Monday, January 30, 2012

Loads Of Things

I have lost track of the days for this writing challenge, so I believe that I'll finish up the list tonight on this post. I don't think I did too badly on it truth be told. Which is good because I'm starting up a new one. February is coming up and with it Valentine's Day and all the lovey shit. Because I couldn't find any challenges that interested me, I made up my own with the help of my friends. I'm calling it the 29 Days of Sex Challenge. It's not going to be all about sex though, some relationship questions were thrown in the mix and such, that's just the only title I could think of for it. The prompts are interesting and I've been coming up with a new play list for February of (mostly) raunchy songs. So yay! Interesting things abound!

In other news, if my work gets any more disgusting I will have to go find another job. Actually that's somewhat of a meaningless statement since I am needing a new/second job to begin with, but still. We just found out we have bed bugs. Legit bed bugs. The exterminator will be in on the 3rd and then two more times after that to make sure that we've gotten all of them. Work thinks some one's bringing them in because the office manager told the exterminator that apparently we've only started seeing them three weeks ago.

Bullshit. Fucking lies, all of it.

I have been leaving her messages from last October about seeing little bugs that resemble them here and there, off and on. I started seeing them sometime after we got new carpeting in the office and I think they came with it since that can happen. Oh sure, Addy doesn't know what she's talking about. Addy's seeing things; well who's laughing now?! Not me, because I'm creeped out and paranoid I'm going to bring them home. The only reason why she believes me now is because I got bit by one and caught it and taped it to a piece of paper and left it on her desk.

I've been sitting closer to the front of the office because, for some reason, the bites seem to happen by the back door most of the time. I've also been limiting what I bring to work and have been shaking out my things and spraying myself down with rubbing alcohol after leaving work, before I go home. Rubbing alcohol, especially if you buy the higher percent like 91%, kills them on contact and discourages hitchhikers. I've been lucky so far. Of course I now smell like alcohol but, oh well.

Then, two nights ago, I saw a rat in the office while I was working overnight. I have no clue where it came from; I do know that I screamed so loud when it ran by my feet my throat felt like it was vibrating. I also learned that night that when you scream and scare a rat it lifts its tail to run faster. And they do not like Oreos because apparently they are too fucking good for them even though it's milk's favorite cookie. They can also jump, so if you catch one in a trashcan, put something heavy on top of it so you can safely carry it outside. I didn't get that far, but apparently after I left a maintenance man came to try and catch it and it jumped tables (how did it get there?) and jumped after one of our other workers Dawn. Really wish I could have been there to see it.

I'm also starting to get so annoyed with people that participate in slut shaming. My sister said that one of our cousins was starting to turn into a whore, and not in a joking way, because she engages in sexual activity with her monogamous boyfriend. I'll allow a moment for you all to face palm right now. ....Done? Good. I mean, granted, she is my sister's age or around it so she's only 14 or close to it. And she's only known him for about two weeks, but still. I just hope she's being safe and using protection while she does that. If she wants to do that, that's her prerogative. Sometimes I worry about how my sister is going to turn out. Sometimes she seems just way too judgemental...but then again she was brought up by my mom and step-father so...there you have it. I just hope that being my sister, and being in Girl Scouts, will help give her a dose of reality before these things fully set in.

I am so happy, I have opened an account with PNC bank. It has an online feature with three different accounts hooked onto it to help keep me organized. I can't wait to get my credit/debit card in the mail so I can switch accounts fully and stop banking with Wells Fargo. They suck heaping dongs and I've been wanting to move for some time now.

I also can't wait until my taxes come in. I'm not sure my car or loose filling can hold up any longer.

Random Question 20:

What is your highest level of education?

Some college. Every time I've gone to college I wound up having some sort of depressive episode or something and had to drop out. So I'm not in college anymore. It kind of makes me sad.

Random Question 21:

Ho w much is a gallon of gas in your city; what's the highest it's ever been?

3.33 right now at Royal Farms and Wawa, give or take two pennies that is.

Random Question 22:

What kind of lunchbox did you have as a kid?

A school lunch tray. Or a purple velcro baggie for field trips.

