Toast The Trends

Toast The Trends is an online webzine which discusses various topics ranging from fashion, electronics, entertainment to home decor. The collection of articles for these topics are constantly updated and I enjoyed reading them. Their target audience would be a general one as this range of topics would interest teens, students, professionals and even housewives. They are currently having a promotion whereby one stands a chance to win an iPod if they download the toolbar which is available at the website. Go there and check it out!

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    1. I think Arizona, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Texas and Montana

      Texas is now trending blue, if that continues, the GOP is toast for the next 100 years

    2. My name is Lua, my interests are listening to Karen Carpenter (Recently), The Seekers, Beatles occasionally, watching classic series of Thomas the Tank Engine (New series I am okay with, but the old ones are better), watching Whose Line is it Anyway?, drawing anime/manga, doodling, daydreaming, writing fan fictions, reading fiction, manga and fan fictions, thinking about rather useless stuff, browsing deviantArt, napping, singing while showering, Math, Science, playing Plants vs Zombies, thinking of ways to improve my drawings, watching MLP: Friendship is Magic, reading newspapers, and such. By the way, I am a Muslim, and I live in Indonesia (Yes, the three slangs are used in US, I’m just curious)

      My favourite songs are:
      -Georgy Girl
      -A World of Our Own
      -I’ll Never Find Another You
      -Hello, Mary Lou
      -Please, Mister Postman
      -We’ve Only Just Begun
      -Morningtown Ride
      -The Show
      -Far Shore
      -That’s What Friends Are For
      -Night Train
      -Little Engines
      -Every Cloud is Silver Lined (Or Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining, idk)

      I don’t think I should follow trends, since I think they are a bit dumb, mostly it involves drooling over ‘popular Korean-looking boy band members’, ‘gossiping’, ‘so-called dating’, ‘making marriage plans of Korean-looking boy band members’, etc. In my school it’s like that, at least. One of the reasons why I don’t follow trends is one of my friends. She is about my age, but she already has ‘over-average’ breasts, lots of acne, and is OBSESSED with boys! She has a diary filled with marriage plans, thoughts about trending boy bands, gf/bf things, and delicious drama. Lots of delicious drama.

      Fav Books (Still have a lot to go on)
      -Dork Diaries
      -Diary of a Wimpy Kid
      -Practically most of the “Realistic school-life fiction, similar to above”

      Fav Food:
      -Chocolate with almonds inside
      -Fried squid rings
      -Cheese (And cheese fries, baked cheese, cheese pizza, cheese filled toast with cheese on top, cheese popcorn, cheese sticks etc)
      -Gummy candies
      -Squid fried rice

      So, am I a Geek, a Nerd, or a Dork?

      Sorry for the long question and the inconveniently useless facts.
      Oh, I knew when I state I was a Muslim, people will immediately post one of those ‘U R DA TERRORITZ!!!!!11111’ answers. I’m sure those people are either stereotyping pieces of crud or just joking. By the way, my best friend is a Christian, and I have nothing against other religions :).

      NO, before you ask, NO, I hereby state THAT I WILL NOT COME TO YOUR HOUSE WITH MY TERRORIST FRIENDS (If there is any!) AND DESTROY CHRISTIANS WITH MY SUPER-KEWL LAZER GUNS!

      (Sorry, just gotta do that… For the lulz)
      LuLin, I don’t think I came here for an advertisement, but for an ANSWER. So please, avoid answering questions with advertisement UNLESS the person asked for it. Thank you C:

    3. What type of breakfast are you, Quiz, and what is your sign. Here is the link: http://blogthings.com/whatkind.....reyouquiz/

      You Are Toast

      Old fashioned and a bit of a homebody, you totally go for comfort food.
      You’re the type who loves to cook for friends, and they love you for it.
      You truly know what tastes good, and you can often pick out the best dish at a restaurant.
      You don’t fall for food trends. You stick with what’s been food for a long time!

      I am Scorpio
      Lol I love to cook for friends and they love me for it? I never realized how much everyone loved my microwave cooking.

    4. In Maine, many people don’t know this but poverty runs high, well above what national statistics have it at. At my school over 80% of students qualify for free lunch, which if you had to pay for it would cost 1.50 every day. I live in the poorest town of Maine’s poorest county. Washington County, Maine is very impoverished. You hear of these mansions on the midcoast and in southern maine, but up here it’s either 1970s trailers that are fire prone and falling apart or 200 year old houses that are impossible to heat and are also falling down, and everything in them is rotten. Nobody up here has the money to repair them, and everyone I know this year applied for federal fuel assistance. A very high percentage of the population has some relation to illegal drugs, even with a population under 2000 people. There is no work, the labor that people do here is backbreaking, and you do tons of work for little pay. These odd jobs can also end in tragedy, several people die annually trying to make a living to support their families. The average lifespan for women in my county was one of few in the nation to fall in recent years, as women here cannot afford to keep up with the health trends that other places can. Many women here don’t make it out of their 50s and early 60s. But do you think this is bad. The generation before me, my mom and dad, worked in this same town at canning plants for so many cents per rod of herring they skinned, work that was being done by machine anywhere else you could name in the country. Some nights they were lucky to afford to eat a can of sardines they snuck from work and a potato. They couldn’t afford to heat their homes, and lived in 19th century houses that weren’t insulated and had no walls and ceilings and rotten floors. MY grandmother had to warm her bed with hot bricks when she was younger, you could set a glass of water next to her bed and in the morning it would be thoroughly frozen. They had no ceilings and had to walk across the roof beams to where their beds sat on wooden slats to hold them up. They farmed and clammed, and did EVERYTHING they could to survive. Few people had running water and while color tvs had been out for decades, my parents families still could only afford a black and white tv that was nearly 30 years old, there was no cable and you could pick up only channels 4, 9, and 13, of which 2 were canadian signals. That was in the late 70s early 80s. My mom nor dad never owned a bike, and on christmas they were lucky their parent’s were even sober, let alone they had anything under a tree. But they managed through the holidays, and my mom’s side of the family did get something, always something they needed. My mom told me a story that when she was in a grocery store she was slapped hard in front of many people for asking for a small candy bar, knowing they couldn’t afford it. They were raised tough, and in that time when controversy was breaking out about the whole “slapping your kids” debate, the slightest mistakes in families here were given harsh punishments. If you didn’t like what was for supper, the stove was there, and because they couldn’t afford toasters, they threw a piece of bread over the open flame, toast for supper. There were no special meals set out for you. But they were family, and because of that everyone loved each other, and they learned to take NOTHING for granted. Think you got it rough? Think about this a little, how does this make you feel and how would you feel if you were living like this today?
      How am I able to be on a computer, because of the State of Maine everyone in grades 7+ is provided with a laptop computer. And the just of this is what my Parents and their parents lived like. And this didn’t necessarily mean me parsay (misspelled), and my neighbors have wireless internet 😛

    5. Yes, Dems, I no longer think that it’s going to take until mid-October for it to be clear to even you guys that the fantasy of a guy with no meaningful qualifications (except how he makes lefties FEEL) making it to the White House is over. Kaput. Sayonara, Bay-Bee. Fuhgeddabouddit!

      For those of you too young to realize exactly what’s transpiring at this moment, let me explain:

      1 – Undecideds are going to finally decide and the name of the next President is what they’ll decide,

      2 – Undecideds are just now beginning to decide which candidate they’ll choose,

      3 – Obama’s total lack of meaningful qualifications for the job is evident to undecideds, and

      4 – McCain is picking up 60% of undecideds to Obama’s 40% and that’s enough to put him over 50% of the popular vote and to take enough states to win the electoral college.

      Keep a close eye on what is happening over the next few weeks (in the Real World, not here on YA) and ask yourselves if what I’ve just described is not, in fact, precisely what is happening. You’re going to be watching the slow and distinct erosion of popular support for Obama and the same slow and distinct increase in popular support for McCain.

      Obama finds himself between a rock and a hard place because his only plausible means of getting back on top is to go extremely negative; unfortunately for him, of course, that would doom his candidacy in an even worse way by making him appear to be a total hypocrite. Face it, he’s really boxed himself into a corner and is plain flat stuck to the wall by his past rhetoric. Not that that’s a bad thing; I’m not exactly fond of extremely negative campaigning.

      Reality Check 101: It’s already too late to stop this trend. Yes, really — it doesn’t work that way without total surprises. And, of course, the only way to consider a total upside surprise for Obama at this point is to live in hope and that is a very low form of existence as most hopes in this life are dashed on the rocks of reality. Right?

      Remember, kids, you read it here first. Seriously.

    6. Yes, Dems, I no longer think that it’s going to take until mid-October for it to be clear to even you guys that the fantasy of a guy with no meaningful qualifications (except how he makes lefties FEEL) making it to the White House is over. Kaput. Sayonara, Bay-Bee. Fuhgeddabouddit!

      For those of you too young to realize exactly what’s transpiring at this moment, let me explain:

      1 – Undecideds are going to finally decide and the name of the next President is what they’ll decide,

      2 – Undecideds are just now beginning to decide which candidate they’ll choose,

      3 – Obama’s total lack of meaningful qualifications for the job is evident to undecideds, and

      4 – McCain is picking up 60% of undecideds to Obama’s 40% and that’s enough to put him over 50% of the popular vote and to take enough states to win the electoral college.

      Keep a close eye on what is happening over the next few weeks (in the Real World, not here on YA) and ask yourselves if what I’ve just described is not, in fact, precisely what is happening. You’re going to be watching the slow and distinct erosion of popular support for Obama and the same slow and distinct increase in popular support for McCain.

      Obama finds himself between a rock and a hard place because his only plausible means of getting back on top is to go extremely negative; unfortunately for him, of course, that would doom his candidacy in an even worse way by making him appear to be a total hypocrite. Face it, he’s really boxed himself into a corner and is plain flat stuck to the wall by his past rhetoric. Not that that’s a bad thing; I’m not exactly fond of extremely negative campaigning.

      Reality Check 101: It’s already too late to stop this trend. Yes, really — it doesn’t work that way without total surprises. And, of course, the only way to consider a total upside surprise for Obama at this point is to live in hope and that is a very low form of existence as most hopes in this life are dashed on the rocks of reality. Right?

      Remember, kids, you read it here first. Seriously.

    7. I’ve recently become enamored with the idea of owning a trench coat. I love to look of the classic, khaki/toast colored, double-breasted Burberry trenches, but I don’t have $600 plus to spend on a coat. I’ve scoured the internet and found a few promising designs (London Fog and DKNY Abby Zipper Trench), but its a bit late in the coat season and no one seems to have my size (small) in the color I want (khaki/toast).

      My mother suggested I look at QVC. Doubting the fashion sense of QVC, I begrudgingly poked around on their website. I found an Isaac Mizrahi design (http://www.qvc.com/qic/qvcapp......Dot-Lining) that looked fairly similar to the Burberry design I loved so much. But, the buttons are gold! At first this was a huge turn-off, but now that I think about it, I am not so sure. I want this trench to last for years, unphased by the seasons’ trends.

      Are gold buttons classic or tacky?

