Romantic success story

Happily Ever After?

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cloud-600224__180-2Colleen will tell you she had so much fun her first three years being single while swimming in online dating pool.

First she met Johnny on She met Fred on JDate, Michael on Match and then Bert and Rick and Paul and Henry followed.

Her married friends were entertained with her stories.

She had “dates” three nights a week- her dance card was a very full- and her stories were fun and some exciting.

Colleen says she had been depressed for so long, she forgot how to have fun. Her celebratory party after the divorce was “the beginning” of a new a chapter and a new life.

After college, she had been a waitress, then a flight attendant. She transitioned into sales and became the director. She met Mr. Right – married, had kids. She had numerous part-time jobs and after years of marital struggles; she finally mustered…

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Green when it comes to dating?

Henry and Jeff are twins, 52, single again and looking for new wives.  One brother is divorced and the other is a widow of long standing. The brothers run the family ranch near Gilroy and recently sold hundred-plus acres to a Google majordomo. They made a ton of money- and are beginning to downsize and re-think life 101.

To say they’re laughing all the way to the bank only begins to describe their glee. On a whim, Jeff decided to get a grip on Dating 2018. He had heard about a famous blonde San Francisco matchmaker. She and her mother advertise their services in slick, glitzy magazines. His curiousity was piqued. Jeff may be in ranching – he is no hayseed. A Stanford grad – Henry attended college 20 miles away at Santa Clara University – both men are savvy and a little shy in the female department.

The twins share a wonderful childhood friend, MarieK. She quickly voted down the tres cher matchmakers and nominated herself the conduit for dating and meeting new single women. The men were curious about Tinder and MarieK. quickly steered them away – and urged them to take it slow and easy. In one day, she had both men signed up for

She took the photos, wrote the profiles and helped with the byzantine questions. In no time, women from all over the Unites States reached out to the men. They were aghast and  tickled by the landslide of attention. To say it was a feeding frenzy is no lie.

Their dating guru advised them to delete all women from Alabama, Arkansas and Alaska. Frankly, she said out of state dates are too much trouble and rarely develop. So, the men are sifting through winks, notes, IMs and getting a grasp.

Next week: An Update on the Dating Twins.






He was hiding behind photos of his dog?

We were both amused by the guy on Eharmony who posted photos of his dog. Many photos of his pet – none of himself.

Lynne invited me over ot look at her recent “Interested” guys online. She is visiting her parents in Saratoga and needed a break.

She says she had been exchanging emails with a guy who claims to be close to the Oval Office and insisted he must  be discreet. He signed his first note “Hogan,”

which seemed odd. Hogans Heroes?  His notes to Lynne ( no phone calls, no text messages, yet) were upbeat and newsy. He dropped little Washington gossip quips.

Lynne works for a huge law firm in our Nation’s Capital – and never reveals that information until she knows a person for awhile.  For all Hogan knew, she was a writer. However, he dropped /bragged several clues regarding himself: love of Ole Miss and of beautiful Arkansas were folded into an email Week Number Two.

Google the guy – oh, my!

As clever as Hogan tried to be…the gift size clues he dropped allowed Lynne to “Out” him lickety split. She had her pals back in DC scope him out and she Googled the ever-livin’ life out of his “clues.”

He worked on two failed campigns and was not employed at the time. He had been “let go” a lot of people.

Lynne slipped away;  quickly blocked his emails and went about her merry dating life.

What were they thinking?

Never thought he would get a date

The once Big Man on Campus wakes up…

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30-socially-awkward-w710-h473Bobby Gelitti thought he was God’s gift to girls. He was the quarterback on the football team and he was the captain of the tennis team. Nevermind that that the school student body tipped the scales at 150 students.

The kids who left Smalltown USA disparaged the town by calling it “Hicksville.” The kids who lived there were proud of their special school. Bobby was a Big Man on campus. 

After graduation – he started at the local junior college and discovered he was just another kid. The junior college had hundreds of students  from six different schools and they were bigger, faster, better athletes than him. He avoided sports and decided to “major in girls.” All the girls from his school were on Cloud 9 at the JC – there were so many cool classes and cute boys. The guys from high school were old hat.

