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Posted on Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

Dave!This morning I checked out of my hotel and began work for the day.

This evening I checked back into my hotel because work ran later than expected.

I'm thinking that this is probably a good thing, because I'm thoroughly exhausted. On top of that, I'm not as comfortable driving at night as I used to be, so spending three hours being stressed-out while tired is not my idea of a good time. Neither is falling asleep at the wheel, crossing over three lanes of traffic, going over a cliff, and exploding in a ball of fire.

As I was driving back to my hotel, I noticed that there's a full moon out and it looks amazing. It's so big in the sky that it actually looks a little bit scary. I ran up to my room, grabbed my camera, then ran back outside so I could take a photo. Except the effort was all for nothing, because my camera didn't manage to do the scene justice...

Spokane Moon

Oh well.

On my dinner break, I headed to the Gonzaga campus so I could have a slice of pizza at David's. Afterwards, I decided to walk down the street so I could see what the menu was like at Sonic Burrito. On the way back, I ran across a girl breaking up with her boyfriend. The guy was saying "don't do this... I don't know what I did, but I'm sorry! I'm sorry! I'm sorry!" Then she dropped the "INYIM" bomb ("It's Not You It's Me) and it was over. Having been in this exact situation, I could totally relate to the poor bastard, and found myself wondering if he was buying the whole INYIM excuse. Does anybody ever believe the INYIM excuse?

Life's a bitch.

Then she rips out your heart and stomps on it.

Gee... that sure sounded a little bitter.

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  1. Wayne says:

    Yeah, the moon looked awesome tonight from Texas too. But here in Texas we don’t have INYIM breakups. Here we have concealed carry law.

  2. Hilly says:

    In my humble little opinion, INYIM is total bullshit. Basically it’s the easy way out of a relationship without having to discuss anything or “deal” with the other person. It’s this big, fat cop-out because there’s always a little bit of “you” AND “me” in every break-up.

  3. Tracy Lynn says:

    Bet that guy would have ENJOYED the whole off-the-cliff-fiery-crashing-ball scenario right about now.

    You only believe that if you’re delusional. And lucky.

  4. martin says:

    The moon was fantastic over London too. The best one I got was ‘I do love you,but like a sister’.
    Great blog……..

  5. Neil T. says:

    We had an awesome moon over here in Blighty too – full moon, with those grey clouds from haunted house movies. Looked fantastic, but I didn’t take a photo as I’d have got the same thing as you – a tiny dot. Really need a camera with better zoom.

  6. birdie says:

    You’ve just witnessed the moon illusion. Weird, huh?

    Scientists still don”t understand why the human mind plays that little trick on us, but the illusion goes away when you view the rising full moon through an aperture, for instance a camera or even when you “pinch” it between your thumb and forefinger.

    You can read more about this phenomenon here.

  7. serap says:

    Oh dear… we’re not all like that Dave. I just split up with my boyfriend, and I told him exactly why… and gave him some time to think about it, and do something about it if he so wished. Maybe you should go out with a psychologist in future… we’re a thoughful bunch!

  8. Kyra says:

    Yeesh Dave. You know, it might really have been her, maybe she couldn’t deal with being with a good guy. Believe me, it’s a common affliction for some reason. Some girls just have to be with a jerk (or they have another guy in the wings, then it really is her too – as in being a total skank.) Or maybe they were getting serious and she couldn’t bear to tell him she used to be a man, well actually still is until next month when the surgery is scheduled. Or she was a secret agent, off into dangers unknown and couldn’t endanger his life by association…

    On the other hand, maybe she caught him in bed with another woman and he was too drunk to remember and she was just being “nice”. Hey, it could happen! Oh alright, it coulnd’t. There would be blood and body parts. 😉 But it was worth a shot.

    But it doesn’t mean that there isn’t a lovely girl who would honestly value and love him just around the corner. We’re not as flashy, but we’re out there.

  9. mrs. kapgar says:

    No bitterness, but I’m shocked you didn’t offer to buy the poor guy a burrito.

  10. Andy says:

    I missed the moon as it was chucking it down with rain and I didn’t even want to *think* about looking outside.
    However, there is a cool shot of the moon on the Astronomy Picture Of The Day site.

  11. Avitable says:

    I think the freefall off of the cliff would have been fun. The landing would have sucked, though.

  12. RW says:

    yes you do sound bitter. very very very bitter. Hyperbolically bitter. But don’t let it worry you, it’s not you…

  13. delmer says:

    George Costanza’s the only person who *has ever* been able to convincingly sell the INYIM Breakup.

  14. Dave2 says:

    Wayne… Not to mention the death penalty, for those break-ups that go REALLY wrong.

    Hilly… If only I had the clarity of mind to say something like “yeah, it really IS you”… but it’s not as if snappy comebacks are on the tip of your tongue when being dumped. 🙁

    Tracy Lynn… I am often delusional, but it didn’t help! 😀

    Martin… Yikes! Thats even worse than “I love you like a brother!”

