by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2008/04/05 03:01 -04:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap/archive/2008/04/05/8359803.aspx
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Regular readers should keep in mind that all I said in The End? still applies; the allusion to the X-Files continues for people who understand such references....
Sometimes not having the context is a good thing, in my opinion. Like when the words are things like:
I'm not anti us seeing each other, it just seems more difficult than is worthwhile at the moment.
Perhaps I really do want to be the type of friends that never see each other and never talk.
Not sure about the backstory, but it does seem at least a little bit sad....
It sounds like something very familiar -- like when a relationship is over and both people decide to "just be friends" -- this is usually the kind of friends they are, or end up being.
Though I guess the unusual bit in this case is that usually they don't admit it, even to themselves (let alone each other).
Ordinarily, it just kind of happens and then they run into each other in six months at a party or a show and ask each other how the other is doing, and then awkwardly skulk off. I could recite the piece in Love Monkey (the book) that tells the story, but I think everyone knows how it goes anyway.
Saying it like this explicitly hardly seems better -- at least with the random party there is a chance it could never happen. And one should never do today what one can put off until tomorrow!
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