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L.A. Affairs

Romance, Dating & Relationships

  • I was falling back in love with L.A. -- until my boyfriend broke it off via Skype

    I was falling back in love with L.A. -- until my boyfriend broke it off via Skype

    I didn't like my adolescence in Los Angeles. Girls left zip-lock bags of cocaine in the bathroom and side-eyed me for not wearing a Juicy Couture jumpsuit. I fled to the Midwest for college, where I believed people were kind and kept their gray hairs. So I was skeptical when, 10 years later and...

  • Why I regret telling my son to marry a rich girl

    Why I regret telling my son to marry a rich girl

    "Dad, I think you'll be happy to know that I'm dating a rich girl for a changeā€¦" Ever since childhood, and especially when my son started to excel at sports, I made it a point to be his biggest fan. "You're such a good catch: handsome, athletic, working," I'd tell him, and then jokingly add: "You...

  • I've discovered the secret to online dating: Just chill out, preferably over In-N-Out

    I've discovered the secret to online dating: Just chill out, preferably over In-N-Out

    Dating in Los Angeles is hard. Dating online in Los Angeles is even harder. It's about as enjoyable as stopping at that fast-food joint you only eat at because you've been driving for miles and you can't find anything else, so you finally give up and decide to settle on that weird off-brand chain...

  • I was just there for basketball. Until I fell for one of my teammates.

    I was just there for basketball. Until I fell for one of my teammates.

    Our first interaction was brisk and routine, even obligatory. She was filling a vacant spot on my recreational pickup basketball team in a small gymnasium at a Westside park. We dutifully exchanged names and shook hands before the game without any fanfare. I didn't feel any sparks. I didn't even...

  • I really couldn't have asked for a better first date

    I really couldn't have asked for a better first date

    He took me to a park bench on our first date. That September night I was doing dishes after a community dinner and he pulled me aside. "Can you get away for a while? I want to show you something special." I was living the social worker life at a shelter for homeless people in Boyle Heights. César...

  • Break up to make up became a losing game

    Break up to make up became a losing game

    Dee liked painting lone, standing birds on small canvases. They looked melancholy, all in brown tones, but soon after we met, she granted them vibrant colors, adding cute titles for each: "Charles looks askance." "Rita has a friend." She sold them by the dozens at an artists' co-op in Venice. We...

  • I was about to get my first kiss. Then my dad showed up. #MillennialProblems

    I was about to get my first kiss. Then my dad showed up. #MillennialProblems

    We sat in 405 traffic after making the foolish decision to drive to the Griffith Park Observatory at 6 on a Thursday night. Nothing like a little infatuation to mess with a girl's mind and cause her to forget about rush hour traffic. It was the second date, a pivotal time in the early life of a...

  • Instagram 'likes' lead to love

    Instagram 'likes' lead to love

    Three hundred fifty-seven "likes" on a photo and I just cared about one. The heart-shaped, double-clicked "like" from a guy I'd never met. Instagram noticed my obsession with posting breakfast pictures and made me a suggested user about a year ago; I would get the precious gift of cyber stardom...

  • Is he my boyfriend? My lover? I just don't know what to call our relationship

    Is he my boyfriend? My lover? I just don't know what to call our relationship

    I never know how to describe my relationship with Ken. It feels silly to refer to ourselves as boyfriend and girlfriend when our combined age is 143. Should I say that we're lovers? Significant others? It comes as a surprise to me that I'm facing this dilemma. I'd always figured that at this point...

  • He manipulated me and tried to exploit me. Here's how I got revenge

    He manipulated me and tried to exploit me. Here's how I got revenge

    I met him on OKCupid and with our first words it was love. We wrote poetry to each other and shared our deepest thoughts. When we finally went on our first date, I felt that magic continue as he held my hand and we ran down Ventura Boulevard at midnight. The first three months were beautiful; he...

  • He stopped consulting Zodiac signs and found a love written in the stars

    He stopped consulting Zodiac signs and found a love written in the stars

    I have always been a romantic. I have a collection of Pablo Neruda poems at my bedside, I devour romance movies and songs of heartbreak, and I use astrology as a blueprint for my life. As weird as it sounds, I never dated anyone seriously before first checking to see if our signs were compatible....

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