My Latest Appearance on Today with a Match.com Update
I've been visiting the set of Today quite a bit lately. In addition to my regular appearances for food and crafts, I've been on the show updating my progress on Match.com, after I agreed to join the online dating service last week. You may recall that I was assisted by my nephew, Dan Slater, author of "Love in the Time of Algorithms - What Technology Does to Meeting and Mating" and Sam Yagan CEO of Match Inc., in preparing my profile. Matt Lauer wanted to know how I was doing in my selection process. More to follow!
1 This is the very comfortable set for my interview with Matt Lauer.
2 I took a seat and reviewed my notes while I waited for Matt to arrive.
3 Meanwhile, Tamron Hall read the news.
4 Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, was also on Today to be interviewed by Savannah Guthrie about her new book, "Obsessed." It's a personal book about her struggles with food addiction.
5 Mika was very interested in my Match.com profile and with possible matches.
7 Matt jumped in to talk about the new details of my attempt to meet a match online.
8 I told Matt that for me, this whole process is very time consuming. 20,000 viewed my profile and 1,000 expressed interest!
9 What you don't see on TV
10 At the time of this interview, I had weeded the stack down to five potential dates. I looked for things like appropriateness and political views and by the end of the segment, I had agreed on two to go for coffee with.
11 Matt explained that Match.com had recently seen an enormous boost in signups of older women. What I did empowered those women to alter their own lives a bit.
12 Later in the show, I did a food segment about mapping out 4 days of healthy meals.
13 The recipes are from my brand new book, "Living The Good Long Life."
14 Monday: Vegetable-Filled Omelet -
Tuesday: Seared Salmon with Bulgur -
Wednesday: Farm Salad with Grilled Chicken -
Thursday: Pasta with Green Beans and left-over salmon
15 The eggs for the omelet were laid by my chickens and all of these vegetables were picked in my vegetable greenhouse.
16 In addition to things like chives and tomatoes, you can also fill the omelet with a really good cooked bacon and some shredded cheddar cheese.
17 To sear salmon, you cook it in a hot skillet with a little bit of olive oil for about 3 minutes per side. Serve it on a bed of cooked bulgur tossed with sliced scallions and lemon wedges - a heart-healthy meal with protein and staying power!
18 The next night was the farm salad with grilled chicken breast tossed with a simple homemade shallot vinaigrette. To make this meal a bit more filling, serve whole-grain crackers with hummus and sliced cheddar cheese.
19 I explained that the most important thing when you're thinking about living the good long life, is to really think about the food you're going to eat and serve to your family.
20 Most people don't usually think about eggs for dinner, but they're really a very good and healthy choice.
21 Matt jumped right in and demonstrated his omelet-making skills.
22 The final meal was fusilli pasta tossed with cooked green beans, some toasted almonds, parsley, and flaked left-over salmon. We were joined on set by Tamron Hall.
23 Back stage with Kerry Byrnes and Jackie Levin, producers at Today Show
24 Here I am chatting with Matthew Murray, associate editor, TODAY.com.
25 Sitting backstage with Beatrice Mwasi, the Founder & Director of Sanabora Design House Limited in Kenya. Beatrice was visiting from Africa for several days, spending a good deal of time at my company. http://www.sanabora.com/
26 John Krasinski was also on the show talking to Matt about the end of the very funny television series, "The Office." Beatrice was so thrilled to have this photo taken.
27 And here's Beatrice taking a picture of John taking a picture of me!
Martha, there ought to be a law against all the fun you have . You do keep at it and look younger all the time.
Posted by: Gloria | May 9th, 2013 at 1:17 am
I'm so excited for you. I can't wait for the more to come. So many to pick from. Thanks for sharing this blog.
Posted by: KLBrown | May 9th, 2013 at 1:25 am
Beef is what's for dinner tonight. Not every night but President Obama has steak at least once a week and so do we. Easy to cook and loaded with protein.
Posted by: ann | May 9th, 2013 at 4:52 am
Have fun on your coffee dates.
Beatrice posted on The Daily Wag the other day vet hat was very nice of her. The Glue Squad made her an honorary member.
Posted by: Karen Tracy | May 9th, 2013 at 6:52 am
I can't wait to hear about your dates Martha. I'm mot surprised you received so much interest on Match.com, you're a successful, vibrant, beautiful woman!
