Previously, I told Lili that I'd accompany her to the doctor for her "Tummy Tuck" (skin reduction) consultation. This time frame would slightly conflict with getting together with the Cat Lady (TCL). And I tried to hedge things with disastrous effects with Lili.
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The last time I was with TCL, she indicated that she might be interested in meeting me as Marian. So I tried to make it possible. Here is where I made my own problem. Lili only wants to see me as Marian, and it looks like TCL only wants to see me as Mario. Throw on a miscommunication regarding the long weekend, and I got myself into a minor mess with Lili - she's a little pissed off at me because I can't be with her for the doctor's visit if I want to be with TCL later on.
I will probably see Lili before the cruise and explain what happened. My focus will be on the goal of having as many people as possible know me as Marian and be willing to meet me in Marian mode. I think Lili will understand what I'm trying to do, even though she'll still be a little uncomfortable knowing that she's not my number one priority in life.
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On other matters...
It's interesting. Wednesday's Florida High School killings are still in the news. But the tone of the news reporting is a little bit different than usual. What it is, I can't say for certain. But I think it has to do with these killings occurring in a solidly Red State, where gun ownership has few (if any) infringements. People may be seeing that their representatives no longer represent them, but are representing the firms who pay lobbyists and contribute millions to their campaign coffers.
We've seen a president read a nice sounding script from his teleprompter, offering "Thoughts and Prayers" to the suffering. But the script promises nothing. No action will be taken, no discussions for change will be held, and nothing will come of his speech except for a waste of television air time. This is a damned shame.
It's sad when a high school has lock down drills attempting to prepare for a situation such as happened on Wednesday. Fire drills are one thing. But drills to protect children from a mad gunman? Something is very wrong here. I may be a strong supporter of the second amendment, but even I am willing to participate in honest discussions to find ways to prevent problems like Wednesday's from happening again - even if it means surrendering a little part of my second amendment rights. I am willing to make some common sense trade offs, as long as the other side is willing to bend a little as well.
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Life is messy, but it's all we have. So let's try to do it right....
PS: I talked with Lili later on. She was very annoyed at me, and then got into her rant about me finding a woman who wants someone like me. I'm tired of her projecting HER need to have someone who could live with her onto my life. I find it's nice to have someone who cares. But I also find it nice to be able to live my life with friendships, not romance as my focus for companionship.