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  • Top three things not to do during your morning commute

    Aside from weirdos, left-over booze from the previous night and exaggerated amounts of perfume, there's no telling what type of pleasantries we'll be graced with when stepping on the bus or subway. Whether you're dealing with really bad techno music blasting from a hipster's cell phone or screaming children who confuse the seats and rails with a jungle gym, one thing's for sure - the commute to and from work isn't always an easy one.

    Of course, there are ways to make this process to a bit smoother - aside from burying yourself in your Kindle and letting the sweet tunes from your iPod take you far, far away. Here are three important rules to follow while battling the chaos of public transportation.

    1. No matter how anxious you are to go to work, don't crowd the door as people are trying to get off the train or bus. This will only make you feel like a matador during a stampede.

    2. Don't ever talk to your love interest on the phone if it's a bad day. This will most likely incite a moment of awkwardness for you and everyone else on the car. You never know when he might say something idiotic, causing you to vilify him like there's no tomorrow. The rest of the passengers will gawk at you as if you're the grown-up version of Rosemary's baby.

    3. Wear just enough makeup and blinc Mascara to attract the dashing collar-and-tie guys, but not so much that you catch the eyes of every man in the car. Being too hot on the way to work isn't always the best plan of action, so if you're crushing hard on that sales guy who just friended you on Facebook, wait until you get to the office to put on the rest of your makeup.

    Following these guidelines will not only pave the way for a smoother day, but it can also reduce the odds of starting your morning off on the wrong foot. Of course, once it gets nice outside you may want to get some exercise and just walk home instead.

  • Three myths when it comes to women drivers

    Isn't it so convenient for men to be able to point out all the things that are wrong with women's driving skills? If the guys in our lives have a fender bender, it's just something that happens. On the other hand, if we experience this minor mishap, it must - clearly - be because of some defect in our genes. At least women don't have a temper tantrum at the mere suggestion of asking for directions. Females also stop calling shotgun at the age of ten, whereas grown men will act as if it's medieval jousting tournament that requires a duel to the end.

    Still, guys never fail to blame the female of the species for causing the most havoc on the road. Because we've been longing to put our two-cents in on the matter, here's our take on the top three myths when it comes to women drivers.

    1. Girls don't pay attention. It's easy for some men to say we're easily distracted behind the wheel, like during those rare occasions when we have to dabble on a little makeup at a stoplight. In reality, dudes drool like dogs at the sight of us in these situations. Our concentration is so keen that we can afford to take a moment to pat our noses or put on some blinc Mascara when it's safe. Men, on the other hand, can't seem to control themselves any time they're out and about.

    2. Girls follow too many rules. Most of us drive with caution and precision, as we actually learned things in driving school. The most applicable methods of training for men are video games and NASCAR races.

    3. Girls can't park. The truth is that most men will chicken out at the thought of parallel parking, especially if they own a flashy sports car that was given, perhaps ironically, a girl's name.

    There are many reasons why we're the best drivers, but we can appease the notorious male ego by letting them think what they wish - at least until they're forced to sleep on the couch.

  • Tips for being a tomboy

    Although there was a day when tomboys were frowned upon by society, the trend is growing rampantly as more and more ladies continue to sport their camouflage getup and hop on the bandwagon of macho-ness (Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, we salute you!). In the Roaring Twenties, men acted like suffragettes were beings from other planets on a massive campaign to dismantle their masculinity. Now, tomboys can finally be "just one of the guys" without criticism, allowing them to freely guzzle beer straight from the pitcher or hawk a loogie from their balcony to see where it lands.

    It's likely there are scores of ladies who have been longing to ditch their super-feminine ways and embrace a manlier lifestyle, yet many simply aren't aware of the work that being a tomboy takes. Here are a few pointers to get you started.

    1. Be physically engaged. You don't have to pump iron and inject massive quantities of steroids to become a successful tomboy. All it takes is one physically active hobby, like Frisbee or maybe even a little skateboarding to show you can hang with the boys. If you're not into sports, become an adamant video-gamer.

    2. Accept unpleasant habits. If you want to be one of the guys, adapt to an atmosphere of belching competitions and familiarize yourself with the putrid whiff of intentional farts. It's even acceptable for you to let loose a burp or two every now and then - just make sure it carries a little oomph.

