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The Herald. Line: In dating, flattery actually gets you nowhere

By SCOTT SAALMAN

Six years back we logged much more years divorced than hitched. Somehow, the teeter-totter of the time tipped like that.

How do this be? Sixteen years considering that the Big D? — the withdrawal associated with the strap? Sixteen years, never remarried? — nowhere near. Jaded, maybe, about matrimony. We hesitate purchasing wedding presents for newlyweds. I’m a believer in breakup presents; that is whenever one of several two events will need the toaster really.

I’ve dated — but I’ve not dated a lot more than I have actually dated. Second times are difficult to come by — my true genius evidently goes underneath the radar with those people who have provided a restaurant beside me (we blame it regarding the awesome appetizers).

Never ever mind the 2nd date. It’s the first date that’s the toughest to nail straight down, this despite having individually “flattered” many females into the previous 16 years. Flattered. There’s nothing I hate a lot more than hearing that word result from feminine lips or seeing it typed by feminine flailing fingers that are fiery.

Example. The scenario that is oft-repeated

Me personally: therefore, could we simply take you away for supper?

Female: Scott, i will be flattered you have actually expected me away —

Me personally (instinctively butting in to get a foothold): Great! I’ll pick you up at 6. Oh — and do a passport is had by you.

Seems promising, right? Au contraire mon ami (French concerning . well . one thing French), because of this girl has more to state about the subject.

Female: Scott, i will be flattered which you have actually asked me personally out, but .

Henceforth comes the dreaded big but. But? Exactly what? It does not matter. None for the addendums are to my benefit.

Precisely 100 % (but who’s counting?) for the ladies who stated these were “flattered” upon being asked down by me never finished up heading out beside me.

“Flattered” is the kiss of dating death. Females reading my terms now are knowingly nodding like bobble-heads on rate and most likely reasoning, “My Jesus, Scott cracked the rule. He’s on to us. We truly need a brand new term. Must send memo.”

My recommended replacement for flattered: sickened. “Scott, i will be sickened me out that you have asked.” Perfect. Why overcome across the bush before beating the person down?

We suspect women use “flattered” as being a way that is nice set the phase for rejection, a humane solution to harm (in essence, making the woman feel much better in regards to the turndown, maybe maybe perhaps maybe not the man), a softening of this beaches prior to the big blow to male ego, making a man feeling just like a turd in a tin glass.

An on-line dating girl we came across did consent to fulfill for a glass or two. At our rendezvous, she informed me personally that she had invested almost all of that trip to the funeral house where her mom had been being shown — visiting hours weren’t also over yet — with all the burial slated when it comes to day that is following. Deal breaker! Hey, I’m a guy that is sensitive however, if there’s something we can’t stay, it is a Debbie Downer type. With no, i did son’t ask if she required a night out together when it comes to funeral (despite the fact that perhaps she did). I’m maybe not that hopeless ( maybe maybe maybe maybe perhaps not beneath me to scan the obituaries for Fresh Widow Meat, which as my hero Dave Barry might point out, would be a great name for a rock band) that it’s.

I’ve learned a couple of other stuff about dating into the dark ages.

Never purchase your gf Mace. I did so this when, focused on her safety whenever alone. Then, within a stroll, we recommended we split up. Away came the Mace. The Mace hit my face. She clearly didn’t simply take the news headlines along with I’d hoped. It absolutely wasn’t the optical eye burn that astonished me, it had been the neck burn. The gagging. Most sensible thing though ended up being she sprayed contrary to the wind, which intended a lot of the spray went back to her eyes and neck. Therefore, together we gagged and cried, and someplace in the insanity that lovers share, I was thinking: she Maced me personally, she must love me personally. In hindsight, I’m pleased I didn’t purchase her a handgun.

In the event your date is excited to attend Barnes and Noble never to glance at publications but to drive the escalator, she’s 1) far too young she was 15 years younger… but legal), or 2) she really needs to get out of Dubois County more for you. We lasted one visit to Barnes and Noble (or 20 trips in the escalator).

Cross country dating works until it does not. On a few occasions, as a result of the joys of online dating sites (which in Jasper means driving 2 to 3 hours for a night out together), We have driven really far for very first times to simply hear my date let me know during the restaurant dining table that she in fact isn’t interested in pursuing a long-distance relationship (although not until after she finishes her steak, lobster and million buck martinis).

Attempting to make away on a very first date at a Weird Al concert is wrong on countless amounts. Guilty. No date that is free mingle2 second.

Adequate back at my guide to dating into the dark ages. I’m certain there’ll become more to report through the trenches. I’m a hopeless intimate with a punching case heart. Now then, I ask them out if I can only figure out how not to flatter someone when.

by: Annuity Advice on Wednesday 10/02/21

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