Category: Practical Life Lessons

Every Couple needs a Secret Language

Every couple, gay or straight, whether married or in a LTR, needs their own secret language. I’m not talking Lovey-Dovey baby talk but some simple words, phrases and even gestures that seem straightforward to circumstantial eavesdroppers, but have a clandestine meaning to you and your partner.  Think of these as your safe words for non-sexual situations. One common... Read more »

Facebook Take a Break Feature puts friendships on Life Support

The other night a friend from my College Years posted something on Facebook that could be perceived as racist, if read in a certain light.  Specifically, any light bright enough to read her status post in. It would be easy to unfriend her and not look back.  In fact, since I am trying to trim... Read more »

These letters have been in a shoe box for over 25 years. Find out what I'm going to do with them

Back in the day, people wrote one another because phone calls were expensive, especially if they were long distance.  I have this box of old snail mail letters from my college days and shortly thereafter.  A treasure trove of envelopes of multitudes colors and sizes, stamps of all varieties, and postmarks from exotic places such... Read more »
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Planning a Wedding? Don't do these things

<strong>Insisting on A June Wedding</strong><br><br>

Specifically, a June 1st or whatever day the first Saturday in June falls on.  Seriously, the <strong><em>Wedding Cartel</em></strong> knows that you have been dreaming about a June wedding since you were a little flower girl in your Aunt Louise wedding, so not only it is going to be very expensive for you, but you are competing with other <em>Bridzillas </em>who want the same day.  That means essentially your friends have to chose which lunatic they like better.  (hint: family usually trumps friends).
Weddings can be very stressful, not only for the people who are getting married but also for the people who are part of the wedding party.  The Wedding Industry doesn’t help by making things redunkulously expensive.  But there are some things you can do to help mitigate the stress.   Here’s some more good wedding... Read more »

The Commencement Address I'd love to give

It is extremely unlikely I will ever give a commencement speech in this lifetime.  I’m really okay with that too because just the shortlist of People More Qualified than I is a group known as Everyone Else on the Planet.  However, if I were ever asked, here is what I would like to say. Class... Read more »

You can show Empathy, Outrage and Restraint all at the same time

Hey, did you hear about that Thing That Happened just recently moments ago?  It’s all over the Twittersphere and my Facebook feed has gone nutzo with everyone posting the same headline that totally and accurately Sums Up Everything That Happened. Now the story has just come out, but of course we know everything about it... Read more »
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7 Practical Life Lessons everyone should figure out

<em>Image courtesy of <a href=" http://www.bendsmyfender.com" target="_blank">It Really Bends My Fender</a></em><br><br>
<p><strong>Practical Life Lessons: Splitting the Check</strong></p>
<p>One of the grown up experiences people need to learn to deal with in Life is <strong>Splitting the Check</strong>.  You'd think this would be a no-brainer but if you google "splitting the check" the Oracles <em>Wiki-How</em> and <em>About.com</em> have entire articles devoted to this subject.  There is even an <a href="http://www.divvythatup.com/" target="_blank">app </a>for that!</p><br>

<p>When it comes time to pay the bill after a meal with a friend, or a group of people, it can be confusing to determine who should pay how much. If everyone at the table ate and drank things that are similarly priced, or shared in the dishes family-style, it is easy to simply divide the total by the number of people at the table. However, there are usually differences in price that need to be worked out so that everyone pays a fair share of the check. Split the check by dividing it up according to what each person consumed, and share the tax and tip costs evenly.</p>
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<p>At one time or another, everyone has been on either side of this situation.  As you move through this magical mystery tour called Life, your friends are going to range from Hella Rich to Hella Poor.  When you are a young twentysomething without a lot of disposable income, you might find that the trendy restaurant everyone vetoed you for breaks your budget and you insist on only paying your fair share and not a penny more.  Later in life when you are more financially stable, you cannot understand why we cannot just split the check evenly.</p>
Earlier this year, I wrote a post about some awful cliches and what they really mean.  Today’s post is meant as sort of a follow up to that one, which is a fancy way of saying using the left over material that didn’t make it into the first piece. Enjoy. If you like this post,... Read more »