Top 20 Summer Fun Ideas

Here comes the sun.

Gear up for jazz, street theater, dancing in the streets and unique activities like hanging out under the Boardwalk

or any of these Top 20 fun Bay Area events and venues.

1. The Sausalito Art Festival is happening Labor Day weekend. Check website for Volunteering/ Free Admission opps.

2. SEE: Free Admission Museum Day –   The de Young Museum and Palace of Legion of Honor: First Tuesdays

3. Feed the ducks, walk the trails, look for alligators  at Mountain Lake Park off of lovely Lake Street.

4. Take me out to a ballgame: SF Giants  do not miss the games!

5. Ride a Cable Car half way to the stars or to Fisherman’s Wharf and play tourist for the day.

6. Take a summer time hike in and around the stunning hills and dales of Muir Woods.

7. Rent Mikes Bikes and travel over the one and only lane open on  Golden Gate Bridge together.

8. Take the ferry and go wine tasting at the Rosenblum Cellars  in Alameda

9. Get in the Swing of things: check out a ballroom dancing competition. Try the Cha-cha-cha, Samba or Swing.

10. Party on at Beach, Lake, River, pool, sprinkler – eke out as much summer fun as possible in the next 4 days

11. Skate, run, walk, bike around or even swing on the swings at a Golden Gate Park Have a cup of tea and Explore the Japanese Tea Garden.

12. Hang out at Green Apple Books– have best brunch at Restaurant Q on Clement Street.

13. Roar through the San Francisco Zoo; then cross the street, play at the beach and walk to the Cliff House.

14. Toss a frisbee in Golden Gate Park- before one of the many fabulous free concerts happening all summer.

15. Beach blanket bingo time: head over to Santa Cruz and the famous Boardwalk for fun in the sun- beware the infamous “Weight Guesser.”

16. Okay -so you missed Burning Man– find those leftover 4th of July Sparklers…

17. Play around and visit the hands on – science fair:  the Exploratorium

18. Try a 7-Day Free Trial on Hulu or HBO

19. Visit Colma cemetery – home of 17 cemeteries and look for the “six-foot-under celebrities.”

20. Check out the new hot spot:Redwood City’s Courthouse Square for jazz,dancing, and movies. Quaff Belgian Beer and dive into a Pastrami Sandwich like none other at Refuge in San Carlos

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Dating 101: Don’t ask height or weight

Hot Tips for a cool time….

Suddenly Single in Marin

Hot Tip for  Swinging Singles

In the beginning…

Listen up: Dating Newbies. Sure, you are excited- you have signed up on a dating website and people like you – they really like you. Take a breath. Slow down a little bit.  Tennis Tom in Tiburon may be hot to trot and Freddie in Fairfax may be proposing an afternoon at the Hot Springs. Buckeye101 may want to wine you and dine you – sight unseen- prior to even speaking on the phone.


Slow Down: Remember, online dating is not a sprint. It is a walk, a stroll, and exploratory. Due diligence is required before the first date – as impetuous as you want to be.  Exchange emails, ask questions, speak on the phone for a long time. Converse and exchange information.

Texting is for sissies.

Meeting for the first time is supposed to be fun, enjoyable, and…

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Turning 50? Single? The Un-Bucket List

Suddenly Single in Marin

let_them_eat cake_7Top Ten Dating Rules for Girls Over 50

 The Birthday Girls, once the brazen 49-er’s are turning 50.

The coterie subscribes to the “Life is short, kick up your heels” philosophy. On the precipice of hitting 50 – with gusto – they created their very own ‘Un-bucket list’

Through the decades, the friends have been through the highest highs and the lowest lows. Cherie B, their scribe, writes:  “At times, life was like heaven (weddings, babies, careers, white picket fences, celebrations) and like hell (teenagers, parents dying, and making ex-husbands).”

The 10 women who met as coeds at Santa Clara University have gracefully blossomed into women. At their big 5-0 celebration, they decided to kick up their heels at their favorite restaurant, Aziza and finish the night at Zero-Zero.

Statistics: Some Suddenly Single- Their Creed

As fate would have it, six of the women are single and blithely swimming in, or…

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Hot New Company: Fat Nannies LLC

Hot new idea: Fat Nannies

Suddenly Single in Marin

Dear Page Larkin,

I’m dating the greatest guy who is very cool on every level. He has one fatal flaw: his job.  He owns his business and is a self-professed “Domestic Placement Specialist.”

Chad’s company is making money hand over fist. He just bought a Cherries-in-the-Snow Red 2008 Jaguar.  He was bored with the Tesla. He has a house in Aptos and Tahoe

Here’s the Deal, my single friends are offended by the name of his company: Fat Nannies.

He hires young women from England and Ireland who are professionally trained and great with kids. In additon to impressive CV’s, his primary (unspoken) employment pre-requisites are  the women should be plump, with bad teeth and big hearts.

