It’s a bit nutty..

I am big into coconut water, and I make it no secret.  It has singlehandedly replaced pop and juice as my drink of choice and offers MANY benefits.  It’s virtually tasteless, in case those of you that don’t like coconut were wondering, and it has a slightly sweet flavor.

Have you ever known a woman named Noelani?  It means dew from the heavens in Hawaiian.  It’s also what they call coconut water.  Sorry to burst your bubble Noelanis of the world.  You’re named after nut juice.  Women of tropical areas are often encouraged to drink coconut water because it provides a boost of nutrients for the growing baby.

By now, you may be wondering what kind of magical unicorn vitamin is in this elixir of life.  It’s basic stuff really.  Coconut water has a good supply of the major minerals like magnesium, calcium, and potassium (more than a banana).  The cool part is that all of these minerals are in the form of electrolytes so they are easily absorbable by the human body.   Coconut water is even used in tropical countries to fight cholera because it re-hydrates people faster than water.  It can even clear up bladder infections (good for the ladies), improve sexual vitality (good for the fellas), and break down kidney stones.  Coconut water is also the richest natural dietary source of cytokinins.   Cyto-what?  Researchers have suggested the possibility that consuming a rich source of cytokinins, such as coconut water (which is one of the richest sources of cytokinins), may produce an anti-aging effect on the body, reducing risk of developing degenerative and age related diseases.  Cytokinins also may prevent mistakes that may lead to the development of cancer. Normal cells are kept healthy while cancerous cells are programmed to die, preventing them from growing and spreading.   As a result, the anti-cancer effects of cytokinins have been well documented and are constantly being studied further.

So where can you find this magic unicorn nut juice?  At your local grocery store or GNC.  There are several brands out there and some SUUUUUCK.  O.N.E. is a little bitter, ZICO is just plain awful, Vita Coco is good stuff (found at Holiday gas stations too!), and Harvest Bay is the cheapest and best tasting..but the hardest to find.  Hit up a natural foods store like Valley Natural Foods here in Apple Valley, or Mississippi Market to find this gem.  Here is Harvest Bay’s nutritional info.  Drink up!

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Syrup anyone?

Dan D wrote:

I have been dating a girl for a few weeks and we’ve taken things slow.  We finally got past just the kissing stage last night and I discovered she has “pancake boobs”.  I am sure you know what those are.  It’s a huge turnoff and has totally grossed me out.  What do I do?

Dan D

For the sake of the readers that have no idea what pancake boobs are, I’ll first break it down.  Pancake boobs are boobs (busty women or not) that when the bra is removed, become completely flat against the chest, almost as if two large pancakes are not resting where breasts once were.  How do you tell if you have pancake boobs?  Look at yourself standing up.  If it looks like you’re holding two nipple covered frisbees where your breasts were, you carry the curse.  It’s not all bad though.  Only some guys find it a turn off.

I can understand your frustration Dan, but I think there is much more to a woman than her breasts.  What else do you find attractive about her?  If there really was nothing else, congratulations, you’re a dick.  Move on.  If there are other things, take stock of the other things and see if they all outweigh the breakfast boobs.  They should.

Sean

Sheep in skunk’s clothing

GTO314 wrote:

So I am having an issue with this girl I’ve been dating.  She is a REALLY bad communicator and when I try to talk about it, she accuses me of being insecure.  Here’s the deal:

She and I were dating for about 6 months when she all of a sudden developed this friendship with this guy she worked with.  He’s married.  We all went out and they just basically shut me out of the conversation the whole night.  I didn’t take offense, since I don’t really know the work people they were discussing.  Then, she started hanging out with him more and more often, and getting text messages from him all hours of the night.  They didn’t seem to be anything sexual or flirty, just texts asking her to go out and get drinks.  I started to be bothered by this and told her how I felt.  She said it was nothing and that I had nothing to worry about.  THEN, she started “doing some shopping” or “running errands” after work and coming home four hours later.  I’d ask her where she’d been (it’s only polite that if you’re running late that you call) and she’d say things like, “Oh, I was at the grocery store and bumped into XXX (insert that guy’s name there), so we went and hung out for a bit.”  I started to get upset by this and when I confronted her, she said she didn’t need to tell me where she was or where she would be going, and told me that she hated the fact that I was insecure about her friendship with XXX.  We’ve had this argument several times now and I am at the end of my rope.

