I’m a nostalgic person who rarely knows where to begin.
It’s been six years.
I’ve tried to lurk here once or twice before. It didn’t last very long. I kept forgetting my passwords, and more importantly, I don’t think I had enough distance to come back until now.
In my high school psychology class, we learned that babies have trouble with object permanence—the idea that something exists and will continue to exist even if you can’t see it. If you take a ball out of their field of vision, it’s as if that ball ceased to exist.
I struggle with the opposite of that. Even when something is gone, I expect it to be the same no matter how many years have gone by. In my first year of college, my grandparents moved out of their home into an independent living complex. My grandparents had lived decades in this house; it was like a second home to me. I would spend vacations there, helping my grandmother in her garden or riding my bike around the neighborhood church. I practically had the wallpaper memorized. But because I was at college when they left, I didn’t see the boxes or the empty spaces that were left behind in their old house. I never knew who moved in after them. It’s completely irrational, but because of this, part of me still expects to be able to go back. Somehow, I can’t help but think that all I have to do to go back in time is to walk through the front door. Their grandfather clock will be in the foyer on the left, and if I walk through the kitchen and out the door, I’ll be right back in my grandmother’s expansive vegetable garden. Intellectually, I know that the grandfather clock now sits in the middle of their new living room a few hundred miles away, and that my grandmother now tends to a smaller patch in a communal garden. But it feels like it should still all be there.
This is also how I feel about Sal’s. I retired from the forum moderator position six years ago. I also stopped frequenting #novus, the old unofficial chatroom. A lot has changed since 2008. Many of my old friends are inactive, having moved on to some other corner of life. But last week, when I logged on for the first time in years, I was hit with that same reverse-object-impermanence. I still tried to find our old IRC haunts, thinking if I could just find the right URL I’d be able to join a chatroom with everyone still frozen in time.
I know that Sal’s is less active than it used to be. The vast majority of moderators are retired. It makes my heart ache to read through the “Hilarious IRC Quotes” thread, to see all of the broken imageshack links. Every two pages someone will ask how to join #novus and I desperately wish that coming back was as easy as clicking on http://danirijeka.altervista.org/.
With all this talk about the end of an era, I don’t mean to imply that my era was the era. Sal’s was vibrant before and after I was a part of it. I find this is incredibly impressive. Ten years is an eternity in internet time, and the fact that this large part of my childhood is still around today is a testament to the bonds we once forged—and those that others continue to forge as we speak. The people I used to know may have moved on to new lives. I wouldn’t want it any other way. But I’d wager that most of us still have ties to our old ones. In fact, it’s probably false to even draw a distinction between an ‘old’ and a ‘new’ life (though this compartmentalization felt right to me for a long time). Regardless, I will never forget the nights spent in mIRC or the Debate Room or on iSketch. We weathered the (temporary) end of the wilderness, munky’s porn attacks, and Rick Astley. It was one hell of a ride, but mainly because of the company.
Things aren’t the same. I’m not the same person I was six years ago, and I wouldn’t want to be. But I still have intensely fond memories of my time here. Sal’s was there for me at a lonely time in my life. Many of my close friends had recently moved away. I was never ostracized, but still felt isolated. It was middle school—do I really need to elaborate more? I was looking for a home, and I found one. I wormed my way in through the debate room and didn’t look back. And I found a lot of great things. I finally found a space where I could debate politics to my heart’s content. I had people to play Pest Control and Castle Wars with, to help me through quests, to teach me how to merchant. #Novus became a big part of my life. It was mostly immature jokes, but real friendships developed. Sal’s, and the people I met there, became a big part of my support system.
Of course, it wasn’t a completely hazard-free time. As one of the few active female members of the site, I got sexually harassed a lot. But the community always stood behind me in not tolerating it. As one of the younger members, I worried about being out of place. But my friends treated me no differently, and never expected me to be more mature or older than I was. I especially appreciated the older members of the community. They helped ground me. They were able to articulate things I couldn’t yet. They stood up for me. They gently called me out when I needed it.
Even though it was a relatively difficult time in my life, I look upon Sal’s with immense fondness. I made friends. I started becoming more confident in myself. Among my classmates, I was incredibly shy, but this forum gave me a place where I could abandon my shell. People liked me for my ideas, for my conscientiousness, and for my maturity. I sometimes felt radiant, which unfortunately is all too rare among 14 year old girls.
By the end of my time at Sal’s, I was a relatively well-known and well-liked moderator. It had been a wonderful, transformative experience. So why did I leave?
Here is what I thought it had come down to: I had succeeded. The happiness that Sal’s had allowed me to cultivate didn’t just stay on the forums. I made an entirely new group of real-life friends and slowly had less and less time to spend as a moderator and a participant in #novus. Moreover, many of my friends had retired or were thinking about leaving. So, it was a two-pronged problem: I was growing distant from my community and so were others. When I “retired,” I promised that I wouldn’t drop off the face of the earth. This was a mistake, because that’s essentially what I did. The reason I felt compelled to make a clean break was this: when I love something, I fall hard. I loved this website, and the people I met, and the time we had together. I didn’t trust myself not to come back here and get addicted all over again.
That is what I originally wrote. But then, I re-read this letter, and I realized that that paragraph is only one piece of the answer. Equally true is this: I was ashamed. I had internalized a lot of weird and unnecessary stigma about the difference between The Internet and Real Life. I thought Runescape was for nerds and that internet friends weren’t real, or if they are real they were only for people who couldn’t make any friends. When I started making more friends, I thought that maybe this was my one chance to break free from my Shameful Internet Past and be a Normal Human.
