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The Hookup: Strike Out

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The Hookup: Strike Out

Getting together with Zeus for our first date had proven to be a challenge, but there I was at Lucky Strike Lanes giving it my all. In between striking out and gutter balls, I smiled, flirted and asked questions instead of monopolizing the conversation like I often do. But Zeus had yet to show any real interest in me, Sujeiry, the person behind the OKCupid profile.

Still, I tried my best. He didn’t look exactly like his profile picture, but he wasn’t ugly. He wasn’t very charming, but he wasn’t ugly. He was timid and seemed uncomfortable, but he was nice and (all together now) he wasn’t ugly. So I kept trying to get to know him. I asked about his business, which he owned with his brother, and what led him down that path. Zeus answered slowly; his answers short and uninteresting. Then he asked me about my career.

“So how’s the writing going?” How’s the writing going?  That’s all he’s got? I thought.

“It’s going well. A challenge sometimes to write about my love life but I always manage to think of…something to say,” I responded, proving my point.

And that was all I had. Zeus, the Greek American man from a suburb in Central Jersey, was just too timid for this vibrant Latina. While knocking down pins and straightening my curved bowlers swing, I knew this man would feel just as uncomfortable with my nutty, loud Dominican family as he was with me at that very moment.  And that, my friends, was the one way to strike out with me, the woman behind the OKCupid profile.

The Hookup was Sujeiry’s dating blog on Latina.com. To read past entries, go to Latina.com: The Hookup.

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Sujeiry is a natural storyteller, dynamic radio show host and the proud CEO of LoveSujeiry.com. She's been at this digital media and content creation game for 15 plus years and pours her heart and soul onto LoveSujeiry.com - the only site for Latinas on all things love. After realizing there was a void in the love/relationship Latina media market, she took matters into her own hands and became the go-to sex and relationship expert on Latinx platforms. The former sex and relationship expert on Latina.com works diligently and passionately to encourage women of color to be their authentic selves as they navigate all things love.

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