resonant: Brian from The Breakfast Club: Demented and sad, but social (Default)
Round about the middle of January I got a text from the kidlet that said, "I may or may not be in the process of reading through ur entire Kidlet tag." Followed quickly by "I s2g all ur friends fangirl me," which is true.

So I promised to post some more overheards (even though almost none of them are by her this time), and to let you all know that she's foxfire99 on Tumblr and eager to have more followers if you're so inclined. If you have a personal age policy, she's 16. Please don't attempt to involve her in any Nigerian banking scams.

Meanwhile, mostly work-related overheards this time:

"The client told me he'd have the form today. I constantly remind my daughter not to believe anything a man tells her.”

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resonant: otter floating on its back, eating a clam. Text: KEEP CLAM (keep clam)
Wow, one of these has a reference to Thanksgiving in it! I had no idea it had been so long since I did one of these. The world continues to be quotable, though.

Kidlet: "I just said something genius, didn't I? It's hard to tell sometimes."

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Quotes

Apr. 9th, 2014 10:18 pm
resonant: Pogo says: Sometimes I don't follow you and so far it allus has paid off. (I don't follow you)
One of my co-workers is deaf in one ear. "We have a family saying," he told me: "If you say, 'Do you want some of this?' then I can hear you, but if you say, 'Give me some of that,' then I can't."

The kidlet and I got to talking about high school Latin, as one does, and I dug out my graduation memory book because I remembered I had written down some memories and quotes from Latin class. I was hoping I had recorded some of the intentionally bad translations that my hapless friends made instead of actually learning Latin ("Soldiers in the military never return your ducks"), but I hadn't. I had, though, recorded, without context, a footnote to something or other:


1 With a strange and fierce viper-like monster.


I had forgotten that I received the Class Mars Award for Most Belligerent Student, but there it is, with signatures from the instructor, the president of the Latin Club, the Dictator of Rome, and Ronald Reagan.
resonant: Brian from The Breakfast Club: Demented and sad, but social (Default)
Cleaned out half the garage today, including removing twelve 40-pound bags of landscaping rock left over from a project that happened fifteen years ago. It's like homeowners' amnesia. You haven't forgotten that this stuff is there, exactly; you've just forgotten that it has anything to do with you.

Also mowed the lawn. I really don't think that any week ought to have both snow flurries and lawn-mowing in it.

Here's the latest set of overheards.

"I put it in some perfectly sensible place. Drat. Foiled again by my past self overestimating my present self's intelligence." -- kidlet

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And in apology for never posting any fannish content ever, this is what I'm working on now:

Item. There's nothing strange in a good-looking fellow having a lot of sex with a lot of different women, none of whom he introduces to his flatmate.

Note: For christ's sake, this is Sherlock Holmes we're talking about.
resonant: Brian from The Breakfast Club: Demented and sad, but social (Overheard)
At Thanksgiving dinner: "It reflects and reinforces."
"Like duct tape!"

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Overheard

Dec. 26th, 2011 09:19 pm
resonant: Brian from The Breakfast Club: Demented and sad, but social (Little Steve)
I am not pleased. I've lost a notebook that had about a third of my current wip in it, along with sundry assorted other things that I don't even remember what they are. I very much fear that this means I will have to clean dusty places.

Anyhow. Here, have some kidlet-heavy overheards.

Kidlet: "I thought you were going to let me have the house to myself today! Put your shoes on and leave! Shoo! Shoo and be shod!"

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resonant: Brian from The Breakfast Club: Demented and sad, but social (Overheard)
Today I left work a little late. On the way out, I was waylaid by the Head Monkey (who wanted to tell me stuff I didn't care about regarding the air conditioner) and the Hilarious Bastard (who wanted to tell me stuff I didn't care about regarding Sunday's music).

When I finally got free of them and headed for my car, I saw a bill lying in the parking lot. I picked it up. It was a twenty.

I thought: Hm. Probably this belongs to one of those two, but if I take it back and ask them, I'll get waylaid for another long conversation. But I really couldn't bring myself to put it in my pocket and go. So -- I dropped it back where I found it.

Guess time really is money.

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Overheards, mostly kidlet-related this time:

Me: Oh, listen, it's Madonna. The Lady Gaga of my generation.
Kidlet: That's Madonna?
Long pause to listen.
Me: Her voice was never the main thing about her.
Kidlet: I guess not.

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resonant: Brian from The Breakfast Club: Demented and sad, but social (Default)
Home again; Mom's home and recovering well; I did not bite anyone in the airport, but it was a near thing.

Randomness from the journey:

- I took the 5:30 a.m. flight out, which I don't think I would do again, though it certainly got me to my destination plenty early. When I got up in the dark, I discovered that the kidlet had written a line from an Oysterband traveling song and taped it to the back door.

- There was a pretty young woman in the Chicago airport who was wearing a red flower behind her ear, a short skirt with an equestrian print, a crinoline, and flats with silver buckles. She looked fantastic.

- I detest rolling carry-ons. They slow everything down -- when you want to enter or leave a plane, you have to wait for people to cram them into the overhead bin; when you want to run through the airport (because 48 minutes between flights is not long enough in an airport as big as O'Hare), you can't get around them because they take up so much space. I packed six days' worth of stuff in one shoulder bag. Of course, that may be the reason why I'm so sick of these three T-shirts I could scream.

- I had forgotten that folks down home don't press buttons, they mash them. It made me giggle every time.

- We went to a medical-supply place to get Mom a leg lifter. I walked up to the cashier and said, "We're looking --" and she shouted, "No!" and then laughed and said, "Sorry, sorry, just being silly. I was just feeling negative for a moment." And I shook my head and went on, but now I wish I'd asked her: You work at a medical-supply place. Were you thinking most of your customers are looking for more unpleasant surprises in their day?!