I did see your cooking segment on the Today show presenting four days of healthy meals. I couldn't agree with you more, we really need to think about the foods we not only eat but serve to our families. I think eating healthy and exercise go a long way to living the good long life!
Posted by: Cindy F | May 9th, 2013 at 7:44 am
Hi, Martha-----This is very indiscreet, but I don't know another way to reach you------my ex is single, again, and living in the same place.
I wonder if you and he might have fun together.
He is often in NYC----give him a call?
He has no clue I have done this----don't tell!
Posted by: shirley hale | May 9th, 2013 at 8:27 am
I decided to watch the Today show before commenting on this post entry. Both of those guys are nice. I think you'd have a lot of fun with either of them especially the less serious Stan, (the one closest to you), although he's quite enamored. But I have to say hmm hmm good about Larry. He's very sure of himself and I think a very nice guy. Of course, you'll probably date both of them for awhile just to see if they can hold up to your schedule. I think you kind of like Larry though, you were checking him out pretty good! Have fun. Trish
Posted by: Trish | May 9th, 2013 at 8:51 am
I can't believe you turned to Match.com to find someone to go out with. With all your social contacts you have never found a suitable mate? Also, sorting out 1,000 replies on Match.com to 5 is incredible - you must have high standards!!
Posted by: Sharon | May 9th, 2013 at 9:04 am
Hi Martha, You are absolutely fantastic and I don't know what I would do if I didn't get to see your blogs, your entire website, your tweets, hear you on Sirius 107, see you on the Today show and any TV whenever possible! I love it all, Martha and can't wait to see you in a couple of hours meeting those 2 guys! Thank you for another outstanding blog this morning! I love all of your fabulous photos and the 2 latest videos you shared with us!! You look so gorgeous and happy in all the photos of you and Matt looks extremely happy to have you on the Today Show and he did a great job helping you as did Dan Slater and Sam Yagan! You also did a marvelous job making all 4 of those delicious meals with Matt and I can't wait to make them ASAP! It was fun to see Beatrice who visited your farm and was on The Daily Wag 2 days ago with Francesca and Sharkey! Sure hope you have a marvelous, happy time today! Off to check The Daily Wag again! Jan
I agree totally with Trish! I think you were checking Larry out pretty good. I, however think Stan is pretty cute and he was nice enough to bring flowers. So exciting.
Posted by: KLBrown | May 9th, 2013 at 9:50 am
LOVE IN THE TIME OF ALGORiTHM-Dan Slater is a great book and best wishes to Sophie, always.
Posted by: ann | May 9th, 2013 at 10:02 am
Martha, saw you interview then watched the Today show to see the dates. Loved the guy that brought flowers. He seemed like alot of fun and sincere. Have fun either way! The dating scene is a whole new world now. Enjoy!!
Posted by: G | May 9th, 2013 at 10:51 am
It is refreshing to see a mature dating process presented this morning without the gameshow mentality that is commonly featured today.
For the most part, even the typically carefee daters have appreciated the more serious nature of making "decisions of the heart", and they probably realize by now what lasting effects these decisions do incur.
When you think about it, our future spins by the chance decisions that millions of people make. Thank you for publicly helping to push the spin in the right direction, so to speak. The goal is to enjoy improved quality of our lives!
Don't we all need to reevaluate important matters at times? My life now is more precious than ever. I revised the plot of my course, and I'm ready to spin into my 65th year! I have been invited out this Saturday night, and I said yes.
Thank you for this very "good thing"!
Posted by: Barbara Mayer | May 9th, 2013 at 11:04 am
I have been following your match dating on the Today show. I too am 71 years old and tried match.com last year. The responses I received were so far from what I was looking for that I gave up. I hope one day to meet a bachelor who shares my life ideas. Wishing you all the best and hoping you will find a mate.
Posted by: Thea Kok | May 9th, 2013 at 11:31 am
You are really fantastic. Love you.
Posted by: Maria Lúcia | May 9th, 2013 at 12:00 pm
Good Evening Martha,
I so enjoyed watching you meet the bachelors today on Today. I thought that Stan bringing you flowers was sooo thoughtful. Your expression when he presented them made me smile. And, what you said about your friends being so bad at matching you up with anyone, was very funny. I've had the same experience with my friends and family. Anyway, it looks like you have picked two great guys and I'm sure you are going to have a fun time. Good luck!