    8. This is a tribute to the nice guys. The nice guys finish last, that never become more than friends, that endure hours of whining and b*ching about what a**holes guys really are, while disproving that very point. This is dedicated to those guys who always provide a shoulder to lean on but restrain themselves to tentative hugs, those guys who hold open doors and give reassuring pats on the back and sit patiently outside the changing room at department stores. This is in honor of the guys that obligingly reiterate how cute/beautiful/smart/funny/sexy their female friends are at the appropriate moment, because they know most girls need that litany of support. This is in honor of the guys with open minds, laid-back attitudes, with honest concern. This is in honor of the guys who respect a girls every facet, from her privacy to her beliefs to her clothing style. This is for the guys who escort their drunk, bewildered female friends back from parties and never take advantage once they’re at her door, for the guys who accompany girls to bars as buffers against the creepy male population, for the guys who know a girl is fishing for compliments but give them out anyway, for the guys who always play by the rules of a game where the rules favor cheaters, for the guys who are accredited as boyfriend material but somehow don’t end up being boyfriends, for all the nice guys who are overlooked, underestimated, and unappreciated, for all the nice guys who are manipulated, misled, and unjustly abandoned. This is for you!
      This is for the time she left 40 urgent messages on your cellphone, and when you called her back, she spent three hours painstakingly dissecting two sentences her boyfriend said to her over dinner. And even though you thought her boyfriend was a chump and jerk, you assured her that it was all ok and she shouldn’t worry about it. This is for that time she interrupted your studying to rant about a rumor that romantically linked her and the guy she thinks is the most repulsive person in the world. And even though you thought it was immature and you had nothing against the guy, you paused the game for two hours and helped her concoct a counter-rumor to spread around the floor. This is also for that time she didn’t have a date so after numerous vows there was nothing “serious” between the two of you, she dragged you to a party where you knew nobody, the beer was awful, and she flirted shamelessly with you, justifying each fit of reckless teasing by announcing to everyone “oh we’re just friends!” And even though you were invited purely as a symbolic warm body for her ego, you went anyways. Because you’re nice like that. The nice guys don’t often get credit where credit is due. And perhaps more disturbing, the nice guys don’t seem to get laid as often as they should. And I wish I could logically explain this trend, but I can’t. From what I’ve observed on campus and what I have learned from talking with friends at other schools and in the workplace, the only conclusion I can form is that many girls are just illogical manipulative bi*ches. Many of them claim they want to date a nice guy, but when presented with such a specimen, they say irrational, confusing things such as “oh, he’s too nice to date” or “he would be a good boyfriend but he’s not for me” or “he already puts up with so much from me, I couldn’t possibly ask him out!” or the most frustrating of all “no, it would ruin our friendship.” Yet, they continue to lament the lack of datable men in the world, and they expect their too-nice-to-date male friends to sympathize and apologize for the men that are jerks. Sorry, guys, girls like that are beyond my ability to fathom. I can’t figure out why the connection breaks down between what they say (I want a nice guy!) and what they do (I’m going to sleep with this complete a** now!). But one thing I can do, is say that the nice-guy-finishes-last phenomenon doesn’t last for ever. There are definitely many girls who grow out of that train of thought and realize they should be dating the nice guys, not taking them for granted. The tricky part is finding those girls, and even trickier, finding the ones that are single. So, until those girls are found, I propose a toast to all the nice guys. You know who you are, and I know you’re sick of hearing yourself described as ubiquitously nice. But the truth of the matter is, the world needs your patience in the department store, your holding open of doors, your party escorting services, your propensity to be a sucker for a pretty smile. For all the crazy, inane, absurd things you tolerate, for all the situations where you are the faceless, nameless hero, my accolades, my acknowledgment, and my gratitude go out to you. You do have the credibility in this society and your well deserved vindication is coming

    9. My name is Lua, my interests are listening to Karen Carpenter (Recently), The Seekers, Beatles occasionally, watching classic series of Thomas the Tank Engine (New series I am okay with, but the old ones are better), watching Whose Line is it Anyway?, drawing anime/manga, doodling, daydreaming, writing fan fictions, reading fiction, manga and fan fictions, thinking about rather useless stuff, browsing deviantArt, napping, singing while showering, Math, Science, playing Plants vs Zombies, thinking of ways to improve my drawings, watching MLP: Friendship is Magic, reading newspapers, and such. By the way, I am a Muslim, and I live in Indonesia (Yes, the three slangs are used in US, I’m just curious)

      My favourite songs are:
      -Georgy Girl
      -A World of Our Own
      -I’ll Never Find Another You
      -Hello, Mary Lou
      -Please, Mister Postman
      -We’ve Only Just Begun
      -Morningtown Ride
      -The Show
      -Far Shore
      -That’s What Friends Are For
      -Night Train
      -Little Engines
      -Every Cloud is Silver Lined (Or Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining, idk)

      I don’t think I should follow trends, since I think they are a bit dumb, mostly it involves drooling over ‘popular Korean-looking boy band members’, ‘gossiping’, ‘so-called dating’, ‘making marriage plans of Korean-looking boy band members’, etc. In my school it’s like that, at least. One of the reasons why I don’t follow trends is one of my friends. She is about my age, but she already has ‘over-average’ breasts, lots of acne, and is OBSESSED with boys! She has a diary filled with marriage plans, thoughts about trending boy bands, gf/bf things, and delicious drama. Lots of delicious drama.

      Fav Books (Still have a lot to go on)
      -Dork Diaries
      -Diary of a Wimpy Kid
      -Practically most of the “Realistic school-life fiction, similar to above”

      Fav Food:
      -Chocolate with almonds inside
      -Fried squid rings
      -Cheese (And cheese fries, baked cheese, cheese pizza, cheese filled toast with cheese on top, cheese popcorn, cheese sticks etc)
      -Gummy candies
      -Squid fried rice

      So, am I a Geek, a Nerd, or a Dork?

      Sorry for the long question and the inconveniently useless facts.
      Oh, I knew when I state I was a Muslim, people will immediately post one of those ‘U R DA TERRORITZ!!!!!11111’ answers. I’m sure those people are either stereotyping pieces of crud or just joking. By the way, my best friend is a Christian, and I have nothing against other religions :).

      NO, before you ask, NO, I hereby state THAT I WILL NOT COME TO YOUR HOUSE WITH MY TERRORIST FRIENDS (If there is any!) AND DESTROY CHRISTIANS WITH MY SUPER-KEWL LAZER GUNS!

      (Sorry, just gotta do that… For the lulz)
      LuLin, I don’t think I came here for an advertisement, but for an ANSWER. So please, avoid answering questions with advertisement UNLESS the person asked for it. Thank you C:

    10. Poetry Draft Paper
      In the age of the 21st century, a new sense of liberalism was introduced into our society: disparate forms of entertainment and expression started to emerge within the media, African Americans had begun their endeavor for racial equality,and more relevantly, women had finally begun to experience liberties like they never had a chance to before. In the poem “ The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S. Eliot, J. Alfred Prufrock connotes the 21st century man. Prufrock finds himself in an age of a drastic cultural shift from previous times, and this change makes it difficult for characters of Prufrock’s type to comfortably situate themselves within society. His personality is somewhat of an isolating factor in terms of his social life. This is illustrated by Prufrock’s constant pondering about whether or not to approach a woman he desires throughout the poem. The woman of the modern age is now liberated and free to choose whomever she pleases, and with societies new mindset, she wants the most outgoing, exciting, fun, and daring man she can find; However, with Prufrocks’s over-polite, uptight, and cautious ways, Prufrock clearly doesn’t fit the bill. Long gone are the days of lone reliance on family class and status dictating ones success with courtship, so Prufrock is debating with himself on whether it is even possible to overcome his personality shortcomings that hinder social prevalence and any real chance at romantic success.
      Unlike the norms of modern days, Prufrock writes about meeting women over tea and toast discussing historical figures “ Time for you and time for me, and time yet for a hundred indecisions, and for a hundred visions and revisions, Before the taking of a toast and tea. In the room the women come and go Talking of Michelangelo.” His choice for a romantic evening shows his caution. A typical date would include a night at a dance club or a day ice skating, but Prufrock is simply too careful and safe. His inability to take risk with his decisions and seek out excitement puts him at odds with what has come to be expected from modern-day bachelors. I believe Prufrock’s caution arises from his fear of the outcome of expressing his deep feelings and emotions. In the poem, Prufrock asks himself if it would be worth it at all “And would it have been worth it, after all, after the cups, the marmalade, the tea, among the porcelain, among some talk of you and me, would it have been worth while to have bitten of the mater with a smile.” The fear compels him to keep his emotions concealed.
      Another issue with with Prufrock is his apparent over-politeness. Woman want men to be able to be assertive and take initiative when need be, but on the contrary, Prufrock is too mindful of others and worries that he may disrupt the occurring trends by deviating from his daily routine. It appears that he fears somehow altering life’s natural course “Do I dare Disturb the universe? In a minute there is time for decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse”. He is mindful of potential relationships this particular woman could engage in by not stepping in, and as a result, he uses it as an excuse to do nothing. The many times where Prufrock asks the question “ Do I dare?”, He is demonstrating his indecisiveness at a course of action. In order to prevail, he would have to be much more assertive and willing to take a initiative to pursue his love interest; otherwise, he risks procrastinating until his chance expires. The politeness he exhibits in this case is unnecessary and serves as a detriment to living a happy life.
      The final shortcoming that Prufrock demonstrates is his lack of laxity. In the poem, It appears that his demeanor is anything but relaxed; on the contrary, he seems uptight and rigidly conventional. This behavior is most apparent in the beginning of the poem where he describes meeting women in hotels over tea discussing Michelangelo, and later, he describes how he is dressed “My morning coat, my collar mounting firmly to the chin, my necktie rich and modest, but asserted by a simple pin”. I get the distinct impression that Prufrock has a problem loosening himself. Woman nowadays want to get personal and develop close intimate relationships.From the his description of his conversations and of himself, Prufrock seems to have a business-like attitude in his approach with women. Conversations about Michaelangelo are not the type of discussions a woman would want when trying to establish personal relationships. Woman demand to know all your habits, feelings, and deepest thoughts. It is clear that Prufrock is not a very open person; hence, another setback to his ability to court is acknowledged.
      In these times, woman demand a lot from their prospective lovers. There are those who naturally have the qualities that appeals to them and there are those who simply don’t. At the turn of the 21st century, the advent of woman’s freedom and rights brought about a change in the how love and marriage come about. While Prufrock may have found a relationship possible in times past, he is clearly at a disadvantage in the modern world. Prufrock is unable to handle all the politics that goes along with courting new-age women because he lacks the personality traits to appeal to them.
      Thanks for the input!!
      It is true that I tend to write lengthy sentences. I’ll try to cut them down. Also, I was thinking about easing down the use of Prufrocks name earlier, but I was unsure. Somtimes I don’t see problems like that as obtrusive as others do. I guess that’s the reason I asked for a review.

    11. Yes, Dems, I no longer think that it’s going to take until mid-October for it to be clear to even you guys that the fantasy of a guy with no meaningful qualifications (except how he makes lefties FEEL) making it to the White House is over. Kaput. Sayonara, Bay-Bee. Fuhgeddabouddit!

      For those of you too young to realize exactly what’s transpiring at this moment, let me explain:

      1 – Undecideds are going to finally decide and the name of the next President is what they’ll decide,

      2 – Undecideds are just now beginning to decide which candidate they’ll choose,

      3 – Obama’s total lack of meaningful qualifications for the job is evident to undecideds, and

      4 – McCain is picking up 60% of undecideds to Obama’s 40% and that’s enough to put him over 50% of the popular vote and to take enough states to win the electoral college.

      Keep a close eye on what is happening over the next few weeks (in the Real World, not here on YA) and ask yourselves if what I’ve just described is not, in fact, precisely what is happening. You’re going to be watching the slow and distinct erosion of popular support for Obama and the same slow and distinct increase in popular support for McCain.

      Obama finds himself between a rock and a hard place because his only plausible means of getting back on top is to go extremely negative; unfortunately for him, of course, that would doom his candidacy in an even worse way by making him appear to be a total hypocrite. Face it, he’s really boxed himself into a corner and is plain flat stuck to the wall by his past rhetoric. Not that that’s a bad thing; I’m not exactly fond of extremely negative campaigning.

      Reality Check 101: It’s already too late to stop this trend. Yes, really — it doesn’t work that way without total surprises. And, of course, the only way to consider a total upside surprise for Obama at this point is to live in hope and that is a very low form of existence as most hopes in this life are dashed on the rocks of reality. Right?

      Remember, kids, you read it here first. Seriously.

    12. My name is Lua, my interests are listening to Karen Carpenter (Recently), The Seekers, Beatles occasionally, watching classic series of Thomas the Tank Engine (New series I am okay with, but the old ones are better), watching Whose Line is it Anyway?, drawing anime/manga, doodling, daydreaming, writing fan fictions, reading fiction, manga and fan fictions, thinking about rather useless stuff, browsing deviantArt, napping, singing while showering, Math, Science, playing Plants vs Zombies, thinking of ways to improve my drawings, watching MLP: Friendship is Magic, reading newspapers, and such. By the way, I am a Muslim, and I live in Indonesia (Yes, the three slangs are used in US, I’m just curious)

      My favourite songs are:
      -Georgy Girl
      -A World of Our Own
      -I’ll Never Find Another You
      -Hello, Mary Lou
      -Please, Mister Postman
      -We’ve Only Just Begun
      -Morningtown Ride
      -The Show
      -Far Shore
      -That’s What Friends Are For
      -Night Train
      -Little Engines
      -Every Cloud is Silver Lined (Or Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining, idk)

      I don’t think I should follow trends, since I think they are a bit dumb, mostly it involves drooling over ‘popular Korean-looking boy band members’, ‘gossiping’, ‘so-called dating’, ‘making marriage plans of Korean-looking boy band members’, etc. In my school it’s like that, at least. One of the reasons why I don’t follow trends is one of my friends. She is about my age, but she already has ‘over-average’ breasts, lots of acne, and is OBSESSED with boys! She has a diary filled with marriage plans, thoughts about trending boy bands, gf/bf things, and delicious drama. Lots of delicious drama.

