DEAR MISS LONELYHEARTS: My boyfriend says I'm in love with a horse, like it's sick or something. True, I spend all my extra time and money and thoughts and attention on my horse. My boyfriend, not so much! I like him and enjoy sex a lot, but he doesn't affect me in the same way. I care passionately and protectively about my beautiful horse and I feel like my boyfriend can sort of take care of his own life. He says if I don't see a shrink and change my attitude, he's going to say goodbye. He says there's something weird about me that I would love a horse more than a man. Is he right? Is this the way I'm going to stay with regards to all men? Or, it is just because I am lukewarm about my boyfriend? Should I dump him or try to spend more time with him? -- Horse Loving Woman, Charleswood
Dear Horse Woman: By all means, set this boyfriend free. You don't love him and it sounds like you're irritating each other now. You need to find a new partner who is into horses the way you are. Narrow your field to one man who has a similar love of horses. A rancher or horse trainer, or even a man with a different job and a hobby farm with horses would probably enjoy your type of woman. People with all-consuming hobbies need to mate with others who talk the same language and live the same lifestyle. They can create a wonderful life together.
Dear Miss Lonelyhearts: Last weekend I met this woman in a club downtown. We talked and danced and went outside for cigarettes and made out hot and heavy in my car. Then she went home and I said I'd see her back there the next Saturday. This weekend she brought a guy to the club and had the nerve to wave me over and introduce me to her boyfriend "of one year." Then she gave me a meaningful look. I gave her a look back, and said sarcastically, "Congratulations on being true to each other for a whole year." Then to him, I said, "That's quite the woman you got -- all woman!" I winked at him, to show I "knew" her, and walked away. A while later she came over and screamed at me that "because of me," they had a fight, and he had left her stranded at the club -- and the least I could do as give her a ride home. I did that later, and she came on to me in the car at her place. What gives? Does she actually like me? I don't get women. -- Totally Confused, North Kildonan
Dear Confused: This girl is playing a game of musical chairs. When the music stops, she grabs whatever guy is available because she's got to have somebody all the time. It's all about her. She wanted a guy to go with to the dance club, so she took the chump boyfriend, knowing full well you might be there. Too bad if it hurt your feelings! She introduced the boyfriend to you, to give you a warning not to come on to her that night. But you outed her to the boyfriend, who left the club, leaving an empty spot available that night. On the way home, she thought, "This guy will do. He can provide whatever I want." It had nothing to do with truly liking you. You were just handy. Stay far away from the likes of her.