Posted by: Cindy M | May 9th, 2013 at 7:07 pm
My wife and I have been following your online experience. We met online about 4 years ago and our primary desire was to find someone our age, 70 and 67, that we could have fun with. We were,are very active people and that was one of thing's that we wanted from anyone we met and possibly dated. We'll be married 3 years this year so I guess we found what we both wanted. Best of luck in your endeavor.
Posted by: Hank Yohe | May 9th, 2013 at 7:41 pm
a little advice-please dress up and put on more makeup for your dates with your two matches. you are a good looking woman and should show your beauty!!
Posted by: marion johnson | May 9th, 2013 at 7:56 pm
Hey Martha we have been friends for a long time, I think Stan could be a fun date! I could not see the flowers I hope they were peonies! love Jim
I have enjoyed the whole thing, even though I see it is a marketing promotion for match.com. I find you amusing, clever and no-nonsense.
High five to you Martha! have fun!
Posted by: Manuela | May 9th, 2013 at 11:14 pm
Martha - Bravo for doing the Match.com signup! I think that reminds folks how youthful you are and is a wonderful step for you personally.
Posted by: Jacob | May 10th, 2013 at 3:18 pm
Someone said to me at work today that if you are going to meet someone that someone will be right in front of you. The amount of people you encounter every day and you haven't looked beyond your immediate surroundings. And yes it was a goofy to try to figure out the positive side of 5-7 dimensional thinking. I think I'll stop doing that. Again maybe just look right in front of you and you might find what you are looking for.
Posted by: Deborah Stewart | May 11th, 2013 at 11:45 pm
"Don't leave home without me."
I have been the lucky caller number nine, and won the "Plastic Knife Set," I can now make thirty-minute brownies in twenty-one minutes. Since that day I knew we were a Match from heaven.
I live by myself, I pay my own rent, I wear socks that match and I love my mother. I am a confident, attractive & comedic person
On a typical Friday night I am: Trying to figure out the major and minor products when 1-bromo-2-propene reacts with potassium tert-butoxide. Either that or partying like a rock star.
The boldest thing I have ever done has been to down a shot of Nycol and operate heavy machinery. What about you?
I feel you, Martha, are the cat’s meow. You should message me if I am right and you are: Sexy, smart, fit and fun. Takes good care of your self. Has a sense of style, the ability to run in heels? With a spark in your eye, and a killer smile. If you are the beautiful, kind, compassionate, intelligent, witty, wonderful, giving, generous, self-assured, modest, humble, outgoing, shy, not in debt, has a life. The woman I know you are.
I'm a Honorable, Manly Man, but I will eat quiche on occasion and may even share the remote control once we get to know each other.
Recently my best friend paid me this compliment: “you navigate seamlessly between fun and serious, sensual and sexual, romantic and raunchy”. You can get a grasp of what I’m like from my friends prospective from this quote, and the “raunchy” part I hope is more about my sense of humor.
I’m preparing to audition to be the next Calvin Klein underwear model.
Six things I could never do without:
I used to say the ocean/beach, but I’ve since learned that I would give up the beach for some daily spooning. (the hugging kind)
I spend a lot of time thinking about:
What if the Hokey Poke is what it’s all about?
How to make more desserts on the BBQ?
Or the great debate of green vs red Tabasco, do you want the heat or the flavor?
My hidden talents:
How to divide by zero, and translating sexual innuendoes from Canadian Refugees.
I been told I am crazy, funny, charming and caring.
A few paramount things:
For fun: I Breed prize-winning bee's in my back yard.
I enjoy the Argentine Tango and the Polka on Wednesday nights.
I hope I have arisen your interest enough to earn a one hour, seven minute meeting. If nothing else my goal is to be your best first date ever, I can promise you will have more fun,a few laughs and with chemistry your last first date.
I am a single man sixty-five years old healthy and fit. Have my teeth, hair and come with a lifetime warranty.
Thank you, I hope you enjoyed my profile, and realize I earned you interest.
I await your response.
with a “Y”
If you need a laugh. Or if you just want to give me something valuable, like eternal wisdom, a free ticket to Paris, or a house.
I know this is crazy. Heres my number call me maybe?
Posted by: Ronny Greenberg | May 15th, 2013 at 12:42 am
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