Thursday, March 31, 2016

Social Experiment Time

After my last blog post about 10 Ways to Know if your Online Date is a Scam, I heard from a lot of people that have found love on dating websites and their sister/ brother/ neighbor's friend is now married/ in a relationship/ ecstatically happy. 
Their response is something like "There's no way you have this much bad luck on a dating website," they say.  "You have to be making this stuff up."
Oh, if only I could make this stuff up.  It virtually writes itself into a blog of my life that is almost comical. 
So, in the interest of the common man (and woman), I am going to conduct a social experiment for a month where I legitimately try to make a love connection from a dating website that will go unnamed until the end, but it comes highly recommended to me.  I will make a diary, if you will, of my experience and I will publish once a week just to prove that there is a huge amount of crazy people out there.  But who knows?  I may just find a non-crazy.

So check back next Wednesday, April 6, and the three Wednesdays after to read my tales of woe and hopefully also WHOA.  (Like a guy can be good-looking WHOA.)

If you have any tips you want to pass on, please leave them in the comments.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Three Lessons from a Traffic Light

Like 14 trillion other people in the world, I have a commute from home to work every weekday.  Some statistical people say that we spend six months of our lives waiting at traffic lights.  So it seems normal that some kind of lesson should be learned during this six-month time frame. 

Here's three things to take away from your time sitting at a traffic light:
1.  Back off the caffeine already.
It is so inevitable that other drivers are going to be slower than you when you want to go fast, and other drivers are going to be driving way too fast and they need to stinking slow down, in your humble opinion.  And we all know that the person that is weaving in and out of traffic is going to be waiting for you at the next light.  So I would invite my gentle readers to just take a deep breath, calm down, and just take it easy.  It is all going to work out and you can get happy about it or you can stress about it.  I'd rather be happy.

2.  Don't worry, be happy.
If you look around at other drivers, the majority of them are not looking too happy.  The majority of them look like they are in some kind of stupor, which I can relate to, because I am not a morning person and at the end of the day, I am often just DONE and THROUGH, depending on the events of the day.  So why not listen to something funny or get an audiobook that is your brand of humor?  The Bible says that a merry heart doeth good like medicine, and that is also scientifically true.  Laughter releases endorphins, the body chemical that makes you feel good.  So take the time you drive to be a therapeutic day spa of funniness.  (Trust me, whoever is waiting for you at  home will be much happier to see a happy you.)  Here's a video to get you started:

3.  Just imagine if you had an hour every day to fill.  What would you do?  Learn conversational Spanish?  Develop your lip sync skills?  Learn more about sports?  Since take a nap is obviously not a choice while you are driving, what is your second choice?  I use the time that I commute to return phone calls (yes, actually talk to people), listen to motivational CDs, and I am here to tell you that I can lipsync most any 80's song.  So...what will you fill your time with?  Choose to use.  that is choose to use your time in a productive way that will make you feel a little better about the six months you are going to spend at a traffic light.

And seriously, back off the caffeine.