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L.A. Affairs

Romance, Dating & Relationships

  • We spent a week together in Aspen -- in separate rooms. Then he took the hint.

    We spent a week together in Aspen -- in separate rooms. Then he took the hint.

    I was living in Los Feliz, a stone's throw from Griffith Park. I loved that once I made the long drive home from teaching in South Los Angeles on Friday, I could have a weekend of hiking, culture and trendy restaurants without ever getting in my car. My good friend lived across the hall, and it...

  • 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 change…" 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 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...

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