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  1. Since there was an NFL thread, I thought I should start a college football thread. I don't follow the NFL at all, just because they can't seem to make me care, but I've always adored college football. My alma mater (and my employer) just moved to #2 in the polls. It's looking to be a great year!



  2. I've had lots of crushes in my life... three stand out though...


    In third grade Mike was my best friend. We hung out together all the time and anytime there was an event at school that required boy girl pairing (square dancing in gym, christmas program, etc) we would always make sure we got each other. Everyone always gave us crap about being boyfriend / girlfriend, but we pretty much ignored them. Probably because neither of us really minded the idea, just never had the courage to make anything official... of course we were eight, so I'm not sure how much more official it gets than sitting next to each other on the bus everyday.


    When I was a freshman in high school I met Matthew while we were working on a school musical. He and I didn't get along at all, but I was so attracted to him and madly in love with him that he sort of worked his way into my psyche. I always thought something would happen between us, and I hoped I'd get another chance later in life, but I found out a few years after high school that he'd died from a brain tumor. It's been a while since I had a dream about him, but he does show up every so often and everytime he makes me wish that the night we were pretending to make out to fool the rest of the people at the drama club party we actually had been.


    The third crush that stands out was much more recent. I was in my last semester of college, 26, married with two kids and I honestly can't even remember his name. Mostly because I *refuse* to think about him long enough to remember it. He was in a couple of my classes and was in my Business Admin capstone group. Any time he got anywhere near me I broke down into a babbling idiot who couldn't string two thoughts together. I have no idea if he knew the effect he had on me, but damn... did he ever. Nothing ever came of it, and I haven't even seen him since we both graduated, but I'll always remember the way he reduced me to a silly giggling school girl anytime he was around...


    ah, crap.. you guys made me remember his name!

  3. Shhhhh....


    I need more pipe smokers around, damn it. Other than my ex, the only people around who smoke pipes are the old professors here on campus. Of course, everytime I get a wiff of pipe smoke, I get this overwhelming desire to follow the scent wherever it goes... but I can usually force myself to keep walking straight.


    Those pied pipers haven't betwitched me completely... yet...

  4. To be 100% clear: I am NOT smoking these pipes. The only harm I am doing myself is believing they will make me look credible.



    Bah, there's no point if you're not smoking. The reason the pipe makes you look more credible is because to keep a pipe lit it takes very controled and regular draws. Having to stop to puff occasionally gives you time to think, and better phrase your response. Not to mention nicotine is a stimulant and helps your brain work better.


    And pipe smoking really isn't that bad for you. For one thing, it's not something you do all day every day like cigarettes. It's an occasional thing, that helps you relax and think. It's good for the soul!

  5. I adore pipes. My old boyfriend used to come over and smoke his pipe in my room and the whole place would smell so incredibly fantastic. Pipe smoke is seroiusly intoxicating. :lol:



  6. alanschu & SirPetrakus -


    It sounds like both of these girls are trying to keep you leashed in. My most romantic relationship ever became my most painful relationship when after a break up neither of us could actually let go of one another. I was a mess for well over a year as we tried to be friends both wanting more, but knowing things wouldn't work out. It seemed that everytime I finally started to get in balance emotionally, he would call up and be desperate to talk to me. It was like he knew if he let me go much longer I really would find my balance and not need him anymore.


    I think, Allan, that your girl is trying to keep you off balance, emotionally dependent and on the line. You have to decide if that's where you want to be. If not, then don't let her continue on this path. If you're not sure, you can give it a few months and break it off when you're sure you're miserable...


    SirPetrakus, I think you did the right thing. It doesn't sound at all like you were too harsh, and in my opinion, it's *much* more harsh to let a relationship carry on in that interminable state of "maybe".

  7. I think it'd be smartest to tell her to cut it out. It sounds like she's using you as an ego booster and an emotional surrogate. If she really is unhappy with her boyfriend, she should end it. If she's trying to test the waters to see if she has something to fall back on if she does dump him, then you wind up looking like the bad guy when she hooks up with you afterward. If she doesn't leave her boyfriend, she will continue to use you to make her feel better when she's annoyed with him and that puts you in a bad place.


    At least that's the way it looks from here.

  8. I think Archie's would turn out better if he mirrored his face picture... his face is always oriented wrong.


    And why would I want to do something like this? My yearbook pictures were dorky enough, thanks.

