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Evil Friend Jack messaged me yesterday asking about a specific LJ post I'd written years ago titled "Nice."  (Crazy Christian meltdown in a sub shop story kind of deal....)  For a couple of years now EFJ has raved about a fabulous new friend named Jamille whom he met at Pensacola two years back and he wanted the link to the story so he could share it with her.  While Jack himself is of questionable moral fiber, I was quite sure from his glowing praise of Ms Jamille that she was, in fact, a fabulous individual so I complied. 

It took a little bit of searching...because I haven't read it in years myself...but I found the link and forwarded it on. 

Everyone wave hi to Jamille.  *  Hi Jamille!  *

I didn't realize I'd started this journal in 2004.  My God I'm becoming an old man.

LiveJournal used to mean something different to me when I first started blogging.  Amidst endless whining posts about carbs, dating, and dieting, I used to find that if I let my mind click just the right way I could occasionally turn out some material that didn't quite suck.  Some of it, in fact, I was almost proud of at the time.  Some of it I still am proud of to be quite honest. 

Here's a tip for everyone out there.  Don't start rereading your journal from 7 years ago unless you've got plenty of time on your hands. 

I skimmed through 4 years of Live Journal tonight.  Some of it was shockingly bad.  Some of it was melancholy as hell.  Some of it triggered memories of things long forgotten.  Some of it brought back a lot of joy.

And some of it...just a little bit...made me remember what it felt like to write openly and freely without any of the baggage or blocks that eventually wore me down.

I need to write more.  I HAVE to write more.  Writing used to bring me so much joy.  I don't know how I ever forgot that.  Even if it doesn't come as easily to me as it used to, I owe it to myself to make more of an effort. 

Anyway, while rereading LJ tonight, I came across some of my favorite older posts from many moons ago.  Some of you have been here with me all along and might remember them.  Some of you are newer.  With that in mind, I copied down a few links to some of the older stuff tonight both for myself and Evil Friend Jack...some stuff I'm not sure even he remembers.  Hell, some of it I didn't fully remember.

...and that's why I'm bringing a few links to it back here tonight.  The best part of these posts is that they all happened.  They don't record or document anything important.  They're just common, stupid events I happened to witness and view through my own twisted perspective.  I miss that perspective.  I want it back.  Maybe...just maybe...reminding myself of these stories will help me regain that lost sense of perspective once again.

Here are a couple of them if you're curious...  (Posted publicly for the first time in years....)

The Carbon Dating of Gwen Stefani

Postal

Feels Like the First Time

Threat Level Index Cheddar  Because [livejournal.com profile] double_ohsteven  asked for it...





Date: 2011-05-17 05:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] double-ohsteven.livejournal.com
I'd like to see a reprint of the exploding mac and cheese episode...

Date: 2011-05-17 05:46 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] book-of-daniel.livejournal.com
LOL... I'll edit that one into the post above just for you. :-) That was an early one.

Date: 2011-05-17 10:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] comicsfan.livejournal.com
I think the "Choco-Van" encounter certainly belongs here. (That was you, wasn't it?)

Date: 2011-05-17 02:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] book-of-daniel.livejournal.com
LOL. Yep that was me. I'd forgotten all about that one. Last night I didn't read past summer 2008 so it may have been later than that. I'll have to skim forward a little more. Thanks for reminding me!

Date: 2011-05-17 05:58 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] book-of-daniel.livejournal.com
Found it. June 14th, 2009. LOL A bittersweet day because my iPhone was in my laptop bag in the back of the Jeep and I couldnt reach it to immortalize the occasion with pictures.

http://book-of-daniel.livejournal.com/2009/06/14/

Date: 2011-05-18 10:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] comicsfan.livejournal.com
Your excellent description of the encounter provided all the imagery anyone could want, believe me. :)

Date: 2011-05-17 10:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kybearfuzz.livejournal.com
"Postal" is one of my favorites! :)

Date: 2011-05-17 02:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] book-of-daniel.livejournal.com
Thanks bub. Postal is one of my top five favorites too largely because it was such a Monty Python type of afternoon. I remember getting a lot of email from people asking if I'd made it up and trying to explain that not only did it happen, things like that happen every single day around us if you watch for them. That's the perspective I've kind of lost over the years and I want to get back

Date: 2011-05-17 01:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brunorepublic.livejournal.com
My evil friend John and I *still* quote "Nice!" all the time, and he's never even met you!

