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It's interesting, I have days when I really resent the whole LJ thing. Days when no one seems to want to have an actual conversation and it doesn't seem worth the effort. Then there are days when posts bring about all sorts of warmths and reflections and it all seems so totally wonderful and worth the fun. Then there are occasionally really odd comments posted, from India, or America, from people who seem to be searching topics that come up in old journal posts of mine and they leave comments on all nature of things. That's happened about five times in the last few months. I do a run on the ISP numbers, and they're from all over the place. So that's kind of odd and interesting. Then I have friends whose LJs I just can't leave a comment on, which is frustrating, but I just can't bring myself to go there because of their friends, and I seem to have a few friends here on my own LJ who aren't really my friends at all! I don't know what to do with them ;) I guess they wouldn't mind being dropped off the list, they don't read my LJ, I suspect, anyway! Then there was the absolute excitement my classes and I had when I was contacted here by Sonia from The Freedom Writers. That was a real buzz. And there is actually a buzz whenever someone comments, really, it's kind of like reaching out and touching someone who cares, if that doesn't sound too cheesy. Nah, it does sound cheesy. I guess it's just humans mostly crave a little contact, a little love, a little care. I think I need my LJ though, whether anyone commented or not, because it's like my time, at the end of my day, when I get a minute or five to reflect on the day, after the chaos of school and family life is over, as everyone falls asleep and I'm left here with the gentle swish swish of the washing machine as it gets a shirt ready for Christy in the morning... I need that time badly to just pause and reflect and go over the day, remember its blessings, revisit its hurts and try to get over them, relax after the stresses, repair the damage to self if there was any, recall the highs and maybe the lows, and get ready for a more peaceful sleep for having unburdened here, where the family need never know what goes through my head! And I guess comments just make it all so much richer. I love to share!!

And I love my flist's posts, I must say. I really do.

During the ads on Big Love (omg it's ON again!!!!!! I loooooooooove it still) I was testing Christy tonight on history for her exam tomorrow. Christy is very intelligent but not really an academic type and history was not her subject of choice. So we are forgiving about her history, although she has an excellence in history research already ...Anyway, I thought I would throw in a few questions not on her revision sheet...
Me: When was the Proclamation of Emancipation?
Christy: 1863 (that one was on the sheet)
Me: When was Abraham Lincoln president?
Christy pauses.... (and in a hopeful tone): Then?

brief break while I cope with that...

Me: When was the American civil war then?
Christy: I have no idea.
Me: 1861-65
Christy ... pause...(frowns): What's that got to do with Black Civil Rights?
Me (slightly hysterical): That's what it was all about.
Christy (reddening slightly): I thought it had something to do with... turkeys.
Me (completely hysterical): Turkeys? What the hell? That was Thanksgiving.
Christy: Well, how should I know?

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blue_leaf
Nov. 20th, 2007 01:31 pm (UTC)
Hahaha I am so glad that President Linclon did not free the turkeys. I am looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner with my family :0) Thank you for sharing that and giving me a laugh.
God Bless, John
natesmountain
Nov. 21st, 2007 09:13 am (UTC)
Hee! We don't have Thanksgiving here. But I do wish you a happy one with your family.
blue_leaf
Nov. 21st, 2007 01:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you and God Bless you and your family :0)
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natesmountain
Nov. 21st, 2007 09:15 am (UTC)
-Bwaaah! Oh, Christy's answer about turkeys is wonderful.
Hee! Yeah. I hadn't realised that they only covered that older period of Civil Rights in their class as background to what happened in the 1960s.
moth2fic
Nov. 20th, 2007 03:20 pm (UTC)
Hee! I do LJ in the morning and I'm not allowed breakfast till I've looked through my f'list, though I save long posts and pics and stuff till later. Today is different because Kat came this morning and then Colin was online so I couldn't be. So it's mid-afternoon and it feels strange to be commenting to you now!

