People are more attractive when they are independent

first_imgPeople think my Australian accent is cool, but I think people with accents from Texas are way hotter. There is one Southern Belle who will forever plague this love columnist’s soul. I call her the green-eyed monster. I met this G.E.M. (green-eyed monster) at a church in Houston. last year. As she hurried in late to the church service, she walked up to me and asked me if the seat next to me was taken. “Giiiirl,” I thought, “this seat is most definitely not taken. How about you? Are you?” Now, why is she a green-eyed monster? Well. Her eyes had this enchanting spell around them that made you feel like you were in love. I felt like I was being seen for the first time. This G.E.M. was an aromatic linguini pasta drizzled in beautiful, green pesto sauce. She had the most beautiful, deep green eyes that complemented her lightning blonde hair, and she had an illustrious shine to her personality that made her a most-prized treasure. I somehow bamboozled my way into hanging out with her for the rest of that day. By the end of the day, I kid you not, I wasn’t even that into how hot she was, but I was way more attracted to her personality. I’m sure I’ll get many eyerolls for this, but I’m dead serious. She had this confidence and inner alignment within herself that was out of this world. Simply said, I was infatuated. But as history has played out for this ironically single-as-the-last-Pringle love columnist, all good things must come to an end. But hey, at least it makes for fun love articles, am I right? So I slid in the question. “Green-eyed monster, are you seeing anyone right now?” To my surprise, the 19-year-old had just been proposed to and was now engaged. Hearing this from this G.E.M. definitely felt like that scene in Superman vs. Batman where Batman unveils his Kryptonite. I was weak. Now friends, quick timeout. I was not weak because I felt entitled as a man to her affection. I was not weak because I felt like I had been “friend zoned” and was only talking to her so I could ‘get it’ as some childish people feel. I was weak because there was something about the way she carried herself that was so damn magnetic. Um, of course it doesn’t hurt that she was hot, but I have met many who others I would call physically attractive who are super inwardly repulsive. But the girl had a freakin’ fiancé. What?! Why does this always happen?! So many of the women I find myself attracted to are in relationships. And one more timeout (I don’t sport, is it even allowed to have two of them in the same game?). This is not the “Oh, you want what you can’t have” problem. I didn’t even know these women were in relationships. And it’s also not because all of the single people out there are not good enough for attraction and all the demanded ones are taken or not available. You see, I have seen marked shifts in the way the same people hold themselves when they are out of relationships. And these are huge generalizations I know, but within the bell-curve of intuitive qualitative pattern recognition us NF’s on the MBTI are cursed with — I mean, gifted — I find an interesting observation that all can benefit from: people who try to attract others by denying themselves are not that attractive. I think this makes so much sense. People already in relationships and people who don’t feel like they need someone else are more comfortable being themselves. And that is so much more magnetic than the tumbleweed following wherever the wind goes. Picture a person being told, “I hate rap music.” A person who is too accommodating and wanting to please others will probably respond, “well, I guess there are some songs in the genre I don’t really like all the time. But a person who is centered on who they are is quick to reply, “Woah. You are so wrong for feeling that way. Let me show you some epic tunes.” Which do you think would be more attractive, all held equal? So friends, when you are out there on the prowl and you got a boo in your sights, rather than try to be who you think they want you to be, find your specific edge and shout it freakin’ loud. Find your center and don’t try to fit the mold because you’ll end up being a boring and unattractive individual. Trust me. And before you know it, who knows, maybe you’ll have people calling you their [insert color here]-eyed monster. This is pretty obvious. But it’s not observed. We all know this to be true deep down, but we don’t do it. So let’s do it. UPDATE: G.E.M. is no longer engaged. Yo boy ready to slide into them DMs after an appropriate amount of time. Till next-next week, friends. Bye!Samuel Sunito is a junior majoring in business administration.  His column, “Love and Other Things,” runs every other Friday.last_img read more

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Angels’ woes continue against Rays with 8-3 loss

first_imgBy then Tampa Bay had already forced Scioscia to tap into his bullpen.Tropeano allowed a solo home run to Upland High product Daniel Robertson in the second inning of a scoreless game. In the third inning, Tropeano pitched to four batters after recording the second out. Ramos homered, and the next three batters singled. The Angels trailed 4-0 and Noe Ramirez was forced to put out the fire.Tropeano allowed six hits, walked three batters and was charged with four runs, all earned. His earned-run average swelled from 3.64 to 4.45.Ramirez didn’t allow a run in the fourth inning, passing the torch to Cam Bedrosian to begin the fifth. Ramos greeted Bedrosian with a home run, his second of the game. A walk and two singles later, Bedrosian was headed for the showers and the Rays led 6-0.The Angels answered with two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Both came on a single by Andrelton Simmons, who batted second for the first time on a day off for Ian Kinsler.Up 6-2, Tampa Bay used a squeeze bunt to score another run in the seventh inning. Trout’s home run in the eighth inning made it 7-3, but Field knocked in a run against Eduardo Paredes in the ninth inning to provide the final score.The Rays were planning to throw a bullpen game on Saturday, beginning with veteran relief pitcher Sergio Romo. They probably needed