Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Google Search Questions, Vol. IX “Are we on a break or broken up?”

I’m always amused by the different questions people type into their Google browser to end up at my site, so much so that I created a feature in which I address some of those very questions. After the jump, check out what’s on the minds of inquiring people this month, including the difference between being on a break and being broken up (hint: there isn’t one).
 

 

1. Are we on a break or broken up?

Yes.

2. What am I forgetting to pack?

You never want to be caught in the rain unprotected, that’s what I always say.

3. Are all women in love with their gay best friend?

Only if their gay best friend is Anderson Cooper.

4. Am I supposed to change my OKCupid status after a date?

It’s not Facebook — there’s no need to update your status every time you fart.

5. Am I his baby sister?

MOA.

6. Does cauliflower make you poop?

Not exactly, but it does make you gassy. Or, it makes me gassy, anyway.

7. What did you like most about college?

Not the all-you-can eat cauliflower in the dining hall. Probably sleeping in until nine every day, having Fridays off, Ricki Lake marathons in my dorm room, Spring Break (during which I stayed home, ate tons of mac-n-cheese, and watched movies at the mall), eating two breakfasts a day (one at 2 AM after a night of drinking, and then another at 11 AM after sleeping off the booze), and getting away with wearing overalls (or maybe that’s more about missing the 90s?).

8. Can I bring my fiancé to my ex-mother-in-law’s funeral?

Insensitive, do not recommend.

10. Is he really too busy to text?

No.

9. What can I do not to pick up his call?

Play your music so loud you don’t hear the phone ring. Write 100 things you dislike about him, your relationship, and the way he treated you. Take a bath instead. Block his calls. Paint your nails. Call a friend. Go to the movies and turn off your phone. Have a living room dance-a-thon. Readers, what else?

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    iseeshiny February 19, 2013, 2:09 pm

    OMG Anderson Cooper.

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    lets_be_honest February 19, 2013, 2:11 pm

    Ah, overalls. #5 was great too.

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      Addie Pray February 19, 2013, 2:13 pm

      oh not me because it’s when i had to potty really really bad that i could not for the life of me get those bastards off.

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        lets_be_honest February 19, 2013, 2:16 pm

        Very good point. I think the same about those hot chicks wearing body suits. Not the bathing suit kind, the whole outfit kind. They are so hot, but I think since I’m not Beyonce, I should refrain.

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      • bagge72

        bagge72 February 19, 2013, 3:43 pm

        Overalls are hot too, with out anything else on underneath them!

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        lets_be_honest February 19, 2013, 4:00 pm

        And Bagge has given me a reason to wear overalls again! Its a good day.

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        Mr. Cellophane February 19, 2013, 7:06 pm

        You, sir are a genius! Well played!

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        kerrycontrary February 19, 2013, 2:43 pm

        One time I had the same problem when I was 5 and I pooped my pants! No joke!

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        Addie Pray February 19, 2013, 3:41 pm

        Bwhahaha – nothing funnier than a good poop story.

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      Iwannatalktosampson February 19, 2013, 2:19 pm

      I just bought clearance little girls snowboarding pant overalls and I could not be more excited. I mean onezy pants? Never having snow go down my butt when I inevitably flip end over end down the hill for a while? Genius. Turns out I am the size of a short adult or a fat child.

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        kerrycontrary February 19, 2013, 2:41 pm

        “Turns out I am the size of a short adult or a fat child. ” I just lolzed at this. At work.

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        Addie Pray February 19, 2013, 4:40 pm

        Haha, me too. No offense to fat children!

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    Addie Pray February 19, 2013, 2:15 pm

    I feel like I did college wrong. I want a redo.

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  • bittergaymark

    bittergaymark February 19, 2013, 2:19 pm

    I think you CAN be too busy to text.

    Why?

    Because for some people, one text is NEVER enough. No, it must become an endless volley of absolutely pointless chit chat and wasted texts like… “K.”

    As a guy guy, I just gotta say it. I simply don’t get Anderson Cooper. I really, truly don’t. He’s just so… incredibly boring. Vapid as hell, too. And talk about being born on third. Bah… yawn. Whatever. Women everywhere love him, it seems. But then women everywhere have shockingly bad taste in men — both gay and straight, apparently. I dunno. His pointless, endlessly drawn out coyness at being gay left a forever bad taste in my mouth, I guess. You know, imagine if Diane Sawyer had spent well over a decade quietly denying that she was a woman.

