This is amazing, a really wonderful piece. And reading it, I was hit by flashes of self-recognition that were most discomfiting. Looking our lies in the face, calling them by name, and parsing their function is unwilling work.
Jia, thank you for keeping both this issue (WHY does this keep happening) and this particular incident in the light. This fucking country, man...something has to change. We have to change.
On OK, Cupid?
@adorable-eggplant Yeah, I was like, bay leaves =! the Trojan war. But this story was excellent.
On OK, Cupid?
I quit OK Cupid after the third unsolicited message that said "No wonder your [sic] single." I still can't fathom the motivation for that. Just trolling for a response, maybe.
Also guys who expected me to get explicit about my sexual desires and experiences sight unseen. And tons of borderline-negging comments. Maybe it was my profile, or my age, or just where I live, but the signal-to-noise ratio was just too low to make it worthwhile.
@stonefruit Yep, that's my suspicion as well. Since there seems to be no hope of having their comments deleted, I think I'm going to start replying to spambots with quotes from the great, out-of-print "How-to-do-it Book of Beekeeping" by Richard Taylor.
@eizverson22 Are you a spambot, or just someone overly fond of stating the obvious?
@Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that) Yay Seattle! I am headed that way next week. And also yay for human commenters! Spambots piss me off.
My week was mixed. On the plus side, I finished a big job. On the minus side, I sent it back to the client a day early and received zero, zip, bupkus in response. So now I am wondering if I will even get paid. On the plus side again (and related to your cough drops), one of our two beehives swarmed and I saw the swarm and my dad and I caught it and put it in a new hive. On the minus side, on Thursday the other hive swarmed and went 35 feet up into a tree and I spent all day trying to lure it down (called a tree-climbing friend who used a giant slingshot to shoot a rope over the tree so we could haul up a comb with brood in it that they would supposedly swarm to) to no avail. So those bees are a lost cause. But on the plus side yet again, today is beautiful and when I finish my work I will go canoeing on the river with beer and a friend. So all in all, I think the pluses win.
Not sure I can wait until 2018...
Ahh this is the best/worst pie for sure.
Right there with you, Ann. Fuck all these motherfucking motherfuckers.
@Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that) Congratulations on open mic! You are brave to be doing standup, that is terrifying to me. Music is so much easier. Positive feedback is fantastic, too!
I think I can summon up 5 things:
1. Finally got nekkid with another human after a 6-month-plus dry spell
2. Had 2 big jobs come in, and 1 small one (I freelance)
3. Ate spinach and arugula from my own garden
4. Finally framed two things I had been meaning to put in frames foreverrrrrr
5. Had a date cancel this evening but stayed at the bar and drank dark beer and read Wodehouse and laughed my ass off by myself.
These good things are somewhat mitigated by the Dire Event that happened yesterday afternoon, in which I made myself a lovely cup of tea and drank it as I worked, and there was a LARGE SPIDER in the last mouthful arrrrghhhh I am still not over it. How did a spider get in my tea?!?!?! And I don't even mind spiders!