Thursday, December 13, 2007

2007: OMG lol lmao wtf what the fuck just happened

What's up. Sorry I'm completely 100% retarded. The post is now back. In full force: January AND February. I haven't been fired and I'm not reviving Ophelia ... just retarded, and deleted it instead of editing it. But while I have your attention, I'd like to mention that after last night's "episode" of Tila Tequilla, I like Amanda way more, Tila even less (if such a thing was possible) and on a scale of 1 to 10, find the entire "Shot at Love" program even more brill than I did last week, if such a thing was possible. Also to be honest, though I talk about this show like I know what I'm talking about, I've never seen an entire episode until last night because, like you, I was anticipating an actual finale. Anyhow onto the Year in Review.

Today marks the beginning of one of the most self-indulgent exercises of all time -- a recap of the past year of my life on this blog, but with insider extras, like "The ET Insider," my laundromat's favorite teevee program. This post is so memememe, it's like MEMEMEMEMEME. But also: if you're reading this, there's a significant (I'd say 70%) chance you weren't reading this in January, or if you were (and those of you that were: I love you a little bit more than I love the other children, you get extra dessert), you may've forgotten January now on account of drinking all that Drano in July, or maybe -- and yes, i'm talking to YOU now, you unknown people-of-the-future (Hellooo Marty McFly! Helloooo Cheerleader from Heroes!) -- this will be the Auto-Win Cliffs Notes for any latecomers to the game. Like today at the gym, I looked at the teevee and saw that fresh-faced kid that both the girls used to like on The Hills before it was called that and I saw that it was a Hills retrospective, catching the viewer up on where we've been before its most recent incredibly engaging season. I hate The Hills. Maybe you already know this. Maybe you don't. See: that's what I'm talking about.

OK SO: I'm going to start updating this thing and go through the whole year, I'll do the first three months in this post and then start a new post and so on and so forth. Yes, I'm asking more refreshment of you than Bud Light, Lozo's favorite beer.

There's other ways to figure out where we've been and where we're going, e.g., the archives, but maybe you clicked to the January archives, fell asleep on your keyboard, drooled all over it, and broke your computer, well, now you have your computer back if it's a Mac, and here I am to catch you up. Also, it's good for me, because I'm going through this partially to create the Year in Review and partially to outline a few chapters of my book and figure out what stories to tell in it.

People always tell me I have a lot of stories. This is true. I've always believed that we all have a lot of stories, we just don't all talk about ourselves as much as I talk about myself. But now I think: there's probs situations I've been in that other people would've gotten out of earlier, no matter what the cost to their hearts or minds, that I've managed to stick out thinking "well, at least it's interesting." That's probs why I've been close to so many weirdos, because at that point when other people can block their hearts and turn the other way, I have one more reason not to. Does that make sense? It might sound like a judgment, but it's not ... there's a reason that I'm a totes randomized weirdo and you are just a weirdo (actually, some of you are also totes randomized weirdos), and I envy all of you who've already achieved a level of stability that in 2008 is my number one goal. Seriously. I'd just like to coast for a little while. I'd like things to calm down, be stable. I've got a lot of shit from 2007 to work through, and that's fine, but I'd prefer to not have any new events to add to the must-work-through backlog. I already decided when the last day of my book is. I mean, it's passed. I knew it: that day, I knew it, I wrote in my journal: this is the last day of your book. And it was.

I'm listening to Heavenly. Do you know them? I loved them when I was 15. There's something super duper sweet about Heavenly. Have a listen. Someone from this band died and then they stopped making records. That happens. People die.

I have this idea that I should be as alive as possible at all times, which sometimes means being terribly alive, but at least it's alive. I used to confuse that with being self-destructive. I learned the difference a few years ago. AK just commented on my last post and said this: "Being in the act of writing a book can redeem one's sins for the better part of a life. " I agree. I'd like to expand "sins" to include "irresponsibility" and "unwise choices" or, rather, "unwise non-actions." Although it's good for Lindsay, my therapist, it's like manna from therapy heaven, me. Plus I make jokes, I can't imagine, I want to be her favorite client, that's what this is all really about.