a long outing from Snell and they got one. The left-hander allowed two runs in 6-2/3 innings, while Chaz Roe and Jonny Venters recorded the final seven outs.The Angels were not planning to throw a bullpen game Friday, and Scioscia didn’t rule out the possibility of bringing up a relief pitcher from the minor leagues to bolster their coverage.Andrew Heaney will start Saturday. He was the last Angels pitcher to win a game, and he needed a brilliant eight-inning, one-run effort to beat Houston. The left-hander said it was probably the best start of his career.The Angels would have needed a similarly sterling start from Tropeano to win Friday. Outfielder Justin Upton, who was still nursing a sore left hand after being hit by a pitch Thursday, joined Kinsler on the bench. The Angels batted 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base.Hermosillo followed his historic first hit with three strikeouts, finishing 1 for 4. What did he think of big league pitching?“Oh man,” Hermosillo said, leaning back in a chair at his locker. “Obviously, definitely, impressive. But I’m here to compete against them, so I’ll try to do my best.” PreviousLos Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (27) gives autographs prior to a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Friday, May 18, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Angels’ Mike Trout hits a solo home run in the eighth inning of Friday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays, ending his career-worst 21-at-bat hitless streak. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 18: Nick Tropeano #35 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches in the first inning of the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Angel Stadium on May 18, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsANAHEIM, CA – MAY 18: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim leaps but can’t come up with the ball on a two run home run by Wilson Ramos #40 of the Tampa Bay Rays in the third inning of the game at Angel Stadium on May 18, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 18: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim leaps but can’t come up with the ball on a two run home run by Wilson Ramos #40 of the Tampa Bay Rays in the third inning of the game at Angel Stadium on May 18, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 18: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim leaps but can’t come up with the ball on a two run home run by Wilson Ramos #40 of the Tampa Bay Rays in the third inning of the game at Angel Stadium on May 18, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 18: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim leaps but can’t come up with the ball on a two run home run by Wilson Ramos #40 of the Tampa Bay Rays in the third inning of the game at Angel Stadium on May 18, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 18: Blake Snell #4 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches in the third inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on May 18, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 18: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim doubles in the second inning of the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Angel Stadium on May 18, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 18: A wild pitch by Blake Snell #4 of the Tampa Bay Rays allows Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to take third as he beats the throw to Christian Arroyo #21 of the Tampa Bay Rays in the fourth inning of the game at Angel Stadium on May 18, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, left, of Japan, talks with Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Joey Wendle as he stands on second during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 18, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, left, of Japan, talks with Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Joey Wendle as he stands on second during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 18, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Johnny Field makes a catch on a ball hit by Los Angeles Angels’ Chris Young during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, May 18, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Johnny Field catches a ball hit by Los Angeles Angels’ Chris Young during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, May 18, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Johnny Field looks at his glove after catching a ball hit by Los Angeles Angels’ Chris Young during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, May 18, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels right fielder Michael Hermosillo makes a catch on a foul ball hit by Los Angeles Angels’ Rene Rivera during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, May 18, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 18: Michael Hermosillo #56 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim makes a catch in foul territory off a ball hit by C.J. Cron #44 of the Tampa Bay Rays on the first inning of the game at Angel Stadium on May 18, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Nick Tropeano throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Friday, May 18, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 18: Zack Cozart #7 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim doubles in the fifth inning of the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Angel Stadium on May 18, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 18: As Christian Arroyo #21 of the Tampa Bay Rays scores from third as Martin Maldonado #12 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is charged with a missed catch error in the seventh inning at Angel Stadium on May 18, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 18: As Christian Arroyo #21 of the Tampa Bay Rays scores from third as Martin Maldonado #12 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is charged with a missed catch error in the seventh inning at Angel Stadium on May 18, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 18: As Christian Arroyo #21 of