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Mark Miller

  • You’re Scentsational!

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When a guy -- let's say me, for the sake of argument -- is lacking a romantic partner, every bit of attention I get from any woman, even a complete stranger, takes on heightened significance and pleasure. Because I don't have a wife, girlfriend or lover, a simple smile from any woman...

  • Relationships 101

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Why is finding and sustaining a successful romantic relationship so difficult? I blame the American education system. It teaches us a world of information we most likely will never need unless we're either settling a bar bet, appearing on "Jeopardy" or helping our children with their...

  • Unhappy New Year!

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    OK, I'll be absolutely honest -- I spent this past New Year's Eve alone. Sure, I could have salvaged the situation with a round of frantic last-minute calling, but I never got around to it because I had to go and get into a fight. Fortunately, I was the only one who got hurt. You...

  • Thanks, but No Thanks

    June 16, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    As far as I know, there are no such things as federal laws pertaining to dating. Oh, sure, there was that book "The Rules," a few years back, but those weren't federal laws; those were simply man-made, or rather, woman-made rules or suggestions. As to why there are no federal laws...

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  • Where Is the Woo?

    March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    I wish I lived 200 years ago so I could woo a woman the way single men did back then. Who even uses the word "woo" anymore, much less knows what it means? Who even gives much thought at all to what they say to the opposite sex?

    The media and the MTV generation and life's...

  • Why the Web Wins

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    I know you're not gonna believe this, but before Internet dating sites, couples actually used to meet "offline" -- out in public -- often by chance: at parties, dances, supermarkets, museums, bookstores. No, really! But like the Tyrannosaurus rex, the Edsel automobile and Steven...

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    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    In the play "2 Across," a man and a woman -- who have nothing in common but their crossword puzzles -- are on a 4:15 a.m. train leaving San Francisco International Airport for the East Bay. She takes crosswords (and life) very seriously; he treats everything like a game. By the...

  • And They Lived Happily Ever Apart

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Years ago, when I met someone who had life-partner potential, someone who could be my first real adult relationship, I held on

    tighter than Donald Trump to a bad hair style.

    "I love you," I said.

    "I want to be with you all the time," I said.

    "Let's get married," I said.

    I said a...

  • The 99-Cent Solution

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Dating a woman in Los Angeles can be an expensive proposition. But must it be one? Don't all the greatest religious and spiritual masters tell us that true happiness comes from within? Does genuine dating success require that a man spend more than $100 on his date? Is not a man more...

  • The 99-Cent Solution

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Dating a woman in Los Angeles can be an expensive proposition. But must it be one? Don't all the greatest religious and spiritual masters tell us that true happiness comes from within? Does genuine dating success require that a man spend more than $100 on his date? Is not a man more...

  • The 99-Cent Solution

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Dating a woman in Los Angeles can be an expensive proposition. But must it be one? Don't all the greatest religious and spiritual masters tell us that true happiness comes from within? Does genuine dating success require that a man spend more than $100 on his date? Is not a man more...

  • Test-a-Jew

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Back in high school, I had a crush on a Protestant girl, Joan Reid. She told me that her mother encouraged her to date -- and even marry -- Jewish guys because: a) They're smarter and work harder; b) They make great fathers; c) They don't get drunk and beat you. I told Joan her mom...

  • The Perfect Woman

    July 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    One of the greatest mysteries in my life, besides how to program my Tivo, is why it's taking me so long to meet my soulmate.

    After all, Los Angeles is filled with hundreds of thousands of women, maybe even millions, looking for their soulmate. And I've had coffee dates with...

  • What Men Want (To Say)

    June 17, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    On a typical coffee date, because we're meeting for the first time, awkward conversation comes with the territory. Neither of us completely reveals what we're thinking or feeling. We're shy, holding back, concealing, putting on a good face, feeling the other person out.

    How much more...

  • Don’t Hate Me ‘Cuz I’m Happy

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    If you're anything like me -- and for the love of God, I hope you're not --you've found dating in Los Angeles to be nonstop inferno of disappointment, frustration, anguish, horror, tedium and depression.

    And those are the dates that work out fairly well. It's not hard to understand...

  • A Love Like Mime

    October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In my San Francisco days, I once had a brief romantic affair with a mime. I was living in a house with lots of bedrooms, which were rented out to many different people. One of them was her, Angie, a young woman who each day would leave the house, go down to the park and do her mime...

  • Red Flag From Cupid

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Oh, sure, it started promisingly enough. Rhonda and I had each seen the other's photo and profile on a singles Web site, granted one another profile approval and were now talking on the phone for the first time.

    Things were going pleasantly until Rhonda suggested that I choose a...

  • Exit Strategy

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    After 10 extremely passionate months together, Amanda decided to end our relationship. She thought it through very carefully and took the steps she felt were necessary to break things off. There was just one small step she overlooked -- telling me.

    So here's how I found out: Coming...

  • Somebody Stop Me

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    I've been spending so much time and energy dating that it sometimes feels like an addiction. Or at least another career. If only it paid. And didn't involve so much time at Starbucks. And didn't require at the end of each meeting having to come up with a polite way to say, "It's...