maarmie's musings

Friday, February 17, 2006


maarmie takes a sidestep so she's standing in front of a coworker, not allowing her to pass through the hallway. smiles.

coworker: Judi! maarmie's being mean to me. She won't let me through!

maarmi shuffles over into Judi's line of sight. to Judi: I was voted "friendliest" in fifth grade. Do you really think I'd ever be mean to her?

Judi: You were voted what?

maarmie: Friendliest.

coworker: You remember that from fifth grade?

maarmie: Yeah. (whispers to coworker) That was before life ripped my fucking heart out.

Laughter all around.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Gag Me

While attempting to check my e-mail, I stumbled across this little gem, a veritable fount of indispensable information. It's a Cosmo-esque diatribe about WHAT MEN WANT, WHAT MEN NEED, WHAT MEN FIND ROMANTIC and HOW TO HOLD THE KEY THAT UNLOCKS HIS DESIRE. Of course, I have my two cents to add. Keep in mind I've recently been on the receiving end from not ONE but TWO assholes in a row.


"Many stereotypes about men abound: They don't like to cuddle after sex; they're only interested in women with model-thin bodies; they hate to show their feelings and vulnerabilities. Not true, say guys. So we gave them the floor to set the record straight. Here, the top things men want women to know, straight from the mouths of real men."

The preceding paragraph requires no response. It's THAT laughable.

1. Kissing and romance mean as much to us as sex. "There has to be an emotional foundation for sex," says Ed Fertik, a Brooklyn, New York, bachelor. It's not that men don't love unforgettable sex; they do. But in a serious relationship, they want it preceded and followed by romance, kisses, hugs, and a loving touch. Contrary to the notion that men just want to roll over and play dead after intercourse, many guys say they do want to cuddle afterward. Some will even admit they'd like you to read to them or rub lotion on their bodies (and they'll do the same for you, if you ask!).

Read to them? Rub lotion on their bodies? I think someone got that a little mixed up. That reading material is most likely a Penthouse and that lotion? It's not for just ANY body part, baby.

2. We like you just the way you are; no models required! Hollywood and fashion magazines may make women feel they must have taut tummies and look model-perfect, but guys say they appreciate real women with foibles and imperfections. And personality counts! "Warmth is a much bigger turn-on than cleavage," says Clifford Berkley, a divorcee in Staten Island, New York.

No wonder you're divorced, Clifford. You're a fucking liar. And a bad one at that. Everyone knows guys want a girl with huge boobs and no brains or waistline who doesn't really seem to have any needs but will spread her legs whenever he wants her to.

3. We love when you cook us a meal, knit us a scarf, or buy us something we need without our asking. Guys aren't saying that they want women stuck in conventional household roles, just that they enjoy the surprise of a special meal on the table, a homemade gift, or a thoughtful gesture. "I love it when my wife buys me something she knows I need for work," says Douglas Hanau, a New York City newlywed. "Or when she prepares a meal for me that she's never made before."

BUUUUULLLLLLLSHIIIIIIT! It's called "get in the kitchen, bitch, and make me some dinner before you do the dishes, take care of the kids and clean the fucking house. Who cares that you've just put in a 10-hour day at work, I AM THE MAN OF THIS HOUSE, AND I DESERVE SPECIAL TREATMENT!"

Douglas, I have a feeling you won't be married for long. That is, unless your new bride is the mail order variety from Siberia.

4. We want to be constantly admired. Guys know they're not perfect, but they want you to tell them they are, or at least highlight frequently the things they do best. If he's great with stuff around the house, ask him to fix something by telling him what a great job he did on the last fix-it task. If he's a gifted writer, ask him to write you love notes, and tell him how much you love his way with words. He wants you to look for his strengths and applaud them -- often! There's also no bigger turn-on, guys say, than a woman who notices the small things he does to be considerate.

If he goes to work, he wants a gold fucking star. If he picks up a towel, he wants a gold fucking star. If he goes into the next room to fart, he wants a gold fucking star. If he makes you come, he wants a gold fucking star. If he isn't a completely insensitive clod who wouldn't know how to treat another human being well even if his life depended on it, he wants a gold fucking star. My advice is this: Do something worthy of those stars, assholes. The basics doesn't cut it.

5. We appreciate when you contribute financially, especially if you can afford to. Men like to treat women to special things, but they also like to be treated, in return. Share the financial burden of a relationship and know your guy's financial situation; be sensitive to what he can afford. Don't expect a $200 night on the town if that's the sum total of his monthly savings. And don't forget to break out your wallet. "If she earns a good living and is otherwise liberated, I appreciate her helping out," says Fertik. You don't have to split the bill on every night out; just take out your wallet some of the time, men suggest.