But also, I've been without a doubt illusive about the hard facts of what's happened this year, especially in the beginning when I just did topical stuff with as minimal revelation as possible. That had its benefits, and that remains. But I'll fill in some gaps, totes ET Insider.

So the year in review, to the best of my current abilities will: provide an outline, fill in some holes, track the arrival of certain VIPs and phraseology and as I progress with it I'll be updating something I wanted to start earlier this year, which is The Glossary (more on this later) ... so this'll be a timeline, if you will.

I love timelines. Crystal wrote me the best one ever a few months ago, I even printed it out. I wish everyone could submit a timeline when applying for my friendship, so I could avoid getting their ex-boyfriends mixed up or remembering which school they transferred to or who was the BFF they had a crush on, which parent scarred them for life, who was the second marriage, what sports they played and etc etc. It's just a good reference tool. I actually write them out when I'm gathering information on people I'm getting to know in my journal, for myself. I take notes. I take notes on everything.

Yes: I do this all the time. I organise my life in lists and graphs. I've made probs 500 lists of "my friends" organised by level of closeness and various personality traits and connections to me and other friends ... you should see my journal. Actually you shouldn't, I probs say bad things about you in it. I'm reading my journal as I go through my blog and it's hilarious, really, the discrepency between what I talk about and what I write about. Especially in January and February, my blog was basically just like: "wheee!!! New York City subways, wtf?!"

[I'm still figuring out how I want to do this, so January is kinda a crapshot, as it was sort of a lame month blog-wise anyhow, I'll change it when I get into my groove]

I began January 07 in the O'Donnells' Vermont chateau with Haviland & Heather, Sherri and Sherri's girlfriend. I'd initially refused to go on this little jaunt ("Fifth Wheel," obvs) but Haviland told me in all caps that she needed to ring in '07 with me. This was the first time I'd actually hung out with Heather: we got drunk, started a clubhouse in the pink-insulated roof crawl space, hung from the rafters in Amazing 80's Prom shorts and played in the snow in our skivvies. This overall level of ruckus was a strong forebearer of things to come (see: the cruise). Also, because this is apparently our number-one hobby, we did a photo shoot, using props found around the chateau, like Chelsea's snowsuit and Blake's snowboard. The photos have lived on forever, much like our love for one another. The post including these photos addressed our bizarre appropriations of the English language, also a forebearer of things to come.


(this graphic was created for a myspace comment I left for Heather. This comment,
along with many others, was deleted during the Great MySpace Deletion of 2007)
Also on our drive up, we all talked about the first time we'd liked a girl and made out with a girl, it was like the Dinah Shore Weekend episode from The L Word, Season One. I tried playing the Indigo Girls but no-one was having it, unfortunately. I'm not lying.

January 7th: The L Word premiered, and in anticipation of this event I posted an essay I'd written for my nerve.com application: "My So-Called Lesbian Lover: Why Shane is the New Jordan Catalano." We went to the premiere party at Copacabana in red & black outfits to be in photos, it totally worked, except we left early 'cause Haviland got bored with the show.

January 8th: January was crazy because I was finishing my book proposal. I know! Finishing my book proposal? How weird, considering I talk often of how I've yet to finish it, well I'll get to that. So, 'cause I was so so busy, I started soliciting guest bloggers. Natalie, my BFF from University of Michigan, explained Why New York City is better than London.

January 12th: Gawker picked up "I'll Send my Winter to You," described as "You know it's winter when hipsters start whining about their Seasonal Affective Disorder." I was kidding about the SAD -- I get SAD in the summer, not the winter, anyone who's ever listened to me talk knows that -- obvs they didn't read it, which's fine, they're very busy over there with the snark and stuff, there's no such thing as bad publicity.

January 13th: Heather, Haviland and I became somewhat delusional and went to Nation on a Saturday Night, which reminded me of why I don't go to lesbian night. I have no recollection why I decided to do this, probs 'cause of SAD.

January 18th: Gawker linked to this post, "New York Magazine knows why you're miserable, horny, happy and materialistic. Just never at the same time." -- this link is, in fact, the link that interested Tara, who later became my girlfriend. Isn't life funny like that? Also funny: this magazine would end up playing a major role in many future events, like my life, and our life, and our relationship. Obvs NY Mag is a lesbian, probs 'cause of Ariel Levy.

