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Dating Don’ts: How NOT To Discuss Love

Between the Internet, blogging, and social networking, the concept of courtship can seem pretty antiquated. Depending on how Web-present you are, with the push of a button a guy could potentially access everything from your videotaped colonic to your SAT scores to mortifying details of your most recent heartbreak. All this before you’ve even met him in real life.

Once, I was regaling a new date with a funny story — only to have him interrupt and finish it for me. It wasn’t a case of sudden onset Alzheimer’s. I’d never met him before. He’d Googled me and read a piece I’d written that contained the anecdote. I was busted for plagiarizing my own material.

With any luck, your online presence isn’t as loud and embarrassing as mine. Still, living in a post-privacy world begs the question: How much information is too much information? Negotiating the privacy line becomes especially crucial when dating someone new. So here are some guidelines for what to reveal and what to leave unspoken. For now, anyway. Keep reading »

Recession Romance: 12 Ways To Save Money Together

In light of our strained economy, how can you keep your love life intact and still scale back on spending? Whether playing the field or in a couple, there are a number of free (or cheap) ways to mind your wallet without sacrificing your dating life. After all, a recession won’t keep you from finding love, it’ll just make you more creative! Keep reading »

Enough With All The Hugging Already!

Today is National Hugging Day, which seems like the perfect time to request that we stop hugging each other so much. It’s gotten out of hand, all this embracing and invading each other’s personal space. It’s not enough that we hug each other ‘hello,’ we have to hug out our “good-byes,” and our “congratulations,” and “so sorry you’ve lost your job.” I even had someone hug me recently when she found a great pair of boots on sale. Enough already! We don’t even stop at hugging good friends and family anymore. These days we hug acquaintances, co-workers, salespeople, even the pilots that fly our planes get hugs now. Keep reading »

Love Vandal: Drippy Paint

[Photo: Lindsay Mohn]

Have you seen graffiti that’s kind of sweet (even if it is against the law)? Send your pic to tips@thefrisky.com. Keep reading »

Wife With A Life: The Unexpectedly Sucky Parts of Newlywed Life

The first year of marriage is the hardest, I’d been told many times by my friends. While I wasn’t sure if I was prepared for the uncertain road that lay ahead, I certainly felt like I’d gotten fair warning and couldn’t expect to be surprised by the challenges that would come once I entered marriage. Once the wedding is over, it’s the two of you, making a life together, and that’s not easy for anyone.

So, I felt ready to encounter squabbles and misunderstandings and the taking-for-granted that comes when you know someone really well and expect to be around them for a long time. When something came up, I could tell myself, “OK, this is normal.”

But there were some other parts of newlywed life that bummed me out, stuff that I never thought would have mattered to me … until it did. Keep reading »

Puppy Love Leads To No Love

If you want to find lasting love in your adult life, you have to avoid puppy love altogether, according to a claim in Changing Relationships, a collection of new research papers by Britain’s leading sociologists, edited by Dr. Malcolm Brynin, principal research officer at the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex. Keep reading »

Top 10 Facebook Relationship Etiquette Rules

Facebook, like nuclear technology, is a tool that can be used for good as well as evil. And there are clearly some people who lack the ability (or desire) to use either responsibly. One of my all-time favorite Facebook stories involved a recent college graduate backtracking it to the old Alma Mater (it wasn’t Tucker Max) on a recruiting trip. He went to a neighborhood watering hole, flashed some of that first-year cash and, later, worked on his night moves with a fine, young coed. Unfortunately, he knew she was going to Facebook (it’s a verb now) him and he still had a few days in College Town, USA. So, he did the prudent thing and changed his status to Single. He and his old old girl were on the rocks and he thought he’d enjoy the rest of the trip. This was how now ex-girlfriend found out. She was dumped by Facebook. And because this is neither Vietnam nor the Wild West, we decided to implement some rules of etiquette for Mark Zuckerberg’s handiwork. After the jump, the top 10 rules of etiquette for using Facebook responsibly in and around relationships. Keep reading »

Dealbreaker: The Guy Who Hated Dogs

Judging by box office returns, hundreds of thousands of people went to see “Marley & Me,” the movie about that goofy yellow Lab. My ex-boyfriend was most certainly not one of them.

