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As an observer and part (I would like to believe so) of the political scene in Philadelphia for a few years, I have come to the realization that there are three types of civically engaged African American men in Philadelphia: “Those who are”, “those who want to be”, and “those who are here for the left over Politihos”(It’s just what it sounds like, trust me) who have had their dreams of being the next Michelle Obama crushed faster than their $20 H&M shoes start to hurt their feet.

There. I just said what so many women have probably thought to themselves countless times during endless political networking events, fundraisers, and happy hours. Many an hour of my life that I cannot get back have been spent studying (i.e. mingling and trying to control my resting bitch face) these local fellows. Let’s delve into each type shall we? “Those who are” is pretty self-explanatory. These are your elected officials, high powered lobbyists, staff, consultants, and movers and shakers of the city. Everyone wants to talk to, take a selfie with, or be seen with them. They have celebrity status and can do no wrong in the eyes of their constituents. “Those who are here for the Politihos” just came for those women who hope and pray that with the right hair, highest heels, and shortest skirt, that they will be whisked into the VIP section and possibly First Lady status. Those who want to be, well here is where things get very dicey for a single girl who is looking for her Frank Underwood to take her away from single girl status.

Upon further study, “those who want to be” can be broken down into two very distinct subgroups: Those who have legitimate potential to be and those who think they are by putting on a suit with a nice pocket square and some fancy socks. Now if you are like me, a single girl with a plan, then you obviously want the first choice. Someone you can work with and use all of you finely crafted Claire Underwood skills to build the two of you into the power couple that rivals Michelle and Barack. Someone who has the knowledge, presence, and grace to be that politician. Who you want to ride with, in the first car of the roller coaster for the entire amazing ride. Just typing that gives me hope that one day, one day I will be living that dream. But ladies, that sneaky wannabe type. What they lack in social skills, conversation, simple knowledge of politics, and basic fashion sense, they make up for in sheer determination in trying to make you believe that they are, in fact, somebody.

Looking the part and being the part is what separates the men from the boys, or in my case potential dates from potential blog post subjects. Even with their suit-pocket square-tie-sock-shoe-briefcase game, I can see right through their clever ruse. I have seen some cute dogs in suits and I have seen some men in nice suits who act like dogs #justsayin. It is your job to look past the GQ magazine cover and actually listen to the words that are coming out of their mouth. While it may sound good, because you know, he is in a suit and he does look dapper. If what he is saying has you hearing Scooby Doo in your head (think about it for a second). Run away, drink the alcohol that hopefully to have, or excuse yourself from the conversation. Do whatever you have to do to get away from the sneaky bastard. And dear super woman, since I am one of you, I know what you are thinking, “Maybe I can teach him a thing or two. Dress him up a bit. Make him into something.” Do yourself a favor. Take your hand, right or left it really doesn’t matter and with a lot of force, slap that shitty idea out of your head. He will not change. He thinks that he is part of the crowd. If you point out that he is in fact, a wannabe, 10 times out 10, he will not believe you. So save yourself and your liver a lot of trouble, get out before you get in.

Young Clare Hale, if you stay the course and don’t get distracted by the shiny fake packaging, fast talking, snake oil salesmanship of the political wannabes the end of the tunnel will be your prize. Your ride or die political soulmate. Your very own Francis Joseph Underwood. Stay strong girl.

Later Days,

B

#singlegirlproblems

I attend a bi-weekly happy hour of politically minded people in Philadelphia during the summer. It’s a chance to catch up with friends, meet new people, and unwind after a crazy day of work, and raise money for a charitable organization. It is also the perfect place, if you’re me, to watch the social interactions to figure out why you’re still single.

This happy hour is a melting pot of young, old, professional, and not really professional people coming out for a common cause. You have your core group (me included) that come out to each event and others who come and go. There is no guessing what the room will look like.You would think that I would be able to talk to someone right? I did last week, but not before this lovely interaction that I have titled…The Old Men and The Preschoolers. Please enjoy…

I arrived the happy hour early, but I do so for logistical purposes. I get one drink and an appetizer in before the crowd attacks the bar and it takes forever to get served. This also gives my time to secure a prime observation point (table) for my group to survey the area. I noticed 3 attractive men had sat down at the table right next to me. “Jackpot!!” I think to myself. “Today is the day that my faith in  Cupid’s golden arrow is restored.” Let’s just say that chubby cherub has not made his way back on my Christmas card list.