  9. I just spent the last 3 weeks or so watching all four seasons of Lost for the first time.


    Maybe seeing them all back to back affected my perception (likely) but I didn't find season four to be implausible at all. The frozen wheel was an odd representation of the technology, but I think my current thought is that the island didn't actually move, but as the rabbit did, "appeared" to disappear because it was thrown forward in time. I also think that the turning of the wheel changes the compass bearing at which you can enter / leave the island.


    But of course that's all speculation.


    Here are the thematic elements that I think are fundamental to understanding what's going on in the show.


    Backgammon - two players, one light, one dark - I think the most interesting thing about the link to backgammon is the fact that in the game, you use your checkers and your rolls to "reset" the other players' checkers back to the beginning. Also, Ben's comment that "he changed the rules" suggests that he was fully aware that they were playing a game of some sort.


    Con Games - There are just waaaaay too many con men involved in the back stories for this to be a coincidence. Someone is being conned somewhere.


    Psychics - I think it's interesting that the psychic who sent Claire on the plane and the "medium", Miles, who spoke to the dead, both seem a little disgusted with their abilities. The psychic even told Eko that he was a fraud, even though it's pretty obvious he must have had flashes similar to Desmond's. Miles is a really interesting case, too. He obviously has the ability to hear the dead, but at the same time he seems to treat it like it's a scam. I'll definitely be interested in seeing more next season.


    Christ Imagery - There are a lot of them, but when Locke is carrying his father's body back to the Others' camp he is visibly carrying his "cross" over his shoulder, is the most obvious example to me.


    Christian (Jack's Dad) - I think Christian is the key to understanding everything. When we find out what his actual connection to the island is, I think it will all make sense.



    There's a lot more, of course, but those are the ones that stand out to me the most right now.

  10. aye. can someone give me a real problem with the film? as in, a critique that doesn't involve "waaaaah batman was sad at at the end"?


    I also have already reviewed it, but I'll reiterate...


    I actually would give TDK 8 of 10, so it's not that I didn't like it at all, just that I found it to be seriously overrated.


    I am one of those that did not like the ending, but not because it was "sad" (even though it did leave me with a horrible nasty feeling of despair) but rather because the last third of the movie is horribly unorganized and all over the place. It felt like Nolan used Heath Ledger's death as an excuse to include *every* scene he'd shot with the Joker in it...


    I also had a problem with there being no likeable characters in the movie (other than Alfred and Lucius). Everybody else were self absorbed jerks. I, personally, have a hard time enjoying a movie where I can't connect to any of the characters.

  11. I'm smart, funny, good looking, honest, thoughtful, cute, sweet, and just about every good quality a person can have really. I think I might be as close to a perfect boyfriend as you can get.


    You should have told her exactly this, that's obviously where you went wrong. Make sure you tell all future girlfriends. They'll appreciate your honesty.


    I think what really went wrong was that she still loved her ex boyfriend and it was a safer bet than me because I lived far away where as he lived really close to her. I mean, I know you are making a joke, but I still have an intense need to justify what happened in the relationship any chance I can get.


    But yes, I think I'll take your advice. I mean, nothing else seems to work, and this is just the type of crazy scheme I need!


    Just make sure you tack "modest" on the end of that chain of descriptors... :)

  12. Oh I hate that.. I made a point out early on, of making my gf understand, that if I ever insited that it was 'nothing' more than 3 times, she should most definitely leave it alone.. because to me it's nothing short of absolute lack of respect to insist that people share things they don't want to share.


    If he really insists he doesn't want to talk about it, I'll usually let it go. What I really hate is that time frame when I know that something is wrong and he's acting like I'm just being crazy, not actually picking up on whatever vibe he's sending.


    I'm not crazy damn it.... well, at least not when it comes to picking up emotional states of the people around me.


    Alanschu -


    I was that girl for a long time. Looking back on it, I think I stayed in my marriage as long as I did because I had married him against everyone's advice and I really wanted to be right about him. I wanted it to work out a lot because of those romantic notions that made me cling to something that was absolutely nightmarish. It took a long journey to finally admit how bad the relationship really was and I couldn't have gotten there without my own "homewrecker" friend. Though, honestly, I think that he helped me more by just being a good man and providing a contrast to the bastard I was married to.


    Anyhow, I'll be the first to admit that most women have very screwed up notions when it comes to relationships until they've been through a few and learn to let go of the crappy ones. Usually they become a lot more reasonable somewhere in their mid to late twenties... (at least in my experience).

  13. I'm actually trying to buy a house right now as well. Unfortunately the community I want to live in has very few houses on the market right now. Here in Oklahoma, our housing market has actually improved a tiny bit in the last couple of years. I guess that's what happens when a good portion of your economy is made up of the oil and gas industries.


