9 Jan 09

Tips for Dating “From an Old Hand”

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1. Personal Hygiene is important – even more so when you are “of a certain age”! Showers are good. Be sure to put those little non skid things in the floor of the shower.

2. Appearance is important – men be sure to cut those nose and ear hairs! Bushy eyebrows are NOT sexy! Women, be sure to leave off that turquoise eye shadow and kohl rimmed eyes – that was great in the 70’s but now “less is more” is the watchword”besides, shaky eye lining is gross!

3. Clothing – even if you are in the elastic waistband brigade please dress up for your date – appropriately – no bikinis at the beach – one piece suit and sarong is good. Men – no pull-string grey fleece trousers and sloppy T shirts! No matching shell suits. (See I got it in!) Dressing well shows you are thinking about the date and that you care enough to make an effort.

4. Modesty is good – “When I had my last job, I”” is fine. “When I was the first female CEO of a major Fortune 500 company, I”” is not. Most likely your date will already know of your accomplishments but if not, can learn them from you over time.

5. No one-upsmanship! When your date mentions Jersey City don’t say “Ah yes, the same thing happened to me when I was last in Katmandu with ””

6. Stay away from the past – don’t mention John F Kennedy, Andy Warhol or Greta Garbo – stay current – stay up to date! Talk about today not yesterday. You lived it, OK, but it’s not really relevant to others any more, even if it seems relevant to you…

7. Women – go for younger men – look at Demi! Men – go for older women! There is a very large population of female 50+’s out there who are great company and know more sex tricks than any fresh butt 25 year old”

8. Please don’t talk about your divorce(s). It’s a bore and it’s time you got over it if you are dating. In fact no need to mention marriages at all! See below # 9”

9. Be curious about your date. Encourage general “philosophical” talk – not personal reminiscences – talk about issues – about what you have learned about issues or thoughts over the years.

10. Listen well – listen, listen, listen – it is very sexy

11. Be pleasant and agreeable – no contradicting – no grumpiness – no food things please. If you have to diet don’t talk about it just pick your way through the menu and eat what you need to eat.

12. Don’t be afraid to have a good time and show it – pleasure is catching!

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About Jennifer Kelton

Jennifer KeltonI did not wake up one morning and say “hey I think I’d like a man use my sweater like a towel, write a candid dating book, become a dating expert, the CEO and founder of a social dating site and have three blogs.”

All of this has happened in a slow burn and here I am. The good, the bad, the mistakes, way too many tears shed to count, lots of wine and oh my goodness a huge learning curve that leaves me much of the time saying, “I’m sorry but this is all new to me.”

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