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Old 09-07-2008, 03:40 PM   #1
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Just making myself miserable.

I have an old friend who used to live in our area, and moved about 75 miles away.

In one breath I say "old friend," and in the next breath I regret he didn't move even farther away.

Now, you might find this odd coming from me who can actually quote the proper etiquette for knife fighting, but he has no social skills. He cannot read the moods of people in the room, he stays up very late, and once in your home he will not go away. When I hear he's coming, I resent it, and even make excuses if possible.

I haven't seen him in a while, he has knives here that need service, and I do owe him a visit. However, on any other Sunday I would have slept late, gone to the gym and then ridden my Harley. Now I'm sitting here watching the driveway. Even the mutts sense I'm not very happy.

My wife's health is on and off, and for the moment she feels fine. She's out running errands with my SIL. But like most folks, she over does it when on a high, and I know she'll play herself out later today. Then she'll try to be a good host when I know she feels ill and my friend won't go home.

He's bringing his POSILQ, and she doesn't have any more sense than he does. You could hit her with a 2x4 and I doubt you'd get her attention, although I feel like trying it at times.

Instead of happily being on the highway, I'm pacing in my house grumbling and googling "voodoo dolls." Now granted, I live a tad different that most folks here, but what do you do when you're roped into an impossible situation?

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Old 09-07-2008, 03:50 PM   #2
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,,,, but what do you do when you're roped into an impossible situation?
Same as you.
Voodoo dolls.

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Old 09-07-2008, 03:57 PM   #3
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be honest .. talk for a bit .. then thank him for coming by ...
its time for your wife and yourself to retire for the evening ..
and tell him next time you will come see him ..
then goodbye .. close the door ..
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Old 09-07-2008, 04:04 PM   #4
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Sometimes we have to do these things. It's one moment in time you have to give up. It's called selflessness.
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Old 09-07-2008, 04:35 PM   #5
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Good thoughts, thank you.

But I was a good boy for most of my working life. This is my time, and I should be able to use it as I wish. Otherwise, what's the use of being a good boy and building a home.

It is going to be a very short night. In fact, before he get's here, I'm going to sharpen his knife to guarantee that.
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Old 09-07-2008, 05:20 PM   #6
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Seems to me that you should have hopped in your Harley and gone his way. Then, you are in control. Besides, you would have had a good ride.

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BTW - What is a POSILQ?
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Old 09-07-2008, 05:35 PM   #7
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He obviously doesn't take a hint, so don't rely on him to catch your signals that it is time for him to go. Let him know before he even comes that you only have a certain amount of time to take care of business (set an ending time). Serve one round of refreshments, make a little small-talk, but keep it mostly to business.

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Old 09-07-2008, 06:51 PM   #8
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BTW - What is a POSILQ?
POSSLQ - US Census Bureau term for "Persons of Opposite Sex Sharing Living Quarters". If I remember right, they coined the acronym during the 1970's or 80's (perhaps for the 1980 census?).
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Old 09-07-2008, 06:54 PM   #9
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So what does the "I" stand for?
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Interesting. I had never seen that acronym before, so I just looked it up, and the I should just be another S, for POSSLQ.

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