If you won a free trip to the moon, would you go? Why or why not?
Well, yes! It's free and the view is beyond amazing :) Also fun to hang out in below-earth gravity.
Ever see the drawing where i and pi are standing next to each other with i saying "be rational" and pi replying "get real"?
I bet e could take care of that.
Eve lives in the same building as Bob and his roommates, Charlie and Dave. It turns out that the residents of the building aren't too careful about locking their mailboxes, which presented Eve with ample opportunity to satisfy her hunger for information about other people's lives. Over the course of a year, she has worked the habit of covertly looking through the other residents' mail into her routine, making sure no one else is around to catch her. Of course, the task of being unseen was made easier by her acquisition of knowledge about everyone's lives and routines.
It is because of her obsessive surveillance that she noticed a sharp change in behavior in Dave. Dave was normally a predictable person without much of a social life. He spent most of his time either at the university running about usual university business, or at his apartment minding his own business and socializing with almost no one but his roommates. Eve noticed that Dave started spending more time away from the apartment, and that his bills started to increase beyond the bare minimum necessities that they typically encompassed.
As any logical person would conclude, Eve concluded that Dave must have met a girl. Eve was right, and the girl was Mallory. Mallory was attractive, had a pretty sharp wit, and was a bit of a bad girl. One look at how that dark-haired dark-eyed creature held her cigarette while telling yet another guy "friend" what trouble she got into this time and how if he could run some errands for her it would mean the world to her, and you'd understand exactly why Dave was drawn to her. This was one girl he'd enjoy being pushed around by.
By inspecting utility, credit card, and banking bills, letters from immediate family, and intently overhearing the occasional hallway conversation, Eve deduced that Mallory has no problem with taking advantage of Dave. Over the course of a couple of months, the girl has moved into the apartment that Dave, Charlie, and Bob shared (apparently with no confirmation from Charlie or Bob), has turned Dave's personal cellphone into her personal cellphone, and has wrapped Dave around her little finger so tightly that his roommates have started contemplating whether to kick him out just to eliminate the mess created by Mallory. It seemed like the only other alternative was to pry Mallory and Dave apart.
Eve's obsession with observing every detail of the lives of the people around her, supplemented by a casual interest in interpersonal psychology, has put her in a unique position to be able to fix this tense situation that has arisen. Unfortunately, as far as the parties involved know, Eve's interaction with them has consisted of a daily greeting to Charlie as they pass each other in the hallway going around their respective daily routines, and a brief introduction by Charlie to Bob, Alice, and Dave, when Alice came to visit. To admit knowledge of their predicament would put Eve in a very bad light and would probably destroy any chances of sharing her advice. So eve had to sit and wait and observe until she could get an opportunity to intervene.
Meanwhile, Bob was formulating his own plan: he would arrange for Dave and Mallory to be invited to a social event that involves much activity and team-bonding. This particular event was notorious for resulting in causing strangers to hook up the following night. The plan was simple: make it easy for Mallory to cheat on Dave, cause his patience to run out, and kick her out.
Bob's plan would have worked, had it been not for one fact: the less interest Mallory shows in Dave, the more he is drawn to her. It's really human nature, or, nature in general: you wouldn't chase something if it wanted to get caught. Eve knew the basic facts of human attraction, and as such she knew that the best thing to do was not to enable Mallory, but to remove her sense of security. The fact of the matter is that if Mallory starts believing that she might lose the benefits that Dave provides, she will act nicer to him -- she will act as if she need him. This neediness would in turn remove Dave's need to chase her, and without that, he'll lose that blind lust towards her.
Eve's plan was simple, slip a forged letter to Dave from his friend Fran (which she expected to be actually read by Mallory) that hints at a subtext that Dave is getting tired of Mallory and that he's waiting for the opportunity to break up with her. Unfortunately, while Eve was slipping the letter in with the other mail she had read, Mallory walked into the mail room.
Following an unpleasant one-on-one confrontation, Eve is forced to admit her questionable habits to Bob, Charlie, Dave, and Mallory, as well as share what she discovered and thought about Mallory's presence and Dave's infatuation with her. Walter the building manager was informed about Eve and now he acted as a sort of warden when it came to Eve and mail. Eve agreed to seek therapy regarding her behavior. As for what happened with Mallory... That we might find out in another story. After all, this one was about Eve.
Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water. Or at least that's the story that Alice was telling Bob when Eve overheard them. You see, in spite of the fact that eavesdropping isn't socially acceptable, Eve just can't help herself when she's around other people's conversations. That's why Eve is in therapy. She used to be much worse: back when Walter wasn't around to supervise the mail room Eve used to discretely read other people's mail.
(to be continued with the mail room incident)
I may need to reevaluate my life goals.
Ever feel like what's supposed to be important, and therefore, interesting, is boring and doesn't seem to make a difference anymore?
Sometimes I wish I could play with the artificial puzzles forever and not have to go out into the real world...
How long does it take to recover from a broken heart? Is it better to jump back into dating or spend time alone?
As with all "how long does it take to..." questions, it depends on the person.
Serious dating and serious life choices are never a good idea right after a bad breakup. However, casual dating can be a therapeutic way of realizing that there are other people to meet and things to do out there.As with all "how long does it take to..." questions, it depends on the person.
Of course you could have some estimate of a mean (2 months according to one book I read,) but the truth is that "statistics mean nothing to the individual:" red cars are more likely to get into driving accidents, but if you're a safe driver the color of the car doesn't matter. Similarly, recovering from heartbreak is entirely dependent on the particular person, their ability to handle their emotions, their friends, their environment, the relationship that ended, and other things.
The people who've had their hearts broken are usually those who lost themselves in the relationship, and for those people, it's important to spend some time alone and get in back touch with their own needs and desires. Serious dating and serious life choices are never a good idea right after a bad breakup
(a compromised emotional state is the main ingredient in bad choices). However, casual dating
, where both parties know that they just intend to spend some time together and have fun, not start something serious, can be a therapeutic way of realizing that there are other people to meet and things to do out there.
The idea is to restore your lost happiness, not your lost love, a distinction that is hard to make in a heartbroken state.
Well here I am...
no few friends to speak of, no immediate work to distract me.
It's going to be a long year.