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Monday, June 20, 2005

Standing on the Edge Of the World

I have a very dear friend whose baby will be emerging into the world sometime in the next few weeks.
We are pretty good pals - I tend to see her socially more than anyone else.
We have an easy friendship and have survived one or two ugly moments with no repercussions.
She said one of the nicest, and perhaps strangest things anyone has ever said to me this weekend.
She told me that if I were a woman, she would have asked me to be her birth partner.
Strange sexual discrimination perhaps?
Not really - my dear friend is a private and it's something I well understand.
It is certainly not the first time my genitals have let me down however.
I'm not going to tell any stories about failed shags and whatnot.
I think most men have been there and my basic attitude is to admit defeat if nothing's going to happen and look for something else to do (not Scrabble or Ludo, but something else saucy).
It was actually pretty pleasing that I was thought about as having a gender.
I usually feel totally sexless when I'm dealing with the women in my life.
So that was a nice thing.
The conversation we had inspired an amusing poem that I sent her this morning.
I'll not post it here as it's for her.Posted by Hello


Anonymous said...

Is this Tim Burton inspired?
I loved nightmare before christmas.

Elliot Cowan said...

You must have been looking at the image as I was typing the post!
I'd say "sort of" in regards to any Tim Burton influences.
There is an artist by the name of Edward Gorey who was influential to me as a child, and who I'm sure if one of Tim Burton's main influences.
A single drawing of Tim Burtons was of great inspiration to me as a teenager - it was a quick sketch of the Penguin and Catwomen villains from Batman Returns (it was in the fanzine).
Nighmare BC is wonderful though and I'm sure, like all artists, I absorb the bits I like from other creators.

Anonymous said...

Yup. I was.

Edward Gorey. I've heard of him but am not too familiar with his work, I'll have to research him. Your work though,as I've said before, is so fresh. I really really like it.

I love Tim Burton's work. He's got a new film out in the fall which I cannot wait to see. (The Corpse Bride). I think I can say he's the kind of artist who, when something new comes out, I get all giddy and excited about it. Know what I mean?

Anyway, I hope your friend has an easy dilvery and not too long labour :)

(P.s. Thanks)

Elliot Cowan said...

I am very much looking forward to the Corpse Bride as well.
And yes - I always look forward to anything new he has on the go.
(Ps - your welcome, but I don't know what for).

Anonymous said...

Yup yup. I'm glad you know what I'm talking about though, most of my friends think I'm nuts when I get all hyped about something I like so much :P

(P.S. Oh, I'm certain you do: Hint: Over at my place...)

Elliot Cowan said...

You are entitled to be enthusiastic about whatever you like in the same way as you are allowed to tell complete strangers to go away and stop being so damn soppy.
Mind you - you do encourage it somewhat so you can't really complain too much.

Anonymous said...

Yeh, I do don't I?
It's going to bite me in the ass one day, and when it happens I won't be laughing.

But I did end up telling complete strangers to go away and stop being so damn soppy, only I did it privately. I felt bad for him. Dunno why.

Ah well, thanks anyway.

Elliot Cowan said...

I don't think you'll get yourself in trouble (unless you go meeting these people), but if you're going to play the wistful, vaguely erotic, literary blog princess then there are consequences you should take responsibility for.

Anonymous said...

Well I'm not stupid, I'm not going to go meeting people I've met over the internet.

Yeh but if I'm as you say the "the wistful, vaguely erotic, literary blog princess " then I'll pick and choose how to deal with it. And I did. I'm merely thanking you for saying what you said. Doesn't mean I didn't take care of it myself, now does it?

Elliot Cowan said...

I'm not suggesting you dont.

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