Random Question 23:

Would you rather have a nanny, housekeeper, cook or chauffeur?

Definitely the housekeeper. I have no kids and if I did I sure as hell would not want a nanny. I like to cook and I love to drive. In fact that longer the drive the better for me most of the time. I thoroughly dislike cleaning though.

Random Question 24:

Would you rather be trapped in an elevator, or stuck in traffic?

Elevators creep me out and getting stuck in one is one of my fears. Also plunging to my death. Stuck in traffic I can deal with.

Random Question 25:

A brick fell on your foot and a kid is standing right next to you. What is your 'cleaned up' swear word?

Flibbity floo is my favorite. So is flipper nuggets. Shnikes is always a classic as well.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Spamming Or Advertising

My blog has a face book. As well as a twitter. Or at least I have a twitter that is used to make horrible jokes/comments and promote my blog (OoooOOOoo a twofer!). But you can see that from the aptly named widgets on the left side of the screen. I don't have a lot of people for the face book and almost no one ever participates when I post things. Then again with face book's ever changing bullshit, perhaps something got screwed up and they can no longer see it.

I have pages that I have liked as both my personal profile and my blog's face book page. Sometimes I comment as myself and sometimes using the blog name. I have yet to be blocked by anyone and frankly, I'm not sure if you can block things from a like page. Maybe you can and I haven't paid attention to it, or am to dense right now to figure it out.

I don't intentionally spam these pages though. I legitimately comment when I have something to say or add and don't encourage people to like my page, I just happen to be commenting as my page. Also if I have nothing to say I'll simply like the status if it's something I like or agree on.

Sometimes I wonder if people view this as obnoxious though. It's not like it generates a lot of interests. At least I don't think so anyway. Either that or by the time I get to comment on something my comment is so far down the damn totem pole that no one sees it...or I comment on things that are 7 hours old when I'm checking on what pages have been saying or whatnot. I have no clue which it is.

What does anyone else think? Should I only comment on things as my personal profile or should I be OK commenting on updates as my like page if I'm not being obnoxious about it and am legitimately adding to the conversation?

Random Question 19:

If you had to choose, which would you give up?: Cable TV or Cable/DSL Internet?

Definitely the TV, I almost never watch it to begin with and what little I do watch I get either from the Internet or I watch episodes they have put On Demand. There's too much stupid shit on TV that I have no interest in watching. I can't wait until I get my own place, nothing but Netflix, seriously.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Everyone Needs A Hug Now And Then

I was on Operation Nice's website and saw this. I think that's awesome. Even if it is virtual, the silliness of some of the people (and the compassion) coupled with the background music really brightens the day.

Much like the creator of Operation Nice, now I really want to make a hug video as well.

Random Question 18:

You are offered an envelope that you know contains 50 dollars. You are then told you can keep it or exchange it for another envelope that may contain 500 dollars or may be empty. Do you keep the first envelope or do you take your chances with the second?

I'd take my chances. 50 dollars is OK, but it's no big deal. Besides it's not your money, so if you decided to take the bigger prize and didn't get it, it's not like you really lost anything to begin with. Also, I'd just much rather have 500 dollars. That sum of money I can actually do something with; Pay bills, buy clothing, yadda yadda yadda.

I've Really Got To Catch This Carjacker

Dear Car Thief,

So we meet a manner of speaking of course. That is, unless you are a different car thief, in that case, Hello! It's somewhat of a pleasure to meet your acquaintance.

I noticed that you have stolen my GPS. Hopefully with this item now acquired you can find yourself a job where you can stop stealing, specifically from my car. I must compliment your good eyesight for the GPS was laying on the floor of the passenger side where not a lot of people would have noticed it. You also had the good sense to take the cord with you. Good for you! Now you can charge your illegally gotten good. However you did not take the base that it suction cups to, whatever will you do now? I hope the GPS sticks to your dash for it would be such a hassle to have it continuously fall down while driving.

You're a very lucky car thief, for you see I had just turned the GPS on to English for a change of pace. Usually it's in German, and unless you spoke it, you would not have known that you would of had to nehmen rampe rechts in drei meilen. Surely the fates are with you in your endeavors and Oh! How I envy thee!