Here’s something the Kittenblob of six years ago would not have said: all of this is BS. I made friends in real life for the same reasons I made friends here. There was nothing wrong with me. I now use the internet to keep in touch with my high school friends and our interactions are no less valid just because we can’t be in the same room. All of my experiences, whether they were enhanced by the technology of a computer or the technology of a measles vaccine, are part of my life. Sal's was important to me, and I am learning not to minimize it, apologize for it, or compartmentalize. Also, it helps to realize that everyone secretly played Runescape in middle school.
Fresh starts come with a price. It was so commonplace at the time, to retire and be less active or even to do what I did and quit cold turkey. Yet now, I can’t help but question it. How could I just leave my friends? How could I just walk away without any back-up plan, any way to reconnect? I think the previous paragraphs have already answered this. At least, they impart on me that I shouldn’t be so hard on myself. Perhaps these questions only make sense in hindsight, now that I am distant enough to compress those years into a rose-tinted blur.
The reality was, leaving was probably the healthiest thing I could have done for myself at that moment. But I wish I stayed in touch with the people that mattered. I’m not going to make a list, but if we crossed paths on #novus, got into heated political debates, or were DMs/moderators together, I’d be thrilled to chat with you. Even six years later. You probably meant more to me than you realize. I can’t promise much, but I can promise I’ll try to check back in.
I thought that maybe I would end this blog post with something moving, some grand pronouncement about life and how much I’ve learned. But really, what I’ve learned leads me to end with this: If we were once friends, send me a message. I will respond to them once a week. I realize that as someone who’s been gone for six years, you might not be very inclined to take me at my word (although really, my word is all that I have). Here is how I know that I will keep this promise: reading through the archives comforts me, so I have been keeping a tab of the forums open on my computer that I check every few days. I figure it works like this: worst case scenario, I rediscover some old memories. Best case scenario, I reconnect with some old friends. Even if you’ve moved on to bigger and better things, and will never read this letter, it’s ok. It’s enough for me to have written it in the first place. But I had to try.
So. Once a week. Really.
This is a copy of my post in the mod board, slightly edited. Omg leak!
My messenger is 600 spaces too full and it'll take me a loooong time to clean it out so post whatever you have here. Or if you don't want to post it here, send me a memo on irc/ask one of my friends to forward the message on.
I was at a family friend's house a week ago. They have two kids, one about my brother's age and one younger. The younger has friends in his grade that were over playing Wii. They were going to play Tennis and needed four people, so I said I'd play. But then they started to say things like "No, she's a girl. This is boys only" and "You're bad"... So after I left I decided I'd get really good and then beat them so they won't automatically assume Girl = Bad.
My brother has a Wii, so I've occasionally been practicing on it.
I think the makers of that game were on crack when they made it.
I got points for losing, lost points for winning, got worse as I got better, and was assigned worse opponents even when I won. :D And if someone who cares about the game as little as me gets frustrated for losing about ten games in a row (:D), I feel bad for whoever has to live with someone who's addicted to the game.
So today I decided to practice again. After beating three games of people who had like 600 less skill than me, they decided to let me face people with 100! :P I r teh skilledr111!!!
So I guess I'll see what happens.
If you want another Storie entry, feel free to smack me.
It has ben so long omg sinc i rote here!!!
CAHPER six dress up!
the mage and the n00b woke ups! dey were in a strange place! Wher r we? said the mage? cabage duno said the noob! suddenly a light turned on! they were in a library!
a maid walked in
What are youd oing here she asked
CABBAGE said the noob
the maid sudenly said omg!!! i now know you can be trusted!!!! i wil explain later but we are being watched folo me!!
how do we no u arent a swordmaster henchman? asked the mage
i promis said the maide folow me she went to a book and pulled it out and a secret door appeared!
should we trust her? said the mage?
yes for you see.... said the maid... oh no i forgot were being watched!!! quickly come inside she pulled them in and shut the door.
she turned on a light and they were in a spa!
It had posters that said "I <3 WEEPEE HES COOL OMG"
whats up with the poters the mage asked
WEEPEE IS KEWL THATS WUT said paris
the maid pulled off a wig and her costume. she was none other than paris hilton!
she said i knew i could trust you when i saw ur necklace was my mothers. you see it glows green when it's protecting the wearer and red when it's not. and only my mother can turn the protection on so you must have her blessing.
yes said the mage your mother wanted us to give you this and she placed the necklaec on paris hiltons neck. we have come to help you defeat the swordsmaster where are we?
well paris hilton said the swordsmaster thot id try to help pamela <3 so he sent spies to look for me. i had to hide in this closet to escape from them. we r in the town hall. i sent a friend of mine to pretend to be me to lure his spies away from here but we must get out without being recognized. i had to pretend to be a maid to get in here. but you cannot leave with me out of costume! i will give you costumes becaue the spies have bad eyesight so we can fool them
she took the mage aside and quickly went to work using makeup and a costume. finally she said tada <3!!! Its weepeetastic
the mage gasps and said wow i cant even recognise me my hair is a diferent color <3!
now for you noob paris said CABBAGe said noob
For this to wrok noob you have to learn a new word said paris and that word is
and for me
wow u look old said the noob omg noob!!! said the mage
Here is a trap door that leads into a bathroom. they followed it into a ladis room. then paris said to get out of here first mage run away from the shark outside and out the town hall. then n00b you follow her soit looks like she's being chased by a shark. then since i am a vet i wil run after to try to catch them. mage once we get out i wil grab the noob and whisper what to do. <3
ok said the mage and she ran out! Weepee
she entered a town hall
where there was a guard who said "omg wut r u doin1" the mage said IM RUNIN AWAY FORM THE SHARK BUT ITS OK CAUSE THE VET WILL CATCH HIM
the noob ran after the mage saying sharrrrrk sharkk and paris the vet ran after the noob.
they ran to a hill
ok said paris i think the guards gone now, we have to-
her voice was cut off by an animal catcher! an old one at tahta
ALLRIGHT LADY WEL TAKE IT FROM HERE. THIS SHARK IS DANGEROUS AND NEEDS TO BE KEPT IN CAPTIVITY
he grabbed hte noob who screamed CABBBBAGE SHARK ODGAGSOHGGSHGS and put him in a truck
NO! NOOB! the mage cried out and jumped on the back of the truck !!! <3
wait!!!! said paris but it was too late!
the truck was in motion and the noob and the mage started to drive away.
