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In today’s world, dating has taken a new turn.  Both men and women are posting their credit scores publicly.  In addition, in an article I saw a man and woman had a date and when she declined a second date the man wanted her to pay the half he spent on her.  That took me back.  Why is everything suddenly about money?  I thought dating was the concept of getting to know a person.  The man has always paid but apparently not any more. It might be easier to date and pay your own way for either party. I guess all the rules of dating have changed.  When I dated there was no intimacy.  Kissing and holding hands were it.  Now, if a person doesn’t succumb to intimacy quickly, the other party moves on.  The point of learning about each other is to see if you are even compatible, to have fun and enjoy each other’s company.  In the earlier days couples often married simply because they danced well together and seemed to get along fairly well. Of course, once married when they really learned everything, the divorce rate rose to a new high.  Couples really need to spend time together exploring all aspects of each other’s lives.  They need to learn the good, the bad and the ugly.  One of the side effects, though, about dating is that the narcissist is an extremely good liar and deceiver.  They can easily make a person believe they are a fine catch, that they love the other person and they would have a beautiful life together.  Then, after the dust settles, everything falls apart.  Before they realize it they have fallen to the narcissist’s prey. They are under their control which can make their lives miserable.  In many of the articles I have read about them, they are also bad with money and the men often physically abuse the wives.  They are smart, though, as they know where to hit so that there are no visible bruises. Although if a person becomes serious while dating it really is important to know if they are good with money, in debt, or really have a good income.  Joining together is a partnership that works both ways, don’t you agree? The Good Gus Series is available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. Hard copies, personally autographed, are available through our website along with past blogs for your reading enjoyment. Now available audio and videos for the Good Gus series on YouTube! Digitizing for all the books are available now on YouTube! “Misplaced Trust” is now available on Amazon in e-book form. It is also available digitally at If you are thinking of a Will or a Living Trust, “Misplaced Trust” will give you the information you need to make an informed decision.

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