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Ghost Stories

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Since it is Halloween we thought today we should talk about ghost stories! Guy and Kathie Clauson tell Philly.com that their Pottstown, Pennsylvania home is haunted. She says the 1870 Victorian house is included on Zillow’s list of “Real Life Haunted Houses For Sale”. “It’s very weird; it’s hard to explain. It’s almost feels like you have someone watching over you in a weird way. We have spotted dark figures, heard strange noises, and seen doors open, faucets run and lights flicker. Things were thrown, doors were slammed. A speaker hit my husband, and a door flew into his back when there was no breeze or anything.” Guy tells the paper: “Initially we just thought it was an old house with bad lighting and wiring. I came home one day and the house felt cold. I walked up to the second floor, and saw the door to the deck off the bedroom was wide open, and there was snow pouring in the house. I then heard a loud noise of running water, so I walked into the bathroom and both facets were turned all the way on.” London's Chiltern Railways has hired a ''supernatural liaison officer" to deal with a haunted train station. Nick Rees says passengers and staffers have seen ghosts. He says the spirits respect him. "I get on with people and I can make anyone smile. I suppose that's why I can go about my duties as a supernatural liaison officer. I respect them and they respect me. One of the haunted areas is a disused basement on platform three which has a partially blocked off staircase that seemingly leads to nowhere. The other area is the upstairs office building where staff regularly see and hear things including doors slamming and electrical equipment turning on and off."
 
Slacker thinks even though Steve does not believe in ghosts he thinks he has the best ghost story. Slacker loves Steve’s ghost story!
 
Steve thinks ghosts do not exist. Steve has a great Uncle Dan who always gave Steve cold Hershey bars. Steve went with his dad to his uncle’s house which had no power in the blazing hot summer a week after the family had cleaned out the house. Steve’s dad was the only one with the keys to the house. They got to the house and his dad opened the freezer door and found something that stricken him with fear. His dad dropped whatever was in the freezer and hustled Steve out of the house. Steve did not find out what was in the freezer until his dad was on his death bed. His dad had found Hershey bars that were still cool to the touch. Steve thinks there is an explanation.
 
What are your ghost stories and experiences?
 
My house is haunted. I have had a ton of experiences in my house since I was little. A woman had died in my house right before my parents purchased the house and I see her all the time walking around my house. She is tricky though. Sometimes during the night my drawers will be pulled out and I’ll find them in the morning. Sometimes things fly off the shelf. Sometimes she pokes you or strokes your hair. To all the skepticals out there are more than welcome to come stay a night at my house.   
 
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Intern Madison
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OPP: Boyfriend Doesn't Believe My Cramps

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Today’s OPP is from Allison!
My boyfriend, Tom, can be a really sweet and sensitive guy. But when it comes to "women's issues," he really misses the mark. We like to do really physical stuff on the weekends like hiking, swimming and mountain biking. But when I get hit with really bad cramps, I can't even get out of bed. The problem is made worse by Tom who accuses me of being lazy and making up excuses. How do I convince him that cramps are REAL and that when I say I can't get up, I'm not joking around?? –Alison
 
Slacker asks, “Are cramps real?” He thinks that women’s “stuff” freaks guys out but the cramps that come with “that time of the month” are used as excuses way too often. Slacker found an article that said pregnancy cravings are not real and women use that to not feel guilty for eating unhealthy and he wants to know, “Is PMS the same thing for getting out of things?”
 
Steve says, “Cramps are real but they can also be used for an excuse from time to time.” Steve thinks if the cramps are that bad she needs to go get some help. “Cramps are not always real” Steve says.

What can Allison do to convince her boyfriend that her cramps are real? 

I think Allison needs to sit down and slowly explain the menstrual cycle and the symptoms that come along with it to her boyfriend because cramping is definitely a real issue. 
 
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Intern Madison
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Fears

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According to a recent survey the biggest fear American’s share is the fear of walking alone at night. The second biggest fear Americans have is the identity theft followed by safety on the internet, being the victim of a mass shooting, public speaking. Tornado’s and hurricanes were Americans biggest disaster fear. Most of what we are all afraid of never kills us, such as Ebola. Ebola has been a huge recent scare across America but only one person has actually died from the virus in the United States. Most people are afraid of snakes or spiders but very rarely do they kill people. Knowing the statistics of yearly deaths from these average and ordinary fears may change your mind.
 