Mage!!!! Nooob!!! Paris cried out and tried to run after them but she wasn't fast enough. It was too late.
to be continued Weepee
In thes <3 cahpter the n00b <3 and the mage hav to help Paris. <3
The noob and the mage sert off on their journy to the jail!! This wil ltake a long tim said the mage
Cabbage wut why said the noob
wut because we hav to walk- o wait i hav yodas staff! i can teleport us to jail!!! <3
the mage took out the staff and said a spell. <3
They were in lumbridge wut oops said the mage.
She casted a spell and got them to paris hiltons jail cell!!
But paris wasnt there!
arrgh i forgot she got out of jail!!!! said mage.<3
nasogoahga said the noob.
The mage poofed out to the streets. she found a copy of a newspaper. wut
Paris is wtih panela anderson!!! the mage exclaimed, we have to go talk to here.
They started walking towards Pamesl <3 andersone house!
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"Man I'm tired"!! said the mage with excausetion (STA [email protected]!!!)
Maybe this house will have someone we know who we can stya with !! said the mage
"cabbage" said the noob
the mage and teh noob walked inside the door and looked around there was nothing but a big mirror. Suddenly it spolk1!
"WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO GO?"
Umm who are you asked the mage timidly?
I AM THE MIRROR OF ALL KNOWING the mirror replied I CAN TRANSPORT PEOPLE TO THEIR DESTINATIONS NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT ME. I WAS PUT IN PLACE BY YODA A LONG TIME AGO TO HELP HIS BAND OF WARRIORS
band of warriors? said the mage
YES said the mirror A LONG TIME AGO THE EVIL SWORDSMASTER <3 HAD RULED OVER THIS LAND AND YOUDA HAD A RESISTANCE STARTED I WOULD ONLY HELP HIS FOLLOWERS BUT NOW THAT THE SWORDSMASTER IS GONE I CAN HELP OTHER PEOPLE TOO
but the swordsmaster is wut back!!! the mage exclaiemed!!! we thwarted him by voting for Jordain spaerks on american idol but hes going after pamela andersoin and pareins hiltons!<3
WUT THIS IS BAD NEWS I SEE YOU ARE HELPING YOUDA BECAUSE I KNOW EVERYTHING said the mirror BE ON YOUR WAY... WHERE WOLD YOU LIKE TO GO
cabbageland wut!!!! saida teh n00b NOOO WUT said teh mage Pamela andersonss house!!!<3
OKAY SAID THE MIRROR BUT I CAN ONLY POOF YOU <3 NEAR THERE YOU HAVE TO GET IN ON YOR OWN
Thankyou said the mag!! she walked into the mirror accompained bty the noob...
To be continues
EDIT: for weepee i have added <3s and wuts
Note: Sorry, I really need to write more 'storie's and the guide on how to get a Runescape boyfriend. I'll work on them.
The 6 types of annoying people at movies
1. The feet. This person always puts their feet up on the back of your chair. And kick.
2. The cell phone junkie. Despite zillions of reminders to "please, silence your cell phones", these people always forget to do so and you end up hearing their ringtone (Which is set to Ultraloud) at the climax of the movie.
3. "Ohmygod!!!". These people talk from previews to credits about what Jill said to Maia and if Ben was going to ask either of them out. It's like they don't realize they came here to watch a movie, not to gab.
4. Talkative. Similar to Ohmygod!!!, these people comment on the movie scene by scene. They laugh way to loud, even when they're not supposed to. Especially during a sad or romantic part.
5. What? These people are always asking questions. Sometimes they are younger kids. They are constantly asking "What? What's going on? What did he say?!!"
6. "Ewww!!!" "Aaaah!!!" These are usually very young kids. Whenever there's a romantic scene, they always shriek in disgust and start talking in very loud voices to push away the moment (for themselves, and everyone else). Ditto if some thing's scary. I know they can't help it, but it's still annoying.
Please, try not to be one of these people.
For people who have trouble with sarcasm: This is not for you.
This guide will tell you how to get a boyfriend in Runescape. It's really not very hard, all you need is a girl character and a lust to show off your 'hot pixelzz'.
Step 1: The appearance
Since we all know that the only good online boyfriend is the one that goes for looks, we will start with your Runescape character. First, you need to choose the clothes. With the new update, there are many more outfits for your future mate to drool over. Make sure to pick clothes that are as revealing as possible, and that don't clash with each other. Even if you're not nearly that attractive in real life, you can create a new you with the amazing Runescape graphic skills.
Section I: The shoulders. Of course, your Runescape character has to be as [a nice gal]ty as possible. As such, the shoulders and neck should be covered as little as possible. Here, the neck is choked, and the shoulders have decent clothing on them! *Shudder* Anyone who wants a Runescape boyfriend has to dress like an underwear model.
Section II: The sleeves. These are ugly, long, and cuffed. An ideal girly sleeve is bare arms. Warning: Do NOT pick the muscles! You're a woman- who ever heard of muscles on a woman?
Section III: The pants. To start, the legs are horribly unflattering. A nice skirt would do better here. Also, the pants are tattered and there is a scratch on your leg. If you want a boyfriend, you can't look as if you'd just been tortured. You have to look like a queen! And Queens don't fight, of course.
Colors: The clothes clash with each other horribly, and the shirt is drab.