I love Christy's grasp of history. Does NZ have the local equivalent of '1066 and all that'? If not, you could keep questioning her, and write it using the answers....

I have to say I have enough to do keeping up with my friends without looking at anyone's old posts - unless I find a fic somewhere and comment late, of course. How strange that you get odd comments!
natesmountain
Nov. 21st, 2007 09:29 am (UTC)
-Hee! I do LJ in the morning and I'm not allowed breakfast till I've looked through my f'list
I would love to read LJ in the morning but then we'd never get to school. I have this routine where after Steve and Christy have gone, I help the boys get their breakfast, make my breakfast, then I sit at the table to eat and grab ten minutes reading (that's so I start the day vaguely sane) while the boys watch the end of SpongeBob Squarepants. Then they are supposed to change channels, so Zac and Cody come on at about 7.27, and after eight to ten minutes of that we spring into action. Trouble was, Finn didn't change channels. Asher got in the shower, and I was reading Shogun, waiting in a detached kind of way for the 'real life' voices of Zac and Cody as opposed to cartoons, and I could still hear cartoons... then I looked at my watch - 7.45!!! OMG!!!!! We had to really race to be dressed, lunches made, bags packed, pets fed, food put away and out the door by 8.00!

-Does NZ have the local equivalent of '1066 and all that'?
What is that? And if I wrote a history book based on her answers.... OMG! It'd be hilarious. I asked her yesterday afternoon who she remembered for the Origins of WWII and she said, "I can remember one person." "Who?" "Hitler."

-How strange that you get odd comments!
Yeah, it's really odd and I thought it was some sort of joke at first, someone taking the Mickey. But the ISPs are all different and located all over the show. And I know you can fudge that but most people don't have the technology at home. And they were mostly kind comments from slightly fanatical people, I suspect *g*
moth2fic
Nov. 21st, 2007 11:23 am (UTC)
This morning we had to get up early and take my car to the garage because it is ill so I am making a late start!

1066 and all that is a history/humour book by Sellars and Yeatman, originally written in about the 1930s and recently republished. It's hilarious but is all English history. Christy could probably write the sequel! I have an original copy somewhere - buried, I suspect!

Still bemused about your strange comments!! Is it still happening since you changed your user name?
natesmountain
Nov. 22nd, 2007 07:44 am (UTC)
-Still bemused about your strange comments!! Is it still happening since you changed your user name?
I actually got a weird one today!!! - a Russian one from, according to my IP search, Moscow.
http://natesmountain.livejournal.com/63958.html
I think this one is a mole rather than a genuine posting of a comment. Others have been appreciative comments about topics of interest.
moth2fic
Nov. 22nd, 2007 08:37 am (UTC)
That really is weird! When I had my blogger/post hijacking problem, Viv said she sometimes got stuff like that and assumed it was a glitch in LJ that allowed posts to go astray. I've never had it happen. I've had 'robot' attempts to friend me and of course I had the 'hijack' - but no strange comments!
natesmountain
Nov. 22nd, 2007 10:41 am (UTC)
Ooh, a mothy icon!
-Viv said she sometimes got stuff like that
I miss Viv.

That comment was definitely some sort of glitch since it's so incomprehensible. The more literate ones were from Mumbai or Calcutta, or I dunno, North Carolina or somewhere. And Oregon. I'm not really worried, they're all so far back in time. But it is always a surprise when one comes in my inbox for a long-gone post!

(Anonymous)
Nov. 22nd, 2007 10:49 am (UTC)
That's one of the new icons I made from your birthday card to me. Thank you!! (And watch out for the others, or go to my icons on my profile and have look! You are responsible for quite a few!
greenpizzazz6
Nov. 22nd, 2007 11:48 pm (UTC)
I have the same mixed feelings about lj. But I still come back!

I love the history conversations! Now that's entertainment!
natesmountain
Nov. 23rd, 2007 09:36 am (UTC)
I'm very glad you come back to LJ again and again. I miss you as well as Viv.
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