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On Tagalongs vs. Peanut Butter Patties: The Great Girl Scout Cookie Regional Naming Rift

But Thin Mints are Thin Mints everywhere, which is as it should be, because Thin Mints are the only GS Cookies worth $4/box.

Posted on March 12, 2014 at 4:19 pm 1

On Someone Explain Dating to Me

@TheMnemosyne I wouldn't go that far. Depending on where you live, there are cool people on OKC, you just have to weed through all the losers. I have gone on a few OKC dates, and the dates themselves were okay, even if they didn't result in good relationships (one of them was a rebound that helped me get out of a shitty relationship AND connected me with my current friends group, so that turned out alright). I've had better luck dating people I know as friends, but there are obviously some risks and problems there too.

Posted on March 12, 2014 at 2:32 pm 0

On Someone Explain Dating to Me

@TheMnemosyne Yeah, I list myself as kinky on mine, and I get a lot of people assuming that means "easy".
I have made this complaint a lot, and an ex-boyfriend of mine explained that basically, dudes see a picture they like (they MIGHT read the profile, but not always) and they send a proposition message. It's a "cast a wide net" approach to dating. If you say "nice shoes, wanna fuck" to 100 girls, 99 of them will probably say no, but one might say yes, and all you need is one, especially if you invested very little effort in your approach.
So, I think the answer is, it's not you, it's the system.

Posted on March 12, 2014 at 2:10 pm 1

On Ask a Psychic

@Das Rad I think you make absolutely valid points. And hey, this resulted in an actual discussion on the Hairpin, which we were just bemoaning the recent lack of in the Friday Open Thread.

I never know if psychics actually believe that they are psychic, or if they are all fully conscious of their con artistry. The part of me that wants to believe the best in people believes that there are at least *some* practicing psychics out there who really believe that they have some special perception. But I know there are also psychics and fortune-tellers who are just full-on con artists playing on people's hopes and fears. Maybe she really believes she's psychic, maybe she's just observant and good at reading people and decided to make a career of it after seeing an episode of Psych.

Posted on February 28, 2014 at 12:56 pm 0

On Ask a Psychic

@Das Rad I think there is something to be said for interviews that accept people's experiences as being their experiences, whether or not there is objective proof of those experiences. There have also been interviews on here with clergy and practitioners of various religions, and those interviews accept that the interviewee believes they have the connection with their deity they say they do.
In terms of being a charlatan - if someone wants to pay a self-professed psychic money for a reading and use it as a way to guide their choices, I don't think there's anything necessarily wrong with that. A psychic who is always predicting gloom or diagnosing curses that only she can lift is clearly a con artist who is out to make a buck, but sometimes people just want someone to tell them that things are going to work out, or to take a chance on something they really want, and if the person they turn to is a psychic, fine. I have friends who do their own tarot readings, not necessarily as reliable oracles of the future, but rather as ways to find out how they feel about certain choices in their lives.

You don't have to believe that Ms. Bruckmann (or anyone else) is psychic, but that doesn't mean it can't be interesting to hear her talk about it as a fact.

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 10:28 pm 4

On Andiamo!

I just renewed my passport, so I'm in.

Posted on February 25, 2014 at 11:49 am 0

On How to Survive a 10-Hour Flight Like a Lady

Heh, I just ordered a new pair of urbanears headphones b/c mine are currently not transmitting sound to both ears (unless the cord is in *exactly* the right position), but I love them. My boyfriend and I went on a train trip over the summer and we both have them, and having him hook into mine so we could listen to the same music was pretty great.
I also have a Paul Simon playlist on my iPod so that if I foolishly put my Xanax in the overhead bin and then can't get to it because I am trapped between two large dudes whose shoulders are encroaching into my seat I have something that will help.

Posted on February 24, 2014 at 4:17 pm 0

On Ask a Clean Person About Her New Book: A Conversation With Jolie Kerr

I think one of the great things about Jolie's tone is that she assumes you know nothing NOW, but that you are capable of learning. She never assumes that we don't know how to clean X because we're stupid, but rather than no one ever taught us.

Posted on February 24, 2014 at 3:53 pm 3

On Friday Open Thread

@isabelle bleu - you can get email updates from the Pin! I got yours that way. If you go to the settings at the top right of the page, you should be able to set up what email notifications.

Posted on February 24, 2014 at 2:28 pm 0

On Impress Her With a Clean Bong

I was so stoked when I got the email from Amazon saying that it was now available on my Kindle. I had to stop myself from reading it during dinner b/c I do not think my boyfriend would have appreciated it. But it is so funny! Also, I am excited for the day when someone has a cleaning emergency and I can be the hero because I have Jolie's book.

Posted on February 24, 2014 at 1:24 pm 0