Monday, June 28, 2010

Get More Weekend Action

Location is definitely important.

Having the right look and lines are pretty critical.

Knowing what to look for is completely invaluable.

But even all these factors put together aren't enough if the timing is all wrong.

And it turns out timing is something you might have more control over than you realize. You just consult your calendar.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Making a Prediction

I am not an alarmist. I don’t get off on imagining a large-scale crisis, mass destruction, warfare, government conspiracy theories, terrorism in any of its forms or natural disasters.

But, I do believe in being practical and prepared.

That being said, I represent no companies, have ties with no major organizations and won’t benefit monetarily if I’m wrong. I do possibly stand to experience some embarrassment if I’m wrong (the amount depending entirely on how many people read this.)

I think the east coast is in for another major hurricane.

I have no idea if it will be kinder or worse than Hurricane Isabel that came through here in September 2003. But going strictly upon my own observations of the similarity of the weather THAT year and THIS year, I think it would be prudent to consider it a strong possibility.

The top 10 worst Atlantic Hurricanes were:

1961 (Esther #9)
1966 (Faith #1)
1971 (Unnamed #3)
1972 (Betty#10)
1975 (Doris #6)
1978 (Ella #7)
1982 (Debby #8)
1988 (Gilbert, tied for #4)
1989 (Gabrielle #2)
2003 (Isabel, tied for #4)

Aside from the entire 1990’s which enjoyed a vacation from anything major enough to be record breaking, the regularity of costly hurricanes averaged 4-5 years. Even factoring in an usual 13 Hurricane-free years, the mettle of the East Coast hasn’t been tested in 7 years. Let’s face it: we’re due for another big one.

Hurricane Isabel
started as a storm off the coast of Africa. It struck first the Outer Banks of North Carolina and made its way up the coastline dissipating only after reaching Michigan (USA) and Ontario (Canada).

While around 10 states felt the effects of this particular storm, Virginia (specifically Hampton Roads area) sustained the most deaths and damage.

The grand total of damage from Isabel was $3.6 billion and 35 directly and indirectly related human deaths. (I don’t think there are any statistics done on the deaths of pets, livestock and wildlife as a result of a major disaster, but certainly their deaths have an impact of some kind.)

16 million people were without electricity for up to a week. That in an of itself proved to be significant for even those who were not simultaneously dealing with leaking roofs, indoor flooding, fallen trees on their car or home or health related issues.

No electricity means: No lights. No refrigeration. No hot water. No washing machine or dishwasher capabilities. No toaster ovens, microwaves, or electrical stove cooking. You get the idea.

I’m not advocating anyone panic, but taking measures to ready for something even minor this year, wouldn’t be a bad idea.

While this caution may seem specific to the East coastline, and from where I sit the Hampton Roads (because well, that IS where I am living) this bit of advice to take stock of what could conceivably happen and how to best prepare for a natural disaster should it strike, is not limited to the Eastern part of America.

I think what makes this year’s propensity for a major storm significant, is the oil spill.

As I did some research for this epiphany I woke up with this morning, I discovered that I was far from alone in realizing this concern. Others have been stating their similar concerns.

Galveston, Texas in the Gulf of Mexico has the highest rate of hurricane activity than anywhere else in the USA. The Gulf area reports more hurricane activity than any other part of the US.

Weather forecasters are predicting 18-21 storms this year
(an usually high number), expecting around 8 to have an impact and two or three hurricanes to make “major” landfalls in this 2010 hurricane season.

It may be that instead of just electrical outages, structural damages, flooding and businesses being closed, there will be oil related issues. Who can really say what THAT might entail. One can only guess it would be dangerous and costly.

Either way, again, it wouldn’t hurt to keep an emergency preparedness plan in mind while going about other less stressful summer activities.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

One Line Wonders

If you’re hoping I’m about to give you a bunch of great one liners to use to hit on girls, you’re sadly mistaken.

Actually it’s more about my amazement that guys on dating sites, networking sites or other online communication pages set up an account, upload pictures, write about themselves: their interests, quirks, what they’re looking for etc. and then when they write a first contact message to a girl they’re interested in getting to know, it’s a badly written four words or less.

Hey. Sup.

What r u up 2?

How’s it going?

How u doing?

Hey wanna chat?

Wast up ma?

Seriously?? The wonder is that they even bother to write at all!

Even if their profile is interesting and their pictures are decent, a short lame message like those are a huge turn off.

It’s not quite as insulting as the one line propositions like these:

We shood hook up tonite baby.

Wanna c a pix of my huge cock?

I wud tear that ass up!

Hay babygurl looking goood u want 2 get wit a reel man I show u a good time!

But it IS right up there with pre-fab, mass distributed letter that sounds like this.

Hi my name is ….. Your profile is great and you’re very attractive. I think we have a lot in common. Check out my profile and if you like what you see you can email me at …….. And this is my cell number. ###-#### Hope to hear from you soon!

It feels like getting spam. And that’s where it and all the other I-didn’t-care-to-read-your-profile-but-you’re-hot-so-I’ll-see-if-you’ll-sleep-with-me mail goes: Deleted with the spam.

If you’re really interested in a girl, like you saying you are, then show it!

If she has her name in her profile, use it!

It doesn’t take more than a minute to glance through her pictures and profile and comment on one or two things you see or read there.

Hey Carla,

What a coincidence I have a black and while chinchilla named Pogo too! Okay so maybe not but if I DID have a chinchilla Pogo would be at the top of the list of names for it. So you like hiking at the national park? That’s cool. Have you ever been to (name of another Mountain, walking park or outdoor hiking area)? I won’t make this too long but I’d like to talk with you and maybe find out what your favorite ice cream flavor is.

Have a great day! Ron

That last letter should get a quick and interesting response from any female with a pulse. Unless your pictures look like a psychopath or your profile “About Me” is filled up with:

I don’t know what to say. ##########################################

It’s actually shocking how often THAT happens. It just makes a guy look lazy and inconsiderate. Lazy that he didn’t take the time to write out anything worth reading and inconsiderate that he expects a normal, intelligent, attractive woman to be interested in a guy who is screaming out “I’M A LOSER”.

So, quick recap:

*If you want to IM or email a girl, say something worthy of a response.

*Make your profile the way you would want to see someone you'd be interested in dating do.

*Humor is often your best friend just don’t be insulting or too stupid.

*Compliments on her face and body aren’t nearly as great as compliments on her personality or skills/ interests.

*Pay attention to what she does and comment on it!

*And if you write a lame one liner, don’t be surprised or pissed off if it gets ignored!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Sex Is Brutal

The things that living things go through just to mate. For most of the animal and insect kingdoms...having sex is no joke. Losing your virginity, could cost your life.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Catching a Catch

One of the tricky things about catching a catch, is you really need to BE a catch yourself.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Gas-No-Lean Mystery

There's nothing lean about the gas prices!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Aging: Optional?

What is it to age in the era of "Forever Young" and with the technology to slow things down? Are we aging more gracefully or just in denial?

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Tiger Woods Unedited

It shouldn't be. But it's freakin hilarious.