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Refurbishing my Life

REFURBISHING MY LIFE
AM NEW YORK – "THE DATING LIFE"
AUGUST 28, 2006
BY JULIA ALLISON

Last week, I told an old friend of mine about my recent break up with The (Ex) Boyfriend. "Where are you living now?" he asked. "Um … same place, with the ex," I sheepishly answered. "WHAT?" he sputtered.

Er, yes. It’s been three weeks since we split – and I’m expected to clear out already? This is Manhattan! That’s impossible!

Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Single

DONT HATE ME BECAUSE I’M SINGLE
AM NEW YORK – "THE DATING LIFE"
AUGUST 21, 2006
BY JULIA ALLISON

I don’t know what kind of response I expected to last week’s column on breaking up with The Boyfriend ("Not Yet Ready for Mr. Right"), but it certainly wasn’t "your [sic] a dumb ho."

Well, that’s one way to put it.

Not Yet Ready for Mr. Right

NOT YET READY FOR MR. RIGHT
AM NEW YORK – "THE DATING LIFE"
AUGUST 14, 2006
BY JULIA ALLISON

"It’s not you, it’s me," almost always means "It’s DEFINITELY you." But when I broke up with The Boyfriend last week — at a Jamba Juice, no less (I know, I know. A little tacky. Oops?) — I really did mean "It’s me."

The truth is (note to my editor: please don’t fire me for this), I’ve never been single in New York. In fact, I haven’t been single, save a few weeks abutting three consecutive serious [read more...]

Here’s My Sign, Baby

HERE’S MY SIGN, BABY
AM NEW YORK – "THE DATING LIFE"
AUGUST 7, 2006
BY JULIA ALLISON

I’m embarrassed to admit that the world’s No. 1 cheesiest pick up line – "Hey Baby, what’s your sign?" – would actually work on me right now … but only if you really wanted to discuss it.

My current astrology fetish started as a trivial diversion – yet another way to procrastinate studying in college (I majored in Procrastination).

Top 10 Dating Tips for College Freshman (*And Seniors Who’ve Forgotten)

COED MAGAZINE
AUGUST 2006
BY JULIA ALLISON

When I began my freshman year, I read a little book called “Making the Most Out of College.” It featured dozens of upperclass students and recent grads giving advice on various topics: grades, professors, dating, extracurriculars. The specifics were almost irrelevant, because all echoed an identical sentiment: “If I had only known then what I know now.”

News flash: You will feel this way in four years no matter what you do. The question is, how much will you suffer in the meantime?

Mo Rocca: Gamekillers, RIP

COED MAGAZINE
AUGUST 2006
BY JULIA ALLISON

Gamekiller, noun: a jerk who thwarts your romantic prospects for the evening.  Just when you think you’re about to get some, they swoop in, leaving you blue-balled and alone.

Mo Rocca cares deeply about your sex life.  So deeply, in fact, that he’s devoted himself to tirelessly roaming the country, visiting colleges and spreading awareness about its mortal enemy: The Gamekiller.

Just call him Mo’ffy the Gamekiller Slayer.

Dating Outside the Tribe

DATING OUTSIDE THE TRIBE
AM NEW YORK – "THE DATING LIFE"
JULY 31, 2006
BY JULIA ALLISON

The Boyfriend and I have spent much of our dating lives in inter-faith relationships — him with a predilection for Catholics, me leaning towards Jews — so it seemed very appropriate to take him to see "Jewtopia" for our anniversary last week.

Written and performed by the hysterical team of Bryan Fogel and Sam Wolfson, "Jewtopia," is a brilliant off-Broadway comedic play about inter-faith relationships between Jews and Gentiles. Specifically, it centers on two guy friends — one Jewish, one [read more...]

Extreme Divorce: Home Edition

EXTREME DIVORCE: HOME EDITION
AM NEW YORK – "THE DATING LIFE"
JULY 17, 2006
BY JULIA ALLISON

There are bad divorces. And then there are really bad divorces.

Blowing up one’s marital house pretty much falls into the latter category.

Friends Without Benefits

FRIENDS WITHOUT BENEFITS
AM NEW YORK – "THE DATING LIFE"
JULY 24, 2006
BY JULIA ALLISON

A few weeks ago, a casting director e-mailed me about a new reality show — "it’s like ‘Friends’," she said, "but real." (Wait — "Friends" wasn’t real?) Would I come audition with three of my closest girl friends and three of my closest guy friends?

I thought about it. And then I realized — I don’t have any guy friends. In fact, besides The Boyfriend and a handful of male relatives, the only men currently in my cell phone are either [read more...]

What It’s Like to Date a Hotshot

WHAT IT’S LIKE TO DATE A HOTSHOT
COSMOPOLITAN
JULY 2006
BY JULIA ALLISON

Congressmen in Washington are like movie stars in Hollywood.  They’re everywhere, they’re always shorter in person – and yet, everyone is still totally impressed.