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January 10, 2008


So I'm watching the episode of Seinfeld in which James Spader comes 'round and gets all "step nine" on everyone, apologizing for the wrongs, as he works his 12-step program. And I'm reminded of a time a couple of years ago when someone (once) very close to me came 'round and got all "step nine" with me, apologizing for all sorts of things that I just thought were parts of our fractured relationship. Turns out he was an addict and I had no idea to what degree.

That was really meaningful. Still is. I didn't need an apology. I thought we had a pretty dang good relationship for the kids that we were. But it's nice to know the power of, "I know that I hurt you. And for that, I am sorry."

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Next up... I joined the Twitter. Not sure I'm loving the straight-to-the-BonBlogs updates just yet, as a few of those in a row and my pretty, graphics-included blog posts are bumped off the main page, making the BonBlogs' landing pad not look so lovely. But does anyone visit the BonBlogs "proper" anymore? Is this all just read via RSS nowadays? So the Twittering is welcome?

Here's a cute Twitter-related graphic I found. Just goes to show that I'm generally a year or two behind everyone, on these tech trends. That makes me old, right? Remember when I used to be an early adopter? Damn late-30s.

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Have I mentioned that I am totally overwhelmed and humbled by the resumés we've received from AMAZING directors for the 2008 Cricket Feet Showcase season? I mean, WOW.

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I am feeling ridiculously self-righteous over how many "Common Errors in English Usage" in the page-a-day calendar I treated myself to for Christmas I "win" on. It's a movie premiere, idjits! Not a premier. The "t" in often is not pronounced. A character cannot be one-dimensional. Oh, lordy, this is going to be a fun year! (Until I hit that run of a few pages in which I'm proven wrong about something grammatical. That'll suck. Heh.)

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I am currently wearing a shirt that will be thrown away the next time I take it off. I bought it in 1990 when I worked at the GAP and sold all of those cool T-shirts to Michael Stipe before the MTV VMAs in which he took one off for each trip to the mic to pick up an award. It will make me sad to lose this shirt. But c'mon... an 18-year-old shirt? Really?

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I am officially a crotchety old woman. I actually emailed the local news channel to tell them their lady news anchor needs to take off the jangly, bangly bracelets she's wearing while flailing her arms about, delivering the news. Sorry, kids, that's Microphone 101. But the fact that I have now emailed this exact comment to two different local news channels within three weeks is... well... disturbing. I think I'm turning into--not my mother--my grandmother. She once called up the local Toyota dealership because their mascot dog was sitting on the hood of a car and said, "I wouldn't buy one of your cars with that mangy ol' dog's clawmarks all over the paintjob."

Next week, that dog (Mr. Toyota) was sitting on a MAT on the hood of that car.

Go, Cleo.

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That is all.

Posted by bonnie at January 10, 2008 11:22 PM


It's been kind of a rough week, so I loved this post which made me laugh multiple times. The graphic? Hilarious. And your grandma's comment about the dog on the Toyota that actually got results? Awesome. :-)

Happy Friday!

Posted by: Hannah at January 11, 2008 9:44 AM

I loved the calendar entry about the incorrect usage of alleged and allegedly, as that is one of my pet peeves with news reporters. “The “alleged” murder victim was found with 47 stab wounds to his back, bound and gagged, locked in a trunk, and submerged in the middle of the ocean.” Yeah – it was probably natural causes that took him from us.

It also reminds me of SNL’s Tracy Morgan as Star Jones on The View “Now I am a Lawyer, Allegedly.”)

Also, I still think of Cleo every time I see a Toyota commercial, or really, any cheesy local car dealership commercial. Remember how she also use to get irritated with the screaming guy that sold the GM cars and vans down in Forsyth, GA for beating on the cars during the commercials?

Posted by: Joni at January 11, 2008 10:46 AM

i still read direct.

