Melvin_Blubber

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Do Locals Leave Eau Claire to Find Love?…

Melvin_Blubber

replied to: All I want to know is where to find the…

You may want to investigate the apartments above the relatively new and empty commercial units downtown. Yoga folks tend to be fairly quiet and empty stores are also notoriously quiet.

Do Locals Leave Eau Claire to Find Love?…

Melvin_Blubber

replied to: Absolutely true. That has been my…

Her attitude reveals much of the reason she cannot attract a man - she goes in with negative assumptions about men in this area. I know it's customary to insult men in the "relationship wars," but a couple things bear mentioning:

1. Women's expectations of men exceed those that men expect of women in the dating scene. This even include physical appearance, where women are more likely to rate a man unattractive than a man is likely to rate a woman unattractive.

2. You might need to consider the possibility at some point that you aren't as magnificent of a catch as your girlfriends tell you that you are. In all likelihood, you're like most of us: perfectly fine but nothing spectacular. As such, if you go in with a negative attitude about men in the area, few men will be attracted to you.

3. You also might want to consider the possibility that the things you think make you a good catch aren't the things men are looking for. In contrast to women, men don't care how tall their prospective mate is (except perhaps if we're talking 6'5"), they don't care what job you have, they don't care how "successful/ambitious (read: how much $$$ you have) nor any of the other things I've often heard women cite as reasons for why they're wonderful catches and are stunned that they're still single.

It's also interesting to note that you'll never hear a man complaining that there are no women in the area who "want to expand their experiences beyond the northwoods." And it's not because women in the area are any more likely to travel (in fact, probably less so), but rather because men would never use such a criterion to rule out a prospective date. You can move elsewhere, but you will just manufacture new, unreasonable standards by which to rule out the men there. I would just add that as you get older and keep these unreachable expectations of prospective dates, your chances are even lower. Guys who travel a lot for leisure tend to have more money. As a result of that money, they're more likely to have mates, already. Many guys would love to do more traveling. Unfortunately, more and more of them are falling through the cracks as women move ahead in the post-secondary educational system. That leads to more women having fewer date options given their unreasonable expectations. In other words, there's a smaller and smaller pool of men for women who refuse to compromise and date men who do not have higher-status jobs and do not have a lot of money.

So cute the way college kids get off buses…

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Unfortunately, it's not just college kids. Not by a longshot. Taking into account age, I will sometimes let them run into me. On the bike trail, it's a very loud "On your left!!!" with the hope of a literal "dropped call." A dirty look or a passive-aggressive "Oh, I excuse me" directed at the offender is soon forgotten. Actually running into someone or dropping the phone on the pavement are much more likely to be remembered. With any rude behavior, what you want to do is make the person think, "I'm not going to do that again because X or Y happened the last time I did and that wasn't good." In this case, it made the person embarrassed/uncomfortable or it meant that they lost something they valued.

YOU: Eau Claire Wants Your Input on…

Melvin_Blubber

replied to: i'm a pretty avid biker, and i've biked in…

Your heart is in the right place, but I will just reply like this:

1. As someone who has ridden tens of thousands of miles on my road bike, the best place to be in the street is 4-5 feet from the curb, which allows drivers to pass and enough distance from the gutters. Not out in the middle of the lane. It needlessly aggravates drivers. You have plenty of visibility at that distance. Frankly, my opinion has long been that the sorts of people who write those guides aren't people who know a whole lot about cycling. If the advice they give is to be in the middle of a lane, it's poor advice.

2. I know it sounds good to say that education is the answer, but it isn't. The sorts of drivers who will buzz you and risk hitting you aren't behaving like that because they lack education on the rules of the road, they're doing it because they're angry and they think they can get away with it. The city periodically focuses upon different street traffic concerns. At times, for instance, it's crosswalks and pedestrians. They patrol and monitor it and it produces results. The same can be produced by making cyclists a priority. Start handing out tickets and you will see results.

YOU: Eau Claire Wants Your Input on…

Melvin_Blubber

I'd like to hear one of the "get off the road!" folks share a specific instance in which they could not get around cyclists. What street or road was it and how long were they stuck behind the cyclists?

