Monday, April 21, 2008

Announcements!!

(Now with TWO exclamation points)

Mark your calendars homebloys. Next Monday starts the beginning of
Sunshine's Second Annual Blog Prom. Last year I was voted most likely to spike the punch... and I DID. I know, it's like one of those "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?" scenarios. You don't want to miss it. I might even bring real booze this time. Instead of just lemon extract, which is cheap and effective (168 proof!), but not very classy. So now the question is, who wants to be my date? I swear I won't puke in your car.

Here's the timeline:
Monday April 28 - Let's talk about our Prom theme songs.
Tuesday April 29 - Embarrassing Prom stories.
Wednesday April 30 - Favorite movie Prom scenes!
Thursday May 1 - Submitted Prom photos will be posted with links to participating bloggers.
Friday May 2 - PROM!

Also... The WWC now has a
group on Flickr. Of course something that organized could never have come from my head. It was Stella's brilliant idea. The moment she suggested it I got ridiculously giddy, causing Hoop to think I had finally gone off the deep end. Instead of just suggesting I might, which is what I normally do. So please, join. Then we can be all clickish and buy jackets with our names on them!

I bought a few books this weekend. One of which was the newest and final book by Kurt Vonnegut, "Armageddon In Retrospect." If you've never read anything by him before, I would not suggest making this your first. But, if you're familiar with the author already, you need to add this one to your collection. One of the first sections of the book is the last speech he ever wrote. It was a speech he would not live to make. As his son so eloquently put, "Two weeks later he fell, hit his head, and irreversibly scrambled his precious egg." Now my paper friend is no more.

One of the best paragraphs in the book so far is this, "My advice to writers just starting out? Don't use semi-colons! They are transvestite hermaphrodites, representing exactly nothing. All they do is suggest you might have gone to college." Vonnegut was always wise like that. I finished another book over the weekend, "The Definitive Book Of Body Language." Everybody should invest in this little gem. Especially if you live with people, deal with people, or happen to be a person. All of which are perfectly fine. The only drawback is that Hoop keeps asking me if I'm analyzing him.


He's so paranoid...

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29 Comments:

At 21 April, 2008, Blogger Jay said...

I didn't go to my high school prom. I was such a loser. Glad I got over that and am super cool now! Uh .. why are you laughing?

The WWC group on Flickr is an excellent idea. I like hanging out with the cool kids so I'll join.

And, I did go to college and couldn't possibly tell you when to use a semicolon. other than for the winky face. ;-)

 
At 21 April, 2008, Blogger Spamboy said...

Besides being so paranoid, he's also so dead. And so missed -- once you've gone Vonnegut, you'll never go back.

 
At 21 April, 2008, Blogger Alice said...

ooh, fun! i joined the group. now i'd better come up with something before tomorrow for this week's WWC, eh??

 
At 21 April, 2008, Blogger Chelle Y. said...

Cool, prom! I never had a prom at my high school. I went to a strict Christian school where dancing was prohibited. Shoot, touching guys was prohibited too, but that did not stop most of us. Haha!

 
At 21 April, 2008, Blogger Knight said...

Ooh, the prom thing sounds interesting. It never turns out like it is supposed to because, you know, high schoolers suck.
I love Vonnegut. You sold me on the book.
Just tell Hoop you have always analyzed every move he made. No need to start worrying now.

 
At 21 April, 2008, Blogger meno said...

Prom? Oh ha! As if i went. But i look forward to everyone else's dorky pictures.

 
At 21 April, 2008, Blogger Chris said...

Heh, I wasn't even in high school during my prom years. :)

I got hear Vonnegut speak - can't remember what year it was even, maybe 2000? 1999? Anyway, I might have an extra autographed hardcover first edition of Bagombo Snuff Box...

 
At 21 April, 2008, Blogger Karen said...

I have been working on my prom stuff for about a week now. I cannt wait.

 
At 21 April, 2008, Blogger gr said...

no semi-colons? colons?
I am SO ready for the wwc.

 
At 21 April, 2008, Blogger LL said...

So what is my body language saying about me now? Hmmmm??? Goldilocks and the three beers... sheesh... ;P

 
At 21 April, 2008, Blogger womaninawindow said...