      Fav Books (Still have a lot to go on)
      -Dork Diaries
      -Diary of a Wimpy Kid
      -Practically most of the “Realistic school-life fiction, similar to above”

      Fav Food:
      -Chocolate with almonds inside
      -Fried squid rings
      -Cheese (And cheese fries, baked cheese, cheese pizza, cheese filled toast with cheese on top, cheese popcorn, cheese sticks etc)
      -Gummy candies
      -Squid fried rice

      So, am I a Geek, a Nerd, or a Dork?

      Sorry for the long question and the inconveniently useless facts.
      Oh, I knew when I state I was a Muslim, people will immediately post one of those ‘U R DA TERRORITZ!!!!!11111’ answers. I’m sure those people are either stereotyping pieces of crud or just joking. By the way, my best friend is a Christian, and I have nothing against other religions :).

      NO, before you ask, NO, I hereby state THAT I WILL NOT COME TO YOUR HOUSE WITH MY TERRORIST FRIENDS (If there is any!) AND DESTROY CHRISTIANS WITH MY SUPER-KEWL LAZER GUNS!

      (Sorry, just gotta do that… For the lulz)
      LuLin, I don’t think I came here for an advertisement, but for an ANSWER. So please, avoid answering questions with advertisement UNLESS the person asked for it. Thank you C:

    13. You may not believe the numbers, but the trend towards McCain/Palin is undeniable. No WONDER the media is so desperate to destroy Palin. But you can’t shoot wonderwoman.

      http://www.realclearpolitics.c.....a-225.html
      Its a superball bounce. The difference is that McCain defined a message and introduced a wildly popular VP choice. So its likely to stick.

      Liberals never gain ground in the fall. If they’re not up by 15 they have no chance.

    14. Poetry Draft Paper
      In the age of the 21st century, a new sense of liberalism was introduced into our society: disparate forms of entertainment and expression started to emerge within the media, African Americans had begun their endeavor for racial equality,and more relevantly, women had finally begun to experience liberties like they never had a chance to before. In the poem “ The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S. Eliot, J. Alfred Prufrock connotes the 21st century man. Prufrock finds himself in an age of a drastic cultural shift from previous times, and this change makes it difficult for characters of Prufrock’s type to comfortably situate themselves within society. His personality is somewhat of an isolating factor in terms of his social life. This is illustrated by Prufrock’s constant pondering about whether or not to approach a woman he desires throughout the poem. The woman of the modern age is now liberated and free to choose whomever she pleases, and with societies new mindset, she wants the most outgoing, exciting, fun, and daring man she can find; However, with Prufrocks’s over-polite, uptight, and cautious ways, Prufrock clearly doesn’t fit the bill. Long gone are the days of lone reliance on family class and status dictating ones success with courtship, so Prufrock is debating with himself on whether it is even possible to overcome his personality shortcomings that hinder social prevalence and any real chance at romantic success.
      Unlike the norms of modern days, Prufrock writes about meeting women over tea and toast discussing historical figures “ Time for you and time for me, and time yet for a hundred indecisions, and for a hundred visions and revisions, Before the taking of a toast and tea. In the room the women come and go Talking of Michelangelo.” His choice for a romantic evening shows his caution. A typical date would include a night at a dance club or a day ice skating, but Prufrock is simply too careful and safe. His inability to take risk with his decisions and seek out excitement puts him at odds with what has come to be expected from modern-day bachelors. I believe Prufrock’s caution arises from his fear of the outcome of expressing his deep feelings and emotions. In the poem, Prufrock asks himself if it would be worth it at all “And would it have been worth it, after all, after the cups, the marmalade, the tea, among the porcelain, among some talk of you and me, would it have been worth while to have bitten of the mater with a smile.” The fear compels him to keep his emotions concealed.
      Another issue with with Prufrock is his apparent over-politeness. Woman want men to be able to be assertive and take initiative when need be, but on the contrary, Prufrock is too mindful of others and worries that he may disrupt the occurring trends by deviating from his daily routine. It appears that he fears somehow altering life’s natural course “Do I dare Disturb the universe? In a minute there is time for decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse”. He is mindful of potential relationships this particular woman could engage in by not stepping in, and as a result, he uses it as an excuse to do nothing. The many times where Prufrock asks the question “ Do I dare?”, He is demonstrating his indecisiveness at a course of action. In order to prevail, he would have to be much more assertive and willing to take a initiative to pursue his love interest; otherwise, he risks procrastinating until his chance expires. The politeness he exhibits in this case is unnecessary and serves as a detriment to living a happy life.
      The final shortcoming that Prufrock demonstrates is his lack of laxity. In the poem, It appears that his demeanor is anything but relaxed; on the contrary, he seems uptight and rigidly conventional. This behavior is most apparent in the beginning of the poem where he describes meeting women in hotels over tea discussing Michelangelo, and later, he describes how he is dressed “My morning coat, my collar mounting firmly to the chin, my necktie rich and modest, but asserted by a simple pin”. I get the distinct impression that Prufrock has a problem loosening himself. Woman nowadays want to get personal and develop close intimate relationships.From the his description of his conversations and of himself, Prufrock seems to have a business-like attitude in his approach with women. Conversations about Michaelangelo are not the type of discussions a woman would want when trying to establish personal relationships. Woman demand to know all your habits, feelings, and deepest thoughts. It is clear that Prufrock is not a very open person; hence, another setback to his ability to court is acknowledged.
      In these times, woman demand a lot from their prospective lovers. There are those who naturally have the qualities that appeals to them and there are those who simply don’t. At the turn of the 21st century, the advent of woman’s freedom and rights brought about a change in the how love and marriage come about. While Prufrock may have found a relationship possible in times past, he is clearly at a disadvantage in the modern world. Prufrock is unable to handle all the politics that goes along with courting new-age women because he lacks the personality traits to appeal to them.
      Thanks for the input!!
      It is true that I tend to write lengthy sentences. I’ll try to cut them down. Also, I was thinking about easing down the use of Prufrocks name earlier, but I was unsure. Somtimes I don’t see problems like that as obtrusive as others do. I guess that’s the reason I asked for a review.

    15. My name is Lua, my interests are listening to Karen Carpenter (Recently), The Seekers, Beatles occasionally, watching classic series of Thomas the Tank Engine (New series I am okay with, but the old ones are better), watching Whose Line is it Anyway?, drawing anime/manga, doodling, daydreaming, writing fan fictions, reading fiction, manga and fan fictions, thinking about rather useless stuff, browsing deviantArt, napping, singing while showering, Math, Science, playing Plants vs Zombies, thinking of ways to improve my drawings, watching MLP: Friendship is Magic, reading newspapers, and such. By the way, I am a Muslim, and I live in Indonesia (Yes, the three slangs are used in US, I’m just curious)

      My favourite songs are:
      -Georgy Girl
      -A World of Our Own
      -I’ll Never Find Another You
      -Hello, Mary Lou
      -Please, Mister Postman
      -We’ve Only Just Begun
      -Morningtown Ride
      -The Show
      -Far Shore
      -That’s What Friends Are For
      -Night Train
      -Little Engines
      -Every Cloud is Silver Lined (Or Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining, idk)

      I don’t think I should follow trends, since I think they are a bit dumb, mostly it involves drooling over ‘popular Korean-looking boy band members’, ‘gossiping’, ‘so-called dating’, ‘making marriage plans of Korean-looking boy band members’, etc. In my school it’s like that, at least. One of the reasons why I don’t follow trends is one of my friends. She is about my age, but she already has ‘over-average’ breasts, lots of acne, and is OBSESSED with boys! She has a diary filled with marriage plans, thoughts about trending boy bands, gf/bf things, and delicious drama. Lots of delicious drama.

      Fav Books (Still have a lot to go on)
      -Dork Diaries
      -Diary of a Wimpy Kid
      -Practically most of the “Realistic school-life fiction, similar to above”

      Fav Food:
      -Chocolate with almonds inside
      -Fried squid rings
      -Cheese (And cheese fries, baked cheese, cheese pizza, cheese filled toast with cheese on top, cheese popcorn, cheese sticks etc)
      -Gummy candies
      -Squid fried rice

      So, am I a Geek, a Nerd, or a Dork?

      Sorry for the long question and the inconveniently useless facts.
      Oh, I knew when I state I was a Muslim, people will immediately post one of those ‘U R DA TERRORITZ!!!!!11111’ answers. I’m sure those people are either stereotyping pieces of crud or just joking. By the way, my best friend is a Christian, and I have nothing against other religions :).

      NO, before you ask, NO, I hereby state THAT I WILL NOT COME TO YOUR HOUSE WITH MY TERRORIST FRIENDS (If there is any!) AND DESTROY CHRISTIANS WITH MY SUPER-KEWL LAZER GUNS!

      (Sorry, just gotta do that… For the lulz)
      LuLin, I don’t think I came here for an advertisement, but for an ANSWER. So please, avoid answering questions with advertisement UNLESS the person asked for it. Thank you C:

    16. My name is Lua, my interests are listening to Karen Carpenter (Recently), The Seekers, Beatles occasionally, watching classic series of Thomas the Tank Engine (New series I am okay with, but the old ones are better), watching Whose Line is it Anyway?, drawing anime/manga, doodling, daydreaming, writing fan fictions, reading fiction, manga and fan fictions, thinking about rather useless stuff, browsing deviantArt, napping, singing while showering, Math, Science, playing Plants vs Zombies, thinking of ways to improve my drawings, watching MLP: Friendship is Magic, reading newspapers, and such. By the way, I am a Muslim, and I live in Indonesia (Yes, the three slangs are used in US, I’m just curious)

      My favourite songs are:
      -Georgy Girl
      -A World of Our Own
      -I’ll Never Find Another You
      -Hello, Mary Lou
      -Please, Mister Postman
      -We’ve Only Just Begun
      -Morningtown Ride
      -The Show
      -Far Shore
      -That’s What Friends Are For
      -Night Train
      -Little Engines
      -Every Cloud is Silver Lined (Or Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining, idk)

      I don’t think I should follow trends, since I think they are a bit dumb, mostly it involves drooling over ‘popular Korean-looking boy band members’, ‘gossiping’, ‘so-called dating’, ‘making marriage plans of Korean-looking boy band members’, etc. In my school it’s like that, at least. One of the reasons why I don’t follow trends is one of my friends. She is about my age, but she already has ‘over-average’ breasts, lots of acne, and is OBSESSED with boys! She has a diary filled with marriage plans, thoughts about trending boy bands, gf/bf things, and delicious drama. Lots of delicious drama.

      Fav Books (Still have a lot to go on)
      -Dork Diaries
      -Diary of a Wimpy Kid
      -Practically most of the “Realistic school-life fiction, similar to above”

      Fav Food:
      -Chocolate with almonds inside
      -Fried squid rings
      -Cheese (And cheese fries, baked cheese, cheese pizza, cheese filled toast with cheese on top, cheese popcorn, cheese sticks etc)
      -Gummy candies
      -Squid fried rice

      So, am I a Geek, a Nerd, or a Dork?

      Sorry for the long question and the inconveniently useless facts.
      Oh, I knew when I state I was a Muslim, people will immediately post one of those ‘U R DA TERRORITZ!!!!!11111’ answers. I’m sure those people are either stereotyping pieces of crud or just joking. By the way, my best friend is a Christian, and I have nothing against other religions :).

      NO, before you ask, NO, I hereby state THAT I WILL NOT COME TO YOUR HOUSE WITH MY TERRORIST FRIENDS (If there is any!) AND DESTROY CHRISTIANS WITH MY SUPER-KEWL LAZER GUNS!