Section I: This shirt is much better. It shows off your stomach and arms nicely. The neckline should show off more if Jagex weren't such prudes. And the delicate pink reminds the world that you are a lady.
Section II: The skirt is a nice blue color, with fashionable layering. It also shows off a fair amount of leg, although ideally it would be about five inches shorter. If you want to be really bold, flares are nice pants also, but beware! Trousers on a lady are often considered indecent!
If you are old fashioned, short sleeves and a longer skirt can be used if necessary.
Step 2: The hair
When choosing a hairstyle, make sure it looks nice. Don't go with bald, crew cuts, spikes, dreadlocks, or curtains. Those make you look like a man! And there's nothing more revolting than looking like a man when you are a lady. For an older, more mature look, buns, bobs, or earmuffs are stylish. For a younger look, pick long hair, wind braids, a ponytail (though this is horribly sporty), or long braids. In terms of color, burgundy, yellow, dark brown, and Vermilion hair can be nice. Do not pick gray or whiteish hair. No one wants an eighty year old girlfriend. And before you choose an outlandish color like blue or pink or green, remember that a boyfriend does not look for that saucy rebellion that is in green hair dye. He looks for beautiful hair.
WARNING: Some colors may appear to give certain hairstyles highlights. This may or may not be flattering.
Step 3: Acquiring a boyfriend
Jagex have done the most horrendous thing: They have made it so that it is against the rules to ask someone to be your boyfriend. Naturally, this rule must be put aside for the time being. The best way to get a boyfriend is to go into a crowded area and select a good looking player that you wish to be your boyfriend. If he is a high level, that's even better, because he can give you help and free items in the game. There are three simple steps: (If he says yes to the second, you may skip the third step)
Follow: Follow your player of choice.
Ask: Ask him to be your boyfriend. Make sure to include the fact that you are good looking in real life.
Beg: If all else fails, plead with him. Beg him, but don't get too desperate.
Note: This spells "FAB"-This is an easy way to remember. You have to be fabulous to get a boyfriend. WARNING: "Beg" cannot be replaced by "Plead" or else it will spell out a very rude word.
COMING SOON: How to get a Runescape girlfriend.
On a side note, I love that movie. ^^^
Anyway. I would like to introduce you to my cat, Holly.
She's really affectionate and adorable. However she's curious, dependant, and doesn't really learn from her mistakes.
About a year ago or so, I mistakenly left some yarn out on a table for awhile. Holly got into it and ate some of it. It got bunched up inside her and we had to take her to the doctor to have an operation.
A few months ago, I woke up one morning to my mom saying that Holly was missing. We went around the neighberhood and house calling. Evidentally, there had been a hole in the screen door and they had gotten out for the night. Pippi, my other cat (Who is more intelligent and resourceful) was meowing to get back inside. But we couldn't find Holly. We looked and looked, but I had to go to school. My mom found her later that day hiding in the shed.
A week ago or so, my family came back from Norway. We went to get our cats from my grandparents' housesitter and couldn't find Holly. My mom looked and looked, and couldn't find her. They put up fliers and everything around the neighberhood. She came back the next day and heard meowing outside the house. Holly had been trapped under the house. They got her out, thankfully.
You think she'd learn, right?
Today we were just heading out the door. My mom was putting her sandals on and heard scrabbling in the wall near the chimney. She thought "Oh no, a bird flew in the chimney and got caught?" Then she went closer to it and heard mewing. She looked down and there was Pippi, looking at the wall.
My mom called the contractor working on the house renovating it but couldn't reach him. I found the place where she had climbed inside the wall. Turns out she'd fell/scrabbled/climbed a whole floor down inside the wall. My mom ended up having to knock a hole in the wall for her to get out. It was sooo funny seeing this little black and white head pop out of a hole...
But that cat...It's a good thing she's with people who love her.
Just in advance: I know, Steve, Pippi rules because she's smarter.
SORRY FOR THE LATE STORIE UPDATE. THIS IS CHAPTER CABBAGE YES U HEARD ME CHAPTER CABBAGE
"LOSLAOFAHGOAHGOEAGHE SPAMMM0RZ fre stuf pls!!!!" said the n00b. the mage was annoyed at him bc he wasn't doing anything gud.
wil u start pulling ur weight around here??!! said the mage angrily
eeerrrrrr marshmalowszz said the n00b.
however, little did they know, the NOOB WOULD BE VALUABLE TO THEM.
"lefeebalmasrglarb!!!!" said the noob. even tho he'd be a help 2 them he stil was annoying
but suddenly the n00b led them to a house!!! it was a dismal (i lerned that vocab word from a dictionary ) shack that looked pointless. And the wierdest of all there was floating letters above the roof! (see picture)
the noob said "in!!!" and Yoda said no other clues have we. so follow him we shall. the mage agreed.
they came to...... A TRAPDOOR! the maeg and the noob and yoda entered it while the noob mumbled osmething about cabage pants.
the trapdoor led to a very long tunnel. but out the other end was SOMETHING SO AMAZING U WOULDNT' BELIEVE!!!!
the noob crawled out first and then the mage and then yoda. they were in a cooool. fancy room with pink and stuff and they had just crawled out of a mirror! the mage noticed pictures and stuff on the walls and said "O MY GOSH THIS IS PARIS HILTONS BEDROOM!"
and she was right!
suddenly the noob spotted a piece of paper and waved it in the mage's face and sad "note lolol i sel in lumbeh"
the note said this:
deer mother. i hope you will be able to get this. there is an evil swordsmaster out there.
