Now This is What Gets My Phone Number

I always post such bad examples from the online dating sites and hardly any nice ones.  It’s not very balanced because this is how it is.  I get sooooo many bad ones and very, very few good ones.  But today I have a good one to share… or a good one so far.  We’ll call him 80’s Guy.
 
I get a very short two liner email from 80’s Guy.  Now I’m not too keen on those – I wish they would take more time in their first introduction email to me.  But some of them I respond to and try to pull it out of them.  A lot of times, they ignore my questions and continue to give me a one liner or be inappropriate.  But this guy actually took the time.  So here is our email exchange so far.
 
Him:  “Hi,
I was intrigued by your profile. Would you like to chat some time?
Xxx”
 
Me:  “Hi Xxx,
Thanks for the email.
Can you tell me what intriqued you about my profile?
Xxxx”
 
Him:  “Hi Xxxx,
I was intrigued by a lot of things……
– Your appreciation of a good sense of humor
– Your knowledge of useless ’80’s information (the ’80’s was the best decade of music in my book)
– Your interest in traveling and adventure
– Your desire to find a strong and confident man
– Your great attitude
And above all……. Your beautiful smile, your obvious charm, and your curvy figure.
I think we may have something going here……
Anything special you would like to know about me?
Xxx”
 
Ok, very few men actually read my profile so I was already pleased.  Not only that but he asked a genuine opened ended question at the end.
 
Me:  “Hi Xxx,
First of all thank you for taking the time to write out an email and answering my question. Most of all, for taking the time to read my profile.
So far you seem like a gentleman and I like that. I’m kind of an old fashioned girl. Thank you for the compliments. 🙂
I have to agree with you about the 80’s music! The 80’s were the best of times in my book.
In your profile you said that you enjoy both indoor and outdoor activities. What are some of those things besides sports?
I also noticed you like reading. I like that too. What was the last thing you have read?
Xxxx”
 
Him:  “Sure. No need to say thanks – I’m a nice guy. That’s what nice guys do!
I am definitely a gentleman, and I think you’ll discover that very quickly. I like to open doors, and hold umbrellas, and if it rains enough to create puddles while we’re walking down the street, I’ll even lay my coat down over water so you don’t get your cute feet wet!
The ’80’s were the best. I’m pretty big into rock and heavy metal, and I think the ’80’s rock scene pretty much defined cool. I like it when bands like Poison and Motley Crue and Cinderlla swing through town on a reunion tour. Can’t miss those.
As far as activites go, I like to hike, fish, walk, and go on art tours – and I love to play my guitar and keyboard and write music.
The last book I finished was called “Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters”, and it was a very good book that taught me some things about my relatinoships with my daughters.
OK, your turn!
:-)”
 
Me:  “Hi Xxx,
I like to camp, go horseback riding, and LOVE to travel either long distance or short day trips. I have only been fishing once when I was a kid but I enjoyed it very much.
I like bowling, movies, reading. I like creative things too like decorating or making things though I haven’t done too much of that in a while.
The last book I read was “Generation Kill” by Evan Wright. It was the true story about the Marines First Recon during the first month or two of the invasion of Iraq. The author was a Rolling Stone reporter that was imbedded with them. It was a fantastic book and I couldn’t put it down! Haven’t had a good read like that in a long time.
If you are still interested in getting to know me why don’t you give me a call. 623-XXX-XXXX.
Xxxx”
 
So…. when you are a nice guy, take the time, take a genuine interest, serious and not playing games, and write a decent email, well then you get my phone number.  We’ll see if he gives me a call.
 
This is the RIGHT way to talk to women on online dating sites gentlemen.  It’s about dating and not booty calls.  Believe it or not women are interested in what you have to say and what you are about.  You just have to show that and take an interest in the woman as well.
 
***UPDATE***  He called me and he seems like a nice guy.  He asked me out so I have a date for Sat. night.

The Late Show

Decided on a whim to go to the late show at the movies tonight and saw Revolutionary Road.  I like the dramas.  I like Leonardo DiCaprio but this wasn’t his best performance in my opinion.  Kate Winslet was very good.  Kind of funny that Kathy Bates was in this too.   All three of them were in Titanic together.
 
I like that the story took place during the 1950’s.  Love the cars, the music and the snazzy clothes.
 