I do have to thank you in that you were kind enough to leave my window in its half up position and you were not stupid, nor cruel, enough to push it all the way down inside the door in your effort to get to the door's lock, and let yourself in. You are truly a kind and compassionate person.

So please, do not worry about me. I will budget my money until I get enough money to buy another GPS as well as get this dratted window fixed. I wish you all the best in life because if you stoop to stealing from others, you probably need it.

Addy DelaMorte

So as you can see from the title of the post my car got broken into again. Once again it was because of my stupid windows. I know what some of you who read my last post about this a year or so back are thinking; why didn't you ever get the window fixed? To which my reply is this. I did. And I paid another 200 some odd dollars to get the next window that decided to quit on me fixed.

It seems my windows are taking turns breaking every time one of them gets fixed. Personally I'm waiting for the drivers side to go next (knock on wood.). The really irksome thing of it is I can't do anything about it until the window decides to go off the track. My mechanic explained it to me like this (Excuse me if I get a tidbit or two wrong, he told me this a year ago): Most cars that have power windows (I had to get power everything didn't I?) have this sort of string that makes the window go up and down. When the window goes off the track you can just set it back on and it's fine. Because of the way my piece of shit car (Sorry Louise [Yes, I nicknamed it Louise, but it's proper name is Principessa Nicoletta. No I don't know why I gave my American car an Italian name and a redneck nickname.]) is made, my windows rest on these two plastic arms that move it up and down. When mine goes off the track, it's because they broke and the whole mechanism needs to be replaced. ....Yayyyyy... So there's where my hard earned money will be going in about a week or two. Thankfully the bag over the window has been keeping rain and snow out. Thankfully it hasn't snowed a lot (Once again, knock on wood.).

I would be more pissed off about the GPS, but really it's just more of an annoyance... besides being my fault. I really should have remembered to take it in, but it was on the floor, it was dark and I overlooked it. I wasn't using it at the moment, nor would be in the very near future. Also I had been planning on buying another one before October of this year. My current one was apparently in bad need of being updated but I had nothing to plug it into the computer with so it could be updated (I'm extremely sorry about that Car Thief, I hope this does not inconvenience you.). It's not that I mean to be extremely chilled about this, but with everything else that has been going on lately, this is the least of my worries.

Oh well, c'est la vie!

Random Question 17:

What food item would need to be removed from the market altogether in order for you to live a longer, healthier life?

Nachos and Slim Jims. I love those two things way too much. I can eat a bag of tortilla chips and a jar of that nacho cheese from the company I forget but love, in the course of a day. No lie. Also cheese in general.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

25 Random Question Challenge Day 16

Random Question 16:

If you had to have the same topping for your vanilla ice cream for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

First off, why would I be eating vanilla? I hate that flavor. But if I had to choose it would either be hot fudge or caramel. Fuck it, let's mix them both together.

On a related note, apparently Ben and Jerry's had some sort of create your own flavor contest. I have no clue how long ago that was, the website didn't say, so I may be hilariously late to the party. I would love to create my own B&J ice cream one day though. I'd call it 'Bats in the Belfry' and it would be a mocha ice cream with hot fudge swirls, little marshmallow moons and little peanut butter filled chocolate bats all mixed in.

Oh yeah, bet I just gave your tongue an orgasm at the thought didn't I?

Friday, January 20, 2012

I Got A Stiffy For A Stiff

So this movie has been brought to my attention by a friend. I don't know what this obsession is with prettying up monsters. I don't understand it. They're monsters, let them be ugly....not saying that monsters can't be pretty of course (even though beauty is in the eye of the beholder in most of those cases.), but c'mon....they're zombies; you can only take it so far. I can just imagine zombies picketing with signs saying, "Put the Ugghhhhh back in Ugly!" "Nausea now! Beauty never!" "Maybe she was born with it, but maybe I ate your face!" OK, that last one didn't quite make sense....or maybe it did.

