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Talking to Strangers: Washington, DC

Hooksexup asks deeply personal questions to people we just met.

Abby, 23

How's the dating scene here in D.C.?
I haven't been dating. I just moved in with my boyfriend.

How's that working out?
It was pretty good. It was awesome until, last night... sometimes he drinks too much and forgets to come home, so I went on a hunt for him at five a.m.  It was unsettling to wake up and not know where he was.

And you found him?
Yeah, he was just passed out at his buddy's house. He wasn't with a girl or anything like that.

How long have you been together?
Two years.

What attracted you to him?
We had similar interests and... it's hard right now because I'm mad at him! But he's really smart and sweet, and he has the cutest little butt in the world. Which has grown, since we've been here. I was learning about that last night. We were talking about the twenty professional pounds.

Anything that would be a dealbreaker for you?
I think the only dealbreaker is if he keeps his mustache. He's doing Movember, to raise awareness for prostate cancer. And I just can't handle it, because I can't kiss him. He can't keep the mustache.

Have you suggested he condition it?
I've suggested that he lose it, but he just says it's for a good cause. To raise money. People sponsor them for growing the mustache. I'm like, "Go run a marathon!"

Was there a specific moment when you realized he was the guy for you?
When we skied together. I'd never been able to ski with anyone before, and he's really great skier, so we could ski with him behind me. I realized I would have a skiing partner for life.

Does he have some good moves in bed?
Yes, there are some. But my dad's in politics, so I can't really answer.


Isaac, 26

I heard you're very successful with women.
I love women! I love being around women. I was raised by my mother and my three sisters, and they're all very beautiful women. I think because of that, when I was young, I had a lot of friends who were girls. I've had more girl friends than I've had guy friends. So it's easier for me to talk to women, which results in it being easier for me to pick up women. Or even for a woman to hit on me.

Any favorite sexual memories you'd like to share?
That is hard. Really, really hard to narrow down. I've had weird situations in public, I guess. I've had sex in this tattoo parlor, in the closet.

After hours?
Yes, after hours.

Then why did you go to the closet? You've got those chairs right over there.
Well, people were still here! Other employees. And one of them opened the closet. The owner was here so we had to stop. But the best experiences aren't the wildest. 'Cause doing kinky stuff and doing wild and crazy things doesn't translate to the best sex for me. The best sex I've had has been with girlfriends. Because you have the emotional attachment, and they know what to do. They know what you like.

What type of girl do you date?
I'm a very sexual person so I'm more interested in a girl who has a high sex drive. Once a day is great. Twice a day is awesome. Once a week? Uh, no, we've got to talk about that. And I like a girl who's not ashamed to be openly sexual, who's not afraid of saying what she wants, how she wants it. Because everybody's different. The worst times I've had when having sex were when they assume you'll know what they want you to do.

Have you ever been so moved by a sexual experience that you cried at the end?
No, but I have had some sexual experiences where, if I were a crier, I would have. I don't know if you know about the kegel thing, but there was a girl who had a crush on me, and we got into a conversations about kegels. She said, "Just give me a call and I'll show you sometime." That was a wow moment. I'd never had a woman push me out with her vagina before.

[Isaac's friend: "That's because you're a lightweight."]
Lightweight, my ass!


Keira, 30

How long have you been in D.C.?
About two years now.

What do you do?
I'm a dancer and choreographer. I have a modern dance company, and I'm a real-estate agent on the side.

How do people respond when they find out you're a dancer?
It's really unfortunate, but everyone assumes exotic dancer. It's kind of frustrating being a professional dancer.

Any good moves you've picked up from being a dancer?
I'll just say being very flexible is never a bad thing. And I'm not scared to try new things.

How's your love life?
It's good. Very settled. My husband's from Mexico. We met in Charlottesville. He was attending business school, and I was teaching dance at UVA. We met at a nightclub on the dance floor. And there were a whole bunch of international students hitting on me and my friend but he was the one who kept coming to the forefront.

He's a good dancer?
Yeah, he has those Latin hips. He knows how to shake it. Not like a white boy doing the robot.

Was there a moment when you knew he'd hooked you?
On our first date, we went back to his house, and he played this obscure music from a French film called Blue. Being a choreographer, I listen to a lot of music, and he'd happened to pick one of my favorite pieces of music. It was one of a lot of weird similarities we had.

Have you ever been intimate together in an unusual place?
We tried to have sex once in a public setting, behind closed doors, and we totally chickened out at the last minute. So the whole time we were saying, "Yeah, I think we could do it here," but once we got into the room, we decided it was a bad idea.

Any bad experiences from your past?
I blossomed later in life. I dated this guy for one or two months, but then he moved to Louisiana, so we were in a long-distance relationship for a while. And I was still a virgin, but when we finally saw each other there was a lot of pressure, like, "Let's make this happen." He was way too large, so that was very scarring and it look me another year or so to recover from that. Now I know that you shouldn't be with someone who pressures you.

