Friday, January 20, 2006

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romantic (rō-măn'tĭk)

adj.
  1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of romance.
  2. Given to thoughts or feelings of romance. See synonyms at sentimental.
  3. Displaying, expressive of, or conducive to love: a romantic atmosphere.
  4. Imaginative but impractical; visionary: romantic notions.
  5. Not based on fact; imaginary or fictitious: His memoirs were criticized as a romantic view of the past.
n.
  1. A romantic person.
  2. often Romantic A follower or adherent of romanticism.

I was just watching an episode of Nip Tuck… I tend to dip in and out of the series, but every time I catch an episode I’m amazed at it’s ability to capture… what? Maybe just the human condition. Tonight, though, was an episode for the romantics.

Someone asked me a while ago what I meant when I said I was a romantic. I answered that any response I could give would be too simplistic, but afterwards I thought I may have meant the opposite… that any answer I could give would be too complex. There’s a conundrum for you.

I find the whole subject of love quite fascinating. On the one hand, I like what a lot of the evolutionists have to say. But, if I were one, I’d believe that love was just an endocrinal process to ensure procreation, and the continuation of the species. But, as an almost-atheist, I’m no creationist either. I’ve decided that it’s best if I don’t try to label myself – I don’t let others do it so I won’t do it either

If I hadn’t just been watching television, I would have told you that a friend of mine sent me a joke today, and it really tickled my sense of humour. It was definitely my kind of joke.

A man walked into a dentist's office and said, "Can you help me? I think I'm a moth."

The dentist said, "You don't need a dentist. You need a psychiatrist."

"Yes, I know," the man said.

The dentist asked, "So then why did you come in here?"

The man replied, "The light was on.”

25 comments:

k o w said...

It's funny you mention labels.

The women I work with call me "Troy" for what they say is my attitude towards women sometimes. It never really hit me until I caught one of them calling me it. I was a little taken back.

But then I remembered my favorite line from nip/tuck ( Inever miss a show), "When you see a woman's cum face you can see into her soul."

I guess I am a little bit like Troy.

Darkneuro said...

And let us not forget the meaning behind the word romantic... romance. Defined:
ro·mance n.
1.
1. A love affair.
2. Ardent emotional attachment or involvement between people; love: They kept the romance alive in their marriage for 35 years.
3. A strong, sometimes short-lived attachment, fascination, or enthusiasm for something: a childhood romance with the sea.
2. A mysterious or fascinating quality or appeal, as of something adventurous, heroic, or strangely beautiful: “These fine old guns often have a romance clinging to them” (Richard Jeffries).
3.
1. A long medieval narrative in prose or verse that tells of the adventures and heroic exploits of chivalric heroes: an Arthurian romance.
2. A long fictitious tale of heroes and extraordinary or mysterious events, usually set in a distant time or place.
3. The class of literature constituted by such tales.
4.
1. An artistic work, such as a novel, story, or film, that deals with sexual love, especially in an idealized form.
2. The class or style of such works.
5. A fictitiously embellished account or explanation: We have been given speculation and romance instead of the facts.
6. Music. A lyrical, tender, usually sentimental song or short instrumental piece.
7. Romance The Romance languages.


You are romantic, meaning 2 :) How's that?

kimmyk said...

I've never watched Nip/Tuck.

You are a hopeless romantic WDKY. That's a good thing I think.

Nice joke. Took me two times reading it..I'm such a slow dork. But the 2nd time it made me chuckle.

Goose said...

Love nip/tuck....Julian McMahon.....oh man oh man oh man.
Funny joke there, fella...

emerald eyes said...

lol.....chuckle. Very funny.

great HNT shot too... getting around now to comment.
I hope all os well at chez wdky!
xoxx

j said...

it is complex.
it is a paradox.

and *snicker*.

paula said...

i've never considered myself a romantic maybe cause i've always thought that's what men expect us to be and i don't like to be as im expected to...but i do love being in love and as u can see on my blog i love talking about all the aspects of love, relationships, broken hearts and all that. i love poetry and a beautiful sunset in the arms of my love...so yeah i suppose im a down to earth romantic....lol

wdky said...

KOW - are you sure they didn't mean Helen of Troy? Actually, there's a lot of truth in some cliches, I always think...