    3. Never be afraid to get down and dirty. If you end up deciding to roll down a sizable hill or tackle the feeble nerdy guy to the ground, don't feel obligated to change your clothes. You'll be respected for being carefree when it comes to grass-stained jeans and mud-speckled shirts.

    By earning the respect of your egotistical male peers and adapting to their lifestyle, you can gain a sense of liberation that might seem foreign to girly girls. Put those high heels on the shelf for a bit and earn your place in the realm of equality by cherishing the tomboy lifestyle.

  • The differences between cowgirls and city folk

    If you're in the city, it's simple to spot a cowgirl because she's likely the one who pops bubble gum loudly and sports the pigtail-overall combination on a regular basis. On the other hand, in a country setting, it's very easy to pinpoint the city gals because they'll likely talk loud enough to attract everyone's attention and wear enough makeup to give the local cosmetics girl - if there is one - an early pension with benefits.

    It's safe to say that some girls might be confused as to what category they fall into. Luckily, there are usually some classic traits that can help a woman decide if she falls from a Georgia peach tree or is destined for the Big Apple.

    First and foremost - cowgirls don't mind getting their hands dirty. They can do farm chores around the clock without grimacing at the scent of manure, and they might go fly fishing for fun. City girls typically roll their eyes at the mere sight of a pitchfork, as their freshly-polished nails can sometimes be their top priority.

    Many city dwellers don't know how to pump their own gas. In fact, some don't even know how to drive - period. Cowgirls are usually champions of any vehicle, from antique convertibles to diesel engine tractors. Additionally, John Deere is part of their regular attire.

    Cowgirls talk funny. Girls who were raised in isolated country areas might as well be speaking their own language. Aside from using words like "ya'll" and "ain't," country folk have their own expressions for everything. However, don't be guided by the misconception that they're uneducated. Even if some of them don't necessarily have the book smarts, they can read people better than anyone else.

    If you want to learn the true differences between country gals and city gals, travel around the USA a bit and experience the various subcultures. Just don't be surprised if you end up trading in your blinc Mascara for the barnyard, or vice versa.

  • First date - dinner and a movie or bungee jumping?

    first+date+dinner+and+a+movie+or+bungee+jumping_3356_800526579_0_0_7054313_300If your dream guy ever asked you out on a date, what would you want to do? Are you the type of gal who likes a slow dance and enjoy a casual drink or two, or are you someone who needs to live on the edge? Dinner and a movie is a tradition that has been around for ages, but the concept of adventurous first dates is relatively new on a large-scale - probably starting with those rebellious baby boomers and their beatnik ways (we can thank Fonzie and Westside Story for that).

    It's not always easy figuring out what to do on a first date, but being spontaneous is usually the key to showing your creative side. If you're a girl who prefers excitement over predictability, there are many first date activities that might whet your appetite. Just hope that he makes the suggestions instead of you to find out if he's a keeper.

    Free falling. Although the availability of bungee jumping facilities might be scarce in certain areas, you can always go out for a fair-weather skydive or just stick with the safest option of rollercoasters. Defying gravity is a grand enough concept to inspire all sorts of stories for the future grandchildren, so make sure you drop with a bang - but not such a big one that the date ends with a trip to the emergency room.

    Clubbing. Sometimes, after a nice dinner and a couple of martinis or glasses of wine, you may be both in the mood for a little more sugar and spice. In this case, dancing might be just the right method for your madness. Many clubs blare music that's too loud to hear each other talk - but after listening to each other's stories during an entire meal, who to anyway? Besides, a little bump and grind on the dance floor can often reveal a lot about a person. And if he spends more time cutting a rug with the floozy who bounces from guy to guy like a swollen beach ball, you know exactly what to expect relationship-wise.

    Playing with heavy machinery. We all know how fun it can be to have the power of a monstrous engine in the palm of our hand. If you live in the country, it would be hard not to pass up a ride on that John Deere tractor to top off a first date - or better yet, a freighter truck!

    Adventurous first dates tend to linger in the memory bank, making both parties a little more interested in each other. But let's face it, even the most chaos-driven individuals need a little downtime every now and then. If this is the case, you may want to suggest heading to the movies to catch the latest chick-flick. Just make sure you don't cry so much during the tear-jerker ending that you scare him away.

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