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Dear Abby: Occasional hookups keep flame alive for 10 years

Dear Abby: I have known “Justin” for 10 years. I’m very interested in him. I’m sure he knows it, but we have never talked about it. Once in a blue moon we “hook up,” and I’m usually the one to set the date up.

We’re friends on social media, but weeks – even months – can pass without our speaking to each other. Justin and I have no mutual friends, so I can’t “accidentally” bump into him at gatherings or anything like that.

I honestly don’t mind hooking up with him because he’s the only one I do that with. But it does hurt when I don’t hear from him afterward. What should I do? It’s obvious I’m head over heels for him – he can’t be that blind!

– Plain Jane in Stockton, Calif.

Dear Jane: If Justin was interested in more than an occasional hookup, he’d be the one calling you, and it wouldn’t be once in a blue moon. Ten years is long enough to chase an emotionally unavailable man. If this was meant to be, it would have already happened, and you’d be more than friends on social media.

Don’t disclose virginity

Dear Abby: I am a 20-year-old college student who is a virgin. I think this is the time to date people and get a better understanding of who I am and what I like in men. When I tell guys I’m a virgin, they don’t want to talk to me anymore. When is the best time to bring it up, and how do I do that in conversation?

Diamond In The East

Dear Diamond: You may be jumping the gun and announcing your status prematurely. The subject of one’s virginity – or lack thereof –is relevant at the time when there’s a reason to anticipate there will be intimacy in a couple’s relationship.

Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 60069.