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Yes, this post is bi-polar. I just deleted about four paragraphs of a tirade. You're welcome. This is the nicer version, lol. Subject: people who feel like - I dunno - their brains will melt and polar bears will die if they don't IMMEDIATELY CORRECT ME on my word use (which, hello regions use different words for similar things, that's what makes language FUN) or tell me how my opinion on something isn't their opinion, insinuating that mine is wrong. And maybe you don't think this applies to you, who knows. That's probably the very person this does apply to, lol. (Note: I get many of these EVERY WEEK. It wears me down, folks.)

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE "RIGHT" ON THE INTERNET. Let me clarify. If someone posts something that you disagree with, you do NOT have to tell them they are wrong. No, you don't. NO. YOU DON'T. You want to do that, but you do not need to do that. Now, I'm not talking about someone saying [specific race] is inferior to [other race] or something serious like that. I'm talking about "I like [insert personal like such as a food, type of book or show, perhaps a public figure]" and you feel it is SO IMPORTANT to tell them that they shouldn't, that it's wrong that they do, why they are incorrect, or how you hate that very thing, etc. [ETA] How about a[n] hilarious pictorial summation? Hahaha.

Here's the thing: I really don't care if you hate the bread I'm making. Know why? Because you're not in my house eating it. Lucky you, since you hate that, right? And I really don't care if you are grossed out by that character that I just wrote fourteen paragraphs about my love for them. Know why? Because I love that character and you're not me, yay, lucky you! You know what you should do in any of these situations? SCROLL PAST. Please. If you feel the need to correct me, to correct my opinion, argue my opinion on something so ridiculous, I'm just going to make fun of you from this point on, okay?

It's pedantic, petty, and redonk. Quit making me not like this space, this is the only space I have that is mine all mine because I'm a very busy woman with three kids and a house to run, and this place is my Special Place, okay? Just... sometimes you need to shut up and scroll. (And remember, this isn't a public board - it's MY JOURNAL. You know, like how I don't go to yours and correct you on stupid things or tell you how I think your not loving the Catholic Church - or whatever - is wrong because I feel differently? It's like that.)

Think of it like this: when you just have to get things off your chest (in my space) you've just put it on my chest, and I'm sporting 32DDs, I don't need anything else on it, mm'kay? *sweet smile* (And teasing is one thing - I like that. But, like pornography, you know it when you see it? You're not always trying to tease and play with me, you're just wanting to be "right.")

Now that that's out of the way... AWESOME FUN TIMES WITH COIN PROJECT AND THE AWESOME PEOPLE THAT MADE IT HAPPEN, YAY GOODNESS THAT CAN COME FROM THIS SPACE!! Ahahaha. Fortunately the good here MASSIVELY outweighs the bad, huzzah! There are 6 pics under the cut, for those that need that sort of info before clicking. :)

A few weeks ago I realized that if I had been more on the ball, I could have arranged for a coin to go up on that last space shuttle or tried to contact a scientist in Antarctica to see about sending them a coin and getting it sent back so we could have all places that Mankind has been represented in the coin project. aimeelicious mentioned that 30toseoul happens to be a scientist at the South Pole, and that the mail was about to shut down for winter. And I should maybe see what she thought about the whole thing.

Now, I don't know her, and here I am emailing her out of the blue - through LJ - and asking her to do this random stranger a kindness. Which... that's a lot. Side note: I got an LJ email from someone I know nothing about, have never seen before, and they wanted me to expound on all the reasons pro and con as to why they should move to Texas. Uh... Can't you google that? So I'm actually a jerk, is what I'm saying. But you know who isn't? 30toseoul, because she HAPPILY played along with the coin game. And I am very happy that she is the furthest thing from a jerk! Hee.

Not only did she send us a coin that not everyone has access to (only the people that work there at that outpost get one) but she also wrote a letter to my son! Those of you who took the time to do that as well? You are just wonderful. What a lovely bit of icing on an already fabulous cake.

