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  • posted a message on Early morning jogs.
    Thanks for the responses guys, really appreciated! The last two mornings I've gone on the bike, and as suggested ramped the difficulty up to a resistance that challenges me and it has felt like a good workout. Cheers.
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  • posted a message on Early morning jogs.
    Hello there!

    So very recently I've decided to get up forty minutes early, go for a 15-20 minute jog in the morning and then shower before getting ready for school. This is both to wake me up in the morning and keep me fit for the upcoming football (soccer) season. I also like the challenge of keeping to this schedule as I'm usually not a morning person and absolutely hate getting up early, let alone doing anything active.

    The problem is, I did it for the first time this morning and I noticed that my asthma (which is usually pretty fine) was particularly sparked up by the pollen, trees, dust etc. that I would run past outside. It wasn't very pleasant.

    As a possible substitution I have considered, instead of going outside for a jog, using the Exercise Bike we have in our house. I feel like this might increase my leg strength more than jogging, but have no idea if it will help with my fitness at all?

    Also, I don't entirely trust my brain's judgement in this matter - would using an exercise bike be an easy/lazy way out?

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  • posted a message on "We'll get married when we're 30 and single".
    Ahah, I really appreciate all the responses guys - they've been quite useful.

    I guess I should just clarify some things, that I really should've included but I was afraid of rambling.

    Firstly, yes we're both 17 - so this is most likely some teenage BS than any plans to commit to actual matrimony.

    Secondly, a couple of months go when we first started talking I did ask her out, and her response was something like, "Dan I really, really like you (why do you think I follow you around so much, take a hint) - and I would love to go on a date with you - but I'm bad at relationships, and I usually stuff them up, and I don't want to hurt you."

    Sorry guys, probably should've put that info in! I at first took that as your usual "let them down easy" response, but then she kept doing stuff like saying I was her husband and saying she "loves me" which I thought would be quite a weird and insensitive thing for her to do if she actually didn't like me.

    Now here's my theory with this whole new "married when we're 30 and single thing". I think she has an emotional connection to me (I've literally talked her out of killing herself twice), but maybe not a physical attraction to me? Top that with the fact that she's just confused and rash and this is how she's coping with it. Perhaps hoping that in the future she won't care what I look like?

    Although I could be just reading too much into it, I do tend to have a low self esteem.
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  • posted a message on "We'll get married when we're 30 and single".
    Quote from xbananachipsx
    doesn't hurt to investigate and ask her what's going on and why she's calling the shots.

    did you make any sort of promises to her like this in the past?

    At the most I said yes when she proposed it to me so that she would stop nagging me, or because I thought she was joking - but never in a tone that sounded at all enthusiastic.

    Quote from aurorasparrow
    This is how relationships are "supposed" to happen:

    1. Two people are attracted to each other.
    2. The two people spend time together, fall in love.
    3. The two people consider spending the rest of their lives together, what that would mean, etc.
    4. (Potentially) One person proposes and the two get married.

    This is what your friend sounds like:

    1. A person wants to be married by 30, perhaps so he/she can have a child.
    2. The person looks for someone who will marry them. Love/compatibility is desirable but not necessary.
    3. The person uses a combination of seduction and coercion to guarantee the marriage.
    4. The marriage is a sham, but the first person presumably got what they wanted.

    I don't know the context, but it's hard for me to believe that this is anything but a horrible idea. You should definitely tell her that you don't agree to the marriage pact and that you will never be more than just friends.

    Oh no, I don't think this is some grand plan for her to get married. We do really like each other, but for some reason I guess she doesn't want to commmit to anything until the future which "being 30" metaphorically represents. She seems to have some idea or at least hope that she can lock me in. She refers to me as "My Daniel" and sometimes goes on odd rants about other girls I speak to. She likes me a lot, I like her a lot - but she's strung me along for so long that I'm at the point where I'm about over it. But then suddenly she's started escalating really quickly lately with all of the aforementioned stuff.

    Quote from Raver
    Maybe you should talk to her about this since she's a good friend of yours. All you're going to get from us is speculation.

    I guess that makes sense. I just don't know when I should bring this up, and how. It almost feels better just to let whatever it is blow over.
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  • posted a message on "We'll get married when we're 30 and single".
    One of my good friends, a girl, has started announcing to both me and my friends that we are not in a relationship, but "when we're 30 years old and single we're going to get married". That seems like something I should stay away from doesn't it? I wouldn't mind being in a relationship with her NOW, but if that's her attitude I probably shouldn't encourage it right? Especially seeing as though I don't mind just being friends.

    And then at a similar time she has started asking me to do stuff with her that would seem overtly romantic, and now I don't know how to take it aha. For example, my birthday is this weekend and she asked me if I want to goto the Carols by Candlelight with her in the city. I asked her who else was coming, and her response was simply: "Me :)". I haven't replied yet.

    Also, the other day she "decided for me" that this New Year's Eve we're taking a train up the coast together, watching a football (soccer) match (I'm a football fanatic), watching the fireworks on the beach together and then going to one of her friend's parties that she "got me invited to".

