@laurel I guess I'm not sure he's admitting he has a problem. He's sort of reveling in the problem. Half the article was "I have a problem" and the other half was "BUT NOT REALLY, I AM TOTALLY JUSTIFIED, I AM JUST EXPRESSING MYSELF, I WAS REPRESSED!"
@fabel It just makes me super sad. Like, wow, that is sure a vast emptiness you are trying to cram full of leather jackets, sir.
Also I feel like he's sort of in denial about the vast emptiness, even when he sort of alludes to it. He goes off on those tears about self-expression, and how he's sort of entitled to this now because something about his childhood, and it all just reads as "NO I AM TOTALLY FINE, THIS THING I AM DOING IS NOT UNHEALTHY OR SELF-DESTRUCTIVE AT ALL!"
I wouldn't want to get too close lest I get sucked into his spiral of super messed up.
Also he kind of looks like the rich middle-aged version of that pickup artist in the purple hat so I'd be too embarrassed to stand too close anyway.
@Emmanuelle Cunt The other weekend I flipped channels past a SyFy (original!) movie called Ice Road Terror that was clearly a takeoff on Ice Road Truckers. The bad TV has come full circle.
@stonefruit I think there are some people whose bodies are just arranged in a way that Does Not Work for cups. People love them so much and my experience with it was just awful and leaky and it made my cramps worse and I hated it.
@Nutellaface I'm That One Person Who Hated The Diva Cup. It leaked, it chafed, it gave me Horrible Death Cramps, my vagina hates cups. I freaking love Tampax Pearls though. Also Kotex U is pretty awesome, especially the miniature-sized ones. Those are great for carrying in my purse. (I always have a shitload of tampons in my purse, Implanon makes you super irregular.)
@Julia duMais Okay but does Obama have like a "KICK ME" sign on his back, there?
@stonefruit When I was in middle school and high school in the 90s there was no facebook (people were just starting to use ICQ when I was in 10th grade, I'm old?) and we had to content ourselves with a spiral notebook we passed around to answer important questions such as "WHO DO YOU LIKE????" and "WHO IS THE LEAST COOL?"
I was usually the least cool, but one of the pleasant side effects is I was so uncool people stopped giving me the notebook, so at least I didn't have to hear about it.
@S. Elizabeth Some of us from the early 80s are still in that boat. I graduated from undergrad when the economy was pretty crap, so I was like, OKAY GRAD SCHOOL! And then the recession hit partway through my MA, and now I'm out of grad school and the economy is worse than it was in 2005, but my apartment costs like 75% more than it did when I moved here in 2006 and my health insurance premiums have risen 50% (while what's covered by my policy has steadily decreased) since I started the policy 4 years ago.
I now have a master's degree and am sporadically temping because it's the only work I can get.
@karenb My grandparents didn't trust banks so they bought shit like mail-order collectible plates and saved them forever. So when they passed away and their children were cleaning out their house, it was like, 200 ugly collectible plates! A dozen or so cheap fake Japanese woodblock prints! One of everything the Franklin Mint ever advertised in a magazine!
I can't say I will be sorry not to have that experience with my parents. I'm pretty sure our local Goodwill store still has a bunch of those damn plates.