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First World Problems

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Not being able to go to the bathroom because your maid is cleaning it, your steering wheel isn't heated like your seats, buying groceries but not having enough room for them in the fridge. What do all of these have in common? They are first world problems!

Slacker is seriously ripping into Steve for his valve stem caps. He agrees that the ALS ice bucket challenge is kind of sick when there are countries with no clean water. He admits America is being a total d-bag about it. Slacker has four mac book pros and he can text other iPhones from his computer. But, every time he texts a person that doesn’t have an iPhone, he has to go find his iPhone. He has all Mac products and the whole line of Mac Book Pros/ iPads, except for the Mac Book Air and he is very upset about it!

Steve bought a new Audi and he also bought new valve stem caps to match it. He customized them and bought two different styles. He was going through a house remodel and now he can’t find his custom valve stem caps and he is very upset about it. That is his first world problem.

Lil D has a water cooler at his house and it doesn’t get the water cold enough so he has to use ice every time. The condensation from the last glass stained his furniture. He also has his Apple TV, Xbox, and his DVD player but only has 2 HDMI converters on the back of his TV! Ugh!!

What is your first world problem?

I can’t find the remote to my fan and now I die of heat at night. UGH!

Signed,
Intern Nikki

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Impulse Buy

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The number one impulse buy is food you don't need. Americans, on average, spend $3,000 on coffee and lunch per year! That's crazy! But what about beer? A man in a Vegas night club decided he wanted to build a fort made out of cardboard beer boxes. He bought $80,000 worth of beer just for the boxes, and he built his fort. Here’s a list of the most impulse buys:
Groceries You Don’t Need (or Really Even Want)
 
The Beer Bottle Cap Hat
 
Certain Types of Clothing (You Know What I’m Talking About)
 
Supersizing Everything
 
Gaming
 
Apps
 
Theme Parks & Midway Games of Chance
 
Lottery Tickets
 
Latte & Lunch

Slacker gives Steve so much crap for his dog bed. He wants a beer bottle hat. If he knew where to find one right now, he’d buy it. He gets conned into getting apps when he just uses the phone, such a waste. He was at a memorabilia sports store and bought a jersey for $450 for his mom. He immediately regret buying it.

Steve bought a doggy bed in Vegas that was $1,200 to hold his toilet paper in his bathroom. It is a clam-shaped dog bed that came with gems. He even had to buy it a plane ticket home from Vegas so the total for this dog bed was $1,500!

What crazy thing did you buy impulsively?

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Intern Nikki

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OPP: School Bully

Yi! Our OPP is from an anonymous writer:

Yi guys, I am having a problem with my 8 year-old son. He was bullied at his school orientation by two neighborhood kids, who continue to bother him. I called the assistant principal on Tuesday and got nowhere. The school said they'd keep an eye on the situation. That's B.S.! My son, who used to love going to class, now despises it. I am a single mom. If you were me what would you do .. tell my son to fight back and stand up for himself .. or .. confront the parents of the bullies? I think part of the problem is that my son has grown up without a father figure. He may be lacking a bit of toughness.
Anonymous
 
Slacker asks Steve if he thinks bullying is worse now than it was when they were kids. Steve replied it is the same. Slacker said he was mistreated but was never bullied. But thinks people would consider it bullying today. He was in the academics and the band kids but he was never pushed around and picked on. He doesn’t care who you are, any two people are going to be more alpha than the other one. People use bully too lightly because it definitely exists. But it is a catch-all. People’s feelings get hurt all the time and then use the word bullying. If a kid kicks rocks at another kid it is considered bullying now.
 
Steve never got bullied, but he does think people get “picked on.” Every child is going to get teased as a kid because kids are mean. Steve was a part of the stoner crowd, athletics, and academics so he got along with everyone. He said she needs to nip this in the bud now because that can lead to bullying later on in life that would be worse.

What should she do?

She needs to teach her son to stick up for himself. My single mother taught me that and it helped me a lot! I was bullied by a group of girls until it had to get physical and they left me alone. People are always going to find weaker beings to pick on because they can, until the weaker one can become strong and fend for themselves.
That’s nature.

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Intern Nikki

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GMD: Business at Home

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Jeff and his wife Katherine just had a baby. Jeff runs his business out of his home and has his clients walk through the house to get to his office. Katherine wants him to use a side door because she breast feeds and lounges in the living room with the baby. Jeff says he can't just bring clients through a side door when his business pays the bills.

Slacker asks Katherine if they would have their home if Jeff didn’t have his business and Katherine said no. Jeff replied by saying that he likes to show his clients their nice house and get them refreshments and he can’t do that if they go through a side door. Slacker says if he were doing business with a guy out of his house he’d want to go through the front door because it looks sleazy if not. Slacker thinks Katherine can breastfeed in another room or get a job and not be present while Jeff conducts business.

Steve says isn’t unsafe to have strangers with a new baby. Katherine said she is not scared of them and wants to breastfeed in her living room. Steve thinks that Jeff should be protecting the baby and his wife when they have people they don’t know coming to and from their house on a daily basis.

Whose side are you on?

