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New LJ friends
If I could give you one piece of advice right now, it would be to go and read the journals of recycling and thunderslug. If there were a course on how to make your LJ serve your own needs, but be downright fascinating to people who don't even know you as well, these two guys would teach it.

As is often the case with LJ, I have no idea how I first came across Jay's journal (recycling) (now posteverything) back when it was "tablenerd", but I have been drawn periodically back there. He's prolific, serious, troubled, hilarious, creative, profane... and habit forming. I finally tried to sneak onto his friends list so I wouldn't miss any more of his entries. I figured, since he's got over 100 people on his list, he won't notice me, for awhile at least. It only took hours till he was commenting in my journal and had added me back.

With thunderslug, I have a possible clue as to how I found his LJ. He is in the note_to_self community, as am I, and I'm betting I first checked out his LJ after seeing his "Before/After" icon showing some massive bodily improvement on some post there. Jim is intellectual, eclectic, academic, motivated, witty, patented (ref: "the world famous JimHug [tm]"), has multi-thread thoughts (whew!), and makes seemingly mundane things like his gym workouts and lectures on several types of corrosion seem, yes, interesting! Likewise, in my attempt at friends list stealth, I was busted in only a few hours.

I feel very fortunate to have found journals like these two to read, and now to share with you. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.


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thunderslug From: thunderslug Date: February 18th, 2004 07:46 am (UTC) (Link)
I done been pimped!!! whoo-h00!!!

And having me comment is, generally, a mixed blessing. You've been warned. :)
From: recycling Date: February 18th, 2004 12:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm touched by your recommendation and compliments, and even despite the number of friends I have, I try to echo sentiments like yours when and wherever I can. Fact is, I enjoy reading everyone.

And I just put two and two together here..you're the one who e-mailed me awhile back, asking about changing the look of the comments page, aren't you? It will be nice to go back and read your entries, when I can, and upon your recommendation I will do the same with thunderslug, also.

By the way, I'm going to work on the profanity. My new girlfriend really thinks I can go pro one day and has convinced me that I should try and hold myself to a higher standard.
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: February 18th, 2004 12:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes, I am "the one"

I have seen that you are attentive to all your readers, even those whose comments deserve to be ignored!

OKB is right, if you don't make your money writing, you will have cheated the world. I refer you to this entry which is a quote from my first pastor regarding profanity. Now, that is not to say I haven't used it, extensively. Even to the point that profanity became a verbal crutch. This is precisely why I don't curse at all now, well verbally anyway. It's a long story I won't bore you or myself with. Unfortunate thing about cussing is, it runs in your head forever. It's your journal, you cuss if you want to. Understand I'm not judging you, because I've been there. I just chose a different path with which I'm happier... and more user friendly!

From: recycling Date: February 18th, 2004 10:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes, I am "the one"

The older I get, the more I understand just what a big deal profanity really is. I was raised in it, been doing it since I could talk anyway, and nobody corrected me. I knew it wasn't acceptible in school, and other assorted situations, but that was about it. But lately it seems like, as you said kind of, a crutch, something to use when your skills as a writer (or speaker) fail you. And like the OKB said, I'm too competent to rely on it as I do.

Mind you, I still don't feel comfortable being told how good of a what I am, but if my girlfriend likes the change, that's all the reinforcement I really need. :)
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