Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, February 3, 2018

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, February 3, 2018 10 THE GOOD LIFE 

 Dear Savvy Senior,
What can you tell me about online dating for baby boomers?
I’m 57 and recently divorced, and would like to find a new
friend to spend time with. 

Lonely Linda 

Dear Linda, 
Whether you’re interested in dating again or just lookingfor a friend to spend time with, online dating siteshave become a very popular and effective way for babyboomers to meet new single people. 

Making new friends can be challenging as we get older,
which is why online dating sites are an excellent optionfor baby boomers. They provide an easy and convenientway to meet dozens of new people, without ever having toleave home. And, to make things even easier, many sitestoday use matchmaking algorithms that factor in yourinterests and preferences so they can steer you to matchesthat are best suited for you. Here are some other tips tohelp you get started.

Choose a site or two: There are literally hundreds ofdifferent matchmaking websites and apps available, sochoosing can be a bit confusing. Costs typically rangebetween $15 and $20 per month, however some datingsites are completely free to use. Depending on yourpreferences here are some popular options to look into.

If you don’t want to spend any money, free sites and are good places tostart, but these sites have a lot of advertising. There arealso free apps like Tinder ( and Bumble.
com, but these tend to be geared toward younger adultslooking for casual romance.

If you’re interested in lots of choices consider Match.
com, which has a huge membership in all demographics.
Or checkout, which is also very large butmore targeted for people who want to take things slow. 

Or, if you are looking to find a specific type of person,
there are hundreds of niche sites like:, and for those 50 andolder; for professionals; DateMyPet.comfor animal lovers; for vegetarians; JDate.
com for Jewish singles; for African 


Perhaps you’ve noticed that 
there’s a new “Most InterestingMan in the World” on the Dos 
Equis commercials. PersonallyI liked the old one better, but no 
matter who Dos Equis chooses to be the face of theirbeer, I know who the real “Most Interesting Man inthe World” is --my dad’s cousin, Phil.

As his unofficial title suggests, Phil is a fascinatingperson and has been the subject of many of my

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woman exited her car, wrote something on a slipof paper, and left it on the windshield. Phil, beingthe astute person that he is, wrote down her licenseplate number and reported the incident at the guardbooth.

 When Phil and his wife returned from their day, 

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Create a profile: When you join a matchmaking siteyou’ll need to create a personality profile that reflectswho you are, including recent photos, hobbies, interests,
favorite activities and more. If you need some help, siteslike can write one for you for a fee.

Use caution: When you register with a site you remainanonymous. No one gets access to your personal contactinformation until you decide to give it out, so be prudentwhom you give it to. Before meeting, you should chat onthe phone or video chat a few times, and when you domeet in person for the first time, meet in a public placeor bring a friend along. And if someone asks for money,
don’t send it. Online dating/sweetheart scams are outthere so be aware. If you want to be extra cautious, youcan even do a quick background check on your date

Don’t be naive: In an effort to get more responses,
many people will exaggerate or flat out lie in their profiles,
or post pictures that are 10 years old or 20 pounds lighter.
So don’t believe everything you see or read.

Make an effort: A lot of times, people – especiallywomen – sit back and let others come to them. Don’t be 
afraid to make the first move. When you find someoneyou like, send a short note that says, “I really enjoyed yourprofile. I think we have some things in common.” Keep itsimple.

Don’t get discouraged: If you don’t get a response fromsomeone, don’t let it bother you. Just move on. There aremany others that will be interested in you and it onlytakes one person to make online dating worthwhile. 

Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit JimMiller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and authorof “The Savvy Senior” book. 

the injured vehicle was still there but the note wasgone! They assumed the woman was just makinga show of leaving her information because therewere a number of onlookers present, and that shethen returned later to remove the note. Phil wrote 
down an explanation of what happened, includingthe woman’s license plate number, and slipped itthrough the crack in the window.

After that, Phil and his wife forgot about thewhole thing, until about a month later when a lavish

the car. 
Apparently there was a crew working in the parkinglot and one of the workers who witnessed the crash 
took the note and hit up the poor lady for money,
claiming it was his car that she smashed. Since he 
had accepted a check, it was possible for the bankto trace it back to him. Interestingly, the car thewoman hit was owned by the Long Beach Chief ofPolice. Phil sums up the story with, “I wouldn’t wantto be the guy with her check!” 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! …February Birthdays* 

Beatrice DaRe, Cathrine Adde, Hilda Pittman, Anne-Marie Stockdale, Susan 
Henderson, Allie Attay, Ursula El-Tawansy, Gladys Moser, Sylvia Lorhan, Ana 
Ptanski, Winifred Swanson , Marian DeMars, Vickie Vernon, Mary Beth Knox, 
Sharon Lefler. 

