Singles Scene

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

August 2012


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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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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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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