Re: DIAMONDS, your diamond, may not be forever
You gotta hand it to De Beers - their control & promotion of diamonds over the years has created a whole societal norm and expectation around diamonds & romance.
The girl I married didn't want one OR a big expensive wedding - she wanted to spend the money on our first condo instead.
We went to the JP with only close family in attendance and I found a VERY nice custom band for her.
I also had a friend who bought his live-in girlfriend a loose diamond as a gift. He thought it was just a nice expensive gift and was quite confused when he found out what it actually signified to her.
I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.