Meeting Claudia Henkel, Miss South Africa 2004

Claudia HenkelLast Thursday I was invited to a LG launch for a cool new cellphone at the Fashion Cafe in Sandton City, close to the back of the MichelAngelo. Now I’ve always heard about this joint but never been there before. Its a damn classy joint. And the women are awesome. The music is great and its not a big joint. Its about the same size as Moloko in Rosebank.

I went with my friend, Leonora, a 35 year old with a lot of spunk. She’s an awesome pivot in these kinds of situations. The weather is really cold as you know and this doesn’t really make it too enjoyable when going out.

Anyway there was some really attractive women that I spotted and I waited patiently. Warming up with conversation with my friend. Teasing her and busting on her to prepare myself for the assault on the HB’s at the venue.

Claudia Henkel arrived with no real fan faire. She had another tall blonde friend. At the bar I saw them popping their heads left, right and no guys coming up and talking to them. About 10m later I went up to introduce myself. I left them and went back to what I was doing. A few other things happened and I was having a great time talking to other women and just watching things unfold.

One photographer had taken a photo of me and my friend Leo. And another one came up to me later asking if I wanted more photos taken. So I said only if I could find Claudia. Well I couldn’t find her immediately. And that’s not difficult to realise because she is (wearing high heels) slightly taller than my 1.85m! I found some other girls and just got them to surround me….social proof gentlemen…! One complained that she hopes her boyfriend doesn’t see this photo. Who gives a sh*t if he is not there.

I walked away…saw Claudia. Went up to her friend, Jessica, and told her they must take a photo with me. They came together and I suppose wanted me to stand to the side of one of them. Very quickly I ducked under their arms and positioned myself in the middle. I put my arms around them both, Jessica or whatever her name was on the left and Claudia on the right. This was damn intimidating but I didn’t flinch!!

Claudia actually came in closer and leaned in with her face right against mine. This was just terrific and the photographer got two shots. My PA, who got me invited is organising the photos as we speak. So I’ll be posting them shortly on my BLOG

update – I never received those photos from Tracy who was co-ordinating the event on behalf of LG. I have since met Claudia twice and it’s only a matter of time before we bump into each other once again.


A Hot Mom after Mother’s Day

I’ve dated two women who had children. The first one in particular was a “hot mom” and as a tribute to her I’m posting a cool video clip I found on Goolge Video about a new movement called the Hot Mom’s Club. Jessica Denay is also the author of a new book, The Hot Mom’s Handbook which outlines their strategies. Hot meaning confident, and hot meaning empowered. I have to add while looking damn good.


Jump Around Shopping

My friends over at Jump has launched South Africa’s first shopping search engine. I must say I’m really impressed that this is the product of two guys. Very dedicated and very geeky because anyone who reads Seth Godin (like me) is a little geeky. Well the geeks will rule the world, as Bill Gates has proved. Its not the strongest who’ll survive its the network savy people like the guys from Jump Shopping.


Meeting More Single People in a Natural Way

I’ve been more and more frustrated not meeting as many new women as I would like. Recently went to a Portugese Festival here in Johannesburg called Lusito Land and there must have been at least 5000 people there.

And suffice it to say I made about two good approaches and one that sucked because she didn’t even bother responding and just kept walking. My mistake was not being directly in her line. Also I had seen her earlier and hesitated!

So now I’m going to make an more active social life and go and do some physical things that I can believe will bring me into more contact. From this week I will go Salsa dancing every Thursday night at the Dance Junxion in Rosebank. Every 2nd Sunday I already go to stand-up comedy and need to start making a lot more approaches with the nice young women here. Every other Sunday (also twice a month) I will go tenpin bowling at a very busy mall.

The club thing is just not my scene any more. I found its almost a waste of time going out with married friends or people in relationships. They go to place and do things like watch movies at the cinema which allows for no oppertunity to actually meet anyone new!