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Marry a man who doesn’t read literature. Or paint works of art or make music. Marry this man for he is as safe as his spoon fed television with predicable plots, canned laughter and happy endings.
Meet the man who doesn’t read literature at a trendy happy hour where you toss your hair like you’re flirting and he buys you a “Sauv Blanc.” Size up his income by the watch on his left hand and decide he’s the one.
Go home with this man to his place but ignore the scantily clad bookshelf that contains titles about successful habits and good to greatness and how to use chopsticks for these, not a haiku collection, mark success. Have sex on his black leather sofa and claim you are girl that never does these things and he must be special.
Let him take you to dinners at fashionable places where you order the salad with pine nuts for protein and fat free dressing on the side. Listen to his dream plan of corporate ladders, season tickets to the niners, and how he hopes to settle down and buy a place in the suburbs and take care of you while you pop out children with his DNA.
When you tastily lick your Cabernet glass clean, suppress the urge to deplete the bottle, coat your throat with meaty red and dive into artistic drunkenness. Stop. Let him pour you water. With him, you’ll stay proudly sober and never spill wine and spew run on sentences with emotional frenzy. Learn to put your fork down after your salad and not beg for dessert so he knows you’re restrained and will stay slim forever.
Stop using over-complicated words, Sartre quotes and hedonistic references to “The Playa”. Get you teeth professionally whitened to hide signs of midnight cigarettes and after-hours espresso and take up grown up things like Pilates and lunching.
Let him propose with a perfectly formulated solitaire that weighs down your left hand with a permanent ache. On cue he says “it’s not a blood diamond” from a African country you’ll never visit and you smile and cry as if this were your biggest life aspiration.
Get married in a church with bridesmaids in dresses that match your flower arrangements and walk down the aisle in perfect beat to Here Comes the Bride and suppress all desires to jump on the back of someone’s motorcycle and escape to Mexico to let your hair stream wild in the wind.
Buy a house together that has bedrooms for your future children and is near a specialty grocery store with organic deli meats. Let moderation beget moderation and settle into a predicable pattern than makes your parents finally stop worrying. Rent out your one bedroom condo where you thought you’d once die alone with 12 cats and three hundred books. He has saved you.
And days turn into months and months turn into years and eventually he’ll get sick with a preventable disease and you’ll wheel him in his chair and feed him mush and wonder what would have happened if you choose the man with the cheap watch and Velcro wallet.
Don’t Fall in Love with a Creative.
Don’t even give him a second glance. For if you succumb, you’ll never be safe.
Instead you will ride the waves of passion and despair, never knowing when each will end. You’ll become an addict to drama and a skeptic of the conventional, unclear how your chaotic patterns could ever formulate a linear life progression known as the American Dream…even though sometimes you secretly covet it if only for a chance to breathe normally.
Don’t fall in love with a writer. He’ll haunt you from the first day you meet with brooding eyes and dark hair and a T.S. Elliot paperback neatly packed under his left arm.
You’ll meet him at the one remaining wifi-less coffee shop and he’ll quote existentialist writers to describe the moment until you leap over your foamy cappuccino to kiss him violently because nothing is more seductive than a man who appreciates syntax.
Don’t fall in love with a writer because he knows great love stories have tragedy and the best are killed off or at the least cast aside and and he says goodbye to his favorites as easily as he sips his black coffee.
He’ll teach you that monogamy is a word for young adult novels and life is so much more complicated filled with chance happenings and twisted plots and unwanted surprises….some named Jolie, his assistant. You’ll have heartbreak so great you’ll cower on your floor for three days. “It just makes a better story,” he says.
The irony of a writer giving you a cliche.
Don’t fall in love with a painter. He’ll lure you with temporary adoration when you meet at a two bit gallery opening and he’ll woo you by asking to paint you nude. You nervously agree (how conventionally unconventional, you think) and enter his easel of a house and fall into soft vulnerability as you stand near the sun soaked windows allowing your stomach pouch from too many chocolates to be beautiful. He commits your body to memory as his brush traces the outline of your curves in perfect silence. For an instant you are his muse.
He’ll teach you how to see things differently like how moths wings shimmer at dusk. When drowsiness tickles your forehead he’ll say “Sleep is for the dead,” and you’ll traverse the streets making up your own constellations. 3am will become a delicate strand of a spiderweb, glistening in the moonlight with its fragility. You want to gulp down the moment in a frenzy as because nothing was this good ever and you fear its impermanence so might as well get crazy high on each second…
And then the moment is gone, the blue phase over and another has begun.
