Lola of Los Gatos needs help?


Lola was tired of housework.  She hated walking the dogs and doing laundry. There had to be a magic wand, a panacea, for her doldrums. One day, she decided she wanted a Personal Assistant. Her husband reminded her that she was was home all day. No matter. Many of her friends had Personal Assistants.

She studiedt Craigslist. She learned, if you said “Junior Personal Assistant” – you could pay less. She knew $15.00 an hour would be tempting – but insulting.

Sh sat down at he computer and listed all the things she needed. If the person was there  just 2-4 hours a day – her husband wouldn’t even know.

She posted an add on Craigslist

This is Lola’s Craigs Ad

Pay: $22.00 an hour- Maid, Dog Walker, Personal Secretary, Accountant, Personal Assistant

Daily Tasks:
Light Household Cleaning for approximately one hour. 
-Empty the dishwasher – fill
-light laundry, folding clothes, put them away
-wipe down all counters, use swifter/floors
-walk the dogs
-Make beds – pick up clothing, clean all bathrooms

Household coordination, Run Errands, Manage of Personal Affairs as needed/directed.

Weekly Chores – as needed:
Arrange and be present for household appointments (i.e. plumber, etc.),

Execute Miscellaneous errands such as dry cleaning, market, post office, Target, Costco
General Household Management:Clean out/organize drawers, closets, shelves organization.
Weekly Dog washing, Nail clipping, Clean up, too.

-Office Management
Assistance with business travel planning, packing / unpacking for trips.

Assist with appointment scheduling.
-Organize home office. Create a system for all files.
Help Coordinate Schedule
Light bookkeeping, travel expense reports.
Bill pay, oversee mail coordination
-We are a fun and friendly household to work with. 

Pay $22.00 an hour


Lola waited for her email box to fill be applicants. She waited.

On the third day,  a man named, Charlie wrote to say he was a good dog walker and knew how to bathe dogs. He could learn all the other stuff on the fly.

Lola was shocked. Why werent there dozens of people clammering to work with her and “her friendly household?”

Can you spell Cheap?

The Cure all for such oversights is to do your homework.

Professional Personal Assistants Charge from $50.00 to $100.00 per hour.




Dead end: He was my dad’s age?

I stated I was interested in men around my age…

Tom, Dick and Harry sent me dead-end winks and notes…Harold sent me the most amusing, clever, smart communique I’d ever received.

The photos he posted were of his car, his dog, his pool and his wine cellar.

Red flags were flappin’ Anytime a person fails to post their actual photo on a Dating Site – they are hiding something. Big time.

phone-1610203__340    I know The Rules

Rule #1.   Do not exchange more than five emails before speaking on the phone. Imaginations fly sky high when a volley of emails and flirty text messages fill a week.

Rule #2.   Never engage with a person who doesn’t post a photo. No Photo/No Communication.

Rule #3. Google the Internet Date. Check Linkedin. Read their Yelp reviews. Are they a Pinterest person or a Trip Advisor? 

clock-2756127__340   Flash Forward three months – We were both very busy – I was in London for two weeks and he was in Seattle for a month. Life happened. 

I had been ‘seeing’ a couple of guys … both turned out to be “friend material.” 

Out of the blue – Harold reached out- included his last name- no current photos.

Like anyone else, I immediatley Googled the Guy and found out he was close to my dad’s age! He was famous, accomplished, divorced – no kids, a couple of homes. And old.

He sent me a photo.


I wished him well and said we were not a match. Next!

Has this happened to you?

Tell me

Coming to a boil?

So much is so very wrong.

“When you boil down the real facts and statistics

of what carbon dioxide is doing to this planet…

to not feel like you have to do something…

I don’t think you’re human.”

A. J. Buckley


lincoln-memorial-826990__180America will never be destroyed from the outside.

If we falter and lose our freedoms,

it will be because we destroyed ourselves.

Abraham Lincoln