My kid had track tryouts after school, so when I went to pick him up, I brought the letter (with a return address of THE SOUTH POLE, how cool is that?!) and my camera. :) So my dude is worn out, cold and hungry, just wanting to get home to some hot cocoa.

"Ugh, mom, why are we sitting in the parking lot?"




"Because this came in the mail for you." *a few minutes of absorbing the return mailing address* "WHA- WHA!? OH MY GOD."




He opens the letter, pulls out the paper with the totally awesome coin affixed and starts hollering "WHOA, DUDE!" over and over again.




Show me the paper so I can get a picture! "MOM! IT HAS PENGUINS ON IT!" Lol.




She wrote him a lovely note explaining that this was the last bit of mail to leave the continent as they're shutting down for winter - which means no mail in or out until OCTOBER. (Man, we just made it!! Thank you, Amy, Liza, and 30toseoul!!!)




Show us the cool coin, son! "Which side?!" You pick. "PENGUINS." And please note the color coordination and team support with his braces' wires. Hook 'em horns, y'all. Ha.



The other side is blue with a white continent on it, btw. I needed to get my kid back home and warmed up, so I put the camera away. :)


Now, all of the coins we got are awesome, make no mistake. Every single one of them are being savored. We're still just on the first package we opened from gillo, because he's wanting to do his own research on each coin - that way he remembers everything she wrote about them, you see. That's just how his brain works. But come on, a coin from the 7th Continent!! Absolutely amazing. He wants me to email his history teacher and ask if he can bring it to class and tell everyone about it. <3 (His history teacher is not a fan of my son, he's terrified of her. That's another topic for another day, however.)

So just when I get exasperated with humanity, something absolutely mind blowingly wonderful like this happens and I remember all of you, your generosity, your thoughtfulness, and how really GOOD people are when given the chance to be. So much love for you sweet people!

OT, but I need to get/make an icon that reads: There are 10 people who get binary: those who do, and those who don't. :D

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aimeelicious
Feb. 23rd, 2010 03:54 pm (UTC)
Cliff notes for this post:

bad behavior = bad

coin = good

Loved seeing these pics and the smile on his face. I know I'm repeating myself from fb but I'm just so glad you reached out to her, and that she had the time to send something!

Many hearts to you and the boy.
stoney321
Feb. 23rd, 2010 04:00 pm (UTC)
AHAHAHAHAHAHA. I love your cliff notes. I should look into using less words, huh? :D

I am so grateful for you taking the time to mention it to me!! WIthout you, this wouldn't have happened at ALL! (And obv. thanks to her and Liza, as well.)

Thank you, sugar butt!
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stoney321
Feb. 23rd, 2010 04:09 pm (UTC)
Can you believe how big he is now? And he's getting rangy - he's about to shoot up some more, I just know it. We measured #2 this weekend: 5' 7". She's officially taller than me. At 12. And she's not done. (And the older he gets, the more I see his Bio-dad in him, too, which isn't bad if we're only talking looks. Heh.)

OH MY GOD ALLIGATOR PEAR. I had all but forgotten that!!! You know, I need to start telling those folks in New Zealand how it's not a kiwi, but a green fur fruit. LOL.

(And man, if people were just, "huh, I didn't realize such and such, we call it this, how interesting!" that's SO MUCH DIFFERENT than "that is NOT an avocado, but an alligator pear, I know this because I live nowhere near where they grow." WHAT.)
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enigmaticblues
Feb. 23rd, 2010 04:06 pm (UTC)
That. Is. So. Cool. (Also, your boy looks so much like you! And that's a compliment.)

As for the bad behavior, seriously, people. What do they not understand about your journal = your space. Don't like something? Go post about it on your journal. Sheesh.
stoney321
Feb. 23rd, 2010 04:11 pm (UTC)
Isn't that amazingly cool?! (And thank you, you're very sweet.)

I'm right there with you. I re-read an old post that was a musical playlist about Connor from Angel:The Series. And it was clear that I had spent days on it and a lot of time. And all of the "gross, gross, I hate that character!" comments! I got that every time, man. WTH?

