@Megasus Just to point out - the FDA does not actually do testing of drugs. The companies that are making the drugs are required to do testing based on all sorts of guidelines, then the FDA is supposed to review the results and either approve or tell them to go back and test more.
Sometimes, they'll approve a drug contingent on further testing or on monitoring it once it is marketed, because you may only be able to see certain things once a really large number of people have taken it.
@turnipgreens I see where you're coming from, but I think this is akin to any person in the public eye using their fame to try to make an impact (I was about to liken it to Princess Di publicly hugging an AIDS patient, but that's a hard one to say how much was for her and how much for the patient).
Isn't it possible that the pope could have multiple reasons simultaneously for hugging the person? He could have compassion for a member of his flock (assuming, since the man is described as a pilgrim waiting in St Peter's Square) and simultaneoulsy be attempting to set an example to the general populace to be kinder to individuals that often get ignored or worse.
Do I think he is doing some of this stuff tactically, such as washing prisoners, womens and Muslims feet instead of the standard high church authorities? Absolutely! But he's the head of a church and it's his job to be visible and set the example he thinks is appropriate. Frankly, I'm happy the Catholic church has finally elected a pope who thinks kindness and human decency are the examples he wants to lead by.
@upupandaway Is the new Exploratorium any good?
@Jinxie Since you're in San Francisco, I think you should take the ferry over to Sausalito, having drinks in the bar on the boat.
Do the tourist stuff, the weather is supposed to be great this weekend.
What about the Musee Mechanique - that would be a fun interactive date.
@blueberry mary " I just don't want to be that asshole who uses someone or leads them on."
Seems like as long as you're honest about where you are feelingswise, both with yourself and with him, then you'll be okay. If you are enjoying being with him and he's enjoying being with you, why stop? Eventually one of you will probably bring up the question of where the relationship is going, and at that point you can reevaluate. As long as you aren't telling him you're madly in love with him when you aren't, no harm no foul. If he's looking for more, it's up to him to say so (in the same way it would be up to you to so if you were).
You say that you've never been in a relationship before, and maybe your expectations are a little unrealistic? Its very easy to have a crush on someone and get that fluttery feeling, but longer term comfortable is good.
I think someone else already asked Do you look forward to seeing him and spending time with him? Does he make you smile?
If you answer no to both of those, then I'd say walk now. If not, I'd say give it more time.
@rosaline Woohoo! My neighborhood made a concerted effort to organize (via email) so all the parents knew where people would be home, and I got about 15 trick or treators. This is way up from the 5 last year. I actually ran out of candy and had to borrow some from my neighbor.
So confused. How is it that the obesity epidemic didn't hit in the 1950s, with all that mayo, crisco and sugary jello?
Was it that everything tasted like such crap that no one actually ate anything?
@cabber Since they're racist, make a donation in their honor to something like the NAACP or the Anti Defamation League. Then send a nice card saying "So sorry we couldn't attend, but to celebrate the joyous event, we're donating X amount in your name to (anti-racism group). Love and Kisses!"
Then enjoy imagining their horror at receiving it, and inability to respond.
Solo travel is the main thing I miss about being single! I travelled all over by myself when I was single and it was great. I don't think you can meet people as easily or have the random adventures when you're in a couple. But solo travel pushes you to talk to strangers and stay in hostels and do things on a whim.
Skukerman is going to give me nightmares for weeks. Creepy!!!