Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Ignorance is STILL bliss

One of my peeps has worked in OBGYN for many, many years. Luckily for me she is pretty tight lipped. I am easily grossed out by even a light-hearted reference to genital warts. Bleck! Anyway, my peep told me that the latest trend in teenage girls is to soak tampons in alcohol and then insert them. Apparently, the mucus membrane absorbs the alcohol and they get “drunk” without ever swallowing any alcohol.

There are many things that crossed my mind when I heard this story, but the overwhelming theme was, “SICK!” I’m so glad I am over 21 and satisfied with consuming alcohol the old fashioned way – down the hatch! After a little google search I learned that this practice has been around since the 90’s and can be adapted to work for men as well. SICK! Yet another thing I did not want to know!

So what does this have to do with dating? Thankfully not much where I am concerned. However, I realized this weekend that I really do prefer to frame my worldview with a Pollyanna mindset and to live with a simplistic view of otherwise complex social problems.

For the past few weeks I have been seeing a guy named Sean. Sean is here in the US legally, but is not originally from the US. His English is a bit rocky, which I think has ended up being good for our relationship. It is hard to end up in fights with someone with whom the conversation usually ends shortly after, “How was your day?” I have met several of Sean’s friends. They are all nice guys and run a successful business together. A couple of the guys are “on the market” so I have been trying to think of friends to set them up with.

Over lunch this weekend, Sean expressed some concerns about the fate of his immigration status. He lamented that he might have to go the way of some of his friends. I gave him a quizzical look. He explained that his friend, Mark, who is looking for a girlfriend here in Minneapolis, is actually legally married to some girl he met once in Tennessee. Apparently it is easier to pay a girl a few grand to legally become married to you than it is to go back to school or get a green card in order to stay in the country. Sean suggested that he might know a girl in North Carolina.

Should I be mad? Why doesn’t he want me to be his fake green-card wife? I’m unemployed! I could use the cash! And, at least we would live in the same state! If he “marries” her does that mean he never wants to get legitimately married for love? My brother said I should be glad he doesn’t want me to be his fake wife. It means he really likes me and respects me. I’m not sure. I was only left with the resounding notion that ignorance is bliss.


  1. I knew a girl many years ago that married a guy from the middle east that was looking for a way to stay in this country. Once they were married, he maxed out their credit cards and left her after the required 'two years marriage.' She was left with all the debt. Foreign guys know American women will do anything to get "the ring and a wedding" and they will do anyone to stay in America. BEWARE!

  2. No, you shouldn't be mad. You should dump him. Yesterday.

  3. i have a girlfriend who married a guy so he could be legal. he paid her quite well. they dated for awhile but now both do their own thing and it's been several years. i don't think she ever had any repercussions for doing it...just saying. i don't know if i would be mad or not. if he was american, then yeah. but he's not, so things ARE different. not all cultures think the same. your bro could be right... you could ask him though. :)

  4. So far he's been nothing but a gentleman. However, I will take things slow. :)

  5. I have a friend who is a teacher who told me about this tampon thing a while back. I am seriously wondering what you do while you are waiting with your friends for the alcohol to kick in. I mean, isn't that a little awkward?