Cleo's Dating Blog


Posted on: October 19, 2011

Los Angeles people are like pinatas.

We all want to be the shiniest, brightest, and most gawked after, even if we don’t admit it (yes, I am talking to you). We all have hard, outer shells because we must survive in a world of constant rejection and competition. And we all must attempt to date each other without having any clue what might be on the inside or how soon the contents may explode.

I want to believe that most people are filled with yummy sweets and tasty treats and overflowing goodness. Experience will tell me that I am wrong. Or maybe I didn’t crack the surface hard enough? Experience will tell me that most people give up easily in searching for another’s true core. However, I can understand that being blindfolded and exerting all your strength on one item can be exhausting and frightening.

So, we have a pinata problem. Does having more colorful plumage mean that there will be a better surprise on the inside? No. It may just contain confetti or peanuts or even worse, nothing. Does having the thickest, most dense, and most bulletproof shell mean that people will be more motivated to crack it? No. It may mean that you will be denounced as being not worth the time. Does shying away from even attempting to take a swing at another’s pinata barrier mean that you will ever win the prize? Definitely not.

I challenge you to identify your inner pinata. What do you have on the inside? Are the contents of the inside worth another person’s struggle of breaking down the outside? Are you brave enough to handle the surprise of getting to know someone so well that their shell breaks and you discover the truth? If you hesitate in answering any of these questions, then we have some work to do. The good thing, however, is that having work to do means there is greater opportunity for me, you, and whoever it is that you want to date to grow and be better.

Ready, set, go,



3 Responses to "Pinatas"

Dear Cleo,

I need your advice regarding a peculiar dating situation.

My friend Damien and I were very recently approached (through an inebriated intermediary) by three surprisingly interesting and eye-catching young ladies. We had a delightful conversation about gay bars, fake names, and whatnots.

We would like for our paths to cross again. However, I’m not sure what kind of adventures these ladies are into, but there was only two of us. Should we arrange a group date and bring along another friend, or arrange individual dates?

I personally think that a group date would be the most uniquely entertaining.



(PS. I took your introspection advice and discovered that my inner piñata is filled with Nutella and banana crepes. Does this mean I’m sweet, foreign, healthy and delicious?)

Dear Cleo and Rasheed,

What a coincidence! I was one of those interesting and eye-catching ladies at the bar that night!

Cleo, you give such great advice. I too agree that a group date would prove to be the most entertaining. And as for an adventure…well, I don’t turn down any adventure, so bring it on!



P.S. Nutella is great filling, but this one time my best friend and I ate an entire jar in one sitting. I quickly learned that a little Nutella goes a long way.

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