My married friends think he is a genius.    Should I tell him what I think?

No Marry Poppins

Dear No Marry Poppins

Did he ask you what you think? It’s really none of…

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Hot Movies: Are you a Burning man or a Simmering woman?


At the movies …It’s a “girl” thing.

Why Binge alone?

They have been called Chick flicks and Rom Coms, and now is the best time of the year to Click on Netflix and have a Movie Party.

While men get fired up and line up to see the highly touted films like Revenant    women are in other movie lines. Many ladies n love romance, escape, happy endings… And so, we flock to Beauty and The Beast.


Top Ten Best Romantic Comedy Lists change like fashions and the seasons. In addition, everyone has an opinion. However, if you are scouring Amazon Prime  or quaking in a queue at Netflix, here are my Top Ten Classic Romantic Comedies, guaranteed to make you laugh, smile, sigh, maybe cry, and dream.

1. Four Weddings and a Funeral – The movie where many of us first fell in love with Hugh Grant and huge hats at weddings.

2. Always Be My Maybe – Netflix June 2019- Ali Wong and Randall Park – A must see! San Franciscans will notice every “flim flaw” when it is supposed to be in SF and obviously is in LA…but the story is darling and very funny.

3. Serendipity – John Cusak and Kate Beckinsale meet fatefully at Christmas, go their separate ways and, years later, fate blissfully reconnects the two sweethearts.

4. Sleepless in Seattle – Nora Ephron’s film with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan based on just about everyone’s most favorite film, “An Affair to Remember”.

5. Love, Actually– Real holiday magic with a galaxy of stars at Christmastime in jolly old England.

6. Pretty In Pink – Classic: James Spader and Molly Ringwald are sew very wonderful, on so many levels.

7. An Affair to Remember – Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant – the 1957 all time Classic Romance film.

8. Something’s Gotta Give- Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson – a new twist on a coming of age story.

9. Return to Me – Minnie Driver and David Duchovny with the very sweet theme: you got have heart.

10. The Proposal –  Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds – you can see Russia and hilarious romance in this very funny film staged in Alaska. Betty White steals scenes in the film.

I’ll buy the first drink; Tell me your Top Ten Favorite Films of All Time.

The first 10 single women and 10 single men to respond will be invited to The Larkin Film Soiree, in May at a location to be annouced via your exclusive invitation.

Send your Top Ten to

I’ll bring the popcorn!

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Is Pinterest the new free dating site?

images-57The New Free Dating Website?

Check it out and Get Interested in Pinterest

Men say that their sisters, cousins, aunts and mothers all rave about Pinterest – so they assumed it was “A no man’s land.”

Don’t dismiss Pinterest as a social media site-For-Girls-Only-No Boys Allowed. Au contraire. Is Pinterest the new, free,

Kelly (49, single –again, HR executive, has run the Bay to Breakers three times, walked  the Dipsea Race in Mill Valley, is a beginner pastry chef and an empty-nester) has been on Pinterest for six months. She has very eclectic interests. She started collecting “Pins” – or pictures – of vintage pinup girls. Which led to Vargas pinups which led to cars, which led to an avid interest in Jaguars, her dream: a Prince of a man, hot rods, and car collections.

Mind you, Kelly has been on several times– through the years- and, virtually, struck out. On Pinterest – she felt like the ‘Princess of Interest’ with much interest in her unique pins. And, she met a number of friends- of the male persuasion – and eventually started dating Charles.

That was a year ago. They drive a hot, red Jaguar.


JohnMark, a suddenly-single fly-fishing guide in Montana, has a passel of fabulous pictures of his favorite fly-fishing holes, rivers and streams, colorful fishing flys he crafted and a veritable book -Chamber of Commerce quality –with pictures of Montana. He decided decided to promote his love of fishing and his business and start a site on Pinterest. He had no idea it would cause such a riffle

Fact: Women fish. Fact: Women like fishermen. JohnMark reports his Pinterest Fly-fishing site was up for three days and, instantly, he had followers and likes and a whole bunch of new “friends.” And he says it’s better than


Pinterest: The New Free Dating Site

Sure, it requires a modicum of imagination and time to create five ‘boards’ (collections of your favorite things) to aptly promote you and what you ‘like.”


Think about it: Are you interested in sports, swimming to Alcatraz, finding the best cup of java in San Francisco, Andy Goldsworthy, Dogpatch, Pastels, The Dipsea, dogs, crafts, fishing, marathons of (—-) fill in the bank, hiking? Perhaps you have a thing for the flowers, Sunday biking or waterfalls in Golden Gate Park or the new Green Apple Bookstore, cronuts and kite-flying? Exploring and examining the City’s eclectic architecture. There are no limits.

Pinterest is Just like  Boys and girls, alike: sign Up, select a “handle,” post a complimentary photograph, write a byline:

San Francisco dreamer (55, single, father of two) – in love with North Beach, Mama’s, Graffeo Coffee, and riding across the Golden Gate Bride to Poggios in Sausalito – ferry back – is looking for a new best friend…even a date for life. Pin me!

