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Gena Grish
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If there is one thing Gena Grish is, it is a professional. She has spent time as a broker, a matchmaker and is currently working in advertising sales at Men’s Health Magazine. But where she truly seems to excel (or not) is in the dating arena. That is, if you define excelling as a series of horrible bad dates and a ton of bad luck.

In the three years she has lived in Chicago, she has covered a lot of ground in the dating scene and broken just as many hearts. When she’s not busy doing her day job, or out looking for potential dates, she is submitting stories to any magazine or website that will have her. Her hard work paid off when she won 1st place in the Chicago Reader’s Valentines Day “Mismatched” contest, which led to her blog on The Huffington Post. Now that her professional life is on the rise, she feels strongly that her dating karma will eventually turn around as well, and she will finally find her happy ending. Until then, she will keep kissing the frogs in order to find her prince.

Blog Entries by Gena Grish

Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo!

Posted February 23, 2011 | 13:15:07 (EST)

I'm baaaack...for now. Boy has it been a long winter, hasn't it? Am I the only one that feels like the snow would never stop falling and I would never be able to bare my cute little toes again in shoes that weren't big, clunky and waterproof? In an effort...

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Gena Grish: Writer, Friend... and Nomad?

Posted October 12, 2010 | 14:43:05 (EST)

When did my life become so hectic? I know that I missed posting a story last week, but I blame the fact that I have, as of late, become a gypsy--nomadic really. Why you ask? Well, you know how it goes. Once you meet someone and exchange letter jackets and...

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It's Just Me Against the Universe

Posted September 22, 2010 | 12:01:56 (EST)

Have you ever noticed that when you're looking for someone to date, nobody is around, but the minute you take yourself off the market, it's as if somebody opened the floodgates of eligible (well, that's debatable) men? What's that all about?

Last week I was at a concert with...

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And the Survey Says...

Posted September 14, 2010 | 15:51:57 (EST)

Okay everyone, this week's column is going to be a bit different than the others, and I will need your help, so put your thinking caps on!

As some of you have picked up on, either from my Twitter updates, or the quick mentions in my comments sections of...

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Was Your Dad a Baker? Because You've Got a Nice Set of Buns

Posted August 25, 2010 | 12:32:18 (EST)

I have heard over and over again, that I will never meet the man of my dreams in a bar. Why is that? I mean, I go to bars... rather frequently in fact, and so if that's where I am on a weekend, then why would I not meet someone...

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Queer as a Three Dollar Bill

Posted August 11, 2010 | 16:44:26 (EST)

I met this week's victim, ahem, I mean date, through a friend of a friend. She kept telling me how great he was and how I must meet her friend and so I told her to have him give me a call or drop me an email. At this point,...

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Stuck Between a Rock and a (Not So Hard) Place

Posted July 28, 2010 | 16:35:36 (EST)

Shockingly, things on my dating front have been going pretty well lately, and since I don't get to say that all too often, I'd rather not talk more about it so that I don't jinx myself. However, my best friend Jamie isn't having the same kind of luck.

A...

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Druid, Warlock and Rogue Oh My!

Posted July 20, 2010 | 12:41:01 (EST)

Once upon a time, there was a man who was witty, intelligent, successful and incredibly handsome (6'2", great body and athletic with bright blue eyes and dimples). You would think with a resume like that, he would have been my Prince Charming. Me too, until I remembered I am living...

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Texting and Dating: Stop the Insanity!

Posted July 14, 2010 | 11:00:16 (EST)

Let's call a spade a spade here; I date. A lot. Surprise! In the last few years, the face of dating has changed significantly due to changing technology. In the age of online dating, Facebook, Twitter and texting, it's no wonder that dating has turned more cyberspace than courier pigeon,...

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My Achilles Heel

Posted June 30, 2010 | 18:57:28 (EST)

"Greek God" is neither Greek, nor a God per se, but I swear to you ladies, his body is what the Greek Gods were modeled after. This man is universally handsome. If you ask my friend Dave, he will tell you that I have a weakness for a specific type....

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Always a Bridesmaid... Never a Bride

Posted June 22, 2010 | 17:14:23 (EST)

I thought I would go a little off topic today and take a break from my male bashing ways and wallow in some bitter self-pity. Who's with me?! Nice. Lets do this...

Last Wednesday was my last day at Men's Health. I didn't have to start my new job until...

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Like a Virgin

Posted June 10, 2010 | 15:25:36 (EST)

"Touched for the very first time. Feel your heartbeat, next to mine..." How can you not love a story that starts with a line from a Madonna song? Answer: You can't and I'm guessing some of you will have that song stuck in your heads for the rest of the...

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Sleepless in Chicago: Is Dating a Single Father a Do or a Don't?

Posted June 2, 2010 | 15:05:48 (EST)

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 13.7 million single parents in the U.S., of which, 4.4 million are single fathers. As a single girl who dates more than she cares to admit, I am surprised that I have never gone on a date with a man who has...

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Dating Disaster #9,904: The Long and Jort of It

Posted May 27, 2010 | 12:28:17 (EST)

Urban Dictionary defines jorts as "a combination of the words 'jeans' and 'shorts' to describe the hideous attire worn by D-bags, NASCAR aficionados and men over 40 with braided belts and cell phone clips." Well said, Urban Dictionary, well said. Sadly, this term helps to define my next date.

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The Waiting Game: When in a New Relationship, How Soon Is Too Soon?

Posted May 19, 2010 | 13:35:33 (EST)

Over brunch on Sunday with a group of friends, my friend Kristin started telling us of a recent relationship speed bump she stumbled upon. It's a very familiar scenario to many of you out there, I'm sure. It goes a little something like this: Kristin was set up on a...

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Serial Daters Blog # 11: How He Blew It

Posted May 12, 2010 | 12:15:57 (EST)

"For it's one! Two! Three strikes you're out at the old...ball...game!" That famous line from the 7th inning stretch song is a staple at Wrigley Field, but when it comes to dating, I'm not entirely sure a man should get so many strikes. After my date last week with a...

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It's An Honor Just to Be Nominated

Posted May 4, 2010 | 13:39:40 (EST)

I think it's safe to say that I have been on more dates than one girl should be allowed to go on. Oh wait, correction, I have been on more bad dates than one girl should be allowed to go on. Sorry. For a second there, I forgot who I...

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Time Waits for No (Wo)man -- Not Even for a Vixen Like Me

Posted April 28, 2010 | 12:30:54 (EST)

Timing is everything, or so they say. I never believed in that saying because I used to think that you made your own destiny and if you wanted something badly enough, you could get it if you dedicated enough time and energy to the situation. However, listening to my friend's...

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Tales of a Serial Dater: Something's Missing

Posted April 21, 2010 | 18:22:50 (EST)

The other day I was standing in line at Starbucks and getting my much needed Monday morning caffeine fix, when a very handsome man, with a million dollar smile, helped me pick up my credit card. I had dropped it while purchasing a tall skinny vanilla latte. He was beautiful....

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Dear Google, Please Stop Ruining My Dating Life

Posted April 14, 2010 | 12:36:26 (EST)

When running a quick Google search I learned that Google's index of web pages is the largest in the world, comprising of billions of web pages. I also learned that they employ 2,668 employees and growing, yet I am not one of them despite my best efforts and applying three...

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