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      lets_be_honest February 19, 2013, 2:21 pm

      I’ve heard the anti “K” text argument before and disagree totally. How do I know if you agree, or got the message, or are meeting me at 3 pm? Not a fan of pointless chit chat, but I need that K.

      Also, you’re wrong. Anderson Cooper, just like cinnabon pancakes at Ihop, is the bee’s knees.

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        MissDre February 19, 2013, 2:33 pm

        I’m with you, I need the “K” text as well. I want to be sure that my text was received and read, so we’re on the same page.

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      • iwannatalktosampson

        Iwannatalktosampson February 19, 2013, 2:35 pm

        Well on the iphone you can choose to allow people to see when a text has been delivered and read. I love that feature.

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      • FireStar

        FireStar February 19, 2013, 2:42 pm

        I should really read the manual

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        MissDre February 19, 2013, 2:42 pm

        Oh I don’t. I disabled that function. I mean, it’s great to see that other people have read your texts. But if I don’t want to reply right away, or if I have a reason to not respond, I don’t want other people to know that I’ve read their text. I’ve actually found that most people with iPhones that I know have disabled that function as well.

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      • theattack

        theattack February 19, 2013, 2:45 pm

        Oh man, I do not like that feature. I don’t always want to reply to someone right away, and I don’t like for them to know I’ve read something already if I’m slacking. I’d rather they thought I was in the shower or something.

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        lets_be_honest February 19, 2013, 2:50 pm

        BBM had that feature too. I didn’t like it.

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      • iwannatalktosampson

        iwannatalktosampson February 19, 2013, 2:54 pm

        You three are all crazy. This is the solution to your problem! I don’t feel obligated to answer a text the second I get it anyway. If I don’t have an answer to their question yet or I’m driving or I’m drunk or whatever. I just read it and get back to it later. Everyone does this to everyone so why act like don’t?

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        lets_be_honest February 19, 2013, 3:00 pm

        I don’t reply right away either and I think that’s fine. I’m questioning all my textiquette. Where’s GG?!?!

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        GatorGirl February 19, 2013, 3:50 pm

        Here 🙂 I’m working in the office (rather than home) this week. Sadly DW takes a backseat when my boss is hovering.

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        lets_be_honest February 19, 2013, 3:55 pm

        Nonsense!

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        GatorGirl February 19, 2013, 5:07 pm

        Yeah, I know. Lame.

        As far as I know there is no official etiquette relating to texting. I could be wrong. I like the k personally. But I like being acknowledged. I don’t like “sure” when asked a question. It’s either yes or no damn it!

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      • theattack

        theattack February 19, 2013, 3:02 pm

        Omg, I definitely thought you said “If I don’t have an answer to their question yet or I’m driving drunk” NOT I’m driving OR I’m drunk.

        You make a good point though. There’s no reason to be ashamed of doing it. Maybe it comes from my adolescence where I would get in a ton of trouble if I was in the bathroom and didn’t answer my mom’s calls, or respond to texts right away, or whatever. I always feel like I’m in trouble if I don’t answer or respond to someone quickly. I guess that’s ridiculous now that I’m thinking about it.

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      • iwannatalktosampson

        iwannatalktosampson February 19, 2013, 3:19 pm

        Well there’s no reason to be texting while driving drunk either.

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      • Fabelle

        Fabelle February 19, 2013, 2:43 pm

        But why just “K”??? Like, sometimes I’m aware that all the other person might want is an *acknowledgment* text, but I make sure to NOT only type “K.” (“Okay, see you then!” “Looking forward to it!” “I’ll be here, in the corner [of the restaurant]”)

        “K” always seems bitchy to me. I know people use it as an “got your message” text, but can’t you just type something with more substance?

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      • bittergaymark

        bittergaymark February 19, 2013, 2:48 pm

        I agree… It is rather condescending to me as well.

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        lets_be_honest February 19, 2013, 2:54 pm

        I can’t believe both of you think that. Its just saying okay.

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        lets_be_honest February 19, 2013, 2:49 pm

        Is K bitchy? I will usually write okay see you then or whatever now that I think about it, but I do use K too.

