Dr. Date, I’ve been with my partner for approximately three years. We live together and (finally!) got married. However, there is one looming topic that has always proved troublesome in our relationship: He’s a staunch Republican, and I am most definitely not. I love him dearly, but occasionally — OK, frequently — his union-busting, fiscal conservatism takes me aback.
Dr. Date, My boyfriend has a really stressful job/class schedule this year, and he gained about 40 pounds. I feel bad for saying this, but it’s really, really bothering me. I don’t find it attractive, and honestly, I think his stress is just an excuse. I exercise every day and eat healthy, and I don’t think it would be that hard for him to do the same. How can I motivate him to lose some weight and get back to being the guy I started dating?
Dr. Date, There’s this girl I’ve known since freshman year (we’re seniors now). There’s always been some chemistry between us, but nothing ever happened because we both always had a significant other. I have a girlfriend now, but she is single.
Dr. Date, I’m in love. This girl is perfect — beautiful, smart, funny, sweet. The problem is, she only speaks Spanish and I only speak English. I’m not imagining this connection (we’ve already slept together), but I’m a little worried about the language barrier. Is it something we can overcome? Love conquers all, right? —Lost In Translation