I had two kiddie "relationships" around ages 12-13. The first was a kid named Zach, who had that 80s boy bowl cut. We used to goof around while our class played capture the flag at camp, and traded a couple of pecks on the cheek. The 6th grade flirting was constant. I remember it mostly because it was the last time I… » 3/26/15 2:39pm Thursday 2:39pm

A high school friend of mine got married at 24 by driving from our home state to the next state over, because our home state required that she and her husband prove that they were not blood related (they didn't have the needed paperwork for that). The next state over didn't care, so they were married at a courthouse… » 3/24/15 3:47pm Tuesday 3:47pm

Ah weddings. They're so rarely about you know, getting married and having a big party with your family and friends, right? For some people they're mostly about mocking everyone else's tastes. I have a friend who made fun of every choice I would like in a wedding - you would wear a strapless dress? or your glasses?… » 3/24/15 3:35pm Tuesday 3:35pm

Online dating hasn't really worked for me...but that's me. One thing about it is that the churn-through rate is the point, i.e. meeting lots of people quickly and quickly leaving behind those who don't work. 3-5 dates, for me, isn't enough to make a connection, so I never get started on a relationship at all - but it… » 3/22/15 12:40pm Sunday 12:40pm

Yeah, I know weather radios can be useful, but believe me, when an EF4 tornado hit my town 4 years ago, it was the sirens that kept most of us safe, and lots of us heard them from inside just fine. I was shocked how quickly cell phone infrastructure went down because of the damage too. » 3/21/15 8:29am 3/21/15 8:29am

Heh, I remember we were expressly forbidden to drink Coke or any soda products from the vending machine at my school before we were in 7th grade. It was only sour smelling milk for you! After age 12? No problem - go ahead and gorge yourselves with corn syrup. » 3/18/15 9:59pm 3/18/15 9:59pm

Like everyone else, this has given me a lot to think about. I also struggle with my mother, someone who displays emotions in reaction to things she thinks are done to her when they aren't, necessarily. For example, my sister and brother-in-law making different choices in raising their kids than she did. Or my… » 3/18/15 9:55pm 3/18/15 9:55pm

I had lived for a couple of years with roommates who had dogs. And I always had dogs growing up, so a dog meant "home" for me when I moved to my current apartment. Like you I was also looking for a reason for a solid routine, since graduate school doesn't lend itself to the same schedule every day. An acquaintance had… » 3/18/15 3:37pm 3/18/15 3:37pm