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Old 12-19-2010, 02:36 AM
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What's there to write about, anymore? Sure, the world situation is crap. That's not new and there are reams of reaction on file. Yes, hope springs eternal with each birth of shining eyes. Dis ain't no revelation, bub. The body I am in continues to disintegrate at an appropriate rate. No different than anyone else's circumstance, I am sure. Youth is perpetually impatient, impetuous and often indignant. Chemical hormonal happenings. Ho hum.

Goverments, politics--when a man isn't capable of managing himself how is it that a group of men can be assumed any more reliable?

Only thing I see remarkable goin' on is I am in love with my wife. Yeah, how often do you hear that one? Married more than 10 years now, the lust is past, the programmed by society self destruct stuff uninstalled and we continue to go on.

I should have known something was up back when we were across the world pen pals, she in Hong Kong, me in Florida. One of the more decipherable passages in a letter from her was 'Don't you want someone to grow old with?' I'd never heard such a question. The answer was 'I do'.


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Old 12-19-2010, 04:49 AM
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Growing old (I prefer maturing) ushers in an era of newly discovered knowledge and wisdom hidden for decades by youthfulness falsely believed to be eternal. But, then, just as one thinks he or she finally has a handle on things, here come the aches and pains. Oh, life's so cruel.

Another reason to marry a doctor.
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Old 12-19-2010, 07:14 AM
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Growing old (I prefer maturing) ushers in an era of newly discovered knowledge and wisdom hidden for decades by youthfulness falsely believed to be eternal. But, then, just as one thinks he or she finally has a handle on things, here come the aches and pains. Oh, life's so cruel.

Another reason to marry a doctor.
Nice to see you connected with this, Shelly.
And how.
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Old 12-22-2010, 10:32 AM
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This paragraph here is the best:
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I should have known something was up back when we were across the world pen pals, she in Hong Kong, me in Florida. One of the more decipherable passages in a letter from her was 'Don't you want some one to grow old with?' I'd never heard such a question. The answer was 'I do'.
It reminds me of Gabriel Oak's first proposal in Far from the Madding Crowd: "And at home by the fire, whenever you look up, there I shall be -- and whenever I look up there will be you." There's something so sincere and basic about needing companionship, that people rarely express. It's nice to hear it.
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Old 12-25-2010, 02:39 PM
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Thanks for your words, Hoi Lei.
Guess I'd best go find out who Gabriel Oaks is.
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Old 12-25-2010, 02:47 PM
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Hmmm, Far from the Maddening Crowd. Published 1874. 'Spect Mr. Oaks has passed on by now. Wait a min-- author is Thomas Hardy. Hmmm, again.

Perhaps this Oaks fella is a character in the book. Off to the local library on Monday for me.

Sure is a lot of research in this writin' world.
Good thing I like to read.
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Hi Nick,
looks like you found the Holy Grail of humanity. Nice piece from the heart and it shows.
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Sounds idyllic and a bit sticky. Had a similar situation with a long distance affair continents away. My "friend" asked me the same question. She asked if I wanted someone to grow old with. Yes, I replied, I would love that. A month later she sent me a turtle. Apparently they live to be over a hundred. I never thought I could love a vegan but I do. Lettuce is cheap.

Nice piece of writing Nick.

BTW I found out the hard way that romaine gives turtles bad gas..stick with iceberg.

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Old 12-26-2010, 11:16 AM
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David and Gaines, thank you, Gentlemen.
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Old 12-27-2010, 10:04 AM
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Perhaps this Oaks fella is a character in the book. Off to the local library on Monday for me.
Yeah, he's a character in the book Far From the Madding Crowd. He proposes to this girl, saying he loves her "far more than common" and would be able to support her, and they could make a life together. She turns him down. Shortly thereafter, he loses his livelihood, and has no money at all. (Good thing he wasn't married!)

So he goes looking for work, and lo and behold, that same girl turned out to be an heiress, and now she's got land. She hires him. Throughout most of the book, the girl flirts with different men and seeks romance, flowers, the whole coy game of love. Gabriel keeps his distance because it wouldn't be appropriate to make a pass at his boss, but he keeps loving her. Ultimately, simple love endures.
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Love. hiss. spit. ack!

Aside from that, really nice.
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Hoi Lei, thank you for the synopsis.

SLW, well... thanks also.
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I like your flow. Good voice. My only crit would be the "hope springs eternal" line. It's kind of cliche, but I sense some sarcasm behind it. If that's the case, then never mind.
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Old 12-28-2010, 02:41 AM
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Sarcasm?
To quote one of the most astute life philosophers I have ever read:
"You're kidding me, right, bub?"

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to paraphrase Col. John 'Hannibal' Smith:
Crits appeal to me a lot more than they do to a normal person.

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