October 31, 2014

Singles Scene

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

February 2012

02/24/12

Facebook Hunting Grounds

As Facebook continues to be a dominant force in virtually everyone’s lives, it should come as no surprise that the online giant is being turned into a massive singles bar. When you can actually list your relationship status as “It’s complicated,” you can figure there’ll be some inquiry. In fact, there are some among us who are such Facebook stalkers that they have tagged their favorite targets and pounce as soon as that someone’s status goes to “single.” It’s creepy, but the early bird gets the worm (or a restraining order—it’s a fine line). When pressed to admit if they’ve ever cyber-stalked a potential mate, sober locals at BURN By Rocky Patel in Mercato were hesitant to admit to anything. Luckily, the less sober turned out to be goldmines of...

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02/18/12

Sweatin' with the Hotties

The gym can be a magical place filled with members of the opposite sex sculpting their bodies just for you. And as a single person, you should probably return the favor. After all, there’s a pretty good chance you need to work off the Margherita pizza and appletini you had with the girls. And while your friends will repeatedly tell you that the gym, whether it be the YMCA, LA Fitness, NCH Wellness Centers, Lifestyles or wherever, is a horrible place to meet someone—because they’ve never met anyone there even after years of aerobics classes—nothing could be further from the truth. These places are packed full of singles. It’s literally like shooting fish in a barrel. The problem is that no one pulls the trigger. No one talks to anyone. We are a nation of wimps, too...

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02/11/12

St. Valentine's Day Masochist

If you are single, this Tuesday is a day meant to make you feel as though you are going to die alone. That’s the good news. The bad news is that you are going to have live through those 24 miserable hours watching other people get flowers, chocolates and cards, while they go on and on about how romantic their spouse/partner/fwb is. Ugh. It’s enough to make you consider lowering your standards just to join the party. But from a financial standpoint, the singles among us will be saving approximately $126.03 according to a recent survey conducted by the National Retail Federation. That’s how much the average idiot will spend trying to get their spouse/partner/fwb to say nice things about them to their co-workers. Thank god the rest of us are too smart for that. We won’t be...

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02/03/12

Know your type

As your personal singles coach (why are you ignoring that invoice I sent you?), let me be frank: You need to know what you are looking for. And perhaps more importantly, you need to know what type of person will be a good fit for you. And so, as you wander through this single life you should consider going to places that might increase your shot of meeting Miss/Mr. Right. With that said, what are you looking for? Some people live a lifestyle that really can only be accepted by others living that same lifestyle. A recent stop at Food & Thought, a 100 percent organic market in Naples, proved it to be a perfect example of a prime lifestyle hunting ground. It is full-on healthy in every direction—from its market to its café you can feel the lack of preservatives as soon as you get...

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