I am on Jeff’s side. I think Katherine can go in another room to watch TV. during business hours and can definitely breast feed somewhere else too. It is pretty simple, especially when she doesn’t have a job…

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Intern Nikki

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Public Shaming

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Public shaming is become more and more common. Whether the law catches you and forces you to walk around with a sign on or a crazy jogger punches your truck for running a stop sign. There are many different ways to public shame.
 
Slacker says one of the only things that are acceptable for public shaming is leaving a child or an animal in the car. He says that he understands why some people do it, mainly because it could be such a hassle if your only seven feet away and you have to wake up a sleeping child. Slacker says that Steve always shames people for doing the exact same things he does! He tells a story about how he was going to run a stop sign but a jogger got in the way and he slammed on his breaks. Slacker claims the man was at a safe distance and not in harm’s way at all. He says the guy ran up to his window and started yelling at him, the jogger then ran off and screamed profanities!  
 
Steve says that it’s a good thing that people are shaming others when it comes to leaving kids in the car. He says that if you’re not going to be a responsible parent then you deserve it! Steve says that he got his car washed and parked at the building next door, a building that clearly says no car wash parking. He says that he was drying off his car when the store owner came out and started to freak out on him!
 
Lil D says that he was at the doctors office when his baby hit a button on the ultrasound machine. He says that lights and everything went off! Lil D says the nurse stared at him and yelled “Maybe you shouldn’t let your baby touch things! This is a very expensive piece of equiptment!”
 
What is your public shaming story?
 
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Intern Tyler
 
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Superstitions

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Friday the 13th, black cats, wearing the same jersey for your team to win, all of these are superstitions. Some of us have our own beliefs when it comes to these and others think they are totally bogus!
 
College football starts this weekend. A survey by the Big Ten Network reveals that 53% of football fans are superstitious and wear certain clothes or shoes to help their favorite team win. Other findings:
- 40% of fans say that looking away from the screen sometimes helps their team win
- 31% of fans scream at the TV during football games
- 62% of people watch college football games at home
- 30% of people watch college football games at a friend's house
- 8% of people watch college football games at a neighborhood bar
 
Superstition Might Be Practical In Some Circumstances
Here's some research which shows that, while superstitious behavior won't stop events from happening, it does have practical value to people. It won't stop bad things from happening to you - but it may stop you from feeling bad things.
Would you hop on a free flight to Aruba? I'm guessing you would. Now, what if that flight were contingent on a coin toss? If the coin comes up heads, you will be on the plane. If the coin comes up tails, someone else gets your seat. Some of you are now more reluctant to get on that plane.
Perhaps you are thinking of the most famous coin toss in music history. On February 3, 1959, a plane full of musicians crashed in Iowa. The musicians included Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens - the musician who popularized the song "La Bamba." Valens' presence on the plane came as the result of a coin toss. Valens and Tommy Allsup, another musician touring with the group, flipped a coin for a seat on the plane. Valens won, and died.
The incident became famous, and it's not hard to see why. There's something horrific and fascinating about a life riding on the toss of a coin. Of course, no one is struck by the amazing coincidence of a life riding on the decision to buy a ticket, to go on a musical tour, or to book a gig in Moorhead, Minnesota. All those chains of events led to the same result, but no one thinks of the mundane decisions - just of the coin toss.
A group of researchers, handing out a survey, found that this fascination isn't limited to plane crashes and coin tosses. They surveyed people about their reactions to the goring death of a very young matador, who had been substituted in at the last moment because another matador had to drop out of a fight. Unusual events that led to misfortune, the survey found, were more likely to prompt huge emotional reactions, and lots of "what if" thoughts, than normal events that led to misfortune. Partially, this is because we remember unusual events. No one remembers exactly when they booked a ticket but they do remember a coin flip. If that heads or tails leads them to disaster, they can think back on that one moment. In order to regret your past decisions, you have to remember them.
But this intense emotional response might also be a practical basis for superstitious behavior. If someone takes an unusual, or unexpected, action and it leads to disaster, they know they will regret it far more than they would if they'd just wandered into the disaster without making a memorable choice. On the other hand, if they refrain from taking the unusual action, and they miss out on some minor pleasure because they refrained, they'll probably forget the whole thing in a day or two. By being superstitious about a coin toss - or any other omen or bad luck charm - people might not be making a completely irrational decision based on irrelevant information. They might be thinking about how different scenarios will affect them emotionally, and have decided to hedge against the worst possible scenario.
 
Slacker says that he can’t go through a tunnel without holding his breath. He says that a random number will pop into his head when he is walking and he has to count to that number. Slacker says that if he gets to his destination then it was meant to be, if he doesn’t get there then he stops and looks around to see if something important is around him. He says that sometimes he has found money which is always a plus!
 
Steve is curious what would happen if Slacker didn’t hold his breath, would the tunnel collapse? He says that even when he played baseball he was never superstitious.
 
What is your silly superstition?

Whenever I fought competitively I wouldn’t ever go under the ropes or step on the first step. It was just bad luck!
 
