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The guy from the Vale

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    Dating - I love the way you swipe

    While I don't particularly like the term "friendzone" for several reasons (among them, as Meera, the way it's gendered - I have "friendzoned" at least two women, perhaps more, even if I didn't realize it at the time), you're right that dwelling on this for too long isn't going to be helpful. Anyway, the meetup yesterday went about as well as it might have gone, in spite of my anxiety beforehand. The bloke is certainly likeable enough, even if some of his mannerisms and interests were a bit too close to my own for comfort. Still, it helped me get some semblance of closure. I'm still a bit disappointed, but I guess I'm not bitter any longer. Certailny better than if I had called the whole thing off.
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    Dating - I love the way you swipe

    Thank you. And I'm not assuming this will inevitably turn into anything longer-term, just that I don't think I'll particularly enjoy the experience tomorrow, and that I don't want to call off the New Year's party I'll be hosting (which she has agreed to come to months ago, but now that's with boyfriend-shaped strings attached...) just because of this. And just excluding her from the party now seems unfair, too.
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    US Politics: Sing us a song, you're the Tariff man

    Call me a cynic, but I doubt that new generation of Republicans is ever going to arrive. They have had massive electoral success by clamoring for fiscal responsibility whenever they were not in charge. And they have never been punished for their irresponsibility when they were in power. This has been the pattern for four decades. Why should it change?
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    International News Thread

    I hope not. But I fear that will be the result.
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    Dating - I love the way you swipe

    @Theda Baratheon Yeah, I would be annoyed, too. I sometimes suck at answering calls promptly, but precisely because of that, I tend to fix the time and place asap before any problems occur. Anyway, back to my basket case. So my friend wants me to meet her and her new boyfriend tomorrow after work. I am not sure I am ready for that, but actively avoiding her would effectively mean isolation from half my social circle, which is not something to look forward to either. So, I guess I just have to eat that shit sandwich and smile while doing so.
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    German politics xth attempt

    Well, she's still to the right of Merkel on social issues. She's not as arrogantly clueless as Merz and Spahn, so I agree she was probably the least objetionable on a personal level. On the other hand, Merz or Spahn might have presented a starker image to rally against from the left; I think the SPD would have more problems continuing the coalition if Merz or Spahn were chancellor compared to Kramp-Karrenbauer. So, I don't expect the current trends to change all that much under her. Both SPD and Union will hemorrhage votes while the Greens and AfD keep growing.
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    Dating - I love the way you swipe

    No need to defend yourself. I didn't specify, after all. We've known each other for a bit over four years now and I would call her one of my best friends, probably even my best friend. So, closer to the former than the latter. And I agree that in case of the latter, I would be far more wary, too. @HelenaExMachina Thank you.
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    Dating - I love the way you swipe

    That's my take on how she meant this, too. Still a rather hard one to swallow right now.
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    US Politics: A Feast for Crows

    Would certainly make for less interesting times. But then, interesting times are overrated.
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    Dating - I love the way you swipe

    Eh, may be both a translation and a context issue (as there are a few factors in our friendship I haven't gone into), but that's almost certainly not what it was. Although, to be fair, in my internal monologue, that's almost precisely what it was.
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    Dating - I love the way you swipe

    I am also a member of the patient school of thought, but my case example from earlier today aso demonstrates the weakness of that - they might simply not be available any more once you get around to being ready for a relationship.
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    Dating - I love the way you swipe

    So... There's this friend of mine who I've become increasingly attracted to over the last weeks. So I considered asking her out, but got hit by the flu and decided to wait until I wasn't a sniffling wreck. Now, back on my feet I asked her if she wanted to meet for drinks some time this weekend. Her answer: "Sure. Mind if I bring my new boyfriend along? You two will get on splendidly!" Well, fuck.
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    UK Politics: Austerity has ended - More cuts to come.

    I'd argue that the Brexit deal on the table leaves the UK both poorer and less free, while a hard Breit will make the country far poorer than that with the only uside of maybe giving some additional freedom (and considering the UK needs allies and is relatively isolated at this point, I rather fear the result will rather be less freedom rather than more)
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    Congratulations brook and karaddin!

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    U.S. Politics: For Whom the Bell Polls

    Please share your wisdom, enlightened one. Inquiring minds would like to know what else happened in Portland - because that's all I got from that incident. And it's not the first time a right winger would have used a car to run over progressive protestors. Charlottesville comes to mind, for example.