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30 July 2007 @ 10:45 pm
Well, for some reason I promised myself that I would write these posts in same order that the commenters posted their comments, but I don't feel like doing that right now. Given the events of the past 24 hours, it only seems appropriate that I sit down and write my first tribute to Eric.

Eric and I have known each other for nine years now. Or something like that. Neither of us can remember the exact number. We met at the NWT, back in the paracrap chatroom, when I was a permanent fixture there, and he was the obnoxious newbie. I remember that he made me laugh, but I also remember Kyle saying something along the lines of "YOU MY WOMAN. YOU NO TALK TO HIM."

OK, it wasn't that bad. But it's always fun to take a jab at your ex.

Anyway, he and I became friends, and then I vanished from the internet community for a while. There were one or two people I stayed in contact with through that time, but for one reason or another, Eric wasn't one of them. I was nursing a broken heart, followed closely by freaking out over a brain tumor, and then nursing another broken heart after that. For some crazy reason, I just didn't feel much like jumping back into the NWT/SL scene during that time.

But then, about half way through my time at college, I decided that it might be fun to look up some old friends. At that time I got his blog address from Heather, left him a random comment, and then the next thing I knew, we picked right up where we'd left off.

Anyway, that's how I know him. Now onto why we're friends.

Eric is part of the reason I'm convinced that I attract "strong personality" people to myself. And I gotta say, I kinda like it. I have never met anyone who enjoys expressing their opinion more than Eric enjoys it. If he has a problem with you, he'll tell you to your face. And what I love is, if you have a problem with him, you'd better have the spine to tell him to his face and the wits to engage in a full-on debate, or else your opinion is so worthless that he could care less what you think. I think our mutual intolerance of passive aggressive people is one of the many reasons we get along so well. There's something so brutally honest about him, so straightforward and unabashed, and I really respect that.

He still makes me laugh. His witty, sarcastic, sometimes rather morbid sense of humor just cracks me up. He's someone that I can joke around with, and a significant number of our conversations consist of nothing more than mutual teasing. I can safely say that he's the only friend with whom I've had conversations that have dissolved into "YOU SUCK" "YOUR FACE SUCKS" wars.

But our friendship is more than a mutual bashing of spineless people and random insults. Eric and I have known each other long enough that we've reached this level of comfort with one another where I know, if I want, I can talk to him about just about anything. And even though neither of us has ever voiced it, I know that our friendship is significant enough that if something is bothering me and I need to vent about it, he'll do more than just listen. He'll actually care.

I don't want this to sound overly sentimental or sappy, because that's not fitting for our friendship. And I don't mean that in a negative way. It's simply the truth. It's not like we ever sit around and discuss this stuff. It's just true, and we both know it. I think it's safe to say that after several years of being friends, we've reached a point where, at least to a certain degree, we see through each other. Again, not in a negative way. I think we both like to think we're somewhat mysterious, and that we keep most people at arms length, and somehow in attempting to keep that going (albeit in very different ways) we've recognized that about each other and come to a mutual understanding.

Plus, it's because of Eric that I can read l337, and he acknowledges my mad writing skills. Everyone needs friends like that ;)
30 July 2007 @ 09:24 pm
I've never handled change well.

I don't know what to say. The NWT, in particular, and SL to a different degree, was a huge part of my life for a while. It helped make me who I am. It was that site, combined with HotWT, that made me realize that I don't suck at writing. Because of that site, I met Kyle and fell in love for the first time. It was the friends that I made there that helped pull me through my first heart-break when Kyle and I split up.

Oh, I made some good friends.

Heather, Eric, Kristie, Jay. You guys mean the world to me. You are like family. Thank you for everything you've seen me through. Thank you for making me laugh when I needed to laugh. Thanks for letting me cry when I needed to cry. Thank you for your encouragement. Thank you for helping me become who I needed to become. I know this isn't the end of our friendship, but it does seem an appropriate moment to pause and say what we so often neglect to say.

Thank you, Jenny, for everything. I know your job has not been easy, and you've been greatly under appreciated. Also, even though I don't think you'll ever see this, thank you Luke. I'm kind of sad that you and I have never really talked, or even known each other. You guys both are so humble about all the work you've done. I hope that in the future, you will get more credit for the work you do, whatever it may be.

Of course there are other people I could mention and thank. Tyrel, Michael, others. I met my fair share of idiots when I returned to SL, but you guys made it worth it. I'm so glad that we're close enough now that our friendship isn't contingent upon the existence of a website.