BUT COIN FROM ANTARCTICA!!! SO COOL!! :D
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moosesal
Feb. 23rd, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC)
Some people are idiots. Other people are awesome.

Love you.
stoney321
Feb. 23rd, 2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
love YOU!
parthenia14
Feb. 23rd, 2010 04:17 pm (UTC)
Pics of your boy always bring a tear to my eye. He's adorable.



stoney321
Feb. 23rd, 2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
Awwwww, thank you! And I continue to love your cowboy on the paramecium icon. SCIENCE FTW.
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elisi
Feb. 23rd, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC)
Awwww. *melts* I think I got something in my eye...

And here's Numfar to celebrate! :)
stoney321
Feb. 23rd, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC)
Isn't that the neatest!? I LOVE PEOPLE WHEN THEY ARE GOOD!
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maybe1ce
Feb. 23rd, 2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
I considered replying in Haiku, but it used too many words. So, here it is in pictures, instead.

Topic 1. Also known as:

Photobucket

Which turns in to this:

Photobucket

And makes us all do this:

Gotta Go


So, haters? Shut. It.


Topic 2, the Coin of Coolness.

Photobucket


And, Off topic, I was listening to old NPR podcasts and came across Act 3 in this episode of TAL: http://www.thisamericanlife.org/Radio_Episode.aspx?sched=1329 Some interesting comments about culture of Utah and selective blindness to polygamy.
stoney321
Feb. 23rd, 2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
YOU HAVE THE BEST RESPONSE OF ALL TIME HIGH FIVES, ETC.

Also, holy crap OWL MELON!!! Why fanks for the link, I'll add that to my podcasts for my errands today!
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mecurtin
Feb. 23rd, 2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you got in touch with 30toseoul in time! Having her e-around makes me feel so complete, like I can see EVERYWHERE IN THE WORLD from my computer.
stoney321
Feb. 23rd, 2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
THAT IS IT EXACTLY!!! <3
ann1962
Feb. 23rd, 2010 04:52 pm (UTC)
Lucky you, since you hate that, right?

Oh man, if more people only realized what they should be grateful for. I had an experience over the weekend where the person couldn't realize that they were winning, through all their anger about the thing. I tried to explain but it didn't work.

Awesome photos, and coin. That is so cool. He looks like you in these photos!
stoney321
Feb. 23rd, 2010 05:29 pm (UTC)
YES, RIGHT! If you're not forced to live inside the body of the person that adores lima beans to the point of ecstasy, and you loathe lima beans, simply rejoice in your luck, huzzah!

I love my little guy - what a neat thing to be able to do for a great kid!! I LOVE GOOD, KIND PEOPLE!
withoutwords
Feb. 23rd, 2010 05:11 pm (UTC)
Will this work?
Photobucket
stoney321
Feb. 23rd, 2010 05:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Will this work?
Pretty damn close! I need to get the font right (binary font) but you are a CHAMP for making that, and a sweetheart to boot!
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gabzilla
Feb. 23rd, 2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
the pictures of joy are awesome :)
stoney321
Feb. 23rd, 2010 05:30 pm (UTC)
I think so, too! And your Mothra-era Godzeera icon makes me laugh every time, I thought you should know. ;)
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ruthless1
Feb. 23rd, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
I am sending you a biscuit song.....I kept thinking of it yesterday after I read your post. Not only did I think of the song - I CRAVED your biscuits!
The look on your son's face is just AWESOME! I am so glad you shared that with all of us.
As for the other topic - FEH ON THEM!!!!
stoney321
Feb. 23rd, 2010 05:31 pm (UTC)
BISCUIT SONG!? I WILL GLADLY SING ALONG. While I nom.

I knew some folks were very excited about the coin project, so I thought this one would be quite awesome to share. :D
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roonilwazlib6
Feb. 23rd, 2010 05:42 pm (UTC)
I know no teenage kid likes being told they're adorable, but: your son is so adorable! And I totally used to do that with my braces. XD
stoney321
Feb. 23rd, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC)
Ahahahaha, I think he'll manage to accept the compliment. :) And if not, his mama will take it. <3
brunettepet
Feb. 23rd, 2010 06:06 pm (UTC)
What a great photo spread. People really can be wonderful. It's actually easier than being a dick and the rewards are much greater.

