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It was before I knew her real name, but I knew her to love. I had discovered her face, alone, on a photo taken by my high school photography teacher. At that moment, I was in high school. It was 1996, and I was nineteen. I didn’t know her name. I didn’t know who she was. She had just arrived into my life. She was in a photo—taken by the school photographer—so I knew she was only there a short time. She wore a smile, and it was for me. I had never felt that way before. I went back to the photo, and tried to write her name on the back, with my father’s ballpoint pen. I knew I would never see her again. I never did. I asked my father if she had a name, and he said he thought she had gone on to college, but he didn’t know what school. Then we moved, and in the few years we were apart, I forgot about her. The photo became a worn and sacred keepsake. Along with the photo, I also kept the drawer of my high school yearbook. The cover had a color photo of a smiling girl with auburn hair tucked under her school’s logo—a crown. My first thought was that she was in the cheerleading squad. I glanced at the names on the page: Thomas, Barbara, Betty, Cynthia, Elizabeth, and Dawn. One of the names was Kara. I opened the back cover and saw her photo, on the page where the names were listed. I don’t remember her name anymore. I don’t remember her face. But I will never forget the girl on the cheerleading squad: the girl in the photo who wore the smile for me, who was waiting just there, behind the student council photo in my yearbook. I never met her. I have never met anyone named Dawn. But I am still alive, and I have dated, and I have been in relationships. I have since dated other people—and I have been rejected, and hurt. I have lost friends, and I have been a friend. I have bought things, and I have sold things. I have brought in money, and I have pocketed money. I have been defrauded, and I have been cheated. I’ve tried online dating, traditional dating, and every imaginable permutation of both. I have done so on the advice of friends and mentors, and the streets.
Congratulations on Your Date! If you met a great person on a date, Congratulate him or her and the two of you. This is an easy way to let the date know you have a good time, and maybe even want to see the person again. “Dating isn’t just about finding a romantic partner—it’s about finding a friendship, someone who you’ll actually want to see again,” says Karen Castro, a matchmaking expert. “Don’t forget to compliment someone you find attractive.” Photo by mikki23/Creative Commons. Stay Safe It’s easy to forget that sex is always an activity between two consenting adults—and not just anyone can have consensual sex. Sex is still a crime for minors, teens who look like teens but act older, and people who force sex on them, even if it’s of an unwilling partner. Here are some tips for when you’re going out on a date with someone who doesn’t know you as well as you would like. Learn The Rules Of Dating This is a basic guideline that is given to younger kids, but older kids and teens can still benefit from knowing the rules. “Of course, one of the most important rules of dating is to be safe, and to make sure your sexuality is clear and guarded,” says Jessica Bortz, editor in chief of Be sure to talk about your own sexual preferences and avoid explicit language. If you aren’t comfortable having oral sex, don’t ask, and if someone asks you to do something you’re not comfortable with, say no. “Just because someone is asking you doesn’t mean you need to do it,” says Bortz. When it comes to listening to music—and not your partner’s—make sure you’re comfortable with the kind of music. And if someone is giving you a hard time, pay close attention. “A lot of people don’t understand that your date has a right to ask you questions about your life, but if someone is acting like a jerk or is rude, it’s only fair to ask them to leave,” says Bortz. “If they don’t want to leave, tell your date that you will follow up on the issue outside the moment to see how it goes.” Be Aware Of Those Around You This is a tricky one, but it should be fairly easy if you are aware of what’s going on around you. If you’re dining with someone and you

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