Bamboozled by Love – A country western love song?


Jill gathered her four best friends for a Martini Party to talk about the status of her almost one-year relationship with Chance.  They hadn’t seen her in months and wondered what the heck was going on. She had been hook, line and sinker in love with this cowboy- and they wondered how long it would last.


With his encouragement (read: to make him happy) she lost weight, changed her classic Nordstrom’s wardrobe to more risqué attire- involving boots, shorter skirts and tops that were very Va Va Voom.

She changed her hair color- he liked brunettes. He also liked a mane of massive curls- she got a permanent. She thought she looked like Little Orphan Annie- he said she looked, “hot.”

She even shocked herself when she took a Pole Dancing class in Los Gatos. She gave up her tickets to the opera and the symphony and found herself attending to NASCAR events.

Her Ivy League credentials and her impressive resume had landed her a job as the VP of Finance for a small, edgy start-up – in no time, it was taking off like a bat out of hell. The epitome timing and luck.   Initially, she worked long hours- as the company steadied its course – she found herself slipping out earlier, each week.

Her co-workers watched her morph from a conservative, tailored, corporate image to a faux Burning Man devotee.


Chance had introduced Jill to “dive bars” and they had half-dozen sites they rotated in and out of. That afternoon, Jill arrived early at Mike and Charlie’s and saw a woman sitting on Chance’s lap. An empty beer pitcher and a package of Marlboros were on the table. She stopped in her tracks. He saw her and slurred, “Come on over, baby. I want to introduce you to Tiffany.”

One look – hasta la vista, baby!

All it took was that one scenario for Jill to wake up and realize she had been bamboozled by love. She said it was as though a lightning bolt had been thrown down by the gods. She walked out and never looked back.


He called twice. She let the phone ring. He texted her five times. She did not respond.

And she never heard from him again.


She donated her “What are the Chances wardrobe” to Goodwill and pulled on her own life again. Monday morning, she was in the salon to get her hair relaxed and lightened.

Next! Cowboys and gold diggers need not apply.




Best Dating Advice: Mae West and Yogi Berra

Dating Dilemmas? Boyfriend / Girlfriend Quandaries?

There are two legendary lovers

who  really knew what was happening  what’sup.

For instance, as you mull and dwell over, Will he call? Should I call? Is texting, again, too forward? Is dropping by too gauche? Did I go too far- or far enough?

Mae West was right- Think:  You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.

Mae West had a penchant for great advice packaged in a bit of double entendre and a dash of sparkling wit.


She said:

  • When I’m good I’m very, very good, but when I’m bad, I’m better.
  • Too much of a good thing can be taxing.
    A dame that knows the ropes isn’t likely to get tied up.
  • I generally avoid temptation unless I can’t resist
    I’ll try anything once, twice if I like it, three times to make sure.hearts-37308__180     A hard man is good to find.


Yogi Berra  Insightful Quotes Romance:

“It ain’t over till it’s over.” 

Signing Up for – yet again: It’s like déjà vu all over again.

The Breaking Up Couple’s Lament: “We made too many wrong mistakes.”

fork-1280701__180When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

Best Advice for a First Date: Look and Listened: “You can observe a lot by just watching.”

Mae West Quotes

Yogi Berra Quotes



My 2016 Best Of San Jose List


New in Town – but, I know what I like. It took a village to find me the perfect loft in the best neighborhood, to move in and get settled.seasons-846051__180

Best Neighborhood:  The Rose Garden District

Best College Campus: The Gardens – Santa Clara University

Best Move Manager/Personal Assistant: Kerry On – Your Personal Assistant

Best Moving Co. San Francisco to San Jose:  Cunningham Movers

Best Real Estate Agent:  Catherine Gortner

Best Furniture Store/San Francisco:  HD Buttercup

Best Neighborhood Hardware: Organizing  Etc. Store: OSH

Best Neighborhood Brewery:  Mission Creek Beer Above Whole Foods

Best Moscow MulesThe Counter –  Santana Row

Best Chinese Take Out: China Inn on The Alameda

Best Pretty Good Breakfast Joint: Bill’s on The Alameda

Best Rav’s and Sauce: La Villa in Willow Glen

Best Butcher Shop: – Corralitos Market

Best Boutique: Bella Rosa in Los Gatos

Best Bocce Party Place:  Campo di Bocce  in Los Gatos

Best Men’s Haircuts:  Jackson Place Salon – San Srancisco


Best Pancakes in San Jose? You tell me

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First date: what are your Top 10 Questions?


A crumpled piece of binder paper on a table…

The couple were seated in the window of the downtown coffee shop. They both looked as nervous as a couple of a first date.

She was sitting up straight in the chair, smiling – in a strained, artificial manner. He, too was sitting erect. However, he was playing with the salt and pepper shakers – lightly pushing them left and right – avoiding eye contact.

She took a piece of paper out of her purse and explained something, and handed him the paper. He slowly took the paper, unfolded it and studied it. She stared – waiting for a reaction.

The man studied the paper and a smile crossed his face. He began to laugh. She looked confused. He pulled a piece paper out of his jacket pocket and handed it to her. Seeming perplexed,she scanned the paper. She laughed and crumpled the paper into a ball. They both were laughing loudly as they left the coffee shop. 

After they left, the other woman in the restaurant and I exchanged a look. I got up to retrieve the wad of paper. Here is what it said:

Top 10 Questions for a First Date

  1. How does love and affection play a role in your life?
  2. What is your favorite and most treasured memory?
  3. What’s one thing you’ve done, but will never do again?
  4. Who’s your best friend?
  5. . Who do you think knows you the best?
  6. How often do you talk with your parents?
  7. Name one of your biggest fears.
  8. Are you employed? Where?
  9. What do you value the most in a friendship?
  10. Do you think your childhood was happy or sad?

Never underestimate the power of questions.



Happy Mother’s Grand Mother’s StepMother’s Day

“My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.”

George Washington

“It’s the moms of this nation – single, married, widowed – who really hold this country together. We’re the mothers, we’re the wives, we’re the grandmothers, we’re the big sisters, we’re the little sisters, we’re the daughters. You know it’s true, don’t you? You’re the ones who always have to do a little more.”

Ann Romney