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Dating advice from an 85-year-old man.

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It’s part of the job I guess. Everyone I meet always asks me about myself. Yesterday my interview subject turned the tables by offering his advice on my (non-existent) love life. Part of me wonders how appropriate it was that I let the conversation continue, but whatev. I was interested to hear his wisdom. He was married to his wife for 65 years, until she died of breast cancer months ago. He loved her a lot, I could tell. Poor guy.

Anyways. His wisdom:

-Be aggressive.

“If you see a guy, go up and say, ‘Hey, you look like a decent guy, I’m a decent girl.'”

-Get a prospective beau a little drunk so you can see his true colors

“There’s two kinds of drunks. Lovers and fighters. You don’t want a fighter.”

-Don’t date anyone who does pot.

(no quotes, but I’m pretty sure I’ve done a pretty good job with that. It’s called standards. I have ’em.)

I thought that was the end, but nope. He went on to compliment me on my eyes, my smile, and my demeanor. And asked what I was doing that evening. He pointed out a nice restaurant. I said I was working. He said too bad.

Then he asked if I thought he was hitting on me.

To be honest, I was a little confused about why he wanted to take me to dinner, but I didn’t think he was really hitting on me. I think he’s just lonely living in his little house without his wife or children around.

Idk. Just a weird situation all around.

What would YOU do?


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September 23, 2009 at 10:12 pm

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I still love America, even if I don’t stand up for your patriotic music.

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Yeah, had to get that out. This place is nuts sometimes. I went out with a bunch of co-workers to an entertainment club for the local set (55+) and it’s a big draw because they have cheap drinks, live music, and a dance floor.

It’s only open to those who live in the retirement community or employees. Hence, I get in.

Back to the story. First, my co-workers and I are getting funny looks because we’re in the place in the first place.

Second, God Bless America is played and every last person in the joint stands up. My table is so engrossed in conversation to see this.

It’s like the Pledge of Allegiance or National Anthem. People have their hands over their hearts, one person even had raised his hand like you would in church. Hallelujah, America!

I swear someone probably had to wipe a tear from their eye they were so moved.

We, on the other hand, were getting death glares. Until we realized what was going on and stood up.

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September 19, 2009 at 8:21 pm

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Things I know.

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-It’s possible to be an adult in all technicality and still feel like an adolescent.

-I want too much.

-Life goes on despite those two.

-Paying my loans back is going to be a long, painful process. And will likely interfere with point two.

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September 18, 2009 at 9:42 pm

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On the radio…uh-oh.

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Good news: I’m starting to learn the radio part of my job this week!

I’m going to record 60-90 second news clips for the AM station. Excitement. The only sad thing: it’s all on tape, so you can’t go in and neatly pull out your mistakes like you can on computer programs like ProTools and Adobe Audition. I have to make sure I have a perfect take. Oy!

But it’s ok. I’ll make sure I make easy scripts. The script I practiced with yesterday was uber wordy.

I am going to write my first script tomorrow. Hooray!

My editor said I sounded good on my first go at recording, so that’s sweet. I’ll start being scheduled regularly in a few weeks.

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September 16, 2009 at 9:09 pm

The not so glamorous part of Florida life…

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We get lovebugs.

They’re really nasty and there are a ton of them.

They’re called that because they all link up and fly together. Ew.

The worst part: they have this acid in their body that eats through car paint if left on too long. I washed my car today. Hopefully I won’t spend a ton of money in the next few weeks on keeping my car clean.

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September 15, 2009 at 10:34 pm

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Up to the Date

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I just realized that I haven’t updated in two weeks.

This is partially because work has been crazy and partially because I am not sure if I have much to say.

I’ve had a few interesting church experiences and story experiences though.

I’ve been on the hunt for a local church that has young people, and I think I finally found one today. Last week I went to one that advertised a “young adults sunday school” online and I went there to find it changed to “singles” and in reality it was some singles, some married, but only one other young adults. Perhaps around here young adult is translated differently. 50 year olds are more like younger adults to most retirees.


-Last week I was given a fluff story about a couple who saved a bird and were nursing it. Only when I called them they weren’t nursing it to health, another vet was. That’s all good and cute, but there is no news hook or any really relevance to the community at large. She tried to persuade me to do it, and in fact asked me to transfer her to my boss. Oy.

-I wrote a story about a 9/11 memorial service Friday. It’s been 8 years but the emotion it evokes is still unimaginably fresh. I spoke with a mother who lost her son. People who lost neighbors and friends and acquaintances. For them this day is painful in a way I cannot begin to comprehend. It was a hard story, but it got Saturday’s A1, above-the-fold placement.

– I learned that there are two twirler groups that hate each other. Yes, with batons. You’d think 55+ people would get a grip and learn to get along.

-I heard the perfect analogy from this area today. It’s like a cruise line: every day there are scheduled activities, people to meet, things to do.

So those are the highlights of the last two weeks I guess. I also went to the beach again and managed not to burn myself to a crisp. Score!

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September 13, 2009 at 8:37 pm

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