perks of being in a relationship
- u can steal their clothes
- they have 2 give u their fries
- they look cute when they sleep
- if ur sick they still have 2 kiss u and then u can get them sick hell yeah
- free food
- hand on my butt
would someone like to be in a relationship with me free food sounds good
David I think these are just benefits for the gurl
Maybe David wants to be the girl in the relationship.
"‘The world is changing and it needs its shepherds and sometimes its butchers. And in this case, I’m its shepherd. Your enterprise has been noted. And all that anyone can say now is: What next? What little thing will change the world because the little tinkers carried on tinkering?’"
— Terry Pratchett
Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett is a awe-inspiring book. And I mean it literally inspires awe in the reader.
It basically describes the invention of rail travel in a fictional world at a technological level around the Renaissance. But what makes it so amazing is how it takes the excitement men feel at building something new and powerful and amazing and lets the reader feel it. That sense of wonder at being part of something greater is its gift to you. Harry King is the best example, a formerly shady tycoon who finds greater purpose and meaning in leading the railway revolution. Moist Von Lipwig is a former conman who uses his gift for dealing with people to build something for everyone and finds that he wanted to be a good man more than anything else. Both sound trite, but the way they are built up makes them human, people who are trying to understand their place in the world in a way that makes them endearing.
In this world, there are different races (Humans, dwarfs, goblins, trolls, etc.) Goblins have just recently been emancipated and are still hated by other races. But they are determined and they strive and find a place in the railway and the new semaphore systems called the “clacks”. They are a race that distrusts promises made by people in power because they are used to seeing them broken. But they aspire anyway because they have a desire to live and become more that is so strong I can feel it through the pages. Humans learn to live with huge changes, and other races defy stereotypes that ends up leading to troll lawyers and vampire photographers. Dwarfs are a very traditional race that strikes me as an allegory for religious societies like Muslims dealing with the youth moving on. The most conservative dwarfs, the grags, become violent like we saw with terrorists on 9/11. But the vast majority of dwarfs are peaceful and just want a better life like most people do. They are proud of their traditions but don’t let them bind them. And that gives me hope for our own schisms.
I really like how much effort is spent describing the little details of running a railway, emphasizing how many people must cooperate in order to make it work. That mundane sort of order that is still necessary makes me happy to see because it shows how people have to cooperate to live better. Watching each new development, from rail hotels to travel guides to transcontinental lines gives me the wonder I might have felt in the real world back in the 1800s.
This book is beautiful in that way. I have no shame in saying that I love to feel the wonder a little kid does looking at something like an airplane, and this book gifts me that feeling.
So to Sir Terry Pratchett, thank you.
"‘Harry, please! Remember your position in life!’
‘A man makes his own position in life, Duchess.’"
— Terry Pratchett, Raising Steam
"It wasn’t about the money. It had never been about the money. Even when it was about the money, it wasn’t entirely about the money. Well, it was slightly about the money, but most of all it was about what the dwarfs called the craic. The sheer pleasure about what you were doing and where you were doing it. He could feel the future catching him up. He could see it beckoning. But, of course, sooner or later someone would try to kill him. That usually happened, but you had to take the chance. It seemed to be a necessary part of the whole thing, whatever the whole thing actually was. You always had to take the chance. Any chance."
— Terry Pratchett, Raising Steam
"Registered sex offenders tend not to get scholarships."
— John Cheese
I’m an adult now.
It doesn’t feel any different.
Did you think you got a book when you grew up that said “How to be an adult and know what you’re doing”. I felt sort of surprised when I consciously realized that doesn’t exist.