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  • Tried talking to cute girl, failed...did I hurt her?

    So at the library, a cute young lady sits nearby working away on her laptop with headphones on. After I was done, I mustered the courage to cross the room, hoping to transpire a human moment to just lay the innocent line -you're pretty. I tapped her on her shoulder but she was in the middle of doing something and gave me the index finger to wait. After probably 10-20 seconds, I jumped from the boat and gave her the "never mind" and walked away, smiling embarrassed, shaking my head regretful. I didn't think my little line was worth her stopping her work. I know it's frustrating and I regret it but the wait killed the moment and I panicked. How would you feel in this situation?

    Do you think she's hurt from my failed effort? Confused? Bitter next time we chance meet again? Curious, wondering what this crazy guy wanted to say?

    2 AnswersSingles & Dating8 years ago
  • Can user input resolve the aging public infrastructure problem in America?

    By engaging the general public to report on aging airport ramps, bridge substructures, local roads, deteriorating subways, water pipes, school and municipal buildings, and others couldn't we turn such targeted issues into tangible projects for construction and engineering firms? Couldn't we galvanize public managers and policymakers to turn attention to our facilities?

    So sites like InfraInput.org, SeeClickFix.com, and CitySourced.com should be useful tools for input?

    2 AnswersGovernment9 years ago
  • Can I get a second chance to approach her and make my move?

    So I'm digging this college girl who works in a certain library. We exchange smiles/looks and I gave her a compliment some weeks back ("you're very pretty" and nothing else). The other day she was sitting at a receptionist desk by the entrance bored. I come in, smile at her, she says "hi", I say "hey" and continue on quickly. Now, I'm beating myself up, regretting not approaching her when I did to start a small convo. Can I try again or has the moment passed?

    There's an R&B singer, Aaliyah, who you may remember who sang "If at first you don't succeed, you can dust yourself off and try again, try again..." Can I or will I be annoying her?

    3 AnswersSingles & Dating9 years ago
  • What is the cheapest way to move my belongings?

    Right now, I have my bedroom furniture (twin bed, desk, bookshelves, 3ft. dresser), books, dishes, papers and clothes in storage. I am in the process of relocating out-of-town. What is the cheapest way to move these items? Considering Budget and UHaul, I haven't drove in a long while, so I don't quite trust my driving ability.

    1 AnswerPacking & Preparation1 decade ago
  • Are we living in a time of spiritual malnutirition and existential emptiness?

    Dr. Cornel West, the public intellectual and professor of religious studies at Princeton University, attributes social inequalities, rampant loneliness and unhappiness among people as a response to market moralities (profit maximization, cost/benefit, rational-choice, technology advance), the eroding systems of caring and nurturing, and human beings cut off from their source as spiritual beings -here for the love of their fellow brethren and the passionate drive to create rather than compete. Does anyone agree to this assertion? Responses would be appreciated.

    9 AnswersPhilosophy1 decade ago
  • Is anyone concerned with the blatant consumerism in our music videos?

    It seems hip-hop artists today are seeking to promote clothing, jewelry, and automobile fetishism in their videos. Not to mention the high-class braided hair, finely cut tape lines, and other stylized grooming fix-ups. Any artist can now be seen with several different edited cuts of themselves in the same music video with a wide range and assortment of clothing. The big names who practice this include: Nelly, Ludacris, Akon, R.Kelly, Jay-Z, Usher, 50 Cent...and the list goes on. Take for instance R. Kelly's and Usher's latest video "Same girl." Does R.Kelly really need to ride in his own private jet (think about the wasted allocation of energy, resources, and costs aimed solely for one person)? Do the two really need to play in an indoor basketball court hinting at a spacious mansion? Why not shoot around at the local park? Is the sole intention of these videos for artists to show off their richness even though it starkly differs from the actual lives of their "beloved" audiences?

    1 AnswerOther - Entertainment1 decade ago
  • Does anyone know the real reason behind the Minnesota bridge collapse?

    The collapsed bridge is a living testimony to the lacking public infrastructure in our country; where some economists have come to term it as the "private affluence and public squalor." With vast money and resources being concentrated in private markets, public resources have been heavily curtailed. Public schools are old and crumbling, with teachers, firefighters, and policeman paid at extremely low wages; streets are terrible, parks/playgrounds are dirty and littered, and BRIDGES ARE DECAYING! Public funds for recreation, social services, arts have been cut. It's no wonder why a Barnes and Noble is beautifully furnished, while our old, public libraries are decayed and musty; or why lavishly designed automobiles must drive through congested traffic jams and on unmaintained roads. What's happening in Minnesota is a result of this phenomenon. Until we find a way to balance expenditures in both private and public markets, there will be other unfortunate consequences.

    12 AnswersCurrent Events1 decade ago
  • This is a GRE question: a dealer gives a 25 percent discount on the list price of a radio and still makes?

    a 40 percent profit on the cost of the radio. If the cost of the radio is $30, then what is the list price of the radio?

    5 AnswersMathematics1 decade ago