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After a heavy backlash over the casting of accused rapists Curtis Lepore, Rainn Wilson issued a statement announcing Lepore has been dropped from his upcoming series. Here’s what Wilson posted October 24th, on his Facebook:

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While it’s troubling that it took so long to make the decision to cut ties with him, it is definitely a step in the right direction and sends a message that there are consequences to things like pleading guilty to felony assault. Just as most employers do background checks before hiring employees, we can only hope Hollywood can follow that example. Thank you for doing the right thing, Rainn Wilson. TC mark









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To the person/people who refuse to clean up after their pets:

  • No, it’s cool. I’m sure your dog’s shit is going to fertilize the lawn and not cause any problems. Thanks for being mindful of the landscape’s future. Also, I hope you step on a LEGO brick.

To the person/people who like to let their toddler throw things off the balcony:

  • You should really work with him on his follow-through. He has potential to be a great athlete, but he needs to put a little more work into skill building if he is going to go pro. I mean, not all great athletes get their start flinging DVDs, panties and bottles of dish soap off the balcony. His story is a unique one. Nuture that. Also, I think I have half of someone’s sandwich on my balcony.

To the person/people who have a pet skunk:

  • I love animals. They are great, but your skunk is REALLY stinky. I mean, I hear you all laughing a lot and watching Cheech and Chong movies, so I assume you have a lot of fun over there with your skunk. I’m just wondering if maybe you could work on his smell not permeating the hallways?? Maybe you should take the little guy to a vet? Or get some air freshener?

To the people who throw their trash beside the dumpster:

  • There is LITERALLY a big hole in the SIDE of the dumpster that is specifically there as a portal for your trash to go the landfill. If you put the trash beside the dumpster, your trash will have less of a chance of making its magic journey to the land of refuse. Please, consider the trash’s feelings. Also, you eat a WHOLE lot of Easy Mac.

To the person/people who refuse to take their lint out of the communal dryers:

  • Thank YOU! I’m going to knit a sweater with all of this lint so I can feel like you’re part of me.

To the person/people who like to have really loud arguments:

  • Look, I know that relationships are hard. I’m sad to hear that your ‘whore wife’ cheated on you with Ronnie from the F.O.P lodge. That is understandably upsetting. I’m also upset to hear that you think she would ‘fuck anything with two legs and a prescription of Viagra.’ One thing I would like to point out, though…I should not know any of these things about your life. Get some counseling and tone it down. Sorry about the infidelity though…that sucks.

To the neighbors that like to leave their blinds open:

  • Please don’t. I ran out of eye bleach.

To the person who likes to leave passive aggressive notes in the hallways:

  • Seriously? Who does that? I mean…OBVIOUSLY you should write a passive aggressive article and get it published on the internet! Step up your game there, buddy. I’m tired of handling your light work.

To the person/people who cook…interesting food:

  • I am not a chef. I make a mean tuna melt, and my lasagna is on point. I appreciate the efforts put forth to partake in all kinds of cuisine. With that said, the problem here is that when you cook, it smells like the inside of a Sarlacc’s mouth and make me dry heave. I don’t know what kind of ingredients you are using or even if they are legal, but PLEASE for the love of all humanity…open a window, get take out or just stop cooking stuff that gives off an odor so offensive that even Bill Maher is upset about it.

To the person who threw up on the stoop and just…left it there:

I’m just going to assume you’re a Sociology major and you were monitoring people’s reaction to this heinous behavior. I choose to believe this because if the truth is that you are just an asshole, I will have to fight the urge to poop in front of your door and leave it there. Don’t make me put in that extra effort. Good luck with your studies. TC mark









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1. Make friends by being friendly. Go out to bars. Join clubs of things that interest you. Go to work functions.

I would try to find a hobby or club and invest in it. That way you’re making friends that have similar interests. Also don’t judge people automatically. This will cripple your chances.

- Not_Karen

2. Hang out with work people outside of work and with their friends. My friends increase through mutual friends. a lot of the time I end up leaving the job and years later I’m still friends with that person I never worked with but met through a co-worker.

Conventions are also a good place to make friends.

- misstibbs

3. I started commenting on a blog about my favorite pro sports team. We all started getting together and I found a ton more friends from that.

- zarley33

4. Work – 5 days a week you get to spend time with a group of other people, one might want to be friends.

Gym – 4 days a week, same thing.

Club meetings, any club – 1-2 days a week, same thing.

If you find something to do on a regular basis that involves other people, you could befriend the people that also come on a daily basis.

- Zimmerzom

5. I think the biggest thing is to make the effort to make a friend when you are doing all the things other people will mention such as hobbies, clubs or other social events. In other words, get their number, add them on facebook or maybe ask if they want to hang out or do something. Most people are not going to be proactive. It’s kind of similar to meeting a SO in that respect. You can’t just expect it to happen.

- evorgeloc

6. I just moved to a new town and have met two super chill girls by posting on Craigslist Strictly Platonic. I got a lot of dick pics in my inbox but I would say it was worth it to meet them. Worth a shot.

- PatatasFritatas

7. Take a course. Cooking classes, Spanish, AutoCAD, … Doesn’t matter what. It’s not strange to come alone and you’ll naturally start talking to people.

