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Meme from danger_chick

01. Reply to this post and I will write something nice and/or silly about you.
02. I will then tell what reminds me of you.
03. If I were to apply a superlative to you, it would be...
04. I will try to name a single word or short phrase that best describes you.
05. I'll tell you the most memorable moment I've had with you. If not applicable, I will make one up.
06. I'll then tell you something that I wonder about you.
07. Put this in your journal.


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May. 11th, 2005 03:40 pm (UTC)
This could be bad- but hit me anyway.
May. 12th, 2005 08:08 am (UTC)
01. When I tell people the story about you, me, and Keya, a lot of people express surprise that I was cool with all that. But, as I tell people, by asking my permission, you respected our friendship. Sure, asking me was just a gesture, and I'm sure you would have asked Keya out even if I had said no; but not everyone would have had the decency to ask.

02. The color orange.

03. Most restless -- really, when was the last time you lived in the same place for over a year?!?

04. Daniel-san. Okay, it's a cop-out, but you defy single-word descriptions.

05. There are many memorable moments and it's hard to filter them all. They all blend together. For some reason, I remember the conversation in which you told me about how certain ingested foods affect the flavor of .. um... anyway, the most fun moments, though no one instance stands out, have involved certain board games or volleyball when we still played at the War Memorial and had a kickass team.

06. How do you survive...you know, living with her? ;)
May. 12th, 2005 10:24 am (UTC)
> 04. Daniel-san. Okay, it's a cop-out, but you defy single-word descriptions.

Ones that can be posted publically anyway, I'm sure... muha!

> 06. How do you survive...you know, living with her? ;)

Love, of course.
May. 12th, 2005 10:37 am (UTC)
Love, of course.

It's what brings us together!
May. 12th, 2005 10:57 am (UTC)
That, and gravity.
May. 11th, 2005 07:38 pm (UTC)
dc Meme
01 There is no problem so large you can't run away from it;
02 Echoes inside a house;
03 Sensative;
04 Running away;
05 Your birth;
06 Why are you so touchy;
07 No, I don't care to defile my journal.
May. 12th, 2005 09:09 am (UTC)
Re: dc Meme
Not surprisingly, you chose to disregard the instructions. Well, not so much disregard, since "reply to this post" is fairly general, but you weren't really supposed to post things about me here. This is an opportunity for me to say nice things about others, not for others to state their opinions about me. <sigh>

My responses to your remarks:
01. I don't run away from my problems. I face them straight on and take the consequences.
04. Why do you think of me as running away? Because I (correctly) decided that my educational, cultural, and career prospects were better on the East Coast? Because I do not share your love for desert climes? I'm curious, because I do not share your perception that I run away from things.
03. & 06. As sensitive and touchy as you think I am, that's how opposite most people perceive you as being. Many people have been shocked and appalled by many of the things you've written or said, yet you seem completely oblivious to how you come across. I don't think I am much more sensitive than the average person -- maybe a little more, but not to any extreme -- but you have really figured out how to push buttons or how to say things that I will be offended by. You come off as patronizing and as someone who thinks he is smarter than everyone else. People, including myself, resent that attitude, and that attitude creates a barrier to real communication. So, why am I so touchy to things you say? Because you embarrass me constantly in front of my friends and you often sound as if you'd rather put me in my place or correct me or instruct me than simply communicate with me. Really, I am not so touchy with other people -- partly because I don't care as much with other people, and partly because other people tend not to behave as you do -- but your remarks often frustrate me and make me want to say something in response, and that is why I appear so touchy to you.

Okay, now, since you responded, I will hold up my end of the bargain:

01. I loved the songs you sang to us when we were kids. I don't remember most of them -- there was one about whiskey or moonshine or something that I particularly liked -- but they were without a doubt an important part of my acquiring an affinity for music.

02. Ham radio.

03. Best turkey stuffer.

04. You're my dad. What more needs to be said?

05. This is harder with you, since I've known you 31 years, while most of my friends I've only known for the past several years. I guess the most memorable moment is a compilation of several moments: waiting after school for the moment you finally appeared at the top of the stairs to the Administration Building, watching you walk down -- wearing your guayabera, briefcase in hand, toothpick often in mouth -- and thinking "There's my dad."

06. Why are you so seemingly opposed to sharing what's important to me with me -- going to Chargers games, coming to visit me in Boston, etc.? I have a feeling that if I got married on the East Coast or overseas, you would choose not to attend because of the inconvenience.
May. 12th, 2005 05:16 pm (UTC)
Re: dc Meme
Running away: I really don't think you are running away from anything. You are in a job you find unsatisfactory and you have a chance for something better. But you have reached the age of restlessness, believed stereotypically to be a time of escape or escapism, and I meant to joke about your "running towards" your future as a form of the opposite.