I won't lie, the premise sounds neat. If done correctly this could be good. I could see this being awesome if the makers of Shaun Of The Dead did this, or someone else who likes a lot of good tongue in cheek in their movies. But when I hear phrases like, "To fill the Twilight void for Twilight fans.", I feel the need to go to my happy place.

It's not like I don't know that zombies haven't been tried to be sexified before. But usually when people do things like that, it's always taken with some sort of grain of salt. We know what we're getting into. You grab onto a zombie prostitute's ass and you know you're getting a handful of cold, rotting, diseased flesh (much like a real prostitute.). There was always a sense of squick with it....and it was awesome. Shit got visceral. This I don't know about. It looks and sounds like he's less zombie and more ghoul...or idiot cannibal vampire.

On the plus side it does star John Malkovich.

Random Question 15:

How many times did it take you to pass your driving test?

Third time was the charm for me. The first time I fucked up on the parallel parking by getting stuck in this rocking back and forth motion with no way to fix it unless I pulled all the way out of the spot, which I couldn't. The second I forgot to put on my blinker when exiting the stupid test. Damn technicalities.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Boring Topics: 25 Random Question Challenge Day 14

Random Question 14:

Everyone hears discussions that they consider boring. What topic can put you to sleep quicker than any other?

Celebrity gossip. I never could keep up with it and mostly don't care to. Unless, that is, it's about a celebrity I'm gaga over and even then it's, meh. Most gossip actually falls into this category for me. Politics as well, I find it somewhat hard to follow politics. I try to keep up, but I lag behind.

Catching Up On The Question Challenge

I just realized I lost five days with this 25 random questions challenge. Bad me, I know.

I had something that I actually wanted to write about, but my mind is listless and lazy and I'm in some sort of foul mood that's apparently been malingering for the past day or two and has just now surfaced and won't go away. Was that a run on sentence or actual correct writing/grammar? I have no fucking clue and don't care.

I have been so meh about what I had promised to write. Apparently I just couldn't find it in me to write a short back story about a fictional character of an awesome story that I had renamed for some blog challenge. So let's just forget that I was supposed to write about Captain Hook and maybe it will resurface in a short time when I'm actually able to concentrate. I really can't concentrate, I don't know why. I try to do one thing and then I blank out and go do another completely different thing.

I stupidly asked my friend out about a week ago. I really shouldn't have, I should have listened to all my female friends when they said it would be a bad idea to date a friend and the friendship would never be the same. Of course, I didn't even get that far actually. I asked him over the phone if he thought of me the same way. His reply was really confusing to me but boiled down to 'no, sorry'. The whole situation is confusing to me still. We flirt like crazy and he grabs my boobs all the time and let's me hang all over him and feel him up. I once even sent a picture of my tits to him for his birthday and he liked it, or acted like it at least. Then I call him and apparently he only thinks of me as a friend?

My friends were right, it does change the relationship. Although not on his side, bless him, he's still a sweetheart. I told him that if he didn't like me we could pretend the whole conversation never happened. I knew I should have messaged or e-mailed him instead. It has less of an impact than a verbal conversation.

I thought I'd be fine with a rejection but for some reason I feel like punching him in the head. I'm not very sad, more angry than anything. Probably for all the years that I've apparently been led on. Lesson learned ladies and gents, never listen to friends who say another friend confessed to liking you in that way while drunk. It was probably a load of shit.

I don't think I can be around him or talk to him. I deleted him off my phone out of annoyance and would delete him from my Face Book, but I think that would be kind of awkward. Plus I believe I just need to let the anger run its course and I'll be fine. I just don't think I can go drinking with my friends if he's with them for a bit though. It's the little things about him that are annoying me. Like how he randomly commented on slightly old and stupid status updates on my Face Book two days after our phone conversation. I want to go up to him and say, "Hey PJ, it's great that we can stay friends and all after all that but can you do me a favor and not fucking touch me anymore or flirt with me, because you send mixed signals and that shit tends to cause problems. You're so smart, you're stupid. Seriously." Also I've had a crush on this guy for 12 years. That probably has something to do with it as well.

I think I'm angry because I believed I had a chance to be with someone that would make me happy and end my pattern of fucked up relationships. To be with someone that would truly get me.