I can't make fun of this one. I agree.

6. Being kind to our mothers, siblings, and annoying relatives scores big points with us. Guys so appreciate when women go out of their way to be kind to their families. If there's a relative who's particularly annoying, remember, your man often feels as much frustration or antipathy toward the person as you do. But blood is thicker than water, and a little patience and effort go a long way. Bring along a special treat for a big family meal; send a warm thank-you note after you've visited; or participate in the weekly phone call your guy makes to his mom. Ask him how he prefers you to show your interest.

This translates into, "Mommy will always be more important to me than you are. In fact, I often think of my dick being inside HER pussy while I'm fucking YOU! Please remember that this attached umbilical cord is necessary for my survival."

7. Unusual spots for sex turn us on. Men like to get out of the bedroom. They'd like you to offer up your bathroom, your kitchen, and other unusual spots for a special afternoon of love-making. "There's nothing like sex in the afternoon," says Berkley (especially, he says only half-jokingly, if you'll let him indulge in watching a TV sporting event later). And when it comes to fantasies, they're happy to play along with yours, and they love for you to indulge theirs. Another guy request: They want to talk to you about sex, openly and candidly.

Well, if you can get it up and keep it up, I'll fuck you anywhere you want. OK?

8. We want to be validated all the time. It may sound like psycho-jargon, but men like to talk about their feelings, and they like when you echo those feelings back to them so they feel understood. Guys also love to talk about work, interactions with colleagues -- and sports. Give them their rants. And if they are creative, or concocting an idea a minute for work, they want to lay out their ideas for you to applaud. So applaud! "There's nothing that turns me on more than a girl who asks me to explain the logistics of football calls," says Berkley. "It can be a great bonding moment."

Everyone knows that the male ego is the most fragile thing on this planet and will wither and die without constant stroking. My response is this: I have no problem being supportive and complimentary, but you need to return the fucking favor, buddy. I'm not your goddamn nanny.

9. We need you to encourage us to take risks, and support us if we fail. If your man has a chance for a promotion at work, he wants your encouragement and support. Build up his confidence by listing all the reasons he should try for the promotion. Also, guys don't want you to change their bad habits; they say they're well-aware of the things they're not so good at. But you can gently offer suggestions for coping or altering annoying habits. "Great is the gal who helps me make fun of my foibles," says Berkley.

Grow up. Be a man. Period. If I have bigger balls than the quivering mass of testosterone standing in front of me, there's no quicker way to make my dick shrink.

10. We can have platonic friendships with females. Don't assume we've got something to hide if we want an hour to play racquetball or four hours to play golf, guys say. Female friends are also a necessary ingredient in many men's social routines -- and work connections make it likely that some of a guy's close friends may be women. If you're concerned that a friendship is turning romantic, talk to him candidly about your worries -- but don't presume foul play.

Yeah. Right.

11. We like women who are assertive, but not aggressive. If you want to try something out in bed, guys are almost always game. Assertiveness is also welcome when planning a weekend getaway, a vacation or even a night out. Let your guy know what you like in a soft-spoken, caring way. Others prefer subtle assertiveness. "Manipulate us in a feminine way," says Berkley, "but don't let us know we're being manipulated." That means don't try stuff that's too strange too soon in a relationship; talk and communicate.

Manipulate us in a feminine way? Be soft spoken? That's it! I'm becoming a lesbian!

12. We're not as different from you as you think. Books that tout the differences between the sexes may be hot on the best-seller lists, but guys yearn for the same emotional connections that women do -- they just express those needs differently. "Guys who tell you they don't need to be close and bond -- with women or with each other -- are lying," says Berkley. To keep the bond strong, ask your guy often what you can do to make him feel more loved. He'll love you back even stronger.

Fuck men.

Doppelganger's Back

And here's what he/she/it had to say in response to my response to his/her/its previous comment listed under "I'm in the Mood for...Backgammon"

"Hm. Must have frightened him off well and truly by now, mate."

My reply?

"Frighten him off? If me amusing myself by seeing if I can figure out who he is frightens him off, then he doesn't have the fortitude to be with me. I am a strong woman. And I need a REALLY strong man."

Friday, February 10, 2006

Readers Respond

And I respond back! A recent reader commented about the post titled "I'm in the Mood for...Backgammon!"

