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April madness

Who here hasn't gone off the deep end lately? Raise your hands....come on... I should be seeing more hands than this...

I was going to drag out that old T.S. Eliot quote about April being the cruellest month (as it's one of the only bits of poetry I actually memorized), but at the moment cruel doesn't quite seem sufficient, or even accurate in all cases. Utter lunacy seems more like it. The world has been flipped upside-down, and I swear, I didn't do anything but sit here. It's everyone else who's gone batty.

First, there's the good kind of madness: my little sister is getting married! I approve of the guy, and he takes good care of her, so I'm happy for them. They're doing the courthouse wedding thing up in Oregon, in a couple weeks, on a Wednesday, so I can't even be there. She apologized for that. But, hey, I don't stand on ceremony all that much. And I've constantly said that I wished Steve and I had eloped to Vegas, which we really think would've been a pretty good idea, so I can't hold this against her. Now I've got to think of some cool thing to get them. What to get for the couple who has everything? Hm.

This means that, of the 4 of us, I was the one who got married at the oldest age. My two older sisters were 22 or 23 when they got married. I was 25, two months shy of 26. Peg will be 25 as well, but 8 months shy of 26. I also was the one who started dating at the youngest age, amazingly - I was a shy little nerd, but somehow got a boyfriend when I was not quite 14. So this means I had the longest reign of swingin'-unmarried-woman-hood of all four of us. Yay...or something. Heh.

Then there's the general nuttiness of the comments-from-nowhere that people sometimes leave on old LJ or blog entries. One person says he believes that the human race is on a course toward the destruction of all vertebrate life. Yeah. I'll just leave you to ponder that. Another person left a comment on the TTT parody which says "Unlike all those other people, I didn't think this was funny at all. Just spent five minutes staring at what was supposed to be humor, lol." And you decided to take the time to tell me this...why? And also, they "LOL" at their own comments but not at the parody? Well, at least I got 'em laughing somehow.

Freaks. The world is freaks.

On the flip side, then, I've gotten unexpected compliments from independent sources, all of which have rather surprised me. My favorite is still "glittering jewel of sanity" (yes, I know it's a twist on Rush Limbaugh's "glittering jewel of colossal ignorance," but that just makes it nicer - taking what was traditionally an insult and making it into a compliment)... though, technically, that person said I was a glittering jewel of sanity in comparison to others. Looking over my own recent experience with this crazy, crazy world, perhaps that isn't saying so much.


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Apr. 3rd, 2003 10:56 am (UTC)
OMFG he said LOL?! ROFL!!!!111!11!11~ That stupid N00b I will h4x0r him~!

I fucking hate that shit. It makes me want to destroy myself, and take the world with me.
Congratulations to your sis though. Very cool ;)
Apr. 3rd, 2003 11:29 am (UTC)
Thank you for making me laugh. :D
Apr. 3rd, 2003 11:05 am (UTC)
I think at this point, "lol" has mutated into an internet signature word. I find people (usually teenagers) using it as the last thing in a post, even when there is NOTHING FUNNY about what they've written. It drives me crazy!

Apr. 3rd, 2003 12:08 pm (UTC)
omg lmfao!
Uuuugh. Agreed. It drives me crazy when every sentence is finished off with a "lol" for good measure. I have one friend who's particularly guilty: I'll ask him how his day went, and he'll respond "it was miserable, lol". I DOUBT that makes him laugh out loud. Grrrr.

And you ARE splendiferously sane, most of the time. ;D (A bit of insanity makes the world more interesting, yesyes it does. But right now we could use a little less.)
Apr. 3rd, 2003 11:10 am (UTC)
Peg's getting married?! Why am I always the last person to hear things like this?
Apr. 3rd, 2003 11:27 am (UTC)
Hehe...Yeah; she called me last night. Said she was planning to call everyone, but wasn't sure if it was too late to call you guys and Bon & Rob. I guess she ended up opting to wait till today...
Apr. 3rd, 2003 02:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for this. For the first time, I was actually able to scoop K8 on a major piece of family news! w00t!
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Apr. 4th, 2003 03:04 pm (UTC)
The acronym "imho" always goes through my head as "I'm a ho."

Hehehe...this makes me laugh. Thanks for that, and for the other compliments!
Apr. 3rd, 2003 12:42 pm (UTC)
hey! watch what you say about the crazies!
yeah, okay, so crazy people can be a little annoying at times, but they're always the funnest one to hang around with. lol. personally, i enjoy being around peoplple who are 'slightly off kilter' as opposed to those 'glittering jewels of sanity' who fit society's norms. but hey, what do i know. i'm just a stupid little high-school freshman who spends her days in the ghetto institution of lower learning.

oh yeah, by the by, don't piss off the crazy folks. you never know what they're capable of....

