Mr Popular quits dating game – almost


Tony, of six parties a week, would glide into a room to a sea of handshakes and a cyclone of air kisses. If you looked up the word bon vivant in the dictionary, Tony’s picture would be there: a tall, dark, handsome party boy.

Divorced for a dozen years he was on the party circuit. Heck, he was the party circuit. Jealously, his friends dubbed him, ‘Scout.’ In jest, women called him Casanova. Yes, there is an ounce of truth in all jest. At one time in his life, Tony was famously flirting and hot to trot; now, the only thing haute he was after was cuisine.

Give Up the Chase?

After years of the hunt – catch and release -and after one too many first (second and last) dates– he decided to throw in the towel. (Not only did he throw in the towel, but also he laundered, folded, and put the towel away.)

Tony did something none of his friends had done before: he actually gave up the chase. He reconciled to be a bachelor – forever.

He was lucky to have a plethora of female friends. There were women he went to movies with, women he hiked with, and a couple other women he went with to shows and dinner. In the grand scheme, there wasn’t one single woman to whom he was attracted.


Along Comes Peggy

And then Tony met met Peggy. They noticed one another in line at a weekday matinee. Both were going to see “Spotlight” There were only a handful people in the theater – and its the kind of movie you just have to talk about afterwards.


After the movie credits, they walked out together and started talking. They walked down the street to Peet’s and discussed the movie, world politics, other favorite movies, books and life – for two hours. Tony suggested they move their discussion few blocks away to Bungalow 44. And that was the beginning – a chance meeting – a year ago.kiss

After many a lousy experience on, Eharmony and Craigslist, Peggy had sworn off men. She had no intention of ever again playing the dating game. Then, when she least expected it, she met her date for life. It happens.



New Year Notes: Say Yes! Be open to new experiences. Talk to strangers- flirt early and flirt often. Smile, already.




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