Don’t fall in love with a musician. You’ll be a groupie of his genius lyrics and soulful strums but you’ll always be second to his art and his public for his job is not a job but a passion that torments his soul like a cancer. Which is why you love him.
He’ll play at odd times and introduce you to odd people and odd baggies of substances that keep your eyes wide and heart racing and in the morning you always wonder what the hell happened until you put your head in the nook of his shoulder and feel safe like a small leaf on an oak tree until the music starts and you once again become the second fiddle.
Ah yes, don’t fall in love with a creative. He’ll desperately need you then not need you at all and the pain from this very matter of fact statement torments like the beat of the rain on your single paned window.
And you may never marry because that’s too traditional and you may still die alone under your books with cats eating away your eyeballs. You ride the waves unknowing how this passion endures or your life unfolds. And you wonder if it had been better to date an illiterate man with a nice watch instead.
9 Reasons Why Breaking Up with Your Job is Hard to Do
I used to be one of those obnoxiously happy people who loved their job, talked about it incessantly, and wistfully shook their head at the idea of living a passionless work life.
I thanked my lucky stars that I’d never have to know the sad, sad life of the professionally unfulfilled. At the very young age of 24, I’d found my dream job and (as much as I hate to use the word) I felt very blessed.
As I rejoiced in my good fortune, I hoped that someday all of my friends who dreaded Mondays and counted down the minutes to 5 pm would know the same kind of work-inspired happiness I’d found.
My feelings about my career more or less mirrored my married friends’ feelings about their paradisaical relationships - but I felt like I was the lucky one. Even though I hadn’t (and still haven’t) found Mr. Right, I knew that my job wasn’t ever going to leave me brokenhearted or dump me via text message (which actually happened to me once).
Unfortunately, after five plus years of blissful vocation, three promotions, and plenty of wonderful experiences, the unthinkable happened.
I fell out of love with my job.
I didn’t want to admit it. I tried my hardest to put on a happy face and keep up appearances. I did my best to change my outlook and my attitude so that I could get back to where I’d been.
I wanted so badly for things to be good again.
I kept telling myself that if I could just make it through the rough patch, everything would be wonderful again. I told myself to give it time and find a way to make it work - but eventually I had to accept the difficult truth. Things weren’t ever going to be the same, I’d gone from obnoxiously happy to miserable, and for the sake of everyone involved, I needed to move on.
I knew I’d always love and care for the company that had empowered me to be so passionate about my work and had encouraged me to do great things - but we wanted different things. Too much had changed.
I was a completely different person and the office had changed a whole lot too.
Ironically enough, a poster that hung in our break room is what convinced me to stop mourning for what was and make a change.
I read it every day and thought long and hard about what was important to me. My family and friends were consistently at the top of that list - and I’d been living away from them for a long time - because I’d loved my job so much.
I made up my mind to move home, put together a resume/portfolio website, and found a new job in the city I wanted to live in.
I like my new gig but we’re still figuring one another out and I’m taking things slowly - mostly because I know that l’m not quite over my last company yet.
While the above probably sounds utterly ridiculous to most - I know that anyone who has ever been married to their work understands.
Leaving a job you once loved is a very, very tough breakup.
You know that it’s ultimately for the best and that things probably wouldn’t have worked out but that doesn’t make it any less difficult. Here’s why:
9 Reasons Breaking Up with Your Job is Hard to Do
1. No matter how much you think you’re over it, it still hurts to see them carrying on without you
2. It takes serious amounts of self control to not stalk their social media profiles
3. Every time you do look at their stuff, you wish you hadn’t because it just makes you miss the good times and question whether or not you made the right decision
4. They were such a big part of your identity that you have to pause and figure out who you really are once they’re removed from the equation
5. You find yourself striking up conversations with other people who know them - just to ask how they’re doing
6. You’ve embraced the fact that your new thing may just end up being a rebound - and you’re okay with that
7. You know that eventually they’ll move on and hire someone new - and you secretly hope that whoever is next just makes them realize how wonderful you were
8. Your friends and family are sick of listening to you talk about it - and really wish you’d get over it and move on
9. Whenever you know you’re going to run into them somewhere, you go out of your way to make sure you look really good and happy - really, really happy
I can’t remember a time in recent (or not-so-recent) history where I didn’t actively hope to find a big smile and a long beard on the other side of the doors as I made my way into The Old Toad.