Apr. 3rd, 2003 12:47 pm (UTC)
Re: hey! watch what you say about the crazies!
see? i too am guilty of using "lol" way too often. damn. and i wanted to think of myself as being above everyone else. >_<
Apr. 3rd, 2003 02:59 pm (UTC)
Maybe you can help me. What does this "w00t" word mean that all the kids are using these days?

Over in conservatism, what usually happens is I'll make a post and all of you will leave a comment. But then several weeks (or months) later, a liberal will suddenly post a snide remark. I guess I should be proud that I can get a rise out of them, haha.
Apr. 4th, 2003 02:25 pm (UTC)
it's like a shortened "woo hoo" from what I can tell... anyway that's what this kid here uses it for
Apr. 4th, 2003 03:13 pm (UTC)
I've always taken "w00t" to be a shortened form of "woohoo," as someone mentioned. Complete with l33t spelling or however you say it.

Heh; nothing like a latecomer spoiling for a political fight...
I guess I should be proud that I can get a rise out of them
Indeed. In the words of Han Solo, "I must have hit pretty close to home to get 'er all riled up like that, huh kid?" :)

(Apologies to Star Wars fans if that's not the exact quote.)
Apr. 3rd, 2003 03:17 pm (UTC)
Your TTT parody was one of the funniest things I've ever read; I nearly peed my pants the first time I read it! Props to you...don't let the crazies getcha down!
Apr. 4th, 2003 03:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :) I certainly won't let it deter me from writing more. I just wonder what they thought they were accomplishing by telling me that. I mean, it wasn't even constructive criticism.
Apr. 3rd, 2003 05:57 pm (UTC)
I read the TTT parody this morning, and I thought it was brilliant.

As for the lol thing, I think people just use little things like that to make up for the lack of facial expression when chatting and stuff. When you can't insert a polite smile, you just stick in an lol. I prefer little faces, myself ^_^. Hell, it's better than nothing. I'm still trying to figure out what the w00t thing is all about, though
Apr. 4th, 2003 03:17 pm (UTC)
I definitely use emoticons a lot, and they don't bother me. So maybe it's hypocritical of me to be bugged by the "lol" thing. I just want it to be used only in cases where something literally made them laugh out loud, because that's kind of rare, I would think. Or else there really are a bunch of nuts out there laughing out loud continually while they read and type by themselves on the computer. Heh.
Apr. 5th, 2003 10:30 am (UTC)
the "lol-er"
perhaps he/she was trying sarcasm, and said "lol" regarding not finding it funny?
on the subject of words/phrases losing their meaning, does anyone else get irrationally irked whenever teens/preteens use the word "literally" with the exact opposite intention as its meaning would suggest? as in "my parents are, like, *literally* going to kill me!" i sometimes fear that our language will eventually succumb to heat death...
Apr. 5th, 2003 06:38 pm (UTC)
Re: the "lol-er"
A language hasn't ever fallen to pieces yet in the history of the world, but still, yes, word meanings change, and that one really is annoying. If "literally" ends up meaning "figuratively," then how will we express the previous meaning of "literally"? *sigh*...kids these days. :)
Apr. 7th, 2003 06:13 am (UTC)
very cool. :)
Apr. 8th, 2003 03:02 pm (UTC)
Well well well...
Congratulations on your sister's upcoming marriage. If or when I do get married I would love for it to be in Vegas or some other odd place in the USA. I'm not one for ceremonies and dressing up and deciding colors and napkins blah blah blah... There are 4 girls in my family so it's not like I'm my parent's only daughter. Eloping has always been my strategy. And hey, my dad already said he would buy me a nice ladder for my wedding gift. Awww...

Regarding everyone's comments on teen talk these days, I am a teen and I don't use all of those silly words. However, I do know a lot of teens who DO talk like that and, yes it drives me crazy. As much as I would like to defend my generation I find that, sadly, I cannot. I am vastly outnumbered. I am just doing my part in my circle to curb this infectious disease of laziness. Laziness meaning that most teens do not want to waste their time learning better English. I am not even close to having good English skills but I am trying.

Ok well enough of that. I have to like go and like study for this like huge test. If I don't pass my parents are like literally going to kill me LOL!
Apr. 9th, 2003 05:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Well well well...
Ok well enough of that. I have to like go and like study for this like huge test. If I don't pass my parents are like literally going to kill me LOL!

Heheh. Very funny. :P

I have no proof that the "lol"-er was a teen. I suppose that's likelier than a 50-year-old, but you never know. Teens like you and several others on my friends list are so smart and articulate, it really gives me hope. No need to despair for the future just yet, methinks. And your English skills are just fine.

Love the ladder idea. Take it and run! Eloping is definitely the low-stress way. Another girl from a 4-girl family, eh? Did you guys get 'Little Women' comments all the time too? :)
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