I'm sort of ressurrecting this concept that I started, perhaps five years ago or so, where I try to be all philisophical, and delve into matters that I like to share my thoughts on (IIRC, the original concept was spoofing"Donal Louge's Unfinished Thoughts" from VH1's I Love the Holidays, whcih also featured Stephanie D'Abruzzo, as well as Weird Al's thoughts on random holidays too). I don't know, I guess I just feel "opinionated" lately (uh oh, "opinionated" people are scary... just ask Don Henley... )... but anyway, here's my topics for today... You know, here a few weeks ago, monster storms came through town, and knocked out power for a lot of people, including me for about ten hours or so... in listening to the radio, mostly to keep getting updates to the power situation, I ended up hearing The John Tesh Radio Show being simulcast on B 97.5. Now here's a guy who offers up some interesting insight on different subjects and such, and what he had to say that night really made me think to myself, "That makes so much sense!" That night, he had a list of three reasons why women tend to rush into marriage, even if they may actually think their man is NOT their Mr. Right, and they all seem to have a common thread running through them; his reasonsing were... 1. The whole "biological clock" thing: as time ticks by, and a woman sees she's in her 30s, almost 40s, still hasn't gotten married and such, etc, she may become desperate enough to walk down the altar with any Tom, Dick, or J. Edgar who may see her. 2. Babies: because most, if not all, women just absolutely live to want to have babies. 3. "Cinderella Syndrome": in other words, some women simply want to experience being swept off her feet by a prince charming, and the two of them will live their happily ever after, the end. It all makes sense to me. The way I see it, from a man's perspective anyway, that most women are "fooled by fairy tales". What's a "hopeless romantic" exactly? Isn't that someone who feels the only thing important in life is love? If that's what a hopeless romantic is, then I'd say almost all women are those, and again, it seems to be because they believe in those fairy tales: that love is like waiting for your prince charming to sweep you off your feet, and it will lead to that perfect happily ever after, when in fact, that ain't the way it happens at all. They say women mature and "wise-up" quicker than men do, but they still seem to reserve some sense of naivitee, and dare I say, cock-eyed optimism, when it comes to matters of the heart. I believe it was even heralde who once said that love is often overly romanticized anyway... as a guy, I don't usually read romance novels, watch romantic comedies or chick flicks (I DO admit that 13 Going on 30 is a guilty pleasure), although I'm sure most of the people who write those novels and scripts and such may have drawn from past experiences, I'm sure the overall story is probably overly fictionalized, stylized, and like heralde says, romanticized, to the point that it's mostly an unrealistic portrayal. Now, I'm not saying that's how ALL women are, because on the contrary, I do know a number of women who do know better than to rely on blind faith in fairy tales, because they've experienced what love in the real world is really like, and have gone through such things as bad relationships, nasty breakups, leeriness of "new guys", etc. But, at the same time, I also know some women whom have jumped at the chance at someone asking them out, even if that was the very first time they had ever met. And, I just can't resist that old Hawkeye Pierce quote: "Without love, what are we worth? 89 cents! 89 cents' worth of chemicals walking around sad and lonely."