Just feel like a bit of a ramble. Basically, for seven years my whole life has been dominated by football (soccer) and a football team in particular (Man City). I have not missed a single game for seven seasons and most of my friends are the same way. I still love football and get stupidly worked up about everything involving the team - from City forums, to getting the paper every morning and setting aside a few hundred dollars per month to finance the away games - I would guess that I spend around $5,000 a year on following Man City up and down the country. Man City have always affected my relationships with women, and I have based my friends around who I support. I don't allow Man United fans into my flat and on nights out all me and my friends do, and talk about is Manchester City and chant various songs - sounds ridiculous when you put it down in wording but in England alot of people are the same way and when I meet new people the first thing I ask them is not thier name, but which team they support. The people that I respect are people who have not missed a game for years and years and I have an irrational hatred of people who switch teams because of varying degrees of success. I know I have a problem but I can honestly say hand on heart that without this passion in life I wouldn't be the person I am now. So lately I've been trying to get a girlfriend, a steady one. I have lots of one or two week things but they all peter out when they discover that I am an asshole when it comes to football. This weekend I nearly ended up fighting with a friend over the fixture list. I knew we had Olympiakos at home in a friendly, yet my friend was saying this was bull and we ended up in an intense argument about it that threatened to spoil the night out. With girls I find that although Ive reached the age where I've really got to start settling down - and I do want to, I just can't commit due to the fear of missing a game. Say if my girlfriend wanted a weekend away and that clashed with a game I would work around the games. Alot of potential girlfriends have got pissed at that and ended the relationship before it develops into anything serious. I'm kind of stuck in a rut here. With every month that pases I find myself wanting a steady girlfriend and a house to call my own with a few kids running around, yet on the other hand to do this I know I'd have to sacrifice or at least compromise on going to games. When you've been to every game everywhere for seven years it becomes normal to shape your weekend around the game and getting out of this routine is hard. Silly passion in life I know, so have you guys got anything similiar which takes over your life in a big way?