Dark Bilious Vapors

But how could I deny that I possess these hands and this body, and withal escape being classed with persons in a state of insanity, whose brains are so disordered and clouded by dark bilious vapors....
--Rene Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy: Meditation I

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05/29/2005: From the "Life in These United States" Department....

If you're involved in an adulterous affair, you can now get a greeting card specifically for your mistress/lover:

Soon, you could also find cards for your mistress or the other man in your life, thanks to a new line of greeting cards designed especially to express the feelings intrinsic to extramarital affairs.

Bethesda resident Cathy Gallagher created the line of cards called the Secret Lover collection.

Gallagher came up with the idea for the cards after she and her husband had a conversation about how many of their friends were involved in extramarital affairs.

"There were all the different people that we knew that were involved in [affairs] and I thought that must be a really difficult situation to be in," she said.

As someone who buys a lot of greeting cards herself, she said the idea came to her and she thought there would be an enormous, untapped market for it.


The collection includes cards that express love and intimacy, thoughts for special occasions and other sentiments, such as "sorry" and "goodbye" -- each with the distinctive voice of one engaged in a secret relationship.

For example, a holiday card begins with, "As we each celebrate with our families, I will be thinking of you."

Another card, meant for an office romance, says, "I used to look forward to the weekends but since we met they now seem like an eternity."

"Regular relationship cards don't come close to expressing the feeling of these relationships," Gallagher said.
I don't know whether to be happy or depressed that I have no need for such cards....

Credit: Mr. Roboto

Len on 05.29.05 @ 02:27 PM CST

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