Also on this day, The L Word Online asked me if I wanted to join their homosexy team, and obvs I was like, "obvs." I mean: "obvs!"

January 22nd: Lewis Bernard, my little brother, stepped in as a guest blogger and gave Life Lessons.

January 30th: Then, just in time for Valentine's Day, I decided: time to get a girlfriend. Many doubted my ability to pen a book about bisexuality if I'd never had a serious relationship with a woman. But I felt like I'd had enough drama with women I was sleeping with to write ten books, I just hadn't wanted a relationship with anyone. As I stated in that Top 10: "I don't do relationships." Nice, Shane, really. I started changing my tune, because Haviland got a girlfriend, it was cold outside, and I was tired of all the drama.

Anyhow I posted that date-solicitation post on January 30th, so I can't talk about what happened next 'til February. Oh, what's funny is the comments -- though they weren't posted til February anyhow but whatevs -- K-Lily's comment promised to "ravage me with a fierceness and passion [I] will never see on Season 4 of The L Word" and Tara's, which is deleted, obvs, but tellingly followed by my hanging reply, and then followed with her first recorded comment: "Now sober, totally horrified, etc. But so as not to leave your reply hanging, here's my placeholder, as in ... lastnightIgotdrunkandleftadoucheycomment." Oh, the way we were, cue music ... drifting on a sea of forgotten teardrops ... Seriously, all this stuff is totes LOL-worthy now.

Foreshadowing:
-The Word "Critter": "When I see my lover in a hoodie I want to curl up next to them and stay there, possibly forever, or at least until March. I want to laugh while I stick my head underneath the billowy stomach of it and then push it off. I want to see you in a hoodie and then I want to take it off."
-I Did All These Things: "I don't do: relationships, sleepovers, brunch, 'talking on the phone,' feelings."
-Wow: "[if you dare to date me], you will immediately become a part of The Automatic Win World. That means you will be photographed, quoted, described, and flattered, 2-3 times a week, right here on this blog. You will be expected to comment. On the up-side, if we stop seeing each other, I won't bitch about you or mention a breakup. I will continue to speak of you only when appropriate, e.g. a yearly quotes round-up, appropriate photograph, when describing your assault on my ears with your finger (see "[redacted]" in "10").

Monthly obsessions: My So-Called Life, Jeff Buckley, Regina Spektor, Ira Glass, The L Word obvs, "I love Jesus but I drink a little."
Monthly Irritants: Street hecklers, Duane Reade, Rite-Aid, The Manhattan Mall, New York Sports Club, Ilene Chaiken, previews for "The Tudors."

My Favorite Post of the Month: I'll Send my Winter to You
"Listening to Jeff Buckley is like flirting with Death, except that Death is fashion model with expensive skin and eyes like bullets and she is wearing a white t-shirt and Jeff Buckley's underwear. Listening to Jeff Buckley is the closest we can get to unbridled pain without having any unbridled pain in our own lives. "Everybody loves Jeff Buckley," a friend said to me yesterday. "Not people who want to be happy," I said. In grey freezing January, you have no choice about happiness. Crank it up. Cold and broken Hallelujah ..."
January - 10 posts - (not counting L Word Recap links)
Sunday Top Tens:
-Why NYC is Better than London (by guest blogger Natalie)
-What We Were Missing By Not Going to Nation for Several Weeks, A.K.A. Central Casting for Girl Nation
-Life Lessons from the Lew-Man or "Things It Would've Been Nicer to Know When I Was Younger" (by guest blogger, my younger brother, Lewis Jacob Lyn Bernard Friend)
-Reasons Why You Should Totally Not Be My Valentine
*

Feburary 07
In which I stopped sleeping, started some kind of something, and experienced ...

WTF 2007 EVENT #1: Finding out after 4,000 hours of endless unpaid hard work that they were redesigning this magazine project and therefore wouldn't be needing me. This is how life is, especially publishing ... I realise that.

New VIPS: K-Lily, Tara

First of all, it's amazing to me all these people who used to comment regularly who I don't see much anymore. Ing! Rachel! And so on! Soooo ....