I need a clone of myself to be satisfied in a relationship. I really believe that and I can't wait until they can make people clones. Sometimes I think I'll always be alone in part because I sometimes think that I'm too screwed up for someone to stay with me. Not to mention that there's so many things that people do that disgust me to my core and are deal breakers. I don't think I'll ever find someone that's a truly good and nice person. I think they've all been snatched up and all that's left is rotten fruit. Or maybe it's just the people living in Baltimore.

Sometimes I can't figure out if I'm picky or just have a low tolerance for bullshit. Then I settle on some sort of middle ground between the two, which is probably the most correct answer.

Oh well, c'est la vie. If I believed in using symbols in blog entries I'd put a 'tongue sticking out face' at the end of that.

Well now that I've finally gotten that out of my system maybe I'll be able to concentrate better. Moving on, I believe it's five questions that I have missed so here we go.

Random Question 9:

How long was it from the 'first date' until the proposal of marriage? How long until the wedding?

You know what? Fuck you.

Random Question 10:

Which is worse, being in a place that is too loud, or too quiet?

Too loud. I can deal with quietness. If a place is too quiet I'll make my own noise or turn on a radio. I can't deal with a place that is too loud sometimes. It can set me into a state of agitation.

Random Question 11:

What is one quality that you really appreciate in a person?

I was going to say loyalty, but I think it's definitely honesty. I like relationships with no holds barred honesty (not to be confused with being a dick, which is what some people do.). If you're that honest with each other than loyalty comes naturally and you don't have to worry about it.

Random Question 12:

At the good old general store, what type of candy would you usually expect to find on a big jar on the counter.

Some sort of butterscotch candy. I love butterscotch candy...and caramels. They're my favorites. Or peppermints.

Random Question 13:

What is the most distinguishing landmark in your city?

I don't really know. I'm going to guess possibly the inner harbor? Or it could be Poe's grave site, or his house. Which by the way is still open according to the website. Awesome and good for them!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Superstar Dance And Random Question Day 8

I was supposed to write about Captain Hook (No, wait, I'm sorry, Captain Clifford Theodore Reginald III Esquire.) and his back story. But some stuff came up and I never got to do it. So while I work on that for tomorrow, here is an entertaining clip of some kids recreating the cafeteria dance scene from 'Superstar'.

Random Question 8:

Rock, Paper or Scissors?

Spock! Actually if I'm not goofing around and throwing Spock or Lava or Glue (Among others. Tsunami tends to annoy people right off the bat. Apparently acts of God are not allowed in Rock, Paper, Scissors.), I almost always throw scissors right off the bat.

Crap, now I'm never going to win another game ever again.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Is Anyone Ever Ready?

Ever since I got my Kindle, I've been noticing that a lot of aspiring authors put their short stories on Amazon for either a dollar or free. It's usually under three dollars, give or take, and is a pretty smart idea. Especially in regards to feed back, attracting people to their blog link/website in some of their author bios and getting your work out there on a grander scale. Some you obviously get what you pay for but others are really awesome stories on the cheap.

I've been thinking of doing this, just putting some short stories on amazon for free. Or possibly a dollar, hell, why not. But I'm not sure. Every time I go to do something like this: Create an Amazon seller account, submit a piece of work to somewhere other than this blog or whatnot I keep chickening out. There's this little voice inside my head that keeps whispering, "We're not ready yet. We need more practice!"

I honestly don't know whether or not to listen to it or if it's holding me back. I know some of the short stories I've put on here have been hit or miss. That's not me being a sad sack about it, it's just a fact. Like the short story I wrote 'It Passed Us'. To me I view it as a slight miss. To be honest I don't believe it works as a short story at all. There's too many questions it leaves to be answered, too many things that can be done with it, not enough dialogue in some places, too much in others. Also the pacing is a bit too quick. That short story is the epitome of an awkward teenager. I'm not going to deny that it has it's merits and good points, truth be told I'm working on revising it as a novel or novella. Something for it to reach its potential as a story.

But there are others that I think are hits and I am proud of writing, yet I still think I shouldn't put them out there. I still think I should wait. Which makes me wonder, what the fuck am I waiting for?