"... patronizing and ... smarter than everyone else. I gave myself an unconventional education. I rejected school and its lessons at an early age. I got by in school and on the job by superior performance. More than got by: I was able to show my opinion of our educational system and the business / employment system and remain too valuable to dispose of. I have always shown my awareness that others don't appreciate my abilities, even when I take the effort to explain where I'm coming from. I've met a few people at least as capable as I am, with whom I get along very well. I clearly dismiss those I don't consider worth the trouble. I've always been like that and am unlikely to change, even if I ever find a good reason to do so.

I enjoy going to Chargers games. I just feel extremely uncomfortable with either of us paying the outrageous entry fees.

My refusal to travel by air is more complicated. I've always detested the stupidity of the security measures and other constraints used at airports. I used to enjoy flying, but the seats have gotten smaller and the flight wardens no longer tolerate people moving about. The seats cut off my circulation -- people have lost their legs or their lives because of it -- and I can't move about to restore my circulation. You can't pack a 300+ pound man into a seat designed for somebody 40% as large -- and then shrunk as much as economics would allow. Now, too, I would have to pack a suitcase with just my medications and health supplies, some of which are forbidden in the air. I'd much rather drive. But I travel differently than Delia or the rest of the family, creating friction.

Rye whiskey, rye whiskey, rye whiskey I cry;
If I don't get rye whiskey I surely will die.

Was that the one?
May. 13th, 2005 08:05 am (UTC)
Re: dc Meme
I got by in school and on the job by superior performance. ... I clearly dismiss those I don't consider worth the trouble.

Yes, so did/do I. Difference is, I don't dismiss others simply because they possess other non-intellectual strengths/gifts/talents/whatever. People notice, and sometimes it feels like I'm one of the ones being dismissed.

I enjoy going to Chargers games. I just feel extremely uncomfortable with either of us paying the outrageous entry fees.

I can understand that. But I offered to pay. It's worth the measly $50+ to me so that we can hang out and do a little father-son bonding at a ball game.

Was that the one?

No, I don't think that was it. I think it had the word "moonshine" in it.
May. 15th, 2005 02:04 pm (UTC)
Re: dc Meme
Then it was probably "Copper Kettle":

Get you a copper kettle,
Get you a copper coil,
Fill with new made corn mash
And nevermore you'll toil.

Ch: You'll just stay there by the junipers
When the moon is bright ...
Watch them jugs a-fillin'
In the pale moonlight.

Build your fire with hickory --
Hickory, ash and oak --
Don't use no green or rotton wood.
They'll get you by the smoke.

Ch: As you lay there ....

(Two lines I can't recall)
We ain't paid no whisky tax
Since 1792.

Ch: We just lay ...

Repeat first verse and chorus to finish.

It doesn't have "moonshine" but the chorus emphasizes the light of the moon.

Also, it isn't that you can afford to pay and want to, it's anybody paying so much to get so little. It rubs me the wrong way, just like paying what the restaurants charge and then adding 15% to it sends your mother into fits.

I'm not sure I understand your "non-intellectual ... whatever" sentence. I don't dismiss people because of anything they possess (apart from a well-developed ability to misunderstand whatever I say) but because I'm discouraged with the amount of effort required to communicate with them with successful communication being rare. Also, people really don't notice. They don't pay enough attention to. You just expect them to notice.
May. 16th, 2005 08:19 am (UTC)
Re: dc Meme
Then it was probably "Copper Kettle"

Yes, that sounds right. Thanks.
May. 16th, 2005 06:38 pm (UTC)
Re: dc Meme
I think I heard it on an album by Joan Baez or Bob Dylan, an old vinyl album I can no longer play.
May. 11th, 2005 08:15 pm (UTC)
I don't actually plan to propogate this one, but if you don't mind that, go ahead. Otherwise, s'okay. :)
May. 12th, 2005 08:23 am (UTC)
01. I pride myself on being good at games, especially those that require thought. It's my ultra-competitiveness. Nobody beats me consistently ... except you seem to have found a way to kick my ass at Trivial Pursuit or Cities and Knights or Poker or any other game we play. It's humbling, and I am impressed by your ability to put me in my place.

02. Frogs.

03. Most open-minded.

04. Most alive.

05. The conversation we had about our mutual ideals. Or the Trivial Pursuit face-off in which you accused me of being a cheat. ;)

06. If there's anything you can't do if you decide you want to.
May. 12th, 2005 09:50 pm (UTC)
Wow. Thank you -- this is really sweet! I've had the entry open since you responded, trying to think of a sufficient way to reply, but I don't think I can, so this will have to do.

As for 06, yes, one thing, and it's the one I'd trade most everything I have now for. :(

But you *did* cheat. :)

(And psst... poker Wednesday? I sent you email.)
May. 13th, 2005 07:43 am (UTC)
I had to check with K, which is why I hadn't responded, but yes, for 2, if that's okay.
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