The mage paused. she said She knows about hte swordsmaster?!?!?!!!!
the maeg read on.
i know this sounds farftecthed but i think he is after my friend pamela anderson.
she is being held near the jail. i must get myself in the jail so i can go near her without looking suspicious. i must do what it takes to get put in jail. i hope you can go along with this plan and forgive me for driving without a lisence but i fear it is the only way to save paemela from the swordsmaster.
paris hilton's mom walked in the door!
what r u doing here?! who r u!!! i'll call the police!!! she demanded..
no, its okay! the mage said. yoda and this noob and i are going to help paris hilton get to pamala anderson before the swordsmaster!
you mean, you know of this? paris's mom said?
yes, know we do. yoda replied. this noob, shown us the way to help has he. but i regret that leaving must be i.
no!!! yoda u can't leave!!! the mage cried. what will we do?
you must find paris hilton. here, take this staff. you and paris and the noob- together you are the only hope of saving the world.
yoda handed the mage a magic staff. here, he said, take this with you. it can fit into your pocket and you will need it along the way.
cool!!! said the mage. she casted level 75 fire wave with no trouble at all!
paris's mom said well i haven't known u for that long but i wish you luck on your journey. please, find paris. she was taken to jail before i could give her this. find her and give this necklace to her. until then, wear it to keep you safe. it has protective powers.
so the mage set off with the noob on her journey- to the jail where paris had been recently released from.
No, I'm not hacked. :P
NEWAI, sry 4 the late storie updAtes. Chapter 5 will be out soon. :P
im out of ideas ATM, so comment here and I mite use urs. :P ill hide all of them so it wont spoil thing for uthr ppl.
Chapter five's outline: pamela andersn is under evil MIND CONTROL and the witch has to free her with Fergie and the n00b's help. :P
Has anyone read these books by Erin Hunter? (Pen name) They're about a cat who leaves his human family to go live in the forest where four clans live. Firepaw (Or Fireheart, after he's accepted as a warrior) becomes a member of the Thunder clan. There are six books in the first series. They're really good, I recommend them. There's a second series too, which takes place about a year after the first.
Anyone who's read them, feel free to talk here. But please use spoilers if you're talking about something that happens in a later book (Eg in book three when
EDIT: Pretty cover ^_^
Hey! When's the last time you've seen a non chatspeek entry in my "storie"? I'll spare your eyes for one entry. :P
I didn't want to be an attention whore and make a topic and I thought if I'm gone for a few days people should know, so I came here! :rofl:
Anyway, my chorus is taking a trip to New York on Friday. I'm sure you can imagine sixty people falling asleep in classes Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Actually I think the band is going to, so it's like over 100 people. Anyway. Before I stop launching into what we're going to do every minute of that time,
Just wanted to let you know I'm not gonna drop off the face of the earth , don't worry. :P I probably won't be on here from Thursday to Sunday though.
Which reminds me of a story!
Okay, so it's Mother's Day. My family's at my grandparent's house. They have this nest of baby birds on top of a light outside their house. Sunday morning, my grandmother looked outside and saw one of the baby birds on the porch. The mommy and daddy were fluttering nearby. So she picked it up, intending to put it back in the nest, and saw this big black snake coiled around the nest. She ran and got a basket for the bird to temporarily be in, and lined it with a clump of dog fur. :o My mom's friend got a crutch (Yes, my family is weird :glasses:) and picked up the snake and put it in the woods. And throughout all this I was making breakfast.
Srry it took so long to get out.
note sorry some comments got deleted because of accident
In this chapter the maeg meets a funneh noob that helpo shim to cabbage and the eveil sowrdmaster.
The maeg and Yoda set of to defete the evl swordmaster frum ruining american idol. but the mage said "i thot sanjia got voted off" and yoda said that is because defeted the sworddsmaster by going back in the past we have. The mage saIid can't we just leave it like thsis since he's off allready and yoda said no.
So they went to go to the wrodsmaster. Swordsmaster oops srry. :P But b4 they got there they met a funnneh n00b!
His name was omgogmomgheadshotomgomgpownageipwnuizezimabcunoobandipwnkjustcuzibepwnererucnthatshowitgoes. The mage said thats a long name.
The n00b replied CABBAGEBOOMHEADSHOTMURDERONDASTREETPOWOPWOWPOW PEWPEWPEWPEWPEWPEW CABBAGE
The mage and yoda followed him to a cabbage patch an dthe n00b said "lolol cabbage..." :P the mage said er wtf u b noob and the noob said
the mage said for what and the noob said bug abuse lkolol :P ipwnk
The mage said you're wierd can you help us find the swordsmaster the noob said srue, he's near here in that giant castle that jst appered out of nowhere
The mage said what castle?
The noob said PWNLOLOLOL
The mage siad "you wierd...." and they walked away.
Back at the swordsmaster lair, the swordsmaster was sad. He wanted Sanjia to win but sankia got voted off.
Ths swordsmater had planed to use Sanjia to take over teh world. His plan was this to put a roboty in place of sanjia and make it kill the peorpel with midn comtrol.
But sankjia was now gone from american idol. The swordsmaster decided his new target:
TOOO BE CONTINUEDSPAMPLZTHXX
THE STORIE CHAPTER 3
If u havnt red chapters 1n 2 reed them b4 reading this!
Recap: The mage has just et out w/ yoda 2 sav the world from teh evil swordmaster!
Yoda and the young mage set out 2 der quest. Yoda said with me you come young one. Have i surprise to show you to! Someone who help us can in our journey.
Yoda brought teh young mage to a beautiful house where someone opened the door.
It was barbie!
The mage thot "omg its barbie..shes perfect! She r can tell me 2 stile mi hair!"
but barbie launched into a rant.
People dunt kno how hard it is 2 be me! barbie said. I mean.. ive been anorexic
ive been made of TVC which is a dedly chemical,
Iv had hard times
iv goen thro transgender periods yes il admit that
iv had 2 liv in ghetto places
Iv gotten depressed n goth
Iv had 2 work in degrading places where pople say stuf like <Undefined> Barbie are hot when they're naked :)
hell iv even trfied to blow up stuff
Pepul see me as bad! iv gotta set things right lets go defete teh swordmasterrrrrr!
