I was wrong…

Told Partner about yet another of his over friendly friends today.  Partner said, "Neon ah?  Go ahead and suan him.  He’s desperate".  "Huh?  Isn’t he married?  How come still so desperate?", I asked.  Partner then said, "No lah.  Since when is he married?  He’s single lah!".

Oooh.  So I was wrong.  He was trying to be a buaya.  Hehehehe.  Oh well, I sent a short and diplomatic reply on Facebook.  I said, "Sorry, I only add good friends on MSN". 

Now, that’s diplomatic by my standards ok!  My usual retort would’ve been something like, "Sorry, you don’t qualify to be added to my MSN list".  Sigh.  Age has mellowed me.  😛

Reckless Taxi Driver

Shared a cab back with Azure after dinner just now.  The driver was pretty okie… till we were about to exit ECP at the Bayshore exit.  I’m not sure who pissed who off but the taxi we were in starting picking up speed, while signaling to move to the left-most land.  There was another taxi in the left-most lane and that bugger refused to slow down to let our cab cut in front of him.  Instead, he sped up to close the gap between him and the car in front of him, thus making sure our cabbie had no room to cut in.  Our taxi driver, refusing to go behind the other cab, persisted and accelerated.  Finally, realising he had no chance to cut in, our driver swung out into the middle lane again, overtook a row of cars, and took a very sharp (virtually horizontal maneuver) cut into the left-most lane again, narrowly missing a big truck in front, and going over the raised white lane markings while just making it in time for the exit.

Tsk tsk.  Both Azure and I kept quiet to observe what he was doing.  I wasn’t very pleased… though the driver was a pretty safe driver except for that incident, I thought that one reckless incident was really uncalled for.  Know what I think is the cause for it?  Pride.  That’s what it is.  Clash of 2 taxi drivers’ titan egos, where neither party agreed to give way to the other.

If drivers were willing to be more humble on the roads, maybe there’ll be less accidents.  *Shakes head*.

Major Logistics Done

Got the major logistics of the wedding sorted out.  Booked our dinner venue in JB – decided to go for the golf club where Iceman’s dad is a member as they were most accommodative of our requests.  Next major item that we need to get is the wedding bands… will have to do this in mid-Nov, once Iceman’s work peak period is over so we can get the bands in time for the photo shoot in early 2009.  Yeah!  I like it when things fall in place.

Name of the Game

Spent about 2 hours checking out ABBA’s videos on Youtube and spent another 15 minutes reading up on them on Wikipedia. (That was a brief read only!  The entry on them is super long!)  ABBA truly has my admiration.  They are talented singers and songwriters (the guys).  Their rise to fame wasn’t all smooth-sailing but they persevered (good for them, better for us!).  Another thing I admired about them was how even after the failure of the marriages of both couples, they still managed to maintain the group for a number of years.  That must have been really tough.  It’s probably possible to work with an ex-wife/husband after some time has past (since time heals all hurt) but to continue working as closely as they did?  You’ve gotta give them credit for that. 

Perhaps their friendship was strong enough, hence they were able to sustain the group for some time.  Maybe they were professionals in the truest sense of the word, and were able to keep their work and personal lives separate.  Or maybe it was a combination of both factors that kept them going.

I think it’s possible to work with an ex if both parties were friends before getting together.  At least when the relationship is over, both parties can (with the passage of time) revert back to their previous roles as friends quite comfortably.  An interesting twist to the ABBA situation would be, what if the couples somehow "exchanged partners"?  Do you think it would still be possible for them to sustain the group?  Heh.  That would make for a really interesting social experiment huh?  :P  Personally, I think it would be near impossible.  ‘Cos while it’s technically not wrong (since we assume the breakup to have taken place before the next coupling), the trust between the girls and the guys would be broken.  Somehow, getting together with a friend’s ex is just so wrong. 

Anyway, I’m a Super Trouper ABBA fan now.  Hehe.  Thinking of getting a compilation CD of their songs.  :P  For someone who doesn’t listen to English songs, I know a surprising number of ABBA’s songs.  (Indeed, I surprised myself while watching Mamma Mia!).  No guesses what English songs I’ll finally be singing at the next karaoke session…

Too Friendly

I like to think that I’m a generally sociable person who makes friends relatively easily.  Remember my last gripe about people being overly friendly and "smiling" to me on Friendster and wanting to add me as friend?  Sigh.  Again, another of Partner’s friend is getting too friendly for my comfort.  This time, it’s a guy who works as a real estate agent.  The first time we met was at Partner’s wedding.  The 2nd was at a lunch at Raffles Place – he happened to call up Partner for lunch as he was in the area… and Partner and I had a prior lunch appointment so Partner brought him along.

Recently, I got a request on Facebook to add this chap as a friend.  I added him to my "Limited Profile" list since I regard him as Partner’s friend.  He sent me a message recently about seeing me at Partner’s daughter’s first month celebration but not having the chance to catch up.  Next was a message regarding my well-being as I was in Bangkok during the protests last week.  I always take very long to reply his messages because I have nothing to say to someone I do not regard as a friend.  Anyway, I thanked him for his concern and said sorry for the delay in replying since I don’t check my FB messages very regularly.  He then asked if I had MSN and if I could add him so there wouldn’t be such a delay in response.

Sigh.  Some people don’t get the hint huh?  This is a married guy so let’s give him the benefit of the doubt that he’s not trying to get fresh.  Plus my 2009 nuptials is splashed all over my FB so I’m sure any retard would know that as well.  My guess is that being a real estate agent, he thinks he can scour me as a prospective client.  But that’s kind of stupid as well since I’ve mentioned to him before that I used to be from real estate myself so I obviously know dozens of agents.  (But then again, stupidity knows no bounds).

I’ve been thinking what’s a polite way to tell him that I do not add non-friends to my MSN list (the exception being the Funky Bananas… but that’s ‘cos we all had a common gaming interest and MSN was to facilitate our online gaming fights).  Unfortunately, I can’t think of any polite way.  So I’m just going to give it to him plain and simple – sorry, I do not add people I do not know personally on my MSN.  *Rolls eyes*.  People ought to know their boundaries man!  Crap!