Synchronized gas day.


Depending on what kind of mileage you get, you usually fill up the tank every 7-14 days.    For my car, it’s usually every 14 days.  My bf and I have what I call ‘synchronized gas day’, meaning that we run out of gas and need gas on the same exact day.  What in the heck are the odds of that?  (1 out of 15 for a twice monthly fill-up?)

This last week, I skipped two of my long drives because the other party was on vacation, and I added a completely different (long) drive that I do once/twice a year, meaning that my usual routine was off.  Even at that, we still ran out of gas on the same day. 

I have even tried to outsmart the odds by filling up on Tuesday instead of my favored Thursday  when I still have a quarter tank left, and guess what?  Two weeks later, I am still out of gas on Thursday

I liken this phenomenon to girls and their periods. It’s been researched that when new female roommates or female office workers get together, their periods synchronize to same day starts. 

Since my bf and I don’t have the same hormones, I guess you could say we have synchronized gas days. Haha.  How about you?

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Why our musical tastes have nothing to do with compatibility.


From Adam who posts:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/art-markman-phd/music-preferences-and-relationships_b_922051.html

This article is COMPLETE CRAP and not even a little true (other than this finite point in time)!!!!

What they failed to tell the readers and what the researchers failed to consider is that their finding ONLY applies to college students, NOT ALL OTHER AGE CATEGORIES.

“College students getting to know each other over the Internet are more likely to ask about music preferences than about all other categories of conversation topics combined.”

Why college students?  Because just being out of the house, this group is the most likely to experiment and branch out further than what they already know.  They are OPEN.

After college, around age 25, most people, ESPECIALLY MEN, are 1,000% set in their ways about their taste in music.

Women are a bit more open to musical choices…but only because they are trying to please and win over their man.  On their own time, when the guy isn’t present, they will listen to what their personal favorites are.  If that includes Avril Levigne, Pink, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and Lady Antebellum, and Eminem, so be it.  Every girl knows they can’t listen to the music they really like in front of their man without sustaining substantial ridicule from their man…so they just don’t. 

This fact is also true of television.  Men typically like cause and effect.  For that, they enjoy the History Channel (=what are the facts?), Discovery Channel (= how does this thing work?), or shows that clearly use logic and/or cause and effect, like CSI.

Women typically like shows about relationships and interactions with other people:  The Bachelor, The Kardashians, and the Housewives of xyz town to name a few.

So, in my humble opinion, when it comes to music and television programming, the sexes are almost always NOT ON THE SAME PAGE.  How to solve this?  Well, for most couples, it is really just a matter of watching respective tv’s in separate rooms and using headphones when listening to music in the same room.

Is the title of the article correct?  Do we really like people who share our interests in music?  (Please note that the author of the article is a man, and for men, the answer to this question is particularly true).  Of course it’s true!  Women aren’t stupid.  Like I said before, women will go to great lengths to please their man…in order to win that man over.  If they have to ‘go along’ with liking your music, they will.  It’s more important for women to get into and be in a relationship than some trivial thing (to her) like taste in music.

So why don’t our musical tastes have anything to do with compatibility?  Men assume that because the women are in tune with the man’s musical taste that it means that there is compatibility.  This assumption is faulty.  The real reason, that is elusive to most men, is that the women will stop at nothing to get and be in a relationship.  To her, the ends justify the means.

Men draw a similar conclusion that if the woman is into outdoor sports, i.e. hiking, because most men like physical endeavors, that she must be into him.  Um, no.  Same as above.  She will do what she has to to land the guy.  Then, two months after marriage, the men come crying to me as to how come she never went hiking ever again?

Well, you say, isn’t anything sacred?  Can’t a guy take anything at face value?  Yes.  But quit barking up the wrong tree.  Musical tastes, whether she does physical activities outdoors, and whether she spends time in the garage with you while you tinker on your motorcycle aren’t it.

So…what can you rely on to know if she is authentically compatible with you?  DT’s Men’s Core 4:

  1. To be Needed
  2. Accepted
  3. Appreciated
  4. Respected

So there you have it.  Another gender difference problem solved.  Back to your regular programming.  As for me, I’m currently listening to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyMhvkC3A84 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocEPkkq0QWI.  Enjoy.

4G is 4U, UC?


I keep seeing these new cell phone ads that have video chat.  I don’t get it.  Since the invention of texting, voice usage is WAY down.  Guys just don’t like to talk, so who exactly did they invent this for?

According to mobile marketing survey companies, text messages are sent and received at a 75% higher rate than voice calls.

Men LOVE TEXTING.  Why?

  • It’s impersonal.  (Phone calling for men is usually reserved for someone they really care about.)
  • Men get to keep their distance.
  • Control.  The man gets to control the conversation.  He answers WHEN he wants to. Women are usually better verbally, type faster, often talk about 2 and 3 subjects at the same time (guys like to talk only about one thing at a time) and frankly, men can’t keep up.  All this makes the usual guy very nervous and left feeling out-of-control, a feeling that must be avoided at all costs.
  • Editing.  On a phone call, it’s pretty easy for a guy to stick his foot in his mouth and usually, there is no turning back.  With texting, he can look over what he wrote several times, edit it, spell check it, and THEN send it.  Heck, he can even type a message and just not send it.  He can hit the auto-save feature and visit it in the morning to see if he still feels the same way about the subject before sending it.  Men love this degree of control.
  • Men are lazy.  Instead of keeping up with the conversation, they will insert emoticons (smiley faces) or acronyms (like LOL) because they really have nothing to add to the conversation.  It makes both parties think they are participating when in reality, men just can’t keep up.  How are men gonna fake it on a video chat?  Hold up an LOL sign?

So, who would use this feature?  I guess daughters who need to call their moms.  That’s about it.  Even at that, that will last a few calls.  Women are usually very critical of other women, especially moms.  When mom nags you that you haven’t cleaned your room in a week or that you need a haircut, the worn-out daughters will put their video chat on permanent INVISIBLE status.

And for women?  Even though women DO like to talk versus using texting, women don’t generally care about the visual.  We’re not gonna turn on the video chat feature because frankly, we like to multi-task when we talk.  We can be ever so attentive listening to your story of how your new date stood you up, your boss took credit for your project, or how you have to take your cat to the vet WHILE we are ironing, folding laundry, or painting our toenails.  By your seeing what else we are doing while we are talking to you kills the importance of whatever YOU’RE talking about.  Ya?  No!  Women won’t use this feature either.

How is this feature gonna pay for itself?  Well, it will eventually be used by men IF it involves sex.  Men who are in so-called long distance *relationships* will use it for phone sex.

The girls who participate in video chat for phone sex purposes will eventually also put their status on INVISIBLE.  Sooner or later, that ‘ew’ factor just kicks in.  It’s only a matter of time before she realizes that he’s down for video chatting because he’s too cheap to take her out on a date.  This gets old to most of us ‘attention whore’ type of girls.  We like to be shown off in public.  How are we gonna runway our new shoes or clutch our new bags when there is no one to see them?  The creep on the line certainly isn’t interested.

So…where does this all take us?

They spent all this money WITHOUT THE SUFFICIENT MARKET RESEARCH to confirm IF the public would use such a tool.

I predict in a year, by inventing 4G for the purpose of bringing video chatting to the public, will result in our (the entire cell phone user base) having to pay $10 more per month in data fees. 

Dummies.  Take your 3D and video chat-featured phones and put them where the sun don’t shine.  We don’t want them.  How ‘bout you give us features we actually will use to make our lives better?  I guess I had better go re-program my auto-pay to send in $70 per month for data versus $60 come next September.  Grrr!