DN - thanks for the research! I haven't made 35 years yet, though, and it's beginning to look unlikely :-(

Kimmy, you're right of course, but you seem to understand me rather well anyway. And I'll take it as a comopliment. Yes, the joke still had me grinning when I read it again this morning.)

Goose - thanks. And Nip Tuck is about the Beautiful People, of course...

Em, thank you and yes - all is well. I appreciate you asking :-)

J - yes. And no. I guess it's as complex as you want it to be.

Paula - the funny thing is, I often wonder whether women truly understand the meaning of romance. What do you think, really?

mez said...

ahh. I'm a romantic idealist.
This is, of course, the worst kind...

NML said...

I *love* Nip Tuck. I try to watch it each week on Sky but every single episode is brilliant. Julian McMahon's character is my favourite. I don't fancy him though!

networkchic said...

I think romance comes from the willingness to explore, to discover, to accept - who someone else is. We need more romantics.

k o w said...

It could be Helen of Troy and I wouldn't be against that.

anu said...

I wonder if plants, leaves, oceans, the sun and the moon romance?

Lee Ann said...

I am a hopeless romantic....I can't help it.
I love the joke about the moth. Have a great weekend.

Blondie said...

I happen to love nip/tuck on all levels. I think the only label that has been attached to me is being complicated or complex. I like to think I'm a relationship kind of person but I am gun shy about all of it. I feel like yelling at people half the time so they will back off and let me end things one at a time. ((my gfs keep telling me to go out when I'd rather be totally "free" before I get to that point in my life ~ dating))

Complex and flexible. I don't know.

*sigh*

Sometimes your words and actions make you seem like you're too good to be true. Romantic but not suffocating... And good in the sack. :-) hehe

hamrose said...

I'm there with ya. I'm a hopeless romantic. In fact, I almost think romance is better than love (if that makes any sense) and romance is definitely better than sex (not that I don't love sex...) Romance is definitely "all that". Albeit, unsustainable....

hamrose said...

P.S. Left you something on my blog....in the spirit of romance and all....

wdky said...

Mez - actually, it's the best kind...

NML - bet you do ;-)

NWC, that's a nice definition. Want to join me?

KOW... I bet you wouldn't. You'd look great in an armoured skirt.

Lee Ann - you too. It WAS a great joke.

Ruthie - I know where you're coming from. Don't be fooled though - if I was too good to be true I doubt I'd be single :-(

Hammy - Are you? I strenuously dispute that it's not sustainable though. And thank you, very much x

Tricia said...

I think there's a bit of the romantic in all of us.
Some part of us that craves something deeper, something more meaningful.

The one thing I cannot abide is the thought of a hopeless romantic however. The idea that this need will never be fulfilled, never be satisfied, is objectionable to the romantic at heart (like myself). I'd rather prefer a hopeful romantic.

There is hope after all.
Isn't there?

wdky said...

Of course there is, Tricia. Every day's a new day, isn't it? And you're right... "hopeful romantic" has a nice ring to it. Off to bed now, but have a lovely weekend...

Tricia said...

I just realized, on re-reading the comments, that hamrose said she is an hopeless romantic. I feel silly now. I wasn't referring to that, just sayin'...
I swear I'm not a twit.

Hammy, you are a lovely hopeless romantic and I hope you find all the romance your heart can hold. Your blog is adorable, as are you.


Sweet dreams wdky.

Darkneuro said...

The spacing of course, got all messed in the cut/paste. (as opposed to nip/tuck)... I meant
2. A mysterious or fascinating quality or appeal, as of something adventurous, heroic, or strangely beautiful: “These fine old guns often have a romance clinging to them” (Richard Jeffries).

:)
Ignore the example. You have a romance clinging to YOU. :P

Caterpillar said...

I like NWC's definition, I copied and pasted it and now, NWC, if you're reading this - you're going to end up in my frames of quotes as well!!

blueprincesa said...

That's a good joke.

wdky said...

Tricia, Hammy is a lot tougher than she looks. She knows Big Lou.

DN - understood, thanks :-)

Cat, it deserves a place there, I agree. Tha's both of us on your wall now!

Blue - thanks. I STILL love it.