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Win a Jim Behrle Valentine

Valentine's Day Approacheth, and you can be a winner! Do something nice for somebody else today and let us know about it in the comments fields or by sending us an email at ididsomethingnice@thehairpin.com, and you could win a special Jim Behrle poem dedicated to you this Valentine's Day. Our exclusive team of Niceness Judges will decide who is the nicest! Go nice crazy!

Update: Winners here!

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iceberg

Ahh sometimes the most I can manage is not murdering, soooo... I don't think I'm going to win. Unless doing nice things that you are obligated to do, in begrudging fashion, counts (I suspect it doesn't).

fondue with cheddar

@iceberg The nicest thing I've done so far today is offer to my coworkers the unwanted pickles from my lunch.

iceberg

@iceberg BUT my husband on the other hand, got up at 6 to help me with the baby that would NOT shut up crying (I'd been up on & off since 3 with another one) - I went back to glorious sleep for almost an hour and a half.

area@twitter

@iceberg Yeah, I didn't go after a male chauvinist asshole online, but I don't think that really counts. Go your husband tho!

allendaniel

THIS POST IS GENIUS !@a

Rock and Roll Ken Doll

How about an actual card? I haven't gotten around to making one yet, and time is running short! I'd do something nice if Jim (or heck, anybody!) would handle that for me.

up cubed

@Rock and Roll Ken Doll - Maybe borrow a poem from Amy Lowell (earlier post today)? Especially "The Letter" for a card, but there are so many good ones.

NeenerNeener

I pretended I didn't notice the elevator smelled like fart when I got in it with one other person this morning.

parallel-lines

@NeenerNeener It doesn't count if I avoid eye contact!

fondue with cheddar

@NeenerNeener Look at the next comment thread!

NeenerNeener

@fondue with cheddar
I saw it - PERFECTION!

parallel-lines

I waited to fart until I got out of the elevator.

fondue with cheddar

@parallel-lines @NeenerNeener Fantastic.

laurel

@fondue with cheddar OMG

fondue with cheddar

@laurel Are you OMG-ing what I was fantastic-ing? Did you notice that they both posted at the EXACT SAME TIME?

laurel

@fondue with cheddar YES and YES. I'm still OMGing over here.

fondue with cheddar

@laurel It's a shame @NeenerNeener's coworkers aren't as courteous as @parallel-lines.

TARDIStime

@everyone Y'all should know I just thumbs-upped everything in this and the other thread because AWESEOME!

TARDIStime

@TARDIStime Dammit with the comment editing. You know what I mean.

Jim Behrle@twitter

@parallel-lines That is pretty nice

Megasus

Well, I can't win, because pretty much my only interaction with another person today was hitting a kid with a door.

laurel

@Megano! Well, you made me laugh. That was pretty nice of you.

wallsdonotfall

I helped buy paczki for the whole office. Rosehip, raspberry, marmalade, AND custard.

iceberg

@wallsdonotfall I don't know what those are, but even without google: want.

wallsdonotfall

@iceberg They're God's doughnuts, basically.

area@twitter

@wallsdonotfall Packzi? You are a deity among us.

greentypewriters

@wallsdonotfall WHERE DID YOU GET THESE DELICIOUS FLAVORS?

wallsdonotfall

@greentypewriters Are you in Chicago? Delightful Pastries in Jefferson Park!

greentypewriters

@wallsdonotfall I knew you had to be a Chicagoan! I had never heard of paczki before I moved here, and now I can't get enough.

Jim Behrle@twitter

@wallsdonotfall when you say help buy what do you mean?

wallsdonotfall

@Jim Behrle@twitter I and three other coworkers each put in $15, and our Polish-speaking colleague picked them up (all the better to haggle for the best flavors.) Then--and this is important!--I did not eat all of them.

Betsy Murgatroyd

I sent a heart shaped sugar cookie with pink frosting to a friend via Facebook Gifts.

parallel-lines

@Betsy Murgatroyd Facebook was trying to get me to send one of those to my husband, like "Hey, you married this dude, send him a one dollar cookie!"

Dare I ask, is it a real cookie?

Betsy Murgatroyd

@parallel-lines Yes, it is a real cookie. And a 5 dollar gift card, I think? For a buck and no tax or s&h (here in WA), I figured it was worth taking a chance on. My friend said she would report back. Facebook sent me emails, a la Amazon telling me when it was purchased and shipped.
Because I'm single, Facebook was trying to get me to send it to various single men on my friends list. I sent it to a female friend because that aspect annoyed me.

