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Go on, take a chance on love; book your flight to T.O. today

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DEAR MISS LONELYHEARTS: You never know who'll come home for the holidays! I was at a hockey rink watching my young nephew play when I recognized the hottie guy two rows in front of me. It was my old love from first-year university, watching his little niece play, standing with the rest of the family whom I know. I was in a silly mood and slipped down behind him and gave him a hug around the head. He looked at me and started laughing and pulled me in by my scarf and kissed me on the mouth. It was a short hard kiss, with passionate feeling. We were always very physical. It turns out he's single and I'm "not really," but I just can't get him out of my head. He's back in Toronto now, and I have a mind to break it off with my present boyfriend just so I can fly down there and do it. Or, should I just do it quietly on spec so I don't lose what I have at home? My college ex has invited me to come down "the day after I'm single again." Should I do it? -- Tempted By a Kiss, Age 20, Tuxedo

Dear Tempted: Take a romantic chance! Check out the one who blew your mind with one kiss. Break it off cleanly with the present guy and book your flight. Your local guy has "close-but-no-cigar" status now and your mind has already flown ahead anyway. If it's a no-go with the guy from Toronto, at least you won't be wondering anymore and can move on to finding someone more suitable here or elsewhere. It's a great big wonderful world and some of the best guys can be found when you're travelling. Enjoy your freedom to choose and don't waste time in your 20s with people you don't love.

Dear Miss Lonelyhearts: As a woman who suffers from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) I have to comment that some of us are not able to control our gas. When I was dating my husband I had some problems with gas and laughed it off. Thankfully my now-husband was forgiving enough to understand. The good ones understand that we are human and still want to get to know us. We are not Barbie dolls. -- Imperfect and Lovable, Winnipeg

Dear Imperfect: The IBS gang had a jolly time beating up on me after the letter about the gassy lady who blasted her way through an entire dinner date, laughing all the way. I had the advantage of reading the longer letter from her unfortunate date and that lady most definitely had a negative agenda and resentment towards this guy or perhaps men in general. It can happen, so I stand by my first response.

Dear Miss Lonelyhearts: I read your article on the girl who tooted a lot. Hey, maybe that could be a sequel to The Spy Who Loved Me. Anyway, I am going to put it out there and see if destiny finds me being with her. I really like what this girl did, and think it's funny too! Not so much the public display of dropping the nuclear bum, but the joking around about it, etc. I think she and I would have a "blast" together because I can relate to her explosiveness. Aside from all the joking, I would love to meet this woman. Any advice on finding her? I can't just put out an ad for the nuclear bum girl. -- Bummed out, Winnipeg

Dear Bummed: Well, blow me over! There really IS someone for everyone, no matter how unusual. Your best bet in finding her, is to put an ad in the personals referring to the Miss Lonelyhearts column exchange and see if she responds. For security reasons, I can't put two readers together.

Questions or comments? Write Miss Lonelyhearts c/o Winnipeg Free Press 1355 Mountain Ave., Winnipeg, MB, R2X 3B6 or email

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 9, 2010 c8

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