LifestyleRelationships I Dont Know How To Date. by: – June 29, 2011 Sharing is caring! 37 Views no discussions Share Tweet Share Share I don’t know how to date. This has come to my attention in recent weeks, months, or more specifically, the last 15 years or so. Every relationship I’ve ever had, I’ve just sort of fallen into where dating wasn’t really part of the equation. I always thought I was lucky in this regard, but I no longer feel that way.To me, dating is the worst. I do not care for it at all. And to be honest, most first dates rarely end up in a second, because I’m wonky and my social skills are definitely a bit questionable. Getting through a date is more stressful for me than fun; in fact, I find I’m more relaxed when I go to the gynecologist.Recently, I went out with a gentleman caller. He was a friend of a friend. I was forced into it as some sort of distraction for a recent falling out with an on-again, off-again love interest who ended up falling so below par that being with him became heartbreaking and disappointing.I had tried to emotionally prepare myself for the date (read: had a martini and a Xanax before heading out the door), and had also cried out any possible tears that might pop out later in the evening, as I am a bit on the emotional side lately. I had also gone to the effort of putting on lipstick and even shaved my legs right before just in case things got hot and heavy. I’ll actually admit my reason for going on the date was more to hoping to get laid than find some lasting sort of relationship. This, I fear, is the boy in me.The martini and Xanax were a bad idea, of course. Halfway through the dinner, I proceeded to tell my date that I didn’t know how to date, that I hated dating and that I didn’t care to go through the process of ever getting to know anyone because I already knew everyone I wanted to know except for Ryan Gosling. Furthermore he, my date, should know that I already met my soulmate, and although he was probably drunk in a gutter somewhere in Bushwick, as I spoke those words, someday, it was going to make sense and said soulmate and I were going to get our s— together and it was going to be perfect in a fantasy world with pink unicorns and bunnies named Fred. Yes, that’s what I told my date in a round about way. I have not heard from him since.Of course this makes perfect sense, because had someone told me some malarkey about pink unicorns and bunnies named Fred, I, too, would avoid them like the plague, and I like those things.So I went home and had a moment similar to the one Annette Bening had in American Beauty – the one where she cries and smacks herself to stop being such a baby. I didn’t smack myself with my hand, but rather with words. And in the moment I was forced to recall the so many first dates I’ve been on, and all the reasons they never resulted in a second. Granted, 70% of the time the choice to not have a second date was mine because I have obscenely unrealistic standards and again live in a fantasy world where everything is perfect. However, that 30% was not in my control. I had literally lost the chance for another chance for the same reason I had with my most recent suitor: I just don’t know how to date.I don’t know how to make small talk and have it involve into topics more interesting. I don’t care to ask questions or even offer up any information about myself. I don’t try to be charming, because it seems like such a waste since I’ve convinced myself that there are only three people who have ever existed for me in the history of the world and two are dead – F. Scott Fitzgerald and Henry Miller – and the other is drunk in a gutter in Bushwick. I am absolutely completely closed off and by most accounts a curmudgeon. Women my age should not be this way so early in the game, but I am. This does not make me innovative or even a maverick; it makes me a narrow-minded a—- . Someone please tell me why there isn’t a class out there I could take to remedy this issue, or at least teach me how to be more relatable to the opposite sex so there is the slightest hope of eventually procreating with someone, anyone.This weekend, I’m going to try this dating thing again. Once again, a friend is setting me up. I have already decided there will be no pre-gaming in my apartment, no mention of my soulmate – although he is, FYI – nor will I bring up anything about mythical animals or my disappointment in the whole dating process. No, instead I will do what they do in the movies and smile a lot. I will laugh at jokes that aren’t funny and put my wonky ways on hold for the evening if only to prove to myself that I can get to a second date and maybe even a third or fourth. Although to be honest, a don’t see a fifth one happening… by then I will have unleashed the real me and that takes a certain breed to be able to handle that level of madness, er, uniqueness.Here’s hoping it’s just a “not enough practice” thing as opposed to a “missing the dating gene” thing, but I guess only time will tell.by Thegloss Dotcom
