Single on Valentine's Day? Great!

Have you found yourself single this year on Valentine's Day? In this case, the cup is not half empty, it's half full. There are lots of opportunities to share affection and treat yourself on this big-hearted day.

Calling all singles! (, North America's largest speed dating company, announced today that it will attempt to establish the Guinness™ World Record for the largest simultaneous speed dating event ever held in one evening. More than 150 PreDating parties are scheduled to be held in 91 cities in the US and Canada on Wednesday evening, February 8th -- just in time for Valentine's Day. In all, it is anticipated that more than 4,800 eligible singles will participate in the record-breaking event, which equates to about 43,200 6-minute speed dates in one evening.

Eric P. Straus, President & CEO of said, "We know that singles want to find someone special with whom to share Valentine's Day. What better time to attempt a new record for this new social phenomenon? This event will enable thousands of singles to meet their Valentine' and be a part of history.'

Reservations are now being accepted for the February 8th events. A special registration and information page has been established that lists cities throughout North America where speed dating parties will be held. Provided the requisite elements are fulfilled, Guinness World Records, Ltd. will certify the event following its conclusion and it may be listed in the next edition of the Guinness Book of World Records. Go to to find 23 participating clubs in the L.A. and O.C. area. Good luck in your search.

Cupid's Coach, Julie Ferman

Join Cupid's Coach Julie Ferman at a Valentine Mixer in Bel Air with Cupid's Coach Clients, members, and friends. A deliciously fun evening of flirting, mixing, buzzing around! Grab a drink from the bar, mingle, schmooze, and flirt with Julie Ferman and LOTS of West Side Singles. The crowd will be mostly 30's/40's/50's - It's an upbeat, fun social mixer, open to ALL. Dress nicely, and bring your smile (We'll have a photographer there for all who'd love to have a good, current "dating mug shot")These Bel Air social mixers are so well attended and so much FUN that we're doing ANOTHER ONE!

Monday, February 13, 7-10 p.m.             Bel Air Bar & Grill
662 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90049
Tickets:  $15.00 per person IN ADVANCE $20.00 per person at the door. Cash, check made payable to Cupid's Coach, or Visa/MC/Amex/Discover.

Directions: Directly in the shadow of the Getty Museum at Sepulveda and Moraga Drive.  From the 405 North Exit Moraga Drive. From the 405 freeway South. Exit Getty Center Drive and turn left on Sepulveda. We will be on the left at the corner of Sepulveda and Moraga Drive.

For more event and seminar information go to:

Angela Manfredi

Humor columnist Angela Manfredi makes suggestions for celebrating single-hood:

Like millions of other women who are romantically unattached, singles humor columnist Angela Manfredi knows what it's like to be without a love interest on Valentine's Day. Instead of focusing on the couple-centricity of February 14th, Angela makes the following suggestions for celebrating single-hood.

1.)     Treat yourself to a fabulous meal at a wonderful restaurant. Get dressed up for an evening out. Don't wait for a date to don that sexy get-up. Dining alone is a real confidence builder. And, you can order as much dessert as you want without feeling self-conscious or worrying about the chocolate sauce that dripped on your blouse. If you're not ready to go it alone, invite your single friends along.

2.)     Really love yourself! Don't wait by the door for the elusive singing telegram or Candy-gram. Instead, make (and keep) an appointment for a Mammogram. Your compressed breasts will thank you.

3.)     Adopt a Valentine! There are no shelters overrun with former male models who've traded in their hair gel for a medical degree. But, there are plenty of furry four-legged friends longing for love.

4.)     Treat yourself to sexy new underwear and pretty push-up bras. Say buh-bye to the granny panties and splurge on some sassy skivvies. And, invest in a quality bra. Your clothes will fit and feel better!

5.)     Clean out your closet! Donate unwanted suits to organizations such as so disadvantaged women can look sharp on job interviews. Bring the ex-s shirts to Jiffy Lube.

And, for the single guys who actually know that something called 'Valentine's Day' exists and don't want to spend it alone, simply install something such as sink or a car stereo. A man with a caulking gun or spool of speaker wire will not be lacking for beer buddies for very long'

Angela Manfredi is a singles columnist and former TV news reporter who recently conducted a nationwide search for the ideal temporary hired husband. Her social experiment was a success and is serving as the basis for a book and television concept. Her columns, bio, and interviews can be viewed at

Don't have a date for Valentine's Day? Don't worry. With a little planning, being single on the day dedicated to amour can be surprisingly fun and enriching. 

