Monday, June 17, 2013

Don't Ask:

After further research, I've discovered that people do not like to be asked about their love life at all, either on-line or off-line:
“How's your love life, anyway?"
Oh GOD. Why can't married people understand that this is no longer a polite question to ask? We wouldn't rush up to THEM and roar, "How's your marriage going? Still having sex?
― Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones's Diary 
So I'm going to have to come up with another catchphrase to replace "how's your on-line love life?" As love involves combat, I think I'll ask "how goes the battle?"


  1. I had a dirty old uncle that asked me this question every time I saw him from the time I was about 7 years old. He was a beer drinking, chain smoking trucker and he used to tease me unmercifully when I was kid. There were times I'd hide in the bushes just to escape his smart-ass wrath.

    When I entered high school I started replying with, "It's better than yours!". He'd laugh and we'd shoot cutting remarks at each other. Good times.

    When I entered college, he was in the hospital dying of lung cancer. The entire family came to say their goodbyes. There were a lot of tears as everyone leaned over him and whispered something as he gasped for breath through his oxygen mask. He was on a lot of pain medication and mostly stared glossy eyed at them. When my turn came, my girlfriend at the time held my hand. I leaned down to him and looked him right in the eyes and said, "My love life is pretty damn good". I'll never forget the smile he gave me. He squeezed my hand and that was the last time I saw him.

    I miss that old bastard sometimes.

  2. How bitter sweet.

    I like that kid's reply in the photo: "Love-life may be a rather grandiose term for staring at women on the bus"