Chris Walsh (chris_walsh) wrote,
Chris Walsh

Ladies and gentlemen, my F.S.O.

I have a friend named Alicia. We dated ('96-'97), so now she's what I call my F.S.O., my Former Significant Other. After we broke up, I began working in Hermiston, Oregon, about 200 miles east of Portland. I remember having a chat with the father of a friend and co-worker; he and I got talking about relationships, and I brought up Alicia as "my ex-girlfriend." And the dad, usually a goofy, jokey guy, gave me a deeply serious look and said "Never call her your ex." And then he was goofy and jokey again. Which got me thinking, "Y'know, 'ex' is harsh, and I don't feel harshly about her -- I'm fond of her, we were a good couple for a year-and-a-half...yeah. Don't call her my 'ex.'" So I coined "F.S.O.," which amused me. It sounded official, almost military. It's an easy shorthand, I think... Anyway, we keep in touch, and we talked last night. Here are a few reasons why I like this woman:

* She read Stephen King's Dark Tower series -- all 3,700 pages of it -- in two weeks. She takes her reading seriously.

* She said the true cause of the success of the Pirates of the Caribbean sequel was not Johnny Depp but Cthulhu. (Personally I still think Naomie Harris had a lot to do with it, but I'm a heterosexual man.)

* She geeked out about getting to see the unused ending to Army of Darkness, which not even I've seen yet.

* She wants Good Omens to be made into a film...with the demon Crowley played by...Danny Elfman. "He played a great devil!" she said. And he did. (Yep, she just saw Forbidden Zone...)

  • The cat moves on

    At the house we're waiting to hear from our former housemate as they drive back to their new town, bringing their cat with them. The two of them…

  • 6/23/2022

    The Tragedy of Darth Dumbass by Christopher Walsh, 6/23/2022 any word combination is possible but not necessarily meaningful (or meaning-full)

  • Not Mine to Say

    My inner editor is very well-trained. Do I blog about that? Not that; that’s someone else’s story. Not that; it’s much like something I blogged…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.