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Friday, June 04, 2010

A Random Story

A few weeks ago I read a story on The Awl (that's not unusual, they post 20,000 times a day.) The post was a funny invitation for The Awl's normally liberal readers to ask a few questions of a conservative in the name of open dialogue, furthered mutual understanding, and to un-wad some panties over conservatism in general. This particular conservative happened to be a Mormon originally from Utah. I posed my own question and then followed the link to the blog he runs with his brothers: Don't Do Dumb Things. (Seriously solid and funny writing right there; you should probably subscribe.)

I recognized one of the brothers from some guest posts he'd done on other websites. I followed a link to his wife's blog where I read that they were moving back to the UC from another state because he'd accepted a new job and definitely Did Not Want to Move to P-Town. You know me, I had to defend P-Town, it's a requirement of my not-shut-up-ingness. This sort of thing happens all around the internet all the time (usually by me.) So that was nice I did that.

Hey, remember that job I started a month ago? It's pretty sweet. I like it, and yes, they actually do stuff and it's an actual business (because I know some of you Kacy were worried.) My team is five people, including me, and that's great. On Tuesday a new guy came over to our area and introduced himself. He and I stared at each other for about 30 seconds before we simultaneously said, "NO WAY."

Turns out it's the brother. I was giving moving advice to my new co-worker. THE INTERNET, EVERYONE!

That night I told Other Half the story as I brushed my teeth. "Isn't that random?" I said.
"No," he responded, "It's coincidental."
"Sure, but what are the chances, right? Then again, I got to thinking about it and the chances probably aren't as astronomical as you'd think because they're originally from Utah, went to the B.Y., and we probably have a lot of connections."
"The probabilities are incalculable; the variables aren't measurable."

Gang, this is what it's like being married to Math Guy. He starts talking absolute and existential and then pretty soon he's proving unicorns don't exist again and I don't need that heartache.

Run free, brave Unicorn Kitten Pegasus that I know exists.




And go read DDDT.

22 comments:

brett said...

WHERE did you get that pic?

The redhead said...

What is that creature at the bottom? A YodaHulkShrek? I had no idea those existed. Thanks for just making my day.

Azúcar said...

If you click on "source" you'll find it. I first saw it on Wil Wheaton's Twitter feed. It's everything we love about the Internet, right? And totally exists, without question.

Jenny said...

Provo is the best.

Em {orange + barrel} said...

I had to laugh out loud bc my other half is always correcting me on ironic vs. coincidental all the time. I still don't know the difference.

dalene said...

And you know I will stand right by you--to the death--and defend P-town.

To the death, I say.

cw

Miggy said...

Is it Christian? If so I think he worked at ah-ha/enhance for a time...and if he didn't some of his peeps did. I know Christian's bro and a bunch of his homies....small, Mormon world.

Celeste said...

Damn you & that picture! Laughing that hard + breastfeeding = pain. (cuz who has the time to look at blogs if not while attached at the nipple to a small person? Not I)
you owe me a nipple.

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TheOneTrueSue said...

So I started my new tech writing job a few days ago. I was looking over the previous tech writer's software documentation on my first day and realized that his name was awfully familiar. It took me a minute to realize that it was familiar because I'm a devoted reader of his technical writing blog. I emailed him to ask him a question about a plug-in but I didn't mention that Hey I Know You from Blogging, because I wanted to come off professional and competent, not fan-girl geeky.

He IMMEDIATELY emails me back all "SUE! I LOVE YOUR BLOG!" And it turns out that not only has he read my blog for years, but he was a Fight The Fluffy contributor (that short lived weight loss group blog that I started).

Blogging is the gateway to the twilight zone, for sure.

ali said...

hey-- what's wrong with Provo? Nothing, that's what. Tell that to your buddy next time you see him.

Azúcar said...

Oh, he agrees!

cabesh said...

Don't you love being married to a "math guy". Craig's always saying to me, "That's possible, but not probable."

Nice.

MomBabe said...

That's awesome. I heart the Bell brothers.

b. said...

You and J are a RIOT!

Motherboard said...

I heart the Bell Brothers too.

Ask Christian to sing you a song from Oliver Twist. He rocked as a pick pocket!

Likely said...

I haven't laughed that hard at the internet in a loooong time. And you did it, friend.

I am still dying over that picture. and laughing out loud, really hard.

I'm going to check out those guys..

christian@dontdodumbthings.com said...

Holy crap. So funny and awesome. So funny that you found my bro by reading a blog I thought only NY liberal hipsters read (Don't tell your friends at theawl that my conservative mom would actually consider Davis something of a Marxist. All relative, I suppose). So funny that you found my wife's blog and left a very persuasive comment on benefits of Provo which caused us to blog stalk you. So funny that we then move to Provo. Awesome that I then start a new job a couple weeks later thinking "Well at least none of these people at my 16-person company will know about my dumb little blog which would probably end up getting me fired at some point." Then I walk in and see Azucar. Holy Smokes. Now I'm going to end up fired.

But seeing that cat unicorn picture makes everything in my life up to this point well worth it. Thank you.

christian@dontdodumbthings.com said...

"The UC"

"soon he's proving unicorns don't exist again and I don't need that heartache."

lolz

Damaris said...

those last two comments are classic and a bit scary. Lesson to be learned, don't talk too much smack about people via la internet, you just never know.

Azúcar said...

It's true, Damaris, your blog's anonymous commenter today could be your new neighbor tomorrow. Wait, that sounds even creepier.