Talking to Mark last night, I told him that I'd meet Jake via JDate. Mark said that it still counted as a success for online dating because the relationship got off the ground. What happened next was just the relationship, not the fault of the online meeting (and I quite agree with him). But his "off the ground" comment got me thinking...
Jamy: What was the space shuttle that blew up right after lift-off?
Mark: The Challenger? [chuckles]
Jamy: Yeah, that's what our relationship was like. It got off the ground...
Mark: But didn't get very far? Did you see the Aviator? It's like the Spruce Goose--it worked, but only flew for a couple of seconds.
Jamy: But that was expected. Nobody was surprised that the Spruce Goose didn't fly very far. This was different--you know, a complete surprise. It just burst into flames. Except that there were no casualties, so it's wasn't that bad. Mostly just shocking.
I wonder if all relationships could be compared to a disaster (human-made or otherwise)? Titanic anyone? Great Chicago Fire? Mt. Saint Helens?