Doppelganger Throwback said, "But did you mention you'd be locating him quite so precisely on your internet radar... ?"

My response: "I actually already tried to find him on the Internet using what limited info I know about him. I came up with Andrew Yuncken, Andrew Shanks and Andrew McAuley, all of whom appear to be television editors in Australia. I don't think it's any of them, though, for some reason."

I guess my aptitude as a private investigator isn't what I thought it was.

Did I happen to stress enough my love of yahoo! backgammon? One can "meet" all kinds of interesting people on there from all over the world. Even celebrities are doing it! One time, I played for almost an hour against Eric McCormack, the hottie who plays Will on "Will & Grace." No, really. It was him. He told me so himself. Honest!

Even though there are people in there from most every country, people who speak different languages and have entirely unique ways of looking at the world, I always have at least one thing in common with anyone I play against. No matter where they're from, they all seem to hate George W. Bush just as much as I do.

Monday, February 06, 2006

A Death in the Family

Feminist and NOW founder Betty Friedan died of congestive heart failure Saturday at her home in Washington. She was 85. Following are some quotes by the author of "The Feminine Mystique."

"Men are not the enemy, but the fellow victims. The real enemy is women's denigration of themselves."

"When she stopped conforming to the conventional picture of femininity she finally began to enjoy being a woman."

"Each suburban wife struggled with it alone. As she made the beds, shopped for groceries, matched slipcover material, ate peanut butter sandwiches with her children, chauffered Cub Scouts and Brownies, lay beside her husband at night — she was afraid to ask even of herself the silent question — 'Is this all?' "

"No woman gets an orgasm from shining the kitchen floor."

"If divorce has increased by one thousand percent, don't blame the women's movement. Blame the obsolete sex roles on which our marriages were based."

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Minimum Wage?

Tallahassee has its very own hangout for Greens and Reds and almost any other Christmas color you can think of. The hangout is appropriately titled The Progressive Center - a place where nonprofits can set up offices for cheap that also includes a civil rights museum, a fair trade store, a cafe and works of art made by local artists. Every week, a variety of activities take place there: concerts, film viewings, meetings of local chapters of various groups including Tallahassee NOW, screenings of Bush's latest state of the union address or debate or the latest Michael Moore endeavor.

Last night, during a screening of the film "Matewan" - a movie about coal miners struggling to form a union - I learned that employers sometimes treat their employees poorly and sometimes provide them with unfair pay and unsafe working conditions. Who would have guessed?

Alito: Boo!

Monkey See, Monkey Do

All the cool kids are doing it, so I'm going to do it, too. Today, I am a follower.

All the cool bloggers who make a living off blogging and travel around the world talking about the world of blogging are posting answers to some very silly questions. In an effort to keep up with the biggest kids on the playground, here goes:

Four jobs I have had
1. Check-out girl at a grocery store (I got hit on more times than you can imagine)
2. Shift supervisor at Wendy's (I dumped more grease in a grease pit than you can imagine)
3. Receptionist at a hotel (I was offered sex more times than you can imagine)
4. Reporter for a small-town newspaper (I was yelled at and threatened more times than you can imagine)

Four movies I can watch over and over
1. Frida
2. Breakfast Club
3. Poltergeist
4. Sixteen Candles

People tell me I look like Molly Ringwald.

Four places I have lived
1. In a "1 1/2 bedroom" apartment over an Ecuadorian restaurant in Queens, NYC
2. In several dorms at Florida State University with several young and annoying girls who were fresh out of their parents' homes
3. In an old house divided into apartments in downtown Portland, Oregon
4. In a three-bedroom duplex in Tallahassee, Florida, with two roommates, two dogs and three cats. It was enough to drive me insane.

Four TV shows I love
1. Sex & the City
2. Seinfeld
3. The Daily Show
4. The Dave Chapelle Show

I'm a Comedy Central junkie.

Four places I have vacationed
1. Big Sky, Montana
2. Montreal, Canada
3. San Francisco, California
4. Hot Springs, North Carolina

Four of my favorite dishes
1. Chicken chimichangas
2. Chili
3. Meatloaf
4. French fries

Four sites I visit daily
1. Dooce
2. The New York Times
3. Postsecret OK, that's weekly
4. Yahoo games I play backgammon at work!

Four places I would rather be right now
1. Having sex with a great guy
2. Vacationing in Hawaii
3. Surrounded by good friends
4. Sitting at a cafe in Paris

I have no idea what "tagging" is...