Posts Tagged ‘romance

07
Jul
08

Dating the rich and famous

At a holiday party over the weekend, a friend revealed that he had dated a now-famous TV star while they were both in college. Everyone asked him what she was like. His response? “Oddly enough, she never watched TV. She said all the shows were boring. She wanted to be on Broadway instead.”

I found that tidbit interesting. So all weekend long, I asked people if they had dated some rich, famous, or important — and to tell me one odd or endearing thing about them. This being L.A., I got a lot of responses. Here are the results, with names withheld to protect the innocent.

  • Big-name music video director – “He played Dungeons & Dragons every Thursday, so we could never get together that night. He would rather roll dice with his friends than have sex with me. This was after he got famous.”
  • Well-known liberal activist – “She would order wine for total strangers in restaurants and insist to be kept anonymous.”
  • NFL quarterback – “Honestly, he could barely read. And now he makes millions of dollars.”
  • Member of Congress – “I know you won’t believe this, but she’s a very religious, conservative Republican but she was an absolute animal in bed. It was like a movie.”
  • Director of comedy movies – “Never tipped anyone. Ever. It was embarrassing.”
  • Indie film actor – “He was just famous enough to start getting recognized, and when people asked for his autograph, he was so sweet about it. He seemed really touched. Even when they were bothering us, he took the time to talk to them.”
  • Rock star – “She was in a band in college, but she always missed rehearsal (usually to see me) and hardly ever practiced. She even missed two or three shows. I don’t know when she ever got around to learning to play music.”

Have you dated a celebrity, either before or after they made it big? Do you know someone who has? Tell me about it! You can comment here or write to me privately at emmanuellemanor@gmail.com.

16
Jun
08

Secret Admirer

It began a few weeks ago.

First, I found a single red rose on my doorstep. No note or card.

A few days later, I came home to find a bottle of champagne waiting for me. Pretty expensive stuff, too.

Then I found a box of chocolates in the same place. Cliché? Yes. But also delicious.

Finally, on Saturday, there was a pair of diamond stud earrings by my door.

I have no idea on who is behind these gifts. I have to admit, the mystery is exhilarating.

Have you ever had — or been — a secret admirer? What happened?

And what should I do in this situation? What should the mystery man do? Do you think he’ll ever come out of the shadows?

06
Jun
08

You can quote me

I’m not the first person to write about love and sex. People like Jane Austen, Shakespeare, and Aristophanes beat me to it. Here are a few words of wisdom on the topic that’s as old as the cavemen.

The difference between sex and death is that with death you can do it alone and no one is going to make fun of you.
— Woody Allen

These impossible women! How they do get around us! The poet was right: Can’t live with them, or without them.
— Aristophanes

Love ceases to be a pleasure when it ceases to be a secret.
— Aphra Behn

Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction.
— Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind; And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.
— William Shakespeare

Women need a reason to have sex. Men just need a place.
— Billy Crystal, When Harry Met Sally…

You don’t marry someone you can live with; you marry the person who you can’t live without.
— Unknown

I pay very little regard…to what any young person says on the subject of marriage. If they profess a disinclination for it, I only set it down that they have not yet seen the right person.
— Jane Austen

Real love stories never have endings.
— Richard Bach

Know of any great quotes about love, sex, or marriage? Let me know!

30
May
08

Getting away from it all

Even a swingset can lead to romantic moments!

I’ve got a romantic weekend getaway coming up.

I love to forget my weekday cares, break my routine, and try myself in a new setting — even if it’s only a long car ride away.

And it can be great for romance.

I’ve always said that sex is about all five sense, plus a “sixth sense” of your imagination. Traveling means new sights, new sounds, and new smells. Order the most exotic dishes at the hotel (or resort or lodge) to experience new tastes. As for the sense of touch, that’s up to you and your lover.

Romance isn’t just found on moonlit beaches. You can have a romantic getaway even in the middle of town, especially using that “sixth” sense. Every place has a history; use it to add a little fantasy to your vacation. You can become a Southern Belle while you’re staying in Georgia or a jazzy 1920’s flapper in Chicago. You can play cowboys and cowgirls out West, or Bogey and Bacall in 1940’s L.A.

Or you can get out of the city. Being surrounded by nature brings out something primal in us. Whether deep in the woods or out on the lake, when you look up and see the stars, you understand what captivated the ancient poets. Just being in a park or a desert where cell phones don’t work is luxurious. And out in the wilderness, you can make all the noise you want.

If you’re short on time or money, you can join the latest craze of staycations. Shut down the computer, close the blinds, turn on the answering machine, and just spend time together. You can cook a meal together, watch a romantic movie, or just enjoy a rare daytime romp in the bedroom.

Have you had a romantic vacation recently? Tell me about it.