the Tampa Bay Rays scores from third as Martin Maldonado #12 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is charged with a missed catch error in the seventh inning at Angel Stadium on May 18, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 18: Starting pitcher Nick Tropeano #35 gets a pat from Martin Maldonado #12 as he is pulled from the game by manager Mike Scioscia #14 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the third inning of the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Angel Stadium on May 18, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, May 18, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, right, of Japan, hits a double as Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos watches during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, May 18, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, runs to first as he hits a double during the second inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Friday, May 18, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Tampa Bay Rays’ Daniel Robertson gestures before scoring after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, May 18, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Tampa Bay Rays’ Wilson Ramos, right, is congratulated by Daniel Robertson after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, May 18, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Tampa Bay Rays’ Daniel Robertson is congratulated after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, May 18, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Tampa Bay Rays’ Joey Wendle, left, is tagged out at second by Los Angeles Angels second baseman Zack Cozart while trying to stretch a single into a double during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 18, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, swings and misses during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Friday, May 18, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)A fan holds up a sign for Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, as he comes up to bat during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Friday, May 18, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Jonny Venters throws to the plate during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Friday, May 18, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout hits a solo home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Friday, May 18, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (27) gives autographs prior to a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Friday, May 18, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Angels’ Mike Trout hits a solo home run in the eighth inning of Friday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays, ending his career-worst 21-at-bat hitless streak. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 34The Angels’ Mike Trout hits a solo home run in the eighth inning of Friday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays, ending his career-worst 21-at-bat hitless streak. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)ExpandANAHEIM — Martin Maldonado sat next to a portable plastic basketball hoop with an undersized rim, counting.Mike Trout kept shooting a small rubber basketball, and he kept missing – one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine. According to the ad hoc rules of clubhouse basketball, Trout had one shot left. He sank it, ending the pregame tomfoolery version of a long national nightmare.Back on the main stage, the Angels lost 8-3 to the Tampa Bay Rays. Trout extended the longest hitless streak of his career to 21 at-bats before hitting a solo home run in his final at-bat of the game.Trout also leaped in pursuit of a Wilson Ramos home run in the third inning, only to watch the ball glance off the webbing of his glove, off the top of the center-field wall, and into a green thicket for a home run. Another shot taken, another missed. “I’m not sure if it was the farthest ball I’ve hit, but I guess that kind of proves that I am improving all aspects of my hitting,” Ohtani said through his interpreter.In BP, he added, “I try to hit a home run every pitch, whether it’s right, center or left field – all fields.”Later, in his first plate appearance, Ohtani doubled against Snell to begin the second inning. But he was stranded at third base when Rays right fielder Johnny Field dove to catch a sinking line drive, ending the inning. Michael Hermosillo began the third inning by pounding a double to left field in his first major league at-bat. The rookie outfielder drew a round of applause from the announced crowd of 40,067, which he figured included at least a dozen friends or family. But Hermosillo was stranded at second base when Trout watched a two-strike fastball whiz over the inside corner of Manny Gonzalez’s strike zone, ending the inning.center_img Between a lineup that mustered only six hits against Blake Snell and two relievers, and a disastrous 2-2/3-inning start by Nick Tropeano, the Angels did not have the threads to piece together a win.Their fourth straight loss left the Angels with a 25-20 record, 3-1/2 games behind the Houston Astros for first place in the American League West. The Angels were in a virtual tie for first after beating the Astros on Monday. Now they’re in third place, a half-game behind the Seattle Mariners.“I think there’s a lot of things happening right now,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “We’ve faced some good arms, but these guys are talented enough we should be able to do a little bit better than we’ve been doing these last 10 days. And they know that.”Friday’s disjointed effort included brief glimpses of greatness.During batting practice, Shohei Ohtani hit a baseball against the right-field scoreboard, whose base sits approximately 500 feet from home plate. The Angels had never attempted to calculate the distance from home plate to the facade of the 49-foot tall display because no player had ever hit a baseball against it. An official distance is expected Saturday. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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