      (Sorry, just gotta do that… For the lulz)
      LuLin, I don’t think I came here for an advertisement, but for an ANSWER. So please, avoid answering questions with advertisement UNLESS the person asked for it. Thank you C:

    17. My name is Lua, my interests are listening to Karen Carpenter (Recently), The Seekers, Beatles occasionally, watching classic series of Thomas the Tank Engine (New series I am okay with, but the old ones are better), watching Whose Line is it Anyway?, drawing anime/manga, doodling, daydreaming, writing fan fictions, reading fiction, manga and fan fictions, thinking about rather useless stuff, browsing deviantArt, napping, singing while showering, Math, Science, playing Plants vs Zombies, thinking of ways to improve my drawings, watching MLP: Friendship is Magic, reading newspapers, and such. By the way, I am a Muslim, and I live in Indonesia (Yes, the three slangs are used in US, I’m just curious)

      My favourite songs are:
      -Georgy Girl
      -A World of Our Own
      -I’ll Never Find Another You
      -Hello, Mary Lou
      -Please, Mister Postman
      -We’ve Only Just Begun
      -Morningtown Ride
      -The Show
      -Far Shore
      -That’s What Friends Are For
      -Night Train
      -Little Engines
      -Every Cloud is Silver Lined (Or Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining, idk)

      I don’t think I should follow trends, since I think they are a bit dumb, mostly it involves drooling over ‘popular Korean-looking boy band members’, ‘gossiping’, ‘so-called dating’, ‘making marriage plans of Korean-looking boy band members’, etc. In my school it’s like that, at least. One of the reasons why I don’t follow trends is one of my friends. She is about my age, but she already has ‘over-average’ breasts, lots of acne, and is OBSESSED with boys! She has a diary filled with marriage plans, thoughts about trending boy bands, gf/bf things, and delicious drama. Lots of delicious drama.

      Fav Books (Still have a lot to go on)
      -Dork Diaries
      -Diary of a Wimpy Kid
      -Practically most of the “Realistic school-life fiction, similar to above”

      Fav Food:
      -Chocolate with almonds inside
      -Fried squid rings
      -Cheese (And cheese fries, baked cheese, cheese pizza, cheese filled toast with cheese on top, cheese popcorn, cheese sticks etc)
      -Gummy candies
      -Squid fried rice

      So, am I a Geek, a Nerd, or a Dork?

      Sorry for the long question and the inconveniently useless facts.
      Oh, I knew when I state I was a Muslim, people will immediately post one of those ‘U R DA TERRORITZ!!!!!11111’ answers. I’m sure those people are either stereotyping pieces of crud or just joking. By the way, my best friend is a Christian, and I have nothing against other religions :).

      NO, before you ask, NO, I hereby state THAT I WILL NOT COME TO YOUR HOUSE WITH MY TERRORIST FRIENDS (If there is any!) AND DESTROY CHRISTIANS WITH MY SUPER-KEWL LAZER GUNS!

      (Sorry, just gotta do that… For the lulz)
      LuLin, I don’t think I came here for an advertisement, but for an ANSWER. So please, avoid answering questions with advertisement UNLESS the person asked for it. Thank you C:

    18. Yes, Dems, I no longer think that it’s going to take until mid-October for it to be clear to even you guys that the fantasy of a guy with no meaningful qualifications (except how he makes lefties FEEL) making it to the White House is over. Kaput. Sayonara, Bay-Bee. Fuhgeddabouddit!

      For those of you too young to realize exactly what’s transpiring at this moment, let me explain:

      1 – Undecideds are going to finally decide and the name of the next President is what they’ll decide,

      2 – Undecideds are just now beginning to decide which candidate they’ll choose,

      3 – Obama’s total lack of meaningful qualifications for the job is evident to undecideds, and

      4 – McCain is picking up 60% of undecideds to Obama’s 40% and that’s enough to put him over 50% of the popular vote and to take enough states to win the electoral college.

      Keep a close eye on what is happening over the next few weeks (in the Real World, not here on YA) and ask yourselves if what I’ve just described is not, in fact, precisely what is happening. You’re going to be watching the slow and distinct erosion of popular support for Obama and the same slow and distinct increase in popular support for McCain.

      Obama finds himself between a rock and a hard place because his only plausible means of getting back on top is to go extremely negative; unfortunately for him, of course, that would doom his candidacy in an even worse way by making him appear to be a total hypocrite. Face it, he’s really boxed himself into a corner and is plain flat stuck to the wall by his past rhetoric. Not that that’s a bad thing; I’m not exactly fond of extremely negative campaigning.

      Reality Check 101: It’s already too late to stop this trend. Yes, really — it doesn’t work that way without total surprises. And, of course, the only way to consider a total upside surprise for Obama at this point is to live in hope and that is a very low form of existence as most hopes in this life are dashed on the rocks of reality. Right?

      Remember, kids, you read it here first. Seriously.

    19. Yes, Dems, I no longer think that it’s going to take until mid-October for it to be clear to even you guys that the fantasy of a guy with no meaningful qualifications (except how he makes lefties FEEL) making it to the White House is over. Kaput. Sayonara, Bay-Bee. Fuhgeddabouddit!

      For those of you too young to realize exactly what’s transpiring at this moment, let me explain:

      1 – Undecideds are going to finally decide and the name of the next President is what they’ll decide,

      2 – Undecideds are just now beginning to decide which candidate they’ll choose,

      3 – Obama’s total lack of meaningful qualifications for the job is evident to undecideds, and

      4 – McCain is picking up 60% of undecideds to Obama’s 40% and that’s enough to put him over 50% of the popular vote and to take enough states to win the electoral college.

      Keep a close eye on what is happening over the next few weeks (in the Real World, not here on YA) and ask yourselves if what I’ve just described is not, in fact, precisely what is happening. You’re going to be watching the slow and distinct erosion of popular support for Obama and the same slow and distinct increase in popular support for McCain.

      Obama finds himself between a rock and a hard place because his only plausible means of getting back on top is to go extremely negative; unfortunately for him, of course, that would doom his candidacy in an even worse way by making him appear to be a total hypocrite. Face it, he’s really boxed himself into a corner and is plain flat stuck to the wall by his past rhetoric. Not that that’s a bad thing; I’m not exactly fond of extremely negative campaigning.

      Reality Check 101: It’s already too late to stop this trend. Yes, really — it doesn’t work that way without total surprises. And, of course, the only way to consider a total upside surprise for Obama at this point is to live in hope and that is a very low form of existence as most hopes in this life are dashed on the rocks of reality. Right?

      Remember, kids, you read it here first. Seriously.

    20. I’ve recently become enamored with the idea of owning a trench coat. I love to look of the classic, khaki/toast colored, double-breasted Burberry trenches, but I don’t have $600 plus to spend on a coat. I’ve scoured the internet and found a few promising designs (London Fog and DKNY Abby Zipper Trench), but its a bit late in the coat season and no one seems to have my size (small) in the color I want (khaki/toast).

      My mother suggested I look at QVC. Doubting the fashion sense of QVC, I begrudgingly poked around on their website. I found an Isaac Mizrahi design (http://www.qvc.com/qic/qvcapp......Dot-Lining) that looked fairly similar to the Burberry design I loved so much. But, the buttons are gold! At first this was a huge turn-off, but now that I think about it, I am not so sure. I want this trench to last for years, unphased by the seasons’ trends.

      Are gold buttons classic or tacky?

    21. Yes, Dems, I no longer think that it’s going to take until mid-October for it to be clear to even you guys that the fantasy of a guy with no meaningful qualifications (except how he makes lefties FEEL) making it to the White House is over. Kaput. Sayonara, Bay-Bee. Fuhgeddabouddit!

      For those of you too young to realize exactly what’s transpiring at this moment, let me explain:

      1 – Undecideds are going to finally decide and the name of the next President is what they’ll decide,

      2 – Undecideds are just now beginning to decide which candidate they’ll choose,

      3 – Obama’s total lack of meaningful qualifications for the job is evident to undecideds, and

      4 – McCain is picking up 60% of undecideds to Obama’s 40% and that’s enough to put him over 50% of the popular vote and to take enough states to win the electoral college.

      Keep a close eye on what is happening over the next few weeks (in the Real World, not here on YA) and ask yourselves if what I’ve just described is not, in fact, precisely what is happening. You’re going to be watching the slow and distinct erosion of popular support for Obama and the same slow and distinct increase in popular support for McCain.

      Obama finds himself between a rock and a hard place because his only plausible means of getting back on top is to go extremely negative; unfortunately for him, of course, that would doom his candidacy in an even worse way by making him appear to be a total hypocrite. Face it, he’s really boxed himself into a corner and is plain flat stuck to the wall by his past rhetoric. Not that that’s a bad thing; I’m not exactly fond of extremely negative campaigning.

      Reality Check 101: It’s already too late to stop this trend. Yes, really — it doesn’t work that way without total surprises. And, of course, the only way to consider a total upside surprise for Obama at this point is to live in hope and that is a very low form of existence as most hopes in this life are dashed on the rocks of reality. Right?

      Remember, kids, you read it here first. Seriously.

    22. Yes, Dems, I no longer think that it’s going to take until mid-October for it to be clear to even you guys that the fantasy of a guy with no meaningful qualifications (except how he makes lefties FEEL) making it to the White House is over. Kaput. Sayonara, Bay-Bee. Fuhgeddabouddit!

      For those of you too young to realize exactly what’s transpiring at this moment, let me explain:

      1 – Undecideds are going to finally decide and the name of the next President is what they’ll decide,

      2 – Undecideds are just now beginning to decide which candidate they’ll choose,

      3 – Obama’s total lack of meaningful qualifications for the job is evident to undecideds, and

      4 – McCain is picking up 60% of undecideds to Obama’s 40% and that’s enough to put him over 50% of the popular vote and to take enough states to win the electoral college.

      Keep a close eye on what is happening over the next few weeks (in the Real World, not here on YA) and ask yourselves if what I’ve just described is not, in fact, precisely what is happening. You’re going to be watching the slow and distinct erosion of popular support for Obama and the same slow and distinct increase in popular support for McCain.

      Obama finds himself between a rock and a hard place because his only plausible means of getting back on top is to go extremely negative; unfortunately for him, of course, that would doom his candidacy in an even worse way by making him appear to be a total hypocrite. Face it, he’s really boxed himself into a corner and is plain flat stuck to the wall by his past rhetoric. Not that that’s a bad thing; I’m not exactly fond of extremely negative campaigning.

      Reality Check 101: It’s already too late to stop this trend. Yes, really — it doesn’t work that way without total surprises. And, of course, the only way to consider a total upside surprise for Obama at this point is to live in hope and that is a very low form of existence as most hopes in this life are dashed on the rocks of reality. Right?

      Remember, kids, you read it here first. Seriously.

    23. This is a tribute to the nice guys. The nice guys that finish last, that never become more than friends, that endure hours of whining and bitching about what assholes guys are, while disproving the very point. This is dedicated to those guys who always provide a shoulder to lean on but restrain themselves to tentative hugs, those guys who hold open doors and give reassuring pats on the back and sit patiently outside the changing room at department stores. This is in honor of the guys that obligingly reiterate how cute/beautiful/smart/funny/sexy their female friends are at the appropriate moment, because they know most girls need that litany of support. This is in honor of the guys with open minds, with laid-back attitudes, with honest concern. This is in honor of the guys who respect a girl’s every facet, from her privacy to her theology to her clothing style.

      This is for the guys who escort their drunk, bewildered female friends back from parties and never take advantage once they’re at her door, for the guys who accompany girls to bars as buffers against the rest of the creepy male population, for the guys who know a girl is fishing for compliments but give them out anyway, for the guys who always play by the rules in a game where the rules favor cheaters, for the guys who are accredited as boyfriend material but somehow don’t end up being boyfriends, for all the nice guys who are overlooked, underestimated, and unappreciated, for all the nice guys who are manipulated, misled, and unjustly abandoned, this is for you.

      This is for that time she left 40 urgent messages on your cell phone, and when you called her back, she spent three hours painstakingly dissecting two sentences her boyfriend said to her over dinner. And even though you thought her boyfriend was a chump and a jerk, you assured her that it was all ok and she shouldn’t worry about it. This is for that time she interrupted the best killing spree you’d ever orchestrated in GTA3 to rant about a rumor that romantically linked her and the guy she thinks is the most repulsive person in the world. And even though you thought it was immature and you had nothing against the guy, you paused the game for two hours and helped her concoct a counter-rumor to spread around the floor. This is also for that time she didn’t have a date, so after numerous vows that there was nothing “serious” between the two of you, she dragged you to a party where you knew nobody, the beer was awful, and even though you were invited purely as a symbolic warm body for her ego, you went anyways. Because you’re nice like that.

