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By TIM BAKER | February 14, 1993
Valentine's Day gives a guy a great opportunity if he's bouncing along the rocky road of a rocky marriage. It gives him a chance to do something different. Something drastic.Hold your breath and take a dramatic step. Do something you haven't done in years. Do something romantic with your wife.Maybe the two of you aren't getting along. You fight about everything. It looks hopeless. You've thought about splitting. She probably has, too. Maybe you've already separated. So today you're hanging around the house with nothing to do. Or sitting around your new empty apartment.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2014
Dan Janssen has eaten pizza for almost every meal for a quarter of a century. Pizza for breakfast. Pizza for lunch. Pizza for dinner.   And almost always plain, cheese pizza.  "I do eat a bowl of Raisin Bran once a week or so if I want to be healthy," said Janssen, 38, of Ellicott City. "But usually it's just pizza and coffee. " Janssen said he ate a normal "meat and potatoes" diet when he was growing up, but decided to stop eating meat for ethical reasons when he was a young teenager.
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By Joanne E. Morvay and By Joanne E. Morvay,Special to the Sun | February 28, 1999
TRICIA SMITH AND ANDREW MCGHIETricia Smith realized on her very first date with Andrew McGhie that he was the man she would marry.The couple were having dinner at a restaurant near the Inner Harbor and Andrew, hoping to extend the evening, wanted to order a dessert wine. But the restaurant didn't stock dessert wines. Pounding on the table in mock exasperation, Andrew-- in the thick accent of his native Australia -- was jokingly pleading with the waiter to come up with some beverage besides coffee, explaining how much he wanted to impress Tricia and keep the night going.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | January 19, 2014
Opening scenes are tricky. In minutes, writers have to establish a show's tone, make viewers care about fictional strangers and toss the audience a hint at where things are headed over the course of eight (or 12 or 22) episodes. For whatever reason, that's a challenge HBO shows both past and present typically ace compared to their network counterparts. Think about Amy Jellicoe's mascara-streaked meltdown on "Enlightened," the bait-and-switch gut punch that started "Six Feet Under" or Hannah Horvath getting cut off by her parents on "Girls.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | November 11, 1994
"What Happened Was . . ." is an intense two-character drama that follows as the participants in an office flirtation attempt to go up a notch toward an actual relationship, with disastrously unforeseen consequences.The movie, which opens at the Charles today, is certainly original. It hails from the mind of, and co-stars, Tom Noonan, who almost always plays giant psychopaths to great effect, as anyone knows who can remember Michael Mann's "Red Dragon" (he was the guy with the teeth). Evidently unsatisfied with the giant-psycho niche he had invented, he set about to re-invent himself and his career.
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By SUSAN DEITZ and SUSAN DEITZ,Los Angeles Times Syndicate | December 19, 1993
Q: One of the awkward and resentful issues I associate with dating and the male role is who pays on a first date. The way I handle it is that I go along with the traditional role but, at the same time, look for little, simple signs of reciprocity: leaning over to open the car door, offering to pay the tip or for dessert at the end of an evening.If this hasn't happened and I still feel I want to see the person again, I bring up the issue with her. I mention that I like to give, not out of a sense of obligation but out of a sense of wanting to do it, because that person is special to me. Sometimes this really backfires -- she'll say she is indeed VERY giving and in time I would discover that, and raising the issue is insulting.
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By MARYANN JAMES | August 25, 2007
Love is war. If you aren't ready, you can be shot down before you even start. Which is why you have to be prepared. You've gotta know your enemy. You have to put on your game face. And you have to have a stellar opening strategy -- an original plan for your first date. But how do you figure out that plan? There are many factors that go into a good first date, says Toni Coleman, dating coach and founder of consum-mate.com. One key factor is venue. Stay away from expensive restaurants or very elaborate plans, she says.
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By SUSAN REIMER | March 3, 1998
I ONCE HEARD a father describe how he greeted his daughter's dates and I have never forgotten his inspired approach.He composed several innocuous questions -- what sports do you like, are you thinking about college, how are your grades, what do your parents do, -- and then wrote the questions on the side of a baseball bat.When the young man arrived to pick up his daughter, the father asked the young man to take a walk with him so they could get to know...
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By Elizabeth Large | October 8, 2008
1 Wings dripping with sauce. : Wings were what inspired this idea in the first place. 2 French onion soup : (both for the breath and the stringy cheese problems). 3 Broccoli,: for the little bits that get stuck in the teeth. 4 Spinach.: It's a cliche but ... 5 Any long pasta with red sauce. : Unless you're Italian, you'll look silly eating it and the sauce will get on your clothes. 6 A house salad that has raw onions. : 7 Steamed crabs. : You simply can't look romantic tearing apart a crustacean.
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By TANIKA WHITE and TANIKA WHITE,SUN REPORTER | November 5, 2005
The good news: He finally called! The bad news: He wants to go out tonight! Of course, you'd clear your schedule for this guy even if it was your dear ol' granny's 100th birthday - there's always next year, right? - but there's a problem: He's given you no time to find something to wear. Last-minute date shopping. It's every stylish woman's worst nightmare. For a job interview, you'd simply buy a new suit. For a wedding, a pretty dress. But when shopping for a first date, you have to find just the right outfit to give off just the right impression - whatever you want that impression to be. There are a few rules, after all, for a great first-date outfit: It has to be appealing enough to make him physically attracted, but not so sexy that he forgets to make eye contact at dinner.