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      • bittergaymark

        bittergaymark February 19, 2013, 2:54 pm

        Its just so short, it always sounds bitchy to me… It’s like, yeah, I got what you said and I can just barely be bothered to respond with ONE letter… Yeah, that’s how interesting your texts are to me… Worthy of a one letter response, but nothing more.

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        lemongrass February 19, 2013, 3:23 pm

        I hate all texty abbreviations or crap words that are missing vowels. It doesn’t take that much longer to type the extra letters. Plus your IQ automatically goes up 30 points if you use vowels.

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        stickelet February 19, 2013, 3:25 pm

        Hate, hate, hate texts that are just the letter K. Agree with BGM that it’s like the sender could barely be bothered to respond. It’s dismissive. I know not everyone agrees, but it enrages me.

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        rachel February 19, 2013, 4:07 pm

        It doesn’t sound bitchy to me, but it generally annoys me. I am compulsive enough that I *have* to check my phone as soon as I hear it make a noise, and it bugs me if I pull it out to only see “k”.

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      • iwannatalktosampson

        iwannatalktosampson February 19, 2013, 4:46 pm

        I totally used to be that way but somehow I’ve either cured myself or outgrown it. Frankly now I’m to the point where my phone is often a bother. If I could just send a letter to people scheduling events and then only ever chat in person I’d be perfectly happy. I have a no makeup and no phone Sunday policy that I LOVE following.

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        rachel February 19, 2013, 4:50 pm

        I’m jealous. I do it with emails too. If I see the stupid (1) in my mail tab I MUST click on it. It’s a problem. I don’t know how people can let email pile up in their inbox.

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      • iwannatalktosampson

        iwannatalktosampson February 19, 2013, 5:00 pm

        See e-mails bug me more than my phone because if I have anything important for work or school it will probably come through my e-mail. But since I got my new iphone I haven’t hooked it up to my email address so now I don’t get them instantly anymore and I have to say it’s kind of nice to be able to control when I look at my inbox.

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        rachel February 19, 2013, 5:04 pm

        Yeah, I stopped email notifications on my phone for that reason. Because I have to check my phone if I hear the noise, I’d rather not be surprised with an unpleasant work email when I’m not in a mood to deal with it.

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        lets_be_honest February 19, 2013, 4:59 pm

        No phone on Sundays? Wow. That’s awesome, but I don’t think I could do it. I worry too much.

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      • iwannatalktosampson

        iwannatalktosampson February 19, 2013, 5:10 pm

        I should clarify – I check my phone occasionally on Sunday’s – but the likelihood of me answering it if I don’t have to be anywhere or meet anyone is slim to none.

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        lets_be_honest February 19, 2013, 5:13 pm

        Peter never has his phone on him. It makes me crazy, esp when he has the kid. Because everyone knows this, they call me to get a hold of him. It usually doesn’t bother me, but his mom called me on Sunday at 6:30 AM to make sure he was awake bc he had somewhere to be at 7. Love that woman, but I can’t even relay how annoyed I was for so many reasons.

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      • iwannatalktosampson

        iwannatalktosampson February 19, 2013, 5:16 pm

        Oh God – that was the reason Ethan and I got into a fight on Valentines day and I cried out of frustration. (I think I mentioned the fight on DW but correct me if I’m wrong). Anyway he NEVER has his phone on him so his family/friends call me to get a hold of him. Well I had an emergency Wednesday (the night before Valentines day) so I might have called every single one of his family members (slight exaggeration – but fuck – I needed to talk to him) BECAUSE HE WOULDN’T ANSWER HIS PHONE. Then he had the balls to yell at me for calling them when they call me all the time to get a hold of him. So clearly he’s the common denominator in this fuck fest. BAHHH. Then came the frustration tears.

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        GatorGirl February 19, 2013, 5:22 pm

        Wow IWTTS I would have flipped (in response to his flipping). I hate when people don’t answer the phone. It drives me nuts.

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        MissDre February 19, 2013, 2:55 pm

        That’s what I typed below. So I guess it DOES make a difference!

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    • theattack

      theattack February 19, 2013, 2:25 pm

      My problem with rampant texters isn’t “K” texts. It’s people who want to have entire conversations over text messages. An old friend from high school got in touch with me a few months ago, and he doesn’t want to get together and talk over coffee or anything. He just wants to have text conversations about philosophy and economic theories and stuff every single day. You cannot have real, full-length conversations over text messages. Sorry, dude.

