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Words are cool.
The English language is complex, stupid, illogical, confounding, brilliant, beautiful, and fascinating.
Every now and then a word presents itself that typifies all the maddeningly gorgeousness of language. They're the words that give you pause for thought. "Who came up with that word? That's an interesting string of letters." Their beauty doesn't lie in their definition (although that can play a role). It's also not in their onomatopoeia, though that, too, can play a role. Their beauty is in the way their letters combine - the visual poetry of words - and/or the way they sound when spoken. We talk a lot about music we like to hear and art we like to see, so let's all hail the unsung heroes of communication, poetry and life: Words.
Here are some I like. (Not because of their definition.)

Quasar
Hyperbole
Amenable
Taciturn
Ennui
Prophetic
Tawdry
Hubris
Ethereal
Syzygy
Umbrageous
Twerp
Sluice
Omnipotent
Sanctuary
Malevolent
Maelstrom
Luddite
Subterfuge
Akimbo
Hoosegow
Dodecahedron
Visceral
Soupçon
Truculent
Vitriol
Mercurial
Kerfuffle
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Highlights from the Archives. Some favorite Trillian moments.

Void, Of Course: Eliminating Expectations and Emotions for a Better Way of Life

200i: iPodyssey

Macs Are from Venus, Windows is from Mars Can a relationship survive across platform barriers?
Jerking Off

Get A Job

Office Church Ladies: A Fieldguide

'Cause I'm a Blonde

True? Honestly? I think not.

A Good Day AND Funyuns?

The Easter Boy

Relationship in the Dumpster

Wedding Dress 4 Sale, Never Worn

Got Friends? Are You Sure? Take This Test

What About Class? Take This Test

A Long Time Ago, in a Galaxy Far Far Away, There Was a Really Bad Movie

May Your Alchemical Process be Complete. Rob Roy Recipe

Good Thing She's Not in a Good Mood Very Often (We Knew it Wouldn't Last)

What Do I Have to Do to Put You in this Car Today?

Of Mice and Me (Killer Cat Strikes in Local Woman's Apartment)

Trillian: The Musical (The Holiday Special)

LA Woman (I Love (Hate) LA)

It is my Cultureth
...and it would suit-eth me kindly to speak-eth in such mannered tongue

Slanglish

It's a Little Bit Me, It's a Little Bit You
Blogging a Legacy for Future Generations


Parents Visiting? Use Trillian's Mantra!

Ghosts of Christmas Past: Mod Hair Ken

Caught Blogging by Mom, Boss or Other

2003 Holiday Sho-Lo/Mullet Awards

Crullers, The Beer Store and Other Saintly Places

Come on Out of that Doghouse! It's a Sunshine Day!

"...I had no idea our CEO is actually Paula Abdul in disguise."

Lap Dance of the Cripple

Of Muppets and American Idols
"I said happier place, not crappier place!"

Finally Off Crutches, Trillian is Emancipated

Payless? Trillian? Shoe Confessions

Reality Wednesday: Extremely Local Pub

Reality Wednesday: Backstage Staging Zone (The Sweater Blog)

The Night Secret Agent Man Shot My Dad

To Dream the Impossible Dream: The Office Karaoke Party

Trillian Flies Economy Class (Prisoner, Cell Block H)

Trillian Visits the Village of the Damned, Takes Drugs, Becomes Delusional and Blogs Her Brains Out

Trillian's Parents are Powerless

Striptease for Spiders: A PETA Charity Event (People for the Ethical Treatment of Arachnids)

What's Up with Trillian and the Richard Branson Worship?

"Screw the French and their politics, give me their cheese!"


















 
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Trillian's Guide to the Galaxy gives 5 stars to these places in the Universe:
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CellStories

Alliance for the Great Lakes


Hot, so cool, so cool we're hot.

Ig Nobel Awards

And you think YOU have the worst bridesmaid dress?

Coolest Jewelry in the Universe here (trust Trillian, she knows)

Red Tango

If your boss is an idiot, click here.

Evil Cat Full of Loathing.

Wildlife Works

Detroit Cobras


The Beachwood Reporter is better than not all, but most sex.



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Who or what is HWNMNBS: (He Whose Name Must Not Be Spoken) Trillian's ex-fiancé. "Issues? What issues?"