    Neil… What’s sad about this is that I was intentionally trying to keep the city in the foreground for scale… little did I know that this would have the opposite effect!

    Birdie… So it was all in my head? Typical. 🙂

    Serap… Hmmm… I don’t know if being psychoanalyzed during a break-up would be much help! Especially for me, since I already know I’m psychotic!

    Kyra… See? Any of THOSE excuses would have been better! If my girlfriend told me she was breaking up with me because she was a secret agent and didn’t want to put me in danger, I would totally buy that!

    Mrs. Kapgar… I don’t know that a burrito would help… but a burrito soaked in Jack Daniels might! Alas, that wasn’t on the Sonic Burrito menu… but perhaps it should be?

    Andy… I love the Astronomy Picture of the Day site… I used to download the photos I liked, but soon realized I liked ALL of them and was filling up my hard drive!

    Avitable… You should try skydiving then! Freefalling IS very cool, and none of that landing badly mess. If you’re lucky, that is.

    RW… In this case, I totally believe that! 😀

    Delmer… Yeah, but he’s fictional, so it doesn’t count! 🙂

  15. Lewis says:

    So, exactly how does one get CLOSER to the moon…for a better pic? I noticed that my pics of the lunar eclipse a while back looked weak, pale, and painful compared to what I was actually seeing. Maybe a telephoto lense, eh? And, by the way, is there any other restaurant that you frequent in Spokane other than David’s? Rock Bottom Grill, perhaps? Or that funny named place…..I can’t think of it right now. And, I must say, that I’ve never been privy to the INYFIM bom. Neither administering nor receiving. Whew.

  16. Yikes. I’d like to apologize on behalf of my whole gender. We’re not all heartless and cruel.

  17. Suzy says:

    When I was younger I broke up with a guy and there was no reason, I was just immature and stopped returning his phone calls.

    A year later I was vacationing in LA and ran into him in a bar. I ran to hide in the bathroom because I was scared to face him and I knew I had too. So I did and he was very nice but I gave him the INYIM speech! GOD.

    I never did that again, and tell the truth but let me tell you, some men do not take the truth very well. I’ve been told some whopping lies while getting dumped. (“I’m leaving you for the other woman.” “The other woman who is MARRIED?” “Yep.” Only to find out later there was no woman at all)

    It’s always a nightmare. It’s never not going to suck. Yuck.

  18. yellojkt says:

    Your mental image of the moon has been ruined by ET.

  19. diane says:

    I think “INYIM” is the female equivalent of “I’m just not falling in love with you”–a speech I received three times back to back.
    You want to see me every day, but you’re not in love with me? You are blatantly jealous of my new boyfriend but you were never in love with me? Oooookay.
    In fairness, it is very very hard to be honest with someone about why you are breaking up with them (you just smell weird, sorry!). I usually go for “You’re like a big sister to me.” (j/k)

  20. Laurence says:

    I always expected a beautiful large moon ! Ooooh yeeees ! 🙂

  21. AB says:

    I’ve busted out the INYIM line, but it was totally truthful. Guys never believe that even if it’s true??!

  22. sizzle says:

    sometimes it really IS them…and then why would you want to be with them if they are such a lame ass to use that excuse?

    (i’ve used that once or twice in my youth. forgive me. i have learned not to use it now!)

  23. joy says:

    my, what a big moon you have

  24. bogup says:

    The moon is just now (this very minute) coming up here — and it is just as big as your morphed pic!!! Beautiful.

  25. My favorite “being dumped” experience was from a guy who had a ten point list of all the things that were wrong with me. #1 was that I didn’t like to dance or ride roller coasters…and they went down hill from there. Personally, after about #7, I would have preferred INYIM…at least it would have saved time.

    I was out walking last night, saw the HUGE and lovely moon, and thought “Wow I need to get my camera.” Then I thought of your photo comparison and the odds that I wouldn’t have the same results. So thanks for saving me time, dude! Your post was the INYIM of moon photography advice. 😉

  26. SJ says:

    This moon thing? Drives me CRAZY. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve attempted to capture a fabulous full moon only to have it turn out looking like I took a hole punch to my photo.

    But one time I tried to take it hand-held, and the jiggle caused the moon to look perfectly heart-shaped. That was kinda cool.

  27. blanetalk says:

    Funny, I’ve been the breaker a few times, a few times the relationships just hit a mutually-agreeable end and I only had a girl break up with me once. I found out when I came home to find her packing all her stuff into a pickup and about to take off. Of course, we’d come to fighting like a bit at that point, so the moving out thing didn’t really come as a surprise.

    But I wasn’t interested in asking her why. I was climbing on back of the pickup yelling, “Give me my F@&#ing microwave back, b@tch!”

    So, yeah, I don’t think the relationship was working at that point anyway.

    Everybody knows the INYIM line is a cop-out and a crock.

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