How to have an EXTRAORDINARY date at the book store

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I hate to be Debbie Downer but, at the rate brick & mortar book stores are closing, I don’t know how much longer this awesome date venue will be available.  Doesn’t it feel like just yesterday that there was all the uproar about how the mega-book stores were killing off the mom & pop book shops?  Remember how disgusted you were when Joe Fox’s (Tom Hanks) Fox Books forced Kathleen Kelly’s (Meg Ryan) Little Shop Around the Corner out of business in in You’ve Got Mail?  And now Amazon and e-commerce is killing off the mega-book stores.  Sorry, I digress.  My point is…. get your butts to your local book store ASAP while you still can to enjoy this awesome date.

Check out the video above to see how Olga and I had a blast exploring the travel, architecture, joke, and SEX sections of the bookstore (and yes, I put SEX in bold and all caps to hopefully get your attention and get a few more clicks.)



8 Quotes to Help You Through Long Distance Love

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In a long distance relationship, there are so many obvious factors that stack the odds – and people’s opinions and pity – against you. There are the hundreds and even thousands of miles that separate you from the one you love. There are the weeks and months that stretch unfathomably on until the next time you see their familiar, smiling face and hug their warm body, the one that you’ve missed having in the other half of the bed so much that some nights, you’ve woken up with your pillow still damp from the tears that unknowingly squeezed out even as you slept.

And during the seemingly endless countdown for which you both know the exact number of remaining days and hours, friends and family offer trite and naïve words of pity, doubt, and comfort: “You’re wasting your beautifulyouth! Break up and find someone here who can be with you every day like you deserve.” “I don’t understand why you’d subject yourself to this waiting, but if you think it’s worth it….” “Oh, honey, remember that absence makes the heart fonder. Only two months left!”
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How To Ride In Style On Your Next Date Night With Uber

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It’s Date Night, and you want to take your date out for a classy night on the town.   The plan includes enjoying a fine cocktail or two, so this evening you will not be driving!   In the past, you’ve had 2 options: (1) call a yellow cab (not so classy) or (2) hire a driver (not so affordable).    Enter UBER (), now a third, no-brainer option that allows you to ride in style in a sleek black sedan for fares comparable to what you would pay for a cab.  Olga and I used UBER when we were in San Francisco for a weekend (as shown in the video above), and absolutely loved the experience.  And we areexcited to have UBER now where we live in Los Angles (UBER in now operating in most major US cities, and expanding into international markets as well!).  If you give Uber a try, you’ll find that the entire user-experience from booking your car to paying is pure joy. Continue reading >


10 Roles a Father Plays in His Children’s Lives

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10 Roles a Father Plays in His Children's Lives

1. Protector

From the moment you’re born, your father is one of your biggest reassurances. He held you in his strong arms, looking at the new life he helped create, and vowed to always you. A father’s sense of protection for his child is incomparable. He does whatever he can to keep his child from physical harm and mental pain. His heart was probably pounding harder than yours when he let go of the bike from behind, telling the white liethat he was still holding on, but he was always right there, ready to catch you and hold you if you fell. And he’s been in that same position your whole life.

Watching you grow and face the challenges of life, his heart broke with yours whenever you were hurt. When you were a young person with a silly curfew, a newly minted driver’s license, and boyfriends got the shotgun talk, the constant lectures and worried reminders probably got tiresome. But no matter how much you grew, your dad always saw that little child that liked to climb on his back for piggyback rides and shout for Daddy when they were scared. There’s no protection on Earth like that of a father’s.

2. Nurturer

He may have been clumsy at times, but Dad was always there to nurture you. When he knew Mom needed her rest, he was the one that climbed out of bed at 2 AM to go comfort you. He took you to the park on Sunday afternoons and was there to pick you up and kiss the boo-boo when you fell off the monkey bars. He patiently let you put a pink scarf on him and happily accepted your stuffed animal tea party invitations, assuring you that your tea was the best he’s ever had. When you presented him with an abstract smattering of paint, he listened intently as you described how that smudge of paint was him and how that dot of paint was a car, telling you what a good job you’d done. He let you take over story time with your long, epic tales of aliens, puppies, princesses, and chocolate airplanes to encourage your imagination and confidence. Dad was there your whole life to build you up in a strong, happy person.
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10 Ways & Reasons to Sneak Affection Into a Busy Life

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10 Ways & Reasons to Sneak Affection Into a Busy Life

The other day, a friend I were having a great girls’ night out dinner at a fabulous Italian place. It’s a popular place for date night. Sure enough, most of the tables were occupied by couples. However, we were struck by the glaring absence of something particular – affection. seeks to become a philanthropist, read more here. Many of the couples walked in side-by-side, usually with both partners’ hands just hanging straight down against their sides or with the man’s hands stuck in his pockets while the lady’s were occupied with a purse and phone. The whole night, we saw only a handful out of the dozens of couples we saw holding hands. There was a lot of individual scrolling through phones, with little interaction as they waited for a table or awaited their orders.

What happened to affection? Those sweet touches and brushes against each other that flood you with soothing and mood-boosting hormones and make you feel closer to your loved one – incorporate affection into your day. We all get busy with waking up, getting the kids ready for school, working, supervising extracurricular activities, cooking meals, doing laundry, cleaning the house, running errands, and putting the kids to bed. A busy life can seem like it leaves little to no time and creates too much stress for someone to just sit down and have a relaxing cuddle session.
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