Is anyone ever truly ready? To get good you have to put yourself out there continuously. Even famous comedians have bombed ridiculously when they first started out. They made horrible jokes and mistakes on stage, but they kept going back. Practice makes perfect indeed. Also feedback is a good thing. Even if the person drives past Constructive Criticism Valley and right into Asshole Town when reviewing your work, you can always learn from it while taking their insults with a grain of salt.

I mean hell, I bet even Stephen King thinks this to himself sometimes (I'll wait for your laughter to cease.). OK, maybe not, but you know what I mean. Like Tallahassee said, you have to nut up or shut up. If I'm serious about writing, which I am, I'll have to thrust myself in it headlong. I have to make mistakes and tell my anxieties to shut the hell up.

Perhaps I'll shut up for a couple more days before I nut up.

Random Question 7:

What do you think Captain Hook's name was before he had a hook for a hand?

Captain Clifford Theodore Reginald III Esquire.

Perhaps next post we'll delve into Captain Clifford 'Hook' Theodore Reginald III Esquire's background.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Late Christmases And Zebra Tigers

I was bored at work last night so I did this:

I have no clue what animal pattern that is. I can't decide if that is zebraesque or "I'm the tiger that mauled Roy"...esque. And if the pattern is obvious to you, I didn't get to sleep last night because I worked an overnight shift, so my brain is not quite computing at the moment.

Moving on...

My love of Jaret Reddick and Bowling For Soup has been documented on this blog in the past. So when I heard from his tweets that he was working on a new album with his other band he made named Jarinus and they had a kickstarter to fund the CD, I checked it out. I am loving kickstarter by the way. I think it's such a neat website.

I decided to fund it by a...umm....good amount. They have seriously nice perks for their backers, how could I have said no? And, because I didn't have much money at Christmas time for the people I was actually going to buy gifts for, I decided to give up the chance at a half hour skype chat with Jaret to my friend JessJess. Merry Christmas JessJess. I don't think she believes me though. I randomly IMed her and asked her if she could hold her shit during a chat with a celebrity for a half hour. When she tentatively said yes and asked why, I told her I was going to get her to "meet" with Jaret. She then laughed and called me crazy and kind of changed the subject.

That will be the last time I tell people what their presents are ahead of time. Really it was my fault. But we'll see whose crazy in a couple of months! Now I just have to figure out what to get all these other yabbos for their late Christmas.

But seriously, even though Jarinus is over funded you people reading this should go and back them. You have 13 days and then no more rewards for you poor bastards. Or at least go to their page and give their demo a listen. Their song 'DVB' is hilarious.

Random Question 6:

Which do you dislike more: Pop up ads or spam e-mail?

Pop up ads indefinitely. Spam I can deal with. So little of it actually gets past my filters and it usually stays put in it's little folder until I can delete it. But pop up ads. They're like flashers with tiny penises...but on the Internet. And sometimes they make my computer lag and I can't figure out why until, oh look at that, a pop up ad.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Random Question Challenge Day 5

I went out last Friday to Buffalo Wild Wings to go drinking with my friends and finally decided to order some actual wings. My friend talked me into ordering them with their blazing sauce; because if you're going to eat a hot wing, eat the ones that will make sure your stomach boils like lava afterwards. I had the sauce come on the side because I'm not stupid...also because I'm a bit of a pussy, or so says my friend.

They are hot, a bit like S & M for your mouth, but in retrospect not as hot as I thought they were. I took the rest of my sauce and wings home and put the sauce on my breakfast spaghetti the next morning, because it's fucking delicious. My sister hates it because she's an even worse pussy than I am.

Sadly the little cup of sauce is now gone, but oh joyous of joys they sell the shit! I honestly don't give a damn what other sauces they have because now for about 5 dollars I can hot sauce the shit out of everything like some crazy person who has a death wish for their taste buds. I wonder if you can increase your tolerance for hot things if you eat enough of this stuff.

Random Question 5:

What is your concession stand must have at the movies?

Milk Duds or Gummy Bears all the way. Fuck your popcorn!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Are You Not Entertained?