Bobby had quite…

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When you turn 21: party time

Cheers! Down the hatch…get with the program?

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For some us, turning 21 and getting “legal” is an invitation to party.

You can drive, or Uber, 40 miles to San Francisco- and all the world is your oyster. Every night can be New Year’s Eve. You can hit the Irish Bars, a SpeakEasy, the Beer Emporiums or go Big Time downtown.

Finally, you can legally, go to the Top of the Mark and quaff. You can try as many dive bars as you want. And, there are so many choose from! Who ha! The HaRa!

Your Passport to Drinking Legal

You can order a Mai Tai, a slow gin fizz, or the 21 Rum Salute at the Fairmont’s famed Tonga Room. You can park at the Union Square Garage and walk right into the E+O and belly up to the bar at have anything you want.

You find bars like the Black Horse – to be perfectly charming. Dude, it is…

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The Best of San Francisco: Lola of SF

Bibi is a San Francisco Classic.

After college, she responded to the siren’s call- said adios to Albuquerque and drove to San Francisco. She found a room to rent in the Marina, with parking, and never looked back.

Her first job was at Starbucks on Union Street; then she became enthralled with the high-end jewler, Union Street Goldsmith and evolved into a superstar in sales. In no time, Bibi was picked up (stolen away) by HomeGoods Designs by Kress and eventually became a VP of Sales and was travelling to the Far East every other month.

All the while, Bibi was the one who sought out great parties and fun people. Her “Pilates Pals” were six single women who attended art openings, wine tastings, explored new bars, cafes and film festivals. Janize was her “work friend” and they went out for drinks a few times a week. Naturally, the two ran into the same faces and became pals with several groups of guys. Bibi had been in the City for five years and the new kids in town thought she was a goddess…She knew where to find the best Irish Coffee, Oysters, Dive Bars, Food Trucks and where parties were happening. Her social network was vast and her social calendar bustling.

She has one store – one very favorite clothing store – in San Francisco. For years, she never revealed her secret shopping Mecca: Lola San Francisco in Noe Valley (Corner of Clipper and Sanchez.) Bibi knows what she likes – and Lola can create it. Wow.

Lola does one of a kind, exquisite and eclectic dresses, coats, jackets, sweaters and divine hand bags.  

Lola designs lovely, high end, leather jackets which Bibi is magnetized to…The Pilates Pals  just assumed all of  her tres unique clothing came from her trips East.

One Christmas, Bibi was very  jet-lagged and without gifts for her pals…she popped into Lola SF and bought six BagBags from Lola. The girls went wild and the cat was out of the BagBag.

Lola SF is now a familar haunt for Bibi’s Girls.

Buy less. Choose well. Make it last. Quality, not quantity. Everybody’s buying far too many clothes.

Vivienne Westwood

Dates bombing at the bar? Think: coffee

cocktail-995574__180Are you playing Hide and Seek with First Dates?

Is he interested  and available and then- Bam! He disappears? 

Pssst: We call these guys Rude Dudes. And, advise you to avoid them at all costs,

Mimi B. lives in Millbrae ad considers herself a pretty, smart, successful woman. She had several boyfriends in college. She dated the love-of-her-life for two years before he broke up with her  and married someone else, a year later. She had dabbled on Match and jumped over to Bumble

She enjoyed a flood of attention and met tons of guys who were “Fine, not dreat.” Next. She got swept up with Tinder. Mimi B regales her friends with Tinder stories- some have been great- others laughbable and some very disappointing. Then she hit her stride. She laughed she could teach a class on weeding out dead end dates and the all-talk-no-action boys.

Have you ever been Stood Up? How many times?  More than once? Twice? More?


Date night: You are dressed up, looking good, excited to meet the man you have been swiping texting thinking dreaming about…No dummy you, you text him to confirm the 9 pm drinks/date at the HaRa. Crickets. Tapping your foot – your mind races thinking of myriad excuses…another?

A Three Way With Ben and Jerry Sounds Good?

Scoop: Try a simple coffee date…meet your dates in daylight.

Keep it Simple. Cocktails on Date #2.


This is not a lecture…just well-reseached data on dating.

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”

Winston Churchill