me: i way preferred that when you were a pirate
me: so what did it do? and please answer honestly ...as a pirate
her: what did what do?
me: seeing his bookface page... and i think "what did what do? arrrr!" was the preferred approach
her: made me sad
[11 private, pirate minutes later]
her: gotta take a potty break
her: keep typing
me: well, that is the kind of decision that will probably make itself if you don't... but if it's something you really want, and you set your ingenuity and down-to-earth no-nonsense heave ho to it, i am pretty certain you could get it done and in really stellar fashion, ya scallywag.
me: and i'm pretty sure no pirate EVER said 'potty break'
me: i feel this conversation became pirately asymmetrical.
her: i don't do pirate well
me: that's what he said.
me: and *he* was the one without depth perception...
her: the pirate?
me: wow. you really get around, huh?
her: you lost me
me: i know
me: and it's a shame
me: because i was hoping you were going to say "because of the eye-patch?" and i was going to say "no, depth perception was the name of his parrot who died. he was totally depressed about it. man, you really don't listen do you?"
me: instead you made me go all meta-
me: whoa. meta-pirate.
me: i just blew my own mind.
her: you're a dork
me: i'm going to post this conversation to my okc profile.
me: this could be you, ladies...
Things you should probly know right away:
- i'm in Peace Corps right now.
- i'm kinda through with love.
- i am in pretty much no way a grown-up.
- i engage the mainstream with great anthropological interest (Super Bowl) and sometimes unabashed personal delight (Disneyland).
- i use words like whatnot and groovy in everyday conversation, sing (badly) to myself, make terrible puns, want to add Oxford commas to signage but have neither the gall nor discipline to follow through, and end up screwing things up by trying to over-protect everyone all the time like Charlie from Charlie and Lola.
Most importantly, i have LLI, which is a neurological trait that makes me really sensitive to sensory experiences and human behavior. As long as i keep my distance in either case, it's manageable. But all those little (and big) rewrites people perpetrate on themselves and others out of defense or desire produce a visceral reaction in me sort of like watching a horror movie and being punched in the stomach at the same time. Please don't write to me if you want to be indulged in your rewrites or go for the cheap shots and easy self-serving narratives when you're upset with someone. On the other hand, i also eschew interpersonal blame and judgement (usually just a way to objectively justify saying "You're not being who I want you to be."). Essentially, i search for those who aspire to Kohlberg's postconventional morality with a strong sense of existential humility and interpersonal compassion.