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Also from the ZOMG funny file: Alexa imagines her mother’s body various bodily ailments in German. You have to read it. Just trust me. Also: toddler brain speaks Valley Girl. Oh, just go read it, already.
I totally agree with Malcom Gladwell’s take on the weaknesses of social media for social activism in this week’s New Yorker. Though social media has its strengths in mobilizing people when you are not asking much of them, social activism requires strong ties between people — the kind of thing that requires you living with someone, talking late into the night and really believing in the same stuff, and in some cases being willing to sacrifice life and limb for it. Suffice to say this matches my experience. (Thanks,Jennifer)
I doubt anybody is as excited about this as are Mr. Right-Click and myself, but I find the news that the Senate voted to turn down volume on TV commercials indescribably wonderful. All that we need to do now is to convince them that movie scenes dubbed with music should be played at the same volume level as dialogue, and TV watching after toddlers go to sleep will be safe again for parents everywhere.
So this isn’t something you can read in its entirety on the web, and it’s probably something you’ve heard mentioned elsewhere, but I finally read Alexa‘s book, Half Baked, this week, and I really have to throw my recommendation that you read it into the ring. This is different from the usual blogger’s book: Alexa is a real writer, and I mean that in the snobbiest, most offensive way possible. The fact that she is a blogger is probably just something that helped her bring a little more attention to her story, which is also fairly extraordinary. Mostly, I just think she has a great talent with words, and a remarkable strength of character, which really shines through in this book. Check it out if you can.
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ONLINE DATING CHRONICLES
Sure, I eventually met my husband, Mr. Right-Click, through online dating. But not before I had dated nearly one hundred of Los Angeles' least suitable bachelors. Laugh along in my Online Dating Chronicles.
Sometimes I like to muckrake. You can read about it here. Oh, and here too. Listen, if I don't do it, that muck will just keep piling up until we have to call a roto-rooter. So really, you should thank me. You're welcome.
You know, you slave away at blog posts day after day, you try to write fiction, you try to provide interesting social commentary, but at the end of the day, they come for the lists. Check out List Mondays to see what all the hullabaloo is about, because I sure as hell cannot explain it.
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Los Angeles is where I was born and raised. I always thought I'd leave, but for some reason I never did. Sometimes, I like it here. Other times, I'm not so sure. But good or bad, it has made me who I am.
Sometimes I take the melodrama of my life and twist and turn it until it looks almost charming. I do this because I want you to like me:
Assburger: It's not just a disorder on the autism spectrum: it's also one of your relatives!
On Truth: Sometimes somebody will say something and it hurts your feelings. And then you will write a story about it and your aunt will call it "phenomenal." Everyone else will try to pretend like it never happened.
The Sheer And Unmitigated Power of Bob Mould: Sometimes you spend your formative years obsessed by an unrequited teenage crush, and then one day you realize that person is now an orthopedic surgeon who lives in your neighborhood. It kinda sucks when that happens.
Ben From Madera: For one Halloween, Ben dressed up like a bee, like that kid in the Blind Melon video. That's how I will always remember him.
He is my best friend, even if he uses a PC. And the fact that sometimes he will pretend to be a "Pancake Pirate" is only part of the reason. Arrrr!
His cutie-pie percentile group is off the charts.
If you think this is just about exercise, then you have underestimated how wildly inappropriate people can be when they undergo physical pain in a group setting.
Mini: The Fame
My name is Anna. I like to blog. ABDPBT is a creative effort at understanding my experience as a wife, mother, recovering academic, popular culture enthusiast, satirist, and unrepentant fake American.