Posted by: Amy at January 11, 2008 12:44 PM

Hannah: I'm sorry it's been a rough week. No more of those! {{hugs}} I loved the graphic too. So cute! My grandmother was a character, for sure. I'll be sure to share more Cleo stories so you can laugh more. :) {{hugs}} and have a great weekend!

JoJo: Ooh, I'm so glad you're down with the calendar too! Isn't it FUN?!? Totally agree about the alleged entry. I don't remember Cleo's reaction to the GM commercials! Boo! Just "Mr. Toyota" and the Krystal burgers one. "My daddy said I could get as many as I wanted. And so I got a dozen!" Heee! I miss her.

Amy: Then for YOU, I shall continue to post with images and other fun web-based goodness. Now, do you hate or love the Twitter entries? I'm not sure I'm the Twittering type. It hasn't taken hold of me like the MySpace did. Stay tuned!

Thanks, y'all! :)

Posted by: Bon at January 11, 2008 2:51 PM

I'm sorry if I have double-posted-- the laptop battery died and I don't know if the post went through. I did, however, want to address the twitter thing.

I subscribe to your feed, but more often than not read direct. I like the pictures and graphics. Small things give me that feeling of contentment.

I must confess that I don't make a good case for feeling guilty about appearing like a stalker when I admit that I follow you directly on twitter, but then again, as a writer myself, I am captivated by stories told by real people, and you tell good ones.

For the most part, I find Twitter to be rather odious. Too many people post about their cats sneezing, and frankly, I couldn't care less, and I happen to think cats are pretty ok.

On the other hand, when used as a tool to inform followers, you really can't beat it. I spend far too much time on-line, so the surest way to communicate with me is via IM, and Twitter has so many features that tie into the kind of INSTANT connection most of us have that it can become invasive, but can also be a tremendous networking tool.

Most people get that twittering doesn't have to be a play by play for their day. I use it for alerting and being alerted to podcasts, ustream.tv broadcasts, or talkshoe shows that are going to go live. It's a great tool for me since I rely on that audience for the interactive aspect. I also tweet, for example, when I have posted a new article, or something of that nature.

Over time, you will find that level of participation that works best for you.

Of course, like those email friends who forward 30 lame-ass jokes, there will be tweeters who feel a need to share their every moment. I unsubscribe pretty quickly. ;)

Cheers! I haven't unsubscribed yet!

Posted by: Maria at January 11, 2008 7:19 PM

Maria, my GAWD, I adore you. You win MOST USEFUL COMMENT EVER, woman! Wow! Thank you! I get it, now. Thank you!!

Posted by: bon Author Profile Page at January 11, 2008 8:12 PM

I remember years ago, the comments actually meant something to the person that it was directed to. Today it seems an avalanche is needed to get attention. I am going to try desperately not to be a tweeter. G'day Bon.

Posted by: steveintx at January 12, 2008 4:54 PM

Great perspective. Thanks, Steve!

Posted by: bon Author Profile Page at January 12, 2008 5:06 PM

I visit the Bon Blogs "proper".......that graphic is hillllllarious btw!
PS, my cat just sneezed. No really.

Posted by: CJC at January 13, 2008 4:42 PM

Suuuuuuuure! ;)

Posted by: bon Author Profile Page at January 13, 2008 4:49 PM

*joins in the chorus*

I still visit BonBlogs proper, too, and enjoy it. I didn't even know there was a feed for it 'til this post.

I was JUST lamenting on my blog about the exodus from blogging to other mediums (mostly social networks), and how I ... well ... lament about it. But particularly with close friends - over the years and miles, it's been a way for us to write letters to each other, really. To express ourselves in-depth. And while I love and enjoy those networks, I haven't found the same kind of connection through them yet.

Anyway. That's my mini-rant on the matter, Yours is probably a bit of a different issue, since you wanna make sure you've got your legions of fans (and future zombie army? ;) ) aware.

Posted by: Jennie at January 14, 2008 6:44 PM

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