The storyline was decent even though it did seem to drag a bit.  But it was quite a downer of a movie.  Quite sad actually.  It takes a hard look at marriage.  You should marry the right person and you should not let your dreams, passions and zest for what you want to do in life die in that married life.  People seem to settle.  They do jobs they hate, live a quiet and boring life, lose their passion, let finances get in the way and so on. 
 
Or sometimes they settle because it’s not only what they know, but they let fear stop them from going after what they really want.
 
It’s also interesting to see how others who are also stuck don’t want to be happy for others who dare to be different or who try to get out.  They’d much rather you stay in the same situation and be miserable too.
 
It had kind of a shocking ending but of course I won’t give it away.  What a downer though.  But then, life is not always rosy and sometimes it’s refreshing to not always have the typical Hollywood ending.

Expensive But Sweet Guilty Pleasure

Even though they are really expensive, I couldn’t resist getting a Ritter Sport candy bar tonight at the grocery store.  I don’t think I have had one since I lived in Germany years ago.  Once in a blue moon I see them in certain places but they are pricey since they are imported.  Tonight I gave in and got the dark chocolate with whole hazelnuts and it is to die for.  Yummy!

Stop Lying About Our Troops

Once again, Michael Moore proves what a lying, spinning piece of crap he really is.  People in the military must hate him the most sometimes for all the spinning and lying he has done of their service and sacrifices to promote his propaganda.  So you may have already heard the latest on this and I had been meaning to post on it for awhile. 
 
Michael Yon is a special forces vet who is an acclaimed war correspondent and just won the 2008 Weblog Award for Best Military Blog.  His AMAZING photo that he took of a U.S. Soldier carrying a wounded Iraqi girl was voted by Time readers as the top photo of 2005.  I’ve also heard that Bruce Willis wants to produce a movie based on Yon’s life.  Michael Yon is very protective of his photos, careful in how they are distributed and such and rightly so.  It’s his work and it’s serious stuff.
 
Michael Moore snagged the picture and posted it on his website without permission.  He then implicated that our soldiers were responsible for this little girl getting hurt.  This is totally false.  She was wounded and later died from the result of an insurgent’s car bomb that went off by a bunch of kids who were waving at U.S. soldiers.  Major Mark Bieger is the soldier in the photo who was carrying her.  Yon posted what happened and how the soldiers were mad and very sad this happened and how they went back to the neighborhood the next day to offer more help.
 
Michael Yon has contacted Michael Moore numerous times about taking that photo off of his website because 1) he didn’t get permission and 2) he is misrepresenting it.  Michael Moore has ignored every single one of these requests and not Moore or anyone representing Moore has even responded to Yon or his attorneys.  This has been going on for a long, long time.  So now Yon has no choice but to sue Moore.  Good.  I hope he gets zillions of dollars from this assbag and donates all the money to Iraqi children or children of fallen U.S. soldiers or something.
 
Of course Michael Moore lies his ass off about everything and the sad, sad thing about it is people BELIEVE him because they think he is this professional documentary film maker.  Don’t get me started on all the complete lies he did for his Fairencrap film.  People have called him out on the misinformation too.  There are sooooo many things he bent and twisted and edited and just did some far out reaching on.  Even though all these things were called out, Hollywood still gave this piece of crap an Oscar.  And this dirtbag gets rich on lies.

Dating – Spammer Guy

So here is another fun tale in the world of online dating.  I get an email from a nice looking guy and here is how this has been going down….
 
1st email from this dude to me:
“ its agreat time to get a detail on ur vehicle right now and very resonable best part i go to ur home or office if intrested just call 480XXXXXXX and you will save big cash if you refer me ,and you have nice eyes”
 
Yes ladies and gents…. he approaches me on a dating site in the form of spam.  Oh… but he likes my eyes.  lol  I couldn’t resist responding to this.
 
My email response:
“Uhh… were you interested in dating me or are you just using this site to spam people? lol”
 
His email response:
“ur very sexy and i would like to see you,im just putting the word out about my service 2,its convenient and you dont pay high dollar like the other mobile companys,,you are sexy……”
 
I started to think this was fake or something or the guy is just a jackass.  I didn’t bother responding to it.  Even if the guy was for real, I have no interest in a guy that is going to approach me on a dating site like this.  I mean, come on.  But three days later, he sends me another email.
 
His email:
“so hows ur evening so far ? are you relaxing ?”
 
I ignore this email too and don’t respond.  Then another few days go by and he sends me another email.
 
His email:
“how you doing today ? so i got to ask ? what size is that nice chest ?”
 
