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  • Barbara H.

    May 29, 2013 | 3:33 pm

    Barbara, 36, grew up in Boca Raton — interestingly, in one of the only areas of Boca with very few Jews. “We were one of 10 Jewish kids in my elementary school. We were on the countryside of Boca — the west-west-westside.

    “I went to theater camp when I was 14, which kind of saved...

  • Becca M.

    February 13, 2013 | 7:48 am

    Becca is a close friend. My daughter, Sydney, saw me hug her hello one day and said, “Becca’s your best friend.” I felt a little pushed into it, but maybe she’s right. We’re BFFs — best friends forever.  And Sydney knew before we did.

    Becca’s the kind of girl guys love to hang...

  • Ruth M.

    January 30, 2013 | 4:06 pm

    Ruth is an attractive, petite woman who’s spent her life working in publishing. She’s from the East Coast and went to college in Syracuse, graduating with a major in advertising and a minor in painting. She worked in New York as an art director for Modern Bride magazine, but moved...

  • My Single Peeps: Tami M.

    December 19, 2012 | 4:10 pm

    Tami’s running late to meet me at Starbucks, so I call her to ask what kind of coffee she’d like. “House coffee. Hot.” That’s it. I order my usual froofy drink — any kind of sweetened Frappuccino, usually involving chocolate, caramel or a combination of both. That Tami’s a lesbian...

  • Lou Y.

    December 12, 2012 | 2:11 pm

    I met Lou’s dog before I met Lou.  I was eating in the park with my family when his dog ran over excitedly, stepped into my daughter’s lunch and then took off again when he saw his owner running toward him. Lou apologized, took a look at me and asked, “Do you write the My Single...

  • Kristina L.

    November 28, 2012 | 3:26 pm

    Most Jewish parents don’t name their child Kristina, but Ukraine — when it was still the former Soviet Union — was very secular. “So my parents just gave me what was the cool, European name of the moment, not wanting to give me some very traditional and typical Russian name like...

  • My Single Peeps: Shmush S.

    November 15, 2012 | 3:11 pm

    How do you grow up one of 12 kids in a house full of people, with a congregational rabbi father who hosts strangers for weekly Shabbat meals at home, and still feel ill-equipped talking to women? You grow up in an ultra-Orthodox house, attend a yeshiva — where you’re taught that...

  • My Single Peeps: Ilysa C.

    November 8, 2012 | 2:05 pm

    One of Ilysa’s favorite jobs was working at a coffee shop while she was in college. So it was fortuitous that I had her meet me at one to talk. Sometimes when I meet with people, it takes a bit of time for me to get a handle on their personality. Not with Ilysa. She’s nice. She’s...

  • My Single Peeps: Jered F.

    November 1, 2012 | 11:18 am

    When Jered, 35, first tells me, “I came from a very indulged upbringing, and it kind of put me at a disadvantage,” I start to laugh, because it sounds like something Mitt Romney would say after getting caught for being obscenely rich during the years when his wife claimed they ate...

  • My Single Peeps: Ari K.

    October 24, 2012 | 1:39 pm

    I’ve been close with Ari’s sister for years, and the oddest thing about her is that she always has a smile on her face. Married to a self-confessed pain in the ass, four kids at 30, coupled with all the other life crap that bogs everyone down … she still has that smile on her face....

  • Alison G.

    October 17, 2012 | 3:01 pm

    It’s no surprise that a woman who produces mainly chick flicks and romantic dramas would say to me regarding love, “I want Harry and Sally. I’ve been corrupted by a lot of movies.” She amends her statement: “I aspire to that idea but know that someone who can hang through the tough...

  • Sari T.

    October 11, 2012 | 10:11 am

    Sari and I were scheduled to meet on Yom Kippur — that is, until I realized what day it was and sent her an e-mail to reschedule. She hadn’t realized, either. You should know this is the kind of Jew you’re getting when you get Sari. You should also know what kind of Jew writes...

  • My Single Peeps: Reuven F.

    September 27, 2012 | 2:45 pm

    A friend of mine told Reuven to contact me. I was told he was a 31-year-old Orthodox Jew who runs Elite Cuisine, a kosher restaurant, with his family. To be frank, I expected someone a little dorky. But he’s not. Reuven’s more reminiscent of Jax from “Sons of Anarchy.” He’s blond,...

  • My Single Peeps: Jeff O.

    September 19, 2012 | 2:41 pm

    I mentioned to a friend that I interviewed a nice guy today and said, “You might know him. He’s in casting.” When I told her his name, she said, “You’re joking. He dated my mom. I love him.” It turns out that after breaking up, they stayed friends. I can’t think of a better...

  • Bekah L.

    September 12, 2012 | 3:05 pm

    When I was 5 I knew I wanted to try Froot Loops, but my mom wouldn’t let me. That was the extent of my goals.  Bekah wanted to be a teacher. And she became one. To be fair, I’ve also eaten a good amount of Froot Loops since then, so we’ve both kind of accomplished what we wanted...

