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Amanda Burgess
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As little girls, we buy into the winsome, spun-gold magic of fairy tales, with their handsome princes and shining promise of Happily Ever After. As you grow older, it can be difficult to leave behind myth for reality. So you go on kissing frog after frog, hoping to find your... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2012 at Marvelous Misadventures
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There’s a fine line between passion and obsession, and The Enthusiast is all too happy to cross it, to feed the fire of an all-consuming hobby or interest bordering on the maniacal. Think Jimmy Fallon’s character in Fever Pitch – an uber-fan of the Red Sox whose every waking thought... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2011 at Marvelous Misadventures
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Every girl loves a bartender, and it’s not just because he’s a master of mixology. It’s the confidence and swagger that comes with that mastery. When he’s behind the bar slinging drinks, he’s in a position of comfort and power. Mixed with a ready smile and a handsome face (think... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2011 at Marvelous Misadventures
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Almost every girl has harboured a secret crush on a male teacher at some point in her academic career – grade school, high school, college or university. But girlish daydreams and the dynamics of dating a teacher as a grown woman are two different things. Mr. Teacher spends his day... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2011 at Marvelous Misadventures
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Food has the power to connect people – it’s a language as simple and universal as love. The Epicurean is certainly connected, but simple he is not. He’s sophisticated, opinionated – with a fervent passion that will leave you longing for another morsel of the gastronomic delights he serves up... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2011 at Marvelous Misadventures
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If you work in or adjacent to the seedy underworld of communications, media, marketing and design, you’ve encountered Mr. Agency. He fancies himself a heady mix of Don Draper and Don Juan – a man who likes his martinis dry and his women willing. In reality, he’s a puffed-up poseur... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2011 at Marvelous Misadventures
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For every woman out there who prefers to date an older, more experienced man, there’s one who favours playing the role of Mrs. Robinson to a fresh-faced Ben Braddock. The cub is a man-child on the cusp of coming into his own, brimming with potential and possibilities. She falls for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2011 at Marvelous Misadventures
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In all of Douche-dom, there's no subspecies of man more insidious - or more pervasive - than Mr. Married. But unless he has a set of clubs and a bank account to rival Tiger Woods', Mr. Married doesn't typically have a long line of cocktail waitresses, failed models and prostitutes... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2010 at Marvelous Misadventures
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Dating in your 30s inevitably means that the people you date have “A Past.” Sometimes that past colours, overshadows or even eclipses the present. And that murky environment is prime breeding ground for The Two-Headed Man. The Two-Headed Man is a misshapen creature that, by choice or by circumstance, can’t... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2010 at Marvelous Misadventures
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Nerds have been long been fodder for film and television – everyone loves an underdog. But Geekdom’s popularity meter is getting a boost from modern incarnations like Glee, a phenomenon that has everyone from band camp rejects to hipsters proclaiming “I’m a Gleek!” The Sexy Nerd is a millennial twist... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2010 at Marvelous Misadventures
There are some women who have earned themselves a metaphorical set of balls. They’re tough, with a take-no-prisoners attitude and steely nerve the U.S. Marines would admire. Conversely, there are some men who – though possessing the basic physical equipment – are sadly lacking the cojones that divide the men... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2010 at Marvelous Misadventures
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The term Mama’s Boy is as expositive as it is pejorative – you get an instant mental image of the man it describes whenever you hear it. Think Ray, the central character from the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond or Sex and the City’s Trey – a man excessively and inappropriately... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2010 at Marvelous Misadventures
The Jellyfish is something of a dating idiot savant – he’s savvy, evolved and perceptive enough to pick up on what you look for in a man and reflect that back to you. Just as a magician relies on visual trickery and deflection to inspire awe, The Jellyfish casts a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2010 at Marvelous Misadventures
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If you attended Catholic school, have ever strolled through Little Italy or frequent multi-level dance clubs and swank lounges, you’ve met The Italian Stallion. He looks like a Jersey Shore extra with his gelled hair, skin-tight wife beater (all the better to show off my ripped arms and chest hair,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2010 at Marvelous Misadventures
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The Sensualist is one of the most compelling of all male archetypes, but you won’t initially recognize him as such. When you first encounter him, you mistake The Sensualist for Clark Kent – sweet, unassuming. Even so, there’s a certain je ne sais quoi about him that prevents you from... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2010 at Marvelous Misadventures
Like cows on the streets of India, the modern dating scene is littered with various iterations of The Douche. He’s the most encountered of all male stereotypes, and the most frustrating. He has an over-inflated ego, a sense of entitlement and is deeply deficient in social skills. The Douche is... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2010 at Marvelous Misadventures
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There is one undeniable, universal truth when it comes to facial hair: Few men can carry off a mustache. Each time “Movember” rolls around, women everywhere inwardly groan as men put away their razors and attempt to grow a 'stache with varying degrees of success. Mr. Mustache is the exception... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2010 at Marvelous Misadventures
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Every time you encounter him, The Frat Boy both bemuses and exasperates you. He makes you want to reach out and ruffle his artfully disarrayed hair, even as you shake your head at him. Not to be confused with your standard Peter Pan bad boy, The Frat Boy is a... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2010 at Marvelous Misadventures
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The Ken Doll is something of an urban legend on the dating scene, though not quite as mythical as the rarely spotted Emotionally Available Man. When you first meet The Ken Doll, it’s a bit like being handed a ring box from Tiffany, nestled in that signature robin’s egg blue... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2010 at Marvelous Misadventures
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