Isn’t this lovely?  It just seems to get better and better no?  Of course I ignore this one too.  But last night while I was online, he sends another.
 
His email:
“nice DDs”
 
Not sure where he is getting that from at all since I have not been responding to him and I don’t have my bra size (he got it wrong anyway) anywhere on my dating profile.  And wow…. you men really know how to sweep a girl off her feet don’t you?  It’s funny because he has a decent profile but when I look at his pictures I chuckle.  I can totally tell this guy is jerk.  I can tell he is “into” himself like he is God’s gift or something.  And his approach…..   Good God, get a clue.  This man is 39 years old acting like a 22 year old.
 
Ahhh…. dating.

My Farewell To a Man Who Loved The Troops

I thought of a million different posts on my farewell to President George W. Bush.  I kept starting and then deleting them.  I didn’t like anything I wrote or even re-wrote.  I found it hard to find the words because there are so many things I wanted to list, so many things I thought should be said. 
 
I finally decided to pick and focus on one of his greatest qualities that stands out the most to me.  His love, support and dedication to our Armed Forces.  It’s a subject near and dear to my heart and seeing that in this President strikes a cord with me.
 
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On his last day in office he landed at Andrews Air Force base before his private good-bye speech and he was taking some photos with some of members of the Air Force.  I could hear Brit Hume on Fox News saying that the military really liked Bush and will really miss him.  I sat there thinking, of course.  That’s because just like Ronald Reagan, he loved and cared for these men and women.
 
A President’s decision to go to war is never easy.  He knows that sons and daughters are going to die in the cause.  He gets the daily reports and so it is on his mind every day.  Every day.  It is evident this is constantly on his mind through not only through his words, but in all of his actions.
 
I still remember early in the war when he took a secret trip to Iraq that no one knew about till after it happened and surprised some of the troops on Thanksgiving.  When the soldiers saw him and roared in approval it was something to see.  I thought it was one of the coolest things a President did.  He spoke to them, encouraged them, thanked them, served them turkey, ate and chatted with them. 
 
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Or how about the special salute that President Bush gave an Army officer right after the 9/11 attack?  Bush gave him the salute first, acting in the role of subordinate to show respect for this soldier.  He waited patiently and deliberately for the soldier to return the salute as it was physically hard for him due to his injuries.  Great story and truly shows Bush’s character.
 
Bush invited Mike McNaughton, a soldier who lost his leg from a landmine to run with him at the White House.  This wasn’t just a photo op for Bush.  He had visited this soldier in the hospital after losing his leg and it was during this visit he extended the invitation.  True to his word President Bush called this guy every month checking in on his recovery until Mike could join the President for a run.
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Even the Marines of Marine Helicopter Squadron One will miss President Bush for his friendship and kindness.  Bush was obviously very personable with these men.  In one of his farewell speeches he spoke some very kind words about the staff who flew him around during his eight years.  He said that the Armed Forces took him to the White House and the Armed Forces were taking him home to Texas.  I wish I could find that now.  I can’t remember what speech he said it so I could quote it exactly.
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Even when President Bush came home to Texas after leaving office, he still NEVER forgets to thank the men and women in uniform.  It’s my favorite part of the speech because of not only what he says but his genuine feelings behind those words.  You hear it in his tone.
 
“No matter if you agreed with my decisions or not, one thing you have to agree with is that we have not been attacked in the last seven years.  This is a tribute to all who toiled day and night to keep us safe.  Especially, the men and women who wear our nation’s uniform.  I can’t tell you how great it’s been to stand before our troops and meet their families or to go to Walter Reed and have a soldier look you in the face and say ‘Mr. President I’d do it all over again.  Let me get healed so I can go back and defend the United States of America.’  There is NOTHING I will miss more than being the Commander in Chief to such and UNBELIEVABLE group of men and women.” 
 
 
I think one of the most impressive things that this President has done has been his unwavering support and actions to those who have been wounded or sadly, those we have lost.  President Bush has sent personal letters to EVERY one of the of families of the troops who have died in our wars since 9/11.  That is over 4,000 letters.  He has also met privately with more than 500 of those families and has met with more than 950 wounded veterans.  This, as the article states, has consumed hours of his time and escaped public notice.  
 
There are many other examples and photos I can provide.  There are military blogs from soldiers I read that consistently tell true stories of the President’s actions and visits to them.  Their love and admiration and thanks to him for his caring and support such as this that I can link you to.  But I think you get the point without me having to make this a 20 page blog post on the subject.  At least I would hope you would since these are the things that are very rarely televised and talked up in our media.
 
