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Boredom + Borrowed Contact Lenses = Stretch-Up-Blink.

Posted by Trixie on Friday, June 4, 2010, In : Life 
If I keep this pace up, I just may become a blogger as opposed to a very occasional poster. And no one is more surprised about that than me. I have a growing backlog of potential posts that I  just haven't taken the time to bang out on a keyboard yet, but there are certain things I come across that simply need to be shared -- and pronto -- in order to take full advantage of the fact that a Google cache is forever. This is one such example:

It was the first week of college, and people we...

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Small Talk, TMI, and The Charlie Daniels Band.

Posted by Trixie on Thursday, May 6, 2010, In : Life 
Too much information
"Excuse me"
"You're welcome"

"Will do"

"Thank you"

I will do this on occasion -- respond to common, polite phrases from complete strangers with random and unrelated answers. These people hardly know me, if at all, and I take full advantage of it. And I don't know why. Just because? Bored? Mostly, who cares or even notices?

Recently I went to a lunch with a couple of business associates. Since the restaurant was fairly upscale, I am on my best behavior, right?

Waiter: Can I get y...

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Lady Gaga, John McEnroe, YouTube, Sibling Rivalry, and Jeans.

Posted by Trixie on Monday, January 11, 2010, In : Life 
Sibling Rivalry My friend Amy posted a couple videos of her sons, Elliot and Ben, showcasing their dancing skills to Lady Gaga's Bad Romance on YouTube. Since then, Ben has been completely obsessed with how many hits it has and how quickly it will go "viral". Elliott? He just seems to be along for the ride on this one. And as of a couple of days ago, the hit-counter for both videos sat at an even 40 hits each. Therein lies the problem.

Unbeknownst to Amy, I asked my friend to post both videos on his personal...

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The Origin of the Mexican Standoff

Posted by Trixie on Thursday, December 3, 2009, In : Life 
Mexican Standoff
My friend is going through a divorce. It's not fun, and I don't need to tell you why. However, there are certain aspects of the divorce process that are so absurd and downright comical that it requires safekeeping for posterity sake. This is one such example:

The names have been changed to protect the "incensed" and not necessarily the innocent. As such, I will refer to said in-process divorced couple as SheSaid and HeSaid, only because Thing 1 and Thing 2 have already been taken and I don't ...

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Are you ready for some FOOTBALL?

Posted by Trixie on Wednesday, September 16, 2009, In : Life 

1985 Chicago BearsThe season is officially upon us. And I couldn't be any more excited, but not for the reasons you may think. Allow me to explain:

Growing up in Chicago, every Sunday Mass ended with some derivation of  "Go in Peace". If this happened to be during football season, the translation would be the equivalent of "Gentlemen, start your engines". Everyone would race home in time for the earliest scheduled kick-off. Whatever your favorite team, there was always the common denominator of...Da Bears.

By d...

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I'd Like to Buy a Vowel.

Posted by Trixie on Monday, September 14, 2009, In : Life 

The GraduateOver the weekend, I re-watched The Graduate. It's been a decade and a half since I've seen that movie. There is a scene towards the end of the movie where Dustin Hoffman is pounding on a large glass window on a balcony overlooking the altar where his love interest is about to get married. In his desperate attempt to halt the ceremony, he repeatedly yells her name.

Over time that scene grew on me, but for whatever reason, I could never remember the girl's name. For years I walked around randoml...

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Posted by Trixie on Friday, September 11, 2009, In : Life 
9/11 Memorial
Today is 9/11. I don't believe in God. But if I did, I would be spending the day begging Him to turn Osama bin Laden into a pillar of salt for the sole purpose of selling him on e-Bay for $1.26.

So to those of you that are so inclined, make it happen.

For the rest of us, never forget.

That is all.

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Protect Your Nuts

Posted by Trixie on Sunday, September 6, 2009, In : Life 

I enjoy hiking. Growing up in Chicago and then spending a few years in Boston, I never had much of an opportunity to appreciate this activity until I moved to Seattle. Out here, everyone drinks coffee, complains about the weather, and hikes. Pretty much in that order.

My friend Don is an avid hiker, and when the opportunity presents itself, we will hit the trails. Now Don is an interesting person. During the day he acts as the VP of Finance to a large corporation tossing around financial deriv...

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The Great Escape(s)

Posted by Trixie on Thursday, September 3, 2009, In : Life 
Freedom Fighting Hamster On a whim, I recently tried to reconnect with an old friend using one of the popular social networking sites. Not being a member, I had to send an anonymous email without any obvious proof of who I was. In response, like the "secret question" you have to answer when you forget your password, he asked what I had once given him for a birthday present in order to prove my identity. Fair enough. Here is my story:

We met during my first couple of weeks in college. As far as guys were concerned, he...

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Why you, I oughta!

Posted by Trixie on Monday, August 31, 2009, In : Life 
I have been making a concerted effort to run/jog (ok, walk really fast?) at least three miles a day.  So far so good, but it's interesting the people you meet along the way. What I have noticed, for instance, is that most women won't make eye contact as I pass them. Men are typically gentlemen and usually step into the bicycle lane on the side of the street. They won't "stare" but will acknowledge my presence with a friendly nod if I make eye contact.

Now the elderly? I'm talking 80+ years of...

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