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The Truth About Tapas

Posted on 07/19/2011 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeNew plan hatched. To distance herself from her dating doldrums, Segunda followed her nose, which led her — accompanied, of course, by trusty sidekick Lady Piola — to the tapas capital of the world, Spain. But apparently they never received the memo that these bite-size treats were designed to encourage conversation by taking the focus away from eating an entire meal. Instead the pair began to devour each morsel as if an essential truth lay buried within. And maybe, in …

La verdad sobre las tapas

Posted on 07/19/2011 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

En Español

The Cuban Dating Crisis

Posted on 07/12/2011 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeStill reeling from a delicious date with the Cuban architect and his fish tacos, Segunda needed time to reflect on her unfolding dating  adventures. So she plopped herself in front of her manicurist, knowing that self-care can lead to self-discovery. Okay, perhaps like me, she was also looking to compare dating notes and reap the benefits of the collective wisdom cultivated among blow dryers and curling irons.  In the middle of a second coat of polish, the manicurist perked up …

Una nueva “crisis cubana”

Posted on 07/12/2011 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

En EspañolAún con la deliciosa salida con el arquitecto cubano y sus ricos tacos de pescado en mente, Segunda necesitaba tiempo para reflexionar sobre la evolución de sus citas. De modo que, ya sabiendo que cuidar de uno mismo puede llevar a autodescubrirse, llegó al salón de su manicura. Quizás ella, al igual que yo, estaba buscando comparar experiencias sobre citas y encontrar la sabiduría colectiva cultivada entre secadores y planchas rizadoras para el cabello. Mientras aplicaba una segunda capa de …

Taking the Dating Bait

Posted on 07/5/2011 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeSegunda tallied your votes and, after consulting her best friend and relationship guru, Dante, took your advice and went on a date with the tall Cuban architect. The father of three’s bait—Baja-style fish tacos—exceeded her expectations. Dante’s advice helped. He says that while Segunda, like I, may be 40-plus, in dating years we’re not even 20—the age Segunda and I last dated—so dating someone with a similar background (Segunda and the Cuban are both divorced Hispanic foodies living in the …

Mordiendo el anzuelo

Posted on 07/5/2011 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

En EspañolSegunda contó los votos de los lectores y, luego de consultar a su mejor amigo y gurú de relaciones, Dante, aceptó el consejo de la mayoría y salió con el arquitecto cubano. El anzuelo del padre de tres niñas —tacos de pescado estilo Baja— superó sus expectativas. El consejo de Dante ayudó. Él dice que aunque Segunda, como yo, tengamos cuarenta y pico años, en experiencia en citas amorosas no tenemos ni 20 —la misma edad que teníamos Segunda y …