Slacker does not understand why people are afraid of planes. Planes never crash. Slacker is afraid of the Pillsbury containers that you have to peel and twist to pop the can. He thinks maybe he should start throwing the cans against the wall. He has to open the crescent rolls weekly because his children love them. He compares the Pillsbury cans to grenades. Clowns, white and creamy things, cotton balls, and wood in your mouth all makes Slacker’s fear and phobia list.
 
Steve does not understand why people are afraid of the dark because your eyes can adjust eventually. He was afraid of his older pc computer’s browser history of getting out.
 
Lil D hates the tool that is used to blow air in your eyes at the eye doctor.
 
What are your biggest fears and phobias?
 
I am extremely afraid of heights. Except I am willing and open to go sky diving or hiking a huge cliff. The adrenalin rush of conquering my fear of heights is exhilarating.  
 
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Intern Madison
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I Love You Fails

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We found an article on reddit.com that explains what not to say when someone uses those three little words.
20 Things You Should Never Say When Someone Says 'I Love You'
From an Ask Reddit thread...
1. "Take it back' was said the other day to my friend's face.
2. "'Wait...why?' I'm sad to say that I'm the owner of this response."
3. "And I love spending time with you!"
4. "My ex said 'thank you' and that was it. Shame ensued. There were a few moments of silence which I broke by saying 'juuuuuust kiddinggggggg' in a shaky, trying-not-to-cry voice and then we broke up a few days later."
5. "'Thank you' is bad, but the worst has to be 'thank you?' stated as a question, dragged out in an awkward way, so their response is actually more like, 'Why are you saying that? What am I supposed to say back? Am I supposed to be happy? Well, that's not how I actually feel and now you ruined this relationship.'"
6. "I love me, too!"
7. "I'm sorry."
8. "'Oh....no.' The tone of her voice sounded more disappointed than anything else. Sad day for me."
9. "Yeah, you're not too bad yourself."
10. "Awesome sauce."
11. "Via text: 'K' In person: 'I love you too, like a brother/sister.' On the phone: '-dial tone-' Webcam: 'Your session has ended.'"
12. "In ninth grade, some girl said 'I love you' in front of a group of 8-10 of us. The guy replied, 'You want fries with that?' Devastating."
13. "That's... sweet."
14. "'I wish I loved you."
15. "Woah, I thought this was just physical."
16. "But I don't love you."
17. "Laughing. One of my close friends told me he loved me and always had. I laughed. I
thought he was joking. He wasn't... He looked so crushed."
18. "I know how you feel; I love someone, too."
19. "Aww, crap."
20. "'The feeling is mutual.' I was 13, she was 12, it lasted a month and now we're both gay. At least something was mutual.”
 
Slacker was forced by friends to say, “I love you” to his wife at a party. Slacker’s entire proposal and marriage was scripted by his friends he says.
 
Steve thinks that if you do respond with, “I love you” your face will still blow it. When people say “I love you” to Steve he pats them on the head and says “thank you.” He thinks saying those three words are concreate.
 
What are your “I love you” fails and responses?
 
Whenever I receive an unexpected and unwanted “I love you” I always respond with “Olive Juice” no matter works.
 
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Intern Madison
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Pathetic Proposals

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A 22 year old student at a China university burned his school down after proposing to girlfriend using fireworks. After his girlfriend was a no show he decided to light the fireworks off anyway hoping she would see the giant display. The fireworks first let the grass then progressed to the building. The administration is trying to find a way to punish him. The man did eventually propose to his girlfriend but her parents told her to stay away from him because “he can’t even ask me to marry him without causing a massive hoo-ha.” 25 year old Ryan Jarvis from Vermont proposed to his girlfriend then went immediately to jail after stealing the 1-carat white gold ring from Zales jewelry store. The police found the stolen ring after a picture of it was posted on Facebook. His fiancé changed her mind and told all women to “run; don’t walk away from the loser.” Shane popped the question to his girlfriend on a boat. How romantic right? It was all romantic until he dropped the ring over board. The ring was not recovered. A man proposed to his girlfriend at a popular haunted house called the 13th Floor surrounded by zombies. Nick Showman dragged his girlfriend Steph Knolland who is extremely terrified of clowns into the haunted mansions and popped the question after a zombie delivered the engagement ring on a foam finger. Steph said yes.

