Small-Town Illinois, December 2016
Last September as I was driving through small-town Illinois on the way back from Indianapolis, I met Ryan H., a University of Illinois freshman, previously a high school track star from a small town.
For the next three months we chatted on Facebook and Snapchat. He invited me to visit him at Christmastime, and every now and then sent me a selfie to pique my interest.
I was torn -- 600 miles is a long way.
But look at him. There was never really a doubt that I would go back in December for our date.
The full story, with an explanation of this photo, is on Tales of West Hollywood.