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Love Trips: Hello Sweet Potato Fry That I Kind of Like?

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Love Trips: Hello Sweet Potato Fry That I Kind of Like?

Sujeiry continues to date online and meets a Latino man who is good on paper and looks good. But does she like him? Is there that elusive chemistry? A great dating story on turn offs and settling.

There are things in life that I like but do not adore. Take my love of the potato, for example. I adore this vegetable and all it creates. Well, almost. At a diner in Long Island this past weekend, I learned that I’m not a fan of breakfast potatoes. What I can’t live without, however, are french fries.

Curly fries, steak fries, McDonald’s fries, Cajun fries: I can eat them every day. If a doctor told me their deliciousness would kill me, I’d just take slower bites and await my fate. But if you give me a sweet potato – off with your head!

Why do I keep droning on about a vegetable? Because it is a perfect analogy for what happened between Julio and I.

I met Julio on OKCupid days after my failed Valentine’s date with the gym teacher from jockstrap hell. While sifting through profiles (and being very specific in my search) I stumbled upon Julio’s profile.

37. Latino. Bachelors degree. No kids.

Plus, he was really cute.

So I made contact. Always a proactive dater, I briefly introduced myself over email and awaited his reply. Days later, he did. What followed was an email exchange that lasted about a week or two. I wanted him to ask me out but he wasn’t very forward. We seemed to have a lot in common and I was excited at the prospect. So I asked him out. Call me crazy, but I wanted to know if there was chemistry. Was he a sweet potato or a curly?

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My questions were answered soon enough. Sort of. You see, Julio suggested we spoke on the phone before a first date. I get it. He wanted to make sure I was the real deal. That a baritone tone didn’t come from my voice box. I was also curious to hear his voice. A man’s voice can be such a turn on.

“Ring, ring!” There he was.

“Hello,” I said after picking up.


He responded with hesitation and a bit of fear. And his voice. His voice was…terrible. He sounded like David Beckham without the British accent and a hint of Mickey Mouse. I winced as he continued to speak, though the conversation was interesting. I liked him so far, but could I adore him?

30 minutes into our call and he asked me out on a date. I didn’t want to be a bitch and say no just because he has the voice of a bitch. So we scheduled our first date. Even though he may be more of a sweet potato than a McD’s fry, I decided to give him a chance. Perhaps my “like” would turn into “adore.” Perhaps I’d take a bite of Julio and squeal in delight as if he were a warm and toasty hash brown. Or scream in terror because he didn’t keep his mouth shut. Off with his head?

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Sujeiry is a natural storyteller, dynamic radio show host and the proud CEO of She's been at this digital media and content creation game for 15 plus years and pours her heart and soul onto - 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 works diligently and passionately to encourage women of color to be their authentic selves as they navigate all things love.


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