Valentine's Day Flowers Office Delivery, Yay or Nay? (YAY!)
Guess what, gentlemen?! You’re definitely buying flowers this Valentine’s, and you’re absolutely sending them to her office!
Theoretically, Valentine’s Day is about proclaiming the love you have for the woman in your life. Theoretically. That’s it. Period.
Realistically, it is really about women showing to the other women that they work with that they do not in fact go home to a pint of Ben and Jerry’s, but to either a Ben or Jerry (or Dimitri, George, Yianni, or Nick if you’re of the Greek sort.)
If you really want to score points this Valentine’s, send her a bouquet to the office. If you want passive aggressive behavior from your woman, which will inaccurately color her as ungrateful, have flowers delivered to her home. Jerk.
You see, in an ideal world, giving her flowers at home would be just fine. But in the real world – let’s face it — women are bitches. What’s the point of buying overpriced flowers if it won’t gather the attention of envious female co-workers?
Having flowers delivered to the office screams, ”I am loved!! Look at me!” Other women will scoff at this, but secretly, they’re jealous that the flower delivery guy has yet to call their name. It’s like that Valentine’s Day episode in Season 2 of The Office. Even though the episode opens up with Pam confessing she didn’t want Roy “to go too big for Valentine’s, since [they] were saving up for the wedding,” as Phyllis is adorned to what can only be described as Cupid actually throwing up on her, Pam’s ego begins to drown in disappointment.
You are going to buy your woman flowers, and you are having them delivered to her office. End of story.
…but Maria, my woman says she doesn’t like Valentine’s… Bullshit.
…but Maria, my woman has already instructed me not to deliver flowers to the office because she says “it’s tacky”… Sorry to break it to you, but your woman probably has another man who’s probably sending her a bouquet, and she doesn’t want the office to know she has a side piece.
…but Maria, I’ve only gone on less than three dates with her… If you want another date, you’re sending her flowers.
…but Maria, my woman works from home… Okay. This is the only time that a bouquet is acceptable to be delivered at home.
Maria Avgitidis is a matchmaker and dating coach at Agape Match, a matchmaking company that caters to New Yorkers and Greek singles, and CEO of AgapaMe.com, an online dating site for Greek singles.
Agape Match has officially expanded and has added an online dating platform for Greek singles to connect.. and fall in love!!! WOOO!!!!
What is AgapaMe.com:
AgapaMe.com is an online dating site for Greek Singles designed by a driven Greek matchmaker who understands how to successfully match people. Shared core values, aligned communication patterns, and scientific compatibility matching are the tools we use to connect you with the right one.
The AgapaMe.com Team is especially mindful of the unique experience of being a Greek single. We are further aware of what is good and what is lacking in the online dating world. We have launched to not only fill the enormous void facing the Greek dating experience, but to fundamentally change the way Greeks date.
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I contemplated what I ought to name this post, as it’s quite self evident that many of my friends have heard or seen the infamous Best Buy commercial by now, where I proudly proclaim that I bought my father a smart TV. Then my father stole the show with his mustache and Greek speaking suave. Ah, five seconds of fame.
I’m just going to be quite blunt right now. I flipping love my dad.
I mean, just look at him!
You’re probably wondering how the hell this even happened. Maybe you’re not, but you ought to, because you’re reading me on a Tumblr blog, just another pebble stone of social media mountain. Things happen when you connect, collaborate, and share.
Essentially, I purchased my father a tablet, so he can read the Greek news and his favorite blogs without having to mess around with a pesky keyboard and mouse. While he sort of knew how to operate a computer, I could tell it was overwhelming. In the Spring of 2012, as an early Father’s Day gift, I got my father his very own iPad, with an AEK F.C. case of course. My dad calls his iPad the “AekPad”.
I programmed all of his blogs, I switched the language settings to Greek, and I gave him a one hour tutorial on how to not purchase expensive apps by accident. He loved it.
Here is my dad with his new iPad, using the Star Walker app, showing me his favorite star, my mom.
