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Writer's Block: Deal or No Deal - Dan the Serene
March 5th, 2009
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Writer's Block: Deal or No Deal
What's on your list of dealbreakers when it comes to romantic relationships?


I don't normally do these, but this one is easy because I've given it considerable thought already.

Any potential partner must accept the following--no negotiation:


  • Dogs

  • Guns

  • Motorcycles

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From:3fgburner
Date:March 5th, 2009 08:19 pm (UTC)
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Guns, and a carnivorous diet.
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From:dantheserene
Date:March 5th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
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When I lived in Moscow, my then girlfriend would eat some fish but no red meat. She didn't even want it cooked in the apartment. So, a couple times a month I would go to the Starlight Diner and get in touch with my inner carnivore via a large cheeseburger.
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From:skreidle
Date:March 5th, 2009 09:42 pm (UTC)
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I'd be fine with a non-carnivore, so long as she didn't try to impose her heathen ways on me.
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From:fragbert
Date:March 5th, 2009 10:32 pm (UTC)
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This seems reasonable in regards to ANY deviant behavior, like vegetarianism, organized religion, etc.
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From:skreidle
Date:March 6th, 2009 01:10 am (UTC)
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You know, I'm not sure I'd extend it to organized* religion--on a case-by-case basis*, of course--as I'd have a hard time having a serious relationship with someone who seriously believes in fantasy overlords in the sky.

* Toeing the party line, as it were, and not thinking for yourself.
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From:midnightsrain
Date:March 5th, 2009 09:40 pm (UTC)
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That sounds like you, from what little I know.
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From:invisibella
Date:March 5th, 2009 09:53 pm (UTC)
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I like this.
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From:9thmoon
Date:March 6th, 2009 12:59 am (UTC)
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What does "accept" mean?

Because I learned (for myself) that "tolerate" is not good enough for some things.

My partner must not merely tolerate me owning guns; oh, no. My partner must own guns, too! Before I even meet him!

Motorcycles, well, it's ok if he only tolerates me being a motorcyclist as long as it's sincere. It's ok if he doesn't partake.

Dog-tolerance is simply not on. Dog lovers only.

He must also not be a socialist. Before I even meet him.
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From:dantheserene
Date:March 6th, 2009 01:19 am (UTC)

They are in descending order

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Embrace dogs.
Accept guns, learn basics of handling, not mind that I carry most of the time.
Riders preferred but not necessary if they can accept that they will miss out on a certain amount of my time.
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From:robdamnit
Date:March 6th, 2009 04:36 pm (UTC)
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Dogs are on my list, but in the other column. I would never make anyone choose between me and their dog, but I also cannot safely be within 5 feet of one indoors. Hell, a dog owner's hair covered coat can bring on an asthma attack even if the dog is miles away.

I’d not given much thought to guns or motorcycles.

My top deal breaker is cocaine use which is still surprisingly common in some of my circles.


Edited at 2009-03-06 04:37 pm (UTC)
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From:dantheserene
Date:March 6th, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
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I have no direct experience with coke, but the stories I hear don't sound like it makes for stable relationships. And of course, there are the potential legal ramifications.
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From:robdamnit
Date:March 6th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
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Yes, yes there are. I may someday date someone who has been in jail, but I'm not waiting for anyone who is going to jail.
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