  • Eric Z.

    September 5, 2012 | 12:41 pm

    I like Eric right away for the most shallow of reasons — he’s got a New York accent and he dresses like my father did: jeans, tucked-in polo shirt, tassel loafers with colored socks. East Coast preppy. My father died 20 years ago, but sometimes little things can trigger my...

  • My Single Peeps: Robert P.

    August 29, 2012 | 12:01 pm

    As soon as Robert sits down, his gaze continually shifts from the window to me. I make up reasons in my head: He’s on the run from the cops. He owes money to a bookie, and they’re coming after him. His partner is outside casing the joint. “I’m looking for parking enforcement.”...

  • My Single Peeps: Michele L.

    August 22, 2012 | 1:11 pm

    Let this be a lesson to all of you: Michele showed up at our interview with two boxes of noodle kugel — one savory, one sweet. Can I be bought off? Apparently. The noodle kugel is her own product — well, actually it’s made from her Aunt Nonie’s recipe, which Michele packaged...

  • My Single Peeps: Brandon B.

    August 15, 2012 | 1:26 pm

    Brandon’s an only child. He tells me he’s the kind of kid who kept to himself. “I didn’t break out of my shell until late in high school. I’m still kind of introverted, but an outgoing introvert, if that makes sense.”

    “How’d you break out in high school?” I ask....

  • Laurie S.

    August 8, 2012 | 11:51 am

    I met Laurie through another single peep, Katie. They were eating breakfast at one of my favorite breakfast spots, Hugo’s in West Hollywood. Try the El Desayuno Burrito De La Casa. It’s less complicated than it sounds on paper. So is Laurie. She lives in Brentwood. She has two...

  • My Single Peeps: Rob T.

    August 1, 2012 | 11:52 am

    I had a lot of difficulty with this interview. It’s actually the hardest one I’ve ever done, simply because Rob was so difficult to figure out. He’s a grown man drinking soda from a Marvel Avengers reusable cup. He looks lost. A little on the fringes. He’s out of work but...

  • Lynn R.

    July 11, 2012 | 3:03 pm

    Lynn has been a widow since 1996 and is doing her best to fall in love again. But she’s finding the world of online dating difficult to navigate. On one date, she told me, “I found out the guy was a bookie.” He was in a bad mood because he had just lost $8,000. “There was one...

  • My Single Peeps: Aviv A.

    July 5, 2012 | 2:47 pm

    Aviv, 34, shows up to our interview dressed to the nines. He’s wearing khakis, a blue chambray shirt and a plaid blazer. He’s wearing Gant — a label I like a lot. And I appreciate how fastidious he is about clothing. “When you work in video games, everyone around you is a...

  • Rhoda S.

    June 27, 2012 | 2:10 pm

    Rhoda’s a widow in her 70s. “I was married to a physician — a brilliant ophthalmologist. He passed away two and a half years ago.” Although she still mourns her loss, she’s ready to find companionship. She signed up for Match.com — “My lead [in my profile] is: I really...

  • Randy S.

    June 20, 2012 | 12:54 pm

    Randy moved 16 times before he got to high school.  He never knew his father—his hippie mom didn’t know, either, and they didn’t care.  “She was part of this spiritual group so we all lived communally.  We lived in a house with 12 people in San Francisco.  It wasn’t until...

  • Karen B.

    June 13, 2012 | 3:12 pm

    Karen got divorced a year and a half ago. “I think at first it was hard to come to terms with — ‘I’m divorced.’ It had a kind of negative connotation, but now I look at it like I’m an experienced person. I know exactly what I want. I know exactly what I don’t want. And...

  • Michelle P.

    May 30, 2012 | 12:07 pm

    Michelle wants to go on 365 dates in a year. She calls her project Michelle365. “I’m really using the term dates loosely as an excuse to get to meet all different types of people.”

    She cares more about personality than looks. “I asked the guy who works at a landfill out on a...

  • Alexander T.

    May 23, 2012 | 12:15 pm

    Alex wrote to me asking why I didn’t have any gay single peeps on my site. I told him I do — “you should take another look” — and then offered to interview him sight unseen. Because I’m awesome like that. He took me up on it. Because he’s trusting like that.

    Alex was...

  • Lawrence J.

    May 9, 2012 | 12:17 pm

    Lawrence is a South African Jew who has been in Southern California since he was 10. I met him through his sister, Francine, who briefly dated my eldest brother after they met abroad on a high-school trip. I hadn’t seen Francine in years, so she tagged along for the interview.

  • My Single Peeps: Natania L.

    May 2, 2012 | 1:13 pm

    If I wrote Natania’s column gender-neutral, there would be very few tip-offs that I was writing about a woman. To be fair, if someone wrote about me the same way, there’d probably be very few tip-offs that I’m a man. At least in the sense that I like clothing and hate watching...

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