I believe it was a month later, where I tweeted/instagrammed/facebook’ed that my dad was using his smart device to access a local newspaper in Greece, from his χοριό. All of a sudden, Best Buy calls! They’d like an interview. Next thing you know, Dad and I are being flown out to LA to record commercial(s) for Best Buy. What an experience! This all began with a tweet!
One of my first jobs was working with the gaffers at NBC Olympics, Inc. back in 2004 Athens. I had experienced the heat of the cameras and the scurrying around of makeup artists. My dad though… this was truly all a very new experience. I think this is the first time, in my life, that I had seen my dad truly impressed. He kept exclaiming, “80 people behind the camera, just for our tiny spot! WOW!” I’m not going to lie. I was impressed too. It was an entire production! There must have been 130 people there when you include people hiding in trailers! Holy smokes! Needless to say, my father and I will never look at another commercial again the same way.
Other things that my father observed and/or was impressed by:
Burbank, California looks like Kifissia- Athens.
The work ethic of the film professionals behind the scenes.
Hollywood. The concept. The idea. The reality.
The topography and weather of Los Angeles is a lot like Athens.
This is my dad in a helicopter, one of the many activities we did during our downtime.
What’s amazing about this entire experience was that I got to spend time with my dad. You can’t tell by this spot(s), but we have spent HOURS on the couch, talking. We’ve also spent HOURS on that couch trying not to laugh, trying to be serious, trying to be peppy, trying not to get frustrated with Best Buy tongue twisters, trying to sell it. Totally worth it. I learned so much about my dad on that couch. He’s got a great sense of humility and gratitude, and I can only hope I exhibit those qualities at the level that my father does.
Example: The director yells, “That’s a wrap.” My father immedietely gets up from the couch, goes up to the director, shakes his hand and says in the most humbled and sincerest voice, “Thank you so much for giving me this experience.” I melted, and of course I learned from example, too.
…and I think Best Buy knew you’d love my dad too. (He rocked, right?!) I also think Best Buy underestimated how Greeks would react to seeing Greek spoken on a national commercial, by a real Greek father:
I’m 28! Apparently I enter some Saturn planetary alignment today, which means nothing to me as I don’t know if I believe in astrology, but according to my friend, Bianca, things are about to get "cray" crazy. (Funny enough, my dating history includes all the men I’ve dated to be born the same week in August, same day in September, or the first half of February. Do what you will with that information.) It’s called “Saturn Return” and it essentially means that the next couple years will be tough, unforgiving, and challenging. It will propel me to my “evolutionary path”.
This Saturn Return mumbo jumbo is supposed to clear up the following questions:
Who am I?
Where am I going?
Who am I meant to be with?
So while it is my birthday, and hundreds of friends wish me happy thoughts on Facebook, why not milk this opportunity, to ensure that the next two-three years of my Saturn-ness go as smoothly as possible? Let me reflect where I am, today, on my first day of 28.
Who I am: This remains to be seen, but the last year has taught me a lot about the way my brain processes information. I am analytical. I am definitive I get frustrated with illogical statements. Ask my business partner, or any one I work on a day to day basis, I make decisions rather quickly while I feel like I manage a full circle thought process. I expect others to find the timelines I create just as important as they are to me.
In my mind, nothing is ever set in stone. Everything is constantly up for evaluation, debate, and subsequent evolution.
I’m intimidating. I’m loud. I’m powerful. I’m optimistic and equally pragmatic. I am smart, in a witty sort of way.
I’m sensitive when non- Greeks talk about Greece. I’m a realist when I talk about Greece with other Greeks. I am a proud Greek-American.
I am constantly trying to find solutions for socio-cultural problems. It’s exhausting. Any project I take on, I take personally. I invest myself, 100%.
Most importantly, my life has zero room for skeptics and negativity. I frankly do not care if my apathy to someone’s pessimistic attitude hurts their feelings. I have come to find out that people who twist your words or jump to negative energy on a frequent basis have low self-esteem, and I can no longer empathize for the way they feel. They need a therapist.
