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airplaneSpring Break is upon us, and for many that means lots of quality time spent with the rest of humanity, hurling through the air in a tin can. Some call it air travel, others call it a headache, I call it a microcosm of personality types.

It’s my belief that every type of person can be fairly accurately defined by their behavior when forced to interact in close proximity with their fellow human beings, and you don’t get much closer in proximity than air travel. And in life as in flight, there are recliners and there are those of us with bruised knee caps.

You know who I’m talking about, the travelers who seem blissfully unaware that their comfort comes at a price and someone else is paying it directly behind them, silently suffering as their tray table becomes one with their rib cage.

Of course, I hate to confine all mankind to these two categories. There are sub-categories—the shoe removers, the they must mean everyone else but me when they said “portable electronic devices” crowd, and the seat kickers—all equally upsetting.

But a recent Slate article caused me to call all of my biases into question all of my pre-conceived biases as they questioned the very invention of the reclinable airline seat…a fair point.

So in a world where half of the population seems indifferent to the fact that they are creating misery for their fellow man behind them, is it really the fault of the individual offenders or the one who made their sin possible to begin with?

Something to ponder as you attempt to survive that flight trapped between the tech wizard, shoeless Joe shmoe, and of course with your knees crammed into your chest…happy flight!

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Slate: The Recline and Fall of Western Civilization

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…pack your bags

…he’s ready to go…are you?

Well it’s just about time to hit the road, or tarmac, or rails.  Whatever your mode of travel it’s time to pack, the absolute worst part of travelling in my opinion.

The amount of thought that has to go into it can be exhausting.  If you’re road-tripping you only have so much trunk space, the bus or train have space limits as well, and flying has all of the above and TSA regulations.

Plus, it’s amazing the number of unlikely scenarios you can concoct when it comes time to load up your suitcase:

Yes, you may be headed to the center of an arctic tundra…but what if there’s an indoor pool? Better bring the swimsuit.

Sure, you’re going to be spending the next four days hanging with family and eating…but who’s to say some formal event requiring each and every pair of shoes that you own won’t spring up out of the blue? What’s a second suitcase when compared to being unprepared?

Four different pairs of jeans?  Definitely.

Entire hat collection? How could you live without it?

Assortment of jackets, cardigans, wraps, shrugs, and other layers?  An absolute must.

Plus, a girl needs options, so yes, 4 different outfits for Thanksgiving dinner are necessary.

Being able to close your suitcase? Optional.

Okay, so maybe scaling down might be a good idea, lose a few pairs of shoes or so.  After all, you’re going to need room for the turkey, and yes they’re allowed by the TSA*.

Happy Trails!

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Huffington Post: Travelocity’s Top 10 Thanksgiving Travel Tips

*When properly packaged of course, but who doesn’t fly with a cooler?

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Try not to smile while listening to this…I dare you:

…cope

The world of social media presents us with so many new opportunities and experiences.

Some of them are great–easy and accessible communication with your loved ones from anywhere on the planet.

Some of them are weird–daily updates on what casual acquaintances of yours (you know that one guy/gal you met that one time at that one thing) are up to at all hours of the day.

Some of them are simply upsetting–discovering a “friend” has unfriended you. True it may be that one guy/gal (you know the rest), but it stings nonetheless.

In this brave new world of rejection it’s important to learn how to deal with such a social media slight.  Whether it’s an unfriend or unfollow, the pain is the same.

As with other emotional journeys, there are stages. You may question your interesting-ness, the fascinating-ness of your posts, whether or not you’ve committed some heinous social media faux pas.

Ultimately you may have to question whether you were ever really “friends” to begin with.  The only advice I can give you is stay strong, these wounds heal with time.

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“How to Deal With Someone Unfriending You”: MSNBC

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…keep your enemies closer

Before I begin, I just want to thank everyone for the birthday wishes.  Both halves of 2WC had a great day and birthday.  Thank you.  Now, on to today’s Crusade:

In this day and age, with such easy access to just about everything, it’s important to stay organized.  Keep your private stuff private, your public stuff monitored, and your enemies on Facebook.

Thanks to a new app called EnemyGraph, you can now officially keep track of the things and people you dislike on Facebook.  Because that’s what social media is all about, right?  Keeping tabs on the objects, subjects, and individuals that make your skin crawl.

Just when we were coming down from the thrill of expanded opinion buttons on Facebook (a joy also made possible by apps), they give us this gem.  Of course, I assume, the creators of this app also assume that their creation will be used in jest.

I’m sure that assumption’s never been made before.  Because publicly posting hate (literally) can’t end badly.  Feelings can’t be hurt.

So go enjoy your ability to monitor the objects of your loathing, list  your archenemies, and create social media social dissonance with your friends.  Just remember when you and your once “friend” end up in an epic battle and each other’s “enemy” boxes over a Facebook posted, but all too real, detestation of “Twilight” …don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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“Facebook App Lets You Add ‘Enemies’”: MSNBC

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… “like”

Ever wish you used Facebook more?

I don’t know about you, but I can’t count the number of times I’ve been sitting around musing about the mysteries of the universe and thought to myself, “Gee, self, I wish I spent more time on Facebook.”

Truth is (I hope and pray) that most of us wish just the opposite.  Lucky for us, we have the 20 (to 30) percent.

Who are they?  The power users.

This elite class of Facebook users are the reason you have “friends,” “likes,” and comments.  Basically they define your Facebook existence.

Why? Because they “like,” “friend,” comment, and spend far more time on Facebook than most of us could possibly imagine.

Make fun, but they have more “friends” than you, and most of your other “friends” do too.  Now don’t you feel lame?

But it’s not all bad, your slacker Facebook activities have probably garnered you more “likes” than you’ve given, and more “friend” requests received than you’ve extended.  Wait, now you sound kind of selfish.

I ask you, just what are you doing with your time?

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“Pew study: Facebook users don’t follow golden rule”: USA Today

“Your Facebook friends have more friends than you: survey”: MSNBC…bi-daily smile…
 
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