Sorry for the lack of posting last week. It has been a crazy time, getting this new store open. This entire 60 hour work week was extremely busy, and I don’t even have off today like I planned (turns out we have an impromptu staff meeting AND inventory count – yay!) Tomorrow it all starts again…more cleaning, painting, putting up drywall, spackling, sanding, ordering fixtures, etc. At least I like manual labor, this month would suck if I didn’t!
At any rate, this does mean I have not had as much free time as I was hoping, so I’ve not been able to finish either one of the fairly long posts that were most voted for. I suppose I could just half-ass them for you, but since their topics are ones that deserve more discussion, I’d prefer not to. Hence, the reason why today’s post is an easier/shorter one. Hope you guys don’t mind too much, and I promise the other (more desired) posts will be up as soon as I can do them. You know…when I have a life again.
Now, without further ado, 10 things I have never done!
1. Gotten Drunk
Yes, I know…I’m really uncool for being 29 and responsible. But despite being born and raised in America, I spent my formative years being raised by my very German grandmothers. Every morning my great grandmother and grandmother would have a single glass of wine, and I’d get half a shot glass to sip on with them. I was taught that drinking was good for you but only in small doses, and this has pretty much been my “go to” advice for drinking. Besides, I don’t drink crap. When I buy myself a drink, I want to remember how good it (and the time I’m having) was. Plus, hangovers don’t sound like something anyone should aspire to.
2. Done Drugs/Tried A Cigarette
Obviously, I don’t mean “drugs” like caffeine or aspirin. You know exactly what I’m talking about…things like pot, crack, ecstasy, the whole nine yards. Truthfully, I wouldn’t even know how to go about getting them. But I’m enough of a Type A personality that even if they were freely available, I’d never want to give up my control. I guess I just don’t understand *why* people take them. Same with cigarettes. They smell god-awful, stain your teeth, mess up your metabolism, and have you read the ingredients on a package? Sorry, not anything I want to come in contact with.
Note: I know some of my readers probably smoke and some are from countries where the “lighter” types of drugs are legal. I’m not fully condemning that, I just refuse to support it on a personal level.
3. Been To A Nightclub/Bar
Oh, I’ve walked by some in NYC (kinda hard not to in some districts) but they look loud, smokey, crowded, and the conversations being had by the folks waiting in line to get in are less than articulate. Maybe some nightclubs are nice, bright, and clean with good entertainment. Maybe some bars have good food, lovely drinks, and scintillating conversations going on, where guys don’t randomly buy you cheap drinks and girls don’t accept them anyway. If there is such a bar/nightclub in the US, please let me know and I’ll try to visit. Otherwise, leave me to my quiet nights at home with a good meal, good friends, and good books.
4. Been In A Physical Fight
Saw quite a few in school, two in the parking lot of my first job, narrowly avoided them with my father when he was not taking his bipolar medications and flew into violent rages when I still visited him. Frankly, I rarely see the reason behind why physical altercations start…I have always thought that “the right to swing my fist ends at the tip of your nose”. Once someone goes from using words to using punches and kicks, that’s a whole different ballgame. Doesn’t matter if you’re a man, woman, or child: Just walk away and calm down, there’s no need to resort to violence.
5. Kicked A Guy In The Groin
I was really surprised (and very saddened) when this topic came up after work one night. Of the coworkers and lingering customers, 7 of them were women and 8 of them were men. Each of the 7 women (myself excluded) said that they’d kicked a guy in his groin area at least once in their life and a few said they’d done it multiple times (to different guys). The reasons given for doing such a heinous act were very poor, usually it was just because the guy was being an annoying jerk or a bully. Perhaps it’s because my aforementioned grandmothers taught me that you should never harm someone in their genitals, or maybe it’s because I have been kneed in the groin repeatedly by a guy** and understand just how painful it is…but I have never been so mad at a male peer that my immediate reaction would be to hurt them so grievously. If any reader has more info on this, or why it seems to be at least somewhat accepted in the US (as none of these women were ever given detention/suspended), I’d be interested in seeing it.
6. Had Surgery/ Been To A Hospital
Other than being born, I have never been to a hospital. All the times I fell out of trees, off my bike, down hills in barrels, got pushed down the stairs at school, shoved into lockers, or was just a clumsy preteen…I never got anything more than a sprain. One time I dislocated 2 of my fingers, but a quick (really painful) pull snapped them back into place. Guess I’m just really lucky that way.
7. Gone To A Female Sleepover
Ones with my friends where I was the only female? Lots of times. Ones where there were other girls present? Nope. I did try one time, in 5th grade, to go to one, but I had my parents pick me up before 11pm because most of the girls were being cruel to another girl and myself. Thanks, but no thanks. I’ll just hang out with my real friends.
8. Worked At A Job I Hated
I started working retail when I was 17, to afford my car insurance payments. I have had 3 different employers, with this current job being my favorite. Honestly, I’ve always been of the mind that if you love your job, you’ll never work a day in your life. And if you’re in a job you hate, they better be paying you well or times must be desperate. There’s always something bigger and better out there. Take advantage of that!
9. Felt Bad For Still Watching Cartoons And Playing Videogames
The more conservative news stations have been on a recent kick of reporting on “peter pan syndrome”, where grown men (and sometimes women) are not being adult enough for their tastes. These “troublesome” people are getting “easy” jobs, playing video games/RPGs, not marrying or having kids, and being satisfied living in 1 bedroom apartments. Oh, the horror! Give me a break. I work 45+ hours every week, I pay my taxes and bills on time, I paid for my own college education, and enjoy living alone. Just because some people think that “games and comics are for children” doesn’t mean that we Peter Pans are somehow detrimental to society at large. You can spend your money on expensive clothes or cars…we’ll be over here with OUR versions of fun.
10. Turned Down Sex
Um, hello? It’s sex! Okay, maybe that’s not fair to people who are asexual or have medical issues where any kind of penetration/penetrating is painful. If this is the case with any of my readers, I’m totally supportive of the decision you make that are good for you. I also acknowledge that I have an insanely high sex drive, and would do it 3 or 4 times a day if it was possible. Also, I am lucky enough to have a lover who is incredibly skilled and enthusiastic, so that probably doesn’t hurt. What’s funny is that in the 8 years my FwB and I have been “together”, he has turned down sex about 9 or 10 times. Damn stomach aches and headaches are horrible…
**See my post “Experiences with Bullies”
Well, that’s all for now. If by some stroke of luck I’m able to work on either one of the 2 winning posts, I’ll certainly post them later this week. Please don’t hold your breath though…it most likely won’t happen. Let me know what you think of my list, or leave your own in the comments!