December 18, 2014

Singles Scene

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

08/17/12

Playmate Breakfast

Do you know anyone who suffers from an ailment known as immediate familiarity syndrome (IFS)? It’s when a person you just met talks to you as though they’ve known you for years. More often than not, it tends to be spontaneously communicable, causing others to let their guard down and say things they normally wouldn’t upon a first meeting. As a journalist, and sufferer, this comes in pretty handy. But for people sitting across the table, there is a real danger to open up and then wonder what had just happened.    I only bring this up because I recently had breakfast with a Playboy Playmate. No, seriously. Former Playboy Playmate Julie Clarke met me for breakfast at Dolly’s Produce in Bonita Springs (note to self: try to make “French toast and Playmates” a weekly thing)...

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08/09/12

The struggle to keep a man interested

Most have been there: gotten through date number one or even two, only to have this guy suddenly enter the witness relocation program. For whatever reason, he slipped the hook and swam away without so much as a “Thanks for the worm.” I hear it all the time. In fact, the majority of the women I run into in Southwest Florida ask me what they need to do to keep a guy interested. I tell them there are two major issues at play here: men in general have the attention span of gnats; and men in SWFL have a lot of options and want to play the field, so convincing them to settle down with you (or ask for date number four) can take effort. Such was the case when a group of ladies congregating at the bar area of Capital Grille recently came to a disheartening conclusion: men like young. My...

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07/27/12

Cheaters!

OMG! How could she? Doesn’t she understand what “soul mate” means? They were the most perfect couple since Liz and Dick and now we are all left to pick up the Twihard With a Vengance pieces. Obviously, we’re referring to the catastrophic news that Kristen Stewart, 22, was caught cheating on her live-in boyfriend and Twilight co-star, Robert Pattinson, 26. We can’t deny the quirky appeal of Rupert Sanders, 41, but he is no sparkling vampire—surely, we can all agree on that. Regardless, the entire ordeal has shaken singles across the globe, and left us to wonder if relationships are even worth it. Why put yourself out there if your “soul mate” is just going to… well you read the tabloids, right? While there are exceptions to every rule, there are universal truths...

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06/29/12

Smell Dating – It’s like speed dating, with more scents

“You smell great!” How many times have you heard that? Hopefully a lot. Most of the time, someone is commenting on your perfume or cologne or the fact that you failed to properly rinse the Herbal Essence from your hair. But it turns out that you have your own personal scent which comes from somewhere deep down inside that others either love or, you know, ask you to shower. And it turns out that this scent has a powerful effect on how others perceive and are attracted to you. Called pheromones, this scent is a primal marker that seems to drive attraction between the sexes based on subtle cues that alert you to a quality genetic match. Hot, right? Well, there is some evidence to suggest this is legitimate, and, because so many of us are desperate enough to breathe in a lungful...

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06/22/12

Stop and Go

This won’t come as a surprise to any of the women reading this, but guys have three speeds: Stop, Go and Neutral. Stop is when they have absolutely no interest in you and make it clear from the start. Go is when you’ve had three dates but he’s already picked out the ring. Neutral is everything else. Men are in neutral 97 percent of the time. “’What are we doing?’ That’s a question I ask my boyfriend whenever I feel like fighting,” says Angela, a 32-year-old teacher from Estero. “I’m serious. It all just boils over in me when we just live day to day without any real plan for the future.” In case you’re curious, her boyfriend is 36 and also a teacher AND they are living together. They’ve been dating for five years and living together for two. “Part of...

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