I don't really like entertaining people.

Actually, considering the career I am working towards, let me clarify that statement. I don't always like being the 'funny friend'. When I was a kid I had no problems with my place as the 'funny/crazy one' in my group of friends. I never had any troubles living up to my expectations as class clown.

I don't really feel that way anymore. Maybe it's my age, or maybe it's the people I work with. Nobody seems to be self entertaining anymore. Last night I had to work with two people who are like that. On this rare occasion one of them was reading a book and wanted to be left alone, but the other one was not. It's not that I don't like my other co-worker, I do. I just can't help but like her, and I don't know why. Part of it may have to do with the fact that I have a bit of a crush on her (Damn you straight women with boyfriends!); but she seems to need to be constantly entertained. In fact that is what she asks of me when we work together and she gets too bored, "Addyyyyy, entertain me, this place sucks!" And a majority of the time I will happily oblige her in conversation or jokes, or what have you.

I have noticed though that if one does not entertain said co workers sufficiently one is met with a chorus of "Addyyyy, you're boring. Haha. Stop being so quiet."

I never understood people that needed others to talk to. Not saying that I don't need to talk to people every now and then and that I don't crave company at times as well. Both of these co-workers are not only children and I think this has a bit to do with it.

For most of my childhood I was an only child. I also didn't have a lot of friends at times, so if someone couldn't come out to play or had to go home or go somewhere, I had to find a way to occupy myself. This happened a lot. There were countless times I would gather up my imaginary friends to play a game of cards in my room, or Hungry Hungry Hippos, Scrabble, whatever. I also had a habit of playing hide and seek by myself as well sometimes. Or I would read a book, watch a movie, or just put on one of my long skirts that twirled when you spun around the way that girls love and dance to a Madonna record. Point being, you do what you have to do so that you wouldn't get bored.

My co-workers, and some friends, do not seem to understand that I am not reliable for 24/7 entertainment. I can go through a chatty phase and talk my head off to you for three hours straight. Just as quickly as I did that I can get very quiet and fixated on something else other than you. Like my phone, a book, or a sketch/piece of literature I'm working on. Sometimes I just get very oddly quiet because I'm stuck in my own head in a moment of introspection. I can't help it, it's just something I do. I get lost in that world above my eyebrows sometimes and there really is no way of knowing when I'll find my way back. Also, if we don't know each other well...I'm kind of awkward.

It is at that moment where the annoyance comes into play. At first by someone else, and than by me. I hear this a lot, "Why are you so quiet? Is something wrong? Did I say something bad? Are you angry or sad?" Nope, just reading or not talking...or being quiet. These answers do not always suffice; then the person either repeats their query over and over again every couple of minutes until I sighingly (Shut up, it's a word, I made it up but it's a word.) put down my book or object, or force myself into the real world long enough to hold a conversation. Or they think I'm ignoring them and being rude in some fashion.

And I feel horrible because it's not necessarily that I don't want to talk to you (Although, let's be honest, sometimes that's true.) I just don't always have the capacity to do so. When I get into my quiet moments sometimes I lose the ability to have a conversation with someone because I'm so preoccupied. Taking away my object of preoccupation does not end the preoccupation because now I'm thinking about anything other than what we're talking about. People really need to learn how to entertain themselves.

And if you're friends with the 'funny girl' or the 'crazy girl' read this, and know that sometimes us class clowns need downtime as well. If you have a wind up toy and you continuously wind it up day in and day out, the mechanism will break. Give your toy a rest. Sometimes, as odd as it may seem, we just aren't in the mood to make you happy like you're some Roman emperor. It's a give and take.

Random Question 4:

It's your first day of vacation, what are you doing?

I'm probably sleeping or lazing around in the hotel room. Maybe watch some TV while drinking a beer or reading a book. Listening to some music. Or just sitting and enjoying the silence.