- GrmmrCrrctnsWlcmd

8. I have made a lot of friends through other friends. So try making one or two friends through work, or join a city sports league. You can also try taking fun classes through your local community college. Like mine offers a BBQ class, sewing, dancing, etc.

- Anonymous

9. Don’t discriminate age. I’m 28 years old and my friends range from 19 to 70 years old. They all contribute to my life in some way and I respect/care about them all. Even the ones where there is basically a VH1 special between our ages, teach me things and keep me grounded from becoming an angry old man.

Basically talk to anyone who is willing to talk to you. Be sure to listen as well. Friends will happen after that.

- MKRuffin

10. Regular accidental contact.

Initially this sounds a little like stalking, so I’m going to have to explain a little.

You made friends at school / college because you turned up to places to do ‘something’. The people that were there were secondary to your main goal or task. Basically you turned up to maths every day and so did the dude sitting 3 seats away. This is the regular accidental contact.

As an adult, this only really happens at work and the age differences can be problematic. This is why people suggest joining sports teams or clubs that meet on a regular basis. You meet up to ‘generic sport’ and of the 15-20 other people that do there might be 5 that are potential friends. The non-threatening nature of ‘I’m here to do something’ is basically an excuse to have the regular contact where you find out more about these people and can develop a friendship.

Since this friendship business requires regular contact, places like bars are often pretty poor – unless you are one of the regulars. Sports, Hobby clubs, book groups are all the sort of places that replace the classroom of yesterday.

Adult life makes most of your regular tasks revolve around a small group of people (workmates / family / flatmates), you need to find regular contact groups outside that subset.

- unmaimed

11. Well, just like anything in life, how bad do you want it?

When I first moved to the big city I spent a whole year getting more and more lonely. I had spent my whole life before that in the same small town and I never learned how to make friends at all because people just kinda showed up in my circles.

I got fucking tired of drinking alone on weekends and not really getting anywhere making friends and one night, following a random impulse, I grabbed a piece of paper and took a sharpie and wrote, “Just moved here and don’t know anyone. Buy me a drink?” and taped it to my back.

I set out downtown and found myself making conversation with lots of people that read my sign. Sure, some were drunk and thought it was a kick me sign or whatever, but not a single person was unpleasant. Towards the end of the evening, a guy came up to me in a bar and said “Hey man. I read your sign. I’m sitting with a group of cool people and we all just moved here not too long ago. Wanna come hang?” We ended up being friends for years after that night :)

- mechanicalholes

12. Joining a recreational sports league is an easy way to make friends if you are into a certain sport.

- coconutsandhoneydips

13. Ever watch “Yes man” With Jim Carrey?

If you want change in your life, you have to be willing to challenge yourself to go outside your comfort zone. It usually starts with saying yes.

You want to make friends? Well that starts by striking up conversations with people and planning out activities. Grab a drink, make it casual, but you just have to put yourself out there.

Say yes.

- McLovemesomeBUCKETS

14. Do things that are so enjoyable for you, that you forget about the awkwardness of small talk.

- RhinoPlastered

15. I smoke cigs. When I go to smoke one I go to a smoking area and say hi to people sitting there. All my friends are smokers.

None of us can quit because we drag each other down.

- Almadabes

16. You can travel on your own. The culture of hostelling basically throws the “Regular accidental contact” stuff out the window because guess what, you’re probably not going to see this person ever again in a day or two. Regular accidental contact is an impossibility (although it happened once for me, that blew my mind). Because of that you make the most of it now. You introduce yourself, get to know them and if you like them maybe the two (or more) of you can go on a crazy adventure together to solidify that friendship within a few hours. You can make friends literally all over the world this way and if you keep in contact maybe you can move to their country someday, or them to you. You might even find someone from your own city, if it’s relatively big then it’s possible.

- DarKnightofCydonia

17. Move to another country with very little money. You will either make friends or die.

- brainlips

18. Basically, be yourself and like yourself, do things you like to do, and put in a bit of effort.

1) This Is The Most Important. Be yourself, and be a person that you yourself like. Like tracts like, and if you dig yourself and are yourself you will attract the kind of people that you can develop friendships with.
If this seems daunting, invest in some counseling for yourself. Outsource the problem of being inauthentic or not loving yourself to an expert.

Without this step you will not be able to form real, genuine bonds with other people. So seriously work on yourself first.

2) Once self esteem and authenticity issues are out of the way, put your awesome self out in the world and meet some new people. It’s just a matter if time before you start pulling kindred spirits in left and right, but if you put yourself in the right spots it will jump start the process.

Rather than say “I need friends,” which is rather nebulous, say “I want friends to do _____ with.” It will help guide you in the right direction.

You like something intellectual? Take a class or join a local interest group. Geology, coin collecting, book club, etc.

Love a certain band? Go to a concert and talk to the people around you.

You like drinking? Go hang out at a bar that has the vibe you like. Befriend the bartender, owner, regulars.
Sports are your thing? Probably not, because this one is so easy and recreational sport leagues are abundant…but if you like a sport go do that.

Do you like your job? If not, seek out a job where you click with the culture. Your coworkers will become your buddies.

3) Finally, make the people that you meet feel welcome and wanted by being an active participant in the new friendship. Follow through. Put in the effort. Put yourself out there and invite people that you want to befriend to hang out. Initiate contact the appropriate amount for whatever your temperaments are. TC mark

- FakeBabyAlpaca









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