Penguins! it's snowing here and there's a bread pudding (made of day old donuts) in the oven! If only there were penguins in the street the day would be perfect!
stoney321
Feb. 23rd, 2010 07:27 pm (UTC)
It's so much easier to be a dude, not a dick, FERSERIOS.

Oh my GOD in heaven, please fwoomp tube me some of that bread pudding, laws have mercy. I'm thinking of some kind of dessert to make in a bit, we're having pasta e fagliole (I never spell that right pasta fah=joule, lol) and a light airy bread, so we clearly need a decadent dessert...

edited because WTF with the icon that showed up???

Edited at 2010-02-23 07:28 pm (UTC)
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weaver42
Feb. 23rd, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
*applause*

-- c.
stoney321
Feb. 23rd, 2010 07:28 pm (UTC)
*takes a bow*
*waves on the leads, the folks that made it happen*
*abuses asterisks*
dovil
Feb. 23rd, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC)
You know, great post and all, but if I were you I'd make some suggested changes which I will email you later. Also are you sure you want to eat that for dinner? Really?!

And awwww, that was so sweet! I'm bummed that another person got in before me with the coins - damn their generosity and kindness, damn them to the pits of hell! I'll push for a Revolution so that they'll have to mint some more.
stoney321
Feb. 23rd, 2010 08:43 pm (UTC)
Imma let you finish your comment in just a minute, but I just wanted to say that crazydiamondsue had the best comment of all time. Also, I would prefer you not using any icons with green in them, because it makes me think of spoiled cheese. I'll check back on your journal and make sure you've switched them all out.

Yes! Revolution! And this way the new coins can have all manner of sheep on them! HUZZAH!
furikku
Feb. 23rd, 2010 07:56 pm (UTC)
I love your kid's "OMGOMGOMG!" faces there. :D

I used to do the whole "HEY INTERNET PEOPLE LET ME TELL YOU WHY YOU ARE WRONG" thing, then I figured out it was annoying and nobody who doesn't already know me gives a crap what I think. (They may or may not care what I think when I'm complimenting, but I don't care to restrain myself on that end!) This has led to a happier life, oddly enough!
stoney321
Feb. 23rd, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, it's pretty funny to me, too.

And you know, I didn't know how to bumble around the internet in the beginning, either. We all have a learning curve. But sometimes people KNOW and they just don't CARE. Lol. It just wears me down.

...and I've figured out why: I'm surrounded by people with autism who must have everything Just So, and this is my space away from that.

I love that you have a happier life now, lol!
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rubynye
Feb. 23rd, 2010 08:04 pm (UTC)
Your son's delight has made my day.

That bit of Internet misbehavior you describe, where one person says "I like X" and another has to tell them that X is icky and only idiots like it? A very wise friend of mine (cereta) calls that 'pissing in someone's Cheerios' or 'Cheerios-pissing'.

*waves* Also, I surfed here across FriendsofFriends.
stoney321
Feb. 23rd, 2010 08:23 pm (UTC)
Hullo there!

In my family it was "pissing on your corn flakes," but the idea is the same, bless your very wise friend. :)

In case you're wondering, this was the start of the coin project, with an explanation of why I was doing it at all and then this was the big day of seeing all of the bounty. Pretty awesome stuff, how kind and generous people can be. (Just, you know, if you needed some more cheerful stuff today.)

Thanks for commenting, feel free to any time.
cityphonelines
Feb. 23rd, 2010 08:58 pm (UTC)
The boy is so adult-like in the face! When did that HAPPEN??? Did I blink for too long?