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Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Smart Girls
(A Trillian de-composition, to the tune of Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys)

Mama don’t let your babies grow up to be smart girls
Don’t let them do puzzles and read lots of books
Make ‘em be strippers and dancers and such
Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be smart girls
They’ll never find men and they’re always alone
Even though men claim they want brains

Smart girls ain’t easy to love and they’re above playing games
And they’d rather read a book than subvert themselves
Kafka, Beethoven and foreign movies
And each night alone with her cat
And they won’t understand her and she won’t die young
She’ll probably just wither away

Mama don’t let your babies grow up to be smart girls
Don’t let them do puzzles and read lots of books
Make ‘em be strippers and dancers and such
Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be smart girls
They’ll never find men and they’re always alone
Even though men claim they want brains

A smart girl loves creaky old libraries and lively debates
Exploring the world and art and witty reparteé
Men who don’t know her won’t like her and those who do
Sometimes won’t know how to take her
She’s rarely wrong but in desperation will play dumb
Because men hate that she’s always right

Mama don’t let your babies grow up to be smart girls
Don’t let them do puzzles and read lots of books
Make ‘em be strippers and dancers and such
Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be smart girls
They’ll never find men and they’re always alone
Even though men claim they want brains





























Life(?) of Trillian
Single/Zero

 
Friday, January 13, 2006  
You know the whole, “time I can never regain” thing - time unnecessarily wasted? Like watching a “reality” show or sit com? An hour of life which is forever lost...

I try to be somewhat careful about how I spend my time. I waste it when I want to waste it and I am aware I am wasting it. Sometimes I intentionally waste time. I’m pretty good at wasting time, in fact. Which is why I try to be careful, make wise choices in the way in which I waste time.

I don’t waste time watching much television. I have to watch some for professional reasons, but the rest of it is pure wasted time. Oh sure, I watch some educational television. One could argue me spending an hour watching the effects of extreme cold on humans in Denali is a waste of time because chances are very slim that I will in fact ever need to know how to survive in Denali. And what with global warming and everything I should be more concerned about surviving in extreme heat. So yeah. Television. A huge time waster. Seldom thought provoking or inspiring, often stupifyingly brain numbing.

Reading. Well. Yeah. I read a lot. I read because I’m curious or interested or confused or just because I like words or words formed into a good ripping yarn. You know me and words. It’s a tortured love affair. They throw themselves at me. I can’t resist them. It’s a problem. And possibly a symptom of brain damage.

I’m not obsessed yet I seek them and they taunt me. So, maybe I am obsessed. Unconsciously unintentionally obsessed. Hmm. Maybe that makes me plagued by them. That sounds better than being obsessed with them because it implies that I am a victim which, when it comes to words, well, yeah. I am mercilessly victimized by words. So for me reading isn’t so much a waste of time as a form of torture. Wait. That’s not right. See what I mean about words? Infinitely complex and fascinating.

I write them because I have to get them out of my head. I only post a small amount of the words I write. This is a waste of time, sort of, except if I don’t write them, expunge them from my head, I have problems. I can’t think or speak properly if they’re in there unexpunged. So for me, not so much a waste of time as a necessary form of mental health therapy. I don't put these words here to gain popularity, noteriety, money or really, anything. I have no real reason for it. I write them, lots of 'em, which I don't put here. I often think I'll stop putting words here. When I do people tell me they miss them. I don't understand why. But people tell me they miss them so I sometimes I put some of my words here.

I have no idea why you’re reading these words.

Wasting time?

Yep. You are. Right now, this second, you are wasting time. Don’t blame me. I’m not making you read these words. I like some of you a lot, but honestly, I have no idea why you would read these words. Sometimes I have words which are hopeful hints or suggestions, particularly on the subject of dating. But either you’re not taking the advice or men who need the advice aren’t reading because boy oh boy things are bleak on the man front.

Speaking of wasting time.

Time out: Guys, really, your online dating site screen names? Seriously guys, please, read these words. Hear my plea. A rude or offensive screen name is not a good or cool way to make a first impression. Nothing will make me delete email faster than a sexual, rude or ego driven screen name. Cutesy wootsy names generally ring alarm bells, too. Pooksie-pie this means you. Unless the rest of your profile checks out and your screen name is obviously ironic, please just stick with something innocuous. Stay away from adding Mr in front of a nick name, too. A lot of you do that. Apparently it’s a trend. But I, and most other women, do not want to meet much less date a guy who openly calls himself MrOneNighter. I mean, thanks for the warning, but you say you’re looking for a long term relationship or marriage. Um, do you see why we’re confused about you? MrOneNighter wants a long term relationship or marriage. I already have enough conflict in my life. Delete. What’s in a name? A lot. I innocently open my email in box and every day I assaulted with rude names in my from box. They aren’t caught in the spam filter because the domain is from the online dating site which I have on my “okay” list. All I’m doing is opening my in box and I’m insulted before I even open any email. Yes. It’s that bad. I have no idea why a man would think any woman would want to be sexually insulted by his screen name, why he’d want to make that first impression, but, a lot of them do this. Which leads me to believe there are women out there who are okay with this. None of the women I know are okay with this. But if these offensive jerks weren’t getting responses, they’d change their names.

See what I mean about wasting time?

