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Why I never miss a chance to vote

I have voted in every election for which I've been eligible, except my first election in 2010. That’s when I voted absentee and might have used the wrong stamp. It’s never occurred to me that I could skip voting. I was raised in one of those families that debates politics at the dinner table, and...

Dating & Sex

  • On booty calls, kink dreams and getting involved with a married man

    On booty calls, kink dreams and getting involved with a married man

    Dear Anna: Recently I wrote to a guy through a dating app and met him the next day. We met twice that day, in the morning for breakfast before I went to work and also at night for a drink, which led to a hookup. I became more interested in him, but it seems like he stopped replying through the...

  • She never initiaties text conversations, what's the deal?

    She never initiaties text conversations, what's the deal?

    I met a girl at a New Year's party and asked her out. We went out and it went well and she said that we should do it again and even mentioned something specific she'd like to go do. The only thing is she never texts me, if I text her we will carry on a conversation but she never initiates it. I...

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  • Advice: The married-ladies-who-cheat edition

    Advice: The married-ladies-who-cheat edition

    Dear Anna: I’m married, but for the last three years, I have been hooking up with this guy for sex. I told him from the start that I just want sex with no strings attached, but did not tell him I'm married. The thing is, each time we're together he asks about my personal life: where I live, if...

  • When you want to order up that fast-food worker's phone number

    When you want to order up that fast-food worker's phone number

    There's a girl I'm trying to get closer to at a fast-food place, but it's hard because the place is usually busy. I feel that she likes me, and I plan on asking for her number by giving her a note with my card to pay for the food. Should I try to talk with her more first, or am I taking the right...

  • I got shushed on the CTA | The Transit Diaries

    I got shushed on the CTA | The Transit Diaries

    I was shushed for the very first time last week during my rush-hour commute home on the Brown Line. And it wasn't a soft, kind “shhh.” It came with a head gesture and a hard stare that immediately made my face flush with embarrassment. “Oh my gosh, I’m being one of THOSE people,” I thought. You...

  • Let's celebrate Groundhog Day by watching Matt Lauer interview an agitated rodent

    Let's celebrate Groundhog Day by watching Matt Lauer interview an agitated rodent

    Some national observances are downright lackluster. Consider Arbor Day: the holiday that should have just remained a trifold brochure. Or President’s Day, when we honor the births of a few (but not all—sorry, Marty Van B!) presidents with modestly discounted Kohl’s washcloths. Then there’s Flag...

  • What to tell your partners when you're polyamorous and have an STI scare

    What to tell your partners when you're polyamorous and have an STI scare

    Dear Anna: I recently had a several-degrees-removed sexually transmitted infection scare, and it raised some questions for me. I'm polyamorous and currently involved in one way or another with several different people right now. I'm pretty rigorous about always using protection precisely because...

  • IT tech: How do I launch my dating life when my job is anti-social?

    IT tech: How do I launch my dating life when my job is anti-social?

    I'm 18, never been in a relationship nor have I ever tried to approach girls. I work as an IT technician so there are next to no girls even remotely my age around where I work, and my work tends to be very unsociable since I spend most of my days just repairing computers in schools. I'm just looking...

  • 2016 Obamacare deadline is near; sign up now to avoid a penalty

    2016 Obamacare deadline is near; sign up now to avoid a penalty

    Open enrollment for marketplace health insurance ends Jan. 31, and if you want to dodge a tax penalty, now is the time to sign up. For anyone who enrolls between now and Jan. 31, coverage will start March 1. But you'll still avoid the penalty, which this year is as much as $695 per adult, or 2.5...

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