February 1st, I pen an epic rant to Ilene Chaiken regarding the lack of lesbian sexy moments thus far in Season Four entitled 'COME ON ILENE I'M BEGGING YOU PLEASE!' This will become one of several hundred such open letters to the love of my life, Ilene Chaiken, who continues to deny me. I think this particular rant was mostly inspired by This Film is Not Yet Rated, which got me really riled up w/r/t how homosexuality and female desire are curtailed from popular culture by our stupid media.

ILENE!!! ILENE!!!! Don't you see? I love you. I love you! I just want to sit with you for ten or fifteen minutes and talk at you. I just want one moment in the sunshine of your love. Obvs all this hatred is just because I care about you and know you can do better.

Why doesn't Ilene respond to my smoke signals, to my deep reverberating calls into the night? Probs 'cause I say stuff like this: "Come on, Ilene. For those of us who are not dating EZ Girl, sex is still something we enjoy having."

This is my ex-roommate Maggie, in her actual cleaning outfit.
She got dressed up for this photo shoot, it was rad.
We used to have a good time -- Maggie and I -- just embracing our total
agoraphobic starving artist chemically misguided selves.
February 4th: in honor of Fashion Week, I covered my "Top Ten Fashions." It was linked by Gawker which reminded a woman at a big magazine publisher that I existed, and she wanted me for a new project ... and thus I began learning about grammar w/Strunk & White and learning about gossip with Life & Style. Anna Nicole Smith died. I wrote and re-wrote an essay about Britney Spears's outfit to some awards show about 100 times. She was patient, kind, wanted very badly for me to work and for the project to work ... this is just the industry, the unpaid effin' industry, but I'm so impatient, hate spending so many weeks and so much expectation ("95% you have this position" she said ... the publication still doesn't exist, obvs) but I was exhausted ... working w/her on this for four weeks of non-stop edits, bleeding into my work-life and social-life and everything life.

I also realised, sadly, that I had no idea whatsoever how to write English -- 'cause I could already read and write when I started school, no-one ever bothered to teach me the basics. I mean, I used "its" and "it's" wrong ALL THE TIME until about six months ago. It was a combo of this experience and Tara that whipped me into shape, grammar-wise. And good ol' Strunk & White.

Feb. 8th: The First Time I Start My Blog By Talking Crazy on unrelated topics to the rest of the blog/my life:
"I just got an electric toothbrush and every time I use it, I wonder if my roommates hear the buzzing and think I'm like, rubbing one out in the bathroom? I wouldn't do that, because I'm not a perv, and who has that kind of time, and vibrators are expensive, and besides, like, Maggie is more or less deaf, so I'm sure she's not wondering if I got a new Dolphin, which of course, you know, I didn't, not that there's anything wrong with that, it's just that I am saving myself. For Leonardo DiCaprio. What am I talking to? Who's that? Today I was so involved in my book that I took the subway two extra stops and then took the wrong train back. Actually that doesn't mean much for me, that's sort of normal. Guess how many hours I've slept this week. I am not even funny anymore, I'm out of jokes. Like the bottom of a barrel of pickles."
Seriously though, that was one of the best posts ever, when I re-created my myspace profile from the age of 15. I later would mine this folder to see if I'd retained any traces of my old profile when I deleted my profile. Seriously myspace makes my head explode now, I can't deal, facebook is so much better.

This month is when I stopped sleeping. Between the online-mag project, book proposal, and my actual job, there was no time. I was talking to K-Lily often and she lives in Reno, which's three hours behind us. Maggie'd take long vaycays and I'd turn her room into my office, the lighting was just so, there was no time. Near the very end of the month I started actually talking to Tara. Constantly. Seriously: for hours upon hours. On g-chat, eventually on the phone.

And OH! I was up all night on Sundays --literally all night -- doing L Word recaps in my imaginary race with Scribegrrl, or up all night to get something to Conde Nast by morning, it was like college again. I was up all night because it was only eleven in Reno. Because Maggie was. Because Tara was. Because because. On Mondays I'd wake up after sunset, proofread, and publish, then go to the gym and receive texts about where I'd messed up and what parts I needed to fix.

I took a lot of photos in Maggie's room, like that one, there. I took that circa 2 A.M. one night.