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      • iwannatalktosampson

        Iwannatalktosampson February 19, 2013, 2:29 pm

        Ugh totally agree. I have text abusers. It should be to text an address – solidify plans if you’re at work and can’t chat – and to send hilarious ecards to each other. That’s it.

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        iseeshiny February 19, 2013, 3:02 pm

        My mother does this. She will send me a novel and it will come in five or six parts. Either call or send an email.

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        CatsMeow February 19, 2013, 4:08 pm

        My mom will text me 3 or 4 (or more) unrelated questions so that if I want to respond, *I* have to write a novel. And then she wonders why I ignore her.

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      • theattack

        theattack February 19, 2013, 4:27 pm

        Oh gosh, mine does the same thing. AND she creates her own abbreviations for words, so I have no idea what she’s saying, and I have to call her just to ask how to read her texts.

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    • iwannatalktosampson

      Iwannatalktosampson February 19, 2013, 2:27 pm

      Eh I kind of liked that he was coy about it. I thought it was making more of a statement than if he had had a two page people magazine spread. I’m sorry no one should have to “come out” as gay. It shouldn’t be anyone’s business. At least that’s why I thought he was being coy. But I’m all ears to hear why it annoyed you – you certainly would have a different and more relevant view point than mine.

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      • bittergaymark

        bittergaymark February 19, 2013, 2:38 pm

        At a time when gay teenagers kill themselves daily, to be so visible and so successful in the MEDIA and to NOT speak up is a mortal sin that shan’t soon be forgiven. Visibility is the ONLY way gay rights have made the tremendous strides that they have… We certainly didn’t get anywhere by quietly gong about our lives for CENTURIES! And people like Anderson Cooper who cowardly stood on the fucking sidelines — when he didn’t even NEED his fucking job anyway (HELLOOOOOO heir to the Vanderbilt fortune!) — pretty much did (albeit passively) everything they could to set the movement back. By denying that he was gay by carefully skirting the issue, Panderson only continued to perpetuate the insidious idea that being gay was, in fact, bad and something to be ashamed of.

        END OF RANT.

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        lets_be_honest February 19, 2013, 2:41 pm

        Did he deny he was gay though? I thought he just ignored the questions, which I thought was a cool way of saying who gives a crap, its irrelevant. Interesting to hear your side to that.

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      • Copa

        Copa February 19, 2013, 2:46 pm

        He never denied.

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      • bittergaymark

        bittergaymark February 19, 2013, 2:46 pm

        He avoided the question a thousand time in increasingly pathetic ways… And yes, by NOT admitting that he was gay, he was basically denying it. Loudly and repeatedly. His own attempts to explain this away using your arguments are revisionist and cowardly at best. Hah! And this from the son of a debutante whose soul claim to fame was she once designed some tacky designer jeans back in the 1980s…

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      • Dear Wendy

        Wendy February 19, 2013, 2:53 pm

        I don’t care what you say, Anderson Cooper is Hot. And I like Neil Patrick Harris too. Those are the two guys I think you’re team is especially lucky to have at bat. Oh, and how could i forget Zac Posen. Me-ow.

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        iseeshiny February 19, 2013, 2:56 pm

        I’m a big fan of Zachary Quinto, too.

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      • Dear Wendy

        Wendy February 19, 2013, 3:04 pm

        Yes.

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      • bittergaymark

        bittergaymark February 19, 2013, 3:05 pm

        DREAMY Zachary Quinto is PAINFUL to me, as he is a dead ringer for my long, long unrequited best straight friend crush/love of the 1990s. I mean it’s UNCANNY! And now twenty years later when I’m FINALLY over it the fucking movie star version shows up gay and my best friend was NOT? Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrghhh! So maddening.

        I met Zachary at a store once in an endlessly long line at Bed Bath & Beyond. We talked about something inconsequential and I pretended I didn’t know who he was even as he signed an autograph for a Trekkie. He is one of those annoying, rare celebrities who looks JUST as good in person as they do up on the screen. 😉 NEWSFLASH: Most DON’T!!

        Seriously, Zackary looks so much like Jeffery, that I once sent my sister TMZ photos of Zachary changing a tire and told her that I’d recently found Jeffery on facebook. Her response! “Wow! Does he ever look the same! But why does he have pictures of himself changing a tire on facebook…?”