    Anyhow, there's only one house out there that I'd even consider living in and that one has weird problems. I *really* need to be closed by the end of September, though... so I'm considering it anyway. That or hoping something else shows up very, very soon.

  14. When I need dialogue I tend to play through the game and take screen shots of the conversations. But, I've got somewhere around sixty saved games (on my PC another 50 or so on my xbox), so it's never very far to any particular conversation. But that's only for K2. I never could get into K1 stuff, either.


    That being said, if anyone needs any dialogue, I've got screenshots... :brows:

  15. And don't even ge tme started on women and shopping!


    I've never seen a chick (that doesn't work there) go into the only store I do: Gamestop. Of course, when they see (god forbid) a shoe store, its all a squealing, "ZOMG! SHOES!" rush, even though they already own more shoes than I do games (I traded in around half the other day and got $1250. Epic stinginess.)


    A friend of mine once explained this to me, in a way which convinced me of the sense in it.


    Women's clothing doesn't work in bits like men's clothing. I can have three pairs of shoes - sport, smart, durable. This will let me meet any eventuality. However, a woman's whole dress, bag, hat etc has to be 'unlocked' by the correct pair of shoes. Thus they freak out whenever they see a concentration of shoes, any one of which may unlock whole outfits they had previously been unable to use to devastating effect.


    Or, to put it another way, imagine that you had found a Grotblast Scale Armour, and a Grotblast Fur Hat, both of which were +1. But if you found and killed a grotblast you would be able to take its skin to be made into Grotblast leggings, and all worn together would grant +9 super kill death avoidance. Every time you saw a grotblast in the distance you'd be like "ZOMG! Grotblast!"


    Is it weird that I identify waaaay more with the latter than the former? I generally have two pairs of shoes. In the summer I have a pair of sandals I typically wear (all summer long) and in the winter I get a pair of semi dressy boots. I also have a pair of tennis shoes that I keep on hand for when I need them, but rarely wear them, unless I'm mowing the lawn or something. Oh, and I also have a pair of riding boots (horseback). So I guess that means I have three pairs of shoes at any given time, but rarely wear anything other than my stock winter / summer footwear choice. (BTW, my ex-husband was the one with the shoe fettish in my life... the man had shoes for every outfit... ugh!)


    AND I go into gamestop all the time.


    But then, I think I once took the BBC's male / female brain test and scored right in the middle of the male brain scores. My fiance thinks I'm awesome. :)


    Women are good at reading body language.



    True.. until 1+ years into your relationship, when their radar for these things gets overloaded once a week. Like when suddenly you've clearly done something wrong, by the way you are reading that newspaper.. :brows:



    I don't know how it works with most men, but I do know my fiance will tell me nothing is wrong, when it's obvious he just doesn't want to talk about it. BUT, the, "something is really bothering me and I'm trying desperately to ignore it and let it go" vibe is rolling off him so strongly that I cannot relax at all. So I keep bugging him about it and he keeps saying, "nothing!" Which drives me nuts, because it *is* something... eventually he usually gives in and talks about it... Of course, he's someone who really likes to avoid confrontation which while makes for a peaceful relationship on the surface, can lead to other problems in the long run.

  16. why women love friend zoneing?


    Its a nice way for them to say the prospective male didnt make the cut.


    I'd say it's more of a, "I'm gonna keep you around to stroke my ego and if I get *really* desperate, I'll make you take me to a movie." sorta thing. Otherwise, why stay friends with someone who has a thing for you? If you're not interested at all it just gets irritating.

  17. OK isn't so bad, there's lots of stuff here to do. But I was hoping to get away for a bit. I like CO alright... but it's supposed to be hot there this weekend. If I'm going to be hot, I might as well not pay for the gas.

  18. Sure! But we've done it. And it's gonna be hot this weekend, so outside stuff wouldn't be very fun...


    Right now I'm leaning towards Santa Fe... 8 hour drive, but it's supposed to be 77 there this weekend!

  19. Given the number of people that inhabit our planet it'd be incredibly odd not to meet someone who you're romantically compatible with who's not taken, thus entering a relationship with them. To be in your 60's and not have or have had a wife and kids is either evidence of a poor psyche of the individual or just plan bad luck and I mean really, really bad luck. I mean unless you're deformed or really fat and I mean really fat like 150 something kg then any guy can have a long term partner.


    You forgot the real reason people are single at 60. They're female. Once the men start kicking the bucket, the # of willing available females skyrockets and the men just keep dropping. Sure, any guy at that age can have a relationship if he wants one, but it's not the same for us.

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