OK First of all prom...bad...bad...bad...And Vonnegut was an evil freaken genius. I heard him in interview on CBC radio (check out their archives) and he was brilliant. He really didn't give much of a F... He pretty much regarded his own writing as a very loud fart. What a brilliant man! Too bad he's gone. Felt like my own ornery old grandpa.

 
At 21 April, 2008, Blogger Jen said...

when I have time to read a normal book again, remind me of this Vonnegut person . . . . .

 
At 21 April, 2008, Blogger mamatulip said...

I never went to prom. I was too drunk, too stoned, too cool for prom.

I don't regret it at all.

This is an awesome line: "Two weeks later he fell, hit his head, and irreversibly scrambled his precious egg."

 
At 21 April, 2008, Blogger Reb said...

Prom? I didn't go, I was too busy off living life already.

Oh, so many books, so little time.

Have to check out Flickr so I can be cool too.

Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they are not out to get you.

 
At 22 April, 2008, Blogger the planet of janet said...

*sigh* i didn't go to my prom either.

not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing right now ;-)

 
At 22 April, 2008, Blogger TheBirdman33 said...

In my bid to be your date I will remind you that I have been to like 9 proms already and get paid to shake my groove thing at parties just like this...

who would be a better date?!?!

=)

 
At 22 April, 2008, OpenID kcinnova said...

But, I LOVE semicolons!!
[Yes, I was an English major; why do you ask?]
Prom? Umm...that was a really long time ago...not sure that I could even find a photograph...

 
At 22 April, 2008, Blogger R.E.H. said...

And, I'm sure you are analyzing him... ;)

Ă® That's a semi-colon by the way... think I went to college now?

Cool with the Flickr group and the blog prom.

 
At 22 April, 2008, Blogger captain corky said...

Breakfast of Champions is one of my all time favorite books. The man was a genius.

I seem to remember tripping the light fantastic with you at last years prom. I thought we were going to get it on afterwards, but all you kept talking about was Hoop... Hoop this and Hoop that. ;)

 
At 22 April, 2008, Blogger Aunt Jackie said...

I hated Prom in High School, but this sounds kind of fun, I might try to be part of it. Just in case, let me forewarn you... If I start my "This One Time At Band Camp..." stories, then everyone be kind. ;)

 
At 22 April, 2008, Blogger Real Live Lesbian said...

Like Jay, the only time I use semi-colons are for the winky face. Is there another time that they're appropriate? Kurt and I say no.

Will lesbos be allowed at the prom? Cuz they frowned upon that in 1983. Of course, that was SO last century!

 
At 22 April, 2008, Anonymous catscratch diva said...

It makes me sad that the asshat I married the week after graduation wouldn't wear a tux twice in one year.... I should have read the signs and not married him since he made me miss my prom.

I intend to get the Body Language book... I'm always analyzing, at least I'll have something to go with now!

 
At 22 April, 2008, Blogger Janet said...

semi-colons are so pretty tho!

I didn't go to my prom, I was waaaay too cool for that...or so I thought ;-)

 
At 22 April, 2008, Blogger Edge said...

I love body language. I can read people and can tell when they are happy or sad or uncomfortable. It's like they tell you and they don't even know it.

It's like they are saying:

"I know I'm uncomfortable!"

And you say:

"Yes: you are ..." Without even saying it.

~Jef

 
At 22 April, 2008, Blogger Lefty said...

Vonnegut can bite me! You heard me right; he can bite me. I reserve the right to use as many semicolons as I like; he can bite me.

 
At 22 April, 2008, Blogger Lefty said...

Bite me; bite me; bite me; bite me; bite me; bite me; bite me.

 
At 22 April, 2008, Blogger minijonb said...

do i need a date or can i go stag?

 
At 22 April, 2008, Blogger rudecactus said...

Bit o confusion caused by my insane membrane. For a second there whenever you typed "prom" I read "porn". Oops.

 
At 27 April, 2008, Blogger Joshua said...

Well better late than never.

so, are you to say that you weren't (wait....lets see if this came up in the comments before...eh too much work) analyzing him?

Ohh pron.

 

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