        Oh, the irony… 😉

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        iseeshiny February 19, 2013, 3:17 pm

        See, this is why I need to move to a major metropolitan area. You never run into Zachary Quinto at Bed Bath and Beyond in St. Louis.

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      • bittergaymark

        bittergaymark February 19, 2013, 2:57 pm

        Neil Patrick Harris is great! Talented. And came out of the closet with class and dignity.

        Somehow, I don’t even know who Zac Posen is… Okay. Googled him. I still don’t know who he is. He’s pretty, I guess. Much prettier than Blanderson to be sure… 😉

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      • Dear Wendy

        Wendy February 19, 2013, 3:04 pm

        I mean, come on:

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      • bittergaymark

        bittergaymark February 19, 2013, 3:10 pm

        Oh, I’d bang him. But then, lately, I’d bang A LOT of people. It’s been a slow couple of years… But yes, he is definitely the classic MARK type. Dark hair. Kind of brooding looking… Woof!

        Slanderson on the other hand looks like a hot grandpa to me. To misquote Samantha Jones for the proper sex rearrangement “Nobody wants to fuck Grandpa!” Plus he’s like the size of a Jawa, I hear. And not even a tall Jawa either. 😉

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      • iwannatalktosampson

        iwannatalktosampson February 19, 2013, 2:50 pm

        That was my impression too lbh – like by not discussing it I thought he was saying – who the f cares – none of your business.

        BGM – I had a feeling that would be your argument. And I get it. I just wish there was some way that gay rights could be at the point where no one would HAVE to come out you know? Like to me it really shouldn’t be an issue. Who cares if he’s gay you know? That has nothing to do with his job. But I know we have a long way to go to be at that point.

        P.S. I am fascinated by the Vanderbilt family.

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      • theattack

        theattack February 19, 2013, 2:51 pm

        Interesting points, BGM. I think you’re right that exposure is a huge way to make progress. I disagree that Anderson Cooper (or any individual) has an obligation to make very personal decisions based on what’s best for other people. He’s a person and has a right to do things the way he feels is best for himself.

        Another example of this sort of scenario is abortion stuff. Most people here know that I’ve had one, but outside of the DW community, I’m pretty secretive about it. Only a few people know in real life. I know that I could make a big difference in abortion acceptance if I shared my story with people, but I just can’t. It would be too harmful for my personal life, and no matter how much I’d like for society to be more accepting of it, I don’t want to sacrifice myself for that cause. I know it’s not the same thing as coming out publicly, but I think it’s the same principle.

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        iseeshiny February 19, 2013, 2:59 pm

        +1,000,000

        Just because you belong to a particular group does not mean you are required to give up agency for the good of the “cause.” Everyone deserves to choose how much of their personal life they feel like sharing.

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        bittergaymark February 19, 2013, 3:15 pm

        Having an abortion is an EVENT in your life.

        It’s NOT a core part of who you are.

        And last time I checked, nobody was beaten and killed for having an abortion.

        There are some similarities, but they are pretty far removed. It’s not even apples and oranges. It’s like apples and pistachios….

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        bittergaymark February 19, 2013, 3:16 pm

        The above should read “COMMONLY beaten and killed for having an abortion.”

        I can find a fatal gay bashing AT LEAST once a month with very little effort.

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        lets_be_honest February 19, 2013, 3:26 pm

        You are essentially saying that one man is partly responsible for horrible things that happen to gay people because he simply chooses (or chose) to keep his private life private. I don’t think that’s fair, and I understood the comparison theattack was making.
        Just because its a core part of him, why does that mean he should be forced to shoulder the weight of all the gays’ injustices? Idk, its not an argument I feel comfortable making, but thought I’d throw it out there for your feedback since I was already surprised on your stance on coming out publicly. I can’t deny that doing so probably makes it much easier for others to, which maybe outweighs anything else.

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        iseeshiny February 19, 2013, 3:37 pm

        I think the fact that he’d be essentially risking his life to come out would make it even more of a personal choice. Especially since his career took him places where it is still legal to stone people to death for being gay,

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        lets_be_honest February 19, 2013, 3:40 pm

        That’s a good point I hadn’t thought of.

