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April 30th, 2008


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10:16 am - Ghosti and comics
I often refer to the concept of *ghosti as being something like a close friendship where you and your friend go out to dinner, alternating who pays. Eventually, you both forget who bought the last meal, and one of you just sort of offers to pick up the check on the very basic understanding that it will really all even out in the end.

The relationship then sort of dissolves into a series of, "Whose turn is it?" questions followed by, "I don't care; I'll get it this time," answers; or else the meal becomes a pretext for inviting the other person out, saying, "Let's go out to eat, since it's my turn anyway," when both parties know that it's not actually that person's turn.

Recognition of relationship, followed by understanding that the relationship is deep enough that it was already even before the other person asked the question. That's really what ghosti is to me.

Well, for future reference, it may work like the above, but ghosti doesn't work like this.
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From:tlachtga
Date:April 30th, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
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Ah! I love Penny Arcade.
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From:ariansdreams
Date:April 30th, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC)
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I have a few relationships like that---where no one cares who pays, we just want to be together. :)
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From:verginiamus
Date:April 30th, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
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'Seinfeld' had an episode where Jerry receives a suit for a dinner. Except the other guy keeps extending the definiton of dinner. Not *ghosti. But then again, 'Seinfeld' never advocated anything like that.
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From:tlachtga
Date:April 30th, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
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yeah, that character is more like the other word to come from *ghosti--hostile.
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From:lesyoyo
Date:April 30th, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)

Thank you.

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Thank you for the reminder. I keep forgetting it goes both ways in the giving and recieving.
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From:brandondedicant
Date:May 2nd, 2008 06:18 am (UTC)
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Nice analogy. ;-)

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