February was heaps of drama, I think it was my last hurrah into being an asshole, or being impulsive when I should've been caring. You spend a lot of time indoors. You get cabin feeverish, there are candles and no overheard lights. Sometimes I'd draw pictures for Tara way past bedtime but Maggie was up, she always was up playing music, the same riff over and over while I drew pictures for Tara and drank red wine on my bed, and read poems on the internet that she told me to read. I felt very alive then, I felt too much, I felt am much too alone in this world, yet not alone
enough
to truly consecrate the hour.
I am much too small in this world, yet not small
enough
to be to you just object and thing,
dark and smart.

Feb 13th: I Think You're Crazy, Just Like Me: I divide the world into "Good Crazy and Bad Crazy." Oh, crazy. What a cute little word. I'm just glad I had a chance to talk about Perky & Punctual (good crazy!) and the Jesus Camp Weirdos.

Feb 18th: In How You Got Here, I shared some common search terms. I'd just like to know -- did any of my present readers get here by searching for "What is NSA hookup?" or looking for the number of calories in a cup of Tasti-D? I'm sure you've found a way to answer both of those questions this year on my blog. Actually, the first question hasn't been addressed so much this year. I heart Strings, apparently. Really lesbians aren't experts on the NSA thing.

February 22, I thought about the things you can't do in NYC that you can do other places, like put on deodorant or cry, because I was crying my way through The Lovely Bones on the subway. I had a lot of emotions in February. I made a lot of suggestions for drinking on the train that Mr. Redacted may've enjoyed had he read them, including confessing that I drank Mad Dog at intersections in my car on my way to The Macaroni Grill.

I also mention one of the staples of our lexicon, and also, coincidentally, Carly's:
Auto-Lexicon:

THIS IS ME!: The most ridiculous thing to say when we get to your house or stop on the subway. Like, "this is me?" No it's not. This is where you live, this isn't you. You're YOU, and no-one can take that away from you, okay?

Foreshadowing - All From the Fashion Blog:
Future Convos w/r/t girls-in-boy-briefs, penis pocket, over-ass considerations and etc: "The problem with girl-styled boy briefs is that they don't always go all the way over your butt (I like to think I am not the only one with this problem), and the problem with boy-styled boy briefs is that they have a big sack for your wiener. I don't have a wiener. Also I like the style of boy-briefs."
The Drug Addiction Rumor w/r/t Mr. Redacted: "I got [my wrist cuff] for 5 dollah in the East Village and it has a little zipper compartment in it. This is where I keep my heroin. And my magic fairy dust. And probably a lot of germs. I have it on always, like Jesus."
Strip Club Field Trip w/Lozo: 'If you look at the photo in the upper right hand corner, that's when she was telling me that we should do a blog about going around the city doing all the things that everyone has done except me. For example she suggested: going to a strip club."

Favorite Post: Come on Ilene, obvs, but as that was an Auto-Straddle post really, okay, I just want to mention that myspace-at-15 blog again. I was really proud of myself for that, because I spent about two hours on Photoshop making it happen. So rather than sharing a quote, I'll share this graphic:
Monthly Obsessions: My Yankees Hat, Documentaries from Netflix, Roses, Sofia Coppola Champagne in Cans, Cheese and Crackers, Maggie's Room, high school nostalgia
Monthly Irritants: Mass texts recieved on Major Holidays like Valentine's Day, Girl Drama, Working All the Time For Nothin'

February Round-Up - 8 Posts
Sunday Top Tens:
Sun. 4: Fashions
(Tuesday) 13: The Craziest of the Crazies, Both Good Crazy and Bad Crazy
2.18: Reasons Why You Might Be Here (Search Terms)
27: Dreams You Want to Hear About

24 comments:

it's the jeans said...

riese i wanted you to be the first to know that sometime between 2 and 3am i filled out the application for a shot at love season 2. omg home amazing would that be?!

Lozo said...

bud light is the best!

Christine said...

Crank it up!

cait said...

love the hoodie quote, obvs.
weird that last january we were total strangers and this januaryyyyyy....

riese said...

it's the jeans: that would be completely amazing, you'd have to pick a full-on character. like be the guy from milan, but from a different funny country accent.

lozo: No, YOU'RE THE BEST.

christine: Crankin'!

cait:....we will be married with babiessss!!!! one of them already rolled overrrrrrr. what a year!!

