Saturday, August 20, 2011

Matchmaker, Matchmaker

I'm back online as of yesterday, let the shite talk commence once more.

Today in Crosshaven, Co. Cork, the second annual Red Head Convention is about to kick off. The event raised over €3500 for the Irish Cancer Society last year.

This years one-day event will consist of (among others) a farmers market, strawberry cupcake competition, redhead styling advice, red head photo shoots, a red balloon launch, and a Sunburnt Irish Red Beer bar. All information about the festival can be found on this excellent website: www.redheadconvention.ie.

I think this is a fun way to raise money for a very deserving charity. Red hair is one of those traits that is immediately identified with Irish people - I've always thought red hair was absolutely beautiful (I firmly believe that no two redheads are exactly the same colour) and frankly, as we're coming towards the end of another excuse of a summer, anything that brings people a bit of joy and a fun day out is a good idea in my book.

Now, what I wanted to talk about was an article I read in Thursday's Star newspaper. Firstly, I don't buy the daily papers - I was Daddy-sitting (minding the OH's father for a few hours) and flicking through his papers. This teeny tiny article caught my eye - actually,  I wrote the whole thing down in a draft in my phone. Here it is: 

TV dating show guru has claimed only Irish fellas fancy redheads.
Millionaire Matchmaker host Patti Stanger (50) said she found it impossible to get her mega-rich clients to go out with flame-haired women. She said, "the only men who like redheads are irish. I can't get my millionaires to date a redhead." Patti admitted her revelations have got her into trouble with her own family. "My cousin is a redhead and she almost kicked my ass for this," she said. - Source: The Star, Thursday 18-08-11.

Firstly, what a stupid assumption to make. Only Irish men like redheads?! Firstly, let's get a look at Patti: 

Patti later tweeted about the issue (@pattistanger) "On the redhead issue: I said millionaire men pass on redheads unless they live in Ireland, Scotland, or the UK!" Sure you did, Patti, sure you did. She then went on to insult a whole other group of people (us curly haired wenches) by saying "On curly hair: I've been rockin' the surfer waves & love it but money men love straight hair... why not mix it up!" 

Patti is notorious in the tv dating industry - she founded her exclusive "Millionaire's Club" in 2000 after recognizing that "successful men in the dating arena needed a private, exclusive club where they could come to find their beautiful and intelligent wives". Her show, "Millionaire Matchmaker" has aired on Bravo since 2008. Patti's advice to some of the women looking to snare a Millionaire have included telling them to lose weight and get hair extensions. She also said that she "can't do anything for women over 45". Even though she herself is 50. Here are her top 12 dating tips (from urbanette): 
  1. Make a top-10 non-negotiable list of the things you want in your man. If he doesn't have all 10 things on the list, then do not step off the curb to date him.
  2. Make a plan of action. What are you doing every week to meet your mate? You need at least one event to go to meet quality eligible men each week.
  3. Always date a pair and a spare. You must always date 3 men at a time.
  4. Marketing 101...package yourself in a sexy way. Men want the cheerleader they got or did not get in high school. You must be in shape, grow your hair long, and less is more when it comes to make up. 
  5. Smile the five second flirt when you see a man you like. If he does not come over to you, he is either not attracted to you, homosexual, or already involved. Practice on men you have no interest in.
  6. Go out alone. Those who travel in packs do not attract. 
  7. Let the man lead and all will be revealed. Let the man initiate the conversation, call you and set up the date.
  8. Do not sleep with a man unless you are in an exclusive relationship where he has discussed exclusivity/monogamy with you in the sober light of day.
  9. Be reliable. Do not flake. Following through is the key to success. Call him back within 48 hours or he will move on to the next girl.
  10. Qualify the buyer - ask him questions like 'Where do you see yourself in five years?'.
  11. Do not date a man more than a year. If by nine months no talk of marriage has come up freely by this man you can safely assume he's not the marrying kind.
  12. Do not live with a man prior to marriage. It kills the romance. You may accept a ring and move in only if the wedding date is set, both families have met and wedding plans are in full swing.
Patti herself met her fiancee Andy through a matchmaker - only to announce in 2010 that she had ended the relationship with the real-estate executive. Her reason? "I just ended my relationship with Andy. It hit me hard that I want kids in my life. You have to agree on the non-negotiables". Does anyone else just find that really, really sad? 

I'll end this post by firstly telling you that this post title now has the Robin Williams mask-makeover scene in Mrs. Doubtfire stuck in my head, and also by posting some photographs of my favourite redheads -  if you're a redhead near Cork today, why not pop down and support the Irish Cancer Society by joining in with a few of their events. 

God, yeah - the three of them, absolute mingers. Couldn't pull a millionaire between them, right Patti? 

S xx

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