Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Carrie1219, Feb 17, 2009.
Yankee Stadium embarrassment :icon_eek: :icon_rofl: :icon_tease:
Spurs beat Mavs in Game 2, 105-84 in a blow out!!
$500.00 to watch a game, what an absolute rip off!!
Tony Parker FTW! They playoffs have been pretty fun so far :yes:
The New York Yankees suck ***. :icon_evil:
And there is no spitting involved... :icon_eek:
No, they definitely swallow. :icon_twisted:
I just want 1/10th of that payroll, I am not greedy!
That's one of the reasons that I despise that team.
But yeah, I'd like a slice of that pie, too!! :icon_banana:
Who wants rep? :icon_shrug:
Pads lost 8-3 to the Giants; Jake gave up 6 ERs in 6 innings, including his first grand slam of his career.
IN CHINA, PANICKED PARENTS FISH FOR MATES
BEIJING – On Sunday afternoon thousands of people gathered near Beijing’s Bird’s Nest stadium for a mass blind date.
But the scene was not the usual one of young swinging singles mixing and mingling; rather, it was full of anxious parents looking for love for their still single adult children.
At the entrance a billboard with heart shaped signs gave attendees instructions: "If you are a parent of a son looking for a girlfriend, please wear a blue ribbon. If you are a parent of a daughter looking for a boyfriend, please wear a red ribbon. If you are a single, please wear a tag [saying] ‘I’m looking for you!’"
Parents strolled around hunting for different colored ribbons, striking up conversations and asking for details such as "How old is your daughter?" or "How tall is your son?" They exchanged information, complete with pictures and resumes, in the hope of finding their son or daughter the perfect spouse.
Some parents did manage to bring their children along. Zhao Qi, a 31-year-old businessman who sells sea cucumbers – a product many Chinese believe to be extremely nutritious – came with his 74-year-old father.
"I’m not picky at all…age or appearance…they are not important. I just want to find someone who I can talk with, who I feel comfortable to live with," said Zhao.
Dressed in a gray suit and sporting a shy smile, he voiced his concerns about the dating scene. "Girls now are so choosy, they are very hard to please. I only have a diploma from a vocational school, so I think my low education is the reason they don’t appreciate me that much."
Compared to the son’s bashfulness, his father, Zhao Lianrun, seemed more anxious and aggressive, having bought him an expensive apartment near the Summer Palace, one of Beijing’s main tourist destinations. He’s ready for him to start a family.
"I didn’t have a son until I was 43 years old. Now I’m over 70, and I can’t wait to see a grandchild," he said. "People have introduced many girls to my son, but my wife is too picky! She wants the best for him, so we are here today to take a look."
As a result of the one-child policy, introduced in China in 1979, and a cultural predisposition for males that has led to forced abortions and female infanticide, there is a disproportionate number of eligible young men in the country.
In the year 2000 there were 117 boys for every 100 girls – and that ratio is believed to have grown. Worrying about your child’s marriage prospects has long been a major part of Chinese culture, but the striking statistics have compounded the issue.
There is a saying in China: "There are three ways to be unfilial; the worst is to not produce offspring." (The other two offenses are not listening to your parents and not making enough money to support them when they are old.)
The culture pressure to marry has led to an explosion of matchmaking businesses.
Zhang Ying, deputy general manager for a dating service called "I’m looking for you" (www.95195.com) and the organizer of Sunday’s event, said more than 10,000 people showed up at the venue over two days. While the event was free, her dating service currently has over 100,000 members in Beijing – each paying about $44 for lifetime service until they are married.
China’s National Population and Family Planning Commission estimates that by the year 2020 there will be 24 million more men than women, so dating service companies look set to continue being one of the countries’ growth industries.
And imagine 48 million desperate parents looking for love …
Hard for me to appreciate their problem. I used to set just inside my garage, (with the door open), cleaning my shotgun while striving to look both competent and innocent at the same time.
I just have to tell someone this... I just really blew it with the Comcast guy. :icon_rofl:
The door rang this morning (woke me and Alina up) and I ran to it... Wasn't wearing pants. I thought it was the guy to weed and feed my lawn. While peaking my head around the door, I explained that I wasn't dressed and that he should just "go for it". He then explained that he was from Comcast.. I just about died... but did take the time to explain that I thought I was talking to the lawn guy... thus the "go for it". :icon_rofl:
Alina was standing right next to me so he had to figure that my comment was innocent.
Then its a good thing it wasnt the Cable guy either, huh?
I have to say this all kinda sounds like the beginning of one of those late night Cinemax programs - not that I have ever watched any of those programs. :innocent:
My BF wanted to know what I offered the lawn guy when he arrived. :lol:
well enquiring minds want to know :icon_shrug:
I can not believe the people I am still unable to rep. :icon_shrug:
Seriously, I haven't repped these guys/gals in a while and still can't rep them!!
While I am whining, I should add that it is STILL cold and rainy here!
I'm totally floating in the same boat
except for the cold and rainy part....
What is the code to wave in a rep comment?
Edit: Got it!!
well ya got to spread some of your lovely rep amongst more us, and ya need to get in here more often to do that.
And I am sorry you’re still cold back there, would help if I told ya my Air Conditioning is working right now as I type this :icon_shrug:
I spread it ... I think it makes me spread myself more than others. I am going to start keeping track!!
I'm in trouble now.
Thank God for the lawn guy that I wasn't home when he arrived.
80 degrees and sunny here in SLC today.
and some people still have to have the Heaters going, I wish they would turn them off, its hot out here!
72 and sunny. Starting tomorrow mid to upper 80's for the next several days.
Time to open the windows & let the pollen in! :lol:
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