RK Fire

You know, I got into a long and heated facebook discussion about wushu potentially being included as an olympic sport and I'd like to do some form of penance for wasting time and energy on something that didn't warrant it. So.. does anyone want some Valentines? Some notes:
-they may or may not be handmade
-if they are not handmade I will draw something on them
-I cannot guarantee delivery on Valentine's Day unless you live in the Mid-Atlantic region of the US

Use your alias-email creation powers and send me your interest at Hairpin [dot] RKFire [at] gmail [dot] com!

RK Fire

Also, please note that I just feel like sending valentines to Pinners, and that this is not some roundabout way of trying to get a valentine from Jim! My husband and I usually just have a nicer dinner than usual because we spend the entire year being sickeningly affectionate to one another.

Jim Behrle@twitter

@RK Fire what is wushu?

RK Fire

@Jim Behrle@twitter This was actually the source of the heated discussion! It's an umbrella name for a variety of Chinese martial arts, and people are graded on how well they can execute particularly movements. The consensus was "rhythmic gymnastics, sometimes with pointy weapons."

Claire Lovell

Recently, my old boss asked me if I knew anyone for a job and I hooked him up with an acquaintance from college. He got the job, and it's a much better job than what he had. I barely know him but I saw on Facebook how much he hated his job so figured it would be nice to help and I'm glad I did!

MsLady

My youngest sister just moved to a new town far away for a job and she's feeling homesick, so today I mailed her a Valentine's Day package with homemade cookies, candy, silly cheap toys, a Valentine made by my daughter, and a guidebook for cities near where she lives, along with personal recommendations for nearby attractions since my husband and I visited the same area about a year ago.

Jim Behrle@twitter

@MsGray that is pretty nice, you are a good sister

Blondsak

This is very timely, because just this morning I found $30 on the ground at my place of work and instead of pocketing it, I gave it to Security "just in case" the person who dropped it came looking for their money. The Security desk lady looked at me like I was crazy when I handed it over, and I've been wondering all day if I should have just kept it. But I figure that even if the person who dropped it doesn't get it back, someone in Security will at least have a nice dinner tonight. Either way, hoping for some good karma to come my way, because $30 is a lot of money in Blondsak World.

Faintly Macabre

@Blondsak My friend said that the guy who'd been standing next to us at the bar last night had left his wallet, so I picked it up and started motioning for the bartender to come over...only for the guy to come back. He had only turned around for a minute, not left.

(But still, who leaves their wallet just sitting out on a bar??)

Jim Behrle@twitter

@Blondsak That is pretty nice

Audley

I came all the way across campus (only ten minutes) to let my roommate back into our dorm/our room after she locked herself out.

KatieBarTheDoor

I was walking behind a man whose yarmulke blew off his head, but he didn't notice, so I chased him down the street to hand it back to him.

Jim Behrle@twitter

@KatieBarTheDoor That is pretty nice

claire@twitter

I'm a hospice social worker. My work mainly includes sitting with people who have just lost loved ones or whose loved ones are dying. It is pretty awesome, actually, and I love it, and as a bonus I get to feel like a nice person, and now I feel like I am bragging and probably you should actually give it to someone who farted or did not fart.

Jim Behrle@twitter

@claire@twitter being a hospice worker is pretty nice

polka dots vs stripes

I just found out my job is laying me off in a month, and I am not telling Mr. PDVS about it until we are at home, where he can freak out and be upset a) in private and b) with me there to talk him down.

iceberg

@polka dots vs stripes That IS considerate. I am sorry about your job.

oh! valencia

There is a fellow in my office who is going away to Vegas tomorrow with his girlfriend. Last time he went away with his girlfriend, he slipped while getting into the hot tub at the hotel, landing on and breaking a wine glass, whereby he almost bled to death through a serious wound in his butt cheek.

Today I stopped at the dollar store to buy him some plastic wine glasses and potentially saved his life.

Jim Behrle@twitter

@oh! valencia that does seem pretty nice

area@twitter

Yesterday a woman came storming into the dog park, yelling at her excitable kid to get out of the way of her even more excitable dog. I suppressed my initial judginess and said "Hey, rough day, right?" We chatted a little about the suckiness of Mondays and the difficulty of keeping up with young dogs and young kids on the whole. She looked much calmer and happier when I left, and was watching as the kid and the dog investigated the mysteries of the water faucet together.

iceberg

@area@twitter BLESS you. and everyone who just says "Can I help at all?" when I'm that mum being a jerk to a naughty two-year-old (or three)

TARDIStime

@iceberg I get all the sympathetic feels for parents on peak hour public transport at the end of the day.
The parents would be AT LEAST as exhausted as I am, and I can't imagine how frustrating and tiring it would be for a toddler to keep still/silent/stand up without running around on a moving train, and the poor parent has to worry about keeping their child safe, making sure they don't bother other commuters (impossible if your child is the inquisitive type) and feeling ALL OF THE JUDGEMENT and hearing all of the unsaid "control your child" remonstrances.
All I can do is send them every ounce of love I have from the other side of the carriage.

