Monday, May 05, 2008

Right, Wrong, They Just Can't Stop It

Here are some pretty Spring flowers for you. It's the least I can do if you're going to be nice enough to try to read this post.

I forgot to tell you all how Stinky did at State. She got 19th in discus and 14th place in shot put. Her team got second place. Not too shabby, eh?

I think I'm going to talk a little more about texting tonight. It seems people have strong opinions about it. I know a guy who refuses to read or answer any texts he receives and I have a friend who thinks it's souless. Personally, I love it. I really don't like talking on the phone. As I've said a million times before, I take phone calls all day at work, plus I'm just not good on the phone. I don't know if it's because I can't see how the person is reacting, or what the problem is, but I babble too much and ask too many annoying questions because I'm afraid of any empty space over the lines. Anyway, texting is perfect for me. It's short and to the point. I can dash off a thought and send it through without really any commitment...Just the way I like it.

Texting is also perfect for me and the girls. I can text ask them what they want from the store, and they can text answer me without having to walk around the store with the phone affixed to my head and speaking too loudly in public as I'm wont to do.

Of course, I've had few interesting experiences with drunk texting and both my friend K. and I have stopped in mid-text before when we were trying to communicate to each other that way one messy evening. Flirty texting is perfect for me some nights when I'm at a bar and not all that attracted to any guys in my vicinity, but I still want attention. I have a friend I use just for that occasion. Like I've told my friend K., he's like a fuck buddy without the sex.

In honor of my post tonight. I'll put up a few text interactions between myself and others, just for those who don't text, so they can see how truly ridiculous and dorky it can be, and probably never ever want to start. Unless specified, each number stands by itself.

1.) Sittin' on the couch. Probly still be here in 15 in the same position.

2.) Goobie Goob! We're @ The Picador. Where's your screechy boyfriend?

3.) He's as predictable as a Brady Bunch episode.

4.) (sent text) Why do I have the Knight Rider theme song in my head? Please shoot me.

(response) BANG!!!

5.) (text I received and then forwarded to another friend to read) M. want to hang out with you and hold hands like eighth graders.

(friend's response) What? Is M. a caveman now?

6.) I love Olivia Newton John!

First Texter: Send me a pic of yr abs.

Second Texter: You send me a pic of yr abs first.

First Texter: Abs? What abs? How bout a pic of my elbows?

8.) (Another bizarre drunken exchange) First Texter: If you like watching guys taking showers, u should really meet my mom.

Second Texter: What if I just want 2 watch u take a shower? Do I still need to meet yr mom?

First Texter: As long as u r down with jesus.

Second Texter: Can't you tell by all the dirty texts I send u?

First Texter: Ya. Yr a regular christian camp counselor.


Mr Atrocity said...

I'm with you on the 'phone call vs. texting thing. You know where you are with a text, there isn't the illusion that you're having a proper conversation as there an be with 'phones.

If you can't see the person you're talking to, by which I mean be in the same room and actually interact, then I don't think it's a real conversation. You miss so much subtlety over the 'phone.

Remiman said...

I've texted. Twice I think, maybe three times. Everytime with my youngest son (30). He and is live in are texting constantly. Too much of an interruption for me. besides I'm too verbose for the terseness of texting, or maybe it's a sign of generation gap. Maybe the term generation gap signals a generation gap. So, I guess I won't call you on the phone and you won't text me right?
Give stinky a high five form me if you don't tink that's too dorky.

evil-e said...

Those exchanges are quite fascinating.

I am a text grunter. I send Renee one and two word texts most of the time. I really do not care for the text "language" either. All that LOL and TTYL crap annoys me. If I do send a longer than two words message, it's usually in a full sentence.

The funniest text I sent was to a friend of mine.......all I sent as a reply to his question of "where's B" is "probably taking a poop." Otherwise, mine are pretty boring. At least the ones I care to reveal.

NoRegrets said...

I think you should look up twittering. You seem to be the perfect candidate.

fringes said...

It's more of a new technology v. old school kinda thing. Innovators v. traditionalists. Touch screen v. key pad.

