The Ch’ai Life

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Britta Lok­t­ing On Dat­ing

Last spring, I found my­self sit­ting in the Hil­ton in mid­town Man­hat­tan with three other women and a match­maker, dis­cussing the ac­tor ver­sion of our per­fect man. I said Ja­son Segel be­cause he’s funny and lov­able. I had come to this ini­tial group in­ter­view to re­search a po­ten­tial story, but also out of per­sonal in­ter­est — maybe I would get paired with some­one. But as I sat there lis­ten­ing to two women gossip about whether or not a mu­tual male friend was cute, I re­al­ized this was the “girl talk” and sense of friend­ship I had been yearn­ing for. In my pre­vi­ous re­la­tion­ship, my friends were my boyfriend’s friends. For three years, I went to his par­ties, watched TV with his room­mates and spent the Fourth of July play­ing Wif­fle ball with his high school bud­dies. Af­ter we broke up, I was free to hang with whomever I wanted.

ANYA ULINICH

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