Against All Odds

Against All Odds

It happened on the dance floor of my eighth grade cotillion. My boyfriend of six months broke up with me and it went down like this. We slow danced as Phil Collins pledged his love in “Against All Odds”. The lights were dimmed save for the sparkle of the rotating mirrored globe on the ceiling casting blue flecks across the hopeful face of my beau. And then he said it,
“When are we gonna go to 3rd base?”
“Umm neVER!” I blurted. At thirteen I knew that we’d of course be together forever, but the thought of progressing our physical relationship past french-kissing and holding hands hadn’t infiltrated my naivety.
“Then I need to break up with you.” he said flatly and with that dislodged from our slowdance embrace and walked away into the cavernous dark stretch of the dancehall.

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Open Sesame

Open Sesame

There are times in my life when I lose patience with the universe. When I feel like Job is King Midas compared to me. In my head I shake my fists, stomp my feet and squawk “GOD!” as if I’m thirteen again and slamming the door on my parents.And as I sit and sulk in my metaphorical room, I of course realize that things really aren’t so bad. In fact, they’re pretty damn good! As I release the self-imposed constriction, the veil is lifted from my eyes and I have clarity and focus again. I begin to see the abundance all around me.  jbrinncrystals

Dating 101

Dating 101

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“Hey I gained weight and you cut your hair!” This was the opening line from a first..and last date I had with a guy ten years ago. We met one rainy afternoon on MUNI and instantly connected over our agreement of the not-so-sunny disposition of the bus driver. We parted ways at Van Ness & Sacramento St, but before I left he popped the question, “Can I get your phone number?” I obliged and he called within two days. He explained that he was heading to his brother’s wedding in India and would be there for the next five weeks, but he’d love to meet for drinks once he was back. I shrugged a “sure” into the phone and really didn’t give it much thought beyond that.

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