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Hansen: Women say Laguna Beach men are different

April 10, 2013|By David Hansen

If you are a single man in Laguna Beach, women call you contradictory names: eclectic, driven, casual, civic minded, rich, poor, educated, artistic, gay, straight, family oriented.

Tagged with labels, you are assumed to be many things, but the dominant attribute boils down to one — 92651.

In a casual poll of three single women, I asked them to comment on the "men of Laguna Beach." All have had different experiences, both with online and regular dating, but they agreed that the Laguna male is a curious one.

One woman is a screenwriter in Santa Ana who normally dates men from L.A., but occasionally stays more local. The second is a psychotherapist in Corona del Mar, and the third is a businesswoman and divorced mom in Laguna Beach. They did not want their real names used.

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So what defines the Laguna single male?

"You have such a mixed bag," said "Piper," the businesswoman. "In Laguna, it's so eclectic. You don't even know what you're going to get. They could be an incredibly driven, business professional, living on the beach; they could be a pothead; they could be an artist, tree lover, doesn't-even-have-a-job Kirtan player. I mean, literally, eclectic."

"I always think of Laguna men as laid back — professional by day, surfer by morning or night," said "Sara," the psychotherapist.

"In Laguna, people are educated and how shall I say, anticipating less sexist interaction," said "Amber," the screenwriter. "They usually have an interest in the arts."

What became immediately obvious while talking with these women is that Laguna Beach men are not at all like Newport Beach men.

I didn't even have to bring it up.

"I would never again go out on a date with anyone from Newport, not because I'm biased against Newport, but the times I did talk to anyone from Newport, I knew I was in the wrong place," said Amber. "In Laguna, they have a higher level of integrity about money, like they didn't bring it up or make an issue of it. Anyone I talked to in Newport, it was like the No. 1 topic."

There were related descriptions that painted Newport men in a negative light.

"If you live in Newport, you're like after these juggy, big lipped OC housewives, and I'm not going to meet your needs," Piper said. "Is that really true? I don't know. It's a perception."

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