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Doin’ dirty deeds — despite the distance

By Ian Denomme
Gazette Staff

All this relationship and sex talk makes it all sound so easy. But what about those of us who don’t have those opportunities readily available?

It’s not so easy when you’re significant other is separated from you by a highway, an ocean or because they go to a rival school such as Queen’s University, for example.

Can long distance relationships last? Here are some tips to help make lonely nights go by faster:

1. Keep in constant contact. Technology has made this a lot easier with e-mail, chat programs and web cams. Phone calls are always the easiest way to stay in touch, but bills can get pricey. Send some e-mails during the day to see how your partner’s day is going, then have a good talk at night.

2. Trust each other. It can be hard to not get worried about what they may or may not be doing, but staying objective and not getting jealous is very important.

3. Make the most of your time together. When you do get some time together, make the most of it so you can go back feeling good about your relationship. A good weekend together is the perfect reminder of why you’re together in the first place.

4. Find creative ways to get see each other. Train rides are quick and easy, but can get expensive depending on where you’re going. Try less conventional ways such as hitch-hiking or ride the rails as a stowaway.

5. Surprise them with thoughtful reminders. Most people love surprises, especially women. The cost of a stamp is about 50 cents, so send a card or a letter letting them know how much you miss them. If you really want to get rewarded next time you see them, go all out and send them flowers.

6. Make sure that it’s worth it. Consider the pros and cons and come to a decision that is best for both of you.

Long distance relationships can be hard at times. While you may not get to spend as much time together as those spoiled couples who get to see each other every day, just remember the celebrations that can come after not seeing each other for weeks.



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