YOU: Eau Claire Wants Your Input on…

Melvin_Blubber

replied to: Hey bikers, stop riding in the middle of…

Hey drivers, stop putzing along at all other times other than when you get behind cyclists! It's difficult to get around your 1000-2000 lb. vehicle when some of us like to minimize time spent in our cars. If you go any slower, I swear the world is going to start reversing its rotation and we'll all be back in the Stone Age!

BTW, in all mydecades driving, I think I've had maybe a handful of times where I had to wait more than a few seconds to get around cyclists. It's almost always a matter of pulling 3-4 feet to the left and passing. That's entirely too much to handle for your average American driver, which is the true root of the problem here: incompetent drivers who can't handle even the most rudimentary maneuvers, like passing. Did you know that I even manage to pull it off with traffic coming the opposite way while still giving sufficient berth to the car and the cyclists? Amazing! Guess who I can't pass in town as they needlessly plug up traffic? Yeah, dude in the Prius attempting to singlehandedly manage our global fossil fuel consumption.

Check Out Conceptual Drawings for Downtown…

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replied to: There are literally like zero empty…

They've completed all these housing units in the conceptual drawings above? Like the ones where the business owners will live above their businesses in apartments?

Let me clarify that I have no doubt that you can plug college students into all available housing in the downtown. No question. I don't, however, believe that you can plug in all the folks that this project is meant to attract to the downtown. This whole project is aimed at what in days gone by would have been called the "yuppie" population. Those aren't typically the type of folks who want to live near college housing, particularly in apartments, particularly when their money goes even further in a place like EC, where a nice, large home is affordable.

Check Out Conceptual Drawings for Downtown…

Melvin_Blubber

replied to: How so?

Poshy retail shops, restaurants and housing alongside college student units aren't a recipe for stability. Those sorts of boutiques/shops come and go with more regularity than prune-juice guzzling senior, no adults I know want to live in the vicinity of college students and the restaurant industry is the restaurant industry: about the least stable industry there is. Meanwhile, we continue to tear down forests on the outskirts of the city, like at River Prairie, with even more retail shops. Is anyone buying this as a sane plan? Much like the mostly empty Haymarket Landing thirteen months after it opened, you're going to see a lot of empty business units and empty housing units downtown.

Weren't there going to be "No bike riding…

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replied to: There is a very easy solution to this. …

The situation arises most of the time because the person on foot is oblivious to the fact that other people use the trail or that other people are moving faster than they are on foot, on a bicycle, on skates or on broomstick. I've never once been "surprised" by a person on a bike because I stay to one side of the trail.

Forcing grown people who aren't on "comfort bikes" to have a dorky bell on their bikes isn't a satisfactory resolution. The satisfactory resolution is for cyclists to announce themselves and for pedestrians to speak up when someone does something unsafe. I've done it many times, whether it's been people with dogs off their leashes or others trampling down on groomed ski trails. Sometimes they apologize. Other times they get defensive, but I'll tell you what: they'll think twice about doing it again if they believe people will interrupt them from their activity and confront them. And, in advance please spare me the excuses from sheepish people who are too timid to speak up for themselves and instead come to a place like this to whine about it. Nothing beyond fines is more effective than directly confronting someone.

Northbound to Happen

Melvin_Blubber

replied to: Have to agree w? Melvin. The stand of some…

The "identity politics" segment of the Democrats has created a cult. It has its own language and all sorts of dogma you must accept. Like all cults, there are regular purges and excommunications for those who don't follow the strict party line. Eventually, they cannibalize each other.

The American Communist Party always had some sort of oath you had to take to be a member. The Libertarians never had an official one, but all their candidates basically had to announce their acceptance of the "non-aggression principle."

My rule of thumb for identifying a losing party that's going nowhere is one in which you have to do or say certain things to become a member.

Most of these histrionics we've witnessed for the past nine months has been a large exercise in cutting off your nose to spite your face for the Dems. They can't help themselves.

Northbound to Happen

Melvin_Blubber

replied to: Melvin_Blubber, you should change your…

Let's see: I support raising the minimum wage, re-instituting Glass-Steagall (I'll let you look that up), protecting Social Security from privatization, protecting public lands from being sold, single-payer...yeah...it's ridiculous for me to claim to be a Democrat.

