Tuesday, March 30, 2010

And YOU Were There, And YOU Were There...


We certainly had a busy day yesterday, didn't we? Goodness, there hasn't been so much traffic here in my little corner of Oz since Kristina chose my blog as the place to announce that she and Mario Lopez were eloping. I was fine with that, but when she started posting pictures of the honeymoon, I finally had to draw the line.

"Stop it," I said. "Your 'Hairdressers of NASCAR' Tour just isn't as interesting to my readers as you'd like to think." Honestly, you have to keep your eye on that girl every second.

For the record, I believe everyone who weighed in here on my blog, as well as on my Facebook, Motherboard's Facebook, MMB's Facebook, Harry Reid's Facebook, Peter, Paul and Mary's Facebook, and Charo's Twitter page behaved themselves very well. I didn't have to delete anyone's comments or anything, which was lucky, on accounta I was kind of bluffing about the whole "I'll totally send you packing, you get sassy" thing. I do that sometimes.

(There was one commenter, the 123rd, who very kindly promised to stay away from my blog from now on because after reading one post she now knows everything there is to know about me. She is totally right, of course. I wish her well and a good night's sleep.)

And it was good for me to see how impassioned people feel about political stuff. Wow. The passion was definitely, you know, flowing and such. I learned some time ago that "poli" means "people", which naturally suggests that "politics" are "the things that TICk off PEOPLE".

So, hooray for Greek root words! As Mr. Rogers used to say, "You learn something old every day, and then you keel over from an undiagnosed puppet allergy." That Mr. Rogers. He was so wise.

Here's the really astonishing thing: OK, wait. It's not that astonishing. I mean, 'astonishing' would be three days and nights without darkness or three hours without my drinking Diet Coke. Let's start that observation over. Here's a very interesting....no, strike 'very'. An (unmodifiedly) interesting thing happened yesterday when everyone and their gerbil came by to talk about, you know, whatever it was we were talking about. With my ADD I barely remember I even have a blog.

What was I saying? Oh, yes. Between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, Pacific Pot-Stirring Time, I gained ten followers. I know!! What the heck? Now, I realize that this may well mean I lost, like, 90, but then gained 100, which come to think of it sounds a lot like the way I diet, so domo arigato, karma-san.

But whatever the case, there are at least ten of you who joined the DeNae team on the one day in the history of forever when I got political. Ish. Political-ish. Rant-esque. Et Cetera. And in the interest of full disclosure, I feel I should tell you, things are ALWAYS that exciting and hot, hot, hot over here! Seriously, if you're looking for one firestorm of controversy after another, look no further than my backordered life.

Whew! I'm glad I got that off my chest. The deception was like a medicine ball on my trachea.

Anyway, that's all. I just wanted to say, "Hey! I'm back! The sedatives are working nicely and I've taken up Japanese tea gardening." Which means, Mom, it's safe to call me now.

Peace out, peeps!


One Cluttered Brain said...

HAHA! And to think I am one of those 10 followers! i feel proud now.
Where's my prize?
Cash prizes are always nice, followed by luxury cruises and cheesecake.
Thank YOU for another GREAT blog!
You have ADD too? i might too when it comes to blogging. *sigh*
KEEP up the great blog posts. I will see you at Casual Blogger conf. for sure!

Linda said...

I am a little late to the political rant party sorry. Is there any dessert left? Thank you for speaking up. You were speaking for this Las Vegan too!

Do you know if Mario and Kristina are registered anywhere?

Melanie said...

Peace is so 1992, come on, be controversial again, it's so fun for the rest of us:)

Kristina P. said...

Eloping with Mario Lopez!!! I knew it! All those people, ESPECIALLY #123, was right about you!!

Braden said...

Wow, maybe next time you should bag on Twilight or something--you might get like 20 new followers!!!

M-Cat said...

Braden - my bag on Twilight was the best post ever.
DaNae, give it a whirl, you'd be amazed at how many new teammates you will gain.

As always, I freakin LOVE you! yesterday was fun, interesting, eye-opening and believe it or not, introspective for some of us.

Get a little more controversial sometimes, it's fun!

AS Amber said...

I never got a chance to comment yesterday but if I had I would've gone like this: Wait, you're a Mormon?