Date: 2011-05-17 03:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] book-of-daniel.livejournal.com
Jack and I talked about that one a lot yesterday and I remembered why I wrote it after I reread it. The long ass story was written just to get to the counter girl's line at the end about going all Ashley Simpson on her. (Just one hit baby! Just one hit!) If it hadn't been for the way that line busted me over with laughter, I'd have never written that story down. To this day I still think my part of it was kind of lame but that countergirl was a star.

You've been around since day one, bub. Keep me honest.

Date: 2011-05-17 04:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brunorepublic.livejournal.com
You need to give yourself more credit, mister. You've got such a sharp wit that you can fatally puncture an inflated ego at fifty paces.

Date: 2011-05-17 01:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vastlymore.livejournal.com
I can't WAIT to read these.

And yes - your writing IS fantastic. Hilarious, poignant, and so very authentic. I want more.

Date: 2011-05-17 03:33 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] book-of-daniel.livejournal.com
A very wise comment whore in Live Journal once told me the key to keeping people involved with your journal was to keep your posts short, concise, and focused on hitting a good one-liner right at the end.

...and he was right. Look at Facebook. Look at Facebook and how it's cut into LiveJournal.

I never learned the short, concise part of that advice. When my mind is working, I ramble. I ramble on and on and on.

All of the links above are to long, rambling posts. Given how people prefer the two minute blogs they can skim through with their morning soy lattes, I'm always honored when/if someone takes the time to chew through one of my Unabomber Manifesto posts.

See...rambling here already. Whichever one you chose to read I really hope you like it.

Date: 2011-05-17 03:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vastlymore.livejournal.com
You've seen my journal. I don't know shit about short or concise. You see how I ramble. I don't do cuts, and I don't edit them to death. I figure that there's a reason that both Stephen King AND Tom Clancy have audiences. Everybody likes something different, and I am my own brand of unique. Those that get it? They'll read.

I adore your writing, and I get it. My only complaint is that I didn't know these existed, so I am remedying that now.

Now, if a girl were to start at the beginning of your journal and work forward, would that be smarter for continuity's sake?

Date: 2011-05-17 04:03 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] book-of-daniel.livejournal.com
Thank you, my sweet. I confess one of the reasons I brought these back was because you were one of the people absent from the journal back in my Live Journal stone age.

I don't know if there's much to gain in starting at the beginning. A lot of it is just me starting and stopping diets....whining about Atkins....and falling in love on one day only to be shredded a week later for being stupid.

There were a few embarrassing posts where I wrote smut. (shudder)

There is a storyline running through the first years though. My friends and neighbors turned into a cast of characters I used in my writing a lot. Evil Friend Jack turned into a quasi-LJ celebrity for a few years and people still ask me about the Big Bear Flop House we all had set up in the old neighborhood. If there's anything to gain by reading chronologically, it's maybe seeing how certain people were important to my life and how it affected me as they came and went.

Gods I'm chatty today. Too much caffeine.

Date: 2011-05-17 01:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hugh-mannity.livejournal.com
I do hope Ms *Nice* has changed her shoes. How can she be raptured if Jebus can't sweep her out of her shoes?

No ankle straps. No laces. No buckles. Not even velcro. Not if you want to be raptured.

Date: 2011-05-17 03:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] book-of-daniel.livejournal.com
I saw what looked like those shoes in a yard sale a few years later. I couldn't be sure but they looked VERY familiar. I almost bought then for posterity's sake but couldn't bring myself do to it. I thought they might be cursed.

Date: 2011-05-17 03:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hugh-mannity.livejournal.com
Well, that could certainly account for her demeanour.

:)

I must admit, I'd have been equally tempted.

Date: 2011-05-17 02:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] madknits.livejournal.com
I remember the Postal and Carbon Dating of Gwen Stefani. Lovely memories.

I just googled the “Ms. Patty LaBelle’s Over the Rainbow Macaroni and Cheese *snap*”. Sweet Holy Jeezus on Water Skis! And I thought my alfredo recipe was "heart attack on a plate"!

Date: 2011-05-17 03:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] book-of-daniel.livejournal.com
Yes. The OTR mac and cheese can be potent stuff.

