The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2007 American Housing Survey was released today, revealing that housing units in this country increased by 3.8 million from 2005 to 2007. In total, there are 124.4 million housing units, 110.7 of them occupied; however, not all of them are created equal:
70.8 million occupied homes have dishwashers
91.3 million have washing machines
88.5 million have clothes dryers
70.4 million have central air-conditioning
I haven’t had a dishwasher since I lived with my parents, but that’s okay because I live alone and don’t generate many dirty dishes. However, I think dishwashers greatly aid relationships. Unlike decades ago when these machines didn’t exist, doing the dishes or washing clothes doesn’t take much time or energy. Instead, all you have to do is press a button and wait. If you live with others, even friends, dirty dishes are a frequent cause of arguments, so having a dishwasher should mean there’s less to fight about — but then there’s the question of who has to load it and who has to unload it. For a couple to be truly well-matched, one should like to load and the other unload. Maybe I should put an ad on Craigslist: SWU looking for ML (that’s male loader — I prefer putting the dishes back in their cupboards). [U.S. Census Bureau] Keep reading »
It would be hard to find a more fitting pair than of sex and travel. Here, one adventurer, who has kissed an uncounted number of men who don’t share her zip code, shares her experience combining the two through more than 30 countries.
Having a boyfriend you’ve been on vacation with isn’t the same thing as having a boyfriend. Vacationing together is a serious step, and you need to proceed with caution. It’s kind of like meeting the parents, a move nobody makes on the first date. There’s more to consider than the cost of plane tickets. Of course, a few trial sleepovers can help, but there are other things to consider… Keep reading »
If you are trying to occupy yourself at work (only four more hours until 5 p.m.), I recommend you read this cute story. It’s about a man who met his wife on Craigslist, and not in the “casual encounters” section. Chris Ayres sold his couch to a woman named Lucie, and today they’re married and have a kid. [The Times, U.K.] Keep reading »
Tommy recently told Rolling Stone, “Pamela and the kids have moved in with me…. It’s awesome, man. It’s definitely working. You can tell on the kids’ faces — they’re happy when we’re together.” [Las Vegas, 8/19/95] Keep reading »
They’re here, they’re queer, and even the Govenator won’t stop them! In a landmark ruling for gay rights, the California Supreme Court has just overturned the Defense of Marriage Act, which prevented homosexuals from being able to legally marry their partners. Back in 2004, following Massachusetts’ lead, San Francisco allowed gays to wed and gave the first license to a couple of 80-year old women who had been together for 50 years. (Aww, old people in love are so cute!) However, after a month of being barraged by happy same sex pairs, the court stopped letting gays make it legal when voters seemed against it. So, the City of San Francisco along with a dozen gay activist groups sued the State of California and today, finally, they successfully sealed the deal to allow same sex marriage! Hooray! [MSNBC]
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Who gets on your nerves? If you said your spouse, you agree with most married people. (If you are single, like myself, letâ€™s take this moment to laugh at the little things that annoy us since we arenâ€™t contractually obligated to them for life.) According to a study conducted by the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, the longer a couple is married, the more things they find annoying about each other. Aw, isnâ€™t love grand? While couples in their 20â€™s and 30â€™s may be vocal and try to work things out, 40-plus people just seem to give up and get along. This behavior begs the question: does keeping quiet make things better or worse? Either way, youâ€™re bound to be bothered by your ball and chain. [Afroromance] Keep reading »
If another couple jumped off a bridge, would you do it too?
A few years ago, I was designated driver during a long night of excessive drinking. My friend, weâ€™ll call her Monica, was in the passengerâ€™s seat and her boyfriend, uh, Joe, was in the back. Joe said something that pissed Monica off and a screaming match ensued, complete with swipes from front-to-back-seat and vice-versa. It was loud, violent and whiskey-soaked and it escalated to the point where Joe threatened to jump out, even opening the car door while we were going about 40 on a highway entrance ramp. This rare, too-intimate look into their relationship was something I never want to see again. Keep reading »
For many couples that’ve been going steady for a while, the first big relationship hurdle occurs when they go on vacation together. Chuck Thompson, author of the fantastically hilarious book Smile When You’re Lying, says that there are five very important breakthroughs that occur when taking a vacay together. “Traveling together is really practice for living together or even being married,” he says. “It’s the first time you’re going to be in each others constant company for, let’s say, a week straight. That is much different than seeing someone three times a week or even seeing them everyday for a few hours. It’s a real test of compatibility.” The five travel-induced hurdles that will make or break your relationship, after the jump. Keep reading »