by Janet L. Jacobsen
Seems to me like Y2K was just yesterday, and here we are at Y2K04. Amazing.
Of course, as they say, time flies when youre having fun!
Heres some fun: Its Leap Year again! Used to be a lot of goings
on about how it was the year that ladies were allowed to ask
men out, propose mar-riage, etc. But since we can do all those things
any time, theres no real need to fuss. Except, of course, that we
get an extra day in February. All those things youve been saying
youd do if you only had more time? Do them on the 29th!
Society for the Arts, in conjunction with several other organizations,
is sponsoring a benefit dance at the Ritz-Carlton on January 16. Live
music pro-vided by long-time local band Affinity - so long time
that they played for us years ago when we had live bands at our singles
dances. One of the co-sponsors is the Greater Phoenix Swing Dance Club,
so look for lots of big band style dance music. And its
definitely a good night to dress to impress, but dont
get so formal that you cant dance! Its not strictly a singles
dance, but should be a high percentage of singles.
Also coming up is the 12th annual Singles Fair and Valentines Ball,
Saturday, February 7, this year at the Doubletree Paradise Valley Resort,
5401 N. Scottsdale Rd. Well have a booth, as always, as will many
other singles groups and singles-oriented businesses. With no Singles
Showcase last fall, singles organizations will especially want to take
advantage of this very efficient method for recruiting new members for
Valentines Day is upon us, as well. You dont have to have
a main squeeze to enjoy the day, by the way. One of my favorite
things to do is get a bunch of those school valentines, and
just give them out to people throughout the day - store clerks, people
at work, etc. I give them to all my students at ASU too. They are always
so surprised, and some will say its the only valentine they got.
Had a request recently from the publisher Houghton Mifflin to use one
of my old articles in a high school textbook. Cool. Theyll use it
in a textbook on writing. No word on whether Im serving as a good
example, or a bad one. The article is Explaining Away Our Relationships.
Does our craving for an explanation hurt romance? You can see it
in our archives at http://azsinglescene.com/archives/9-98.htm.
Speaking of school, I passed my comprehensive exams and now just
have the dissertation left to finish my doctorate. Im studying male/female
misunderstandings. Its actually not a topic thats been studied
much, but nevertheless my big research problem is narrowing things down
to something manageable because there are so many possible ways to study
this. For instance, an alarming number of people, when I say Im
considering my research options, will say, Well, you could just
hang around at my house.
Anyway, I am hoping to have more time to get out and do more things with
the singles groups, and maybe even start up our series of singles classes
and workshops again. Hope to have some decisions made on that in time
for the Singles Fair, so stop by our booth! If nothing else, were
bound to have a fun survey or two you can fill out!
So many singles publications have recently folded or temporarily suspended
publication that we are no longer offering our National List
of singles publications, nor the Singles Press Association national ad
Of course, its not just singles publications; print publications
of all kinds are seeing their circulations shrink. I read a lot on the
Internet myself, but I also still get a lot of magazines, so I dont
know if Im part of the problem or part of the solu-tion. Its
hard to imagine that print public-ations will disappear completely, but
some new model for making them profitable will have to emerge. Or maybe
publishing will only be done by nonprofit companies as a public service.
Too early to say.
Weve hardly had a winter, and by late February, Spring will be upon
us! Get out and enjoy!