Another way to answer "How's your work going?" is "Fucking awesome! Yours?" When she says "what are you doing?" you say "Awesome stuff that is super innovative." The key is to never actually stop walking when you see her. Then you won't seem rude, just busy. » 9/09/14 5:03pm 9/09/14 5:03pm

I think this is a serious factor. Also, there are higher rates of deep poverty in the south. In our area, people just drive everywhere, even though many times they could walk. It is oppressively hot for 5 months out of the year, and that deters many from being outdoors much. » 9/06/14 5:21pm 9/06/14 5:21pm

It will be horrible, and cruel. My conservative friends down here in the Lone Star State can say some pretty hurtful and bigoted stuff. The people who don't know my views often look at me like I have two heads when I say I am a Dem. She is very brave to write this book, and if many of those conservatives were… » 9/06/14 2:48pm 9/06/14 2:48pm

I have some advice. Set a goal and meet it. Maybe walking 3 times a week. Maybe reading a book a month. Maybe joining a club of some sort. But set a goal that is for you, to be accomplished by you. By the 3rd week if it is weekly, or the 3rd month if it is monthly, you are going to be SOOOO happy with yourself. I… » 9/05/14 4:25pm 9/05/14 4:25pm

So you are saying it is rude to stick your chopsticks into your rice while you aren't using them, instead of laying them down on the table, right? Westerners can lay un-used utensils on their plates, so maybe just say something comparing customs like "isn't it interesting that in Japan, that is considered rude… » 9/05/14 2:48pm 9/05/14 2:48pm