Years of being greeted by Tony Mayhem is (and always has been) one of the reasons I count The Toad as my favorite bar in Rochester.
Every so often I’d make it into the pub before Tony had settled into his post - but as soon as he arrived, I’d be the first in line for a hug and a chat.
After one extensively long conversation last year, a friend even joked that “most people go to the bar to catch up with their friends. Liz comes to catch up with the door guy.”
While we all laughed that night, the truth is - the door guy was my friend.
He was everyone’s friend - and I don’t think any of us can believe he’s gone.
Tony Mayhem didn’t necessarily look like the type to be full of sunshine - but he was. One smile or a brief conversation was all it took to realize that he was one of the most genuine and kind souls you could ever hope to meet.
Once we connected on Facebook, he didn’t just brighten the evenings (and late nights) that I spent at the Toad - he brightened every day. As someone who was exceptionally close with my grandpa, I’ve loved seeing how much he loved spending time with his Gianna. His love for animals was obvious - and his sense of humor made my day on many occasions. I know I’m not alone.
To see the outpouring of love today proves what we all already knew - Tony was respected by many and loved by all.
I hope that his family and loved ones are able to find some comfort knowing just how many lives he touched over the years. The world has lost an incredible man but legends never die - and there is absolutely no question that Tony Mayhem is (and always will be) a legend, a gentleman, and a sweet, lovable goofball.
Although we’ve said goodnight and goodbye a thousand times - today it’s really tough. Rest in peace friend, you are already incredibly missed.
I’ve been back in Rochester for just about a month now and I’m loving it for a lot of reasons.
At the same time, there are a lot of things I really miss about Buffalo.
The overall sense of community and peoples’ willingness to embrace others as they are is definitely at the top of that list.
Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of friendly, welcoming people in Rochester - but generally speaking I’ve realized that folks here in the flour/flower city can be rather snobby.
Whenever I note this observation, people reference the fact that Rochester has always been a white collar town whereas Buffalo is of the more rugged blue collar variety.
Sure, there’s some undeniable historical truth to that. However - it’s 2013 and the socioeconomic landscape has shifted. Kodak has gone to shit. Bausch & Lomb just packed up and left. There’s far less to be pretentious about these days and if you ask me, a healthy dose of humility would serve this city well.
This is coming from a place of love - of course. I very much want my hometown to be greater than it already is - and I don’t believe that greatness has ever been achieved by judging and excluding people.
I’ve felt this way for a long time but putting it in writing was prompted by an all-too-common, incredibly irritating exchange that happened to me earlier this week.
I was talking with a gentleman I’d never met before and we seemed to have a lot of interests in common. We were having a great conversation - until he decided to ask where I’d grown up. Once he learned that I’d spent my formative years on the wrong side of town his entire demeanor changed and he seemed to have no use for me or our conversation.
You see, in Rochester - whether you grew up on the East Side or the West Side seems to be a very VERY important identifier. Seriously, people? Just because I’m not from Pittsford doesn’t mean I’m not a smart, accomplished person worthy of your respect!
Sure, Buffalo has suburbs that are known for having wealthy, successful residents too - but I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed someone walking away from another person just because they found out they were from the North Towns and not the South Towns.
I’m not even sure if I said that right - because despite having lived there for a decade I still can’t say for sure that one of those areas is “better” or more desirable than the other.
Both encompass several really fantastic communities - and it doesn’t seem to matter because in my experience people in Buffalo judge you by your character and the kind of person you are rather than the postal code you grew up in.
I know that there are exceptions to every rule and not everyone thinks this way but I’ve noticed instances of such discrimination several times since I’ve moved back and it really makes me wonder how people can be so absurdly shortsighted. Then again, maybe if I’d grown up on the “right” side of town I’d see things differently.
My entire life I’ve been told that I can do anything I set my mind to, so long as I’m willing to work hard for it.
While some think such advice is overly optimistic drivel that merely sets people up for disappointment, I still very much believe it to be (mostly) true.
Unfortunately, somewhere along the way I made up my mind that the very same mantra could also be applied to feelings.
I’ve been convinced that if I wanted to feel a certain way, I could simply will myself into it.