I met “Greg” online. Actually, a friend of mine hand-selected him for me, apparently because when left to my own devices I choose poorly. In any event, Greg and I met for dinner, and I thought I’d struck gold. He was quick-witted, employed, and even mocked his own bald spot. So, at the end of dessert, when he went on a rant about how dogs smell and are “pathetic substitutes for children,” I refrained from punching him in the face and instead agreed to a second date. Besides, I thought, he might say he’s not a dog person, but once he meets my amazing dog Perry, all bets would be off. I mean, have you seen Perry? Keep reading »

For The Week Of January 19-25

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

Although you’ll hear all sorts of grand ideas and feelings you’ll want to believe in, there’ll be a little voice telling you to hold back. Something about the picture won’t add up, but you won’t be able to put your finger on it. Sure, this might just be paranoia, but whatever the case, best to be safe than sorry. If he means it, let time prove it.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

Hoorah for love and all the wonders it has brought into your life. While your family might not have the same opinions as you about your honey, they’re just going to have to suck it up. You’ve never been one to have to share your philosophies with them, but this time around, due to all their menacing, you’re going to have to put your foot down and tell them to shut up.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

Your ability to talk convincing smack is one of your more admirable qualities. However, this week, it could haunt you. Beware of what you say, who you say it to and where you say it. The spies are out and you never know who is going to be where at what time. Yes, to say the least, it that time of the year when those astrological aspects are out to get you if you don’t play it smart.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

If a short trip is in your near future, then consider yourself on the right path to happiness. If you don’t have one, then start getting the ball in motion or hop on a plane for a spontaneous getaway. Being a stranger in a strange land will bring out your sexiest and most charismatic side that’ll have you so on, the locals will never be the same.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

You might think you’re capable of making major decisions now, but don’t. Feeling strongly about anything now might feel like a revelation, but the problem is that you don’t have all your information yet. Time will pass and reveal all that you need to know. Until then, enjoy a hedonistic approach by avoiding having to choose anything, but momentary pleasure.

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

Prepare your monologues early this week, because who you want is yours, if you express yourself straight up with no twist by the 22nd. Until then, do your homework, as in streamlining your point succinctly and authoritatively. Do it right and you’ll immediately find your life turn into a hazy dazy bouquet of sexy bliss in one form or another.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

Your creativity will get intense and inspirations enveloping. With such strong emotions flowing around in your ether, this could lead you down a slippery slope of sentimentality that tempts you to contact someone you think will care to hear about your sensational ideas and plans. However, best to write it in a letter, then burn. If they really were worth it, they wouldn’t be in the past.

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

Although you love your friends and rely on their opinions, advice and support, this isn’t the time to open your mouth about just anything to them. Not to say they are out to ruin you, but more than a few won’t be able to hold a secret and where they leak it to can get messy. To avoid the disaster, best to put in those extra hours at work and keep yourself busy with ambition.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

The haters will be out, but as long as you can keep your lady like decorum about you, you will be the one that comes out smelling like a rose while those bitches go down. After all, no one looks sexy being an evil, “See you next Tuesday” liar that’s getting no play and your dismissiveness of them will only emphasize that point.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

Not that you are one for all that hokey pokey new agey stuff, but this week, you’ll be having one of those spiritual revelations that’ll make you think of your life in a whole other realm. A personal shift is going to occur and this will send you in a whole new direction, one where power, sex and wisdom will be coming at you in droves.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

If you can’t beat them, join them. When it comes to arguments with your boo and trying to sort out a compromise, your energy won’t have the stamina to go anymore rounds and you’ll start to see that giving in might not the be the worst. Feel free to test the waters on his way of doing things, besides, the out clause is always in effect.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

Love will be in the air, as you and your current state of affairs seem to start straightening up and heading into a direction that seems agreeable and exciting for all. However, don’t get too far ahead of yourself and start mapping out the details, as that’ll cause turbulence. For now, for maximum pleasure, enjoy being in the moment.

How To Pick The Perfect Guy Online

You are a single woman who’s turned to the internet to find that special someone. Swapping pics is no longer a difficult chore; so now you’re faced with the daunting task of wading through literally thousands of online profiles in order to determine which ones are of interest to you. Keep reading »

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