November 23, 2014

Singles Scene

Michael Korb explores the flirty, funny and sometimes frightening world of dating in Southwest Florida
What He Really Meant in That Text

10/12/12

What He Really Meant in That Text

We feel a little bit bad talking about our friend Riley behind her back but she ends up being such a wonderful teaching tool that we can’t help ourselves. As you may recall, she recently broke up with her boyfriend of eight(ish) months and was suddenly back in our lives texting like a ninth-grader with no parental supervision. But after two weeks of non-stop frowny faces and what we would deem excuses on behalf of the ex, Riley went into radio silence. More than a week has passed with nary a “L” or some other elaborate emoticon signally sadness. This, as any casual observer of human textuality would tell you, means she is back in contact with the ex. As I mentioned to one of her friends while sipping prosecco at Osetra, we need to cut the kite string...

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Benefits and Being Single

10/05/12

Benefits and Being Single

Note: Not everyone you meet will be as hot or cool as Gisele and Tom. If you didn’t make it to Gulfshore Life’s Hot Pink Party (which launched our Hottest Singles October issue) last night at Rocky Patel’s BURN, you missed an evening filled with beautiful people shopping for other beautiful people while holding flutes of champagne. Basically, for readers of this blog, it was Christmas. In case you didn’t know, our October issue, which is on newsstands now, features eight of Southwest Florida’s best singles, and they were on hand to help celebrate being single by trying to find someone special. It’s a conundrum only the unfettered can understand. An annual excuse to gawk and meet people, it made us realize just how important events...

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Love's Crashing Waves

10/03/12

Love's Crashing Waves

Being single is like surfing: you work hard to catch the perfect wave and then ride it until it either dies or it flips up and smacks you in the face—hard. That’s just how it is. And so, just as the sun rises and sets, another one of our close friends has taken a longboard to the face. The lovely and talented Riley, who helped us kick off the Single Scene column with her shocking inability to land a guy worth landing, has found herself getting the “It’s not you, it’s me speech” from the guy she had been dating for seven months. The relationship had been wobbly for the past month or so with sporadic fights over small things and reconciliation followed by trips to luxurious destinations. You know the drill. “We were the perfect...

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09/19/12

When One-on-One is Just Too Few

We recently interviewed a group of singles for our upcoming Beautiful People issue (November) and found that many of them are, in fact, perfectly happy to be single. They’re in no rush to be joined at the hip or give up the freedom (or the closet space) that comes with finding someone special. In some instances, it sounded as though they were just sick of the pressure that comes with searching for, and meeting someone, one-on-one. Well, we’re in luck. Sort of. A new dating site has taken the stress out of blind dates or first meetings by including your friends in the mix. Grouper (JoinGrouper.com) lets you include as many friends in your group as you’d like (with a minimum of two for your first Grouper experience) that will join with another group of the opposite sex. The...

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08/31/12

Bashing Your Friend's Ex

To quote the always affable Neil Sedaka, breaking up is hard to do. But the truth is, it’s even harder on friends of the lovelorn. They are stuck listening to you read every old email and the last few text messages over and over to see if you can decipher just where things went wrong. Yikes. God help them if you haven’t been blocked from your ex’s Facebook page. “That’s not the worst of it,” says Pamela, a 28-year-old salesperson from Estero. “Not by a long shot. When friends break up, you are basically thrown into a minefield with no means of escape.” You see, when you break up with your boyfriend or girlfriend, a good friend jumps in with all of the reasons that you two were wrong for each other to begin with. “He was too condescending...” “She was too...

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