Goodbye, Silklantern. You will be missed.
Well this went around LJ quite a while ago, and I didn't get to partake because I didn't have an LJ back then. So here you go...

1. Reply to this post if you'd like some ego boosting.

2. Watch my journal over the next few days for a post just about you, only you, and why I think whatever I do about you.

3. Post these instructions in your journal and pass it on.

So yeah, post a comment, and I'll dedicate a post to saying really nice things about you ;)
20 July 2007 @ 11:28 am

Your Score: Lion Warning Cat

57% Affectionate, 66% Excitable, 31% Hungry

You are the good Samaritan of the lolcat world. Protecting others from danger by shouting observations and guidance in cases of imminent threat, you believe in the well-being of everyone.

To see all possible results, checka dis.

Link: The Which Lolcat Are You? Test written by GumOtaku on OkCupid, home of the The Dating Persona Test

-- Janitor
-- Office Peon (I scanned papers all day)
-- Clinique Counter Helper Person
-- Gardener


-- Pride and Prejudice (Yes, I know, very girly of me)
-- Tommy Boy
-- Braveheart
-- Casino Royale

FOUR PLACES I HAVE LIVED: (All of these are in or just around Joplin)

-- The little house in Carl Junction where we lived when I was born.
-- The house where my parents have lived since I was 3 (where I currently live as well, le sigh)
-- Dennis Hall, on campus.
-- My little two bedroom apartment where I lived with three other girls.


-- The Office
-- Lost
-- So You Think You Can Dance
-- House


-- San Diego, CA
-- Chicago, IL
-- Tablerock Lake, MO
-- Europe (sort of)


-- Facebook.com
-- Livejournal.com
-- Silklantern.com
-- Dooce.com


-- General Tso's Chicken
-- Arroz Con Pollo (chicken and rice)
-- Steak (medium rare)
-- Baked Potato


-- Hawaii
-- Bora Bora
-- Somewhere in the Mediterranean
-- Fiji

FOUR PEOPLE I HOPE WILL RESPOND: ( if they have the time.....)
-- Kristie
-- Eric
-- Michael
-- Norahun
26 May 2007 @ 09:10 pm
Post a comment and I'll...

1. Tell you why I "friended" you.
2. Associate you with something - a song, a color, a photo, etc.
3. Tell you something I like about you.
4. Tell you a memory I have of you.
5. Associate you with a character.
6. Ask something I've always wanted to know about you.
7. Tell you my favorite user picture of yours.
8. In return, you must post this in your LJ.
25 May 2007 @ 08:53 pm
I'm not sure if anyone noticed or not, but for the one or two people who had...sorry I vanished for a week or so. You see, I was on vacation with my family for the past week, because we were all exhausted from the build up of our

Family GraduationCollapse )
08 May 2007 @ 01:00 pm
It figures that, with as stressed out as I've been over school, I'd do something like this sooner or later.

I chopped off my hair.Collapse )

This was a total whim, and I really like it. I'm still trying to figure out how to style it/wear it. The joys of new hair...

PS - 11 Days til Graduation!
28 April 2007 @ 11:12 pm
The end is in sight.

I've been killing myself trying to get homework done so that I can graduate. And I'm almost there. Just a little bit longer. 1 book report, 1 exegetical project, 1 2-page paper on a subject of my choosing, and that's it. Plus finals, but I'm not stressed about those. I test well.

You know what I love to do on the weekends? Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights I love to fall asleep watching a movie in my room. Now that I have my new macbook (my graduation gift from my folks), I can lay in bed and watch until I drift off, and it doesn't matter if the movie keeps me up for a little while, because I don't have to get up at 5:30 the next morning.

I'm so ready - so ready! - to be done with school. Maybe I'll sign up for grad school someday, but that's still several years off in the future.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go watch a chick flick until I start snoring.
27 March 2007 @ 11:20 pm
What Be Your Nerd Type?
Your Result: Literature Nerd

Does sitting by a nice cozy fire, with a cup of hot tea/chocolate, and a book you can read for hours even when your eyes grow red and dry and you look sort of scary sitting there with your insomniac appearance? Then you fit this category perfectly! You love the power of the written word and it's eloquence; and you may like to read/write poetry or novels. You contribute to the smart people of today's society, however you can probably be overly-critical of works.

It's okay. I understand.

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Artistic Nerd
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Anime Nerd
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