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Intern Tyler
 
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OPP: Gender Change

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Candy’s sister is married to a woman trapped in a man’s body. Apparently he/she has been feeling this way for a while. Candy doesn’t like the fact that he/she is just now coming out after so many years of marriage. She thinks that he/she is being incredibly selfish and that her sister is silly because she is willing to stay with him/her! Should Candy step in and say something or leave it be?
 
Slacker says that you fall in love with the person and personality. He says that regardless what the private parts are, you still will love the person. Slacker doesn’t understand why Candy is trying to get involved. He says that if the husband has been cross dressing for a while then her sister may be more used to it than she realizes.
 
Steve is confused on why Candy thinks it’s any of her business. He is curious if it makes the sister a lesbian. He likes the fact that Candy cares about her sister.
 
What do you think Candy should do?
 
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Intern Tyler
 
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Worst Firsts

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First day of school. First day of work. First date. first kiss. Life is full of firsts, but they don’t always go as planned! What was your worst first?
 
Colton Haynes Shamelessly Live Tweeted a Couple's First Date and It's Hilariously Awkward
As if first dates aren't awkward enough, imagine having that date put on blast by a celebrity and his 936,000 Twitter followers. If you're a woman named Tracey (spelling yet to be verified) who recently went on a date with a guy you met online, you may be living that nightmare.
Colton Haynes, of Arrow and Teen Wolf fame, was just trying to live his life and eat some dinner when his meal was interrupted by one of the most awkward first dates ever. Since everyone loves a good live tweeting event, Haynes took to social media to document the adventures.
"I am sitting next to the a couple on their 1st date who met online and it's a conversation I have to live tweet about right now. Stay tuned"
"He's currently explaining to her the amount of women he's hooked up with after the first date...it's a lot"
"O god...he's still married"
"She keeps tossing her hair...I honestly think she's into it. They r now discussing name pronunciation...I have to secretly film this"
"HE JUST CALLED HER THE WRONG NAME!!! After 30 mins of their date, he called her Terry...her name is Tracey"
"Let's just name him Dan...he looks like a Dan. I am now staying at dinner to see if his horrible lines work...why am I so invested?"
"Dan has a mullet...and a beard...2 things that could be love blinding Tracey...hurry the hell up Tracey, Jesus, the audience is waiting..."
"They r currently talkin about their current/past relationships and I'm now getting sad that I'm putting this on display...ok not anymore"
"Dan just said "There's a girl here that I call my cousin...but she's not my cousin, she's my ex girlfriend." I'm dying laughing"
"U guys...I am now sweatin laughing. I'm a terrible person but he just said he dated his second cousin once. I SWEAR ON MY LIFE HE SAID THAT"
"Can I get a moment of silence to see how's this is gonna end...................shhhhh"
"No joke, I just followed them out (without paying yet) and Tracey just peaced out!!! Tracey-1, Dan-0!!!! Note to self: Do this more often..."
 
Slacker said that his first days of school were always the worst, mainly because of the cloths he borrowed from his brothers. He says that he understands why Colton Haynes did what he did, because he doesn’t even pay attention to his wife when they go out! Slacker says he is much more interested in watching other people’s drama. He says that with his daughters first day of school it took multiple teachers to get her into the class, she was kicking and screaming the whole time!
 
Steve said that his first day of school was never a problem because he was always a rock star.
 
What was your worst first?
 
My worst first was my first kiss. I totally blew it! I thought the girl was going in for a hug so naturally I just put my head to the side and I got a cheek full of tongue… Needless to say I was very disappointed when she walked away in disgust!
 
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Intern Tyler 

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Never Lend To A Friend

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I’m sure everyone has lent out something with some importance and immediately regretted it. A good friend lent out his Bentley to his friend to drive. The friend ended up getting drunk and crashing the very, very expensive car into an apartment building.
 
Slacker let a child borrow his guitar for a talent show and after he performed, the child destroyed the guitar on stage! The guitar was worth thousands of dollars, he was not very happy. If you start putting panties on your wall, Slacker wants credit!
 
Steve had a friend who let him use her bedroom to partake in some activities. When the friend came back into the room and removed his razor, she realized he had totally cut up her family’s very precious table.
 
What's the craziest thing you've lent someone?
 
Intern Alli
 
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OPP: Road Rage Husband

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Yi! My husband gets really heated when he drives and I'm normally okay with it, but ever since we've had our son, I'm afraid to let my son drive with him. He’s one of those guys that rolls down his window and will be into verbal altercations with people. I'm afraid that my son is going to get hurt. I've tried to tell him to calm down, but he doesn't get it. What should I do?
Renee
 
Slacker sees Steve as a massive road rage driver. So is she giving him an ultimatum, to stop driving with the son period or stop with the road rage? Some moms don’t want their husband to take their children to a football game because they just lose it; spilling beer on them, cussing, fighting with others, and that’s one that Slacker agrees with.
 
Steve says he just knows how to drive like everyone else should. Steve points out what if the mom doesn’t get road rage but she gets tickets here and there, can the husband say the same thing. A guy was kicking Steve’s passenger window in after some road rage and he was about to ram into his car and drive away but then he saw the son in the backseat looking terrified.
 
What’s your advice for her?
 
Intern Alli
 
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