As I contemplated content for this first column of 2022, it occurred to me that I have been writing these biweekly columns since February of 2017.
I fail miserably when it comes to math, but my calculator tells me that is 120 columns on dating.
Someone once asked me how I can come up with ideas twice a month on the topic of relationships. In all honesty, there is never a shortage of issues that come to my mind in the world of matchmaking.
Hearing so many stories about online dating and seeing first-hand some of the situations people have found themselves in means there is never a dull moment.
While content comes easy for me, I would not be able to do this without the talent and skill of Fastidious Foulds, who proofreads these ramblings and corrects many of my glaring gaffes before they go to press. Christopher Foulds is an editing genius.
I also wouldn’t be able to do this without the sponsors who purchase the ad space for me to fill up this half page. Much like all of the advertisers in Kamloops This Week, it’s important to remember to support them, as they are the ones who make it possible to publish the paper for you to read in print or online.
To show my appreciation for sponsors who are on board for 2022, I am offering two $100 gift cards to both of them.
The first is a new sponsor who is certainly not new to the restaurant business. Nandi Spolia is renowned for his Indian cuisine and he has taken over the restaurant in the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in downtown Kamloops. Harvest by Nandi is a new fusion of flavours featuring Chef Alexander Smith, who has his own flare for Canadian cuisine and has paired up with Nandi on St. Paul Street.
My other sponsor has been with me from the start. Neil Allkins is from the Save-On-Foods store in Sahali, where they have the best wine store. It is like visiting more than 100 wineries in one location. Charlene is the friendly face you see there and Neil has an award-winning store and is always giving back to the community.
So, with a $100 gift certificate from each sponsor available, here is all you need to do.
I want to hear from my readers who often tell me that even though they are happily married, they enjoy reading the column. Instead of me giving relationship advice, I would like the married and long-term couples out there to send me their stories — how you met, how long you have been together and your secret in making it work.
You also may have some advice for folks who have been single and looking for a very long time, some tips on what they might want to do differently.
Send your stories/advice to me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will put all names in for the draw.
I will announce the winners in my Feb. 9 column, just in time for Valentine’s Day, for which you can get your wine at Save-On-Foods and book a date night at Harvest by Nandi.
Relationships are hard work and I would like to treat those who have been together for a long time.
And, as usual, if you are single, in a good place in your life and ready to find love in 2022, I look forward to hearing from you.