- I felt the East Coast earthquake, but I was so sleep-deprived that all I could think was, "Am I dizzy? am I hallucinating?"
resonant: Brian from The Breakfast Club: Demented and sad, but social (Default)
At the grocery:
PA system: "Attention, Shoppers: Catfish fingers, catfish fingers! Where, oh, where might I find catfish fingers?"
Cashier: "Oh, dear God in heaven."

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Overheard

Sep. 26th, 2010 08:51 pm
resonant: Brian from The Breakfast Club: Demented and sad, but social (Overheard)
I have a bad habit of making a new post without answering most of the comments on the previous post. Also of making a new post that doesn't have any smut in it. Sorry.

"I don't think it was a bad movie, exactly. It's trying to be nonlinear."
"Life is nonlinear. That's why we like to go to the movies every now and then."

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resonant: Brian from The Breakfast Club: Demented and sad, but social (Snape overheard)
Tonight I kept seeing people go up to the salad bar and fill small plates entirely with cheese and bacon bits. I couldn't figure out why until the guy at the next table did this -- then brought back the plate and dumped all the cheese and bacon into his baked potato.

Also, there was a veritable Raymond Carver short story happening at the next table.

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resonant: Brian from The Breakfast Club: Demented and sad, but social (Overheard)
First, here's a song that really ought to have a slash story written about it -- preferably by someone who, unlike me, actually knows something about Ireland and England:

Elvis Costello and the Chieftains, Any King's Shilling.


You're a fine one, oh yes you are.
You're a fine one, just like me.
And we're friends, now, wouldn't you say?
We've been friends, now, haven't we?
Stay at home tonight if you know what's good for you.
I can't say more. It would be telling.
But if you don't, what will become of you
Just isn't worth any king's shilling.
Please don't put your silly head
In that British soldier's hat ...


Plus some collected overheards and overseens:

I used to be with it. Then they changed what it was. Now what I'm with isn't it and what's it seems scary and weird. -- commenter on Consumerist.com ([personal profile] aynatonal points out that this is a Simpsons quote)

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resonant: Brian from The Breakfast Club: Demented and sad, but social (Default)
I have the week between Christmas and New Year's off, but only if I can get that week's work done now. Which means I spent today working on the January newsletter and the Jan. 3 bulletin. Which means that when I came home, it was actually an hour or so before I remembered that, no, Christmas hasn't already happened!

So here's several months' worth of eavesdropping:

Me: "It's raining."
Kidlet: "I know. I was watching the sidewalk dalmatian."

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resonant: Brian from The Breakfast Club: Demented and sad, but social (Overheard)
Mostly just because I'm lonesome and want some company.

The White Sheep: She totally brought me into her voodoo crazy-lady world!

The White Sheep: This place is like a soap opera. The Old and the Senseless.

Me: It's a cruel world.
Kidlet: Which one?


Things you never expect to hear come out of your mouth: "Of course not. No one means for Harry Potter to wind up in the toilet."

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Overheard

Jan. 6th, 2009 10:00 pm
resonant: Brian from The Breakfast Club: Demented and sad, but social (Overheard)
Pastor Fixit: "Here's a Lent calendar for you."
The White Sheep: "Is it going to be depressing?"
Pastor Fixit: "Yeah. He still dies in the end."

Kidlet, looking at mirror on floor: "Oh, look! A door into another dimension!"

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Guess I should introduce the White Sheep next. She's the Christian Education director: A nice young woman who's apparently from a very naughty family. Her conversation is peppered with phrases like "my mother's fifth husband ..." and "the last time I talked to my sister when she was sober ..."
resonant: Brian from The Breakfast Club: Demented and sad, but social (Default)
Friend to kidlet: "I've seen your closet. It's a pit of death."

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Overheards

Sep. 10th, 2008 09:50 am
resonant: Brian from The Breakfast Club: Demented and sad, but social (Default)
No, I actually haven't been on vacation the entire time since the last time I posted. Not physically, anyway; mentally is another question. But, here: reward me for eavesdropping.

Daughter: "Dad, what would you want in a guy for me to marry?"
Father: "Well, what would you want?"
Daughter: "He has to be a Christian."
Father: "And it would probably help if he were totally deaf."

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resonant: Brian from The Breakfast Club: Demented and sad, but social (Default)
Tomorrow morning it's off to North Carolina to celebrate my parents' 50th wedding anniversary! (Sometimes the thing that amazes me the most is that my mother was married in August, in the South, before air-conditioning, in a long-sleeved satin dress. After that ordeal, the marriage itself must be a breeze.)

I'll be back in a couple of weeks, and I'll probably be bringing fiction (I have a Hancock story almost ready for beta, and other things percolating happily in my brain), and meanwhile I leave you with the fruits of a couple of weeks of eavesdropping:

"I figured out what I want to do in life."
"What?"
"Retire."

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resonant: Brian from The Breakfast Club: Demented and sad, but social (Default)
1. Who wants to recommend me a great vegetarian cookbook?

2. Overheard and overseen:

Me: "Did you ever think that maybe those concrete type people might be better at sex than we are? Like, we're better at thinking of the scenarios, but they're better at the act itself?"
Spouse: "Maybe. But their relentless focus on the here-and-now will become a problem when the here-and-now becomes the fat-and-bald."

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resonant: Brian from The Breakfast Club: Demented and sad, but social (Overheard)
So today I buried a headless baby rabbit that had somehow shown up on my lawn. Possibly this is the suburban Mafia at work. Also, the cat threw up on the catechism. I don't even know why we still have a catechism. There are no Catholics left in this house unless one of the cats has converted.

So here are some of the fruits of my eavesdropping.

At the coffee shop: "Stanford is where money swims upstream to spawn."

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