GTO314

This is one of my biggest pet peeves.  You don’t seem insecure (other than that by putting XXX for the guy’s name, you appear to be thinking they may be having sex), but your girlfriend seems to think that by not being open and honest with you, YOU’RE the one with the problem.  She is the one with the problem GTO, not you.  Let’s talk about respect:
1.  Do you need to tell your BF/GF any and every detail of your day?  No.  Is it respectful to tell them if you’ll be home late?  Yes.
2.  If you’re hanging out with your BF/GF and they get a text or phone call, is it respectful for them to say something like, “Oh that was so-and-so.”  Yes.  Should they get up and run out of the room, phone in hand?  No.
3.  Is it okay to be running errands and knowlingly make plans to hang out with a guy that seems to have caused communication problems in the past?  Absolutely not.  If she respected you as an equal in the relationship, she needs to understand that the right thing to do would be to at least call you and let you know.

It’s not insecurity at all.  This woman seems to have a twisted reality. At least you recognized her poor communication skills.  I personally think there is more to this story that either you haven’t told me or that you have yet to discover.  When that time comes, write again.  Good luck.

Sean

Natalia writes:

Sean,

I have a possessive boyfriend who is driving me crazy.  I have a few guy friends (not ALL guy friends, I think there is something wrong with those women) and he always gets upset when we all go out.  He comes with us, but he is always getting upset if they talk to me for too long, sit too close, or joke with me.  None of it is flirty (in fact two of the four are gay) but he seems to have a problem with it.  When we go out with groups and there are females, he doesn’t seem to mind at all.  I’ve expressed my frustration and he apologizes, but then says he just doesn’t want to lose me.  It’s too passive aggressive and I feel that he will lose me if it keeps up.  What do I do?

Natalia
I’d say this guy definitely has self esteem issues.  How he thinks that three gay men (or one straight man) will somehow take you away from him, especially since he is right in front of you, is beyond me.  Insecurity is an easy trait to spot and can often be confused for other things (see the next post), but it seems to be a strong issue here.  I could understand his frustration if you aren’t making any time for him, or if you’re sneaking out to go see your guy friends and lying to him about it, but I am assuming you’re not, which makes me think he just seems to think he doesn’t deserve you.  By feeling that you’re out of his league, he feels that he has nothing to offer and fears that you’ll be swept off your feet by anyone that comes along and posses any trait that he feels he doesn’t have. 

You’ve expressed your feelings.  Hs hasn’t changed.  It’s time to move on.

Sean

NOT the best a man can get..

So I hate Gillette shave gel.  I bought some the other day because it was on sale and it actually looked “NEW AND IMPROVED” even though it didn’t really say that.  I tried it this morning and felt like ripping my face off and growing a new one would have been more comfortable.  Gillette should change their slogan from “The best a man can get..” to “Hey, Tiger got all those slutty chicks with this..”.  Awful.

What’s not awful is that I ate poutine last night and loved it.  If you don’t know what poutine is, it’s NOT some kind of sexual slang…it’s food.  Disgustingly unhealthy food that also happens to be delicious.  I consider myself a relatively healthy eater, but this stuff was an orgy of guilt-free enjoyment with every bite.  You may be wondering what it is by now, and I’ll fill you in.  Poutine originated in Quebec as I have been told, and consists of a plate of french fries topped with cheese curds (not the damn fried ones..the REAL ones), then topped with gravy.  GRAVY.  It looks like a dirty diaper on a plate, but is awesome.  Here’s a pic.  Not THE pic of the one I had, but it looks basically the same.  See?  French people are good for something after all.  Thanks guys.

Possible side effects of consumption: Enjoyment and instant death.

CRob writes in..

CRob wrote:

I am coming in to Minneapolis on a business trip and have lined up a date with a man who says he lives in Downtown Minneapolis.  I have two questions:

1.  What good places can you recommend in Downtown Minneapolis to eat and drink?

2.  Any chance if he isn’t what I am expecting, you’ll want to meet up with a blog fan (me)?

CRob

Well CRob,

1.  Besides the chain places, there are only a handful of bar/restaurants I’d recommend in the downtown Minneapolis area.  Seven, Pizza Luce, Gluek’s, Origami, and Kieran’s are a few.  I don’t really like Downtown Minneapolis as far as a place to hang out.  It’s a little too “Unh tiss unh tiss unh tiss” (clubby), and not enough relaxed places to just go and drink.  Couple that with traffic issues on Friday and Saturday nights, the overabundance of revealed underwear (thong or boxers..take your pick), and the “I’m in the armpit of Minneapolis” feel and it loses it’s thrill somewhere around the age of 23.  If you’re 23 though, go for it..have fun.

2.  No.  I don’t play sloppy seconds.  Sorry.

Sean

On a lighter note..