So it's probably just as well I didn't. Truth be told, I didn't comment because I kinda felt like a ding dong for having never even heard of Harry Reid. But mean people literally baffle me. I really and truly do not understand why or how someone can purposely set out to hurt someone else. Does. Not. Compute.

OK, on to more important things. Kristina and Mario??? I shrieked out loud when I read that! I'm so excited for them! Can you imagine how cute their babies will be? (If KP ever stops hating babies, that is.) I wonder if they make infant size Snuggies? I can't wait to see pix of her in her Snuggie wedding dress!

Can't wait to see you!!!

lori said...

I am behind on my reading, so I'm going to read the controversial post now. I can't un-follow someone as darn funny as you!

lori said...

Ok, I just read and it and the comments were off (don't blame you) but I think you were right on. People can be very closed minded.

East of Eden said...

I didn't know Charro had a twitter...see I do learn something every single day!!

Did you know you were linked on Millennial Star as well? I'm a contributor over there...that site gets about 1000 hits a day -- I'm sure that helped your numbers. :)

But seriously, Charro on twitter... :)

The Crash Test Dummy said...

WOW! You go, girlfriend. I got chills reading your last "poli" rant. I need to go read the comments, but WHAT THE WHAT? You are so right on. We're all a bunch of crazies! HEAVEN HELP US.


proud to call you my friend.

Karen said...

I sure hope The Hoff doesn't read your blog. Otherwise, Mario better look out!

Christine Macdonald said...

We really need to get together and bond over cocktails and Prestiq. :)

I adore you!

Rebecca said...

I hadn't read blogs for a few days, and I read yesterday's post today. I was in total agreement with you and went to tell you so, but GAH! You had closed comments!

So...if I had been able to leave a comment you would have known that I think you're right and completely awesome, but now you'll never know.

Let that be a lesson to you.

Congrats on your ten new followers, by the way. I got four when that crazy "I spilled my chocolate sauce on the dentist because my cat told me to" game was hot on Facebook a couple months back. I played it on my blog a couple of years ago, and people were googling for instructions, apparently.

DeNae said...

Rebecca, comments are open over there again. Not that you have to say it again. I'm just, you know, letting you know. And stuff.

Sher said...

I love you. Always have. Always will.
The end.

p.s. do you care if I link up to your post on my "how to get a million comments on your blog" post?

Cheeseboy said...

Okay, I became a follower because you are downright hilarious - a new favorite blogger of mine, if not my favorite blogger.

The Mr. Rogers quote - absolute genius.

However, after reading your political rant, I am in total 100% agreement with you. However, I haven't read the comments yet...

Natasha said...

Well, I didn't even "follow" but I still dig you.

I gave up Coke Zero about three months ago. See? We have so much in common. Except that I'm a paragon of self-control and you could be my caffeine-addicted lowly minion. Except for that.

Garden of Egan said...

Glad to know that the medication has kicked in.

Lara said...

I read your post.

I clicked to comment.

And I don't remember anything.

I blame ADD.

Oh yes! Ten followers! Of course, you deserve them. I hope they stick around when they realize how boring you really are. :)

DeNae said...

Cheeseboy, welcome to the party! And Natasha, if it means I get to keep my DC, I'll be your minion forever.

And E of E?? Holy Crizap!! I had no idea about the whole Millennial Star dealio!


There. That should do it.

seashmore said...

I'm following now. Just considering it running on Mormon Standard Time. (The rest of the world calls it "fashionably late.")

True, it was the hullabaloo that brought me here, but it was the candidness and style that made me a follower. That, and the need for one more distraction from my reality.

Kimberly said...

I'm too lazy to embrace controversy. It's too much like work. I'm glad I live in Canada where being unpatriotic and hating politics is almost cool.

Debbie said...

Mercy, DeNae. I take a day or two off from getting around to see you and you're more controversial than Tiger Woods! I am glad I wasn't around. All that political what not makes me want a glass of wine and here I am surrounded by Mormons and all. That is just unseemly.
Anyway, I admire your post from yesterday. You nailed it. I see other political posts all over the place and I usually don't even comment. I just know trouble is lurking.
And can I just say for the record, when I see your name pop up into my inbox that you have left me a comment, I get all giddy. You leave the best comments around!

JBSquared said...

It's official. You are the BEST. Just thought you should know. ;)

wendy said...

nothing much to say
other then you are
funny and brilliant

Natasha said...

You should know the position requires lots of toilet cleaning. Full disclosure and all.

