commented on SL Letter of the Day: Honestly Open And Unbearable or Dishonestly Open And Functional?
@4 There's something to that, but it's also about the stability in knowing that while your other partners will come and go (no pun intended!) your presumably primary, non-dating partner will stay with you because they simply aren't distracted. When that's threatened and the positions are reversed, suddenly that foundation is seriously shaken. So the letter writer's wife knows for a fact that she can have all the flings she wants and she can go back to hubby. But when hubby finds someone else, that's a tremendous shock.
I was in a disastrous open relationship for three years with a woman who cycled through a number of girlfriends in that time and really didn't have time for my discomfort. But when I started dating someone else, I had to stop seeing the other woman because... well... because. We broke up shortly thereafter.
commented on Will You Boycott Fast Food Tomorrow?
It's been said: it's hard to boycott something I already don't do (see also: watching the Olympics)
And while I plan on getting a coffee on the way home, it'll be my indie coffee place that could do with the business.
commented on Spoiled Rotten: The Lego Movie
@1 And most of the models for the movie were revealed at the New York Toy Fair this past weekend, including Benny's Spaceship Spaceship! SPACESHIP!!!!! for $70. And as cool as some of the recreated vehicles were at the end of the film, I'd rather make them myself than have the instructions...
I'm with you, Paul. It was a fun film that didn't take itself too seriously but the hype is kind of ridiculous. The usher at the screening I went to said he thought it was the Toy Story of this generation and... no.
I wish I'd liked it more, though.
commented on Protestors Must Stop Attacking Public Forms of Transportation
When I worked at Fred Hutch, I'd use the trolley on a semi-regular basis to get downtown. Knowing that someone was messing with my commute (either way) to make a wide, badly aimed point about another company I had not personal dealings with beyond the occasional book or MP3 wouldn't do much to win my sympathy.
commented on Cleveland Radio Station Vs. "Noise Wall"
It's so easy to get a rise out of people by decrying censorship in a story like this, isn't it?
It's very simple: Congress shall make no law... but your bosses can set their standards wherever they like. That they should react so strongly to the complaint of one person doesn't really speak well of them, because if one person doesn't like something, that person can just as easily turn the radio off. But if this one person was the latest in a string of people saying they were getting tired of the daily Xenakis/Metal Machine Music/busted furnace mega-mix, then it's on the DJ to shift the play list.
commented on Which Sketch Turned You into a Monty Python Fan for Life?
It's been so long that I almost don't remember NOT being a Python fan. That said, I think it would either be the one where the art staged a walk out strike (featuring the Birth of Venus talking with a dead butch male voice) or the Lost World parody. The latter really disappointed me as a kid because I REALLY loved dinosaurs, so it felt like a bait and switch, but once I saw what they were doing, I loved it.
"Wait a moment! If we're being filmed...... then who's filming us?"
commented on In Which We Celebrate the Total Destruction of Denver Without Actually Destroying Denver!
"But that's an awfully cynical view of professional sports ..."
With pretty good reason, actually, given that I've never felt particularly well served by this notion of tribalism. Or at least, this tribe of sports fans.
I'm with Catalina, I'm thrilled for y'all in the same way that I'm thrilled for Catholics when they get a new Pope, slam poetry fans who get a new winner at Nationals and the myriad fans of myriad musical styles when someone they like get a Best Artist or whatever. I just don't want anything to do with it.
It took me two hours to get to work in SoDo and another two hours to get home today. And from the bottom of my oh so cynical heart, I'm really glad y'all had your little party but after that hellish commute, you've had your turn. Sit down and shut up already.