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      • theattack

        theattack February 19, 2013, 3:27 pm

        I didn’t say they were the same thing. It is essential to who I am though, because I’m walking amongst people daily who think women who get abortions should be in prison or given the death penalty or whatever. It’s pretty painful to hear your father or your close friend say that. I think there are more similarities than you think, but whatever. I’m not trying to prove that, because that’s not the point.

        My point is just that people are not obligated to share personal parts of their lives for the sake of a greater cause, whatever that might be.

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      • AKchic_

        AKchic_ February 19, 2013, 3:48 pm

        I have to agree with you here. Just because someone is LGBT doesn’t mean that the LGBT community owns their story or gets to dictate how they live their life and gets to decide when/if they publicly come out.

        It’s a lot of political BS, and right now, I’m fed up with the political BS. In Anchorage, I am constantly hounded about voting/supporting certain candidates/officials because of their pro-LGBT stance. However, I don’t necessarily support their other views. In some cases, I outright oppose their other views. I’m labeled anti-LGBT for opposing the non-LGBT views of said candidates/officials because I question their logic/thinking in some of their positions, or because I want to support other people, even if they aren’t outspoken pro-LGBT. Lately, unless the candidate/official swings from the rafters wearing a rainbow leotard, they aren’t pro-LGBT and therefore they should be ardently opposed by all LGBT-supporters. It’s ridiculous. Some people are quieter about their support, and some are still on the fence about it because the LGBT community is so rabid that it is turning potential supporters away in fear.

        A person’s sexuality is said person’s private business. AC owes no person or group anything, and by ignoring the questions, I think he was trying to send that message. That we as a society have better things to do than guess who the hell people are bringing back to their bedrooms at the end of the day. That if we all quit worrying about it, the country (and by extension, the world) would be a kinder, better place, and we could focus on the IMPORTANT issues.
        He was trying, in a subtle way, to make his sexuality, and the sexuality of the national (and the world) population a non-issue and to move on. To say to teenagers that it doesn’t matter who you love, so long as you love someone and you are capable of loving someone. It’s a powerful message.
        Unfortunately, too many people are so wrapped up in their own message, and too vocal about it that they drowned out any subtle message that may have been implied.

        BGM, are you also pissed at Jody Foster for “hiding” (in plain sight) her homosexuality for all these years as well, and for not having a proper coming out press conference?

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      • bittergaymark

        Bittergaymark February 19, 2013, 6:09 pm

        Actually, yeah. It’s very disengenuous of Jodie. It’s cowardly.

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        SweetPeaG February 19, 2013, 3:06 pm

        I think I see both points here.

        I think I am a fairly private person. Other than close friends and close family, I don’t want people to know the in’s and out’s of my love (or sex) life. If I share anything on here, it’s (hopefully) totally anonymous. No one knows who I am. So, I would be annoyed by these kinds of questions. It’s shouldn’t be relevant to the work he does. And it should be no one’s business if he doesn’t want it to be. It’s really not fair. It’s not even a matter of shame. I have ultra nosey coworkers. I’m not ashamed of my life… but I am annoyed when they try to know too much about my personal life.

        HOWEVER, I also wouldn’t ever become a person with a career in the spotlight. I think if you become a celebrity (on purpose) by having a job in the spotlight, you have to accept and embrace certain things. Maybe he should have realized the potential to help young people and gone with it. I guess it is a tad selfish to not step out in that case.

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        lets_be_honest February 19, 2013, 3:28 pm

        Great points, especially the end.

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  • AKchic_

    AKchic_ February 19, 2013, 2:26 pm

    Some people hate texting. I am an anti-texter. If you have the time to text me long-winded fucking conversations and expect me to HOLD a conversation – call me. I’m too busy to be checking my phone every time it beeps and too busy to stare at my phone and type out messages (let alone translate text-speak from people who are 30-50 years old and should know better) when I’m dealing with four kids, shopping/driving, or even at home with aforementioned kids. It’s easier to call me because then the kids know I’m on the phone and will (theoretically) leave me alone for 10 minutes so I can talk to you.

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  • bittergaymark

    bittergaymark February 19, 2013, 2:30 pm

    For me, the “K” is always sent to me rather dumbly. I mean, seriously? When was the last time somebody DIDN’T receive a text. Especially when you are already in the midst of a conversation?! Sample transcripts.

    “Where are you?”

