Blog Ramblings About Blog Ramblings, Excited To See Cousins, Need Permanent Trivia Ringer
Wednesday December 22nd 2010, 3:05 am
Filed under: Family, Me, Myself, and Reid, Who Knows?, Word Nerd

I’m quite certain that in blog writing, there’s a balance between a bulleted list of events and my encyclopedia-like verbosity. I haven’t quite figured that balance out yet, though. When I do, you’ll be the first to know!

Today Mom and I had–you know what, hang on a second. Don’t worry, I’ll remember where I was. Since I set my goal to write a blog or a tweet everyday, I’ve been referring to some people differently than I used to. For instance, I used to write, “my mom did such and such,” in posts, but I’ve started writing simply, “Mom did such and such.” I’m not quite sure how I feel about this. It’s a bit more personal to refer to people as what I know them as, and not define who they are or my relationship to them whenever they come up. And, truly, I’m writing this for myself to remember what it was like counting down to the end of chemo.

However, that being said, I have to acknowledge that you are reading this as well. I must also acknowledge that you, the reader, are ignorant of a lot of the information that I know. For instance, in this next part, I’m going to mention my Aunt Stacie. But if I just say “I’m mentioning Aunt Stacie,” you might not know who that is and get confused and quit reading my confusing blog and then decide my blog has soured you to reading altogether and then I will feel bad when, one day, you fail to read–and therefore fail to understand the serious mortal peril in which you have placed yourself by ignoring the “Watch For Hungry Alligators” sign in the bathroom.

So I’ll be toying around with that too. Lots of toying. All sorts of toying. I like toys.

I’m also reconsidering my use of the hyphen… okay, okay. I see you rolling your eyes. I just find punctuation interesting, that’s all!

…anyway, back to:
Mom and I had lunch with Aunt Stacie and Kerri, my academically gifted cousin who is being interviewed by Georgetown tomorrow. Most of the outlying members of Mom’s side of the family will be coming into town for Christmas over the next few days. I’m very excited to see all of my cousins who are coming in; only one will be missing. Well, there will actually be two cousins of our generation missing, but one is Rachel, who is traveling to Israel, and I tend to count her as my sibling rather than my cousin since that’s what she is. I’m excited to see those cousins who will be here, though. It’s been a really long time since we’ve had this many family members from Mom’s side all in the same place. Kristina and Ivan (my cousin and cousin-in-law, respectively) will be staying with us, which should be fun.

We had lunch, and that was neat to get to do since Kerri’s on winter break and Aunt Stacie had taken the day off from work. She had a great suggestion for where to donate all of the clothes I’ve cleared out of my closet and drawers. Dad’s going to drop it all off tomorrow for me at a center specifically for homeless teens. I counted everything up this evening as I got it ready to go and realized I had, by pure chance, selected 50 pairs of socks to donate. Now there are several questions here that you might be wondering to yourself, or if there’s someone in the room, you might be wondering to them. I will attempt to answer all such questions in this HFAQ (hypothetical frequently asked questions):

Q: Why are you bragging about donating clothes?
A: I’m not, I just want to remember where all my clothes went.

Q: Are you joking?
A: I wish I could say I was, but chemo has really–

Q: Yeah, yeah, yeah. Why are you bragging about giving away so many pairs of socks?
A: I’m not, I just thought it was a weird and mentionable that there happened to be exactly 50 pairs of socks.

Q: Why were you counting how many pairs of socks you were donating anyway?
A: Taxes. And OCD.

Q: How many pairs of socks are you keeping?
A: I don’t know; a lot.

Q: Why do you have so many socks in the first place that you can donate 50 pairs and still have “a lot?”
A: You know, you’re hypothetically kind of a jerk. This HFAQ is over.

Q: I’m sorry.
A: That’s all right, I didn’t mean to snap at you like that. You’re not really a jerk. Do you have any other questions?

Q: I ask the questions around here!
A: You jerk!

Mom, Dad and I played pub trivia this evening without half of our normal team; the Reimans are down in DR this week. We rounded up my worldly buddy Matt to play with us and the four of us managed to end up in second place for all three rounds. That’s a pretty nice showing anyway, but it was particularly good considering most of the questions were about Christmas. Matt, who is not Jewish, did very little to help on Christmas questions, but was very helpful in other areas.

If we really want to commit to winning every week, there’s one guy we need to make sure is there every week: Loren Knaster, freelance sportscaster and life coach, we need your help with sports questions. By that, of course, I mean that we need you to answer all the sports questions for us. It was pretty much entirely your fault that we didn’t get first place because you didn’t show up tonight after I asked you an hour ahead of time if you could come play and you said you already had plans. Jeez, is that what commitment to a team that sometimes invites you at the last minute to play with their team from time to time?

After trivia, I finished getting all the clothes for… the… dammit. How did this all get out of order? The day is out of sequence. That’s just great! It’s not really great, I was being sarcastic.

It’s really tired so I’m just going to put this up as is without editing or correcting the order of my day. Which is really hard for my OCD to accept. But I guess it was probably much harder for you. If you got through this entry to the end right here, I’d like to take a moment to thank you not only for reading, but for sticking with me as well. I’d also like to acknowledge what an awful lot of energy and patience it probably took you to get to the end–

Q: You got that right!
A: Congratulations, you hypothetical Jerk.


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I wish I could be that trivia ringer! I had to stop doing pub quizzes after discovering that it’s hard to find a bar where no one cheats with their cell phone.

Comment by Carlos 12.22.10 @ 9:04 am

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