Slacker hates over the top marriage proposals especially the guy who saved money since he was 12 years old to make his engagement a spectacular event.

Steve thinks that the guy who burnt down his school on accident by proposing to his girlfriend with fireworks is romantic and her parents should let the two get married.

What are your pathetic proposal stories?

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Intern Madison
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OPP: Fell Off the Wagon

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Julie and her husband have been together for over three years and they have a child together. Before Julie and her husband got married her husband had a bad drug addiction. Julie gave him an ultimatum, “It’s me or the drugs.” She told him if he ingested one more drug in his body she will leave him and until recently he has not. Julie heard from her friend that both of their husbands had smoked some weed together. Julie is confused on if she should stay with him and roll the dice again and hope this will not escalate or stick to her original plan and leave him.

Slacker is confused on what she should do but he does say, “It’s just pot. It’s from the earth and is natural.” Slacker thinks either she stays with her husband because they have a child together or she leaves him because her child does not deserve a drug addict as a parent. If she threatens him again with leaving Slacker thinks he would not get clean for himself but for her and their child.

Steve says, “Addicts have to change for themselves and never for anyone else.” Steve thinks her husband has had a good run and is still having a good run at staying mostly drug free. He thinks that Julie should not have to babysit her husband however and that he wants to give her husband the benefit of the doubt but smoking pot can make him slip back into his drug habit. Steve thinks Julie has to follow through with her original plan.

Should Julie stay or leave?

I think Julie should wait and see. Not make any immediate decisions on staying or leaving. Smoking a little bit of pot can either be huge and can make a person relapse or it can be just something that is not that big of a deal. I would wait and monitor him for at least three monts and see how he progressing.

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GMD: BFF Dating Duel

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Holly and Brandi have been best friends since kindergarten. Holly just recently broke up with her boyfriend of eight months and Brandi decided she liked him and wants to start dating him. Holly is upset because she believes in the long standing “bro-code” which is the rule to never date your friend’s exes. Brandi does not understand why she is mad because Holly is the one who broke up with him. Neither one can see eye to eye and their friendship is in a standstill.
 
Slacker asked Holly, “Would you really throw away years of friendship over a situation like this?” Holly said she is unsure. Slacker says the answer to solving this issue is by Holly deciding who is more important to her. He was shocked by the way these “best friends” were talking to each other. Slacker says, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
 
Steve believes in the bro code concepts. “Bros before hoes is the way to go” Steve says. Steve thinks that Holy’s ex- boyfriend is public property now so he is fair game to any woman that is interested in him.
 
Whose side are you on?
 
I am on Holly’s side. If my best friend of 10 years started dating my ex I would be livid because from a young age you are taught the bro code. Ex-boyfriends are always off limits. Its disrespectful to start dating your friend’s ex.
 
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Gross Parenting Things

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Lil' D's daughter was not feeling so well this morning and had to puke. Instead of letting her puke all over the floor Lil' D did the natural thing as a parent and put out his hands. Here is a list we found that talks all about gross parenting things! 
The Weirdest, Creepiest and Grossest Things Parents Do
Everything changes when you have a baby, and that includes your threshold for creepy, gross and weird behaviors. Not from other people, mind you, but from yourself!
Parents do some weird stuff that suddenly becomes completely acceptable because they have a child. Here are the weirdest, creepiest and grossest things parents do:
• Saving baby teeth and locks of hair: Not normal if you don't have kids, but if you do, it somehow becomes a sentimental, sweet act!    
• Calling your partner "mom" or "dad" when the kids aren't around: It's one of those things you swear you will never do before you have kids and then before you know it, you never say your spouse's name anymore ... even in public!   
• Sniffing a baby's butt to check their diaper: It's gross, but somehow isn't if it's your own kid. It is to everyone else, though!
• Taking photos of your kid's first potty training success: Parents, if you want to do this, fine – just please, keep it off of social media.           
• Picking your kid's nose: GROSSSSS!
• Eating your kid's leftover food: Even after they have mashed it with their grubby hands and drooled all over it.
• Using the word "potty" when you are out with your adult friends: It's the ladies room, not the potty.
• Spit cleaning your child's face: It grossed you out when your mom did it to you – don't subject your children to this torture!
 
