October 14, 2008

"You Knew."

"I knew you were vaguely interested in him; I didn't know you were helplessly in love with him. I thought you were his gal-pal, with an eye toward the future. Given the risk to you personally, do you think I would have encouraged you to hang out with him if I had known you were in love?"

What am I—the Dr. Mengele of human relationships?

There is a difference between

It's drizzling.


Hurricane Katrina is about to make landfall.

One can argue that it is simply a difference in degree, but I would argue that at that point it is a difference in kind.

Yeah, yeah. Maybe I should have guessed. But here is a question for you: what happened to your vaunted love for me? Was it simply a way of getting closer to him? Weren't you simply using me, all along?

This is a guy who made your name into a swear-word in the 1980s. He had grammatical rules put together for how to slander you. All in a spirit of "fun."

No. I never would have guessed. You would have had to tell me.

E.B. once alluded to having "betrayed" me, years after our last triangle together: the one that changed both of our lives for good, and forever.

"My, my," I remarked, rather mildly—hiding, I think, my shock—"what a big word."

And by that I meant that what happened in 1990 was utterly excruciating to me. But 100% necessary. And I paid for it in human relationships for a couple of decades; I'm still paying, actually.

But I don't begrudge them their happiness, and I wouldn't take a moment of it back.

Life hurts. Remember Mrs. Dalloway?

Those ruffians, the Gods, shan't have it all their own way-- her notion being that the Gods, who never lost a chance of hurting, thwarting and spoiling human lives, were seriously put out if, all the same, you behaved like a lady.

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I could send you some couch-pillows, if that would help.

Posted by Attila Girl at October 14, 2008 09:15 AM | TrackBack

You would have had to tell me.

I would have to tell you? ummm, is this one of those moments where the appropriate answer is I'm wrong, you're right, and I'm sorry?

I dunno, I'm a single dude, so all this relationship stuff is a bit foreign to me. Besides, I don't want to get sticky gooey stuff
on me. And as a dude, I'm obviously clue-challenged.

Can you help a fellow out?

(the meteorologist in me wants to expound upon the differences between a drizzle and a landfalling Cat 3 hurricane, but i'll refrain)

Posted by: I R A Darth Aggie at October 14, 2008 09:27 AM

You're a fast reader. Here's another one for you, which should muddy the waters even further:

Joy: "Wait. If T. doesn't get along with B., shouldn't she be hanging out with W.?"

Science Girl: "Yes. They've been good friends for two years now."

Joy: "Oops. I should start writing this stuff down. It's a wonder I haven't committed about a million faux pas by now.

And aren't I supposed to be the novelist, the keen observer of human relations? And you're the scientist, the engineer, too focused on facts to keep track of the emotional side of life?

How did I end up being 'the guy' in this relationship?"

Science Girl: "Hahaha. There's one in every group!"

Posted by: Attila Girl at October 14, 2008 09:49 AM


You are just way too deep for me!

Posted by: RightGirl at October 14, 2008 10:08 AM

You know, for someone who swears coke does nothing for her, you certainly sound like you're strung out on something...

Please, what you smoke, and how can I get it? :)

But seriously, what's the background? Is it permitted to ask? Or are you really strung out on something...

Posted by: Gregory at October 14, 2008 04:51 PM


Posted by: rin at October 15, 2008 02:37 PM

See? Even your really close friend has no idea what you're talking about! :)

Unless that question mark was directed at me, but I don't recall Rin ever actually responding directly to my comments...

Posted by: Gregory at October 15, 2008 05:40 PM

Twice bitten, twice shy.

Posted by: Attila Girl at October 15, 2008 08:51 PM

You know, I''ve got a wonderfully active, creative, dirty mind, and I can kinda grasp at what you're saying, possibly maybe.

The Bible records God as requiring us to be monogamous - He created Adam, and Eve for Adam. That the two shall become one flesh.

The Bible also records what happens when humans, being the rebellious hellions we are, decide to do our own thing. Abraham, Jacob, David, and definitely especially Solomon, it has never had a good smooth outcome for any of them. Contrast Isaac, whose life seemed to be a pretty good one all in all. One woman-man, as she was a one-man woman.

God's pretty smart, is what I'm thinking. And I think I'll stay a virgin and not get involved in all the stuff I think I'm getting a vague idea of - until God tells me otherwise.

Posted by: Gregory at October 15, 2008 10:02 PM

Choose wisely.

Posted by: Attila Girl at October 16, 2008 03:23 AM

If this is addressed to me, if I am the "you" being addressed, then I would say this is not an appropriate forum or method of communication on private matters.

The "E.B." and "1990" references are opaque.

Perhaps none of it is relevant to me, but rather about some other drama, some other set of painful decisions. In which case, never mind.


Posted by: Rin at October 16, 2008 09:39 AM

It's a prose poem, Rin.

Don't you like it?

Posted by: Attila Girl at October 16, 2008 10:36 AM

No. I like direct communication, with clearly referenced pronouns and accurately cited facts. I also like honesty and accountability and personal responsibility.

I don't know what the above is about.

As I said, if it's about me, this is not a way to tell me anything. If it's about someone else, if someone else is the victim of whoever's bad acts, then it's unclear and therefore not productive of insight or knowledge, at least for me.

If you want to tell me something important, email me directly. But only if it's current. I don't need to know anything about the 80s.


Posted by: Rin at October 16, 2008 01:10 PM

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