For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: When one looks at overseas bogies for Team India, Australia and South Africa feature prominently. In South Africa, they have won three Tests in 26 years and have never achieved a series win. Their record is woeful in Australia, where they have won just six Tests in 71 years of touring Down Under. After winning the first Test in Adelaide by 31 runs, Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team squandered the advantage by losing the Perth Test by 146 runs. Heading into the Melbourne Test on Boxing Day, the stakes cannot get any higher. India head into the match low on confidence after once again encountering a worrying trend in overseas games. They also encounter excess historical baggage at a venue which is considered one of their ultimate bogey grounds.Before the start of the series, the major concerns regarding India’s obstacles to victory were lower order batting from the opposition and batting collapses. The first point of the opposition tail wagging almost hurt India in Adelaide but stung them hard in Perth. India’s batting did not collapse in heaps in Adelaide but their collapse syndrome was repeated in the second Test. However, a third problem has cropped up in overseas tour and that is the failure to maintain a lead after winning or drawing the first game of the series. Read More | Sourav Ganguly reveals angry message to Virat Kohli after Perth lossIn the last 15 years, India has won the series after winning or drawing the first game only twice in the SENA countries (South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia). In 2007 against England, they drew the Lord’s Test, won the Trent Bridge game and ultimately their first series win after 21 years. In 2009 against New Zealand, they won in Hamilton and drew the Napier and Wellington Tests to secure a series win in New Zealand after 41 years. Apart from these two instances, the story has been painful for India.Read More | Mitchell Johnson slams Virat Kohli, calls his behavior ‘disrespectful’In 2003, after winning the Adelaide Test, India squandered the advantage in Melbourne to lose by nine wickets against Australia. In 2006, they won the first Test against South Africa in Johannesburg only to spectacularly implode in Durban and Cape Town. In 2013, they drew the Johannesburg Test but lost in Durban against South Africa. In 2014, they drew the Trent Bridge Test and won in Lord’s but they lost heavily in Southampton, Old Trafford and at The Oval to lose the series 3-1 to England. The inability to sustain the lead in a long series continues to hurt India and they face an uphill task to correct it at a venue where they have a horror record.Melbourne woesIn foreign countries, India has plenty of bogey grounds – meaning venues where India do not have a great record. Melbourne is one such ground which has given India plenty of nightmares. It is hard to imagine that this is the same venue which gave India their first-ever Test win in Australia in 1977. It was the sight of the most heroic performance by an Indian in 1981 when Kapil Dev, injured groin and all, bowled Australia out for 83 to give India victory by 59 runs.Read More | What should be the playing XI for Virat Kohli’s India in MCG Test?However, that was the last instance of glory. India have endured nothing but pain in 37 years, losing four and drawing two games. Melbourne is in the long list of bogey grounds for India overseas. Sydney, the venue of the New Year Test, Edgbaston, Basin Reserve in Wellington, Newlands in Cape Town and Supersport Park in Centurion, Kensington Oval in Barbados and Harare in Zimbabwe are the others. Out of 57 Tests played at these venues, they have won just five games and have a win-loss ratio of just 0.135, which is the worst among all teams with more than 20 Tests.India will have to overcome a massive baggage of history and numbers if they have to create history. Breaking a 37-year hoodoo is the ideal way to ensure India end their overseas jinx.
â€‹FIFA is considering a rule change that would allow players to suit up for more the one country.Current stipulation makes it so that a player who has played one competitive fixture for a nation cannot switch international allegiances.But Cape Verde’s football federation has requested that the governing body loosen the sanctions so that a move can still be made after one or two matches.Head of FIFA’s Stakeholders’ Committee, Victor Montagliani, has revealed that FIFA is looking into implementing pertinent changes without compromising the integrity of the sport. “There are so many issues that have popped up,” he said. “The world is changing.”“Immigration is changing. There are nationality issues that pop up all over the world – in Africa, (and) there are issues in Asia and CONCACAF.“So it’s a good time to have a look at this and see if there are solutions without hurting the integrity of the game.”Montagliani also reported that FIFA is also considering increasing the length of time after which a player can represent a country if that player has no blood connection.As things stand, foreign players must live and play in a country for five years before being allowed to represent that country in international competition if they so desire.A compensation scheme is also being looked into in order to tackle potential issues regarding players training and playing for a country at youth level then switching to another.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram