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Going There

Bethenny discusses why she did 'Skating with the Stars,' closing the deal, and why this season feels so real.

By Bethenny Frankel

Let the ice wars begin.

Signing on to do Skating With the Stars was probably a desperate cry for my youth. I was so enticed by the idea of the costumes, the exercise, and the whimsical childish nature of it. I just don't know that I understood what I was getting myself into. I really didn't know how to ice skate very well, and I just couldn't imagine what was in store for me.

Ethan is a great guy. He made the experience such an incredible one. He is going to make some girl very lucky. And yes, he has very nice buttocks. Jason loves him too. In fact, we saw him in LA just yesterday. He is a friend of ours for life now.

As far as my 40th birthday, the number doesn't, nor didn't, bother me at all. I simply don't do well on my birthday -- no matter what age I'm approaching. That day has a lot of stuff attached to it, and it is never easy. I really didn't want to do a party, but I just found myself headed in that direction.

It was great to see Shawn. He really is a wonderful, entertaining, slightly neurotic, lad which makes him fit in so perfectly in my life.

Wait until next week: it really is a low-grade birthday breakdown. It will be uncomfortable to watch but I put it all out there

Taking Jake to the GLAAD Awards was hilarious. He really isn't a closer. Dating and finding a man is its own art, and has very little to do with looks. It's all about confidence and strategy. Meeting a man in a bar or at a party is like a chess game: you need to focus and make moves when the board changes. Jake had ADD and had no idea how to focus on what was right in front of him. Catch fish, then cook it, and eat it.

Our double date was perfectly inappropriate. I had never been on a double date with two men, and I highly recommend you try it. I love that Jake was totally himself with his date, just as he would be with me.

I'm so proud of the show. We really do go there this season, and it is often uncomfortable to watch. I really let you guys into my life -- so much that it is difficult at times.

I have to thank you for buying and reading A Place of Yes. It really does tell it all, and it will give you insight as to why I am the way I am, and how I really did get here in love, work, and in everything.

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