Fuel prices are affecting bank accounts, that’s for sure, but did you know high prices might be influencing relationships, as well? An article in The Washington Post discusses the effects of increased plane ticket prices on long-distance relationships. It seems that as a result of the current state of the economy, many going the distance are either seeing each other less often or reducing their spending on other extras. I never quite understood how people in LDRs did it in the first place — they seem so taxing.
Greg Guldner, the director of the Center for the Study of Long Distance Relationships says it’s too soon to tell whether the economic downturn will truly affect LDRs, but high prices do seem to make couples more stressed. However, his research shows that people doing the long-distance thing don’t need to see each other a certain amount of times — like every month — to make their relationship work. “People who buy into those myths who now can’t afford to [travel] are now facing quite the dilemma,” Guildner said. “Because if they believe that the relationship won’t work if they don’t see each other once a month, they may be making decisions about either ending the relationship or ending whatever it is that’s keeping them apart.” [Washington Post via Tango] Keep reading »
A dress with pockets is basically my most favorite thing ever. Previous to dresses with pockets (I think there was a lull in this trend between the 60′s and now), I had to always carry a frickin’ purse with me when I went out at night, but now I can show my keys and my credit card in a little slit and hightail it out on the town without being weighted down by my huge tote. You see, I have this thing about bags needing to have a certain amount of fullness, so if I HAVE to bring a bag somewhere, I always carry more than I technically need. Pain in the butt really. [$198, Shop Manhattanite] Keep reading »
BBC News published an article on Britain’s “secretive “S&M scene” yesterday, saying that Max Mosley’s antics are really opening people up. (He had a sadomasochistic session with five prostitutes, with whom he engaged in a concentration camp scenario.) The comments in response to the story are great though, because many BDSM practitioners defend their chosen sex life. One even sort of confirms yesterday’s post about being born with the desire for S&M: “I don’t really indulge in S&M (it just hurts, frankly, which is a good way to tell if it’s for you).” Other commenters are upset with the BBC for printing the story: “It’s clear to me that England is becoming more Satanic in nature every day, and the people who work for the BBC must take some responsibility for that.” Let’s blame the war in Iraq on the BBC, while we’re at it. [BBC] Keep reading »
To be honest, despite being a loyal viewer, I have hated most of the guys picked to be The Bachelor. In fact, the only guy featured on the show who I could honestly see myself being hot for was Ryan Sutter, the guy Trista, the first Bachelorette gave the final rose to and who she later married. He was friggin’ hot and he seemed nice and he wrote poetry (terrible poetry but I disgress) and he was a fireman. What’s not to love? The rest of The Bachelor‘s have ranged from mediocre (Andrew Firestone) to downright awful (Alex Michel). But the worst of the worst of the worst was Bachelor Aaron Buerge from season two. He was, in a word, a total d-bag. And by the looks of last night’s Where Are They Now? special, he is still just as heinous as ever. For the record, he shows how a fist bump shouldn’t be done. Keep reading »
No seriously, the board of tourism SAYS SO. On an ad! South Carolina, in an attempt to encourage more gay tourism to the state, recently revealed their “South Carolina Is So Gay” ad campaign. We don’t know whether this is super awesome or just kind of lazy on the part of the marketing department who could have come up with something a little more clever. [Via Boinkology] Keep reading »
See that photo to the left? It took me 15 minutes to make. I’m sure you’re thinking, “That piece of ‘art’ looks like crap. Any four year old could have made it.” You may be right, but I’m proud of “Striped Mountains,” as I call my creation. I made it at ThisIsSand.com. It is much more difficult to create things with sand than you would think. In fact, when I started working on this creation, I had it in my head that I would be able to spell “The Frisky” in colored sand. That was a pipe dream. [ThisIsSand.com] Keep reading »
“I Google all my dates! But I don’t believe everything I read though. I Google pictures to see ex-girlfriends and stuff.” — Lauren Conrad [via Pop Sugar] Keep reading »