Then watch this video. It’s for a car commercial. But it ain’t about the car. However, I’m buying a Chevy next time.
If I’m reading this press release right, single women who are too picky and don’t go out on just any old date are hurting the economy? Read it and tell me what you think.
Love may not cost a thing, but rejecting it could cost you millions.
WhatsYourPrice.com, the world’s first dating-auction site, has discovered the dollar amount of a declined first date: $142. The site analyzed all 529,679 declined first date offers in 2013, and found that finicky women failed to collect $75,439,282 of prospective offers in just one year.
That’s right. Over $75 million could have been circulating amongst smitten females. Instead, this staggering amount was left untouched by over half a million women.
Using the value and volume of these declined first dates, WhatsYourPrice determined “The Cost of Saying No” to encourage picky singles to think twice about dating outside their “type.”
This brings up an interesting relationship/lifestyle topic that I’d also like to share: are women who online date too picky?
Forwarded is the official press release that elaborates upon “The Cost of Saying No,” as well as ranks the major cities where picky women are losing the most money.
I am about thisclose to bidding goodbye to my cable TV company. If I could figure out my other options, I’d be long gone by now.
For months, I have had trouble with the audio. It goes in and out, interrupting crucial points in the news and programming. I’ve complained several times. The advice I always get — check the connection and shut it off and start over — make no difference.
In recent weeks, I have used closed captioning to fill in the gaps I miss when the audio stumbles. That isn’t always the best either.
Such as this caption. Someone referred to Don Quixote. Closed captioning changed it to Donkey Hotty.
Or you try to figure out what this one says:
How do people with hearing-impairments stand trying to follow along on a show?
Actually, I’m lying when I call this a wrap-up because I haven’t seen the end yet. I was so bored and didn’t expect any surprises in the final awards that I set the DVR and went upstairs to read.
I haven’t watched what I recorded yesterday, but based on the tweets I caught up with today it doesn’t sound like I missed much. I can fast-forward through everything but Matthew McConaughey’s speech. And even that sounds like it went on a bit too long.
But may I begin by congratulating the winners on their speeches? For once it wasn’t just a monotonous droning of people’s names. Jared Leto set the tone with his tribute to his mother and brother, although he switched to thank yous at the end, and either everyone sort of followed his lead or already had the same inspiration. And almost no one got played off. And there were no horrible montages except for that bit on heroes, which oddly enough featured 1,000 comic book characters and George Bailey.
Ellen, however, was a major disappointment. It’s as if she recycled everything she’d done before. Didn’t someone bring in popcorn or something at an awards show several years ago? And put away your cell phone. That is so dated. And you didn’t “break” Twitter.
I don’t care about tuxes, I really don’t. But McConaughey and Leto in near matching apparel struck me as odd. My favorite dress of the night was the one worn by Bette Midler, even though it will get no attention from everyone else. What was with all the arm movements though, Bette. Flapping one wing? I’m grateful she was holding the mike so she didn’t wave both arms around like a bird. Hooray for muting the applause, but I prefer my heart-tugging memorial song during the In Memoriam segment.
And go back to five nominations. Summarizing the best pictures in trios made them seem as if there was nothing special about any of them.
I think I’m done now. But I may be back.
P.S. Here’s Bette’s dress. It looked better in person, as it were.
Know that foaming chemical tuff that Subway just said it would eliminate from its bread, the ingredient also found in yoga mats and shoe rubber?
Yah, you can find it in other products, too.
The complete list is here.
Here’s the listing that caught my eye however, the one for Country Hearth bread, which can be found locally. Azodicarbonamide (also known as ADA) is included in:
Dakota Style 12 Grain Bread
Hearty Homestyle 100% Whole Wheat Bread
Hearty Homestyle Honey Grain ‘n Oat Bread
Split Top Wheat Bread
Split Top White Bread
It’s the Dakota Style 12 grain bread that I hear most often in radio commercials. The announcer used to be able to put a special trill in his voice when he talked about the “raisin juice” that was used in making the bread, but that’s long gone. Now he jut says the word with no fancy stuff at all.
Don’t you miss, especially on cold, windy days, standing outside at a pay phone,flipping through a tattered phone book (if you’re lucky enough to even have one) and fumbling for change?
You know the graphics, the ones that take each state and assigns something to it, thereby lumping all people together and allowing for no diversity.
Well, the practice has jumped the shark with this one, which lists the favorite* band of every state.
And South Dakota gets (drumroll please) … Hinder. That link will take you to the hard-rock band’s Facebook page, which as of today hadn’t had any comments since Feb. 12.
*I was corrected by co-worker David Montgomery, who can respond to tweets while covering both houses of the South Dakota Legislature. It’s not favorite, it’s disproportionately popular.
Two cars recently were waiting at the stop light on 11th Street, waiting to go north on Minnesota Avenue.
One car had the turn signal on. One car turned left into the proper lane.
Wanna guess which one it was?
Apparently in the winter of my discontent, the rest of you here in South Dakota are feeling pretty darn good about things. Someone (me, for example) might even call you smug.
I base this on a Gallup study that says South Dakotans report so much satisfaction with their lives and jobs that the state ranks almost top of the chart in well-being in 2013. Only North Dakota ranks higher.
Even more amazing, last year neither state was in the top 10. Either life in the Upper Great Plains radically improved in the previous 12 months, or the survey-takers only interviewed Gov. Dennis Daugaard and Mayor Mike Huether.
"The Gallup-Healways Well-Being Index, based on interviews with more than 176,000 people from all 50 states last year, measures the physical and emotional health of Americans across the country," according to an article in USAToday.
In states with high well-being scores, residents were less likely to smoke (hooray, indoor smoking ban) and more likely to exercise regularly and learn new things every day (I need an example of that). “These states also enjoyed the positive outcomes of such behaviors, including lower obesity rates and other common health problems,” the article said. (That confirms my suspicion that I’m the only overweight person in Sioux Falls.)
The article points out that positive well-being scores don’t necessarily have high incomes (poor but happy?), but that’s outweighed by other advantages such as being smart AND employed.
And it’s apparently just one great big pocket on contentment because in addition to our jolly neighbors to the north, we’re joined by Minnesota, Nebraska and Iowa in the top 10. Perhaps the long winter months freeze our brains, and they don’t thaw out in time before winter strikes again.
Nationally, the well-being index dipped from 66.7 in 2012 to 66.2 in 2013. Here in South Dakota, our score is 70. North Dakota’s is 70.4, and they’re having an oil boom, remember. Would an oil well in my backyard make me happy? Probably not. But I wouldn’t mind a gold mine.
Here’s what the study says about South Dakota. You read that while I go off and enjoy my work environment:
2. South Dakota
• Well-being index score: 70.
• Life expectancy: 79.5 years (tied-18th highest)
• Percentage obese: 28.3% (17th highest)
• Median household income: $48,362 (22nd lowest)
• Percentage with high school diploma: 90.5% (tied-13th highest)
Respondents from South Dakota were among the most likely people in the USA to report good emotional health. More than 86% of those surveyed reported smiling or laughing within the past 24 hours, second-highest in the USA. Meanwhile, 90% reported enjoying a large portion of their day, and more than 93% felt happy during the previous 24 hours, both more than any other state. The state’s 3.6% unemployment rate in December tied for the second lowest in the USA. Not only did much of the workforce have a job, but also people in the state were more likely to enjoy their work environment than residents of any other state except for neighboring North Dakota.
John Green shares 50 facts about state capitals.
And mispronounces Pierre.