The mage sead wow dats deep. Yoda wasyts ur plan?
Yoda replied Yes, go must we to the lair of the swordmaster. For hatching an evil plan is he. If this plan not stopped is, take over the world he shall.
You see Sanjia is a robot put fourf by him if he wins hell hipnotyze everyone we have to stop sanjya from winning american idol.
Barbie said im in il call my friends to vote for Jordan.
The mage said what can we do? Yoda said go to swordmaster's house we must for voting many times he is.
The mage said Right! We've got to disconnect that phone line.
Barbie lent them her pink convertable so they could go off in style. :D
Okkk... So this story u get 2 pick a special character 4 chp 3 of mi story. Pick one!
If u havnt red chapter 1 (the previous entry), den read it b4 U vote & read dis chapter!
Chapter two: In runescape, no one can hear you use the force.
We last left off where the mage just helped defeat the dragon and recieved gifts from Harry and Zezima and novalife. She was sad becuz she thot she'd never se them again but happy bc she got a firebolt!!!
The mage desided 2 try out her firbolt. She then had a good idea. She'd go into the wildy and watch people. Since there were no other firebolts in rs, pkers couldn't see her!
First, the witch went near the green dragons. She saw a player kill a green dragon. Just as the player was about to get the loot, another player attacked him! The mage was outraged. This wasn't right bc the player deserved the loot. The mage quickly soard down and pushed the mean PKer off his feet. The player said thianks! and grabbed his loot.
Then something amazinf happened.
The player (the good one) unzipped his skin! The mage was like ewwwwwwwwww until she saw that theere was someone inside!
It was yogurt!
No oops I mean yoga!
Yoda said "thanks be you me from saving me for!"
The mage said your welcome but yoda what are u doin here?
Yoda replied "Young mage, assist me will you in quest to defete the evil sword master?"
The mage replied what's in it for me and yoda said The world willbe safe from doom
teh mage said ok and they set off to save the world.
in a dark lair, the evil swordmaster was plotting something very evil.
he said "BWAHAHAH! Those fools wont know what hit them....
IM VOTING 597 TIMES FOR sanjaya malakar!!!!! ahahahahaha
DUN DUN DUN!!!!!!!!!!
Stay tuned for chapter three! and make sure to vote!
ook... this storie is in chapters.
This is a storie about a two friends who meet zezima and helps him defete the cursed dragon!!!! Rate please!!
There was onec a lonely mage, level 14. Her biggest ambition was to meet those famouse people at the top of the highscores. Like zezima and N0valyfe. She liked casting spells but they didn't do much damage to chickens even.
She didnt hav meny friends but one day she met a famous [email protected]@@
No it wasnt zezima.
It was harry potter!!!!
The two set out and became friends. But one day they saw zezima in the wildy. He was fighting a brave and fierce dragon that wouldnt stop beating him. Suddenly out of the bushes came N0valyfe! He was here to help zezima defete the dragon.
However this was sad because zezima and n0valyfe were still losing. Zezima bravely whacked the dragon with his dragon 2h and N0valyfe heroically casted a high level spell at the dragon but nothing worked.
The mage became convinced that they had to help him. So she told harry to pick up the dragon with Wingardium Leviosa and drop him in a volcano.
Harry said where are we going to get a volcano.
The mage said it's okay I can image one and harry said that works for me. So the mage imagined a volcano and harry started to lift up the dragon. Zezima and novalife were jumping with joy because harry potter came to help.
But then harry tripped over a cabbage and dropped his wand.
Owwwwwww he said.
The mage quickly picked up harrys wand and began to try to pick up the dragon again but she was a muggle. So she couldn't. but she tried all the spells she knew until she screamed "I give up"
Then the dragon started transforming. It became.....
Ord said "were am i? I need to get back to dragon tails!!!!!"
So harry potter poofed him back.
Then they all had to go to bed.
When the mage woke up she was sad because she knew that Harry and Zezima and N0valyfe had gone away and she'd never see them again.
She tripped over a package.
Inside was something great!!!
Jk lol i had 2 do dat
No but inside was first: A dragon 2h!!! It said from zezima
Next from N0valyfe: 1000000000000 soul, death, blood, air, law, and nature runes!
Finally from harry potter: A firebolt!!!!
The mage was very happy but she was happy not onkly because of the phr33 st00f but because she knew that she now had great frinds.
A lot of you have seen that line in my signature: Click to donate! Many sites, like Care2 and The [cause] Site are click-to-donate sites. This basically means that every time someone clicks on a certain "donate" button or link, a sponsor will provide the website with a little bit of money. It's not much but it adds up. Say one penny is given every time someone clicks. Say a hundred people read this blog and click. That's a dollar just from me posting this today. And I've seen Care2 have over 2000 clicks in a day. So it adds up.
I thought I'd post some websites here that people could spend a few seconds out of their day and click. And it would help things like pets, children, the environment.
Click to donate sites
Care2 is the link in my sig. All of these are very easy to figure out. You just click the button and it generates a donation. I know the Breast Cancer one says "climb" but it's the same as the others.
The ______ Site
Again, just click to help.
I'll add more if I see any. Please tell me if the links are broken.
Oh, and this is a funny video for any Norah Jones fans (Singing "I don't know why Y didn't come" on Sesame Street >.<):
If it wasn't bad enough having a really hard time sleeping last night, now I have to be sick too. At my school, we have state tests right now. They're ridiculously easy but they still take a couple hours a day. But halfway through the tests I started having a harder time seeing and the bright classroom lights hurt my eyes. I was really tired by the end of the tests, and I probably would have gone to sleep if the lights were off. So I went to the nurse and she wrote me a pass to go home. I think something I ate made me throw up, too. So today was not good. The only good part was that I won't have to retake the MSAs... I hope. There was black stuff all over my test so I hope the machine that reads it can deal with that. :D
I also got to see my baby cousins on youtube.. They're so cute! :D I'm looking forward to this summer when I can go out to see them.
