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Pieces of Wisdom Wednesday: Break on through to the other side

I asked all y'all all everyone to put up with me saying "all 'y'all all everyone," and also to do something sort of courageous for today's Pieces of Wisdom Wednesday.

I asked you to write in and say something nice about the other side, whether "the other side" was the political other side, or the opposite of your spititual beliefs, the family member who bugs the bejeezus out of you, the Sham-Wow guy–which wasn't nice of me to mention because he's dead–what have you.

What would make you decide to name your product "Sham-Wow"? In what meeting did they decide, hey. You know what would be a snazzy name, here, for this shammy? What about Sham-Wow?

Really, if you think about it, "shammy" is an odd name.

I am on iron pills. Which is a whole 'nother post. I wonder if they are making me a little Cheech?

At any rate, many of you participated so well! You really tried, and didn't add any caveats like, "My mother has a lovely smile when she's grinning at a bag of dead puppies." Although someone did say, "My mother-in-law doesn't eat puppies," I think.

Some of you were jerky (Paula H&B), and I deleted or altered your comments, AS I WARNED YOU I WOULD. IN CAPS JUST LIKE THIS!

My goal was to try to encourage all of us to let go of some of our resentment, because it really does no good. And saying something kind about the "enemy" doesn't mean we think they are da bomb. It's just sort of step one in trying to live in the same world with them without constantly screaming about them.

And I have no idea where this idea came from; I just woke up and had it. It's the iron pills talking.

Because this whole thing started when I was irked about how Jane Russell's death got all political, I paid homage to her in my photographs with the dry erase board. Oh yes I did.

Choice
You really have no idea how you can improve your figure with a few of your husband's socks in your brassiere area. Also, I thought Cristy's comment was one of the most stunning. The topic of abortion is never, ever neutral, and to see anyone even acknowledge the other side of the coin was, I thought, really brave of her.

Lemons
I saw a lot of this in the comments. That even though there is a group (liberals, conservatives, fundamentalists, etc.) out there that the commentor vehemently opposed, in their heart of hearts, they knew this group, like the commentor, just wanted what's best in the end.

You know would be best? Is if I really had this body.

Gwb
Liberal people have said a lot of stuff about George W. Here is a positive statement. Also? Edsel and I want you to know this bed was made; the bedspread was turned down. It irks me that it looks unmade. See, someone barfed on it night before last so all the bedding had to be cleaned, and Marvin got the sheets out the dryer and made the bed while I was going through these comments and he made the bed and–oh, who cares.

Isn't Edsel getting big?

Obama
Conservative people have said a lot about Obama. Here is a positive statement. Clearly, the whole idea of politics is a big snoozefest to the Eds.

There were a lot of comments people made about their family members, too, acknowledging the good parts of people they must see as pretty much evil the rest of the time. And commentors made me say something nice about Gwynneth Paltrow (cute kid, Apple) and Angelina Jolie (oh, that was hard. She cares about the world).

Oh, and when I was culling the comments to pluck out the argue-y ones, a lot of people wrote joke-y things about Charlie Sheen. I didn't even think about those. I just kind of smiled and went on. Then a relative of Charlie Sheen wrote in and said he or she genuinely hopes no one writing in has to deal with addiction.

Wow. I went right back in and deleted all the Charlie Sheen jokes. I can honestly say I didn't even think of Charlie Sheen as human, or as having relatives, when I read those jokes. Isn't that horrible? And as someone who, you know, no longer drinks, I should have been more sensitive.

I guess celebrities are another "side" we have in this world.

Anyway, I think Diane said it best, and who better to pose with this message of forgiveness and love?

Diane
After I took this photo, Francis spit on this message.

(P.S. Just because it's another day doesn't mean we get to argue in today's comments.)

