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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:
So much more than fun with fonts, this is a daily dose of visual poetry set against a backdrop of historical trivia. (C'mon, how can you not love a site that notes Wolfman Jack's birthday?!)

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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Kii Arens

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Get Fuzzy Now!
If you're not getting fuzzy, you should be. All hail Darby Conley. Yes, he's part of the Syndicate. But he's cool.





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

 
Wednesday, January 20, 2010  
Falling dreams.

There’s a loaded metaphor for you.

I don’t often have the falling dream. Maybe once every couple of years. After HWNMNBS I had a little spate of them, two or three over the course of a few months.

When my dad died I had a humdinger of a falling dream. Every now and then I have a dream about him with other things falling around us. Blog for another day. Issues to resolve in therapy.

But, never in my life have I been plagued by the falling dream like I am now.

It’s torture.

First off, to have the falling dream you have to sleep. I don’t sleep much. Especially these days. So the few hours of shut-eye I get are precious. The last thing I need is to have those couple of hours disrupted by the very real sensation that I’m physically hurtling down an abyss at a high rate of speed with increasing velocity.

So real and so bad are these dreams that even after I wake up the falling sensation continues. It’s not unusual for me to find myself on my back with arms and legs in the air, arms flailing and grasping for something, anything, something that isn’t there. It takes several minutes for my heart rate to slow from “Holy crap, we’re all gonna die, PANIC!!!!” rate to something calm enough to not put me in the red zone on the heart rate chart. I’m sweating and gasping for air, trying to catch my breath – a couple times I’ve gone into a mild asthma attack. Even the mild, short falling dreams take a while to shake off enough that I can attempt to sleep again.

They’re that real, that severe. And unfortunately, very frequent.

The cause is obvious. I am falling, literally. My life is falling apart in a downward spiral at an ever increasing rate, picking up velocity every day. The falling dream is a natural manifestation of what’s going on in my life. It’s freshman psych 101.

They don’t talk about this in the unemployment articles and news snippets. HR doesn’t mention this when they lay you off and go over your exit process. The boss who made the decision to lay you off doesn’t think about you suffering with these night terrors. And no one offers ideas or tips to avoid the falling dream, or what to do when they plague the precious and vital few hours of sleep you can manage.

No one ever mentions this. And no one, especially, ever mentions how, when you’re single, waking up from the falling dream is when you feel the weight and full burden of loneliness and isolation. It’s 2 AM, you’ve just had the crap scared out of you, you woke up flailing and screaming and sweating and gasping for air…and you’re alone. In the dark. And you can’t call your friends or family to hear a reassuring friendly voice. You are utterly alone.

And that bitter sting sets off another sort of panic, the “I’m so utterly alone and falling with no one to catch me” panic.

Yeah. It sucks.

All the articles and news reports I read and see about unemployed people mention how the unemployed person has found an upside to their unemployment: Reconnecting with a spouse or partner on deeper levels, spending more time with their children, and, resoundingly, everyone says, “I could never manage, emotionally or financially, without the support of my spouse/partner.” Or, “It’s scary and we’re struggling, but we have each other and that’s all that really matters.” How nice for them. I don’t mean that sarcastically. I mean really, how nice for them. They rarely talk about single people in those unemployment articles.

Why? Because there’s no positive, warm fuzzy spin on the dismal, disturbing story.

We hear about the people who lose their jobs, lose their homes and, in a horrible moment of despair kill themselves and their children. Those stories are horrible. Just awful. And they get national attention.

But we don’t hear about are the suicides of single unemployed people. If you don’t take anyone out with you you’re just another poor slob who couldn’t hack it in the real world. Nothing newsworthy or tragic there.

They don’t tell you about this, either, when they lay you off. HR doesn’t mention that you’ll be feeling suicidal, they don't say, "and oh, by the way, since you’re single, you can expect deeper feelings of fear and isolation and despair because you don’t have anyone there for you, no immediate and constant support from someone who took a vow to love, honor and cherish you in good times and bad." And they don’t tell you that you’ll feel like even more of an unworthy loser when you’re unemployed so good luck trying to meet someone “special” when you’re unemployed. Your self esteem will be at an all time low, you’ll be tired from the sleepless nights, and you’ll have no money and no idea what to expect in the immediate future much less a year or five years from now. Not exactly a good time to try to meet that special someone. Because there are so many people unemployed the social stigma isn't as sharp as it used to be, people are more forgiving, more tolerant of the unemployed. Almost everyone knows someone, at least one person, who's lost their job in the past year or two. So the stigma isn't the real hurdle to dating when you're unemployed. The bigger issue is that your life is in flux. You're not stable. Who would want to risk getting involved with someone who may soon homeless or heading off to a new job somewhere else? They don't talk about dating in unemployment articles. Presumably because no one's foolish enough to attempt it.

And no one mentions the falling dream, or how being single has its own set of issues when you’re unemployed. So I’m mentioning it. It sucks. It really, really sucks to not have someone there to catch you, or at least a hand to hold in the night when you’re falling.

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