    I'm not sure how to handle this, it seems very precarious and to be honest - I'm at the point where I just don't want things to end badly, resulting in any unnecessary stress.
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  • posted a message on Struggling to think of a present.
    So there's this girl I know. We mutually agreed not to be in a "relationship" because of factors such as our final year of school and her mental state - but she's awesome and we both care for each other heaps. Unfortunately, she's also a VERY good gift-giver, which makes it hard for me, a terrible gift giver, to get me something for her birthday this weekend that is suitable! It has to be awesome and sweet, but nothing that would look like I was her boyfriend or something, because I don't want to make it awkward for either of us! I'm struggling to think of something that meets the fine line between super-sweet, and awesome and not over the top.

    I know, not knowing her, you guys are limited, but ANY ideas at all would be greatly appreciated - and at least could help inspire me.

    Thanks Smile
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  • posted a message on Funeral Etiquette.
    My girlfriend's grandad just died and, understandably so, she's been pretty sad about it. Anyway, his funeral is this Friday and she said that she'd really appreciate if I came - and so obviously I'm going. The problem is, I don't really know anyone from her extended family - in fact, to be honest, I know her dad and one of her brothers used to goto my school and that's it. I don't think I've even seen her mum (who's father it is who died) before as we only really got together recently.

    But my girlfriend says its a "the more the merrier" sort of thing and they're fine with me being there. The main problem is... I have no idea what to do. I have some common sense so I'll be quiet and polite etc. but there's only so many ways I can say, "My condolences" to people I've never seen before. In fact, the only other one I can think of is "I'm sorry for your loss". I'm only 17, so I can't say I've had much experience in funerals or anything of this matter.

    Your advice would be appreciated, thanks.
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  • posted a message on Cutting Girlfriend.
    Thanks a lot for the advice guys. It's really appreciated and I'll take it all seriously.
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  • posted a message on Cutting Girlfriend.
    Alright, so I feel like these forums might get similar questions every week - but hey, I can't be bothered to sign up for another forum so I'll just ask here Smile

    Anyway... so my (recent) girlfriend, although we've been friends for a while now (although not super close) basically had a huge breakdown today and told me about how she's been depressed for ages and has been cutting... and the reason she broke up with her old boyfriend is because he got super angry about her cutting and yelled at her then left... so yeah, pretty volatile and crazy position.

    Now - she isn't really outwardly depressed (and in fact, comes off as super happy and excited), and to be honest, although I knew she had had problems in the past - she had always seemed so happy for the last year or two, and has gotten a great group of friends, a good job etc. and I had no idea she still had problems. She said that she "used to cut" but I have a slight suspicion that she might still do it - especially when she's down.

    I'm not really sure how to handle this situation. There are a number of problems that arise:

    1/ Well, she's cutting... Should I actively discourage it? Even bring it up again?

    2/ She's obviously just come out of a pretty rough relationship... maybe I should just give her some space? But then again, I feel like she needs the companionship. But I'm also starting to over analyse things she's said/done, seeing them as a result of just coming out of a relationship where her boyfriend used to yell at her for cutting and then walked out...

    3/ Then again, she's so outwardly happy... I would've never known if she didn't tell me... and just the other day we had an almost polar opposite conversation about how she realised how happy she is since five years ago...

    So yeah - I'm kinda confused, and thought I might aswell ask for some advice as to how to proceed.
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  • posted a message on Just a bit of Dark Knight advice.
    Thanks guys. Really appreciated.
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  • posted a message on Just a bit of Dark Knight advice.
    I'm going out with some mates on the weekend to watch the new batman movie... except, I haven't watched the first. I'm usually not a fan of watching these sorts of movies anywhere else but in a cinema or with friends, so I'm not keen on watching the first movie by myself during the week after school - unless you guys think it's necessary before watching the new one?

    Thanks a bunch Smile
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  • posted a message on Rancor Black
    A bit out there, but an interaction I noticed was REALLY good at the prerelease was Vampire Nighthawk + Ring of Xathrid... chuck a Rancor on :p
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  • posted a message on [RB] Crash, Smash and Win... hopefully...
    Quote from Anuttymous
    I like the list. I'd suggest using Despise for the while it's available, at least swapping a pair of Duress out for a pair of Despise, seeing as it can deal with problem creatures that will slow down your quick haste strategy. I might also suggest more burn, just in case they stabilise and your creatures can't finish them - be that via more Bonfires, or just Brimstone Volley to the face. Liliana seems like she's only there as a 4 mana Giant Growth.

    I was actually thinking about doing a 2-2 Duress/Despise split - seems like the right thing to do, definitely.

    You're right though, Lilly isn't doing much, I just thought I'd give her a go - and as I observed, she does just pump most of the time. I'll try two Brimstone Volleys in over her.

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  • posted a message on [RB] Crash, Smash and Win... hopefully...
    Maybe a bit greedy? Stall the early game with Gloom Surgeon and Vampire Nighthawk + disruption... then start dropping scary dudes and smashing in for the win.

    The interesting thing about this deck is that Lily's use in it is often the +X+X ability... drop it Turn 4, dropping a Hellkite or Aristocrat then pumping it FTW out of nowhere does a lot actually... but its probably my most questionable slot.
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  • posted a message on [[Official]] Storm!!! In Standard!!!
    I really think Chancellor is greedy. If you're playing the deck for the casualz then maybe, but if we're really trying to tune this competitively, we don't want it imho.
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