* To add your name to this distinguished list, please call the paper at 626.355.2737. 
YEAR of birth not required 
ACTIVITIES: Unless listed differently, all activities are at the Hart 
Park House (Senior Center) 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre 

Hawaiian & Polynesian Dance Class: Every Tuesday morning from 10a.m. to 
11a.m. Join instructor Barbara Dempsey as she leads you in the art of Hula. 

Bingo Time: Every Tuesday beginning at 1:00p.m. Cards are only $0.25 each! 
Everyone is welcome to join. Activity may be canceled if less than five people. 

Free Blood Pressure Testing: 2nd Tuesdays of the month from 11a.m. to 12p.m. No appt. is necessary. 

Brain Games - *New Activity*: Join us on Thursday November 16th, at 10:30a.m. to 11:30a.m for 

Scattergories. A creative thinking game by naming objects within a set of categories. Everyone is 
welcome, and no experience is needed. What a great way to strengthen your brain and make new friends.
Activities are facilitated by Senior Volunteers. 

Free Legal Consultation: Wednesday, November 15th from 10:30a.m. to Noon. Attorney Lem Makupson isavailable for legal consultation. Specializing in Family Law, Wills, Trusts, Estates, and Injury. Appointmentsare required by calling 626-355-7394. 

Senior Club: Meets every Saturday at the Hart Park House Senior Center. Brown Bag Lunch at 11:30a.m. 

Chair Yoga: Mondays & Wednesdays from 11:00a.m. to 11:45a.m. with Paul Hagen. Classes 

include yoga and balance exercises. All ability levels are encouraged and welcomed!* A voluntarydonation of $5.00 per week is suggested but not required. 

Birthday Celebrations: Every 2nd Thursday monthly at the Hart Park House, share some free birthday cakeprovided by the Sierra Madre Civic Club. 

Game Day: Every Thursday starting at 12:00p.m. Come join this group of Seniors in their poker game.
Other games are offered to all. 

Free Strength Training Class: Fridays from 12:45p.m. to 1:30p.m. with Lisa Brandley. This energetic class
utilizes light weights, low impact resistance and training conditioning. Class 
equipment is provided. 

Whale Watching Tour (Long Beach) 

Date: Friday, February 16, 2018 
Time: 10:30a.m. – 4:00p.m. 

Meeting Location: Hart Park House Senior Center Cost: $30 (Does not include lunch)
Join Harbor Breeze Cruises on an exciting California Whale watching journey to viewsome of the largest mammals on the planet! The experienced Long Beach crew and knowledgeable 
Aquarium of the Pacific educators will guide onboard guests and spectators asthey search all types of awe-inspiring marine life. Participants can bring their own lunch 
to enjoy on the boat or purchase snack items on board. Level of Walking: Low/ MediumRegistration for Sierra Madre Residents starts now through Monday, February 5th. Non-resident registration 
starts online or in person on Tuesday, February 6, 2018. 


February 7th at 1:00 p.m.
Lion (2016)

A traumatizing true story of a five year old, Saroogets lost on a train which takes him thousands of milesacross India, away from home and family. Saroo mustlearn to survive alone in Kolkata, before being adopted by his AustralianParents. Twenty-five years later, with his unwavering determination and arevolutionary technology, Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family.
Rated PG-13. Run Time: 2h. 

February 21st at 1:00 p.m.
Hell or High Water (2016) 

Toby is a divorced father who’s trying to make a better life for his son. Hisbrother Tanner is an ex-convict with a short temper and a loose trigger finger.
Together, they plan a series of heists against the bank that’s about to foreclose ontheir family ranch. This film received four nominated Academy Awards, including 
Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor for Jeff Bridges. Rated R. Run Time:
1h 42m.


Valentine’s Day Crafts with Instructor Kt Boyce
Monday, February 5th 12:30 – 1:30p.m. 

Come share your poems or hear beautiful love stories in history. Kt will also demonstrate card-makingwith collages, drawings, stencils and calligraphy. Materials and supplies will be provided, but rememberspaces are limited! 

Call for reservations at 626-355-7394. 

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