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Following many of the great people on @thelistapp here's my #givingtuesday story. I donated to Donors Choose: http://www.donorschoose.org. I was lucky to grow up with great teachers with lots of resources, and I try to help those not as lucky. The first 4 bullets here are about the group, from their site, the rest are why I like it & who I gave to.
  1. Donors Choose is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on the site, and you can give any amount to the project that most inspires you.
  2. When a project reaches its funding goal, they ship the materials to the school. You'll get photos of the project taking place, a letter from the teacher, and insight into how every dollar was spent. Give over $50 and you'll also receive hand-written thank-yous from the students.
  3. You can give as little as $1 and get the same level of choice, transparency, and feedback that is traditionally reserved for someone who gives millions.
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This happened forever ago. But it still makes me laugh so hard because clearly what often worked well for this guy was being used on the wrong women.
  1. I was out with a couple girlfriends in Santa Monica at a bar.
    This was so long ago no one came to the east side of L.A. like they do now, so all us eastsiders had to trek west for anyplace cool.
  2. We had a good spot at the bar, but standing, so people often had to come stand by us to order drinks.
    Providing us ample opportunity to scout for cute guys that we would then awkwardly maybe say hi to, but mostly we'd just wish they would say hi to us.
  3. A few drinks in a guy comes up and asks if he can squeeze by us to order a drink.
    We say sure. Because we're not assholes.
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Before I start trying to focus on who and what I'm thankful for, here are some things people do that annoy me to a somewhat unhealthy degree. Add yours! Let's vent together!
  1. Talk in movie theaters.
    This is not your living room. I PAID MONEY FOR THE THING ON THE SCREEN, NOT YOUR COMMENTARY!
  2. Stop walking in the middle of a crowded sidewalk.
    MOVE TO THE SIDE. OTHER PEOPLE SURROUND YOU. IF YOU ARE WONDERING WHY PEOPLE ARE BUMPING INTO YOU, ITS BECAUSE OF YOU!
  3. Set a chime go off every time they get a new email.
    Dude. We are all in cubicles around you trying to get work done. Mute that shit. It's distracting.
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My DVR proves I'm a mystery wrapped in an enigma. Please note: the list of shows I DVR and actually watch sometime close to when it airs is embarrassingly long and therefore unpublished
  1. Better Call Saul season 1
    How have I not watched this yet you guys?
  2. The Jinx
    Yes I know I could just watch it on HBO Go when I get the time but I'm scared I'll forget to watch it if I'm not reminded every day.
  3. Mr. Robot season 1
    Technically only most of season 1 because I watched two episodes
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I'm sure this is a list I'll add to but these are the books that leaped out as I glanced at my bookshelves. Each is magic in its own way.
  1. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman https://www.nytimes.com/books/97/10/19/reviews/971019.19konnert.html
    A stunning narrative of culture, science and journalism.
  2. My first Barbara Kingsolver novel, and I'd argue it's the best of her many gorgeous books.
  3. Sarah Vowell is who I would be if I could just be smarter, funnier and more on point than anyone else in the room.
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The Natural History Museum of L.A. held a 21+ slumber party for Halloween. It was, predictably, awesome.
  1. We dressed like this.
    We found several other dinosaurs to hang out with throughout the night.
  2. Danced the Nae Nae.
    I had never danced the Nae Nae before. Based on the video of us from last night, I will never dance it again.
  3. Pantomimed "flirting."
    This was alongside people dressed as rabbits, a gumball machine, and Darth Vader while playing Head's Up.
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I have this movie memorized.
  1. "Let me correct you on a few things. Aristotle was not Belgian. The central message of Buddhism is not “Every Man for Himself”. And the London Underground is not a political movement. Those are all mistakes, Otto. I looked ’em up."
  2. "Look it’s K-k-k-ken c-c-c-coming to k-k-k-kill me!"
  3. "You're the vulgarian, you fuck!"
  4. "To call you stupid would be an insult to stupid people. I've known sheep who could outwit you."
As a 40-year-old who is single and content with it, I thought I'd share some of the many reasons I embrace it instead of feeling panicked or sad about it. Let's be clear - I'm a fan of relationships - but I'm not a fan of being in the wrong relationship or being a part of a couple just so I don't have to be single. I might add to this.
  1. I choose how and with whom to spend my time.
    I have a life I really like. I have great friends. My job is really cool and keeps me busy. And I luuuurve my alone time. Being single allows me to have created this awesome life. And to decide who to include in it. Sometimes that's a date or a boyfriend but it's a life I love regardless of my relationship status.
  2. First dates, while generally kinda awkward, give me a chance to try lots of places on my list of places I want to go (this is not a list I've put on the list app...yet.)
    For me first dates are usually with someone I've never met in real life, just chatted with online. So they tend to be a little awkward and a little rote - we're both making sure the other person isn't a creeper and has reasonable conversation skills. That said, I have a really long list of bars and restaurants I want to try that I'm always adding to, as well as museums and hikes and other stuff. First dates are a great opportunity to check these places out.
  3. The grass is always greener syndrome.
    Sure, I get envious of people I know in relationships (at least the people in good ones.) But I've learned that a lot of my coupled-up friends, even those who are happy and love their partner, are envious of my single status! They wish they could just book a flight to somewhere on a whim, or not do dishes for a week, or go flirt with that guy/girl they have a crush on. Everyone gets envious of things others have that they don't. It doesn't make what you have worse.
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Fellow true crime junkies, add your suggestions to the mix.
  1. The fact that Rule knew Ted Bundy personally takes the already compelling story to another level.
  2. Reading about Columbine in detail wasn't something I wanted to do but this book is on my top five nonfiction of all time. It goes far beyond what happened in the days before and after the murders, and deeply analyzes media and society's need to find "answers" to why things like this happen and the myths that become "true" as a result.
  3. It's a classic for a reason.
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