I told myself that if I worked hard enough at it, I could feel however I wanted to feel.
Today, I think I’ve finally realized how very wrong I’ve been.
No matter how hard you try, the most intense desire to feel something is nothing more than a giant waste of your energy.
In fact, it’s not ambition at all - it’s freaking denial.
In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling wrote, “Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it." and she is so right.
Although I’ve had really good intentions, all of the feelings that I’ve tried so hard to change over the years have never morphed into anything else - I’ve just refused to address them as they are… so they’ve never been resolved.
Think about it… telling yourself that something didn’t affect you or bother you doesn’t make it so. Desperately wanting to be over a relationship doesn’t mean that you are. Thinking that your feelings of bitterness and resentment are ridiculous and unfounded doesn’t make you any less bitter or resentful.
Correct me if I’m wrong but I think that the only thing that will actually make you less bitter and resentful is allowing yourself to be bitter and resentful.
You need to embrace it. Talk about it. Let it be exactly what it is…for as long as it needs to be that way.
That being said, I’d just like to note how frustrated and angry I am about the fact that it took me 29 years to figure out this somewhat simple concept.
The World Needs More 6 (and a half) Year Olds Like This
Last night I was totally convinced that people suck.
I’d come to that conclusion after I hit something backing out of my parking space. No more than a split second after I’d shifted into reverse, I felt something crumble under the weight of my car but it wasn’t until I heard thousands of tiny pieces of glass hitting the pavement that I knew that I’d run over some kind of a bottle.
I put the car into park, got out to assess the situation, and realized that some (un)kind soul had placed a freaking beer growler directly behind my rear driver’s side tire.
Now, I was parked at a brewery so it’s not quite as ironic as you might think - but it was incredibly disheartening. I don’t have any known enemies and I can’t for the life of me figure out why someone would do such a mean-spirited thing.
Is causing a complete stranger misfortune someone’s idea of a joke?
What the heck is wrong with people?
Those very questions launched me into a rather foul “people suck and the human race is doomed” kind of a mood.
Then, this afternoon one of my college drinking buddies, who is now a doctor, posted this photo.
It was exactly what I needed to remind me that there are plenty of really incredible people out there who don’t suck at all.
People like my friend Dr. Dlugosz who has sacrificed much, much more than Icees to help others.
People like Mitchell, the incredibly adorable 6 1/2 year old who is learning what it means to be grateful and kind.
And people like Mitchell’s mom who believe in instilling such values in their children.
That being said, it’s now a good 18 hours after the growler incident and not only has my tire not gone flat, my faith in humanity has been restored.
When artistÂ Mica Angela Hendricks got a new sketch book a while back, her 4-year-old daughter was insistent upon being able to try it out herself. Hendricks tried to say no, but her daughter used a phrase on her mom that she must have heard a few times…
So why are you leaving Buffalo? It's clear from your words that you've accidentally fallen in love, and that you get this place, you understand its core. Having lived here long past college graduation it's obvious you've managed to make some sort of living here. And yet something has made you leave, drawn you away from the tall grain silos, a downtown that smells of Cheerios, from concerts on the waterfront, and maybe Shakespeare in the park. Foods and smiles from around the globe. Why? Share.
Like I said, the decision has been very bittersweet. There are a lot of factors that went into it but the short answer is that my family, who I am very close with, is in Rochester - and I’ve been constantly back and forth. I felt like I’d never be able to settle down if I was trying to maintain life in two places at once…
I love your list of 5 things you love about Buffalo. I hate to see you go because we need people with your great attitude to stay and make this city your career. Hey, you never know, you may come back to run for Mayor. All I can think of is Thanks for your support.
Thank you! I’m glad that you enjoyed it. I really have learned so much here.
I don’t have any immediate plans to run for Mayor - but I’ll be back to visit on a regular basis and I know that Buffalo will always feel like home!
Thank you for putting in words what may of us feel about this City. I find myself wondering what would we need to do to keep someone like you here. You have a great energy, thanks for lifting us all up!
We endure the jokes… because they’re wrong, and it just lets us know who the idiots are. Let them say: “You’re from Buffalo? (shiver) Get’s cold there.” Cold makes beer happy. Snow makes kids happy. And if you’re the right kind of kid at heart, it makes you happy. Let the houses shake, burn, wash away, blow apart, fill with muck - our bad weather just sits there… and makes beer happy. The last three summers have been incredible, and there’s never been a recorded temperature over 99. And there may be nothing better than hearing a Buffaloather become a Buffaliever.