Slacker tells Steve thank God you are not a parent.  Slacker’s kid had started to eat something and mashed it up in their mouth but then spit it up so he caught it and then ate the regurgitated food.  Slacker says it’s a must to put your nose up to diapers to smell if they did their business.
 
Steve says this exactly why he does not have kids. Steve does not know why parents’ use spit to clean their kid’s faces when they could get water and clean it because there is water everywhere. Diapers that turn blue to let parents know when their kid has had a mess, Steve said that is like the Coors Light cans that have the mountains turn blue when the beer is cold.
 
Lil’D says, his daughter’s puke went 90 miles an hour out of her face. He says he only caught a handful and it went everywhere, all over him, all over her, all over the bed, and all over the floor. The worst part Lil D says that she only had milk so it smelled horrendous. He told Steve he would probably  be a “big daddy” parent.
 
What are your gross parenting stories?
 
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Intern Madison
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Viva la CHOAD

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Indiana veteran, wife battle homeowners association over Old Glory
An elderly veteran and his wife say there’s “absolutely no way” the flagpole outside their Indiana home is coming down, despite threats from a homeowners association — and a local prosecutor intends to back them in court if necessary. The couple was first told in early September that the freestanding patriotic display wasn’t welcome since it wasn’t mounted to the home. Actress Sarah Jessica Parker has come under fire from a homeowners association after she staged a photoshoot for her shoe line on the steps of the house that featured in her hit TV show "Sex and The City". The property on Perry Street in Manhattan is frequently visited by fans, who wish to see where Parker's character Carrie Bradshaw lived, and the owners have erected signs in a bid to keep them off the steps. Parker returned to the building earlier this month to stage a photoshoot for her footwear brand, placing the shoes on the steps and posting pictures of them on her Instagram. However, the stunt has infuriated the local homeowners association, who claim the actress failed to obtain proper permission to gain access to the steps. If you own a luxurious condo and want to make some easy money, you can rent out your unit for a weekend via popular sites like Airbnb, Craigslist and Vacation Rentals By Owner. Just don’t let your Homeowners Association find out or you could be writing them an even bigger check. That’s what happened to Thomas Stevens, who in July paid The Mark Condominium Association more than $106,000 after a Superior Court judge ruled that he continually violated the opulent downtown building’s regulations by renting out his 19th floor unit on a nightly and weekend basis, something Stevens says he only did once

Slacker says HOA only comes into play is when they want to play God. He thinks Sarah Jessica Parker should always be welcome to have a photoshoot on the steps of her Sex and the City apartment. Slacker has caught an HOA member trying to take pictures of his trash can. He knows people who have gotten fined 1,500 dollars for now fine cutting their grass.

Steve says that he has had to deal with the HOA twice. Once when his tree in the front yard was dead and then again for his grass being dead as well. Steve claims that he knows all the tips and tricks on how to avoid the HOA.

What are your HOA horror stories? 

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Intern Madison
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OPP: Dying of Cancer

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Teddy has stage four cancer and is expected not to live a long life as he had hoped for. Teddy has not told his girlfriend or family members that he has cancer. He does not want to be treated differently or “babied.” Now he is thinking that when they do find out that he has cancer they will be so mad and hate him forever. He is stuck in a sticky situation of to tell or not to tell?

Slacker does not know what to think. He says when it comes down to it he would tell his family and friends because it would be hard for him to not share that life changing information. Slacker says, “There is no right answer to this situation.” Slacker thinks that if he did not tell his family and friend's that he is dying from cancer they would be absolutely devastated. 

Steve says he understands why Teddy is not telling anyone because when Teddy was sharing his story he and Slacker both started speaking in a “hush” tone. Steve does not think Teddy is being selfish and if he were in the same position he would do the same think. Steve thinks we should all respect how people want to continuing living before they pass away. 

What do you think Teddy should do? Tell or not tell?

I think Teddy should inform his loved ones but explain he does not want to be treated differently. It is important to give the loved ones time to love him extra before he passes away.

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Intern Madison
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