 

 

248 thoughts on “Pieces of Wisdom Wednesday: Break on through to the other side

  1. When I was in college, I had two friends who shared the responsibilities of one position in a service organization. One of the friend’s father died, and the other one had the audacity to b*itch that she wasn’t helping enough immediately afterward. That’s the sort of b*ullshit with which I group Carin’s behavior. It’s like telling the Bloggess not to mention her rheumatoid arthritis or telling Dooce not to mention her ppd. Funny bloggers still have hard spots, and commenters are not meant to kick them when they are down. It’s code. I think we are all justified in telling persons who don’t respect the code to keep their negativity to themselves.

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  2. Hulk (He's got 17 good years in him left, I'm told...unless he sneaks into my bedroom and starts meowing at 3am again...) says:

    Oh, and Carin?
    Do you want another cat?

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  3. No, Tammi V.V., she is so right. The day in question? When I blogged that I did not feel funny? My uncle was dying, my friend Paula had just been diagnosed with cancer, and my dear cousin found out something terrible about her fiance and had to cancel her wedding at the last minute. Who was I to be whining about all that? I should have been funny. After all, I checked off the word Humor somewhere on some form once.

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  4. Wow, I totally retract my “let’s let bygones be bygones” statement, Carin. That last message was just as nasty and mean as the first, so I don’t think you learned anything at all from this and you don’t deserve to be a part of this wonderful group of people. Go away.

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  5. For the record, Hulk is correct in that I took umbrage with the sales pitch of propaganda as well June’s complaints regarding having to write posts on what a self-classified (by June) blog in the HUMOR category. I see no comedy in either marketing or whining.
    For those so concerned about my personal outlook, I am extremely happy with the world in general, own my own home with a loving partner and enjoy both of our cats. I certainly hope that puts your fears to rest; perhaps if you didn’t label everyone who projected a differing opinion as a “troll”, you would experience more comments.
    I leave you with this thought: if someone continually disparaged you publicly and repeatedly – including encouraging other bloggers and comment-leavers to do the same, wouldn’t you read it? Especially if they had made snap-decisions on your character by a 10 line or less comment? I’m guessing that you probably would.
    Side note: And if the husband of that person is a teacher of children?

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  6. Did someone mention book club? I want a book club again! I even read March but don’t think I’ll be able to remember it enough to discuss now…
    Also have you seen the trailer for the Water for Elephants film? (Unless it’s OUT there already, UK’s so behind.) I’m really looking forward to it, it looks beautiful!

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  7. And another day begins at the Pie.
    Don’t know what I did before I discovered this blog, methinks I was more productive at my job though.

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  8. Hulk (How can I understand a person who remembers every little thing I did wrong but can't remember to turn off a light when she leaves a room???) says:

    Oh Fur-Dog…
    That was probably just me being me…

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  9. Hulk (I am secure in my masculinity, but I have no interest in getting any mani's or facials done. And understanding women? That's like trying to understand why the wind does or does not blow...) says:

    A FACIAL???
    THAT AIN’T HAPPEN…
    Oh wait. You probably mean something else…
    But yeah. No.

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  10. Hulk (I am secure in my masculinity, but I have no interest in getting any mani's or facials done. And understanding women? That's like trying to understand why the wind does or does not blow...) says:

    A FACIAL???
    THAT AIN’T HAPPEN…
    Oh wait. You probably mean something else…
    But yeah. No.

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  11. Hulk (I am secure in my masculinity, but I have no interest in getting any mani's or facials done. And understanding women? That's like trying to understand why the wind does or does not blow...) says:

    A FACIAL???
    THAT AIN’T HAPPEN…
    Oh wait. You probably mean something else…
    But yeah. No.

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  12. Ummm, yeah, Hulk. It’s been a couple of months. I think the last one was when June was off at the march for PEACE in Washington and we were back here at the Pie going at eachother’s throats. No, wait. I think there was one before Christmas, too…

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  13. Did anyone see Modern Family last night? The realtor Dad was at the spa getting a facial and a mani, and all the ladies were giving him advice on how to understand and respond to women without getting in trouble. We need to do that for Hulk.

