of eighty miles is nothing, a two-hour drive barely. If our friendship is something, I should go monthly. There are people who travel weekly from New Jersey to Flushing, Queens only for dumplings, or a homely straw mat. I am not one of those since I am too lazy, a true tortoise, with no ambition of outrunning a rabbit. We can talk online for hours on things mostly trivial. A Southeast Asian singer, who hasn't incurred gossips for years and years, suddenly married a beautiful actress. We giggled incredulously about life's absurdity. Which beauty secret is effective? All beauty secret is a fraud to a degree-- nothing can fight the passage of time-- but some are more fraudulent than others. Is love durable? Is betrayal forgivable? Is a regional war possible? And sometimes it feels so insufferable.