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11:04 am - This is how I've managed these last ~2.5 years
relsqui, housemate D, and I were watching GTO. Some of you might know that I'd been searching for the first 5 GTOs for quite some time. I had acquired the second box set last year at Anime Expo only to find that the first was out of print. I held out hope for the Internet -- and it spectacularly failed me, so I had discs 6-10, but was missing 1-5. I kept looking and eventually forgot. I resolved to get them through Netflix. We got the first one, but the second one went to a "Very Long Wait". It sat as the top of my queue for a very long time, but nothing was happening.

As fortune would have it, D stopped by GameStop and -- wonder of wonders! -- they had the first box set! relsqui quickly snapped it up and gave it to me as an early birthday present. We've been watching tons of it. She gave it to me last Wednesday and we're out of the first box set as of last night (That's ~25 episodes. I believe there's 50 total).

So we were watching some of it last night and came across one where the episode title was "Revolution Everywhere!" The very first thing that entered my mind was "and not a drop to drink". I hesitated, trying to decide whether it was worth saying (remember! There's a special circle of hell for people who talk in theatres!) and right as I opened my mouth to say it, relsqui said precisely the same thing in unison.

I've never really met anyone who thinks the way I do. I've met people who I can read and I understand what's in their thoughts. I can anticipate what they're about to say. I can do that to some degree with relsqui, but when I'm not trying, it's funny how often our thoughts arrive at the same place. When we're working on something, the collaboration can be poetry where we're both thinking ahead of what we need, what the other needs, and planning accordingly. Fortunately, I can still manage to be sneaky every so often and plan little surprises for her. She's a bit less sneaky, though when I know she's planning something (such as the upcoming Philday), I turn my brain off and try my best to forget any details.

A long while ago, I set myself to analyzing relationships, how they work, and when do they remain beneficial (zweeb has heard some of my theories and was somewhat amused that by comparison, all he had come up with to explain relationships was the "ugly plant" story). I always assumed there was a subset of the population with a size greater than 1 who would be excellent partners.

With relsqui, I can't really bring myself to believe that subset has more than one member in it.

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From:philled2thebrim
Date:January 25th, 2006 09:13 pm (UTC)
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awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww...
From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 25th, 2006 11:53 pm (UTC)
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STFU
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From:zweeb
Date:January 25th, 2006 10:01 pm (UTC)

Objection!

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my "ugly plant" theory was in reference to the kinds of relationships i often find myself in. i am, in fact, a subscriber to the soulmate school of thought. i offer my ex-best friend as my prime example. he and i would essentially be on the same brainwave, if not a harmonic. we would observe an even and reach the exact same conclusion simultaneously. we would finish each others' sentences, or thoughts even with a nudge and a wink. that's perhaps why our friendship lasted for the better half of our lives. i honestly believe that we were two sides of the same coin. unfortunately, unspecified conflict has driven us apart. nonetheless, i can appreciate a relationship at that level. and i assure you, should i find a mate with whom this phenomena occurs, i would not rule out a legal union.
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From:testing4l
Date:January 25th, 2006 10:16 pm (UTC)

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I can't help but note that you emphasize "legal" ; )

IIRC, the conversation you mentioned it in was on the dumping aspect of a relationship.

I dislike the word soulmate though. relsqui doesn't have the same size foot!
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From:zweeb
Date:January 25th, 2006 10:27 pm (UTC)

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well, that was just because relsqui has already wondered how i will outdo myself, being that my current relationship is at least "unconventional." that's not to say this one won't end in a legal union, it's way to early to make that call. well, it can partly be made... due to the varying degrees of international, national, state, and local laws that must concur to allow it, it's probably illegal. at the very least it's frowned upon.
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From:relsqui
Date:January 25th, 2006 10:31 pm (UTC)

Re: Objection!

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Pretty damn close, though. You can wear most of my shoes, I think, and I can wear many of yours--just not (comfortably, anyway) your sneakers.

So we're not PERFECT sole mates. 8)
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From:testing4l
Date:January 26th, 2006 12:12 am (UTC)

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Fine, but you aren't Korean.
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From:relsqui
Date:January 25th, 2006 10:58 pm (UTC)

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At the time, the closest friend I had ever had was my first boyfriend, Noah. Since very similar phenomena (which is plural, by the way) have been described twice already in this thread, I'll leave out the long version, but we were comfortable throwing around the words "soul mate." We were together as constantly as possible for the several years of our acquaintance.

And then we weren't. When we started high school seeing each other became next to impossible, and seeing a lot of other interesting people started happening a lot more. We broke up, we stopped talking, and lost track of each other entirely.

I was sure I'd never have a friendship like that again.

I did, though. And while Phil is included, I'm not just talking about him. There were at least two people after Noah that I "clicked" with, that I felt I understood and could talk to about anything and would do anything for. (There was one other, too, where I thought so at the time and feel a bit differently now--but that's another story.) Each time I was amazed and happy to be so lucky.

That's why I don't believe in soul mates. If there were one person I was meant to be with, I wouldn't know which of those it's supposed to be. Don't get me wrong, there's only one person I want to be with, and he's trivially the best suited of those relationships. But in each case I thought that one was the best of all, and didn't expect to need another.

I don't have much of a point here, unless it's to go with what works. I'm trying to keep this low on detail, but if you want the opposite extreme, I have written down somewhere way too much detail about my romantic history--mostly for the sake of getting it off my chest, but a couple of people have apparently found it interesting.
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From:zweeb
Date:January 25th, 2006 11:52 pm (UTC)

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clarification: i don't believe in a one-to-one correspondance with respect to soulmates. i believe that phenomenae can be expanded to include multiple people, even perhaps animals. (i have not encountered cross-species soulmates, but i don't want to rule them out just on principle. please don't marry your pet)
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From:testing4l
Date:January 26th, 2006 12:03 am (UTC)

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someone beat you to it.

Oh, and you want the word "phenomenon".
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From:relsqui
Date:January 26th, 2006 01:06 am (UTC)

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"And I am not a pervert."

Rooooofl. : )
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From:relsqui
Date:January 25th, 2006 10:59 pm (UTC)
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Trust the telepathy, dear heart.
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From:danaewinters
Date:January 25th, 2006 11:53 pm (UTC)

Awwwwww!

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That is by far the sweetest thing I've ever heard you say...you guys are so cute! I don't know about the whole "soul-mate" thing, but I know a good thing when it happens. Isn't that enough?


And speaking of which....I don't know what GTO is. (runs away)
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From:testing4l
Date:January 26th, 2006 12:04 am (UTC)

Re: Awwwwww!

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Duh! Great Teacher Onizuka! _EVERYONE_ knows that ; )

hehehe. It's a truly wonderful anime series.

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