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This morning I had to go to the police station (not for anything serious). I'd never been inside a proper police station before. Opposite my old apartment in Bushwick was a really nice, brand new police station -- super clean, always full of cheerful traffic cops. I'd been in just once (something about cars in the neighborhood), and was super surprised by how clean and nice-smelling and big and organized it was.

Well. The station for the precinct I live in now (and grew up in) is totally opposite! It was empty (okay, it was 6:30 AM, but still! Only two cops!), the cop I talked to was practically asleep at his desk, and everything was dingy or outright dirty, and the whole place smelled terrible.

I feel like I just had a really authentic New York City experience! It was extremely exciting.

Day 22 - Favorite non-sexual relationship (including asexual romantic relationships)

As you may have noticed, I love stories about female friendships -- especially ones that are not perfect/boring. I'm often disappointed -- and that's not limited to books. All media struggles with women.

I know you all are expecting me to say Anne and Diana from the Anne books -- and, yes, I loved their relationship. Right up until Diana started dating Fred, and her letters were full of him, and Anne was alone. Remember when Billy Andrews proposed to Anne through his sister Jane? (Uh, spoiler!) Anne was in bed that night, thinking about how she wished she could tell someone -- but the only person she could tell was Diana, her best friend. But she couldn't trust Diana to keep her secrets anymore, because Diana had started telling everything to Fred. UGH.

Diana had been a great character, I think, and a really good foil for Anne -- but once she started with Fred, not only did she turn into a terrible friend, but a really boring character, spending most of the time talking about people getting married, and how wonderful baby Fred was. Which, perhaps, betrays more of the author than she'd meant. Either way, it was a petering off of their friendship in a way that depressed the hell out of me (and, frankly, is too much like real life for me to comfortably re-read those scenes in Anne of the Island).

An author who does really great female friendships is Jennifer Crusie. As I said yesterday on Twitter, I have my issues with the book Fast Women, but the female friendships are stellar. The depiction of the relationships between Nell, Suze, and Margie is just awesome. They are wonderful and weird and flawed and caring. Thumbs up.

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It's only 8 a.m., but my sister and I are watching Nigella make pistachio fudge, and I have a craving now! Not for fudge, but for pistachios. Mmmm, salty green pistachios. Or salty dyed-red pistachios! In the shells, preferably. Not quite a typical breakfast, I don't think, but I may have to buy some to nosh on later in the week.

Day 21 - Favorite romantic/sexual relationship (including asexual romantic relationships)

Oooh, I don't know! I don't tend to get attached to relationships in fiction -- I usually get attached to a character, and by extension I enjoy that character's relationships.

As I've said before, I was convinced of the romantic relationship between Anne and Diana in the Anne books -- but that was pretty quashed by Diana marrying Fred. I always thought Anne ended up with Gilbert just because Diana had ended up with Fred, so what was left? (Miss Stacy! But, you know, I don't think L.M. Montgomery was writing the queer version of a Harlequin Presents novel!)

So I think I'm going to go with Min and Cal from Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie. I like both characters and I like their romantic relationship -- and I like that despite the huge misunderstanding plot arc, when it really matters, they don't misunderstand each other or talk around the issues. I think she writes adult relationships really well sometimes, and this is one of those times.

I love that book a lot, and reread it a few times a year, just for comfort -- Min's arc of learning to cook chicken marsala and being okay with eating carbs and ice cream and hot dogs makes me really happy. And the way she and Cal both love her quirky shoes is awesome.

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