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The Commodore

I met Bob through a mutual friend that he was dating. Bob was an avid sailor, a successful professional with a 25 year career at a Fortune 20 company. He had been married for all of those 25 years, until one day his wife, who owned her own successful business, out of the blue decided she had fallen for a mutual friend of theirs. He was devastated of course. The first person Bob began dating after his divorce was a woman he had met through work.

I noticed that Bob seemed to be a lot more interested in Sue than she was with him. He began to ask for my advice. Although I felt like Bob was the quality kind of man Sue should be dating, she just didn't feel any chemistry. I advised him to see if some could develop, but it was not in the cards. Sue finally broke up with Bob. While Bob was teaching me about lines and navigation, I taught Bob the ropes of dating again, from the ground up. I put a profile together for him, and removed most of the information he had included, and then lined up some suitable dates.

As a successful professional, and the commodore of a yacht club, one would think he'd have lots of opportunities to meet the right quality woman, but it wasn't the case. Everyone in his circle was married. When he did try to date, he targeted the wrong age group, and the wrong type of women. We had to widen the dating pool. After several disastrous "blind" dates he had set up on his own, I suggested we conduct a different kind of search to be more selective so some basic criteria could be met. Now instead of disaster dates, he had interesting dates, and then graduated to dates with serious candidates. Because Bob's entire life was sailing, I knew he needed someone who could share this passion with him. Within 9 months, Bob and Lydia met, hit it off, and after two years of dating, Bob proposed and Lydia accepted. Yes, they did sail into the sunset, and have been happy ever after.

Catalyst

Irving was one of those quirky guys, a friend of my fiancées that just never seemed to date. He was intelligent, funny, tall and Jewish, but didn't have a lot of confidence around women. Donna was adorable, petite, and had an easygoing personality, but also didn't seem to get asked out on dates very often. What they had in common was similar family backgrounds. They each had matriarchal families characterized by mothers with strong personalities, and their fathers had been easygoing.

After fixing them up on a couples date for dinner, they exchanged numbers and began quietly dating. Sadly, about 6 months afterward, Irving's mother passed away. Donna was able to help Irving through this difficult time. This then became a catalyst to develop a strong bond, and I wasn't surprised when about 6 months after that they became engaged.

Faith renewed

Lana was born and raised in the South, and her desire was to marry a Christian boy and raise a family. Active in her church, she was dating one of the youth ministers for a couple of years. Around Christmas, she had expected to get engaged. But this young man seemed to have a problem making a commitment to her. He didn't seem to know what he wanted. In a very strange turn of events, her boyfriend instead decided to give the ring he bought her to her best friend. Devastated, we helped her to pick up the pieces. I couldn't believe she had any trouble at all meeting great men because she was outgoing, lovely, loved sports and kept stats for the baseball league. Andrew had moved here to Charleston and was working with disadvantaged boys at a counseling center. He was an avid sports enthusiast as well. His quiet strength is a great complement to her vivaciousness and social skills, and they both share a devotion to faith and helping others. When I saw the team pennants all over their first home, I had to smile. Although Lana was a little gun shy at first, Andrew's devotion won her over and within 6 months, he asked her to marry him and she accepted. They were married June 13, 2009.

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