From true love to stabbed-in-the-back love, from quick love to love that just won't die, View writers have chronicled looks at love in the '80s for Valentine's Day eve. Some of the names have been changed to protect the innocent, and the guilty, but all are true . . . even if love sometimes isn't.
Wayne and Linda met in Los Angeles. They had similar jobs, backgrounds and weight problems. Linda was smitten from the start.
It soon became clear that Wayne had strong ideas about sharing--splitting the cost of dates, for example. Linda had no objections; she thought Wayne was so nifty. In fact, when visiting friends she talked incessantly about Wayne, wondering aloud whether the two of them would ever abandon their separate apartments for shelter in common. They didn't, although they came close several times.
After about a year, Wayne landed a better job on the East Coast. For months Wayne and Linda negotiated by phone about her joining Wayne in Philadelphia. Wayne was a stickler for domestic details. He wanted every household chore defined--who would do what and when. And most important, who would pay for what. Wayne was leery of Linda moving East without a job. It sounded expensive.