March 6th, 2006

dd2guy

two is a magic number

So I've noticed that guys and girls of similar interests tend to form pairs. Not couples, pairs. In a simpler world they'd all be couples, but life is rarely that easy. You know the type--the Martins and Fayes, the Jeffs and Babys (babies?). In freshman year a guy and a girl will meet and discover that they both like indie rock or Kantian philosophy or chain smoking, and they'll almost hook up but not quite, and they'll hang around each other for the rest of their college days in a delicate balance of close friendship and sexual tension. There's always some reason why they don't get together, and it's usually good--he 's got a long-distance girlfriend, she's a control freak, he can't commit, she only dates black guys, they just know each other far too well--but there's always just enough electricity to keep their friendship both interesting and frustrating to observe. Even more so in the rare instances where people are members of more than one pair at once.

I wonder how many of these pairs will part ways and marry other people, and run across each other many years later, and wonder what if.

Also, on a completely different note: Commitment is underrated.
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never trust your instincts

"You're writing dialogue in formula," says my left brain. "Words, description, words, description--there's no heart to it. You need to let go of technique and trust your instincts."

"Okay, instincts," I say, rubbing my forehead. "What say you?"

"Take a nap!" they squeal. "Hit on uninterested women! Eat some Hot Pockets! Look at porn! Play video games until three in the morning! Barf! Take off your shirt in the middle of Tappan Square and set it on fire!"

I kick my instincts in the balls (an anatomically difficult task). "Any other bright ideas, left brain?"
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