Always with my foot. I'm scared of the spray hitting my face, which totally happens. I always wash my hands, but I didn't sign up for face-washing multiple times a day. And yes, I Purell my hands after I touch the subway pole because WHY THE HELL WOULDN'T YOU? It's the dirtiest thing in the world, especially now that I know that 1/3 of you have toilet-hands.
@A Snood Mood He's 21. She's 21. He's not a player yet, and she's not a slut yet. Both of those are terms indicate a well-worn groove, a series of choices. He's a cheater/liar/flake and she's just too young to know the difference so she's choosing a sexier reason he's not calling her back.
Piling on just to say that THIS IS ADVICE TO LISTEN TO, LW! If you're not capable of following it now, bookmark it and come back to it in two years when you're feeling not just fed up but totally kicked around and you don't know why. This is the answer.
I used to work for the corporate office of an MLM. The best part (aka the only good part, aside from lots of free cookies) of attending conventions was that when anyone tried to recruit us, we had to tell them "I'm so sorry, we're actually not allowed to be distributors as long as we're full-time employees" and then watch them pity us for being so stupid. It actually kind of mystified me that no one ever questioned why, if the founders of our company were so smart and created the most genius business model ever, they supported that business with a totally conventional corporate structure.
Not to rain on LW1s obvious and valid dilemma and make it all about me but...I literally became a journalist because I'm highly detail-oriented, like working on a series of short-term, concrete assignments, and enjoy getting to change situations and meet new people on a regular basis. I basically cannot think of any better description for the job and the skills needed to carry it out. So I don't think your problem is what you think it is. There are ample opportunities to do all the things you're describing in your job--in fact, I doubt you'd still have a job if you weren't doing those things regularly, unless you're not on the reporting/writing side of the business. Polly's advice is solid, solid, solid. Don't quit. You're learning to be an employee the first few years of your work life, which is a completely new skill set, and a very valuable one. Use the time constructively and you'll go far.
I interviewed for an editorial job at Black Ocean a couple of months back. The firehouse is amaaaazing and they took me by the Elite Daily offices in the context of the tour. I almost burst out laughing when we walked by, because it was LITERALLY a darkened ground-floor conference room full of dorky looking guys and a couple of girls all sitting around the table, lit up by their laptop screens. Heavy on the pudgy, pimply white dudes and skinny South Asian types, none of whom at least in passing bore any resemblance to the people on the website. Basically a gathering of basement trolls floated up one floor by a huge sum of cash. And the fact that they were affiliated with Elite Daily turned out to be the deciding factor in my decision not to take the job because I hate those fucking douchebags so much.
@teenie Have ended my last three relationships because my male partners were all unwilling to have sex as often as I needed to, and I was forced to cheat or leave. At this point I'm willing to settle for a guy who keeps me 80% satisfied & praying for a drop in libido when I have kids.
@Tulletilsynet I'm not as data minded as you are, clearly, but he uses the word "sex" and the variant "have sex" multiple times. Maybe you think "fucking" is the ur-verb that describes the act, but I think that's just a matter of taste--"have sex" is pretty direct as far as I'm concerned. I generally appreciate any effort men are willing to make to not come off as total pigs, including not saying fuck fuck fuck every other word (also--not cheating on their wives) so I wouldn't ding him for that.
@Gef the Talking Mongoose Good solid advice! I'm not a doctor, but weight gain, skin tags, and hangovers are pretty firmly in the standard "getting older" category, while depression, headaches, sleeplessness, etc., kind of makes me wonder if maybe the first time having health insurance coincides with the first time having a full-time boring job, and thus are probably stress-related ailments? Regardless, doesn't sound like MRI territory. Standard physical first for sure.
@EM So...someone who is a victim of sexual abuse should just continue to live with their trauma, rather than fix it? You know what she meant. This man sounds like he's very much deserving of a loving partner, as long as he does the work necessary to make sure he can satisfy his partners' needs, which is the condition that ALL of us have to meet to deserve and keep a loving partner. Right now, he can't, and he's not taking steps to get himself into a position where he can. Would you ever tell a woman to stay in a relationship that is sexually unfulfilling, sleepless, and moody in any other situation? It sounds like he's done well, but that doesn't mean he's done doing work.