      The nice guys don’t often get credit where credit is due. And perhaps more disturbing, the nice guys don’t seem to get laid as often as they should. And I wish I could logically explain this trend, but I can’t. Yet SOME *not all* woman, continue to lament the lack of datable men in the world, and they expect their too-nice-to-date male friends to sympathize and apologize for the men that are jerks. Sorry, guys, girls like that are beyond my ability to fathom. But one thing I can do, is say that the nice-guy-finishes-last phenomenon doesn’t last forever. There are definitely *many* girls who grow out of that train of thought and realize they should be dating the nice guys, not taking them for granted. The tricky part is finding those girls, and even trickier, finding the ones that are single.

      So, until those girls are found, I propose a toast to all the nice guys. You know who you are, and I know you’re sick of hearing yourself described as ubiquitously nice. But the truth of the matter is, the world needs your patience in the department store, your holding open of doors, your party escorting services, your propensity to be a sucker for a pretty smile. For all the crazy, inane, absurd things you tolerate, for all the situations where you are the faceless, nameless hero, my accolades, my acknowledgement, and my gratitude go out to you. You do have credibility in this society, and your well deserved vindication is coming

    24. I see ALOT of women wearing cross necklaces. Not little ones, BIG ones. Like this! -http://www.google.ca/imgres?um=1&hl=en&sa=N&rlz=1C1GGGE_enCA436CA436&biw=1280&bih=709&tbm=isch&tbnid=4K6n-7LLQgG2nM:&imgrefurl=http://junialoves.com/jewelry-trend-ss-2010-cross-pendants/&docid=I1ECNH_6Kvt1ZM&imgurl=http://junialoves.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/cross-necklace-fashion-toast.jpg&w=582&h=388&ei=HrpWT-HHF7Po2gX2_5jnCQ&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=745&vpy=415&dur=934&hovh=183&hovw=275&tx=203&ty=150&sig=104833988503668670958&page=4&tbnh=173&tbnw=231&start=66&ndsp=21&ved=1t:429,r:19,s:66
      Do you think they’re all Christians?
      I kind of like the look but i am in NO way Christian. Is it “bad” to wear them if you don’t participate in the religion?
      What’s your opinions?

    25. i’m thinking of starting an ezine webzine whatever you wanna call it but i’m not sure about a name. It’s going to be about Video games and anything related. So if you have any ideas let me know thanks!.

    26. What makes a boy cute to you?

      Am I the only one who looks at like this and hear me through (sorry to be wordy) but- Cute to me seems to be this concept whereas you look like the majority… For example, is it not fair to say the mainstream media has some large impact particularly in the teen stage of life where it plants the seed in our heads of what’s cute and what’s ugly.

      Cute to me seems to be looking like the majority of the human race based on the examples I see teens these days pointing to. I’m sorry – but if you think Justin Beiber looks amazingly unique your sorely mistaken- I see TONS and I repeat TONSSSS of kids who look just like him. Sure they lack the hollywood dazle effects ala the hairdressers, the clothes etc- but my point being that a LOT of kids have the potential to look like their favorite stars etc… Face structure in large seems to play a large role in cute factor.

      So therefore- What’s ugly is having a unique face structure? This to me is kinda confusing to wrap your head around- So same is cute, different is ugly. Following trends is hott, Being different is often viewed as wierd? Seeing a pattern hear?

      Is it just me who finds what you call “ugly” people to be fascinating- One can be different in personality and one can be different in appearance- Shouldn’t having both be a blessing rather than looked down upon?

      Who are WE to define people- We all have the same organs, the same basic structures etc… Yet we look down upon one another far to often for our differences…

      Ya know call me crazy but I think when I see someone who looks different, who thinks different, who just is plain different- They really catch my eye- They really open up my senses to life more- They really make a larger impact on my life versus someone of the stale, sameness variety which you see left and right ya da da.

      I mean this isn’t to say I hate what you call cute people- but rather, I just wanted to twist this cute and ugly concept around a little to get you thinking- If a unique face structure and this bizare train of thought makes me a wierdo ugly duckling well then thumbs up to me! Because, I think that if you would just look at what advances mankind the most- It’s the crazy ones…

      So heres a toast to the crazy ones! Be you!

      (Einstein… Edison… I mean damn the dude failed 10,000 times with the lightbulb got to be a wee bit crazy to try that many times!!)

    27. I’ve recently become enamored with the idea of owning a trench coat. I love to look of the classic, khaki/toast colored, double-breasted Burberry trenches, but I don’t have $600 plus to spend on a coat. I’ve scoured the internet and found a few promising designs (London Fog and DKNY Abby Zipper Trench), but its a bit late in the coat season and no one seems to have my size (small) in the color I want (khaki/toast).

      My mother suggested I look at QVC. Doubting the fashion sense of QVC, I begrudgingly poked around on their website. I found an Isaac Mizrahi design (http://www.qvc.com/qic/qvcapp......Dot-Lining) that looked fairly similar to the Burberry design I loved so much. But, the buttons are gold! At first this was a huge turn-off, but now that I think about it, I am not so sure. I want this trench to last for years, unphased by the seasons’ trends.

      Are gold buttons classic or tacky?

    28. My name is Lua, my interests are listening to Karen Carpenter (Recently), The Seekers, Beatles occasionally, watching classic series of Thomas the Tank Engine (New series I am okay with, but the old ones are better), watching Whose Line is it Anyway?, drawing anime/manga, doodling, daydreaming, writing fan fictions, reading fiction, manga and fan fictions, thinking about rather useless stuff, browsing deviantArt, napping, singing while showering, Math, Science, playing Plants vs Zombies, thinking of ways to improve my drawings, watching MLP: Friendship is Magic, reading newspapers, and such. By the way, I am a Muslim, and I live in Indonesia (Yes, the three slangs are used in US, I’m just curious)

      My favourite songs are:
      -Georgy Girl
      -A World of Our Own
      -I’ll Never Find Another You
      -Hello, Mary Lou
      -Please, Mister Postman
      -We’ve Only Just Begun
      -Morningtown Ride
      -The Show
      -Far Shore
      -That’s What Friends Are For
      -Night Train
      -Little Engines
      -Every Cloud is Silver Lined (Or Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining, idk)

      I don’t think I should follow trends, since I think they are a bit dumb, mostly it involves drooling over ‘popular Korean-looking boy band members’, ‘gossiping’, ‘so-called dating’, ‘making marriage plans of Korean-looking boy band members’, etc. In my school it’s like that, at least. One of the reasons why I don’t follow trends is one of my friends. She is about my age, but she already has ‘over-average’ breasts, lots of acne, and is OBSESSED with boys! She has a diary filled with marriage plans, thoughts about trending boy bands, gf/bf things, and delicious drama. Lots of delicious drama.

      Fav Books (Still have a lot to go on)
      -Dork Diaries
      -Diary of a Wimpy Kid
      -Practically most of the “Realistic school-life fiction, similar to above”

      Fav Food:
      -Chocolate with almonds inside
      -Fried squid rings
      -Cheese (And cheese fries, baked cheese, cheese pizza, cheese filled toast with cheese on top, cheese popcorn, cheese sticks etc)
      -Gummy candies
      -Squid fried rice

      So, am I a Geek, a Nerd, or a Dork?

      Sorry for the long question and the inconveniently useless facts.
      Oh, I knew when I state I was a Muslim, people will immediately post one of those ‘U R DA TERRORITZ!!!!!11111’ answers. I’m sure those people are either stereotyping pieces of crud or just joking. By the way, my best friend is a Christian, and I have nothing against other religions :).

      NO, before you ask, NO, I hereby state THAT I WILL NOT COME TO YOUR HOUSE WITH MY TERRORIST FRIENDS (If there is any!) AND DESTROY CHRISTIANS WITH MY SUPER-KEWL LAZER GUNS!

      (Sorry, just gotta do that… For the lulz)
      LuLin, I don’t think I came here for an advertisement, but for an ANSWER. So please, avoid answering questions with advertisement UNLESS the person asked for it. Thank you C:

    29. My gas line is being repaired and so I can’t cook on my stove top.

      Right now I have chicken soup heating in my crock-pot, rice cooking in the microwave, and will toast bread to go with the two in my toaster oven.

      I have no problem with this but my father can’t grasp the concept of needing to defrost something in order to cook it.

      He is sulking in his bedroom right now and so I’m trying to think of something to cook tomorrow that will cheer him (or shut him) up.

      I know there used to be a HUGE trend in Microwave Cookery and Crock-Pots are making a resurgence so I’m wondering if you have any links to sites that have some good recipes?

      Thanks a ton!

    30. 1. Do you put butter/margarine on your toast?
      2. Have you ever worn anything pink?
      3. Do you drive to work/school?
      4. Have you ever sent an email and forgot to add the attachment?
      5. Do you wear Clip-ons or Real sunglasses?
      6. Can you dance (have you ever tried)?
      7. What is your favourite song for driving?
      9. Do you ever read the “Trending Thingy” on the top of Y!A ?
      10. What question will you answer next?
      11. Are you a good sneaker?
      12. Last film you watched?
      13. Have you had any past lives (that you know of)?
      14. Scream something random (that’s right, an actual time and place for ALL CAPS!) ?
      15. How many languages do you wish you could speak?
      16. What greeting do you use the most?

    31. This is a tribute to the nice guys. The nice guys that finish last, that never become more than friends, that endure hours of whining and bitching about what assholes guys are, while disproving the very point. This is dedicated to those guys who always provide a shoulder to lean on but restrain themselves to tentative hugs, those guys who hold open doors and give reassuring pats on the back and sit patiently outside the changing room at department stores. This is in honor of the guys that obligingly reiterate how cute/beautiful/smart/funny/sexy their female friends are at the appropriate moment, because they know most girls need that litany of support. This is in honor of the guys with open minds, with laid-back attitudes, with honest concern. This is in honor of the guys who respect a girl’s every facet, from her privacy to her theology to her clothing style.

      This is for the guys who escort their drunk, bewildered female friends back from parties and never take advantage once they’re at her door, for the guys who accompany girls to bars as buffers against the rest of the creepy male population, for the guys who know a girl is fishing for compliments but give them out anyway, for the guys who always play by the rules in a game where the rules favor cheaters, for the guys who are accredited as boyfriend material but somehow don’t end up being boyfriends, for all the nice guys who are overlooked, underestimated, and unappreciated, for all the nice guys who are manipulated, misled, and unjustly abandoned, this is for you.

      This is for that time she left 40 urgent messages on your cell phone, and when you called her back, she spent three hours painstakingly dissecting two sentences her boyfriend said to her over dinner. And even though you thought her boyfriend was a chump and a jerk, you assured her that it was all ok and she shouldn’t worry about it. This is for that time she interrupted the best killing spree you’d ever orchestrated in GTA3 to rant about a rumor that romantically linked her and the guy she thinks is the most repulsive person in the world. And even though you thought it was immature and you had nothing against the guy, you paused the game for two hours and helped her concoct a counter-rumor to spread around the floor. This is also for that time she didn’t have a date, so after numerous vows that there was nothing “serious” between the two of you, she dragged you to a party where you knew nobody, the beer was awful, and even though you were invited purely as a symbolic warm body for her ego, you went anyways. Because you’re nice like that.

      The nice guys don’t often get credit where credit is due. And perhaps more disturbing, the nice guys don’t seem to get laid as often as they should. And I wish I could logically explain this trend, but I can’t. Yet SOME *not all* woman, continue to lament the lack of datable men in the world, and they expect their too-nice-to-date male friends to sympathize and apologize for the men that are jerks. Sorry, guys, girls like that are beyond my ability to fathom. But one thing I can do, is say that the nice-guy-finishes-last phenomenon doesn’t last forever. There are definitely *many* girls who grow out of that train of thought and realize they should be dating the nice guys, not taking them for granted. The tricky part is finding those girls, and even trickier, finding the ones that are single.

      So, until those girls are found, I propose a toast to all the nice guys. You know who you are, and I know you’re sick of hearing yourself described as ubiquitously nice. But the truth of the matter is, the world needs your patience in the department store, your holding open of doors, your party escorting services, your propensity to be a sucker for a pretty smile. For all the crazy, inane, absurd things you tolerate, for all the situations where you are the faceless, nameless hero, my accolades, my acknowledgement, and my gratitude go out to you. You do have credibility in this society, and your well deserved vindication is coming

    32. The reason is because my family is tight about money around this time of the year.
      – We don’t even have any food in our cobard. We don’t have any petrol in our car so I can’t do go to school.

      Her family is rich. They’ve got a beautiful house and she has got the latest trends and makeup and can go to the mall every day if she wanted to.