Blushingflwr

@TARDIStime And this is why I will always offer my seat to parents with small kids.

Jim Behrle@twitter

@area@twitter it is nice you were compassionate to that lady

area@twitter

@Jim Behrle@twitter Thank you! Mostly I was glad that I was able to get over myself and recognize that someone else was having a shitty day too.

Verity

I wished my co-worker a good holiday and offered her a painkiller despite the fact that she had a headache; said co-worker is one of those who has been heard saying very nasty things about me, news which made me cry when I heard it yesterday and be a bit scared about going in to work.

iceberg

@Verity Ohh being nice to people who are horrible to you gets wayyy extra points! Genuinely nice, not icily fuck-you polite like I do!

dangerouslibrarian

I mailed my sister's dog a Valentine, even though her dog is insane.

Jim Behrle@twitter

@dangerouslibrarian how insane are we talking?

dangerouslibrarian

@Jim Behrle@twitter Insane enough to eat our toilet brush.

Saaoirse

I made everyone in my student housing kitchen pancakes for pancake day. And then I bought my friend a pineapple as a surprise because she kept talking about wanting pineapple. Aaaaand I let her have the turquoise underwear we both wanted.

whizz_dumb

I didn't bother anyone and did a great job of staying out of everyone's way today. Where's my prize?

whizz_dumb

Wait, I probably bothered people and got in the way in the comments today. I deserve nothing.

Bittersweet

I offered to take over a project from my boss because he is crazy-busy this week, but maybe that's equal parts nice and calculating? Because, I mean, it gives him the idea that I am TOTALLY INDISPENSABLE to him, thereby increasing my job security.

Plus I held the door for my co-worker, so she wouldn't have to enter her security code.

LooseBaggyMonster

I donated blood today even though I had my period. To be honest, I had forgotten the period part, but that makes me feel more depleted afterward (probably psychosomatic). Happily, I have repaired to my fainting couch!

dauphine

I sent my grandmother a happy birthday card, and bought my roommate some cheese from the fancy cheese store (to replace all the candy I ate over the weekend that is hers.).

baked bean

I called out someone for being a racist today. They thought I was being mean, but I think that's pretty nice thing to do for everyone else that is not racist.

Jim Behrle@twitter

@baked bean that seems pretty nice, depending on how racist it was

Danzig!

I wrote a love poem. She'll never read it but I meant it enough that I think she probably felt something and didn't know why.

dabbyfanny

@Danzig! You win.

KatieBarTheDoor

@Danzig! "I meant it enough that I think she probably felt something and didn't know why."

That is beautiful.

sophi

I sent my friend a picture of my boobs to cheer him up because we were both being sad and mopey about our respective exes all yesterday evening.

Jim Behrle@twitter

@sophi that does seem pretty nice

dabbyfanny

Some students were yucking it up during a lecture I was giving (not toooo boring, nice pictures, fun facts, sculpture) and instead of losing my shit or telling them to shut up or leave, I very sweetly explained that I have the attention span of a gnat, and ifI hear someone talking I get completely distracted and want to join in their converstaion, and can't remember a damn thing I'm supposed to be telling them. It sort of worked? That was nice, right?

dabbyfanny

Ugh, and a creepy co-worker asked me to lunch in a pushy kinda way, and I was able to make plausible enough excuses so I think he got the message that no, no lunch, but he left with his pride intact. Was that nice, or am I just a pleaser?

Valentino

@dabbyfanny Tell those kids to STFU, and tell that dude to eff off. Just one woman's opinion. JK (not jk at all).

Also, can we nominate?

I nominate area@twitter.

With second-place ties going out to Killerpants and claire@twitter. NeenerNeener and parallel-lines for third and fourth. (Perhaps not a poem, but maybe toss out a few lines in a slam event thing?)

chillizabeth

When is the contest to win Jim Behrle? That would be very relevant to my interests.

spoondisaster

@chillizabeth I would cure cancer if it meant I could win Jim Behrle

Jim Behrle@twitter

@spoondisaster could you cure cancer?

spoondisaster

@Jim Behrle@twitter I would certainly try! It's the thought that counts, right? Right??

Killerpants

My nice deed for the day is that I made a pledge to the Family Planning Association of Maine in support of their Pledge-a-Picketer campaign. Because people protesting safe and compassionate reproductive healthcare makes me MAD.

Blushingflwr

I work part-time as a trivia host, and I get free food/drink at my venues, but I always tip my servers $5. The look of surprise on their faces the first time I do it is totally worth it.

Euglena

I left a dozen yellow/orange roses on my mom's porch last night. When she found them she texted me "yeeeeeeeee!!!!" I love her.

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