@Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that) @peppercornelius Thank you both, really needed to feel un-alone.
So with you @peppercornelius about the expectation of romantic relationships vs. friendships. Totally sympathetic to gushing, issues, etc as normal human events but cannot abide by the end-all be-all expectation of romantic partners. It sucks for me right now, and it might well suck for you in the future when you need a wider friend group.
Oh so many feelings. I haven't called anyone my best friend since my grade 3 BFF dropped me like a hot potato once grade 4 started. I've never recovered and remain super skeptical of people who make friends quickly.
I do have amazing close friends, most of who are long distance (thanks grad schools) so like Kelsey (A Practial Wedding) I don't have that day-to-day check in. Mostly this works for me, too much contact is often very overwhelming to me. It's hard to balance between immediate, "real life" relationships and activities and a phone/inbox of texts, emails and Skype calls.
My most life-significant friendship is with my roommate. We are friends but it's a balance of friendship, partnership, and adopted-familial obligation.
Something I'm having a really hard time with lately is reconciling my friends and their romantic relationships. My default is to read this as "I am now demoted." Which, though a huge bummer, has often been the case. As a single person who has almost always been single, I place a very high value on my platonic relationships and it hurts when those external romantic relationships take precedence. It makes me feel like my relationships are way-stations for others and it hurts.
Pretty emotional about this today because the roommate is all swoony over a long-distance someone which is probably going to have a big impact on our little world.
In summary, friendships are great and hard.
Great interview! Also so fascinated with the sideshow life.
In a past job I got to meet the Fleet Family aka the Lucky Daredevil Thrillshow (http://www.luckydaredevil.com/) - husband and wife sword swallowers (+fire and snakes, also Jill sword swallowed while preggers). Here's a mini-doc about their home life http://vimeo.com/65971233
@annejumps @NeverOddOrEven I strongly feel levels of squat toilets are strongly, positively correlated to levels of spry old people.
These are wonderful and may I point you toward the pioneering work they've done in the field of "Guys With Fancy Lady Hair"? http://www.thebolditalic.com/articles/3547-guys-with-fancy-lady-hair
Welcome @jazzloon! And where'dya get that rad raglan shoulder denim shirt?
Thanks, Jia! You will be missed. Best of luck out there on the internets. Just did the right thing and signed up for your Thing.
@AmbiSinister Best advice, seconded. Much needed. Also, defenestration is the best word.
@pollypeachum YES, Birdy totally holds up. So does saying "it grumbles my guts."
My entry level fancy is this coat! which I had a small heart-attack about buying but intend on looking super cool in for the next 20 years. So maybe outwear if you live in a place where that makes sense?