These three men chatted among themselves, not even giving me a second look. I was about to be bold and strike up a conversation when three “women”(they were ridiculously young) approached their table and were immediately invited to join the conversation. WTF times infinity?!? Was I that horrid looking or was I just above their age range. Now I am all Jane Goodall Gorillas in the Mist intrigued about the sight beside me. I was slightly hurt by their objection until one of the gentleman came back with a blue drink. Yes, it was blue. Like bright ass blue. I have not had anything blue to drink since I shared a fish bowl with someone at Ice Night Club. I silently thanked them for not paying attention to me and continued my scientific observation. Yet, I was jealous when the same mane brought a round of drinks for the wee lasses. Call it instinct.

The older man was trying to have a collegiate conversation with a toddler while sipping a spiked juice box. Is this what I have to compete with? My ovaries just shriveled up. Maybe it’s time to start thinking about freezing my eggs. I know how what bra to wear with a strapless dress! Yes ladies, hold up the girls! But I digress. Seriously do have to start dating older because men my age are scoping potential life partners at the playground?

Does my resting bitch face serve as a fortress for any potential suitors? I know, everything is written on my face. Trust me. If you think someone said something funky, just look at my face. You’ll know right away. If anyone knows a cure for RBF, please let me know! Thanks in advance.

As soon as ALL of my faith in humanity was almost flushed down the toilet of life, an acquaintance and I started chatting, and full disclosure, the talking turned into flirting. And it was fun!!! And here’s the kicker…. he’s younger than me!

Hey, if those three guys can talk to younger women, hell, I’m going to talk to a younger man.

BOOM!

Later Days
B

#singlegirlproblems

You know you are of a certain age when you have at least one summer/fall wedding to attend each year. This year is no different. I was so excited to get my invitation. I seriously I ran up to my apartment and carefully opened the invitation, with scissors so that I wouldn’t rip the envelope. I guess this attention to detail shows how much I don’t go out.

I made sure that I remembered to take the RSVP card with me so I could drop it off at the post office before work. I marked X by vegetarian before reading, “indicate the number of entrees.” My heart sank. I had just muffed up this pristine card with my black X. But wait, no I didn’t! I am the only one going. Crisis averted. Strike that…. yet another wedding that I will be attending solo. Bring out the booze.
All it takes is one little piece of paper to make you realize exactly how single you are. Like solo, single. Probably will be at the singles table single. Nope, you will be at a table full of couples and two  other single people single. Let’s find a beach house that has enough rooms that the two single people don’t have to share a room single. Single. Single. Single.

While I could right the next great American novel about the trials and tribulations of being single at a wedding, that would get me kicked off the happiness bandwagon. No good things comes to those who dwell in the negative. Well, maybe this kick ass blog, but that is besides the point.So here’s to another #singlegirladventure where there will be an open bar, and none of the single men in attendance will be interested in me.

Cheers!

Later Days,
B

#singlegirlproblems

Last week after taking myself out to dinner as a reward for
scoring an amazing deal on a Fendi bikini, I was waiting at the train station
for my ride on SEPTA. Sitting on the bench in front of me was a couple,
obviously smitten because they were all over each other. Like serious PDA.
Kissing, snuggling, hands down shirts, the whole deal.
Am I the only one who is completely annoyed with PDA? I mean
really. Do you really have to suck face in public for the whole entire world to
see? Do you think that people want to see you make out in the middle of Jefferson
Station? Relief washed over my body as my train approached; however, I did note
that the women of the pair was on my train, alone. Thank goodness. I do not
think that I could manage another 30 minutes subjected to round 2 of their middle
school make out session.
There are a couple ways that we could explain my visceral
reaction to what I saw. 1.) I am a total prude who believes all romantic
actions that may or may not be classified as foreplay should be kept in the
confines of a bedroom, hotel room, motel room, closet, and or any room with a
door that closes or 2.) I am completely jealous of what they have. I am going
to go with 1 and 2. When it comes to PDA, I can’t stand it. I am that old
church lady who is thinking, “Don’t they know any better? They need to get a
room.” Aren’t you uncomfortable that people are watching what you are doing
right now? I get uncomfortable eating crunchy food at work because it may annoy
people. On the other hand, I am completely jealous that I don’t have someone to
kiss me passionately in a public place and not care who is watching. We all
want what we don’t have right. We all want that romantic movie scene to be
real. For some rugged handsome man to see us from across the room, run towards
us, sweep us of our feet and away to our happily ever after. Single girls can
dream, right?
PDA is not for everyone, me included. But hey do what you
want to do. Just realize there may be a woman going through the #singlegirlstruggle
watching you wondering where the nearest hose is.
Later Days

