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Hair and Makeup by Melanie Manson

I met my husband in a sports bar after a long day of doing research with the Kessler Institute in New Jersey. I remember how his “wingmen” desperately tried to save him from being stuck with the girl in the chair: “Hey man, your ride is leaving, you got to go.” He stayed, and 17 years later we are still together, but I am haunted by his friends’ need to protect him from the “undesirable.” It