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Denise Weiss and For The Baltimore Sun | January 14, 2014
Hola, rosa lovers! Welcome to my recap-o of episode dos of "El Bachelor. " The 18 lucky ladies and Molly the dog move into the mansion. Molly, like many dogs before her, takes a few laps in the pool, and the ladies discuss that Clare, the fake baby bump hairdresser, will be going on the first Juan-on-Juan date. First Juan-on-Juan Date Clare is really excited about her date, entitled “Let's Chill Out. " Despite not going to bars, not participating in on-line dating and not even being out on a date in a long time, her expectations are low: “I know this sounds crazy, but this could be the first date with my future husband.” I'm thinking this is not really the right venue for a girl who hasn't dated in a while, but what do I know?
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2013
In seven minutes, Tim Kuhn will progress from first date to realizing he'll never be straight. And that terrifies him. As part of Monday night's Stoop Storytelling show at Center Stage, Kuhn will share with a crowd of strangers how he came to terms with being gay. As the show approached, he spent a considerable amount of time revisiting his breakthrough moment, practiced his monologue several times and now says he's more or less ready....
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By L'Oreal Thompson, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2013
Wedding date: Feb. 9, 2013 Her story: Megan Quick, 36, grew up in Oaklyn, N.J. She is a registered nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Her father, Michael, works for Susquehanna Bank and her mother, Doreen, is a retired medical receptionist. His story: Aaron Shirk, 39, was born in Vietnam and lived in various countries. He is a computer engineer for Bill Me Later in Timonium. Both of his parents - Peter Shirk and Roxie Gilmore - worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development.
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By Ericka Alston | January 15, 2013
Tonight started with a shower scene and a CHEST! 4,582 -- yep, that's about where I lost count of the times ABC blessed us with close-ups of our Bachelor Sean Lowe's bare, shirtless, glowing, absolutely amazing chest. I'm sorry, where was I? Had I played a drinking game tonight while watching, this recap would've been a bit more ... colorful.  Doing a shot for each time Sean bared his beautiful pecks for the camera (and another shot for each time the camera showed Sean's hand on one of the ladies' knees)
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By Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | July 5, 2012
Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, newly single, was lunching with an old friend. She wanted to know if he was dating. Nope, he said, too busy - why, did she know anyone? Karmen Walker, she suggested. The willowy government relations liaison for Comcast was a familiar face around Annapolis. Brown knew her work, that her husband had been killed in a car accident, that she was a single mother. "No way," Brown said. "She's got to be in a relationship. " If his friend could confirm Walker's availability, Brown agreed to call her. Five minutes after lunch, his phone rang: Confirmed.
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By Sloane Brown, Special to The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2012
These two interpreters for the deaf say their relationship began with their first date, a low-key picnic held indoors because of the August heat. Wedding Date : August 11, 2012 Amy's story: Amy Lanasa, 37, grew up in the Catonsville area, and now lives in Ednor Gardens. She is a freelance sign language interpreter and part-time staff member at Gallaudet University. Her father, Francis "Fran" Lanasa is a retired U.S. probation officer. Her mother, Barbara Lanasa, is a child care aide at Grace Church Child Care Center.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2014
Dan Janssen has eaten pizza for almost every meal for a quarter of a century. Pizza for breakfast. Pizza for lunch. Pizza for dinner.   And almost always plain, cheese pizza.  "I do eat a bowl of Raisin Bran once a week or so if I want to be healthy," said Janssen, 38, of Ellicott City. "But usually it's just pizza and coffee. " Janssen said he ate a normal "meat and potatoes" diet when he was growing up, but decided to stop eating meat for ethical reasons when he was a young teenager.
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By Rafael Alvarez and Rafael Alvarez,SUN STAFF | May 26, 1996
Of all the mysterious statements in the Talmud, one of the best known says that finding a true partner in life is as difficult as parting the Red Sea.In the world of Orthodox Judaism, where family is second to God alone, people are always working to part the seas so men and women can get married, fulfill the commandment to multiply and ensure the faith for another generation.As the father of a recent bride put it: "Matchmaking is the favorite indoor sport of Jews."Whether they are professionals using computers, a yeshiva rabbi intimate with all the qualities and quirks of his students, or Aunt Malkie who just happens to know a nice boy from a good family, somebody is always trying to fix people up.Certain Hasidic families in the United States still choose mates for their sons and daughters as they did in 18th-century Poland.
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By Sloane Brown, Special to The Baltimore Sun | April 26, 2012
This couple is expressing the easy, relaxed nature of their relationship with a "beach-y chic" wedding in Ocean City . Wedding date: October 27, 2012 Her story: Megan Strasdauskas, 27, grew up in Towson. Her mother, Leslie Wright, is community coordinator for the Citizen Law Related Education Program. Megan is the jewelry account manager for Radcliffe Jewelers. His story: Brian Nee, 30, grew up in Cockeysville. His father, Richard Nee, is a retired business executive.
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By Sloane Brown, Special to The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2012
Lauren Gormley and Michael Koehler hit it off immediately on their match.com date. In fact, he couldn't wait to get married. Wedding date: November 17, 2012 Her story: Lauren Gormley, 29, grew up on the Eastern Shore, outside Ocean City , in the small town of Bivalve, Maryland. Her father, Richard Gormley, is a professor of hotel and restaurant management at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Her mother, Christine Gormley, is a point of care coordinator for Atlantic General Hospital.
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