Crystal said...

I say this is me at stops, and it is ridiculous but I don't think I'll ever be able to stop it.

I don't think I was reading this blog in January/Feb 07, but I was living in NYC at the time and so I kind of feel like I should have been reading, so I could log on and relate to "wheee!!! New York City subways, wtf?!" etc. Not that I've ever taken the subway, but, you know, I just might one day, and when that day comes I'll be prepared. Or something.

Mercury said...

facebook is definitely better.

aww, nostalgia. not only do I remember all of this, I feel like it was yesterday, and also, I miss it, which's probably strange, because who wants to restart 07? 07 is over and we know how it went, bring on 08.

also, I never went anywhere, I'm still right here.

Ollie said...

Aw...Riese-love, a whole year of reading your rants about the L word, your "experimentating" with white powdery things, and dreaming about Haviland being my stay-at-home pixie person. Happy anniversary to me. ANd thanks for EVERYTHING. Except for "totes". I HATE totes.

Mercury said...

don't forget to mention the day you went from white on black to black on cream. That was weird. it's still weird, I still half-expect to see your blog all dark when the page's loading.

word verification is mninbr. which is obvs "minibar." yes, please, blogger, install mine today.

carlytron said...

hey guys, this is me!

(thanks for that ... no one understands how much that bothers me better than you do)

Haviland Stillwell said...

THIS IS ME!

ollie - your stay at home pixie person? what does that entail, exactly? hm, i don't ever think i've been refered to as a pixie. but i like it.

also, bklyn boy is my favorite auto-win reader this week. I LOVE men in uniforms, obvs.

it's the jeans said...

oh i know! i think you and carly should maybe write my character for me. or like i could wear a ear piece and you could just feed me witty things to say. i can't decide whether or not to go for "cool" and "charming" during my interview/ audition or to be "medically diagnosable as insane." will def give it more though.

also, i know what you mean about no one ever teaching you english. recently a friend and i were discussing about how neither of us know anything about history or geography. at our school if you scored a certain way in your english classes you were rushed through on the history "fast-track" totes eliminating geography and only requiring a year of a special honors current events class [which was with the basketball coach so really we just came up with an all school fund-raiser to support boys and their hoops... two things i am obvs totally passionate about... hmmmm] and american govt [which was taught by a very kind, though undeniably incapable paraplegic whose TAs would do the grading... and they were easily bribed with candy weed and those smelly highlighters]. i was thankful then, bu now i really regret the fact that i feel like i don't know anything about anything. maybe that's what graduate school will be for... to pick up the pieces and fill in the gaps. probably.

can't want to hear about march

-Jordan

stef said...

i watched like three episodes of tila tequila, thinking i was gearing up for a finale... i don't know if i can even handle a finale at this point. i think mtv booked tila to host their new years' special this year. the more i watch this show, the more i wish i was dead.

omg it's YOU recapping YOU. the universe is about to collapse onto itself.

my word veri is luigcw, which is luigi from super mario brothers in his own "the hills"-esque reality show/teen drama on the cw network, which i would def watch instead of tila tequila. and yet, and yet...

riese said...

Crystal: If you say that when you're in NYC, I will hit you over the head and go "well, this is me!" and then you'll be like "NYC subways, wtf?!!!" When you first started reading i was really confused as to where you lived. I have a simple little mind.

Mercury: I'm glad you're right here. I realised many of my old comment threads were essentially convos between you, me, Ingrid, Haviland and sometimes LN James or team gingerbread or something. I just looked up the template change, it was later than I thought -- May! I'm so used to looking at it this way ... the old way made my eyes burn.

Ollie: Haha! We all hate totes. It's only really bearable in written form. But I honestly do love "obvs." Haviland is all kinds of pixie.

carlytron: Thanks to the magic of the internet and this blog, we can share all kinds of mutually bothersome aspects of this thing we call "life." Goooooo team!

Haviland Stillwell: I love pixies in uniforms.

It's the Jeans: You need to be somewhere between certifiable and just a little off. I think they like fixable problems like drug addictions, alcoholism or an eating disorder. Or wearing underwear that displays national affiliation. Something like that.