(Sidenote of VERY important info: I am wearing a Longhorns tee and orange sweatpants as I type, SEXY-SEXY, I know, and I found the PERFECT UT colored nailpolish for my next manicure)

As far as asshole on the internet... OVER THEM COMPLETELY. If you're trying to be right on the internet about shades of blue and such, then THERE ARE BIGGER PROBLEMS IN YOUR HEAD AND YOU'RE PROBABLY WRONG ANYWAY.
stoney321
Feb. 23rd, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
THAT IS AWESOME AND I BET THAT COLOR IS BEAUTIFUL ON YOU. And oh my god, I need to show pictures of my daughter who is now officially TALLER than me. 12 years old, not done growing. OMG.

Ahahahahahahaha. I <3 you Vinnie.
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stoney321
Feb. 23rd, 2010 11:01 pm (UTC)
Isn't that cool? She also blogs (in locked posts, I've discovered) about life at the pole over winter - 47 folks in the same building working for months. it apparently never gets above -10F, which... bless them that can do it, I'm a Texas girl! ;)
tabaqui
Feb. 23rd, 2010 10:58 pm (UTC)
Whoooooooooot!
So very cool. :) And wow - they do *color wires* on braces now? How spiffy!

I, myself, have typed up and deleted any number of comments and replies that are just...not necessary. Sometimes it was just enough to get it all typed out and then i didn't need to send it.

Woe that people don't seem to feel the same about you.
*pets you*

WATERMELON OWL, FTW!!! It's nearly as cool as *this*:



I can't help it. I simply want to eat every single piece of watermelon *ever* from a carved shark.
stoney321
Feb. 23rd, 2010 11:02 pm (UTC)
I've done that, too, where I've backspaced over it, realizing that I was just about to rant all over someone. :D

And OH MY GOD THE AWESOME SHAAAAARK!!!!! That is OUTSTANDING.
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thebratqueen
Feb. 23rd, 2010 11:50 pm (UTC)
EEEEEEEEE ANTARTICA COIN!!!!!!

Ahem. I may be geeky about cold places.
stoney321
Feb. 24th, 2010 01:28 pm (UTC)
CAN YOU IMAGINE WORKING THERE? Also, WHY DON'T YOU WORK THERE? Pffft, family, things you know and love already. ;)
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a2zmom
Feb. 24th, 2010 12:31 am (UTC)
I love the pictures of your kid! A coin from penguin land is about as cool as it gets. And those braces are stylin'. (Aaron used to go for some weird ass colors as I recall. Zachary was much more conservative.)

As fas ar people correcting me? I have no problem if you wish to point out a fact I have misstated. But opinions?

See this is why I'm glad I'm not a famous actress/Twilight mocker like you. Less jerks to deal with.
stoney321
Feb. 24th, 2010 01:31 pm (UTC)
My son loves all of the goofy colors available now. He wants to break his arm so he can get a glow in the dark cast. Um....

And I don't mind people pointing out spelling errors, stuff like that. I especially like those when it's a fic post. But FFS, when I'm posting about how much I love, say, cheese, and I've linked to 15 cheeseries in the hopes of sharing my cheese love with the rest of you, I don't need people commenting with inane things like, "I hate cheese." Or "People who east cheese tend to have ugly feet." JUST SCROLL.

And LOL. zomg, sew famous am I. (I think I do get a large proportion of People Who Don't Know How To Behave due to Twilight, more's the pity.)
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chantal87
Feb. 24th, 2010 12:54 am (UTC)
What a sweet face that boy of yours has.
I just want to ruffle his hair and when he isnt looking...snag the penguin coin.
What a cutie.

Oh and the other stuff...people are stupid and have way too much time on their hands.

<3 U !!!
stoney321
Feb. 24th, 2010 01:32 pm (UTC)
AHAHAHAH. All you would need to do is drop a piece of shiny tin on the ground in the other direction, you know how those ADD boys are... :D

People DO have way too much time on their hands! And I love that - for my detractors - that's the FIRST thing I'm accused of. Once I get a maid, that may be true. Oh, one sweet day....
chrryblssmninja
Feb. 24th, 2010 01:00 am (UTC)
argh some people

yay cool coin!
stoney321
Feb. 24th, 2010 01:32 pm (UTC)
Hahahahaha, you are the RULER of the simplified, yet spot on comment. Thumbs way up.
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