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Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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There are a few people I see regularly on my commute whom I consider my "train buddies". These aren't necessarily people I know terribly well, but I enjoy conversing with them because they're cheerful. I ran into two of them last week on my way home and we all sat together around one of those four-seat tables. We chatted for a short while and then one of them opened the Evening Standard she was holding and said, "Look at this. I don't understand this."

"What's that?" I said.

"This Chris Huhne, did you read about the woman he's dating now?"

I had, but I shook my head. "She's been married twice before, to women."

I blinked. "And?" I said, failing entirely to see what she was driving at, other than being slightly scornful.

"So, she's bisexual. Don't you think he's worried she might leave him for another woman?"

I blinked some more. "Um, probably not any more than he would be that she might leave him for another man?"

She stared at me. "I just don't understand that at all."

I shrugged despairingly, and changed the subject.

In another reality, a braver, bolder me made the following speech so compellingly and humourously that she would have understood. "Sexual orientation and faithfulness are not dependent characteristics. Being bisexual doesn't make a person more or less likely to be unfaithful in a monogamous relationship. I'd be willing to bet there is at least one heterosexual person on this train who is in a monogamous relationships who has cheated on their partner. I'd also be willing to bet there is a bisexual person who has never cheated on anyone at all, and a heterosexual polyamorous person who has two husbands, and an aromantic asexual person who has never slept with anyone (and, incidentally, is perfectly content), and a gay person who has only ever had one partner and has been with them for fifty years. I'd even be willing to bet there is a person on this train who enjoys sex the most while wearing a Batgirl costume and is impatiently waiting to get home to her - or his - Stormtrooper. That isn't me, by the way, so you can't win the bet by guessing that."

I'm not that braver, bolder me. But I would like to be.
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[User Picture]From: doccy
2012-02-18 22:08 (UTC)
I suspect that braver, bolder you would have been confronted by a second "I just don't understand that at all" response... But yeah, I too, would like to be a braver, bolder me, but that person is constantly on l'escalier ;)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-02-19 17:37 (UTC)
But yeah, I too, would like to be a braver, bolder me, but that person is constantly on l'escalier ;)

Exactly! How do we get them off the damn thing?
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[User Picture]From: doccy
2012-02-19 19:13 (UTC)
Well, I tried luring mine with bacon, but that didn't work... The best I've managed is sometimes, mine runs the wrong way down it, and almost gets to the bottom, where I can feel it just tingling at the edge of "This is the right moment NOW NOW NOW IS IT TIME???" before realising that, wait a minute, I really need to rearrange what I was about to say because wow that could be taken the wrong way, or could it? I think so, but maybe... And by then, of course, I'm halfway up again.
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[User Picture]From: anokapolis
2012-02-18 22:33 (UTC)
She doesn't understand, but she knows it's the truth, just not telling the truth to herself.

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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-02-19 17:21 (UTC)
I don't know if that's better or worse, frankly!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-02-19 17:18 (UTC)
I checked the costume box and I'm certain I haven't.
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[User Picture]From: ginasketch
2012-02-19 08:39 (UTC)
*facepalm*

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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-02-19 17:12 (UTC)
Sometimes I forget that my online and work communities are sooo not representative of the world at large. And then I get sad.
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[User Picture]From: tyrell
2012-02-19 09:03 (UTC)
This post made me happy :) Doesn't matter that you didn't say it out loud, she'd never get it anyway. It's enough for me that people out there are thinking the right stuff. (My friendlist's pet hate is the 'bisexual = hyper-sexual' one).

Also, I must find someone who is into Batgirl. Roow.
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[User Picture]From: doccy
2012-02-19 16:31 (UTC)
Wait, aren't you a little short for a stormtrooper? :P

(Addendum: ...assuming all stormtroopers are, what, 6'2" minimum?)
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[User Picture]From: tyrell
2012-02-19 16:38 (UTC)
Yep, I would be... 1 inch too short. (WHO TOLD YOU THAT, fnar, etc)
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[User Picture]From: doccy
2012-02-19 16:53 (UTC)
Hang on... Google skills to the rescue... Jango Fett was, apparently, 1.83 m tall (i.e. 6 foot). So, considering that the initial stormtroopers were all clones of him...

AREN'T YOU A LITTLE TALL FOR A STORMTROOPER??? *glares accusingly*
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[User Picture]From: tyrell
2012-02-19 17:05 (UTC)
I believe I'm (or was) 186cm. Which means we need to look at the tolerances built into the cloning program, and acceptable biological variation based on growth process and environment. As far as I'm concerned, if I can squeeze into the suit it's Partytime baby, yeah!

(Sorry)
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[User Picture]From: tyrell
2012-02-19 17:08 (UTC)
I couldn't believe Temuera Morrison is only 6 foot, so I looked it up. He's 5'7". That doesn't help us AT ALL.

(Sorry to nanila for littering her LJ with this nonsense)


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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-02-19 17:10 (UTC)
No no, please, carry on. I live in patient anticipation of a Stormtrooper height chart.
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[User Picture]From: doccy
2012-02-19 19:08 (UTC)
Ah! No, see, I found myself on one of the many, many SW Wiki sites. Apparently, Jango Fett was definitely 6 foot tall, even though the same cannot be said for the man playing him.

Oooh, although, the idea of being able to control the phoneotype of a fixed genotype is intriguing. Purely on the level of height and build - make all troopers the same height and weight, make scouts slightly shorter and slightly lighter build, make TIE pilots shorter still, and make Emperor's Guard as tall and burly as you can get 'em, because, well, intimidating guards in featureless red robes with Cylonesque helmets should really have that extra edge too. s'not classy, otherwise ;)
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[User Picture]From: jixel
2012-02-19 10:47 (UTC)
Can we be your train buddies
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-02-19 17:12 (UTC)
If you count "reading my flist on my mobile", then you already are my train buddies.
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[User Picture]From: belladonna_
2012-02-19 17:28 (UTC)
On the other hand, maybe this incident will stick in her memory, and over time she'll question her assumptions because her nice train buddy seemed to have such a different take on things. Just by saying what you did, you cracked the door... Who knows what will get in?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-02-20 21:50 (UTC)
I hope so. Must maintain optimism!
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