This will be a combined blog entry. I really need to start remembering to make these :P
...was awful. :)... It started out promising. My school announced that we were going to get out two and a half hours early. Everyone started screaming. It was really funny. But my mom was in Miami and my dad had a meeting at work. So I'd be alone for 5 hours. Which was fine, but I was worried about my brother. A friend was supposed to pick him up but I didn't know if she knew about the early release. So I went through the day planning to call my dad and ask him if my brother was still going to be picked up.
After school, I waited for my bus. And waited. And waited. Finally, all the people left outside were on my bus. The school had us come wait inside and told us that they were trying to find the bus. This was about a half an hour after school had got out. I was worrying that my brother would get inside and I wouldn't be there (my school gets out a half an hour before his) and start worrying. So I waited for the bus and eventually the school said it'd be awhile before the sub bus got there. So I decided to go to another friend's house via the rideon which would hopefully be quicker. I speant a half an hour waiting for that and finally decided to go back to school. It was freezing, my parents were away, and I was at school at one oclock with no one there but a few other people. It was depressing. But then, guess what. My bus finally came :D.. So I got on it. It was just me and my friend. I got home and called around but I couldn't find my brother. No one was at his best friend's house. My dad wasn't at his work. So, naturally, I turned on the computer. :) But then I called my mom who was at the airport. She said that my brother was at his friend's house. I figured my dad was eating lunch. And my brother called to say that he was shoveling driveways. :) So everything ended okay
Was much better. In addition to being a snow day, I also didn't have to present a french skit today. And my tests are postponed one class to make up for it. So it was a good day. :o
I woke up at 6:20 and turned on the computer. I got news that it was a snow day. Knowing me, I didn't go back to sleep. I wasn't tired but it would have done me good. Instead I went on Sal's until I decided to have breakfast. I made a breakfast burrito. Which was good. Kind of like an omelette with salsa. But the good part it was actually a good breakfast. I usually have a bagel or frozen waffles. After they're defrosted. :o
After I've bored you with what I ate, I went back on the computer. Then I decided to get off my lazy bum and play outside. Yes, I wore clothes Steve! >:D My brother and his friend decided to pelt me with snowballs so I threw some at them. We started to have a 'snowball war' with the people next door (who are freakishly good, btw) until their dad told them to stop. Maybe it's because our dads dislike eachother? Long story, I'll tell if you want it. So after that we went inside and they played Harry Potter sceneit and wanted me to join them so I did. It's surprising how they didn't do the usual raid my room, steal a stuffed animal and hold it for ransome and then hang it deal :o.
Anyway, my school's website said they'd cancel school tomorrow too. Which is good :D
Just found this awsome bash.org quote:
Rabidplaybunny87: Okay, so my neighbors officially hate me
Rabidplaybunny87: Well, me, david and andrew were having a bonfire in the backyard, and we were making s'mores and all... and suddenly we here sirens, and see a firetruck turn into the street in front of us.
Rabidplaybunny87: So we all went running to see what was up, and our neigbor's house was on fire!
GarbageStan23: oh shizzle!
Rabidplaybunny87: Yeah, and when we got there, the wife was crying into her husbands arms, and we were just kinda standing there, and then she saw us, and then like for 10 seconds, gave us the dirtiest look ever
Rabidplaybunny87: Turns out, we were still holding our sticks with marshmallows on it, watching the fire....
Rabidplaybunny87: talk about bad timing...
Finally a mindless entry! :P
So, as Kittenblob ran out of membership, I started a new account. It was mostly to bug Dani, but Bear On Pot (to combat Cat On Acid) has become a vegan chef!
Here are the stats. I don't hope to raise combat for awhile. I'm making pastry dough to make into redberry pies right now- about 200 of them will get my cooking to 32 so I can go in the cook's guild and have easy access to a windmill :P
Bear's outfit is currently blue themed (Magic training bow, blue pants, white apron, magic ammy and tiara) but I'm opened to suggestions right now.
Doric's quest [X]
Ernest the Chicken [X] (Thanks to Fraff, Princess, and Weepee)
Cook's assistant [X]
Rune mysteries 
Pirate's treasure 
The Knight's Sword 
I'm pretty lonely on Bear so if anyone wants to talk, just add me. I don't have many people on my friends list ATM :P
Warning: If you're not interested how I think racism came to be and/or you dislike relations to animal behavior, turn around and walk away.
So, about racism. I've been thinking that it's origins could be linked to animals. Before you say "Not animals again! :P", I'll have to jump in and explain.
The common theory of Racism's origins is that, well, people are stupid and judge people because they're different. But I think it goes more into animals than just the differences.
Animals are very hyper specific. That means that humans generalize a lot more than animals. It has to do with something in the brain. Anyway, that means when a human kid sees white horses all his life, they're gonna get used to horses in general. When a dog sees white horses all his life, he's going to get used to white horses.
The only reason I came to the conclusion I did (no, I'm not done with the theory just yet) is because I read this great book by Temple Grandin called "Animals In Translation". It's written by an autistic woman and it's about animals, how they think and live, and how some of their behaviors and methods of thought relate to autistic behaviors and thinking methods. Like how animals and autistic people both are very visual learners. If you're interested in animals at all, this is a great book.
Anyway, since animals are hyper specific they get scared by a lot of things. For example, there was a group of cows that had seen humans on horses all their lives. When they saw a man that wasn't on the horse, they started freaking out. Because animals are hyper specific like that- they've generalized the fact that Human + Horse = Okay, but not the fact that Human - Horse = Okay.
