Monday, June 30, 2008

What is a relationship?

Someone asked me if a relationship is just a friendship and a little more.

This was my response:

There's a lot more to a relationship than just "friendship and a little more."

It starts off small; just simple feelings, being giddy when that person is around, smiling just because you saw their smile. Then, in time, that grows into something more. One day, you realize you can't imagine your life without that person.

When you love someone so deeply, you open up to them completely. When you see them, the first thing you do is run up to them and give them a hug. Not a friend hug, but the kind of hug that only two people in love can give one another. It's tenderness, closeness. More is expressed in that hug than most people express in bed together. There's nothing in the world like it and you never want it to end.

When you're with them, you feel safe. You can say everything and anything that's on your mind: you can vent about work or you can cry on their shoulder, and they'll always be there. You can let down your guard, let go of any facades, discard anything that isn't you and expose yourself to them completely. You feel like the whole world could come crumbling down around you and you'd still have a smile on your face because being with that person is all that matters.
You feel at home.

And the thought of losing that person strikes fear into your heart deeper than any fear you've ever experienced. And losing them...I pray you never learn.

That's what a relationship is like. It's far more and far deeper than just friends with a little more added. It's your life combined with theirs. It's symbiotic. It's strengthening. It's loving. It becomes your life.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Or maybe this

In my last post I said that the Suzuki V-Strom DL 650 was the bike I wanted to get.

After doing a bit more research, I might actually swing for the Kawasaki Ninja 250. It's a weaker engine (650cc to 250cc), but it's more of a sport bike - which, I'll admit, I like - and the smaller engine does equate to better mileage: according to sources, the V-Strom gets an average of 54 mpg, the Ninja gets around 72 mpg; that is worth getting the Ninja over the V-Strom in this economy.

The real strong pull towards the Kawasaki? The price for a new one is about $2,000 less than a used Suzuki. I like that fact quite a bit.

Friday, June 27, 2008

The kind of guys who own motorcycles

I started looking into buying a motorcycle for my commute to work. It's 20 miles each way, which takes it's toll financially. While my car is getting significantly better gas mileage than I expected, a motorcycle could do better. Quite a bit better, actually.

I'm not going to get one right now. I probably won't seriously begin looking until next March. By then I should have my bills mostly paid off and enough saved up to be able to afford one with no need to get a loan.

Even though my purchase is a ways off, I decided it'd be fun to look at styles and, more importantly, the kind of mileage each bike gets. I want a bike to make my commute as cheap as possible while still being able to take the interstate (which means a scooter is out). While browsing through various websites from motorcycle magazines and forums, I noticed something about the kind of guys motorcycle enthusiasts are: they've all got a Freudian paranoia regarding their machismo.

Every time I looked up information on the smaller engine bikes (the ones that get really good gas mileage; one owner said he got over 100 mpg on average on his), reviewers, commenters, and bikers almost always said the same thing: "do you want a sissy bike?"

Now, I understand that many people claim the point of owning a motorcycle is the experience and the feeling, not the economical purposes. That doesn't explain the disturbingly Freudian obsession so many people seem to have with straddling something that is annoyingly loud and ridiculously overpowered. It's remarkable.

I want a motorcycle because the idea of getting 60+ mpg is just too tempting to pass up. I don't want a loud bike or a chopper or a Harley. I have no desire to superficially boost my masculinity or image by straddling something designed for the sole purpose of making me feel more virile. I want something that looks nice and that'll reliably get me from my house to my office.

As of now, the Suzuki V-Strom DL 650 (pictured) is the bike I want. It's a sport touring bike, designed for driving moderate distances or just short jumps around town, gets good mileage due to a smaller engine size, and, well, it's just darn pretty.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

5 hours = 10 minutes

I'm trying to get a 3 mb file to burn properly to a disc. This should only take 10 minutes. I've been working on it for almost 5 hours now. Because this is for work, all the programs I'm using need to legit and licensed. If they didn't...

The problem is that until I can get this file burned onto a disc, I can't do squat.

Hopefully by the end of the day I'll have this done.

Consequently, with this new job I'll probably be blogging more because I spend all day at a computer in my office, so I'll have time to write. Expect updates more regularly from now on.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Vote Burns in '08

I'd vote for him. I agree with most of his stances on the issues.

I'm especially fond of his Pro-Minnesota Lake Consolidation stance and his stance against Ancient Tentacled Manifestations of Pure Evil.

I'm still undecided about his Blowing Up The Moon stance, but I do agree with his support of Kittens. I haven't heard of Clinton, McCain, or even Obama endorsing kittens...and I'm not sure I can vote for someone who isn't pro-kitten. Until I hear about their feelings about kittens, I'm might just withhold my vote.