December 31, 2008
Haven’t we all eaten enough cookies, pondered enough examples of The True Meaning of Christmas,Â and separated out from the newsprint enough glossy advertising pages that don’t go in the recycling bag? my pastor asked on Sunday. Indeed, I thought. And haven’t myÂ notify list membersÂ and the HolidailiesÂ participantsÂ and my Facebook friends responded to enough opportunities to read my prose? Isn’t it time to goÂ forth and live the Gospel principles or enact the renewalÂ practicesÂ other traditions teach, instead of just thinking about them?
So, what toÂ do when you’ve written 30 posts in 30Â days, reviewedÂ theÂ content and maybe madeÂ some cosmetic improvementsÂ to about a hundred more, found that you repeat yourself more than is reasonable, and just have not theÂ will to compose an essay that will take a penetrating look atÂ someÂ aspectÂ of the modern world that you find compelling? Why, you present a link round-up!
Here are two places on the Internet where I findÂ refuge from the blinking cursor at the end of aÂ sentence that reallyÂ needs to be rewritten. They make me laugh, they give me a break, and, when I see myself in some of the foibles presented, remind me not to take myself so seriously.
Cake Wrecks posts pictures and commentary aboutÂ cakes from professionalÂ (or at least commercial) bakeriesÂ thatÂ are unintentionally sad, silly, creepy, or inappropriate. From misspellings to mishearingsÂ (“and I want sprinklesÂ on the bottom” carefully written out under “Happy Birthday”) to the just plain bizarre (a baby shower cake with an icing representation of a naked woman flat on her back and aÂ baby emerging from . . . well, you get the idea), each example is both a cautionary tale (don’t give your order over the phone) and a reminder that maybe we can go overboard on our celebrations of life’s important moments (“Good luck at your parole hearing!”)
Passive-Aggressive Notes presents collected examples of “painfully polite and hilariously hostile writings from shared spaces the world over.” Here you’ll find the notes that turn up in workplace break rooms from the one person who is tired of cleaning the microwave orÂ the coffee maker,Â or the person whose lunch has been pilfered one time tooÂ many.Â I especially liked the Christmas card from former neighbors that extended holiday wishes to “Vicki, Tony, Linda, Tom, Rita, and forgot” (submitted by Linda, Tom, and Rita’s little sister, Gloria).
And that’s it for 2008. See you on the other side.
A year ago, I answered questionsÂ about 2007 in an end-of-yearÂ meme.
Two years ago, I discoveredÂ my Six GoalsÂ ofÂ a Quality LifeÂ articulatedÂ both my regrets for 2006 and my hopes for 2007.
Three years ago, I did not post on New Year’s Eve.
Four years ago, I wrote aboutÂ keeping a commonplace.
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