      – I rarely go to the mall. I’ve only been there once this year.
      Whenever I try to explain this to her, she gets really angry at me and thinks that I’m lying!
      I’ve only had two pieces of toast within the last two days. I’m hungry, I’m sad and I’m angry.

      Before this had happened, I said I’d get her a Christmas Present. I haven’t gotten her one yet…I doubt I’ll even get a Christmas this year… There’s still 5 days of school left though.
      I haven’t gotten her one yet and now shes angry at me…

      Shes angry at me because I didn’t go to school to the cause of my family of 3 having no money. My Mum gets paid $350 every two weeks. I don’t know how to explain it to her since shes rich and she doesn’t know what it feels like.

    33. This is a tribute to the nice guys. The nice guys that finish last, that never become more than friends, that endure hours of whining and b!tching about what a$$holes guys are, while disproving the very point. This is dedicated to those guys who always provide a shoulder to lean on but restrain themselves to tentative hugs, those guys who hold open doors and give reassuring pats on the back and sit patiently outside the changing room at department stores. This is in honor of the guys that obligingly reiterate how cute/beautiful/smart/funny/sexy their female friends are at the appropriate moment, because they know most girls need that litany of support. This is in honor of the guys with open minds, with laid-back attitudes, with honest concern. This is in honor of the guys who respect a girl’s every facet, from her privacy to her theology to her clothing style.

      This is for the guys who escort their drunk, bewildered female friends back from parties and never take advantage of them once they’re at her door, for the guys who accompany girls to bars and parties as buffers against the rest of the creepy male population, for the guys who know a girl is just fishing for compliments but give them out anyway, for the guys who always play by the rules in a game where the rules favor cheaters, for the guys who are accredited as boyfriend material but somehow don’t end up being boyfriends, for all the nice guys who are overlooked, underestimated, and unappreciated, for all the nice guys who are manipulated, misled, and unjustly abandoned, this is for you.

      The nice guys don’t often get credit where credit is due. And I wish I could logically explain this trend, but I can’t. Many girls claim they just want to date a nice guy, but when presented with such a specimen, they say irrational, confusing things such as “oh, he’s too nice to date” or “he would be a good boyfriend but he’s not for me” or “he already puts up with so much from me, I couldn’t possibly ask him out!” or “you’re more like a brother to me” or the most frustrating of all: “no, that could ruin our friendship.” Yet, they continue to lament the lack of datable men in the world, and they expect their too-nice-to-date male friends to sympathize and apologize for the men that are jerks. Sorry, guys, girls like that are beyond my ability to fathom. I can’t figure out why the connection breaks down between what they say (I want a nice guy!) and what they do (I’m going to sleep with this complete ass now!). But one thing I can do is say that the nice-guy-finishes-last phenomenon doesn’t last forever. There are definitely many girls who grow out of that train of thought and realize they should be dating the nice guys, not taking them for granted. The tricky part is finding those girls, and even trickier, finding the ones that are single.

      So, until those girls are found, I propose a toast to all the nice guys. You know who you are, and I know you’re sick of hearing yourself described as ubiquitously nice. But the truth of the matter is, the world needs your patience in the department store, your holding open of doors, your party escorting services, and your propensity to be a sucker for a pretty smile. For all the crazy, inane, absurd things you tolerate, for all the situations where you are the faceless, nameless hero, my accolades, my acknowledgement, and my gratitude go out to you.

    34. Now that my brother is in collage there is one less person at the dinner table. Each member in my family has there own likes and dislikes but now there are less people so if theres something i don’t like only two may eat it. The decision was we would all be more open to new foods following the trends of this list of foods I have created recipes for what are good additions.
      This is the criteria budget friendly not cheap food not over expensive food. Also my only dislike is onions and garlic and (spicy pepper) maybe a little but I don’t like it when the flavor revolves and depends around them.
      Here is the list.

      Grains And Vegtables
      Rice

      Corn*

      Broccoli*

      Peas

      Lima Beans

      Succotash
      (Any Mixture Of Above)

      Sides
      Mashed Potatoes

      Potatoes

      Main Course
      Chicken Pot Pie*

      Chicken Pot Pie Variation:

      – Heat oven to 400
      – One Roasted Chicken From The Grocery Store Deli
      -Take It Off The Bone, Remove Skin And Chop It Up.
      – One Can Mixed Vegetables (No Potatoes In It)
      -Drain Water Off
      – One Can Cream Of Chicken Soup
      – One Can Milk
      – Salt And Pepper
      – Mix All Ingredients In A Big Pot And Bring Almost To A Boil
      – Line A Casserole Dish With Premade Pie Crust
      – Pour Mixture In Casserole Dish
      Cover With Another Crust And Poke Holes In It With A Fork
      – Place On Bottom Rack Of Oven And Cook Until Crust Is Brown
      – Instead Of Crust You Can Put Biscuits On Top

      Chicken Pot Pie Deluxe:

      – Homemade Mashed Potatoes
      – Chicken Gravy
      – Fresh Peas
      – Fresh Carrots
      – Corn (Fresh If Seasonal)
      – Homemade Crust (Top and Base)
      – Chicken Rotisserie Style

      Easy Chicken Pot Pie:

      – Heat Oven To 425°F, Fit Pie Crust Into 9-Inch Glass Pie Plate.
      – In 2-Quart Saucepan, Melt Butter Over Medium Heat. Cook And Stir 2 Minutes
      Or Until Tender. Stir In Flour, Salt And Pepper Until Well Blended.
      Cook 2 To 3 Minutes, Stirring Constantly.
      – Gradually Stir In Chicken Broth And Milk, Cooking And Stirring Until Bubbly
      And Thickened. Stir In Chicken And Thawed Mixed Vegetables.
      Remove From Heat. Spoon Chicken Mixture Into Crust-Lined Pie Plate.
      – Top with second crust; seal edge and flute.
      Cut slits in several places in top crust.
      – Cover Crust Edge With 2- To 3-Inch-Wide Strips Of Foil To Prevent Excessive
      Browning; Remove Foil During Last 15 Minutes Of Baking.
      – Bake 30 To 40 Minutes Or Until Crust Is Golden Brown.
      Let Stand 15 To 20 Minutes Before Serving.

      What You Need
      – 1 Box (15 oz) Refrigerated Pie Crusts, Softened As Directed On Box
      – 1/3 Cup Butter Or Margarine
      – 1/3 Cup All-Purpose Flour
      – 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
      – 1/4 Teaspoon Pepper
      – 1/2 Cup Milk
      – 1 Can Chicken Broth
      – 2 1/2 Cups Shredded Cooked Chicken
      – 2 Cups Frozen Mixed Vegetables, Thawed

      Chicken Pot Pie Basic:

      – Store Bought Crust
      – Chicken Gravy
      – Frozen Vegtables
      – Store Bought Chicken (Prepared/Cooked)
      – Microwave Mashed Potatoes (Bob Evans, Country Crock, Etc.)

      Roast Beaf
      – With Gravy

      Home Made Pizza (Thin Crust, Thick Crust)
      – Toppings (Bacon, Ham, Chicken, Steak)

      Quesadillas (Chicken, Steak)
      – Meat, Mesquite (Or BBQ), Sour Cream, Tomatoes, Avocoda, Lettuce,
      Mixed Cheese, Guacamole

      Breaded Chicken Topped With Melted Cheese

      Luther (Well Sort Of) Hamburger
      – Toasted Bagel Buns, Ground Beef, Melted Monterey Jack Cheese, Bacon,
      Avocado, Lettuce, And Tomatoes

      Mac And Cheese With Bacon

      – 1/2 Pound Elbow Macaroni
      – 3 Tablespoons Butter
      – 3 Tablespoons Flour
      – 1 Tablespoon Powdered Mustard
      – 3 Cups Milk
      – 1 Bay Leaf
      – 1/2 Teaspoon Paprika
      – 1 Large Egg
      – 12 Ounces Sharp Cheddar, Shredded
      – 1 Teaspoon Salt
      – Fresh Black Pepper

      Preheat Oven To 350 Degrees F
      – In A Large Pot of Boiling, Salted Water Cook The Pasta To Al Dente
      – While The Pasta Is Cooking, In A Separate Pot, Melt The Butter
      – Whisk In The Flour And Mustard And Keep It Moving For About Five Minutes
      – Make Sure It’s Free of Lumps
      – Stir In The Milk, Bay Leaf, And Paprika
      – Simmer For Ten Minutes And Remove The Bay Leaf
      – Temper In The Egg
      – Stir In 3/4 of The Cheese
      – Season With Salt And Pepper
      – Fold The Macaroni Into The Mix And Pour Into A 2-Quart Casserole Dish
      – Top With Remaining Cheese And Bacon
      – Melt The Butter In A Saute Pan And Toss The Bread Crumbs To Coat
      – Top The Macaroni With The Bread Crumbs
      – Bake For 30 Minutes
      – Remove From Oven And Rest For Five Minutes Before Serving

      (*) Means Favorite

    35. If Obama is unable to hoodwink enough white blue collar voters in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania he is toast.

      New Mexico and Colorado are not worth much if anything in electoral votes and most of the Hispanics in Florida are Cuban American and trend Republican.

    36. Poetry Draft Paper
      In the age of the 21st century, a new sense of liberalism was introduced into our society: disparate forms of entertainment and expression started to emerge within the media, African Americans had begun their endeavor for racial equality,and more relevantly, women had finally begun to experience liberties like they never had a chance to before. In the poem “ The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S. Eliot, J. Alfred Prufrock connotes the 21st century man. Prufrock finds himself in an age of a drastic cultural shift from previous times, and this change makes it difficult for characters of Prufrock’s type to comfortably situate themselves within society. His personality is somewhat of an isolating factor in terms of his social life. This is illustrated by Prufrock’s constant pondering about whether or not to approach a woman he desires throughout the poem. The woman of the modern age is now liberated and free to choose whomever she pleases, and with societies new mindset, she wants the most outgoing, exciting, fun, and daring man she can find; However, with Prufrocks’s over-polite, uptight, and cautious ways, Prufrock clearly doesn’t fit the bill. Long gone are the days of lone reliance on family class and status dictating ones success with courtship, so Prufrock is debating with himself on whether it is even possible to overcome his personality shortcomings that hinder social prevalence and any real chance at romantic success.
      Unlike the norms of modern days, Prufrock writes about meeting women over tea and toast discussing historical figures “ Time for you and time for me, and time yet for a hundred indecisions, and for a hundred visions and revisions, Before the taking of a toast and tea. In the room the women come and go Talking of Michelangelo.” His choice for a romantic evening shows his caution. A typical date would include a night at a dance club or a day ice skating, but Prufrock is simply too careful and safe. His inability to take risk with his decisions and seek out excitement puts him at odds with what has come to be expected from modern-day bachelors. I believe Prufrock’s caution arises from his fear of the outcome of expressing his deep feelings and emotions. In the poem, Prufrock asks himself if it would be worth it at all “And would it have been worth it, after all, after the cups, the marmalade, the tea, among the porcelain, among some talk of you and me, would it have been worth while to have bitten of the mater with a smile.” The fear compels him to keep his emotions concealed.
      Another issue with with Prufrock is his apparent over-politeness. Woman want men to be able to be assertive and take initiative when need be, but on the contrary, Prufrock is too mindful of others and worries that he may disrupt the occurring trends by deviating from his daily routine. It appears that he fears somehow altering life’s natural course “Do I dare Disturb the universe? In a minute there is time for decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse”. He is mindful of potential relationships this particular woman could engage in by not stepping in, and as a result, he uses it as an excuse to do nothing. The many times where Prufrock asks the question “ Do I dare?”, He is demonstrating his indecisiveness at a course of action. In order to prevail, he would have to be much more assertive and willing to take a initiative to pursue his love interest; otherwise, he risks procrastinating until his chance expires. The politeness he exhibits in this case is unnecessary and serves as a detriment to living a happy life.
      The final shortcoming that Prufrock demonstrates is his lack of laxity. In the poem, It appears that his demeanor is anything but relaxed; on the contrary, he seems uptight and rigidly conventional. This behavior is most apparent in the beginning of the poem where he describes meeting women in hotels over tea discussing Michelangelo, and later, he describes how he is dressed “My morning coat, my collar mounting firmly to the chin, my necktie rich and modest, but asserted by a simple pin”. I get the distinct impression that Prufrock has a problem loosening himself. Woman nowadays want to get personal and develop close intimate relationships.From the his description of his conversations and of himself, Prufrock seems to have a business-like attitude in his approach with women. Conversations about Michaelangelo are not the type of discussions a woman would want when trying to establish personal relationships. Woman demand to know all your habits, feelings, and deepest thoughts. It is clear that Prufrock is not a very open person; hence, another setback to his ability to court is acknowledged.
      In these times, woman demand a lot from their prospective lovers. There are those who naturally have the qualities that appeals to them and there are those who simply don’t. At the turn of the 21st century, the advent of woman’s freedom and rights brought about a change in the how love and marriage come about. While Prufrock may have found a relationship possible in times past, he is clearly at a disadvantage in the modern world. Prufrock is unable to handle all the politics that goes along with courting new-age women because he lacks the personality traits to appeal to them.
      Thanks for the input!!
      It is true that I tend to write lengthy sentences. I’ll try to cut them down. Also, I was thinking about easing down the use of Prufrocks name earlier, but I was unsure. Somtimes I don’t see problems like that as obtrusive as others do. I guess that’s the reason I asked for a review.