Hello there! Your column is being reposted EVERYWHERE. You should add your byline to the article --actually in the text, not just somewhere else on your blog--so that you can get credit! Lovely sentiments and lovely writing. Sincerely, a Buffalo ex-pat who has lived in Washington, DC for the last 20+ years but still loves dearly the city of her birth.
Thanks for the suggestion! I added my name - just in case people want to get in touch. I appreciate your kind words more than you know!
I received a pretty irresistible job offer in Rochester, which is where I’m from. While it’ll be nice to be close to my family, I will certainly miss Buffalo and I know I will visit often! Thankfully it’s only an hour away!
not a question - just wanted to see this is a great piece, not just because you fell in love with my hometown, but because you wrote so well--and accurately!--about that love and that hometown. Good luck, and visit often! - Mary Durlak
Thank you so much for the kind words! I will most certainly be back - on a regular basis!
My relationship with Buffalo can be described as an unplanned love affair.
I never meant to fall for the place - but I did. And I fell hard.
I moved here for college, less than thrilled. My top choice school in Boston had accepted me but I couldn’t afford it. The thought of passing student loans down to my grandchildren stressed me out and Canisius had offered me a very generous scholarship.
I needed a degree, so I packed up my things, made up my mind to make the best of it, and moved into the dorms on Main Street. My intentions were to be done with school, and Buffalo, in four years or less.
And here I am, a decade later. My formal education was completed on time - I just couldn’t bring myself to leave. So I stayed.
Today, I’m finally ready to head home. (I think?)
While there are many things to look forward to, I still adore Buffalo so much that leaving is very bittersweet. In the midst of so much uncertainty and change, I’m taking comfort in the one thing that I know for sure:
I came to Buffalo for an education and Buffalo gave me the education of a lifetime.
5 Things Living in Buffalo Taught Me About Life
1. Alwaysbe a good neighbor.
It’s not until you spend a significant amount of time here that you realize “The City of Good Neighbors” is much, much more than a tagline. It’s an honest to God core value - and everyone buys in.
Whether you’re stuck in a snowbank, organizing a festival, or turning vacant lots into community gardens, you know that you can rely on the constant support of the people around you. If nothing else, you’re Buffalonians and whatever it is that you’re doing, you’re in it together.
It’s inspiring. It’s something other communities should emulate. Because even in the worst circumstances, it vastly improves everyones quality of life.
2. What everyone else thinks really doesn’t matter.
For reasons I’ll never understand, the rest of the world gets some kind of a rise out of ragging on Buffalo. Once you live here you learn to let the lame Super Bowl jokes go. You stop trying to convince people that the weather isn’t really all that bad. You might even think it’s kind of adorable when Anderson Cooper breaks out into uncontrollable fits of laughter while making fun of Dyngus Day.
My point is, you don’t let what everyone else thinks and says get to you. You know that it really doesn’t matter. Furthermore, you know the truth about Buffalo - and you’re a better person for it.
3. Know your strengths & flaunt your best assets.
If you’ve got curves, get out there and find a sexy little dress that hugs you in all the right places. If you’ve got gorgeous downtown waterfront, for the love of all things holy develop it!
4. A little bit of pride goes a long way.
Buffalonians are the proudest people I know. And it’s amazing.
How many Queen-City-centric t-shirt companies are there? How many Bills Backers bars exist? How many expats have come back? Did you ever hear Tim Russert talk?
It’s actually kind of crazy when you think about it. Thankfully, intense Buffalo pride is usually a healthy combination of dignity, honor and grace.
While I may not have been born in the 716, I will always be incredibly proud to have spent such a big chunk of my life here. Even though I’m leaving Buffalo, my Buffalo pride will never leave me.
5. Never give up.
My time in Buffalo has taught me that everything (and everyone) has value - and that it’s never too late to make a comeback.
Empty grain silos aren’t empty! They’re full of history and just so happen to be the perfect place for art installations and rock climbing and really awesome parties. Just ask anyone who attended City of Night.
Rundown buildings and seemingly dilapidated neighborhoods can be relevant again - and they can thrive. Don’t take my word for it, follow Bernice Radle of Buffalove Development or stop by the West Side Bazaar.
It’s not over until it’s over - and you should never ever leave a Bills game early.