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Friday, December 19, 2003



Excellent story. Thank you. (I hope it's fiction and that you didn't really have to suffer through an evening like that with Danielle.)


I too hope that was fiction. What a horror show - I was cringing in sympathy.

nicole bruni

Oh god, I hope it's fiction too. I mean, GOD, first a Republican, now a meat eater! It's horrifying.

TPB, Esq.

Good lord, yes, a Republican, meat-eating, gin swilling, country music-blaring (when Bach's not on) son-of-a-bitch, but then, who's keeping track?

As for the story, well, it began, once upon a time, as something based on a true story. It just kept growing and changing as I merged in other experiences.


I keep thinking, run away! :0

Jeffrey A. Cross

I think I'm in the minority on this one, but you should have nailed her.


Nice story! Doesn´t happen very often to me that I read a text that long online.


Great story.

I think you should have stayed, but mostly so we could hear ungodly morning-leaving stories.

Jerome du Bois

No, of course you don't stay.

TPB, that dinner was so funny! The details really made it: the lotion in the basket, the sushi on the gingham . . . eating the protein bar in the bathroom!

And, if I hear you right about the Victory Ship and the Virgin Mary -- don't despair, your voice is too strong to be beached or adrift; you're not an ersatz anything, far as I can tell from here.

I lift a glass of Penfold's Shiraz to your health, TPB:

Always keep a diamond in your mind.


Excellent story!

James R. Rummel

Good post.



I read your stuff for over a year sort of believing it was real. But this just proves it's all fiction - such stereotypes.

TPB, Esq.

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It's not entirely fictional. What stereotype bothered you? I wrote a good portion of that story as an attempt to speak out against stereotypes, and I used real examples of behaviors to do so.

TPB, Esq.

I can't stress enough how much I appreciate the comments and criticism. While one commenter above has commented that the story is proof that what I write is fiction, this story has elements of fact and fiction woven together (the Victory Ship, Sawa, a recent date; all of these things did occur).

To some extent, posting here is an enormous act of vanity, since I want you to see what I think. At the same time, though, I need to post a lot of these stories as a sort of penance. I release myself from events in my life by writing them down and giving them to others. I guess the best sort of penance would be one that requires me to address your criticism, so that means a lot to me.


There is truth in fiction.

You have an audience that reads what you write for our own reasons.

You write what you write for your own reasons.

S'all good.

Jerome du Bois

What Dan just wrote, plus this:

"The highest criticism is the record of one's own soul." Oscar Wilde

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TPB, Esq.

Thanks again.


Wonderful story.
It made me want to have a sex change so as not to be in the same gender as Danielle, but wonderful nonetheless.

TPB, Esq.

Nah. You don't want to do that. For every "Danielle" that a guy has to deal with, he also has the pleasure of running into women for whom he pines. I'm no different; I have been lucky enough to encounter some truly wonderful women. Those stories are probably a little less fun, though. Who wants to hear a writer pine over someone?


I think this is great. Not everything on a person's blog needs to be about a personal, 100% true "this happened to me" experience (as long as you state that fact, of course!). Blogs can also be an outlet for creative expression, including short stories made from a conglomeration of many past experiences. A very interesting read. :)


Loved it!!! Priceless!!


I don't know if you read the posts to your old stories, so I don't know if you'll even get this...but I think my brain just exploded. This piece was beautiful and painful...brilliant!!!


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