December 10, 2004

Screw This

And people wonder why I periodically abandon the blog for weeks on end. That's in reference to comment numero uno, incidentally, not the post itself (which I quite liked).

Posted by Ilyka at December 10, 2004 11:30 PM in navel gazing

Since I know you personally, I could defend you, but I feel it might make the situation worse. What to make of the sort of person who tosses off "androgynous" lightly? As if it were an adjective for "snarky"!

Posted by: jdc at December 11, 2004 04:08 PM

Oh, *sigh* I mean what else is there to do? Asterix or no asterix it was obvious to me you were joking. Oh well, like I said "What can one do?"

Posted by: Rachel Ann at December 11, 2004 04:17 PM

Come on, he meant it in a good way...

Posted by: Jeff at December 11, 2004 05:13 PM

Ahem. There is no way in hell that the term "butch," applied to a heterosexual woman, can be considered a compliment. Likewise, "androgynous."

Then again, this guy misquotes Jim Croce in the name of his blog. I'm thinking not too bright, or not very funny.

Aside to MC: It's "You don't TUG on Superman's cape."

Nuance is everything.

Posted by: Meryl Yourish at December 11, 2004 05:58 PM

Now I'm paranoid. Am I too butch?

Posted by: Hubris at December 11, 2004 08:43 PM

Meryl - I guess the asterisk nuance fails again, now we have one here and one at DBPJ's. (There's an asterisk on my comment over there to commemorate Ilyka's over here - with the same intention.)

I believe that Ilyka and I have patched things up - it's all Ace's fault anyway!

(Though you might consider a disclaimer to your post: "Is she or isn't she? I talked to Ilyka today. She definitely sounds like a woman, but then again, she could just be the real Ilyka's girlfriend. She said something to someone she called Mark, who spoke loudly enough for me to
hear that he was, indeed, a man. But again, they could have wanted me to think that. So the jury's still out. Oh, okay, so we had a discussion which involved medical terms that only someone familiar with them, like, say, a
medical transcriber, would know as quickly and easily as Ilyka knew them. And sure, she mentioned some things that made me think it was really her.")

I told Ilyka that if you take it as a kind of Jeff Goldstein shtick, it could be that Meryl might have been talkin' to Ilyka's girl friend the whole time ... and then she explained the whole Ace thing to me - which I didn't know in the first place.

As to tug/pull,(perhaps pee/spit, and Jim/Slim/Dan) - I'm glad someone finally noticed! Who would have known that it was going to be the erudite Yourish!

Notice that my blog title includes "... or something like that."

And what self-respecting homophobic knuckle dragging Republican operative is going to have 'tug' as part of his blog's name?*

Those lexical idioms were of course part of the vox-populi of the early seventies. It so happens that "pull on superman's cape" was reasonably synonymous with "tug on superman's cape" at the time (and the use of "pull" in this particular colloquialism has a bit of unix lore attached to it if you want to look into it). Perhaps I'm the only one that is old enough here to remember the "pee" versus "spit" controversy? As I recall (admittedly a little brain addled), Jim originally recorded " don't pee into the wind" which is, of course, much more satisfying lyrically simply because of the visual imagery (admittedly in a male inflected sense) - but it was too racy for FM radio at the time (that didn't keep us from sophomorically singing "pee" at the top of our lungs when the chorus played).

Fundamentally, my intention was to be a bit more nuanced than perhaps is reasonably accessible. Croce's lyrics are imbued with the idea that the patently invincible really just ain't so. How else could Slim take Jim? I chose the name of my blog as prophecy - what may be considered now as quixotic endeavor may one day prove to be really taking on the mantle of "truth, justice, and the American way" after all. "Tug",for me, just wouldn't do.


*=(not too bright, not very funny) joke.

Posted by: MC at December 11, 2004 10:16 PM

poor blog too, bitter tears are wept and collected in speciment jars

Posted by: odeus at December 12, 2004 12:38 AM

Frankly I think it's because you didn't use enough bold in your initial blog post.

Well, that and people don't have a sense of humor anymore.

Posted by: Serenity at December 12, 2004 02:36 AM

Oh screw it...I haven't received any hate mail in I just went ahead and stepped in it.

I should probably get another job instead.

Posted by: Serenity at December 12, 2004 02:42 AM

JANE! How do you STOP this crazy thing?!

Posted by: Jeff at December 12, 2004 06:14 AM

You should go on the fishing rodeo, Ilyka. You are a master baiter. Or something like that.

Posted by: Rob at December 12, 2004 05:39 PM

So, this is how bloggers make the weekends entertaining....

Posted by: FishOrMan at December 13, 2004 05:25 AM

So, did Jeff win? I feel bad about not voting for him every day like I was planning to but...well...Ilyka said not to, y'know?*

* Included asterisk, just in case.

Posted by: Jim at December 13, 2004 04:02 PM

No Jim, we lost.* We estimate close to 300 votes not counted.* I can't decide whether to just go ahead and grow a beard and gain 50 pounds, or take it to court.*

Unfortunately, I can't afford 10,000 lawyers.* We conservatives just aren't as good at this part of the game.*


Posted by: Jeff at December 14, 2004 05:55 AM

Y'know, there was a really long post there, and I saw the words "joke" and "Meryl" and "erudite," but the rest of it was all blahblahblahblahblah.

Anyone have the Reader's Digest Condensed version of that?

Posted by: MerylYourish at December 16, 2004 08:56 PM