 

B

It’s My Party… Well Not Yet At Least

First off, I want to say THANK YOU!!!!! My blog has over 1,000 lifetime views!! Thank you to each and every one of you that have just stopped by or are regular readers. It means so much to me that you take time out of your busy day to take a peak into my crazy life. Smooches and Gracias!

With that being said…. Back to the nuttiness (is that even a word? It is now!) that is my life.

I have a “special” birthday coming up in January. Yup, this girl (can I still call myself a girl?) is officially entering her mid-30’s in 6 months. Excuse me while I curl up in the fetal position and devour a pint of ice cream. Where did the time go? How did this happen? I am no where near where I want to be (#singlegirlproblems) in life. Ok, let me stop right now before I have a full-blown panic attack in front of this computer. Yes, I am not where I want to be, but I can still celebrate my birthday right?!? But how….

Well there’s the problem. I don’t know how!! You only turn 35 once so why not make a big deal out of it, but what is this girl to do. My ideas range from taking a trip, having a nice dinner, planing a sleepover, going out to a club, throwing a party, or staying at home by myself with a bucket of chicken, a 12 pack of Coors Light, ice cream and the several Muppet movies. As usual, I am all over the place and do not see myself coming in for a landing any time soon.

And timing is not in my favor. My birthday falls smack in the middle of MLK weekend, when a lot of people take trips, possibly diminishing my guest list. Le sigh… Back to the bucket ‘o KFC I guess…

So like all big decisions in my life (not all, but it seems like a lot since I started blogging), I’m leaving this one up to you, well not entirely up to you guys. But I do need some direction. Well one direction… (sorry had to go there. It was too easy).

What do you thing I should do for my birthday? I will gladly take suggestions (and give credit) as long as they are clean, ethical, legal, and do not require bail money.

So put you thinking caps on and go!

Your assistance is greatly appreciated! And thanks again for reading!!

Later Days!
B

#singlegirlproblems

How did my little social experiment far this weekend? Fair to partly cloudy. The entire weekend wasn’t a bust, but Friday did not go well. I was excited to go out. Like really excited. It has been a while since I got all dressed up and went out for a night out on the town. I made sure all my chores were done, picked out an outfit that was comfortable, yet classy and headed out to North Shore Beach Club, a private pool and bar in Philly. Took me a little bit to make it to the spot due to some
road construction, but I did beat cover.Success. That was probably the highlight of the night. What met me beyond the doors was a total cluster fuck. I had to be one of the oldest people in the entire building. People were lounging on beach chairs scrolling through Facebook not paying attention to anyone, someone was thrown into the pool, and there were many people holding court at the bar. We will not even begin to describe the many questionable fashion choices.

After 3 drinks, I left. Yup, I hauled ass out of there. I couldn’t take it anymore. Luckily, I passed a McDonald’s on the way home. That was the second highlight of the night. I left at 9:45. I was home by 12:40 and that included my McD’s detour. There would have been a time that I would have stuck it out, hoping that the mood and vibe of the room changed. Not so much anymore. I had had enough of the selfies in the dark and high cut bathing suits and I was gone. Wisdom does come with age.