I am never content, but that is what drives me. I am happy.
Where I Am Going: With my latest undertaking, where Agape Match expands to its very own online dating platform, AgapaMe.com, I want to believe I am becoming bi-continental. In the physical sense, half my world is here in NYC, the other half in Athens. This is what I have always wanted.
From a mental sense, I am entering a parallel dimension of capability and delirious excitement. (Think of Mario in Super Mario Brothers 1, when he gets that star, and begins running around like a mad, yet tiny, Italian plumber.) I feel unstoppable. I recognize life is short, and in the grand scope of things, my problems and accomplishments are nothing, but I question constantly, can I bring joy to others through this energy? This is where I would like to go.
Who I am meant to be with: Someone awesome, obviously.
I get asked every single day if I am single or married, like somehow this is supposed to be a true testament if I am great at what I do. At 28, two companies (one going through an investment round) and co-founder of a non profit, I would be impressed if I were in a serious relationship the last few months, and who knows if it would meet either of our expectations or if we would be happy. Currently, I’m single. That’s okay by me!
I get told, at least once a week, without inquiring, that the reason I am single is because men are intimidated by me. Okay?
Let’s talk about this awesome guy I am meant to be with. He’s going to rock! You know why? Because he’ll think my sass is sexy. He won’t be intimidated with my brain or my go-to attitude. He’ll come from a family where the female figures in his life were treated with respect, honor, and loyalty. He’ll have a passion for life. He will be social, friendly, and generally an all around nice guy. He’ll want to impress me, just as much as I will want to impress him, without a hint of competitiveness to glory. Hopefully he’ll be taller than me when I wear heels, and hopefully, he will speak Greek (so he can talk to my dad), but meh… these characteristics are not that important. What’s important is that he is a man of his word, that he is dedicated to his dreams with ambition and drive, and that he has positive energy to want to inspire *us* to be better each and every day.
So, yes, I admit, 99.9% of men are probably intimidated by my personality, my career, my lifestyle, even this post! Who cares about the 99.9% though? If I am meant to be with someone exceptional, he’s probably not going to be in the general populace segment. I am willing to wait and play those odds, because… the rest of our lives are just so flipping worth it.
That said.. here is to 28! May this year be everything it is meant to be, filled with happiness, laughter, and joy.
In case that you haven’t heard already, AgapaMe.com is a new online dating site for Greek singles, powered by Agape Match, one of the leading dating services for Greek singles. Shared core values, aligned communication patterns, and scientific compatibility matching are the tools we use to connect you with the right one. At AgapaMe.com, you will find someone who shares your values, your traditions, and who’s ready to commit at the same level as you.
As we are only giving away 2000 free memberships, do not hesitate! Register NOW at AgapaMe.com! (And of course… tell all of your single Greek friends!!! Sharing is caring!)
We are oh so very excited that our Beta launching date is coming up soon (January 2013)!
It's The Clean Freak vs. The Slob: Who Wins in the Relationship?
"What could you really do? Common sense really—-either suggest that they pick up after themselves or hire a maid. My best advice is to teach them how you organize yourself and perhaps it’ll catch on. Usually, people are "slobs" because they lack organization and order. Show them the way with an Ikea catalogue and a label maker!" - Maria Avgitidis
Manhattan is a city divided by power: uptown thrives and strengthens on electricity and wifi and artisanal cheese, while downtown grows meaner and leaner with each passing day in the dark. There are 1.6 million coexisting on 23 square miles with a clear, dangerous divide between them, and power likely won’t return until the weekend. The center cannot hold. Chaos is imminent. And so we ask: Who will win the inevitable Uptown-Down Civil War of 2012?
Always count on a natural disaster to put things in perspective, including your love life.
Not sure where your last relationship was going? Have you been waiting for him to finally call you back and ask you out again? Finally had sex, he said he’d call and it’s been two weeks? (What? Two weeks…!? Dude… come on! He’s a d*ck. He even knows it.)
Then Sandy came swinging by and well… time to pick up the pieces of her mess, including your heart. It’s been over 48 hours since Sandy brought the North East at a stand still, and that guy you liked has yet to call.