You have a bunch of logical fallacies here. First, you use the argument from authority: "If you don't have a PhD in poli sci or economics, your idea can't be valid!" Most of the people for whom you voted and the people whose ideas you support lack such credentials. Second, you use argument by assertion: "You're wrong because I say you're wrong!" without providing any counter-evidence. Finally, you use strawman arguments. At no point did I write about "MY country." Arguing against Antifa thugs and what can best be described as the cult gives birth to Antifa and speech codes and safe spaces and microagressions quite obviously does not equate to wishing for Jim Crow, but then you already knew that before you pecked out that "talking point."

Going beyond the nonsense, I'd be interested in hearing how flooding the country with low-skilled immigrants helps the working class. I'd also be interested in how it helps the environment. As a corollary, how does it improve our quality of life as we lose more and more space to development to accommodate all these people? Thanks in advance.

Northbound to Happen

Melvin_Blubber

replied to: "why can't you stupid people see what's…

It's not a twist of any sort...it's precisely what has been repeated by candidates and talking heads for years. I generally subscribe to Dem positions on regulation of the economy. Where the Dems miss the boat is in their support of more immigration. The working class is not served by bringing in more and more unskilled labor with which to compete. It's no mystery why the elites love it: they benefit from this system, whether it's their cheap au pair or the extra profits they can make on the back of these immigrants. Nevermind the insanity of our current immigration system which will put us at half a billion people by the end of the century at this rate. It's unsustainable environmentally. But I can't express how tone deaf it is to project this message that if you're here illegally and you haven't killed anyone, we're going to offer you services, partially subsidized by our working poor and lower-middle class citizens. How in the world do we think American citizens just scraping by will react to this sort of policy? Between that, the absolutist position on abortion rights that is gospel within the party and gun control, this is why you see that massive ocean of red across 80% of the country when you look at the voting maps by county.

And let's not kid ourselves here: there is massive "duping" perpetrated by both parties against a voting populace that is unusually ignorant and uninformed. You can cite particular nonsense that the right believes and they can justifiably respond with the "gender pay gap" and all sorts of nonsense perpetuated by Dem candidates that is sheer baloney.

All my life I've been accused of being a contrarian. The idea that I am repulsed by people rejecting my ideas is comical. To the contrary: I've always thrived on that.

"Backwards" is subjective in this context. Limiting free speech, as the left is, sadly, pushing more and more, is regressive and taking us backwards. Defining people by their superficial characteristics, which has become an obsession on the left with their knee-jerk "privilege" piffle, is also regressive and destructive. (The campuses with the most racial strife are precisely those in which the thought police and diversity-indoctrination industry are strongest.)

Northbound to Happen

Melvin_Blubber

replied to: Triggered much Melvin_Blubber? I guess we…

Yep, a "tea bagger" who voted for Bernie. Apparently, if you value free speech and dislike violence, you're a right-winger. Nothing has been more politically disconcerting than the reaction by the left to Trump's election. I'm left wondering what happened to the true liberals who valued free speech, did not look down upon working people, loved the basic precepts of western civilization and generally embraced the idea of judging people as individuals rather than basing their assessments of based upon their membership in self-defined oppressed groups. I could go on for eight days straight with all my beefs with the GOP, but I'm not a GOPer and it's more disturbing when my party goes down the path it's going. I would think just what's happened to the party here in Wisconsin would serve as some sort of lesson for all Dems, but there's nary a scintilla of self-evaluation, just more of: "Why can't you stupid people see what's good for you?!?!" How's that working for them?

Northbound to Happen

Melvin_Blubber

replied to: I can see where K_J is coming from. I…

I say we protest. Is there a local chapter of Antifa available for some peaceful picketing. I feel as if downtown EC is no longer a "safe space."

Northbound to Happen

Melvin_Blubber

replied to: So . . . are we not supposed to notice the…

It's readily apparent whom the "fragile" individual is in this discussion.

Haymarket Landing area should be a popular…

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replied to: I don't think the empty spaces there still…

Barbara: it's been a year now. We're well past "immediately." One tenant? Do you honestly believe a business would hesitate to snap up prime commercial space and risk losing it to someone else because of construction?

We'll be here next year in mostly the same situation, with the same excuses offered. Such are the symptoms of this Ostrich Syndrome.