Saturday was a different story. I was invited to a house party for a friend’s birthday party. There was food, drink, music, laughs and good conversation. Sweet bliss. This was more my speed. A good time was had by all. I had such a wonderful time, which I paid for this morning (hey wine!)

So what was the verdict? Both of these events taught me one valuable lesson. I need to figure out where my tribe hangs out an frequent those places.I need to find my peeps!! And I can tell you that they are not at North Shore on a Friday night. Now that I know where they aren’t, I need to find out where they are…..

Sounds like this experiment is just getting started.

Later Days!
B

#singlegirlproblems

Thanks to C. Bug for commenting on my last #SGP post!  I know it was a while ago. Sorry about that 🙁 But thanks to her comment, I have decided to be bold and take action to solve my #singlegirlproblems. That’s right folks, Bianca is officially on the prowl. This tigress is ready to roar!

Should be Nala, but you get the idea

Time to buck and hit the social scene! And why not start out with a bang. Two events this weekend… Three if you count my normally scheduled bi-weekly happy hour. Yes, this girl is in it to win it, and by it, I mean a man. Just like C. Bug said, I need to be bold and just do it! So that is what I am going to do! And it scares the crap out of me. Feel the fear and do it anyway!

We all know about my lack of small talk skills and how I am “great” I am at meeting new people, so this will be a giant leap out of my solo comfort zone a snuggly goodness. But it is a leap that have to make if I ever want to be in a relationship, let alone get married and have kids. I guess they are right when they say the thing that scares you the most will bring you the greatest joy.

I hope they are right about that…

I guess I need to set some realistic expectations for myself. Like “Bianca, there is a 99.99% chance that your Prince Charming may be at this party on Sunday, but do not look for him in that has his pants below his ass. You have standards sweetheart.” But how do you let your guard down without seeming totally desperate? And is there a way to correct resting bitch face? If anyone knows, please pass your secret on to m

I could make a list of a thousand reasons why I should stay home and watch the Golden Girls while eating a pint of coconut milk ice cream, but where would that get me? Right where I am. A Single gilr with a lot of problems.

But something to so this week is not one of them!

Later Days
B

#singlegirlproblems

An Eeyore like black cloud has been hovering over my sweet little head
for the past week. I couldn’t figure what was up with me. Then I did some quick
calculations and it hit me in the face like a frying pan. I’ll be 35 in 6
months. I’m going through a mid-30’s crisis. Single. Alone. Mediocre job. One
pet away from a menagerie. The obligatory third wheel everywhere I go. Manless.
Kidless…. Please give me a moment while I pull myself out of the fetal
position and put down the Ben and Jerry’s.
Thank you. As I wallow away in my self
pity, something told me to check ok Cupid. And there waiting for me was this
little gem.
This is exactly how it was written…
richie2316: OMG. You look so sweet.. I m
richard and i m so new on this online stuff just searching profiles and i found
yours to be interesting.. I would love to know you more better.. You can always
txt me on (full phone number given) I will be waiting to get a text from you..
Its nice to meet you and i hope this goes a long way because with God all
things are possible.

Yes, with God I am able
to see that there is a reason I have been kept away from men such as Richie and
single for so long. Thank you Lord for protecting me from such ratchet
foolishness.
This entire message sounds like the first
5 minutes of a Lifetime movie. You know the one. Where the sweet young co-ed
thinks she is being nice to the charming, handsome man and gives him her
number. Only to be stalked by said charming, handsome man turned psycho, clingy
mad man who was just released from prison for stalking and attempting to kill
his ex-girlfriend.  You’ve seen it, right or the 20 just like it.
There are so many things wrong with this
message, besides the glaring grammatical errors. Where shall we start?
Are you really “new” to this online thing,
or have you found the one message that other women have responded to that you
post all the time
You want to get to know me better or more
better? How can you know me more better if we don’t know each other at all?
Nice to meet me? We haven’t met. Or have
you started to stalk me already? Should I call the cops and start carrying
mace?
You will be waiting for my text? Please do
not hold your breath sweet Richie. You may be waiting until Rachel figures out which
race she is.
And finally, my personal favorite, why are
you bringing the Lord into this. That is just sinful…. With that begin said,
In my Katt Williams voice,” why don’t you
send me somebody Jesus!”
Later Days!

