My name is Dana and I’m in college. I’m surrounded by a culture of drinking alcohol, waking up drunk, and drinking some more to drown the side effects of a hangover.
Every guy I ever considered dating just so happened to drink, so I never really thought about what would happen if I ever met a guy who didn’t. Then I met a cute boy who doesn’t like to drink and it was a sobering experience to say the least.
I went to a house party one night with some friends that ran out of cups for the keg before I was able to get my hands on one. Getting ready to leave, this boy came up to me and offered his cup.
“What a gentleman,” I thought.
He told me he doesn’t drink. I was shocked, but intrigued because I was open to trying to get to know someone different than me.
We talked all night and starting texting back and forth as soon as I left. He insisted on taking me out on a proper date the next day. So the next night, I found myself at a coffee shop with this cute sober boy — even though I don’t drink coffee. Regardless, I was willing to explore his sober world because he was adorable AF. As we talked and got to know each other, it was apparent that we were complete opposites in every way. But for some reason, I was eager for something new.
After about an hour of conversation, he said he wanted to take me somewhere as a surprise. I’m all about romantic shit, so I agreed. I was starting to enjoy being with someone who wanted to surprise me instead of my usual dates of going to a bar.
To my surprise, he drove me to a dark wooded area that just so happened to have no-one around. The sign on the fence even said No Trespassing.
There was an abandoned house off in the disantace and he said he wanted to take me there. Keep in mind, this wasn’t even close to Halloween, so I was confused by his eagerness to take me to an abandoned house in the middle of the fucking woods. Not knowing this kid from a whole in the ground, I was starting to get skeptical, so I quickly texted my friends my location in case there was an attempt to murder me. I mean if I was ever to be murdered, this looked like the place someone would want to do it.
Nervous I might be murdered by my date, I still held his hand tightly as we walked in the direction of the house, just to try to be cute. I may have been alerting loved ones of my location, but I’m still a lady who wants to be cute for her man just in case I was being over dramatic.
As we were making our way to the abandoned house, his phone rang. It was his mother. She told him to get his ass home. Then we got the hell out of there.
I never talked to him again.
I’m not sure what would have happened if his mother didn’t call. One thing I am sure of, however, is a guy who likes to drink wouldn’t be spending his Saturday night in the middle of the woods without a keg. I tried dating someone with different interests, but it clearly wasn’t for me. I’m scared shitless to date someone out of my comfort zone and lifestyle. Just give me a cute guy with a beer in his one hand and my booty in his other hand.
Say hello to the iCar? Volkswagen turns to Apple for help making electric cars
By Andreas Cremer
Volkswagen is looking at Apple products for guidance on how to style its new generation of electric cars, its top designer said, as the automaker aims to turn profits on battery-powered vehicles when they launch in 2020.
The U.S. tech giant has brought about a design aesthetic with its iPhone and iPad that set it apart from rivals such as Samsung Electronics Co Ltd; and Sony Corp and helped make it the most valuable company in the world.
For Europe’s biggest automaker, adopting simplicity as the guiding principle for future styling of electric vehicles (EVs) marks a departure from the era before its 2015 “dieselgate” emissions scandal, when vehicle design conveyed the German group’s engineering prowess and technological ambitions.
“We are currently redefining the Volkswagen values for the age of electrification,” Klaus Bischoff, head of VW brand design, said in an interview. “What’s at stake is to be as significant, purist and clear as possible and also to visualize a completely new architecture.”
With regulators slashing emissions on a fast timetable, dieselgate has also energized the costly shift to EVs that is necessary to compete in China, VW’s largest market, and to avoid future fines in Europe.
Previously a laggard on electrification, VW has pledged 34 billion euros ($42.45 billion) of investment in EVs, self-driving technology and digital mobility businesses across the group by 2022.
The core namesake brand alone will spend 6 billion euros on a new modular platform dubbed MEB designed to underpin over 20 purely battery-powered models such as the I.D. hatchback, I.D. Crozz crossover and the I.D. Buzz microbus.
Bischoff said VW will use the Geneva auto show on March 5-7 to give early guidance on what the post-I.D. generation of EVs might look like, but declined to elaborate.
Bischoff belongs to VW’s old guard, having worked a quarter of a century in VW’s design operations and the past decade as head of the core brand’s design.
He became famous through a video shot at the 2011 Frankfurt auto show that has since drawn over 2 million hits on YouTube.
It showed Bischoff being yelled at by former CEO Martin Winterkorn, who was inspecting a model by South Korean rival Hyundai and had discovered something that had displeased him.
“In the past everything was very centralized, very narrow boundaries were set on the road of success,” Bischoff said. “Today is the most exciting time of my career because I’m allowed to do things that didn’t use to exist that way.”
‘People would die for Olympic medal, I nearly did’
Canada’s Mark McMorris described his comeback from life-threatening injuries to the podium at the Pyeongchang Olympics as a “miracle” and said inspiring others with his story was worth more than the slopestyle bronze he won on Sunday.
Snowboarding near his home in British Columbia with his brother Craig in March, McMorris caught an edge as he took off for a jump and spiraled into a tree.
He broke his jaw and left arm, ruptured his spleen, suffered a pelvic fracture, rib fractures and a collapsed lung.
“People would die for a medal at the Olympics and I nearly did,” he said on Monday, a day after his medal-winning run at the Phoenix Snow Park.
“It’s definitely a miracle and I’m really thankful… to be able to motivate and inspire others – that’s bigger than any medal, right?”
McMorris’ remarkable comeback drew praise from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who tweeted: “What a journey back to the podium for @MarkMcMorris. Mark – your tenacity and courage inspire so many of us.”
McMorris tweeted two photographs on Monday, one of him in the hospital following his crash and the other on the medal podium. They were accompanied by a caption: “Thank You Life.”
The Canadian could add yet another chapter to his success story before the end of the Games, as McMorris is seen as a gold medal contender in the new Olympic discipline of Big Air.
(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; editing by Sudipto Ganguly)
Tokyo elementary school is so EXTRA AF with Armani uniforms for students
A public elementary school in Tokyo’s upscale shopping district of Ginza has raised parents’ eyebrows with a plan to adopt uniforms designed by Italian fashion brand Giorgio Armani for its students, media said on Thursday.
Taimei Elementary School is introducing the uniforms for incoming pupils, each costing more than 80,000 yen ($729), including optional items, or more than three times as much as current ones, the Huffington Post said.
Armani’s Japan head office, located in Ginza, is just 200 meters (219 yards) away from the grade school.
“I was surprised, and wondered why such luxury brand-designed uniforms have been picked for a public elementary school,” an unnamed mother was quoted by the Huffington Post as saying.
“I’m worried that a wrong notion that something expensive is good and something cheap is bad could be imprinted on children,” said the woman, whose child is set to start at the school in April, when a new school year begins.
In a letter to parents last November, headmaster Toshitsugu Wada said Taimei was a landmark in Ginza, and the decision to adopt the Armani-designed uniforms aimed at creating an atmosphere suitable for such a school, the Huffington Post said.
Taimei officials were not immediately available for comment, but Wada posted a statement on the school’s home page, promising to provide sufficient explanation on the plan for new uniforms.
“With humility, I take the criticism that explanation has been insufficient and not well-timed. I will go on explaining carefully to those concerned.”
(Reporting by Kiyoshi TakenakaEditing by Clarence Fernandez)
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