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Will President Obama do the same things that I have listed above?  Maybe he will.  I don’t know.  I would hope so.  But the real question I have is will he be that genuine?  Will he?  All I know is when looking at his past actions, they are not very supportive.
 
Says our troops air raid villages and kill civilians.
Decided not to visit the wounded troops in the hospital.
He encouraged postponement of the draw down in Iraq.
O’Reilly having to pull teeth to get him to admit surge worked.
 
I would have hoped that Obama may have changed his attitude once becoming President.  Unfortunately his very first night as the Commander in Chief he is the very first President ever to skip the “Salute to Heroes” ball.  This was a huge no no.  Not good President Obama.  Not good. 
 
Again, I’m hoping this will change and he will prove us wrong going forward.  Because when a President is more about Socialist programs and not pro-military, the U.S. Armed Forces will suffer.  They will get less funding, support, the equipment and supplies they need, no pay raises, more of their programs cut and so on.  It will be run into the ground and troop morale will decline in a big, big way.  Just ask anyone who served in the Carter years before Reagan came in and did a complete positive 180 with our military.  Night and day they will tell you.
 
One thing I can say that Obama did that was a good thing was his is asking the Secretary of Defense to stay on instead of appointing a new one.  Smart move.
 
History later down the line is going to show that President Bush did good things more than people realize.  He didn’t take the politically correct road.  He didn’t do things to be liked or to be popular.  He did things because he thought they were right for the country.  And yes, he has made some mistakes.
 
His main focus was keeping us safe and from not being attacked again.  He didn’t have an easy Presidency.  We were already on our way to recession before he took over folks and now it has to run his course.  Banks were already giving out bad loans, companies were already outsourcing and laying off people during the Clinton administration.  I don’t let Bush or Congress off easy for that one though, they could have done much more and done things much better in keeping the American people informed and protected.
 
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There were plenty of terrorist attacks on Clinton’s watch that he didn’t deal with and that led to 9/11.   The first World Trade Center attack, the killing of American soldiers in Somalia, the destruction of two U.S. embassies in Africa and the attack on the USS Cole.  Maybe if President Clinton had actually been a President and did something instead of getting blow jobs in the Oval Office, we wouldn’t have lost so many lives on 9/11 and be in the wars we are in today.  So 9/11 happened and so terrorists got dealt with by Bush. 
 
So… Clinton chose to be “liked” and skated away with an easy Presidency while Bush did the dirty and unpopular stuff and leaves his Presidency unpopular – no thanks to people like Michael Moore, Hollywood and the media.  He’s had to walk the road alone sometimes.  Tony Blair had a rough road of being unpopular too and as much as I like him, he quit.  Bush didn’t.
 
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Not everything was all Bush’s decision.  Most American citizens fail to realize that the President has no power without congress and congress helped make the decisions you curse him with.  They voted on war ladies and gentlemen.  And congress is made up of both Democrats and Republicans.
 
All I know is that good decisions or mistakes, the guy gave a shit.  It wasn’t about him making a name for himself.  It wasn’t about being popular with actors and singers.  It wasn’t about him writing tons of books about himself and getting rich.  It was about trying to do what was best for the country and knowing there had to be sacrifices in order to achieve it.  Because he knew the sacrifices, he made damn sure that the Military knew he cared about them very much.  He still does and probably always will.
 
Thank you sir for your protection, for doing your job, for having balls, for caring about the American citizens, and for respecting and supporting our troops.  Thank you sir for your service.
 
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Stop and Rest Dummy

I want to blog a bunch of things, I want to Twitter a bunch of things, I need to answer tweets and emails, I need to job search, I need to prepare for an upcoming interview, I need to clean my house but…..
 
I moved too soon.  I still am getting over a cold and yesterday was the best I had felt since getting it.  Of course what do we all do when we start to feel better?  We stop getting the rest we still most likely need and do too much.  I was on the phone a few times, I was chatting, I was up late on twitter, I was reading and answering emails, I was catching up on blogging, I was watching the inauguration…. and on and on.
 
Now I’m paying for it today.  I feel exhausted.  I feel like my throat is a tad bit more sore again and I sound more horse than I did the day before.  Mostly I just feel tired.  I need to learn that even though I am starting to feel better, I still need to get more rest to be completely healed.