 

B

#singlegirlproblems

Summer has officially descended upon Philadelphia which
means humidity will be wreaking havoc on my hair and allergies for the next
three months. Oh the joy of joys. And while somehow the furries and I survived
last summer without AC, I knew I was going to have to break down and get one
this year.

Or maybe not.
Thanks to the semi-hippie commune that I live in, I
have use of an air conditioner that was left behind by a previous tenant. Thank
the Lord! The second time it reached 90 this year, I trudged to the basement
and hauled that bad boy up to my apartment like it was my job. Dust, dirt, cobwebs,
and all.
Now…. How does one put in a window air conditioning unit??  I had central air in my last place, but I knew
the basics of installing a window unit. But it was the “holy shit, I hope this
bastard doesn’t fall out this window moments,” that caused a lot of trepidation
while installing my relief from the summer muggies.
Which brings us to this week’s #singlegirlproblem. If you’re
a single gal, when you need a man, there ain’t one around. Granted, I am very
handy. Extremely handy if I do say so myself (and since this is my blog, I
can). I can put together IKEA furniture like a boss. When it comes to jobs
around the house that require a.) brute strength b.) plumbing expertise c.) electrical
work, or d.) anything dealing with animals that I did not purposely bring into
my home, I am useless. Unless it is absolutely necessary as in the case when
you are single and live alone, to do such things. As I struggled with said air
conditioner, all I kept thing was, “where is a man when you need one?” Wouldn’t
it be great if I could just wiggle my nose like Samantha on Bewitched
(seriously dating myself there) and a hunky shirtless man in tight jeans show
up to put the air conditioner in for me? A girl can dream right. Alas, that was
not the case. After several near drops and severely sweaty palms, the fur kids
and I (until my electric bill comes) are enjoying the cold air.
Yes, the air conditioner did get
in the window and is functioning perfectly. But I had put it in because there
was no one else to do it. And while I am the total feminist and can totally
take care of myself, there are times when having a man around would be so damn convenient.
Yes, I said it. And I make no bones about it.  Sometimes, I wish I could say, “Hey babe, can
you get the pasta off of the shelf,” instead of using my handy step stool that
stays at the ready at all times because I am short. Or it would nice for
someone else to lug the cat litter out of the car. Someday!
Hopefully the air conditioner
comes out easier than it went in. Maybe I should start practicing my nose
wiggling….
Later Days!

 

B

#singlegirlproblems

This single girl doesn’t have a problem. This weekend, this
single girl is loving life. Right now I am in Dewey Beach celebrating my BFF’s
birthday. This is a peace of heaven. Friends, laughs, food, drinks and fun.
Life is grand, except for this massive hangover that I am nursing right now. Thank
goodness for a strong cup of coffee.

There is a saying, or maybe I am making it up, that friends
are the family that you choose. And I must say that I have a kick ass
family.  Eight people who can go months
or years without seeing each other, but once we get together, let the good
times roll! No fights, bickering or back stabbing. Just good times, inappropriate
adult jokes and comments, and a lot of drinking. This is the life. And I take
it for granted way too often.
Yesterday I let loose. Like Elsa and Anna let it go loose!
And it felt damn good. It felt damn good to listen to a kick ass cover band do Uptown
Funk, Don’t Stop Believing, and Livin’ on A Prayer. To dance like I did when I
was in college and sing (or scream) at the top of my lungs. To eat carbs like
they were going out of style. It felt good to just be in the moment. To live in
the moment.
When was the last time you really let loose? When was the
last time you did something for yourself? When was the last time you lived in
the moment? That was me this weekend. Being with friends, having an absolute
blast without a care in the world gave me the “me time” that I so desperately
needed. That we all desperately need.
There is so much pressure to go, that we don’t know how to
stop. We are told the we have to be mini Energizers Bunnies to make it in this world.
That we have to do this, go here, get this, be this status to “make it”. Yeah
it may be nice to make it, but is that worth not living?
No! Live people. Take time to smell the roses. Hell, just
breathe and dance like no one is watching!
Later Days!

 

B