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Old 09-20-2012, 12:12 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Forty-four percent of the U.S. adult population was single in 2011, the U.S. Census Bureau said Sunday, the first day of Unmarried and Single Americans Week.

The idea behind setting aside the third week in September to honor singles and unmarried people began in Ohio in the 1980s, the Census Bureau said in a release on statistics based on 2011.



Read more: Week honors unmarried people - UPI.com
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Old 09-20-2012, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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Well that's very nice but I honour myself every damn day . Starbucks for breakfast, glass of wine at dinner, I watch what I want on TV and the only people I spend money are me and the cats. But thanks . Now if they could only get the travel industry to stop penalising single travellers or get restaurants to stop treating solo diners like we have leprosy THAT would be something special.
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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So, what's the point?
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Old 09-20-2012, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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So, what's the point?
Everybody else gets a celebration: moms, dads, grandparents. Every day is kids' day. People are showered with gifts and attention at their weddings. The family unit is held as sacrosanct in our society. Yet today, adults are just as likely to live alone as in family groups. There are many stereotypes about single people/people who live alone by choice. They are even misunderstood by sociologists and psychologists. As the census highlights their prevalence, that is being reassessed:

Living Alone: 12 Things You Didn

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/05/op...oc.semityn.www

Single people subject to negative stereotypes « Mind Hacks

Isolation in America: Does Living Alone Mean Being Alone? - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Old 09-20-2012, 07:57 PM
 
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I had one married co-worker who was surprised that I cooked because I live alone. Think she expected me to mix up some extra Miracle Gro when I fed the plants.
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:02 PM
 
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Well that's very nice but I honour myself every damn day . Starbucks for breakfast, glass of wine at dinner, I watch what I want on TV and the only people I spend money are me and the cats. But thanks . Now if they could only get the travel industry to stop penalising single travellers or get restaurants to stop treating solo diners like we have leprosy THAT would be something special.
Yep, especially that last part. Restaurants that treat me well when I'm dining solo get repeat business and waiters/waitresses that treat me well will get an extra tip. Make me feel like a leper, I may leave if it's before I've been seated/ordered food. If I do stay, you're getting the minimum tip and I'm not going back.

If I like a place I may come back with friends/family and recommend it to others. Business owners who treat single people badly are shooting themselves in the foot. Especially in this economy.
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Old 09-20-2012, 09:16 PM
 
Location: southern born and southern bred
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I had one married co-worker who was surprised that I cooked because I live alone. Think she expected me to mix up some extra Miracle Gro when I fed the plants.

LOL!!!!! I know though-right?
Single,no children employees really get the shaft and it pisses me off.
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Old 09-20-2012, 11:00 PM
 
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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LOL!!!!! I know though-right?
Single,no children employees really get the shaft and it pisses me off.
Ah, don't tell me ... you, too, have had to do someone else's job throughout the entire maternity leave. Or work late every time someone comes up with a soccer game or PTA excuse. Or has to contribute to every school fundraiser that comes down the pike while your charities are ignored. It takes a village? Obviously a village of single people!

PS: Pippy, your "status" reminds me of the person who said a member of their family suffers from "post-dramatic stress disorder."
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Old 09-22-2012, 08:25 PM
 
Location: NW Penna.
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So, what's the point?
That I had a beer and my cats got chicken tenders to celebrate the week. We're all single. And good-looking. That's what. Cheers! ;-)
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