Maybe people who only want a one night roll in the sack or nothing more than a sexual relationship online dating sites offer a trove of possibilities. Those of us who want something other than sex have to wade through all those people to get to the deeper end of the dating pool. Nothing new there, that’s been an issue since the dawn of dating. Sorting out intentions and all that. But I had high hopes that online dating would help eliminate having to wade through the shallow end and allow me to safely dive right into the deep end. I was wrong.

Oh sure, it’s easy to delete these guys without even reading their email or looking at their profiles, but considering that I have received 15 - 24 email winks, smiles or letters a day from men with sexually explicit screen names for the past week (it’s become so frequent that I kept count for seven days), it becomes a time waster. And speaking of wasting time, why are they contacting me? Nowhere on my profile do I mention anything about sex. I state that I am looking for a long term relationship or marriage. Period. So why are these guys bothering me? Why are they wasting their time and mine? Well. Ego, I assume. Selfishness. Ignorance.

So yeah. Words. Reading. Wasting time. I honestly hoped this blog would do some good, help those in need of help with online dating. But obviously I’ve failed. So it’s back to being about my mental health therapy and your wasting time.

Wasting time. You know. Like going on job interviews and not getting the job. No, I didn’t want that stupid job, really, not really, but still. Two interviews, phone calls, spending time figuring a new budget so I could afford to take a cut in pay...for a job I didn’t get. That’s life. And no, it wasn’t the right job for me and I would have been miserable there and it would have been nothing more than a different miserable job from my current miserable job. But still. What a waste of time. And no. I didn’t learn anything from the experience so be quiet about all the trite platitudes. I put real time and effort into that interview process and regardless of whether or not it was the right job for me I was rejected. They didn’t want me. They found someone better. Which in this case probably meant worse, or at least less experienced.

And no. It’s not good to be too good. Too experienced. Too nice. Too smart. Too understanding. I don’t think a person can be too much of those qualities. We’re supposed to be striving for experience, we’re supposed to be nice, we’re supposed to learn all we can because that all leads to understanding which is supposed to be the point to at least some of life. Wisdom and all that. Too nice? Too smart? Too experienced? Come on, that doesn’t make sense. It’s oxymoronic. Too inexperienced. Too mean. Too stupid. Too unsympathetic. That’s bad, right? So how can the opposite be bad? The opposite should be good. But apparently it’s not. I’ve had a lifetime of rejection because I’m too nice, too smart, too understanding, too experienced. I don’t think I’m too much of any of those things, but I keep hearing it in the form of negative rejection (as if there’s positive rejection, another term I’m taking to task for being overused, oxymoronic and stupid)

Wasting time.

Right. I control my life. I’m responsible for myself. I make decisions and choices. I roll with the outcome. If I choose to waste time that’s my choice and I’m responsible for the repercussions.

And then sometimes there are situations beyond my control which waste my time.

The usual suspects are coworkers.

I have to be semi-polite to these people because I work with them every day and I need my job. (see above, rejection) Being rude or inconsiderate won’t aid in my keeping my job. And I am too nice and too understanding to be rude anyway.

So when a coworker bent my ear with complaints about her unit manager, I listened. Offered an understanding and sympathetic, “gee, that’s too bad, sorry you’re having so much difficulty.”

This was taken as an invite to throw out a slew of racially slanderous accusations against some of our coworkers.

Extremely vicious remarks.

I have zero tolerance for that sort of thinking.

Which is what I told my coworker.

Who then accused me of being “just like the rest of the upper crust around here who pander to everyone except us poor white people as if you’re ashamed of being white yourself.”

Um. Yeah. Slowly back away from the bigoted neanderthal before it turns violent....

I was more than a little stunned by this outburst.

I would have walked away but the coworker was in my office.

I asked them to leave.

They went sputtering out of my office.

Okay. They’ve got a problem. And they tried to make it my problem. And wasted a lot of my time. And now I’m wasting yours in relaying the incident. Well. Actually. That’s not true. You’re wasting your time by reading about it. I have no power over what you read or how you spend your time.

Nothing will get solved or resolved. My coworker isn’t going to change. No one’s walking away enlightened or better or worse.

But my time was wasted with contemptible words. Because I was too nice to my coworker with their initial complaints about work? No. Because they were too stupid and too mean and too unsympathetic to realize their bigot opinions are unfounded and completely inappropriate for work or the situation.

And a huge waste of time. Time I can never reclaim. It’s gone forever. And completely wasted. I willingly waste enough time. I don’t need anyone else wasting more of my time on my behalf.

Men, employers, coworkers...it comes down to a lack of respect.

That trek to Denali is sounding better all the time.

Maybe it’s not a waste of time for me to learn about human survival in extreme cold conditions. No one will waste my time for me there and the male:female ratio is stacked strongly in my favor

3:00 PM

 
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