Kazzy said...

Glad it is safe for your mom to call you now. And, 10 followers? You are a rock star. A rock star that drinks Diet Coke.

Shantel said...

*warning* I 'bout to open a can of irrevence all over your comments.

"DeNae, may I learn to love thee, walk the path that thou hast shown. Pause to read and help a blogger, finding writing skills beyond my own. DeNae, may I learn to Love thee. DeNae - I would follow thee.

Who am I to judge her brilliance,
when I can't write two words?
In her quiet blog is hidden,
wisdom that the eye can read.
Who am I to judge her brilliance,
DeNae - I would follow thee.

I will keep her in my reader,
I will laugh 'till I am blue.
To the wounded and the weary,
I will foward - so they can laugh too. I will keep her my reader.
DeNae - I will follow thee.

DeNae - may I take to blogging,
as I know thou loves to do.
Find in thee my strength, my beacon
For thy follower through and through!
DeNae - may I take to blogging,
DeNae- I will follow thee.

Beka said...

I love you!

Sue's missin' out!

donkeybray said...

It is from your blog that I link to the other 2 blogs which I read on a daily basis. I know, try to contain yourself.

Anyway, your essays amaze me and I look forward to each new one.

I totally agree with your assessment of the frailties of Mormon culture. Where I live, in a small town in southeastern Arizona, we have a somewhat opposite problem: There is an individual here in the Gila Valley, strong family name, who is both president of the community college and a stake president.

It recently came to light that he has been abusing the college's credit cards for several years, using them for family vacations, spa treatments, etc. He waited as long as 160 days to pay the bills and an audit came up with $13,000 for which there were no receipts.

The town is abuzz, as you can imagine a small town to be. LDS folks settled this area, my ancestors included. However, the non-LDS folks here don't hesitate to hop aboard the hate wagon any time there stories involving the Church--including 273 negative comments on a newspaper article announcing a new temple being built here.

But I digress. It would appear that this prez/stake prez did indeed abuse college funds and Arizona policy.

Yet there is a huge population here which is turning a blind eye to the facts and are loudly defending this person, stating they have known him for years, a truly wonderful holy man, beyond reproach, etc. To me, that is the same mentality that raised its ugly little head in LV.

I have a huge problem with either side of cultural blindness. I would bet my ergonomic keyboard that this offender has justified his actions, and that as a stake president he is above reproach and therefore above ordinary rules and policies.

This thing will play out to the bitter end, and if justice were to be served, he would lose his position at the college.

The other position he holds, and if he continues to hold it, is a matter of great interest to those of us who have taken off the blindfolds.

Sorry, DeNae, I can't shut up. Keep up the excellent essaying! Love ya. PS: I think we went to different schools together: My name is Dona Rae. Get it? DeNae, Dona Rae?? Never mind.

Smith Family said...

Loved your post - this one, and last, as usual...will I ever disagree with you?? Thanks for typing my very own thoughts out in a way that I can see them in black and white (or pink or orange or whatever you're background color is)

Alyssa said...

I LOVE your blog should I say it again PC or not I love, love love your blog!

DeNae said...

Shantel, you are brilliant. Braden wrote me a couple of songs today via e-mail, too. I guess my aura was sending out a "please sing to me" vibe!!

Smith family, yes. You will someday disagree with me. But then you'll repent, and everything will be fine again.

And Alyssa, gosh, you can comment any time you want. Seriously, girlfriend. Any. Time. You. Want.

Amber said...

You make me laugh and I have been reading you BEFORE the whole political thingy. I thought it added some flair to your blog!! : )

The end.

Martha H. said...

I read your prior post the other day, then M-Cat and I have been discussing it a bit. I have to say "Amen!" to all that you posted.

Loralee and the gang... said...

...for the record, InkMom expressd much better than I did what I was thinking and feeling and put into words soooo clumsily.
Good post!
But can I just say my main concern about Harry Reid is his apparent pro-choice platform. Yes, I have heard the free-agency "explaination" but when innocent lives are lost through such choices, I am concerned. Please explain that to me so that I can understand. Because to me how a person respect life bears on his character.
Just have to get that off my chest...

Cindy said...

I LOVE YOU DeNae!!!!!! I will follow you everywhere and anywhere you go. You are true true true to your heart and You have been since the day I met you. Don't ever change. LOVE YOU ALWAYS!