Real. Talk. Time.
Unless his home was completely bulldozed down, and at this juncture we all seem to know which areas were heavily hit, if he has yet to reach out to you to see if you are safe or that he’s thinking of you, he is not into you. He is not into you. HE IS NOT INTO YOU.
I don’t want to hear it. I don’t care if he has Verizon and therefore no service. I don’t care if his TriBeCa loft was consumed by the rat-floating Hudson River. With all the procrastination promoting tools at our disposal, like Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, there is zero excuse for someone not to get in touch with you by now. If he were into you, he would have found a way to get in touch. Period.
This includes f-ck buddies. As far as I’m concerned, if he wanted to continue to put it in he would have checked in with you already.
So, time to clean. Block and delete. Go across the board. Delete all the texts, delete his number, and remove him from your life. Don’t hold yourself down with people who do not respect you, do not care about you, and certainly do not deserve you.
How to meet someone new in…. CANADA!
You could also follow my advice if you live outside of Canada, unless you live in Saudi Arabia or Yemen. My advice may get you killed there. Definitely do not follow my advice if you live in Saudi Arabia or Yemen!
“Well, what could you really do? Common sense really—-either suggest that they pick up after themselves or hire a maid. My best advice is to teach them how you organize yourself and perhaps it’ll catch on. Usually, people are “slobs” because they lack organization and order. Show them the way with an Ikea catalogue and a label maker!”—Maria Avgitidis, in Betty Confidential’s Expert Panel Question: It’s The Clean Freak vs The Slob: Who Wins in the Relationship?
I absolutely love The Pappas Post. Created by Gregory Pappas (one of my favorite Greek Americans ever!) The Pappas Post is a great online news source featuring amazing and wonderful things happening in the Greek community. Lately, press about Greece or Greeks isn’t always so positive, so having an online community that promotes Hellenism and features Greeks in Greece and the Diaspora shaking things up for good has been really a breath of fresh air.
That said, I was totally pumped and truly honored to be interviewed by The Pappas Post recently. In the article, titled “A Headhunter for Love: NYC Matchmaker Has You Covered by Kathy Tzilivakis, I illustrate how Agape Match came to be and how my awesome parents handled the news. Check it out here!
“Hate’s a strong word! One of three scenarios is probably going on in this situation: Your date hasn’t been around enthusiastic animals, your pet is a jerk, or your date is allergic to your pet. These problems can be solved by finding someone with a similar lifestyle, investing in pet training, or taking allergy medication.”—
We’ve hired someone new on to the Agape Match team: Maria Chronopoulou. Maria currently lives in Boston and will be acting as our new Client Relationship Manager. We recently conducted a short interview to introduce you to Maria. Check it out below!
Maria! Another Maria at Agape Match… How do you think you’ll manage the confusion? I think that there should be no confusion at all! On the contrary really. We have the same name- it’s brand loyalty! Whenever we will have to specify, I guess I am just going to be Maria from Boston.
Where are you from originally? I am from Kiparissia, Messinia. I was born and raised there.
Where did you go to school? I went to University of Piraeus for my Bachelors degree in Business Administration. I recently graduated with honors, Summa Cum Laude, from Northeastern University in Boston with a Masters in Organizational Communication.
What do you do for fun in Boston? I dance in a Greek folk dance group, the Boston Lykeion Ellnidon Dance Troupe. When I’m not dancing around in circles, I also enjoy having drinks with friends.
What do you think is the perfect date? A salsa night in Barcelona, over mojitos!
In your opinion, what’s the Greek singles scene like in Boston? How does it differ from your experience in Greece? I think that people in Greece have a lot more opportunities to go out, flirt and meet with other singles. Maybe it’s the sun, the sea, the food, the romantic scenery everywhere in Greece, but above all TIME. In Boston, I have seen people struggling to find a little personal time to spend with other people and when they do they are too stressed out to enjoy it. They are too absorbed with their careers and this creates the need to be much more efficient with their dates than the average in Greece. Who would you like to play you when we finally make a movie about Agape Match? Anne Hathaway for sure!
