July 19, 2018

Singles Scene

Michael Korb explores the flirty, funny and sometimes frightening world of dating in Southwest Florida

January 2012


Playing the Game

Being a nerd doesn't mean not getting the girl. Sometimes we meet people and they surprise us. Sometimes we meet people and they stun us. Then there’s Tom (not his real name). Short, follically challenged and driving a “vintage” Toyota MR2 (seriously?), Tom needs to make some major improvements just to reach average. But here’s the kicker: Tom is scoring chicks like Hugh Hefner in the ’70s (the decade, not the age). To the untrained eye, this makes absolutely no sense. Natural order would suggest Tom could score a woman rated a six (at best) once every 10 months followed by a great deal of internet use. He should only be able to increase that frequency by lowering his expectations from a six down to a four. And yet he is getting women as if he’s a movie producer...

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The unquestionable value of a good wingman

Anthony Edwards, king of the wingmen. In its original use, the term “wingman” referred to a pilot whose plane was positioned behind and outside the leader in a formation of flying aircraft. Today, and for our purposes, it means saint: a friend who is willing to help you land someone for yourself, while leaving them at the mercy of the homely chick (and/or dude). I have a friend, we’ll call him Wes (because that’s his name), who is truly the world’s greatest wingman. He is capable of spouting your praises in such a way that even you believe you are the coolest person in the room. Many a time, Wes has selflessly extolled my virtues (many of which I forgot that I had) to a lovely young woman who would then proceed to fall madly in love with me (well, that’s how I...

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For love and money: MillionaireMatch.com

As my father was fond of saying, “It’s as easy to love a rich one as it is a poor one.” And while conceptually that might be true, actually locating enough proper rich ones to love can be challenging. That is, until now. The Internet (you may have heard of it) has given all types of niche needs a storefront. Prefer to date only Asians? How about seniors? Have a religious preference? The Internet has you covered. And since some of us (OK, many) prefer to date people with Lamborghinis and yachts, the website MillionaireMatch.com exists. And, not surprisingly, more than a few locals are on it. While we are not here to “out” anyone (though we’d like to), it is interesting to understand why locals are on it: some of us are millionaires and are more comfortable dating...

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A Stimulating Outing (batteries included)

"Depending on your stamina, the batteries can last a surprisingly long time.” I’d love to attribute that quote, but I had my back turned to the offender and by the time I’d swung around the pack of lunching cougars each looked equally guilty. Let’s be honest, being single along the Gulfshore can test your will. People who look good on paper look bad in real life and those who look great in real life tend to lose their luster as soon as they open their mouth. It can get frustrating. It can also be a boon for battery manufacturers capable of delivering a little extra juice for toys of a more adult nature. So sayeth the cougars. Bless their little hearts. It seems that during a night out on the town, our group of cougars (whom we introduced you to in Gulfshore...

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