What's the most romantic thing anyone's done for you?
Having a song written for you, especially one that ends up on an album or sung in public — that's really meaningful.

Did you inspire any famous songs?
Not really famous.

Comments ( 33 )

Nov 18 10 at 8:57 am

Ah, DC.

Nov 18 10 at 9:30 am

Hurray, hurray! I was wondering when you were going to canvass my hometown. =)

Nov 18 10 at 9:48 am

Yay! I lived in DC for ten years and loved/hated every minute. I liked the mix of people this time around, and it's interesting to see answers asked at Eastern Market in the morning vs. a bar at night.

Nov 18 10 at 10:01 am

Wow. DC is really boring.

Nov 18 10 at 11:47 am

Let's person who is vaguely related to politics, but plays it up for attention, one person who is a "realtor on the side", one immigrant from the Eastern bloc, one passive-aggressive, materialistic housewife-in-training, one student (probably law) who commutes from Williamsburg, and one person who is probably a musician or artist "about to get big". You could not have picked a more boring or stereotypical group of people from D.C. if you had tried.

Nov 18 10 at 3:13 pm

Please, please, please do one in Seattle or Anchorage. I promise they'd be all sorts of fucked up.

Nov 18 10 at 3:26 pm
John Darc

So glad Emily's sense of romance is her boyfriend buying her a ton of shit.

Nov 18 10 at 3:45 pm

Emily and Abby should get together and vent about living with their hard-partying (LOL) boyfriends. I <3 Zek.

Nov 18 10 at 4:01 pm

boring and ugly

Nov 18 10 at 4:42 pm

this was not at all representative of DC. blah.

Nov 18 10 at 5:16 pm

That really wasn't the DC I know. Booooring...

Nov 18 10 at 6:30 pm
Cigar Guy

So half these people aren't even single? ZZZzzzzzzz.

Nov 18 10 at 6:59 pm

Yaaaaaaaaaaaawn :(

Nov 18 10 at 7:31 pm

I'd imagine a lot of the DC residents with exciting sex lives might not be so eager to be interviewed about it...

Nov 18 10 at 7:54 pm

Zek is great!

Nov 18 10 at 7:54 pm

Zek is great!

Nov 18 10 at 8:21 pm

All b-o-r-i-n-g except the Serbian guy. And what's up with the 2 boyfriends who didn't come home cause they passed out somehwere?

Nov 18 10 at 9:14 pm

If you had girlfriends like that would YOU want to come home?

Nov 18 10 at 9:15 pm

If you had girlfriends like those to would YOU want to come home?

Nov 18 10 at 9:48 pm

"Where are you from?" gets answered with "I am mad at my boyfriend blahblahblah" ughhh, get a life lady!!

Nov 18 10 at 10:12 pm

hahaha no kidding about the drunk boyfriends! jesus, its like an epidemic out there! and please, please PLEASE do a t.t.s in Anchorage!!!! PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nov 18 10 at 10:15 pm

They're normal and sane. Zek is soulful, hope DC doesn't eat him alive. And my ass, that first chick is 23.

Nov 18 10 at 11:15 pm

YAY my tattoo artist! but kind of boring DC where are all the freaks ive fucked in this city hiding out?

Nov 19 10 at 12:37 am

@JKopet: they already did a Seattle one - from a Comic-con I think... It was a number of months ago.

Nov 20 10 at 4:54 pm

Zek! I love him! Serbian men are best!! Don't worry, not all American women are skanks and we do love your accent. My best and first love was a Serb and reminds me much of Zek!

Nov 21 10 at 12:56 am

glad to see you guys were close to home!!

Nov 21 10 at 2:45 pm

I wonder if the two absent boyfriends were making sweet, sweet love.

Nov 22 10 at 9:08 pm

Zek is gorgeous.

Nov 23 10 at 9:18 pm

No wonder Abby is 23 and looks 33, with that loser she's living with. People gotta make their own mistakes, but do they have to be such HUGE mistakes?

Nov 25 10 at 1:04 am

Dump that prick... I'm better!

Nov 25 10 at 1:09 am

Oh, sweet Zek. Please don't let our country destroy your soul.

Nov 25 10 at 2:25 pm

Yup, DC is boring and even more so when you are my age!

Dec 08 10 at 12:58 am

I've just decided that I really want Hooksexup to catch the guy I'm dating in one of these TS's. I think that would be a fun bit of voyuerism and a playful conversation after I got a chance to read it. He actually lives 2 blocks from Eastern Market, you couldn't find him, Hooksexup? C'mon! Anyway, good mix of people, but pretty boring crew, Zek is kind of amazing. I love that you can "read" his accent too.

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