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Old 03-29-11, 11:33 PM   #1
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Long relationships (other than relatives)

Nixon was president when I first climbed into the dentist's chair. Nearly 40 years later that Italian dentist who looked so big to me when I was young turned out to be maybe 5'2". Navy dentists were the only others that poked around my mouth. His office burned down last December and he took that as a hint to hang up his 'Turn your head and spit" sign. I'd say I'll miss him but he was kind of an arrogant SOB (I don't think he'd argue that). But he knew his stuff and I felt good knowing I was in competent hands.

Who's been in your life for decades? Mechanic? Hair dresser? Bartender?
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Old 03-29-11, 11:41 PM   #2
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I've known my best friend since before either of us could form memory.

But I'm also from a small town and still know half of my kindergarden class.
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Old 03-30-11, 01:18 AM   #3
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My girlfriends from high school. I've known those ladies for 11 years. They will ALWAYS have my back.

I've been going to my dentist since I was a little girl. He knows what I find uncomfortable and what I don't. He's been there to find out that I got into private high school and college. Next time I see him I have to let him know about how I got into grad school. Heck, he's like a distant uncle.
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i know a guy with a burmese python that he has had since highschool. the relationship gets longer every year.
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My current boss has been amongst my closest friends since the summer before 7th grade, so around 35 years. Still good friends with several people from that time.
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I started going to my current dentist when my daughter took a field trip to his office with her preschool class. She's now 22.

I've been taking my various cats to the same vet for 20 years. She performed surgery for free on one of my cats when he was very sick and his treatment costs had exceeded my budget. If she hadn't done that I was going to have to put the cat to sleep.
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Old 03-30-11, 10:27 AM   #7
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I've lived a nomadic gypsy's life, (between 12 and 15 different states and 3 years in Europe, depending on how long one must remain there to "live" there) so the longest relationship I've had is with my 13-year-old dog. Weird thing is, now that I've finally settled down and have lived here almost long enough to pay off the mortgage, now neighbors flow by like marathon runners past a water station.
My dearest friend & neighbor moved away about a month after his awesome Boston Terrier died, and he wanted to help his daughter & grandkids with her divorce. And the woman who's now renting his place is another of those aloof people you only see when they get their mail and never bother to learn your name or make eye contact. The neighborhood's full of 'em unfortunately, and the closest we've ever had to a block party was when Mr. Chang backed over the fire hydrant and everyone came out to see the deafening 3-story high geyser.

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My longest non-familial relationship fell by the wayside several years ago; my best buddy from high school -- we just grew apart, he had his life, I have mine. Of course, the fact that I think his (3rd) wife is an arrogant, condescending bee-otch from the 7th level of hell may have a little to do with that.

Oh, outwardly, she's smiley, sociable, engaging... and never misses a chance to make sure you know she looks down on you. My bud makes good money (wouldn't know it by the condition of his house and how it's kept), plus the fact that I TOTALLY BELIEVE she looks down on me because my 2nd wife was mixed -- she just sets herself up as some sort of empress. I miss visiting him, but the cost of dealing with HER makes it just not worth it.
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I still have some contact with some friends from Indian Guides with the YMCA. But that is mainly through my Mom keeping in contact with their parents. And related to that I've also kept in contact with one of the YMCA staff. Those go back 50+ years.

I've known my Stockbroker for about 35 years, back when we were both in College. That is purely my relationship. The relationship is first a Rugby relationship. We actually both are primarily hookers, but for years he was the first side hooker and the coach played hooker for the second side, so I played tight head prop. All that is probably meaningless to most here, so let me mention about 10 years ago ther was a change in the Laws of Rugby that required only qualified players play in the front row (props and hookers) because of the danger of having a non-qualified player in the front row. If a front row teammate screws up you can get badly hurt.The 2 of us quite literaly depended upon eachother for our physical wellbeing for years. It really is nice to have a broker you can trust.

We are still in regular contact. I still have occasional contact with other players from my college days.
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Same two men have cut my hair since my first hair cut when I was 2
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my ex, he was my bf and bff for 11 years. my how things have changed. my hair stylist has been the same for 13 years now, at least i know i can count on him.
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I've lived a nomadic gypsy's life, (between 12 and 15 different states and 3 years in Europe, depending on how long one must remain there to "live" there) so the longest relationship I've had is with my 13-year-old dog. Weird thing is, now that I've finally settled down and have lived here almost long enough to pay off the mortgage, now neighbors flow by like marathon runners past a water station.
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"Mr. Chang" hahahaha oh gosh how stereotypically, fitting.
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Still have my best friends since grade school, 35+ years. While we don't see each other as often, we all still live with 30 minutes of each other and wouldn't hesitate to drop whatever we are doing if one of us needed help.
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Still in contact with my Spanish teacher and video production teacher from high school.
And one of my gymnastics coach and three swim coaches since I was 8 years old.
My best friend and her mom...who is like my second mom. i have known them since high school.
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