Between work and home and Girl Scouts, there really isn't a lot of quiet time in my life. There's always some noise, someone yelling at someone, siblings running around and being loud. My stepfather watching TV and thinking that either the football team or O'Reilly can hear him. When I take my vacation this October that is the first thing I will do. I am not going to leave that hotel room unless I have to, I am going to be completely quiet and sleep in all day and enjoy the silence and enjoy being alone. Completely alone with a buffer zone of at least 500 miles between me and my family and work.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Lunch With El Presidente: 25 Random Questions Challenge Day 3

Random Question 3:

You are chosen to have lunch with the President. The condition is you only get to ask one question. What do you ask?

Are you paying for this or am I?

I'm going to assume that light chit chat is not included in the one question rule so I can talk to him as much as I damn well please.

I am not a very political person. Or perhaps I am and I just don't feel like I am, but politics sometimes confuse me. There's just so many layers to it and then you have people and the media lying about shit and hiding other shit because Gods forbid anyone ever just put their shit out on the table.

If I had to or could ask a political question I'm afraid it would just devolve into me slamming a globe on the lunch table and gesturing wildly all around it with my hand while saying, "THIS! Explain all of this shit to me. And explain it preferably under a two hour mark or else we might have to order again and then I'm definitely not paying for it."

Saturday, January 7, 2012

The Sitcom Hypothesis

I swear I will be constantly behind the times no matter what I do. My friend loves The Big Bang Theory. I've seen clips and episodes here and there, but I've never actually watched it consecutively. From what little I saw I liked and I need something to watch on Saturdays when I do the overnight shift at work.

So having downloaded all the seasons and watched half of season one, I'm not sure anymore if I like The Big Bang Theory or not. I'll definitely have to watch the rest of the season before I come to a conclusion on this, but right now I feel like it almost tries too hard and relies on exaggerated stereotypes with a few comic book/video game jokes thrown in for cheap laughs.

It's only saving grace for me is Howard and Sheldon. And I'm now pretty sure by now that the latter of the two has some form of Aspergers or socially inept savantism. I'd still bang him either way, but that's besides the point.

I think part of it might be the laugh track for me. A good couple of times, more than I'd like to admit, while watching I don't feel like I'm that in on the joke. They say something nerdy and I either find it fascinating and want to know more (Thank you BBT, I now know what the Doppler Effect is), agree or just plain don't find it funny because it's not something that is a joke.

I can't remember which episode it was, maybe 'The Lobenfeld Decay', but they're talking about the logistics of The Terminator and its sequels and how they don't fit, or something like that. The audience doesn't laugh. OK, I get why they're not laughing and I agree. The Terminator is an awesome action movie that has embedded itself into pop culture and everyone likes maybe the audience is actually following along and wants to hear how this plays out. For some of my friends and I, conversations like this are kind of typical. More focused on anime and video games at the moment, but still. Sheldon gives his side of the argument and prefaces it with a 'riddle me this' and the audience...laughs?

I don't understand why that would get a laugh from people. Is it because he quoted a Batman villain and Batman is for dorky people and only they do that? Is that the thinking behind it? Because I've used that quote plenty of times. It's not a joke, it's just something you say sometimes before you're about to ask someone a question. Did it really warrant being singled out as a joke in and of itself?

Also, the whole Penny/Leonard ship is one of my problems with the show. For me it kind of seemed like they wanted them to get with each other so badly, that they're smashing the relationship together too fast. Personally, I just think the relationship development and dynamics should go a bit slower than they are. You're supposed to open the door to the possibility of a relationship even if you know for sure that they're going to get together in the end, not throw it out a plate glass window. But that could just be a side effect of the fact that it's sometimes hard to keep track of how long something has been in a TV show, as in the number of days or weeks that have passed while watching a single episode. They may have known each other longer than I realize.

I'm not trying to say that the show is shit, I don't think it is, I just don't know what I think of it. Now if you'll excuse me, I have a conclusion to make.

Random Question 2:
What are your choice of toppings on a hamburger? And do you prefer gas or charcoal grilling?
I feel like I should start singing that verse from 'Cheeseburger in Paradise'. Lettuce, tomato, cheese, onion and either mayo or ketchup and mustard. I like my pickles on the side mostly. I love charcoal grilled food. That reminds me, I have to schedule a get together with my Jessica s...for when it's warmer. I love cookouts, but I'm not too keen on them in January.