Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

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You can talk about whatever is on your mind – quality of life issues, a beautiful tree you spotted, scuttlebutt, or any random questions/thoughts you may have. But please no personal attacks. I’ll open this thread every morning at 10am.

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  • em

    Revel: Random R or R thread on a Saturday!

    Rant: Cold and windy today.

    Revel: The sun is out!

  • What time was this picture taken? I bet those food trucks will be there more than 2 hours. Just wait, as soon they will be gobbling up all the parking spaces in your neighborhood. Interesting juxtaposition in the photo, as everyone thinks the food truck issue is about cupcake lady and the lobster truck. In reality, it will be only a short time before there is a Subway Truck on every corner. You, too, will be able to eat like Jared without even leaving your block!

  • Rave: Amazing time with friends last night.
    Rant: Time to do taxes.

  • Bear

    Rave: Quiet day after an exhausting week.

    Rant: I should really do some cleaning/laundry/grocery shopping but I’m having a hard time convincing myself to get out of my PJs.

  • Ok. Here’s my peeve. Motorcyclists or scooters in bike lanes. They belch out fumes and cut me off. Shouldn’t they be on the road and out of the bike lanes?

    • I was just researching this– mopeds (less than 50cc, 16″ wheels or larger, pedals) are allowed in bike lanes outside of the downtown business district. Struck me as strange, but that’s the law.

  • Rave: my brother and his wife are going to have a baby in a few days; he is the first of any of my siblings to have a child.

    Rant: it turns out that my brother is a sex addict. Last week, he had a prostitute at the house while his wife was at work, and she stole my sister-in-law’s wedding ring. My brother had to fess up, and admitted to sleeping with 10 other women and visiting strip clubs a hundred times in the few short years they have been married. My sister-in-law called her family, and they came for her and her stuff. She will have the baby in her hometown, away from my brother, my mother, and my other siblings.

    Rave: My brother recognizes that he has a problem, and is seeking treatment. My sister-in-law tells me that she hasn’t given up on him yet.

    • Sigh…

      “Sex addiction” is just another new age term for a non-existant condition that is meant to curry sympathy for the common assho%e who hides behind some quasi offical sounding medical condition so they don’t have to admit that they are like any other man or woman who has cheated in history.

      Everyone likes sex, not everyone likes monogamous sex. Just because you lack adult like impulse control doesn’t mean you get to hide behind some BS medical condition.

      • do you feel this way about other addictions? that someone who uses alcohol or drugs as an escape, and doesn’t know how to stop, simply lacks “impulse control”? sex certainly can be an addiction, one who uses it as a way to escape, to feel something different, and becomes a self destructive habit.

      • its funny how you seem to be very intelligent in economics and real estate, but lack so much in your understanding of people.

        • I understand people quite well. Why have to take responsibility for something when you can chalk it up to a 90’s invention to give celebrities caught cheating an excuse to go to rehab.

          And no, there certainly are true addictions. But being addicted to oxy, a drug and foreign substance that was introduced into your body (for whatever reason) and that changes your brain chemistry, is completely different from someone who “likes sex” (show me someone who doesn’t). Humans have been having sex for longer than we’ve been using tools and “sex addiction” was never a problem until we introduced the social concept of “monogamy”.

          Ultimately, you know the real reason sex addiction is so ridiculous and what proves my point? Because if were truely a problem, this guy (and others like him) would be having constant sex with their spouses. Not turning to random women and hookers. He isn’t addicted to sex, he is simply tired of monagamy. I would bet that this woman getting her ring stolen was the first time since they’ve been married that he ever trotted out the “I am a sex addict” line. You can be a “sex addict” and not be a philandering cheater. Just like you can really love food, and not be a 700lb “food addict”.

          You want sex with a variety of people, don’t enter into a monogamous relationship with someone. End of story.

          But then again the concept of taking responsibilty for our actions became passe on a cultural scale a few decades ago.

          • Well, to his credit, my brother hasn’t used the word “addict.” He openly wonders whether he has just made a lot of bad choices, or whether he cannot control himself. I also understand that there is some debate among psychologists about whether sexual excess can, indeed, be called “addiction.” In any case, my brother needs help. He has had a history of mental problems (first diagnosed as bipolar 20 years ago), so there probably issues at play other than strict “sexual addiction.” But man, he was bringing these women into his matrimonial bed, even though he has three beds in his house and two large sofas……for some reason, that really seems to cross the line for me, that he has no respect for the integrity of his household or respect for his wife (who, by the way, is 14 years younger than him).

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