True or False: All is fair in love and war. True
Now to important stuff…. Soccer/Football team: Panathinaikos F.C. Athens or Thessaloniki?: Athens Favorite Greek Island: Crete Favorite Greek Pastry: Kaimaki flavored ice-cream Favorite Greek musician: Eleni Vitali Sakis Rouvas or Kostas Martakis: Sakis Rouvas
The Agape Match team is so excited for Maria! We believe she’ll have a lot to contribute from her post in Boston, and we have no doubt that she’ll be fantastic at helping others find happiness and love. Congratulations Maria!
It’s interesting that right before you introduced us, I was just starting to become comfortable with my single life and being alone. I had decided to be okay with it and work on my goals. I was actually happy with my life. Then I meet him and the connection was a huge arrow right through my heart! Whoa!?!!!
I think he is so friggin awesome, and we have so much in common. I love talking to him and just being around him. I feel like we can go anywhere and entertain each other. I’m crossing my fingers, reciting Hail Marys, even rubbing rabbit’s feet for this one! I can’t thank you enough Maria!!!!
”—Email I received today from an Agape Match member. So, so happy for both of them!
Our amazing intern should exhibit the below qualities:
They should be outgoing, confident, and personable. Creating trust right away is key, and at Agape Match, we favor warm and sympathetic personalities to help us on our mission of finding love for our clients.
They should be professional. You know how nerve wrecking a first date can be? Yeah… working at a matchmaking firm is like being on a perpetual first date. You’re expected to be on your best behavior, dress the part, and not blog about the crazy psychos you may meet and/or accidentally fall in love with our potential clients who look so dreamy.
They should be exceptional at social media and communication. You should know not to post drunk and naked photos on Facebook and use proper grammar on Twitter, even in tight 140 character spaces. You should also know how to write a professional email.
They should be fluent in Greek. Έχεις ιδέα πόσες μήτερες τηλέφωνουν με φόβο οτι δεν θα έχουν εγγόνια πριν πεθάνουν;
They should be able to take initiative, be organized, detail oriented and have superior time management skills. Pretty basic right? I’m pretty sure every company asks for this. However, with flexible hours, it’s important that you can get things done and be a quick thinker.
They should know Microsoft Office and/or Pages and Keynote.
They should have a computer. You’ll have the flexibility to work from home. I’m almost certain lugging my desktop computer to and from our office is going to kill your back, and unfortunately, this position comes with zero health insurance/ benefits.
Agape Match is evolving! Though this position is unpaid, there will be many opportunities for compensation via commission and possibly a paid position in the future. Ideal candidates are studying or would have studied human resources, management, marketing, public relations, or marketing, but we’re definitely open to other areas of studies. They should live in the NYC Metropolitan area.
How to apply for this position: Send us your resume at email@example.com with the subject line: Agape Match Internship. Your resume should outline your work experience and/or relevant educational courses that you believe qualify you to work at Agape Match, America’s most innovative matchmaking firm.
"This is pretty tricky. The problem with online dating is that things we consider in “normal world” to be preferences can be miscommunicated as dealbreakers in “online world.” Single parents are in a bad position online, since most members tend to default browsing members without children. That said, if you are a single parent, you’re sort of a package deal! Whoever dates/marries you is also dating/marrying your kids. Yes, you should be up front about your package deal. You should also devote a paragraph in your profile describing the relationship you have with your kids. You essentially want to meet someone who’s cool with you being a single parent. They’ll understand that your priorities are different, and those are the dates that usually fare for more appreciation of your schedule and energy." - Maria Avgitidis (Read more…)
“I think maybe there is some confusion on what crazy is.
Dudes of the world – if you do not return your girlfriend’s calls for a week, and she shows up at your door yelling, she is not crazy. She is angry at you. There’s a difference. “Crazy’ would be if you did not return her calls for a week and she decided she was a lighthouse.” - Jennifer Wright