For me, it's the quickest way to send a quick note. Jordan won't pick up her phone, but she'll answer a text in less than three seconds. Adaptability to the situation v. resistance to change.

Poptart said...

I just suck at doing it fast, that's my barrier to the bandwagon. But I do it. Sometimes, though, if I'm walking the dog or doing dishes or something, phone calling is easier.

WE (weirdo ex) only ever was gushy about me in texts - that was interesting. Like using the words love, beautiful, etc. only worked for him in a text context, not in real life.

Tara said...

Congrats to Stinky and her team!

Sometimes I'd rather email than talk on the phone, because I can think of more things to say that way. I haven't texted someone in awhile, but I used to with that guy I vented on my blog about. He too was more expressive through text than he was in person or over the phone.

booda baby said...

Oh, I get it. It's like tweeter. Twitter. Whatever. Only you can't dump it in the trash, can you? Once sent, there it sits in cyber space. Wheeee.

Brando said...

I love texting much more than talking on the phone. It's a much better format for the zinger.

Recent sent one from me (I'm sure you can guess when this was): "I couldn't talk when I got out of the club. Stupid wasted."

Churlita said...

Mr Atrocity,

That's exactly what I think. Phone calls just don't work for me.


Texting has really helped me economize my thoughts. That's probably a very good thing for my friends.


I don't use too much text speak either. As you can see. I still text in sentences.


I can't twitter when I'm out and about, can I?


Definitely. My girls respond so much better to texts than phone calls.


I'm super slow at it still and when I'm drunk, I'm also super sloppy about. I honestly don't know how my text boyfriend even reads half the ones I send him.


When I'm at work, I still email a lot. It's just that when I get home, I can rarely get to the computer and if I'm out, texting works best too.

Booda Baby,

Most people have to delete their texts when they get them. I suppose they can save them if they want to, But after reading these, why would anyone want to?


Ummmmmm. Vegas, perhaps?

laura b. said...

I have never been much of a phone talker. I end up getting distracted if the convo goes on too long and not paying attention to what the other person is saying. Rude! Texting, quick and preferably silly, is more my speed.

Gyuss Baaltar said...

Twitter goes everywhere! That's why it's the debil!

And you really should save all your texts from a year and publish them as is in a book. It would sell like crazy.

Lynnster said...

Put it this way - if people didn't text, I'd have no job right now. I love texting.

RE Twitter - heck yeah, you can Twitter when you're out and about. Sign up an account, put 40404 in your phonebook, and you're on. Go to my Twitter page sometime from my blog and look in my "Favorites". There's about two dozen posts in there that were all texted in from my phone during a night of drunken Nashville blogger drinking, heh.

I Twitter on the Web mostly, but when I go on trips I Twitter by phone text all the time. Even do it in the aisle at Walgreen's sometime when crazed Baptists try to hand off tracts to me in the feminine products aisle.

The Lady Who Doesn't Lunch: said...

I haven't even turned my cell phone on since March, so you can probably guess my opinion of texting. Mostly annoying.

Although texting with the right person can be a beautiful and satisfying experience that can only bring two people closer together.

michelle said...

I love texting to but only to a point. Sometimes it's too hard and I would spend as much time and money on text messages as I would if I'd just picked up the phone.

On the other hand though it's an easy out when you want to excuse yourself from something. That way you don't have to hear the disappointment in their voice

Churlita said...


I'm like that with phone calls too.


If I saved mine and my friend's texts for a year and published them, I'd probably be tarred and feathered and ran out of town on a rail.


I'll check it out on your blog. Apparently, everyone is twittering and I'm a total asshole because I still don't know what it is.


Yeah. yeah. I know that texting between two people can probably only lead to more bullshit, but it's what I got right now.

I didn't have a cell phone until last Summer, so I know I can live without it...I just don't want to.


Oh, there are definitely times when it seems like too much and even I will pick up the phone and finally just talk to someone.

Remiman said...

Yeah, It don't take too much lookin' to find someone worse off than ourselves. Then again, sometimes we need a pissy day to put things in perspective.