    37. I wrote this essay for a contest. how’s my ‘ideal school’?

      My ideal school would be a boarding school, placed in a great city named Venheimen, far-far in the future. My ideal school would have around 2000 students and be named Morgan Aniston Secondary Boarding School, after the great man who founded the city.

      In my fictional universe, education starts at the age of 6 and ends at 16, with the option of university for the graduates. Students from the age of 6 to 11 go to primary school, where they would take the Primary School Examination (PSE) which will decide which secondary school they would go to. Students 12 to 16 go to secondary school and take the Secondary School Examination (SSE) at the age of 16.

      In my ideal school, classes start at 9am and finish at around 4pm, with lunch at noon lasting 1 hour. Friday classes end 1 hour early. Students study compulsory subjects such as English, Mathematics, Additional Mathematics, Science, Astrology, Computer Technology, World History, Basic Geography and Creative Art and have a choice to study elective courses such as French, Chinese, German, Biology, Chemistry, Advanced Computer Technology, Advanced Geography, Space Research, Business Studies, Music and Professional Art. Students are required to take at least 2 elective courses.

      Creativity is highly encouraged among students in the school. Students create an endless stream of new inventions, letting their dreams come to life, though not all of which are positive and work well. Once, a group of boy students built a war robot to battle against another team’s robot. The robot went awry, grabbing a hair design and fashioning machine made by a group of girl students and started hitting everyone on the head with it. To end the situation, a group of teachers and students hit the robot on the head with sledgehammers and mallets. The robot returned the hair design and fashioning machine to its creators, who were given such a bad haircut they had to be warded for shock.

      There is a computer room with virtual-reality computers where the internet is an interactive space one can delve in. Antivirus programs are virtual rifles held in one’s hand shooting corrupt files and viruses. Games are played with eye goggles and motion sensor gloves. The virtually unlimited number of games forced the school to limit computer time to 2 hours a week on weekends because students were spending 20 hours a day in the computer lab. This has upset many students. There is a hair salon for girls where they change their hair to any style and colour they want.

      Every Friday there are arms training lessons given to all students at 3pm. This is because all healthy 17 years olds have to go for military service for 1 year. They are taught the art of Gunkata, martial arts with weapons, the notoriously difficult art of avoiding an enemy’s weapon fire and firing your gun, practiced with click guns. Unarmed combat training is also given, causing a worrying trend of kung fu fights in the halls and full hospital wings every Friday. The secondary objective for arms training is to relieve the stress the students feel after a weeks worth of classes and homework. Students are free to leave the school on weekends and wander around the city or return home as long as they are back by 8pm on Sunday. Students are strictly forbidden from borrowing live weapons from the arms locker at all times.

      Breakfast consists of buttered toast, oatmeal, porridge, cereal, eggs, sausages and jam with coffee. Lunch, Steamed rice, cornmeal, bread, chicken, fish, vegetables and potatoes, whereas dinner is a hearty affair of lamb chops, roast chicken, vegetables and potatoes with Yorkshire pudding. The students select their desired meal on computer screens and their order will be served within 2 minutes. Students are allowed to be creative with their food as well, creating many awkward, strange and downright disgusting combinations of food. Instant noodles were served when there was a feast and everyone finished everything in the kitchens save for nissin noodles. A breakdown in communication (the telephone broke, and no one could call telecoms) ensured hearty meals of noodles 3 times a day for a week. There was a decrease in interest in noodles among all students.

      Students are also allowed to cook their own meals during cooking classes once a week to improve their skills. Many students found their hidden talent, creating exceptional meals of great taste, while many others find that their talents lay elsewhere, because their cooking was utterly repulsive. Once some students made Beef Wellington using a real, stinking Wellington boot stuffed with old beef they bought from a bargain bin and fried in mashed potato gravy, the smell of which caused 5 students to faint and 1 teacher poisoned because she was forced to try it, and let us not talk of the time someone tried to make a Baked Alaskan.

      Students are required to spend 2 hours a day in study rooms,

    38. This is a tribute to the nice guys. The nice guys finish last, that never become more than friends, that endure hours of whining and b*ching about what a**holes guys really are, while disproving that very point. This is dedicated to those guys who always provide a shoulder to lean on but restrain themselves to tentative hugs, those guys who hold open doors and give reassuring pats on the back and sit patiently outside the changing room at department stores. This is in honor of the guys that obligingly reiterate how cute/beautiful/smart/funny/sexy their female friends are at the appropriate moment, because they know most girls need that litany of support. This is in honor of the guys with open minds, laid-back attitudes, with honest concern. This is in honor of the guys who respect a girls every facet, from her privacy to her beliefs to her clothing style. This is for the guys who escort their drunk, bewildered female friends back from parties and never take advantage once they’re at her door, for the guys who accompany girls to bars as buffers against the creepy male population, for the guys who know a girl is fishing for compliments but give them out anyway, for the guys who always play by the rules of a game where the rules favor cheaters, for the guys who are accredited as boyfriend material but somehow don’t end up being boyfriends, for all the nice guys who are overlooked, underestimated, and unappreciated, for all the nice guys who are manipulated, misled, and unjustly abandoned. This is for you!
      This is for the time she left 40 urgent messages on your cellphone, and when you called her back, she spent three hours painstakingly dissecting two sentences her boyfriend said to her over dinner. And even though you thought her boyfriend was a chump and jerk, you assured her that it was all ok and she shouldn’t worry about it. This is for that time she interrupted your studying to rant about a rumor that romantically linked her and the guy she thinks is the most repulsive person in the world. And even though you thought it was immature and you had nothing against the guy, you paused the game for two hours and helped her concoct a counter-rumor to spread around the floor. This is also for that time she didn’t have a date so after numerous vows there was nothing “serious” between the two of you, she dragged you to a party where you knew nobody, the beer was awful, and she flirted shamelessly with you, justifying each fit of reckless teasing by announcing to everyone “oh we’re just friends!” And even though you were invited purely as a symbolic warm body for her ego, you went anyways. Because you’re nice like that. The nice guys don’t often get credit where credit is due. And perhaps more disturbing, the nice guys don’t seem to get laid as often as they should. And I wish I could logically explain this trend, but I can’t. From what I’ve observed on campus and what I have learned from talking with friends at other schools and in the workplace, the only conclusion I can form is that many girls are just illogical manipulative bi*ches. Many of them claim they want to date a nice guy, but when presented with such a specimen, they say irrational, confusing things such as “oh, he’s too nice to date” or “he would be a good boyfriend but he’s not for me” or “he already puts up with so much from me, I couldn’t possibly ask him out!” or the most frustrating of all “no, it would ruin our friendship.” Yet, they continue to lament the lack of datable men in the world, and they expect their too-nice-to-date male friends to sympathize and apologize for the men that are jerks. Sorry, guys, girls like that are beyond my ability to fathom. I can’t figure out why the connection breaks down between what they say (I want a nice guy!) and what they do (I’m going to sleep with this complete a** now!). But one thing I can do, is say that the nice-guy-finishes-last phenomenon doesn’t last for ever. There are definitely many girls who grow out of that train of thought and realize they should be dating the nice guys, not taking them for granted. The tricky part is finding those girls, and even trickier, finding the ones that are single. So, until those girls are found, I propose a toast to all the nice guys. You know who you are, and I know you’re sick of hearing yourself described as ubiquitously nice. But the truth of the matter is, the world needs your patience in the department store, your holding open of doors, your party escorting services, your propensity to be a sucker for a pretty smile. For all the crazy, inane, absurd things you tolerate, for all the situations where you are the faceless, nameless hero, my accolades, my acknowledgment, and my gratitude go out to you. You do have the credibility in this society and your well deserved vindication is coming

    39. Yes, Dems, I no longer think that it’s going to take until mid-October for it to be clear to even you guys that the fantasy of a guy with no meaningful qualifications (except how he makes lefties FEEL) making it to the White House is over. Kaput. Sayonara, Bay-Bee. Fuhgeddabouddit!

      For those of you too young to realize exactly what’s transpiring at this moment, let me explain:

      1 – Undecideds are going to finally decide and the name of the next President is what they’ll decide,

      2 – Undecideds are just now beginning to decide which candidate they’ll choose,

      3 – Obama’s total lack of meaningful qualifications for the job is evident to undecideds, and

      4 – McCain is picking up 60% of undecideds to Obama’s 40% and that’s enough to put him over 50% of the popular vote and to take enough states to win the electoral college.

      Keep a close eye on what is happening over the next few weeks (in the Real World, not here on YA) and ask yourselves if what I’ve just described is not, in fact, precisely what is happening. You’re going to be watching the slow and distinct erosion of popular support for Obama and the same slow and distinct increase in popular support for McCain.

      Obama finds himself between a rock and a hard place because his only plausible means of getting back on top is to go extremely negative; unfortunately for him, of course, that would doom his candidacy in an even worse way by making him appear to be a total hypocrite. Face it, he’s really boxed himself into a corner and is plain flat stuck to the wall by his past rhetoric. Not that that’s a bad thing; I’m not exactly fond of extremely negative campaigning.

      Reality Check 101: It’s already too late to stop this trend. Yes, really — it doesn’t work that way without total surprises. And, of course, the only way to consider a total upside surprise for Obama at this point is to live in hope and that is a very low form of existence as most hopes in this life are dashed on the rocks of reality. Right?

      Remember, kids, you read it here first. Seriously.

    40. In Maine, many people don’t know this but poverty runs high, well above what national statistics have it at. At my school over 80% of students qualify for free lunch, which if you had to pay for it would cost 1.50 every day. I live in the poorest town of Maine’s poorest county. Washington County, Maine is very impoverished. You hear of these mansions on the midcoast and in southern maine, but up here it’s either 1970s trailers that are fire prone and falling apart or 200 year old houses that are impossible to heat and are also falling down, and everything in them is rotten. Nobody up here has the money to repair them, and everyone I know this year applied for federal fuel assistance. A very high percentage of the population has some relation to illegal drugs, even with a population under 2000 people. There is no work, the labor that people do here is backbreaking, and you do tons of work for little pay. These odd jobs can also end in tragedy, several people die annually trying to make a living to support their families. The average lifespan for women in my county was one of few in the nation to fall in recent years, as women here cannot afford to keep up with the health trends that other places can. Many women here don’t make it out of their 50s and early 60s. But do you think this is bad. The generation before me, my mom and dad, worked in this same town at canning plants for so many cents per rod of herring they skinned, work that was being done by machine anywhere else you could name in the country. Some nights they were lucky to afford to eat a can of sardines they snuck from work and a potato. They couldn’t afford to heat their homes, and lived in 19th century houses that weren’t insulated and had no walls and ceilings and rotten floors. MY grandmother had to warm her bed with hot bricks when she was younger, you could set a glass of water next to her bed and in the morning it would be thoroughly frozen. They had no ceilings and had to walk across the roof beams to where their beds sat on wooden slats to hold them up. They farmed and clammed, and did EVERYTHING they could to survive. Few people had running water and while color tvs had been out for decades, my parents families still could only afford a black and white tv that was nearly 30 years old, there was no cable and you could pick up only channels 4, 9, and 13, of which 2 were canadian signals. That was in the late 70s early 80s. My mom nor dad never owned a bike, and on christmas they were lucky their parent’s were even sober, let alone they had anything under a tree. But they managed through the holidays, and my mom’s side of the family did get something, always something they needed. My mom told me a story that when she was in a grocery store she was slapped hard in front of many people for asking for a small candy bar, knowing they couldn’t afford it. They were raised tough, and in that time when controversy was breaking out about the whole “slapping your kids” debate, the slightest mistakes in families here were given harsh punishments. If you didn’t like what was for supper, the stove was there, and because they couldn’t afford toasters, they threw a piece of bread over the open flame, toast for supper. There were no special meals set out for you. But they were family, and because of that everyone loved each other, and they learned to take NOTHING for granted. Think you got it rough? Think about this a little, how does this make you feel and how would you feel if you were living like this today?
      How am I able to be on a computer, because of the State of Maine everyone in grades 7+ is provided with a laptop computer. And the just of this is what my Parents and their parents lived like. And this didn’t necessarily mean me parsay (misspelled), and my neighbors have wireless internet 😛

    41. What type of breakfast are you, Quiz, and what is your sign. Here is the link: http://blogthings.com/whatkind.....reyouquiz/

      You Are Toast

      Old fashioned and a bit of a homebody, you totally go for comfort food.
      You’re the type who loves to cook for friends, and they love you for it.
      You truly know what tastes good, and you can often pick out the best dish at a restaurant.
      You don’t fall for food trends. You stick with what’s been food for a long time!

