"A homeless man on my train just gave some change to another homeless man."
She just called me to discuss. We wept.
But now we are both thinking that the two of them were in cahoots.
I feel played. I don't like it.
"For some reason this holiday season feels so much more stressful and melancholy than last. I could kick scrooge's ass right now."
Christmas 2005: Rather than returning to Beijing after my trip to Bhutan with WC, I had escaped for some alone-time to the Banyan Tree Spa in Bangkok.
Christmas 2006: I was with my parents, which was lovely, but the Sociopathic Alcoholic had apparently set a timer to remind himself to send me nasty emails and text messages every hour accusing me of being with other men. Perhaps in a couple lifetimes from now I'll look back on it and be flattered at his estimation of my man-attracting skills.
Christmas 2007: I was with my parents, but this time, my email and phone were wonderfully silent.
Christmas 2008: I will be with my parents, and will bring home two "strays": MG and EA, who will join us for Christmas Eve dinner.
GC from Beijing in April
MM from Tokyo in May
EH from Beijing in June
MB from Hong Kong In July
LW from Hong Kong in September
HM from Tokyo in September
FC from Beijing in November
SL from Hong Kong in December
KF and her husband from Beijing in December
"With most endeavors, having a clearly identified goal is necessary, or at the very least, helpful in achieving that goal. But with dating..., can being "goal-oriented" hinder rather than help?"
It turns out that everything is the opposite of what I remember. Under the old model, you dated a few times and, if you really liked the person, you might consider having sex. Under the new model, you hook up a few times and, if you really like the person, you might consider going on a date.
People can go to your business website to figure out what to buy for you. And if they want to figure out what you are thinking, they can go to your blog. So really, when you actually start dating someone again some day, you guys never have to actually TALK. Unless he wants to talk about himself, in which case, you wouldn't really be paying attention anyway. So you guys can just have sex all the time.
Patience: an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay.
Fortitude: mental and emotional strength in facing difficulty, adversity, danger, or temptation courageously.
"Unthinkably good things can happen, even late in the game."
- from Under The Tuscan Sky
"The dedicated merchant page, that link, pissing me off. Now or later?"Imagine that all day long.
"First yes, second no"