    “Two minutes from the studio. The line at IKEA was epic, but I got everything for the next set with me now.”

    “K”

    “I’m running late. Are you there yet?”

    “Yes. I am inside at a booth.”

    “K.”

    “Yay! Dinner is ordered up. How are things going with the movie?”

    “netflicks arrived — as promised, so I am bringing both dvds.”

    “K”

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      lets_be_honest February 19, 2013, 2:33 pm

      I hear you. I guess its pointless, but I still feel like its a polite acknowledgement of message received. I wouldn’t hang up on you after you said I’m inside at a booth, I’d say ok, so I do the same with texts. Am I annoying the crap out of everyone I test?

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        MissDre February 19, 2013, 2:34 pm

        I’m totally with you. You don’t hang up on the person, you acknowledge what they said. Same goes with texts.

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        bittergaymark February 19, 2013, 2:41 pm

        C’mom. That’s fucking stupid. So am I thus hanging up on the person if I don’t “K” back as well. Should the exchanges read?

        “Got tickets for the movie just in time!”

        “K”

        “K”

        “K”

        “K”

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        lets_be_honest February 19, 2013, 2:46 pm

        K

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        MissDre February 19, 2013, 2:47 pm

        I guess it’s just a matter of preference. I really like receiving that acknowledgement text, so does LBH, so I’m sure there are others who agree with us, and others who agree with you.

        Although I’d just like to state that I never ever just say “K”. If you said you got the tickets for the movie just in time, I’d probably reply “Ok great! See you soon” or something along those lines. Not sure if that makes any difference, but I don’t say “K” just for the sake of replying.

        But anyway, doesn’t matter. Different strokes for different folks.

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      theattack February 19, 2013, 2:39 pm

      I have texting problems all the time, so I like acknowledgment. Once this winter, I sent my fiance several texts updating him about an ice storm we were having so he could hit the road before it got bad. He didn’t get any of them, and I got worried because he didn’t respond. They eventually showed up in his inbox a few days later while we were having dinner together. Plus mom’s texts only get to me about 80% of the time, so she always calls to make sure I got them if I don’t respond. I just don’t trust texting.

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  • landygirl

    landygirl February 19, 2013, 2:40 pm

    I was texting with my husband last week and jokingly called him schmoopy and auto correct changed it to Schmo Opt. This is his new nickname.

    Texting is good for quick exchanges and that’s about it.

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    • MELH

      MELH February 19, 2013, 10:13 pm

      My friend texted me something the other day that included my name, Megan, and it auto corrected to megabyte. Her phone also regularly corrects her fiance, Mike, to Nuke. We both love our new nicknames.

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      • cmary

        cmary February 20, 2013, 5:02 pm

        My friend Emelia’s name is auto corrected to Smells. Makes me laugh every time.

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    lemongrass February 19, 2013, 3:34 pm

    My closest friend and I only text! But we both have babies and its really handy that I can just drop the phone to deal with E in a split second rather than having to have a break in the phone conversation or hang up because he just spat up or started fussing. We also live in different towns so we can’t get together often to fill each other in on the things going on in our lives. It works for us! There’s also an understanding that we don’t have to answer right this second.

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      MissDre February 19, 2013, 3:53 pm

      I pretty much have text-only relationships with everyone. I HATE talking on the phone. Plus when you have a busy life and you got tons of stuff going on, who wants to sit for 30 minutes to talk on the phone? With texting, we can just text back and forth throughout the day or whatever, we can each respond when it’s convenient to do so, and we can still chat even while doing other things (like, I can text my friend throughout the day while I’m at work, but I couldn’t have a phone call just to chat).

      But that’s just me, and it works for my friends and family.

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      GatorGirl February 19, 2013, 9:29 pm

      I’m a texter too. With all most everyone. Even my fiancé and I when we were long distance- we texted all the damn time.

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  • Lady_Red

    Red_Lady February 19, 2013, 7:05 pm

    Yay! Just last week I was wondering if there’d ever be any more Google Search Questions. But what is up w/ Google that #6 would turn up DearWendy? That’s just bizarre.

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    Anna February 20, 2013, 2:01 am

    Haha! #2 is totally something I would google. Every time I travel it seems I forget something that should be obvious. I guess some things we use every day and don’t even think about it. But I never figure out what I forgot until I’m already on the road or at the airport.

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