I missed so much history just from bouncing around schools, and then managed to learn abotu Native Americans five times. In my public school when they taught the other kids to read, I just had to sit in the hallway and read books by myself. That was probs the beginning of my lifetime of outsiderism, which I love, seriously. totes love it.

Fragolina said...

I kinda can't believe it's been a year (more than a year even) since I started reading this thing. Thanks Riese, you got me through Fall '06/Winter '07, also known as "my brief season in hell" or, more commonly, "grad school."

I also feel you on not knowing the English language so much. I went to Redneck High where they were more focused on, ya know, tractor pulls and rodeos and whatnot. Fortunately, I went to this very liberal-artsy college where they loved to claim that "every class is a writing class" and after every paper we'd get this little lecture about "its" versus "it's" and avoiding the passive voice. And a suggestion that we buy The Elements of Style,stat, to which I was, like, "totes."

As for history, I only switched schools once, but I still feel I heard about the Native Americans/colonial period 8 times. It wasn't til college that I got to learn about the interesting stuff, like Abelard and Heloise and their naughtiness.

Oh, also, is A Shot At Love on Logo? I really need to get cable.

it's the jeans said...

the midwest is apparently all the same. i too could read before school and therefore was sent to the loft [this fort-like contraption] with the student teacher to read on our own.... thus began my affection for older women in quiet dark places. ha. also switched schools a lot. totally missed sex-ed [not that i'm complaining] also missed all the good novels apparently. i'm not sure what they were, but i'm positive i missed them, because i definitely was forced to read where the read fern grows about three too many times as well as a few other unmentionables.

-jordan

hmmm so what could i fall to and then conquer during my shot at love stint...

The Brooklyn Boy said...

Commenting is hard for me when I'm in absorption mode, being that I'm catching up on the many months of Marie I've missed in '07. But I'm a fan of timelines and organizing in lists and graphs - I regret losing my March-Dec. '06 notebook because there was a list of every girl I'd ever had so much as feelings for. It was four or five pages long. I'm a silly kid.

Also, Hav is officially my favorite auto-win commenter of the week. Flattery will get you everywhere. Except in my pants. Which in this case totes matters. Obvs. The conceit of you singing that song made me smile throughout. You sold it well, kid. ;)

PS
Word veri: sfluplv

so fill up love? Me ... I got nothin.

Lozo said...

is it april yet? gosh!

caitttt said...

I never realized how funny it is that people say 'this is me'. Why do people say that? Wait, srsly, wtf?

also dear riese, it's kind of a big deal when babies roll over, I hope you recorded it for a vlog

k-lil said...

nostalgia...do you still have that original email i sent you? will you send it to me? ;)

The Brooklyn Boy said...

it's a big deal when babies roll over, but more of one when they fit in someone's bag.

Anonymous said...

moooooooo. hi lady. slowly, slowly i am catching up. this post helped!
i had a lot of fun last night with BB, Cait, Haviland...and of course you. mwah mwah.
love, natalie

riese said...

Fragolina:Somehow they drove it home about the passive voice, but I never really got ahold of the "its" and "it's" thing. I mean, I dont' know how many people explained it to me -- dozens, probs. I don't know why I just didn't care to do it properly, but I think it's because I'm growing up. Totes. A Shot at Love is on MTV. You can watch it online too on the mtv website.

it's the jeans: Yeah, also not a fan of where the red fern grows. Like who cares? Anyone need a red fern? Not me.

BB: I did that too, I kept a chart to accompany my scientific thesis that boys never liked me. I made my point, I was a very prolific 15 year old apparently, especially when proving points to myself about myself. I continue on to this day.

Lozo: Aw, you care!

caitt: I think it comes from the olden days, when people lived inside turtle shells. I have every baby rollover ever on my vlog.

k-lill: I actually think I do because I may've emailed it to Hav -- it was obvs on myspace and therefore deleted when I deleted everything, when Sal's burned down.

bb: I couldn't agree more, obvs.

natalie: I love you nataaaa!!!

Stephanie said...

when sal's burned down there wasn't anybody trying to sell their souls, only trying to buy them back.

obvs.

just thought i'd put that out there.