barista / dog walker
@Euglena I used to work at Borders (!!) in the cafe and EVERY DAY, EVERY 15 MINUTES, some customer would come up to me and ask where the bathroom was. There was literally a gigantic sign, visible from where I stood, that indicated where the bathrooms were. My co-workers and I would get so frustrated by having to answer this question (especially by impatient people who interrupted others in line just to ask this question) that we'd start responding in the snarkiest way possible: "It's right over where that huge sign is."
@The Kendragon Yup. Or just like, "Oh, you ride horses? That's not really a sport, because doesn't the horse do all of the work?" and you're like, ughhhh. Or when people find out that I ride and they want to come with me because they think that since they've been on a trail ride once they know how to ride. FRUSTRATION.
That being said, I do understand that the dude in the comic is coming across as kind of douchey. But maybe that means I am douchey sometimes when I have to explain horse things to people? Maybe?
As silly and delightful as this article generally was, it was still hard for me to read. :( My horse (my own beautiful but flighty Thoroughbred mare) was killed this January in a barn fire, along with twenty one other horses - some of whom I'd known and ridden since I was in high school. I'd had my horse for eight years, and she was more than a friend or a partner or a companion or a pet. I miss her all of the time. I still try and ride every weekend - on all of the new, flighty horses that we've picked up (who'd mostly been abandoned) to try and regain what we lost in the fire - but I miss her, and what I had so much. Horses have been an incredibly important part of my life, and it's always hard for me to explain that to people. They're really amazing creatures.
I didn't start getting tattooed until I was 22, and in fact up until that point never believed I'd be the kind of person to get a tattoo. I don't think I really knew what was important to me until then. That being said, I don't know that there's a magical age at which you DO. You can get tattoos you'll regret no matter how old you are. I don't even have a problem anymore with getting something I'll regret, only because I think my tattoos are symbolic of who I was at points in my life - including the bad times. They're kind of humbling in that sense, you know? And I embrace that.
Okay, but. I will say that EVERY friend/tattoo artist I know who got tattoos as a teenager pretty much hates the one(s) they got back in high school. Seriously. So. There's that.
(And I echo some of the other comments: do your research! Go with a reputable artist, discuss your ideas with him/her, and save up money!)
@lil_bobbytables THIS. Like, if I'm an old lady and all wrinkly and saggy anyway, I don't really care about the tattoos? Whatever. If I'm still alive and healthy and have led a good life I could really care less. Also, I saw a lady in the Union Square market the other day with short gray hair (she wasn't like, SUPER old but definitely older) rockin' tattoos on her arms and they were kind of faded but she looked bad ass as hell. And I was like, cool, if I look like that when I'm her age, I'm totally okay with that.
This was such a great article. Thanks for sharing.
Ah! I just got back from Costa Rica two weeks ago. It was AMAZING. Thanks, Hairpin, for making me feel like I made a huge mistake for leaving... :( :( :( no but seriously it's so awesome there.
But, yes, the greater point being made here seems true to me. It's hard to have a real sense of "community" here in New York because there are so many damn people here and it's so big and vast and diverse. To be fair, this is also part of what makes New York AWESOME, but... I do think that in general it contributes to a sense of being alienated from your fellow humans. At least that's how I feel, and that's why I want to leave a lot of the time.
God I had such an awful, shitty week and this made it so much better. The part about Aladdin? And your family/Mark Zuckerberg waiting in the kitchen? Amazing. Please be my friends.
Thanks for posting this. I've been on a classical music kick, mostly listening to a lot of Rachmaninoff and Schumann (mostly a lot of piano) and so on... and I almost forgot how awesome Bach is. !!
Man! I love these normally, but the second one? Ugh! I work in a cafe and it is BECAUSE OF PEOPLE LIKE THIS that we do not have Wi-Fi and I am so glad for it, even though I get a lot of eye-rolling and grunts of disgust whenever I have to tell people we don't have it.