Paris? Rome? For One Passionate Pair, Tukwila Is the No. 1 Love Burg

updated 12/03/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/03/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

Visited Tukwila much lately? (Nudge, nudge.)

Rex and Debby Allen have visited Tukwila more than 700 times this year.

(Nudge, nudge. Wink, wink.)

And there are some folks in Tukwila, a Seattle suburb, who wish the amorous newlyweds would do their visiting someplace else. "Tukwila isn't a sex town," fumes Joe Duffie, a town council member.

Actually, nobody ever thought of Tukwila as a sex town until this year. The fuss started when Erik Lacitis, a Seattle Times columnist, noted last December that the average American woman had gained 6 lbs. in 1989. His conclusion: Busy yuppies were substituting food for sex. Debby Allen, 30, then the manager of an espresso bar, telephoned Lacitis to let him know that she and Rex, a city engineering inspector she married in June 1989, were doing just fine in the romance department—and that she, for one, had gained not a pound all year. "I just wanted to razz him," she says, "but pretty soon the subject turned to numbers—how many times we made love, that sort of thing."

In January, armed with statistics from a heavily annotated calendar by the Aliens' bed, Lacitis wrote a follow-up column. In it he quoted Debby's revelation that she and Rex sometimes made love six times a day, closed out 1989 with No. 500 on New Year's Eve and hoped to top 750 in 1990.

Trying for a whimsical euphemism, Lacitis referred to the Aliens' activities as "visiting Tukwila"—which got some of its 13,500 citizens hot and bothered. "We're like Rodney Dangerfield," grouses Clarence Moriwaki, another council member. "We don't get any respect."

Naturally, the Aliens, who live in Seattle, have been subjected to ribbing as well. Rex's co-workers call him "the Stallion." Could the whole thing be a put-on? "Why would we make it up?" asks Debby. "If you really want to know, ask my sister-in-law. She stayed with us right after we were married, and I think she could tell you some things. It was summertime, and the windows were open."

Meanwhile, the Aliens blithely ignore the tempest of titillation and continue to beef up their 1990 stats. "We emphasize romance," says Rex, 38. "Numbers don't mean anything...."

"Unless you're having fun," Debby interrupts.

Ah, Tukwila, Tukwila, Tukwila! You might not want to live there—but it's a great place to visit.

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