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Great post, Steve. I agree with both assessments on this. I love New York City for sure, but Boston is better by far (says the New England girl). There are pros and cons to the bars/restaurant in both areas. But let's face it, you can't compete with the Bah-stan accent.
Very true, Bubbles. Please note that I did not say that she was a GOOD teacher. Unfortunately, many get the issue of women's rights/equality just completely wrong. She was one of them. Sadly, there are others that share her opinion (clearly, not me . . . and not my school since I believe she was fired after one year). What you taught your kids is what everyone should be doing that--it's just called being polite/thoughtful. More people need to do that!
Yes, Bubbles, but I think Julie just meant that while a man in this day and age may not be giving up his seat for a younger, healthy woman, he should be willing to do so for a pregnant woman. The same would go for a young woman sitting, she should be offering her seat to those who truly need it as well.
Really good points, Catharine. I'm not sure I completely agree with you on the respect issue, mainly because of the issue of gender equality. A teacher once told my class that if a man holds a door for you it's because he's asserting that he is stronger than you. We were advised not to stand for that since we are clearly capable of opening a door and aren't fragile flowers. I don't agree with that teacher's point, since I think men who do that have been raised with more traditional manners. I don't believe their intention is to let me know that they are stronger (though perhaps those are the origins of the tradition). On that same tact, I don't expect anyone to offer me their seat on the subway, but I have seen men (and young women) allow an elderly person, pregnant woman or someone with young children take their seats--though I have also seen that NOT happen. With that said, I think you're right, you do have to be cautious about ulterior motives. It comes with age and going on more dates than you care to discuss, but you start to get a sense for those who are genuinely chivalrous and those who are out for something more.
I know, Julie. One would think that with the seemingly endless ways we can all communicate with one another, it wouldn't be this difficult. At least relationship authors will still have plenty of topics to write about . . .
I couldn't have said it better myself, Sarah. Fantastic points and advice. The way to keep "old fashioned" dating around is to stop acing desperate. Just because you get a bite in the dating pool, doesn't mean it's the right one for you. Throw it back if it's not what you're looking for.
Thanks for reading, Sam! No I have not heard of this book, I will definitely have to check it out. I love the Aziz clip. A good reminder that men are just as confused as women are in terms of communicating with the opposite sex.
Well said, Nicole! I completely agree. I don't think dating and chivalry are dead, just more high-tech at this point. In terms of your "common sense" comment, I definitely agree. It reminds me of some good advice I heard on TLC's "What Not to Wear", you should be dressing for the job you want. It doesn't work perfectly in this instance, but if you want to be dating someone rather than hooking up, act like it.
Thanks for reading, Alex. The hang-out/day-date to me is much different than the casual hookup relationship. In terms of ending the date early, whatever happened to getting the random emergency phone call from a friend strategically during the date?
Great post, Lia, and I say this mainly because I experience the same issue when I am home. I'm not really sure why a response to a text message cannot wait until a car is safely parked. I'm always told to "shut up" and "stop being so uptight". I usually respond with "You already drive like a drunk Mr. Magoo and I am not dying in a car crash because you can't wait to text your boyfriend." Please note that no members of my family have ever driven drunk, but one person in particular is just not a great driver. I just don't really understand why anyone, regardless of age, thinks it's appropriate to text and drive (specially when most people still haven't mastered the driving part).
I agree with Greg. Good post and advice, Ken.
Toggle Commented Dec 19, 2012 on Make 2013 Your Year of Change at RepMan
I haven't seen the film yet. But based on your summary, as a fellow history fan/buff, Steve, this is disappointing. That would be like if in 'Titanic' the boat sailed safely to NYC . . .
Toggle Commented Nov 29, 2012 on And they lived happily ever after at RepMan
Great points, Tim. Sorry that you had such a bad experience with RadioShack, which is surprising because this is a brand that cannot afford to have bad customer service. The real question is, did you end up getting your iPhone car charger? And was your experience better at that store?
Toggle Commented Nov 29, 2012 on RadioShack is Seriously Disconnected at RepMan
Great post, Steve. Luckily it's not as easy as just signing a petition to be able to secede. I'd also be curious to see how often this happens after an election. I think in the digital age, we've enabled (for lack of an even better word) "idiots" to spread their ideas even faster, but I can't help but think that before this election people were running around with petitions to get out of the union, it just wasn't as widely known. It's always disappointing when your candidate doesn't win, but if you're not happy, that's the beauty of our government. Get more involved, start calling your congressmen about legislation, but please, petition people, stop making America look dumb.