If you missed it over the weekend:

The Twins signed Joe Mauer to be old when he eventually quits.  They won’t trade him, thereby ensuring he’ll fade away rather than disappear a legend.

My sister got a few days closer to popping out a chubby cheeked BOY (she thinks girl..)..we’ll see who’s right in a day or two.

I had one of the worst beers in my entire life and was too drunk to remember the name of it.  Figures.  Another night out with Kris and Jamie (and his Jen).

My daughter learned she wasn’t a fish, when she sucked in half a pool’s worth of water at Lifetime.  A few coughs and dry heaves later, she did it again, but this time attempting a backstroke.  At least she’s learning the backstroke.

Don’t think about direction..

I thought the header (lyrics from an REM song) fit this email well..

Red wrote:

Where do you stand politically?  With all of this political turmoil, I’d like to know what YOU believe in.  Personally I am a Tea Party person myself..

Red

Good question Red.  Typically I don’t really get into politics, but I see so many people out there confusing religious beliefs with governmental expectations and I can’t help but to be frustrated by that.  Church and state are separated for a reason.  My religious beliefs aside (we’ll get into that some other time), I feel that I hover somewhere in the middle.  I think the far-right (Tea Party included) has the makings of pre-WWII Germany Nazi beginnings.  They all believed in the same things..look it up.  Scary. As far as the far left is concerned (Socialism), I think it’s basically flawed.  John Locke’s ideas were great, but it’s essentially too vague to follow.  If everything is always shared, how do we account for greed and ambition?  We can’t.

So rather than swaying from one side to the other,  I have a history of supporting ideas and groups that will do the most good for the largest number of people.  I also look at human rights when making those decisions and then go from there.  Do I feel homosexuals should be able to legally marry?  Yeah.  Get benefits for their spouses?  Yeah.  Do I want Christianity as a national religion?  No.  Do I think businesses have too much control of the government?  Yeah.  Do I feel that we as citizens need to help our fellow man/woman?  Yeah.  Do I feel there is governmental waste?  Yeah.  Do I hate taxes?  Absolutely not.  I understand them.  You don’t fix roads and improve schools with just positive thinking.

I hope that answers your question.  If any of you are now pissed.  Fire away.  I’ll gladly engage in a friendly debate.

Plydaddy214 wrote:

I totally disagree with your last post.  If it wasn’t for makeup, mankind would have died off centuries ago.

On a different note though, I am writing for some advice.  I was wondering how to let my parents know I got secretly married.  They would never approve of the women I date, and after meeting my (now) wife, they even forbid me to see her.  I am 19, and can make up my own mind..so I went ahead and married her.

They’ve become suspicious lately, and I’d like to tell them.  What do you recommend?

Plydaddy214

Well PD,

I personally think your aprents were right.  I don’t know what type of women you typically date, but if I’d married any woman I dated when I was 19, I’d be dead by now. 

You also didn’t mention anything about loving this woman, which makes me think you did this to spite your parents.  Not a good plan.  If you loved her, you’d have mentioned that somewhere in your initial email..yes, love is a powerful thing.  Without it, you’re lost.

Be honest with your parents and let them know what you did.  Try to make things work, but only if you love this woman and can really see yourself being with her forever.  If not, you have some unwinding to do on that giant ball of yarn you call your life.

Sean

freestyle

I took Olivia to Lifetime for some family swimming (its become a weekend ritual), and while she splashed and played, a man, his wife, and their little daughter came in to swim. They placed their items next to mine and headed into the pool. I immediately noticed (as I am sure any guy would) that not only was the woman much more in shape than the man, but she was also what many would consider the more physically attractive of the two.

The woman played with the little girl and was having a blast while the man just sat with his head above water and observed. Ten or so minutes later and he stood up, walked to his wife and child and said, “We’ve got to go.”

The wife looked dismayed and the daughter didn’t even know what was going on, but they gathered their things and began to leave.

“You are too attractive,” I heard the man tell his wife as they left. “And I don’t like it.”

In couples, women are usually the better looking ones, and many men are usually blissfully unaware. This guy was aware he was the “WTF?” one and instead of either being comfortable with the fact that she was with him, or becoming more healthy, he got frustrated and took it out on her, by projecting it as her fault.

Guys, isn’t it about time we realize that women have always had the upper hand when it comes to looks?  If you have a girlfriend, be thankful she’s with you and just know there are a million guys out there that would find her attractive, but she chose YOU.  YOU.  Now, think about that the next time you leave the seat up in the middle of the night.