      I am Scorpio
      Lol I love to cook for friends and they love me for it? I never realized how much everyone loved my microwave cooking.

    42. This is a tribute to the nice guys. The nice guys that finish last, that never become more than friends, that endure hours of whining and bitching about what assholes guys are, while disproving the very point. This is dedicated to those guys who always provide a shoulder to lean on but restrain themselves to tentative hugs, those guys who hold open doors and give reassuring pats on the back and sit patiently outside the changing room at department stores. This is in honor of the guys that obligingly reiterate how cute/beautiful/smart/funny/sexy their female friends are at the appropriate moment, because they know most girls need that litany of support. This is in honor of the guys with open minds, with laid-back attitudes, with honest concern. This is in honor of the guys who respect a girl’s every facet, from her privacy to her theology to her clothing style.

      This is for the guys who escort their drunk, bewildered female friends back from parties and never take advantage once they’re at her door, for the guys who accompany girls to bars as buffers against the rest of the creepy male population, for the guys who know a girl is fishing for compliments but give them out anyway, for the guys who always play by the rules in a game where the rules favor cheaters, for the guys who are accredited as boyfriend material but somehow don’t end up being boyfriends, for all the nice guys who are overlooked, underestimated, and unappreciated, for all the nice guys who are manipulated, misled, and unjustly abandoned, this is for you.

      This is for that time she left 40 urgent messages on your cell phone, and when you called her back, she spent three hours painstakingly dissecting two sentences her boyfriend said to her over dinner. And even though you thought her boyfriend was a chump and a jerk, you assured her that it was all ok and she shouldn’t worry about it. This is for that time she interrupted the best killing spree you’d ever orchestrated in GTA3 to rant about a rumor that romantically linked her and the guy she thinks is the most repulsive person in the world. And even though you thought it was immature and you had nothing against the guy, you paused the game for two hours and helped her concoct a counter-rumor to spread around the floor. This is also for that time she didn’t have a date, so after numerous vows that there was nothing “serious” between the two of you, she dragged you to a party where you knew nobody, the beer was awful, and even though you were invited purely as a symbolic warm body for her ego, you went anyways. Because you’re nice like that.

      The nice guys don’t often get credit where credit is due. And perhaps more disturbing, the nice guys don’t seem to get laid as often as they should. And I wish I could logically explain this trend, but I can’t. Yet SOME *not all* woman, continue to lament the lack of datable men in the world, and they expect their too-nice-to-date male friends to sympathize and apologize for the men that are jerks. Sorry, guys, girls like that are beyond my ability to fathom. But one thing I can do, is say that the nice-guy-finishes-last phenomenon doesn’t last forever. There are definitely *many* girls who grow out of that train of thought and realize they should be dating the nice guys, not taking them for granted. The tricky part is finding those girls, and even trickier, finding the ones that are single.

      So, until those girls are found, I propose a toast to all the nice guys. You know who you are, and I know you’re sick of hearing yourself described as ubiquitously nice. But the truth of the matter is, the world needs your patience in the department store, your holding open of doors, your party escorting services, your propensity to be a sucker for a pretty smile. For all the crazy, inane, absurd things you tolerate, for all the situations where you are the faceless, nameless hero, my accolades, my acknowledgement, and my gratitude go out to you. You do have credibility in this society, and your well deserved vindication is coming.

    43. I sure DO!

      When it comes to big states, there can only be one king (sorry, New York). The real competition comes down to California vs. Texas — a battle of red vs. blue, good vs. evil, surfboards vs. 10-gallon hats, avocados vs. Texas toast.
      The big-state debate has been revived this month thanks to Trends Magazine, which poses the question: Which state, California or Texas, is the blueprint for America’s future? We’d love to read the full article and get Trends’ insight, but its website costs $195 per year, so we’ll just have to take matters into our own hands.
      Let’s simplify the discussion for everyone who can’t afford Trends’ absurd subscription price.
      Texas sucks. California is king. Here are 10 reasons to prove it.

      No. 10 — People Want to Come Here
      Would you rather see the Golden Gate Bridge or the Alamo? How about Hollywood or the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum? The San Diego Zoo or the Fort Worth Zoo? People don’t really visit Texas. You can only go to Cowboys Stadium so many times.
      Come to California and see Yosemite, Fisherman’s Wharf, Wine Country, Lake Tahoe, Disneyland, Joshua Tree, Alcatraz, the Gaslamp Quarter and Sequoia National Park.
      In the mood to see it all, hop in the car and take the Pacific Coast Highway in any direction.

      No. 9 — Big States Don’t Cry
      When political life gets tough, we call emergency legislative sessions. We make tough cuts. If things are going south, we hold a recall election. Make fun of budget woes if you must, but we’ll get through it — and we’ll do it with dignity.
      When things get tough in Texas, Gov. Rick Perry throws a hissy fit and threatens to secede from the United States.
      Grow up, Texas. Plus, Perry’s just crying wolf.

      No. 8 — Our Waistlines Are Under Control
      Everything in Texas is bigger — including Texans.
      When it comes to 2008 state obesity rates, Texas scored a 28.3. California scored 23.7.
      Dear Texas, call us when your pants fit.

      No. 7 — Hit the Beach
      Texas has a few beaches, sure. (We know, we know, 600 miles of shoreline.) But there’s a reason we’re famous for ours and they’re not famous for theirs. The California coastline is host to the most beautiful beaches in the country. Dare we say it — the world.
      Plus, our best beaches are generally a short drive from where people actually live (think La Jolla, Malibu, Santa Barbara, Half Moon Bay). Texas’ biggest claim to beach fame is probably South Padre Island, and while it is admittedly quite lovely, it’s also a major spring break destination (yuck) and really difficult to get to.

      No. 6 — World’s Toughest Governor
      Despite Texas being the land of unadulterated machismo, our governor can beat up your governor. So, there.

      No. 5 — We Have Options
      Californians have options. Getting bored of San Diego? Drive an hour and try Mexico. Got a case of the Sacramento blues, you’re just moments away from Lake Tahoe.
      Los Angeles not doing it for you? Within an hour’s drive, Angelenos can hit mountains, the Pacific, or perhaps the desert. Not in the mood for those options? Extend your driving time and make a break for Vegas.
      Oh, sweet Vegas. Seriously, Texas. Our neighbor is Las Vegas. Your neighbor: Oklahoma.

      No. 4 — Plenty of Eye Candy
      Texans have gun racks. We’ve got guns. And racks.
      We’re hot, we know it and just in case, there are enough plastic surgeons here for every Californian to look gorgeous.
      And if cosmetic surgery isn’t your thing — don’t worry — we have plenty of therapists too.

      No. 3 — We Actually Invent Stuff
      Yes, Texas is enticing businesses away from California to its land of fewer tax headaches, but send us a telegram when Texas invents something.
      Sure, it makes financial sense to set up shop in Texas, but the Lone Star State will always live in our innovation shadow. Google can put its headquarters anywhere in the world — they put it in California. Apple, HP, Twitter, Intel, YouTube, MySpace, the Gap, eBay — companies that actually changed the way the world does business are in California.
      We may not cut the best tax deals, but we have a lock on creativity.
      We make movies, music, theatre and television. Hell, we invented blue jeans.

      No. 2 — It’s All About the Weather
      Texas wins! But only in the number of tornadoes, with an average of about 140 per year. Words like “Mediterranean” and “I can’t believe it’s January” are used to describe California weather. If you like cold, we have mountains for that, too. Arid, humid and “I miss California” are terms often used to describe Texas’ weather.

      No. 1 — California Isn’t Home to George W. Bush
      We gave the world Ronald Reagan, and you gave us George W. Bush.
      Worst. Trade. Ever.

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      Woah, I would never type all of this hahaha. Copy and paste dude. Hahaha
      Woah, I would never type all of this hahaha. Copy and paste dude. Hahaha

    44. This is a tribute to the nice guys. The nice guys that finish last, that never become more than friends, that endure hours of whining and bitching about what assholes guys are, while disproving the very point. This is dedicated to those guys who always provide a shoulder to lean on but restrain themselves to tentative hugs, those guys who hold open doors and give reassuring pats on the back and sit patiently outside the changing room at department stores. This is in honor of the guys that obligingly reiterate how cute/beautiful/smart/funny/sexy their female friends are at the appropriate moment, because they know most girls need that litany of support. This is in honor of the guys with open minds, with laid-back attitudes, with honest concern. This is in honor of the guys who respect a girl’s every facet, from her privacy to her theology to her clothing style.

      This is for the guys who escort their drunk, bewildered female friends back from parties and never take advantage once they’re at her door, for the guys who accompany girls to bars as buffers against the rest of the creepy male population, for the guys who know a girl is fishing for compliments but give them out anyway, for the guys who always play by the rules in a game where the rules favor cheaters, for the guys who are accredited as boyfriend material but somehow don’t end up being boyfriends, for all the nice guys who are overlooked, underestimated, and unappreciated, for all the nice guys who are manipulated, misled, and unjustly abandoned, this is for you.

      This is for that time she left 40 urgent messages on your cell phone, and when you called her back, she spent three hours painstakingly dissecting two sentences her boyfriend said to her over dinner. And even though you thought her boyfriend was a chump and a jerk, you assured her that it was all ok and she shouldn’t worry about it. This is for that time she interrupted the best killing spree you’d ever orchestrated in GTA3 to rant about a rumor that romantically linked her and the guy she thinks is the most repulsive person in the world. And even though you thought it was immature and you had nothing against the guy, you paused the game for two hours and helped her concoct a counter-rumor to spread around the floor. This is also for that time she didn’t have a date, so after numerous vows that there was nothing “serious” between the two of you, she dragged you to a party where you knew nobody, the beer was awful, and even though you were invited purely as a symbolic warm body for her ego, you went anyways. Because you’re nice like that.

      The nice guys don’t often get credit where credit is due. And perhaps more disturbing, the nice guys don’t seem to get laid as often as they should. And I wish I could logically explain this trend, but I can’t. Yet SOME *not all* woman, continue to lament the lack of datable men in the world, and they expect their too-nice-to-date male friends to sympathize and apologize for the men that are jerks. Sorry, guys, girls like that are beyond my ability to fathom. But one thing I can do, is say that the nice-guy-finishes-last phenomenon doesn’t last forever. There are definitely *many* girls who grow out of that train of thought and realize they should be dating the nice guys, not taking them for granted. The tricky part is finding those girls, and even trickier, finding the ones that are single.

      So, until those girls are found, I propose a toast to all the nice guys. You know who you are, and I know you’re sick of hearing yourself described as ubiquitously nice. But the truth of the matter is, the world needs your patience in the department store, your holding open of doors, your party escorting services, your propensity to be a sucker for a pretty smile. For all the crazy, inane, absurd things you tolerate, for all the situations where you are the faceless, nameless hero, my accolades, my acknowledgement, and my gratitude go out to you. You do have credibility in this society, and your well deserved vindication is coming.

    45. So there seems to be a lot of skeptics saying that global warming is just a hoax…but I’m wondering where the information to support that claim exists? I have seen enough scientific information supporting global warming. Can anyone provide me with convincing evidence that it isn’t happening? Please keep in mind, I research my sources so don’t send me to some lobbyist website funded by Shell. Thanks!

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