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  14. Did anyone see Modern Family last night? The realtor Dad was at the spa getting a facial and a mani, and all the ladies were giving him advice on how to understand and respond to women without getting in trouble. We need to do that for Hulk.

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  15. Did anyone see Modern Family last night? The realtor Dad was at the spa getting a facial and a mani, and all the ladies were giving him advice on how to understand and respond to women without getting in trouble. We need to do that for Hulk.

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  16. Oops, sorry June, I didn’t refresh before posting my comment.
    Am leaving the subject alone forthwith. Or you can delete me! I’ve never been deleted. Delete me, June! Delete me hard!
    Whoa that sounded kinda dirty.

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  17. I totally do not get the Carin thing. Why would she want to come around if she doesn’t like it here in the first place? I mean, wasn’t that the original complaint? That she didn’t like what June was writing about?
    Seriously, I don’t get it.
    *scowls*

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  18. I have to kind of agree with Furry, but of course thats because I was the attackee. Nevertheless, we will leave Carin alone forthwith. I really in a million years never thought she was still hanging around.

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  19. I never bullied Carin…
    I was hitting on her.
    Furry-we have spats? Wow. Just like when I was married, I didn’t even know I was in a fight.

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  20. I agree, Furry, it’s about supporting June. If Carin wants to come around and not breathe fire, she won’t be doused with our coffee grounds. Once she’s served her time, that is.
    June, Shammy is OK! See Hulk’s helpful post, which shows, Shamoy and Shamois as alternate spellings. Shammy!

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  21. I agree, Furry, it’s about supporting June. If Carin wants to come around and not breathe fire, she won’t be doused with our coffee grounds. Once she’s served her time, that is.
    June, Shammy is OK! See Hulk’s helpful post, which shows, Shamoy and Shamois as alternate spellings. Shammy!

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  22. I agree, Furry, it’s about supporting June. If Carin wants to come around and not breathe fire, she won’t be doused with our coffee grounds. Once she’s served her time, that is.
    June, Shammy is OK! See Hulk’s helpful post, which shows, Shamoy and Shamois as alternate spellings. Shammy!

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  23. Just read a wonderful story about two dolphins who saved a doberman pinscher stranded on a sandbar. This happened in Marco Island, Fl.

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  24. I’m afraid your refrigerator will fall over if we all jump on it at once. Poor Francis won’t know what to do if we invade his space. Or did you mean that we should all jump on our own refrigerators? I’ll need a ladder as I’m not as spry as Francis…haven’t been eating my canned bunny.

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  25. P.S. I still can’t believe I spelled it “shammy.”
    On Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 11:36 PM, June Gardens byebyepieblog@gmail.com wrote:
    A) The person really is related to Charlie Sheen.
    B) Okay, fine. We will all jump on the fridge and stop being mean to Carin. Who I am certain cares about the world, like Angelina Jolie.
    C) Tomorrow we get to hear about my iron-poor blood! In agonizing detail! Wont that be thrilling?!

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  26. A) The person really is related to Charlie Sheen.
    B) Okay, fine. We will all jump on the fridge and stop being mean to Carin. Who I am certain cares about the world, like Angelina Jolie.
    C) Tomorrow we get to hear about my iron-poor blood! In agonizing detail! Won’t that be thrilling?!

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  27. Now, I took the whole “member of Charlie Sheen’s extended family” thing as meaning that the commentor had dealt with addiction problems themselves, not that they were actually related to Charlie Sheen. No?
    And, PJ, I’m with you. We may both be censured here, but mean is mean – even if we think someone deserves it. Maybe we could all just get off our angry chairs and let bygones be bygones?

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  28. Dad of Cosmo, I usually can get the gist of your comments. Should I be scared?
    And Hulk, my SO doesn’t own a gun and might not even notice if I took off on a 1500 mile road trip.

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