I was at the Balboa Cafe, sipping a glass of Whispering Angel rosé, trying not to make eye contact with a gentleman who walked through the front door.
As I avoided his gaze, I felt like I was suffocating.
Not because we had any sort of falling out, but because she was married with two kids.
For the time being, our lives were simply too different to be in sync.
I AM A VERY LOVING QUEEN, YOUNG LADY, CHARMING, OUTGOING, SHY, BUT AFFECTIONATE …"The courtship culture is just much less aggressive here," acknowledges Colin Hodge, 28, CEO of Down, an app that lets users connect to date or "get down." He says that many men might find women in the Bay Area harder to approach, partly because there aren't as many of us to go around.Kevin Lewis, an assistant professor of sociology at UC San Diego, blames the Bay Area's progressive gender norms, with men less likely to believe they need to make the first move.Despite loads of single men, getting a date is a no-man's land. "I'd forgotten what it was like to be flirted with," says Kink and Code blogger Emma Mc Gowan, 27, who noticed it during a recent visit to New York."I can't get over how reflexively men flirt in New York." Forget flirting; it sometimes seems as if guys don't see gals, period. It's easy to blame smartphones for replacing the normalcy of spontaneous face-to-face interaction.Annie's dating and relationship advice is read by a world-wide audience As the Dating Examiner for San Francisco Examiner, she posts weekly articles.