Date: 2011-05-17 02:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dendren.livejournal.com
grin... you've always had wonderful posts.

and yeah... going back over old lj posts is always a mixed bag of emotions... pride, sadness, laughter and a whole lot of what the fuck??? LOL

Date: 2011-05-17 02:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dendren.livejournal.com
sigh... and so many familiar but long gone from here names in the comments (117 comments on postal OMG and 142 comments on Nice... holy crap, that's like 3 years worth of comment whoring nowadays! errrrr... I mean results based blogging or whatever you call it ;)
Edited Date: 2011-05-17 03:07 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-05-17 03:18 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] book-of-daniel.livejournal.com
I had to quit reading the old comments last night because they kept reminding me of all the people LJ used to have and how many are just gone now. And not just in a "I'm going to facebook" kind of gone. People who left us like Beast, and Jeff, and Jim. Rereading some of the older comments were awesome but a little overwhelming remembering that they were gone forever.

Date: 2011-05-17 03:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dendren.livejournal.com
I had the same thought looking at a page of comments on these posts... I didn't venture any further. These people were such a huge part of our daily lives for at least a moment, and now... not so much. I miss the community a lot both those who have just moved away and those who are truly gone.

Date: 2011-05-17 03:40 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] book-of-daniel.livejournal.com
Exactly. LJ used to be one huge community. I have met so many people online and in real life through Live Journal it boggles my mind sometimes. Hell, I spent a week in San Francisco a few years back JUST meeting tons of people I'd blogged with here. Now, being as comment driven as I am, I think when people started leaving and comments got more and more scarce, I stopped trying as hard as I used to and that's when I last my perspective to find the ridiculous in the common. That's the thing I want back most of all now...regardless of the comments...or lack there of...on LJ posts.

Date: 2011-05-17 03:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dailyafirmation.livejournal.com
I was made aware of your blog via the Postal entry. Loved it.

I don't know if you're aware of LJ-Archive (free: http://sourceforge.net/projects/ljarchive/), which has been a godsend to me. It has the advantage of both archiving your journal (locally on your computer), and providing search functionality. Makes it a lot easier to find those old entries.

Do get back to your writing!

Date: 2011-05-17 04:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] book-of-daniel.livejournal.com
I remembered the archive tool but lost the link a while back. I was going to search for it last night but got caught up in the reading. Thanks for sharing that again and I'll definitely use it tonight to download everything and search around. I used to post using "Little Danny Leasure" my four year old inner child and I'd love to collect those in one place again. :-)

Waves back at everyone... * Hi Everyone! *

Date: 2011-05-17 05:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beatrixkiddo777.livejournal.com
I am so grateful EFJ has generously shared his friends with me. For the record, i thoroughly enjoy your perspective, the flare with which you turn a phrase, and the honesty, humility, and humor with which you write. I literally laughed my ass off at Postal and TLIC... Seriously, anyone who can write, "The three neighborhoods that share the office; the poor urban housing crowd, the young college frat house collective, and the always entertaining gayborhood I call home, tend to mix and mingle at the local Pony Express Hub in a strained détente as volatile as an al Queda Christmas party in the Gaza Strip." is someone i intend to know, and know well. And just so you know... Feels like the First Time has endeared you to my heart forever. Thank you very much for the warm welcome. XOXO

Re: Waves back at everyone... * Hi Everyone! *

Date: 2011-05-17 06:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] book-of-daniel.livejournal.com
Welcome my dear... Welcome. Don't get too effusive with your praise just yet though. 99% of what I immortalize here online is my whining about dating, being fat, and being too fat to date. LOL

Date: 2011-05-17 09:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mt-yvr.livejournal.com
I love these. I even remember some of them. Gods... we've been here forever.

(lol)

And STILL you're cute. And a damned fine writer.

Date: 2011-05-18 01:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] texwriterbear.livejournal.com
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading these throughout the day today.
Thanks for the memories!!!

Date: 2011-05-18 04:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mikiedoggie.livejournal.com
You have some of the best stories on here; your writing style can be dry and sharp and funny and sad all at once.

Hooray for the long term LJ users. I have been on since 2004; all I used to do is post about work. A few years ago I decided that, other than rare occasions, I needed to stop posting about work. Thank God that happened. ;)

Date: 2011-08-05 10:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arkanjil.livejournal.com
they still read very well, and as you said, you do have a gift, practice it for it's own sake and see where it will take you.
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