Next, choose four or five topics you are interested in – which show off your more “attractive self.”

And, let the hunt begin!

Enjoy the ride. Seriously, give Pinterest a look…you never know who you might ‘like’ and who may ‘like you’ even more…


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Sweet! Got friends with benefits?

Working it…

Suddenly Single in Marin

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Tess, 39-perpetually, just got hired in the

Housewares department at Macy’s

She is the self proclaimed ‘Blender Babe’ of the Kitchenware department. Her itsy-bitsy miniscule paycheck is overshadowed by the promise of ‘Benefits.” In eight-weeks, Tess will be granted a decent Health /Benefits Package.  Hey, the mantra these days is, “It’s all about the benefits, friend.”

During the Human Resources Hustle orientation, Tess said the well rehearsed, fast-talking, instructor explained that Benefits were just like dating. Go figure. She continued,  “For two-months we check you out. We watch you and we see how you perform; if you show up on time, if you are loyal and passionate.

If you do as you promise, we will be your friends, with benefits. If you don’t call, don’t show up, fool around, cheat, lie or steal, we withhold Benefits and, Honey, you are history!”  Buh–bye…

This was a metaphor Tess readily “Got” and…

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Semantics: She is a Cougar and He is a Dirty Old Man

Beware the cagey cougars and the Dirty Old Men

Suddenly Single in Marin

san-francisco-733508_240I went to a double feature last night.

I joined friends at a well-known, colorful, bar called the Golden Drachma. Its nickname is “the Drama.” I was forewarned we might encounter a rougher element: bikers, guys covered in tattoos, and hard-core boozers. We were amused to find mostly typical run-of-the-Mill Valley bar hoppers.

Ladies and Gentlemen? Oh. Sorry, wrong crowd – none here…drinx

Over in the right corner of the bar, an inebriated, real-life cougar (60 plus year old woman) struck up a conversation, mainly using body language, with a 20-something kid with a baseball cap askew. She draped herself over the man-boy, massaging his legs while he watched. Mrs. Robinson was on a mission and the lad was up for the event. Real drama at the Drama…The floorshow garnered much attention.

And in the second corner: an aging, overweight, Don Juan: gold Rolex flashing, multiple gold chains clad…

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Top 10 Myths about the BoomBoom Generation

Busted: Top 10 Myths about the BoomBoom Generation

We are the BoomBoom Generation. Born in the 1950’s and now discovering there is way too much hubbub and hullabaloo about Who we are and What we do. Some call it “mythical” and others call it “mystical.” There is a whole lot of myth/understanding..

Are you a member of the BoomBoom Generation?

Perhaps you Blink or are at your Tipping  Point, well, then you will appreciate:

The Top 10 Urban Legends about the BoomBoom Generation~ Here is what they are saying about us:

  1. We’re  all rich
  2. We’re all retiring
  3. We’re hot – never healthier – never better
  4. We’re building second homes
  5. We’re writing our memoirs
  6. The kids are gone – the nest is empty – It’s party time
  7. We all play golf, tennis, and do yoga – okay, some do pilates
  8. We are on cruises – all the time
  9. Life has never been better- we Twitter, Yelp, Poke on Facebook, are Linkedin,
  10. We have more time, energy, drive, and money, than is legal.

Growing up was fun to do…the BoomBoom Generation.

Tomorrow – The Music of the Boom Boom Generation – we are defined by the music we listened to

We are the BoomBoom Generation– Born in the 1950’s. We are easily defined by the music we listened to – Beach Boys, Beatles, Dylan, Donovan, Doors, Stones Who, Jimmy H, James Taylor and Carol King, the Dead, Pete Seeger, Pink Floyd and Peter Paul and Mary, KISS…

We lived through the Summer of Love and wore flowers in our hair and puka shells around our necks, AuH2o and LSD, there were string theories and string bikinis. Long hair, The Pill, the Kennedy and King assassinations, we had Watergate, Kent State, Nixon – too late- miniskirts, macramé, mood rings and Annie Green Springs wine.

A tiny fraction of us attended Woodstock

Stoically, we watched Huntley and Brinkley on the news each night with an intense and avid interest in Viet Nam and the safety our brothers, uncles, and friends fighting there. A great indignation welled up  and sobered us up…Haight Hippies. We attended  Peace marches in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco State, Santa Cruz  and all over Berkeley…

We are the BoomBoom Generation


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Memorial Day 2019

Poem 1966 David M. Macina


In this hole, it’s my new home,
the rats and scum are family.
Blood and terror circle friends,
there’s no way out but death.
Getting out, only to be outcasts,
because they said victory was not ours.
We fought an enemy we could not see,
for a country that turned us away.
Remember, we did not go for ourselves,
we faced horror and pain for you.




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