Nov 24th 2011 3:53AM There really are no guarantees on flights anymore. I flew a red eye from San Francisco to Boston and had taken a sleeping pill. About an hour into the flight, as I'm trying to sleep, crunched and hunched over on my tray table, the poor girl next to me started seizing, and when she came around, she called the flight attendant and told her she had taken something and wasn't feeling well. Since I was in the aisle and she was next to me, I had to go stand in the back. Then they found a doctor on the flight who sat in my seat to monitor the girl and I sat next to her sleeping husband and child. Just as I was dozing off again, they woke me to return to my seat. It was back and forth the entire sleepless red eye flight. I felt bad for the girl, though, because she was very apologetic to me for being "such a pain." But my point is, you just never know what's going to happen on a flight.
Nov 24th 2011 3:31AM On a second note, I'm 5'7" and 130 lbs, and when I flew Southworst the last time, the girl in front of me pushed her seat back super hard and my tray hit my knee right on the bone. I had my legs crossed, but still... I'm certainly not too big for the seats, but they should remove a row and give us all a bit more leg room in the very least.
Nov 24th 2011 3:26AM Okay, so while I sympathize for people who have to deal with the prejudices that come with being obese, since when do the rights of the overweight person override the rights of the smaller person who had to stand? I mean, you can easily book a ticket online and they don't ask your weight, so why would an overweight person buy two tickets if they can get away with paying for one? But then, how awkward for everyone involved to have to stop a person and tell them they are too large to have just one seat? I certainly wouldn't want to have to pull someone aside and point out the obvious. I think in this case, it really is the responsibility of the overweight person to step aside and say they'll have to wait for a less full flight and get two seats. It's sad, but that's the sad reality.
Mar 25th 2011 4:39PM Why would she do this to this poor child AND her career? I'll admit I sometime watch her show, but I roll my eyes every time she says, "it's just so fah-bulous." She's just an arrogant snob, is what she is. I guess you have to live in the Hamptons to be able to hang with this cad.
Sep 7th 2010 11:53PM I was in a relationship with a guy for about 5 months, and right from the beginning, he was different that any guy I had ever dated. Way more into designer clothes, obsessed with Facebook (and updated it almost hourly, if not more... Even while on vacation, seriously!) and would get giddy about hanging out with certain guy friends of his. He even loved a Miley Cyrus song.. And he was in his 30's. To this day, I don't know for sure whether or not he is indeed gay. However, I ignored red flags that popped up almost daily, and the ones I listed above were just a small few... Because I thought I was falling in love with him. I was hurt when it ended, but looking back, I'm so glad it was only 5 months of my life. He was the one who pursued a relationship quickly after meeting me, was talking marriage and kids, so I thought he was the one, that he truly was falling for ME! But in the end, and looking back now, it was clear that he was using me to "prove" to his friends, family, and co-workers that he wasn't gay. If his girlfriend was wondering, then they probably had their suspicions as well. I have no problem with someone being gay, not at all. But I do have a problem with someone who lies and leads a double life, deceiving people, and especially getting married and starting a family based on a lie. Just be true to yourself... You may not get approval from everyone, but at least you can live your life with integrity, and give those people around you the respect not to hurt them with a bunch of bogus crap and lies.
Sep 3rd 2010 3:12AM Honestly, what a deal for restaurant owners! I mean, hey, get the customers into your restaurant to pay for their food/ drinks, AND pay the majority of your employees' salaries! How the heck do they get away with paying servers HALF of what is the legal minimum wage for your state based on the ASSUMPTION that customers are going to tip? If people never tipped, then these people would basically be working for free. It's not the responsibility of the customers to pay the salary of the server (and I'm just talking about servers here... not about hairdressers, people at Starbucks, etc because they are at least getting minimum wage). I just don't understand how these places can get away with paying half of minimum wage based on an assumption... I don't get it.
Sep 3rd 2010 2:41AM The thing is, if you are getting far less than minimum wage because the assumption is that tips are supposed to supplement that extra pay, then give good service! It's that simple! Why is it up to customers to pay your salary? If you're a great server, are nice, and give a pleasant experience, then of course you're going to get a good tip (well, unless the customer is an ass). But to give poor service and still expect customers to pay the rest of your salary when they are already paying for their dinner? Take it up with your boss... I guarantee he/she would tell you to do a better job, and see bigger tips. Now, I'm in no way saying that all servers don't deserve tips. I'm just saying the ones who don't do a good job and treat the customers like they have ruined their day, then... What do you expect? And by the way, I am ALWAYS nice to servers, and I have had some be not so nice back. So... Why should I tip well for that? If you're having a bad day, keep it out of the work place. I would get fired in a heartbeat if I was an ass to clients, no matter how bad my day was.
Jun 18th 2010 8:00PM I find it very refreshing to hear that someone as wealthy as Warren Buffet gives the majority of his fortune away to charity. And he hasn't given his children much (relatively speaking) either. The thing about being born into fortunate circumstances, as his children have, is that if you're given everything, you lose the drive to do anything. Mr. Buffet knows this, so he didn't want his children to be stifled by money. And to give the majority of your fortune so selflessly to charity is very commendable. Plus, it helps you determine where your taxes go, since you do get tax breaks for donating to reputable charities, so if you don't like where your tax money goes, this is a way to help decide to what causes you'd like to see your hard earned cash go.
Jun 16th 2010 2:46AM I'm not so sure about not burning more calories in hotter weather. I wear a heart rate monitor when I work out, and I can run the same route in the same amount of time, and I notice my heart rate monitor says I burn up to 200 calories more when it's 100 degrees than I do when it's 70 degrees out. This has always made me wonder about it. I think you work harder when it's hot out. Your body has to work harder to keep you cool, to pump blood away from your visceral organs to help cool you off... So if any doctor out there who may read this can clear this up for me... Awesome!
May 26th 2010 7:25PM The thing is, Mike, is that there still are people out there who don't have a clue about proper nutrition. It's not about freedom, here. It's about education. Many of our health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, are completely preventable. Obesity is preventable in most circumstances (I understand that there are people who have a genetic predisposition of being overweight). It's shocking how many people in this country don't have any idea about the correlation between a balanced diet and health... Or how to eat to control their weight. It sounds ludicrous to most of us who do know, but it's true. So, the intent of the article is not to have government regulations on menu options. It's about trying to educate people about healthier dietary choices.