That's why I don't take it too seriously when people tell me that an animal is racist. I think it's just because they're not used to seeing people of a certain skin color. They don't think that they're inferior or try to enslave them. They're just not used to them.
Okay, I know you're thinking that's shallow. But it's really not. Animals are born with lower pain levels than humans, but higher fear. I think the easiest way for me to explain this is to use the example of humans on horses. Animals' fear contributes to their hyper sensitivity, especially in prey animals like cattle, chickens, and deer. (Predator animal = Hunter, Prey animal = Hunted) Prey animal especially, and animals in general have to be on their feet all the time because so many creatures want to eat/fight them.
So while to us (who usually don't have to worry about other creatures) a human on a horse is fine and a human without a horse is fine, a human without a horse looks very strangely to an animal. It'd be like a human walking on his hands.
Anyway you can see how I think animal racism came to be- Differences in color, shape, ect that freak animals out because it's something they're not used to.
I think in humans it's a similar thing. People were weirded out by differences. And in turn, scapegoated them (something which animals don't do).
Okay, you can come out of hiding now :D
Today my chorus went to sing to a nursing home. It was really fun- first we went to Montgomery Mall for lunch. My chorus teacher knows the manager at a Chick-Filet (Perfect restaurant for me, I know :s) and we sang "winter wonderland" there in an attempt to get free food (It's worked before). It didn't work this time. Oh well.
Anyways, when we were leaving there was this Salvation army man standing outside, rinigng a bell for money and stuff like you see near malls. A few people in my chorus started to give him some of their loose change and pretty soon everyone was putting money in- some people even donated all of their leftover lunch money. I put in the change I had on hand. I thought it was really sweet; who'd expect this random group of eighth graders in matching dresses/shirts to put money in? There were about 60 of us total and I think about 15 put in money so I'm guessing we contributed over $20. Another Warn And Fuzzy Moment :D.
When we actually perfomed, durign each song I singled out two or three people in the audience who weren't smiling and decided my mission was to make at least one of them smile during the song. I was successful almost every time. During songs like "Let It Snow" and "Winter Wonderland", some people actually started singing along (or mouthing the words, I couldn't tell). Afterwards we had snacks there and some people came up to us and told us how much they liked it (Which wasn't not at all, by the way :D). It made my day. My friend keeps telling me that it's not a big deal, I didn't save anyone's life, but I think that it'd get lonely and boring in a nursing home sometimes and it'd be nice to have people sing to you. Once we were finishing eating, everyone was sitting around in a circle and we started singing songs we learned last year or even in sixth grade. And just random songs from Grease, Rent (allthough some of them had to be cut short to 'censor'), and other places. When we had to go, we left the nursing home singing and everyone was smiling at us.
In other news, I GOT A USELESS BLOB TSHIRT!
I'm wearing it right now over my chorus dress which I haven't bothered to take off.
It was a Hanukkah present- along with an "I am not an nugget" tshirt (Vegetarian ftw :D) and a tshirt with an angry orange persian on it that says "This is my happy face".
Today was great, tomorrow will be better- Only one more day till winter break!
1. You are born. Do you know the odds against that? You've defied them, welcome here
2. You were born a human. No one will eat you or treat you like dirt.
3. You were born into a familly wealthy enough to own a computer with internet. So many people are in poverty... You've got it great.
4. You're born in the 21st century. Back in the old days, a cold could kill you and the life expectancy was in the thirties.
5. You're in good health. Sorry if you're not, I didn't mean to say that. But at least you have been for a long time- there are so many disease victims and people dying. Sir Auron, I'm really sorry if this made you depressed. But here's the good part.
Whenever you get sad or stressed or down because of school, love life, computers randomly crashing, don't think of them as a problem. Think of them as a problem of a good life- "Poggle", as my mom calls them. :P
And just remember, it will be ok. So you're going to have a tooth pulled. Be glad you have teeth to pull. And chances are that the sadness and worrying are worse than teh actual experience. It happens to me a lot.
People tend to take for granted so many things and don't realise they are there until they're gone. My grandfather, one year at new years was saying what a horrible year it had been, with Bush winning the elections and the political problems (They're democrats too). He asked my Grandmother didn't she think it was a horrible year?
She spoke softly but firmly. "No, Alan. If it's a horrible year, you'll know.
My grandfather got cancer a few years later. It wasn't termanal and they caught it early so he made a quick recovery, but it still was a little nerve wracking. That year at new years they both were talking about how lucky they were.
And that's not uncommon. In the past my grandfather would have said that the year he got cancer was a horrible year, but it was a miraculous one for them. They lived through it, they worried and hoped that the cancer would be treated. And it did. And I guess that's what happens, you're so greatful for things you took for granted when they ahve been taken away from you. And I concider myself really lucky. I have both parents, a brother, all my family members I know living, a nice warm house, food, water, a computer. Stuff we normally put in as an everyday part of life. I know this is a little late for the Thanksgiving "I'm greatful" speech, but what the heck. I am
I had to go to the dentist yesterday to get a couple of teeth pulled. The laughing gas was really wierd... It made me feel half out of my body. That actually felt worse than the teeth pulling because of the local anesthesia they gave me. Now I actualy have an excuse to eat ice cream :glasses:
For those who are worried about getting teeth pulled: Get localanesthesa. It may hurt when they inject it just just concentrate on breathing. That way you'll only feel pushing and no pain when the tooth comes out. Trust me- I didn't even notice that the dentist pulled it out until he told me. :)
In other news, my Treasure Trail bad luck streal ended. Surprisingly. For a noob like me, finding a million dollar pair of boots in a set of drawers is a dream come true :)
You guessed it,
Now to get attack and cooking (I always make cooking my highest skill- gonna need about 4k lobs to get it to 71) to 70+ so i can buy a whip. Then probably defence to 60...