Toggle Commented Nov 14, 2012 on The Civil War 2.0 at RepMan
Great post, Catharine. I completely agree with you and I wish some people still didn't think that what I do here at Peppercom is the same as what Samantha does. Also, she has pretty flexible hours from what I remember--I wonder how her clients like that . . .
Toggle Commented Sep 4, 2012 on The Fifth Character at RepMan
Thanks, Ken. While I can see your point, I do have to respectfully disagree. I see the attitude you are referencing in a minority of the Millennial generation, certainly not the majority. It's also an attitude that lies within every generation. Maybe that is a product of the company I surround myself with or the fact that I am technically a Millennial myself, but even in past experiences and at Peppercom, the majority of people I work and interact with in my generation do not have this "entitled" attitude. I also wonder if for many this is a "when I was your age . . ." situation, where some in the older generations just have difficulty connecting and understanding the younger folks and automatically cast a stereotype.
Toggle Commented Aug 31, 2012 on It's called enabling at RepMan
Thanks, Sam! I guess you did alright with your decisions thus far, but imagine if your brain was fully developed! You can use that as the excuse for any pitfalls. Also, your Pew score is another example of why we shouldn't try to have blanket characteristics for entire generations. As far as I'm concerned, you'll always be a Millennial!
Toggle Commented Aug 31, 2012 on It's called enabling at RepMan
Thanks for reading, Jackie! I think your point is a very good one and you're a great example of someone who works tremendously hard and are in the situation you are in (getting a little help) because of the economy. I will say I did work at a restaurant for nearly seven years (through college and a little after) and I was able to put my degree to good use. I was asked to do tasks and given roles that people didn't normally get asked to do, also offered spots on the management track all because of said degree. I don't see working in retail or at a restaurant as a "waste of a degree," I see it as an opportunity to differentiate yourself from others. The quiz is very interesting! I got a score of a 77. I'm still a Millennial.
Toggle Commented Aug 30, 2012 on It's called enabling at RepMan
Steve, I personally think there is a huge difference between providing a warm and caring childhood experience to one that leads to a sense of entitlement and a poor work ethic. Also, providing an assist is certainly not a bad thing! I'm thinking of those who mooch off their parents who think a dream job will be handed to them or don't want to do anything because of a lack of direction.
Toggle Commented Aug 30, 2012 on It's called enabling at RepMan
Great point, Goose, that's what I was also getting at. You're another example of just how wrong this article and others like it truly are.
Toggle Commented Aug 30, 2012 on It's called enabling at RepMan
So true, Lauren! And even for many out of work millennials who do need to rely on their parents, some are most definitely in this position because of the economy and not because of the general "I don't know what to do with my life" attitude. I know a few who have had trouble getting work at a local coffee shop just because of how many had applied for the position. This generation is obviously full of hardworking creative people.
Toggle Commented Aug 30, 2012 on It's called enabling at RepMan
Thank you for reading and your comment, Becky! I completely agree with you on how our parents potentially harsher upbringings have resulted in "under-discipling" a generation. I do think tend to think the majority of millennials are still hard workers and have overcome this, but this definitely explains those who are still mooching off their parents.
Toggle Commented Aug 30, 2012 on It's called enabling at RepMan
Thank you, Steve. And, I think "Generation eBabies" would be a very appropriate name.
Toggle Commented Aug 30, 2012 on It's called enabling at RepMan
Thanks, Paul. You bring up an excellent point. I myself was born in 1985 and know exactly what you are talking about. We were born at a unique time where technology was quickly evolving, but we did not have access to some of the tools of today (i.e. iPads, Facebook, Twitter, Androids, etc.) until after high school--mainly because they did not exist yet. People didn't even really have cell phones when I was in high school. I think it's very interesting that you propose altering the years included in this generation and I wouldn't argue with you on that. Even people a few years younger than us had a drastically different experience, mostly because of technology.
Toggle Commented Aug 30, 2012 on It's called enabling at RepMan
Great post, Shira. I wish our building allowed dogs in it . . . or that I had a dog to bring in.