight – Nothing says ambiance like votive candles flickering on tabletops and all through the house.
2. Bubbles – Champagne or Proseca or Martinelli’s sparkling cider, Perrier…
3. Music – Go Classic: Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Andrea Bocelli, Elvis, Buble,

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

 3.) Prep
Today’s grocery stores are so One-Stop Shopping. The best?  Go to:  Falletti  Foods…a Christmas shopping tradition since 1956! Old-school, high-quality, fabulous choices!

you can buy the meal, the wine, the flowers, the tablecloth and matching napkins, a Christmas CD, candles, party gifts, dessert and get your knives sharpened at the same time.

There is no reason to fuss – Go Thoreau and simplify, simplify, simplify.
Set the table the night before and be sure to have a simple centerpiece and candles. Fill a large glass bowl with brightly colored ornaments. Or Satsumas or Meyer Lemons…

Silent Night? If you want Joy to the World – Get great music: Apple Music? Pandora? Spotify? Default to the classics by getting the Christmas crooners: Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Anne Murray,  Bing Crosby and Andrea Bocelli, Choirs we have heard on Hi-fi… and,

Santa baby, you’ll have a jingle-bell-rock!  

images-20Have yourselves a merry little Christmas.

  • Christmas Party for 2 Menu- a simple dinner is smart and sexyChoose one:
    · Cracked crab, tossed green salad with Satsuma’s and pomegranates, French bread
    · Pot Roast, red potatoes, vegetables mélange, and artichokes
    · My Nonni’s; Raviolis and Meat Sauce, green salad, rolls, a bottle of Chianti
    · Vegetarian Stir-fry with crimini and Portobello’s and red quinoa, sweet potato fries
  • Sweetie pie, desserts have been called seductive since Eve offered Adam that devilish apple Tartin.
  • Remember: less is best and simple is elegant.

What happens after dessert?

Are you gifted? To give or not to do the Gift Exchange?

San Francisco Dating@50 Examiner, Page Larkin, welcomes your feedback, questions and queries at page.larkin@gmail.com.

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Skirting the issue – No Ugly Christmas Sweaters?

Christmas Party Etiquette…

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The invitation arrived the day before the neighborhood Christmas Party –  A classic invitation: Who, What, When,Where, and 

What not to Wear

The heavy, paper stock, embossed invite read:

No Ugly Christmas Sweaters Allowed


...at this trendy Sausalito Party.

Unfortunately, I have a wide and wild assortment of eclectic Christmas sweaters from Peter Max, Ralph Lauren, Chloe, Kenzo, Burberry, and Bobbie Brooks.

I am rather famous for my collection.

In deference to the I-nvite…and armed with a glue gun, a bushel of Christmas bows from Costco, a stash of beautiful Christmas ribbon from The Ribboniere on Sacramento Street in San Francisco, I created a stunning Christmas Skirt for the event.

To say all eyes were on me – and that I was the talk of the town would be scandalous…yet, very accurate.


Whatever you may look like, marry a man your own age – as your beauty fades, so…

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

To Gift or Not to Gift…that is the query~~

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Gifted or Gifting?

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. Note: Combs and Watch Fobs are guaranteed to displease.

Patsy S…

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Do you Dare bring a date to Thanksgiving?

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Turkey: Rhymes with… Dysfunction

Imagine the smell of the turkey roasting in the oven and the sight of luscious pumpkin pies and plump mincemeat pies sitting on the buffet. Cubes of yellow butter melting on mounds of steaming mashed potatoes. The dining room aglow with orange votive candles and a massive centerpiece of fall colored chrysanthemums gracing the table.

Dishes piled with green beans and sweet carrot soufflé, bowls of ruby red cranberries, and pomegranates and tangerines all crowded on the kitchen counter. A veritable food festival with friends and family –and, some ‘strangers in the night’.

Rusty in Hayward reveals he is ‘blessed’ with an Aunt-Can’t-Edit, who blurts unseemly comments and slightly embarrasses the entire family in one fell swooping comment.

Shelia in Boca Raton writes that last year she was graced with, “A cast of cousins straight out of Central Casting, Seven Dwarves style: Grumpy, Dopey, Snarky, Chatty, Smokey…

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Got dates? Need Ideas?

Good Dates –

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Wooden foot bridge in the woods.
Zip the Light Fantastic

1. Getting high in the Redwoods – Zipline through the Redwoods. The two hour all-inclusive guided tour includes six zip lines up to 440 feet long and two sky bridges at heights of up to 150 feet near Santa Cruz with Redwood Canopy Tours.Whee! Mount Hermon Tours Santa Cruz

2. California Academy of Sciences The third Wednesday is Free Admission Day at Golden Gate Park’s new Jewel in the Crown -Cal Academy- open from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. Check out the planetarium, aquarium, rainforest, roof garden and natural history museum. Always hook up a docent; their vast knowledge make the experience come alive. See if you can find the Warhols. Multiple venues for lunch or dinner blocks away at 9th and Irving Streets.

3. Laugh in and Check out: Mill Valley’s Tuesday is Comedy Night at the Throckmorton hosted by Mark Pitta and Friends…

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