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Dear Wendy Updates: “Ready For Love” Responds

It’s time again for “Dear Wendy Updates,” a feature where people I’ve given advice to in the past let us know whether they followed the advice and how they’re doing today. After the jump, we hear from “Ready For Love,” who, at 24, had never been in a relationship longer than six weeks and wasn’t finding anyone she was interested in dating despite numerous attempts to meet new guys. Hers certainly isn’t a unique story and I told her what I tell everyone in her shoes who asks me for advice: dating is a numbers game; you’ve got to get out and mingle as much as you can; smile at cute strangers (never under-estimate the power of a friendly smile!!); and fill your life with “things that bring you joy so that you aren’t just an empty vessel waiting for one person to fill you up.” Finding joy in other activities, I said, will also help keep the bitterness at bay. So, has she followed my advice? Are things working out for her? Find out after the jump. Keep reading »

Comic Book Artist Proposes To Girlfriend With Comic Strip

Leigh Gallagher is a professional comic book artist. His girlfriend’s name is Niki. The two met several years ago at a speed dating event. They’ve been together ever since. Now, Leigh has something important to ask Niki. You know where this is going, right? Yep, he created a multi-panel comic strip and posted it to his blog in order to propose marriage to Niki. It’s very adorable. In the future, will anyone propose to their future spouse in person anymore? Read the whole strip here. Hopefully, she’ll say yes, and Gallagher will give us an update! [The Daily What] Keep reading »

25 Signs That He’s NOT Relationship Material

Some guys are relationship material and some are just … well … not. Sure, you can enjoy some fun times with Mr. Not; just don’t mistake him for a Mr. Maybe. Not that anyone I know has ever made that err in judgment before. No. Never. Ever. After the jump, some signs that you shouldn’t take a dude too seriously, or perhaps that you should run in the opposite direction as fast as you can. Keep reading »

Dear Wendy: “I’m A Selfish Girlfriend”

My boyfriend and I have been dating for nine months, and for this whole period, his mother, who lives several states away, has been very sick with cancer. Because this is such a difficult situation for him, I have tried to be understanding when things do not go my way. (I was not always selfless; during the first seven months, I would get upset when we didn’t have sex at least once a week or when he canceled our plans last minute.) In the last two months, his mother’s condition has taken a turn for the worse, and we do not know how much longer she has. I want to be supportive and as “there for him” as I can, but in these last two months he has not wanted to see me at all. The only interaction we have besides text messaging is when I’m picking up or dropping off his dog so I can dog-sit for him when he needs to go out of town to see his mother. I volunteer for this duty as it’s the only thing he lets me do to help him. The problem is, I can’t stop getting angry about him not wanting to see me, and I then voice that anger in the form of text message. He says he wants to be alone or is too in his own head to see me even though he still occasionally hangs out with his guy friends. I think that this anger is at least partially caused by me not knowing how to act in this situation. How do I get over this selfish anger? Do you have suggestions for how to act in this situation? — Selfish Girlfriend

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The Top 10 Most Inappropriate Places To Flirt

Earlier this week, a juror in a Connecticut murder trial was chastised by the judge for passing a note to the court marshal asking him for a date. After being alerted to the note, the judge told the juror he was a “‘romantic at heart,” but not in the courtroom, and said sending the note was a “goddamn dumb thing to do.” Obviously, there are appropriate places for flirting and a murder trial isn’t one of them. After the jump, 10 more “goddamn dumb” places to play a game of “pick-up.” Keep reading »

Good On Paper, “Meh” In Real Life?

We’ve all met somebody who fits the description: really, really great on paper, but not able to translate that into much of anything in person. I thought about it recently because I heard from a guy I used to date — one who is sooooo perfect on paper. He’s an attractive lawyer who owns his own house, rides motorcycles, and has a dog, but something in person just didn’t make sense for us. He was perfectly lovely, kind, considerate and thoughtful. He was also driven, ambitious, and had an adventurous spirit. But the cliche spark we were supposed to feel for each other was nonexistent. He remains a friend — and a constant reminder that chemistry can’t be quantified or tallied in abstract characteristics. And no matter how much you might want someone to be the right person for you — because they do have all of the things on your checklist — the universe has a way of telling you what you actually need. Tell us: Have you ever dated someone who met all your “on paper” qualifications but still wasn’t right for you? Keep reading »

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