a thought we've had before.

A friend of mine was saying that among one of her groups of friends, they've already hit the 50% divorce rate, with 8 marriages and 4 divorces. It brought to mind something that I (and she, and I'm sure other people) have thought: maybe those of us who have made it to our late twenties or early thirties without getting married have simply skipped our first marriage.

(I told a friend at the dojo tonight that I'd gotten a motorcycle, and he chuckled and asked, "What does the future wife think of that?". When I finished laughing and saying there wasn't one, I said that a future wife would likely have to suck it up and deal on that particular point. He said, "Oh, you're gonna be a bachelor for a while yet". But jeez, why would you marry someone who requires that you give up stuff that you love? It just sounds like a bad idea.)

Oh. My. God. So, if you do a bit of reading about sexual rights and freedom, you quickly discover that in Texas, it is illegal to own more than six dildoes: it is then assumed that you intend to sell or "promote" them. Here is a brilliant video segment explaining how that came about. The big treat is columnist Molly Ivins, who I'd never seen before and is absolutely hilarious.

For a slightly longer treat, I highly recommend the stunningly watchable C.S.A.: Confederate States of America, a phenomenal look at a history where the Confederacy won the Civil--er, the War of Northern Aggression. It's the Republican wet dream: minorities subjugated or removed, Jews confined to a reservation on Long Island, women without rights (voting, property), and all non-Christian religions outlawed ("after lengthy debate, it was decided Catholicism would be included as a Christian religion").

I'm having trouble focusing on more than one thing at a time, or even applying focus to one thing. Not great for work, though it could be worse; I wonder how much of it is my interest level, and how much is just the way I've been eating. I'm feeling better as I get back on track with the diet and Ayurvedic medicines, and slowly returning to aikido (again), so probably the focus will improve.