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Jun 5th 2011 8:00PM I agree with you. I think he's an incredibly annoying host, constantly interrupting his guest while they are mid-sentence trying to answer a question. He'll jettison over to another entirely unrelated question before the guest has time to answer the first one.
May 6th 2011 6:29PM I felt so enraged and saddened when I first heard about this poor child taking her life. I feel these obnoxious punks should serve jail time. No one can tell me that these teenagers don't learn this behavior from their homes, they do. Loving, respectful, good parents would never teach or allow their children to act this way towards another human being.
This is a travesty of a sentence, I don't care how much "remorse" they claim to show. It's too late. The damage has been done. I feel this incident needs to follow them on any future records such as college applications or job applications for the next ten years at least. They need to be fully aware -- fully aware - of the crime they committed and the pain they inflicted if they are to ever be a productive part of society.
To their parents: Shame on you for raising a child who bullies.
Nov 5th 2010 3:40PM I'm amazed at the rudeness in our society when it comes to weight. There's a palpable dysfunction.
I have always been considered an attractive woman, I'm about 5' 8" tall and for most of my adult life wore a size 8. I really didn't have a problem maintaining my weight. In my thirties, I was an active runner and ate well. I'm now approaching 50. After a long period of stress in my forties, coupled with the onset of menopause, I gained weight and now wear a size 14. I walk regularly and try to eat well. I don't think I look "obese" but obviously I am larger than I was.
When people see me now, I'm amazed at how comfortable and entitled they feel to say rude things to me about my weight or how much I've gained. Relatives - short, bald or just plain ugly themselves - feel absolutely no shame by making derogatory comments. People who knew me when I was thinner think nothing of giving me unsolicited "advice" on how to lose weight. Amazing. These are people who don't look as though they just stepped off a magazine cover themselves.
There is a very distorted view of body image in this country. I realize that "fat is fat" and yes, not many women look beautiful "fat" no matter how much they try to convince themselves. But to just randomly insult people? What has happened? There is definitely a weight discrimination in this country, along with age. Just ask anyone over the age of 40 and over a size 10 who goes on a job interview in corporate America. I've noticed in my travels, particularly in Europe, there is not as much emphasis put on a person's weight as in the US. Manners please.
And yes, sizes from 10 to 14 can look different on a woman depending upon her frame and height.
Sep 29th 2010 11:48AM I get it, but I don't think she is being truthful when she says "trips to the gym and eating healthy" weren't doing anything. I'm in my late 40's, have gained weight, so I can attest that losing weight for most people gets more difficult with age, however going to the gym and cutting portion size absolutely helps lose weight. It's a simple formula - more activity, less eating. So she probably wasn't trying enough. Sitting on a bicycle reading a magazine isn't aerobic exercise and most people have to be aware of eating less. Not dieting or depriving themselves of certain foods, just simply eating less. Our bodies require fewer calories per day as we age.
Everyone woman benefits from putting on a bit of makeup, paying more attention to their hair, and of course putting the sweatpants aside and caring more about a neater appearance with fashionable clothing. It will help your self-esteem. Good for her for feeling good about herself, there is not reason not to, however I disagree with her "nothing works" regarding the weight loss comment. It gets tougher, but it is not impossible.
Sep 23rd 2010 10:47AM Publicists, if they have them, should ensure that stereotyped, out-of-work actors never drink. It would be beneficial.
Sep 21st 2010 12:55PM You sound like a wise and spiritual woman. While my ex-husband cheated on me, it was not a situation that I could save nor did I want to. I do know that life is not "black & white" so clear cut that there is one answer for everyone. People do make mistakes, and sometimes it is a mistake that will propel growth, insight and maturity. I know there are "serial cheaters" out there, and for those men, I wouldn't waste my time or devalue my self-esteem. But I believe you made a decision with a mature, sound mind and I hope you continued to enjoy a stronger and happy marriage.
May 26th 2010 8:44PM Well I've never been a server, however I'm a life long patron and I always tip well and "round up." 20% for good service, and 25% if I'm with a large party and the server has really been running around. Conversely, I've left 15% at times when I received lousy service and I shouldn't have. I'm always pleasant to my server, sometimes the server will just have a bad attitude.
What really gets me is:
1) When you see a "tip jar" on the counter of a deli and you're expected to tip the guy/gal who is making your turkey sandwich. Isn't that their job to make it and wrap it up for you to go? Why should I tip them for doing their job? I'm not being served at a table, I'm walking out with my food in a bag.
2) I was dining in a NYC restaurant last week and had an "18% gratuity" automatically added to the tip and it stated so on the menu, regardless of how many people are in the party. It was just me and a friend, and the waiter literally ignored us, walked past us when our glasses had been empty for quite a while, then "threw" the food on the table and tried to rush us off the table. For that we had to give him an 18% tip. Even though the food was good, I will not be going back because of the service.
I know there are many cheapskates out there who refuse to tip for good service and that is just wrong. Cheapskates stay home. If you can't afford to tip, then don't eat out. However, tipping should not be automatically added to a tab but should come along with good service.
May 22nd 2010 8:56AM Yes, this man's resourcefulness led him to get a leg up and I'm happy for him. However he did have resources --he had hotel points which provided a roof over his head (albeit a temporary and transient one) and a vehicle. What about the countless others who aren't so lucky? The thousands of people (and counting), mostly hard working individuals, who have lost everything -- their homes, their cars, their health insurance...and once you get down that far, it can be extremely difficult to get back up. Just one illness can knock you down so far your head will be spinning.
To attempt to get back on your feet you have to first FIND a job that will pay "living wages" again, before you can rebuild. Most of the time you will be denied housing by banks or landlords. So, "corporate America" does away with your job, you are a victim of the recession or even more appalling outsourcing, and you are diligently looking for another job, all while any savings you may have had is rapidly dwindling. If you are an older individual, you are up against "ageism" along with a difficult job market. (Yes it does exist, just ask any person over the age of 50 who is unemployed.) Looking for a job now can take months or even years. Friends or family will tell you "take any job, any paycheck is better than none," and I agree, but try applying for a minimum wage job once you have had a middle-management or executive level salary. More often than not, you will be denied a position that appears to be "beneath your experience listed on your resume." Then, if you finally do get your foot in the door and secure an interview in a chosen field, you may possibly be denied a job offer because of poor credit. It is a catch-22 for many people.
May 1st 2010 10:01AM Not every person is meant to be a parent. I'm a 49 year old woman who is very happy with my life and my freedom. That said, I love children, I'm a wonderful aunt, and I volunteer working with children. At the end of the day, it's the life God has given me, which I am blessed. There are some "natural" born parents, and then there are parents who becomes parents because of selfish reasons: thinking they will "hold on" to a spouse, save their marriage, it's the thing society expects, or they want someone to take care of them when they are older. All terrible reasons in my opinion. If you truly want to have children out of love and understand the commitment and responsibility, that is wonderful. If you don't want to have children, but live your life as a loving spouse, friend, sister/brother, aunt/uncle, person in general -- you will never be alone. It's a personal choice.