1.   Send yourself a dozen roses to work (act baffled when they come). Enjoy the novelty of having roses on your desk. At the end of the day, distribute them to strangers on your way home. 
2.   Treat yourself to a self-loving gift - an hour-long massage, an essential oil for your bath, a new gym membership, a fancy lunch at that trendy restaurant you've been wanting to go to, a flowering potted plant for the living room. 
3.   Invite another single friend over for dinner and go all out as host. Serve oysters on the half shell, anything with garlic, and, of course, champagne. 
4.   Surprise your parents with a call. Tell them that you love them (or at least that you're thinking about them), but don't mention that you believe they're the root of your intimacy problems, which is why you're spending Valentine's Day alone in the first place. Save that for another day or therapy. 
5.   Attend any Valentine's Day party, after-work lonely hearts gathering, or other social event you're invited to, especially if you're eager to move out of the singles status and into the world of couples. How else are you ever going to find a mate?  

6.   Plan a cozy evening at home if no plans surface. Rent a classic romance - "Casablanca" for the ultimate cliche", make your favorite comfort food, and write down the top ten reasons why you're so adorable/sexy/lovable. 

5 Ways to the Happiest Valentine's Day Ever!

1. Send a heartfelt Valentine Card to someone who has really inspired you and tell them how much they mean to you.
2. Make a homemade Valentine Card and send it to your favorite relative you haven't seen in a while.
3. Send flowers or candy to someone who doesn't have a sweetheart, and sign it anonymous.
4. Make a Valentine's Basket and send it to a family that has gone through a difficult time and sign it, From Your Guardian Angel.
5. Take your little niece, nephew, or cousin out for ice cream.

Giving is the fastest way to feel good about yourself. It doesn't have to be expensive, even a single hand picked flower will do. Anything coming from the heart will surely be felt and appreciated. It's two gifts in one. One is for the recipient and even a bigger gift for you.

And if you're married, but feeling single, you can still make the most of Valentine's Day:

Marriage counseling coach Nancy Wasson says that Valentine's Day brings up a mixture of feelings for many spouses. 'For some,' she states, 'it's a happy day, full of anticipation and fun. But for others, it's a painful reminder of what's missing in their marriage.'

Wasson shares that when spouses are having serious marriage problems or even just an unresolved minor tiff, Valentine's Day can present a challenge. 'It's hard for wives to watch co-workers receive bouquets of roses at work and to hear friends talk about special dinner plans and other romantic gestures from their husbands when they're not in the same situation.'

She adds that it's also difficult for husbands who want to show love and affection but are stymied by their wife's lack of response or passion. According to Wasson, 'Valentine's Day is supposed to be a celebration time for lovers. For couples who aren't feeling romantic towards each other, February 14th can be a depressing day.'

She has an eight-step strategy for coping with Valentine's Day, even when a marriage relationship is strained:

Keep Valentine's Day in perspective. It gets a lot of publicity at the time, but remember that it's only one day of the year. As the saying goes, 'This too shall pass.' On February 15th, it's all over except for the half-price left-over Valentine's candy in the drug store.

Remember that just because it looks like others have wonderful or desirable marriages and attentive, loving spouses doesn't make it so. If you could see behind the scenes, you'd see that the truth is often very different from the exterior appearance. Just because a spouse gives the partner a flashy Valentine's gift doesn't mean the marriage is healthy and satisfying.

Plan ahead so that you have some fun activities for the day or evening. If things are strained with your spouse, plan a special lunch or dinner with a close friend. Or you might decide to see a movie or have a massage after work. Be proactive about making plans and schedule something you'll look forward to.

Give yourself a Valentine's Day present. Gifts to consider include a new CD, a book, clothing, sports equipment, a facial, a session with a personal trainer, or enrollment in a gym or night class. While you're at it, buy a bouquet of tulips or other fresh flowers to brighten up your house or office.

Pamper yourself. Slow down and take time for yourself in the little ways that count. Eat well, get enough rest, slow the pace down, and build in some relaxation time. Be good to yourself' you deserve it. And don't forget to laugh. Be your own valentine and treat yourself with love and respect.

Count your love blessings. Make a list of all the people who show their love and caring for you throughout the year. Include family and friends, as well as the neighbor who always volunteers to feed your cat when you're out of town and the co-worker who looks out for your interests. Then take a moment to savor the feeling of gratitude for being so richly blessed.

Send cards, notes, emails, or phone messages to the people in your life who are your 'loved ones.' Remember how much fun it used to be when you were a child to get valentine cards and little candy hearts with messages such as 'I Love You' or 'Be my Friend'? Find a way to express your caring and gratitude to the special people on your 'Love Blessings' list. You'll make their day!

Let your love, caring, and compassion for others shine brightly in everything you say or do on Valentine's Day. Give the gift of yourself to others all day long. Print out the following quote and read it throughout the day to remind you of the power of love and giving:

'Each time anyone comes into contact with us,
They must become different and better people
Because of having met us...
We have been created in order to love and to be loved.
Love does not just gives.'
---Mother Teresa

Spouses don't have to wait until their marriage is problem-free to enjoy Valentine's Day, says Wasson. 'And even more importantly, the bigger picture is that they don't have to wait until their marriage is perfect to enjoy life. Now that's something to celebrate!'



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