Wednesday, July 06, 2005

"...And Getting Caught In The Rain..."

in between the various parties and events this weekend, i sort of went through a flurry of writing CL ads.

it's possible i have an addiction.

well, i mean, another one.

and so i just thought i'd share my now-favorite response of all time, because it totally trumps anything i posted here, and also because my birthday story entries are long and not done yet because sadly, i've had to work when at work. and i zonked out last night.

so my CL ad was something along the lines of "let's meet for a drink."

and some guy replied saying that i clearly have a problem if a need a "stimulant" to have a good time. and that really, all i needed was his Penis Colada.

i actually thought about replying just to engage in some sort of discussion, and probably would've, had he not also misspelled "colada."

because i have standards.

40 comments:

  1. wow. just, wow.

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  2. Damn. Sorta does leave you speechless. Glad I met my honey on the computer before there was the internet and when there were just stalkers. It is worse than that now. They have gotten way stupid.

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  3. At least he did as you if you'd like to meet for a "swollen cock" I mean..."rolling rock". That's what the bartender where I used to work would always say when I'd go to the service bar to get beer for my tables...."oh, here's your swollen cock...I mean, rolling rock, ha ha."

    Guess what Barry? Not that funny.

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  4. HEH on the Barry comment.

    Seriously, who are these people on the other end of the IM/CL line? How is that EVER appropriate?

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  5. actually, alcohol is a depressant, not a stimulant :)

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  6. that's why i have "stimulant" in quotes.

    nothing he wrote made any sense, really. :)

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  7. I judge CL responses based on spelling ability because I am just that psychotic.

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  8. great, now I have that damn song in my head

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  9. Don't be fooled into thinking that people who misspell words here are not very well educated, or are inept. And don't think just because there's a PhD or a JD behind his/her name that he/she's not a nut. (Granted a typo can get you fired, but this isn't work. it's play.)

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  10. Anonymous said...
    I judge CL responses based on spelling ability because I am just that psychotic.


    The ability to use SpellCheck is a valid screening criteria. If you can't push that button, why would anyone think you could push any others?

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  11. (Oh, and obviously the PC guy's a creep. They're out there, aren't they?!) And El? You are so funny! You're right!

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  12. I used match.com several years ago. One of my favorite ads was that of a guy looking to meet an "intelegent" woman. I wrote to make fun of him and he was so funny I ended up dating him.

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  13. Thats an awesome line. Maybe I'll use it to pick up ladies at the woman's prison.

    Who am I kidding, they wouldn't date me either.

    U

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  14. Typos and intelligence...I do agree with El Gallo's post 100% but unfortunately for me, there's also that posting while drunk factor. That's basically how I got my screen name.

    One time I responded to a condescending email with "what do you think I am, an IDOIT?"

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  15. Kristy,

    You might have simply answered that any time he wanted to make a penis colada for you, he was welcome to use your blender.

    FWIW, as I was listening to "A Way With Words" last weekend, the verbivores themselves made it clear that spelling and intellect are not necessarily connected. Spelling and attention to detail are, though...and let's face it, who wants to date someone who doesn't take a little extra time to get things right?

    ~Kurt

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  16. People who misspell words here are not very well educated, or are inept. Spelling correctly is second-nature if you're halfway intelligent; it takes conscious thought not to spell correctly. Excusing poor spelling and/or grammar because "it's online and that doesn't count" is just a lame excuse.

    And regarding that penis colada... Alcohol is indeed a depressant -- and I'm sure his penis is too.

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  17. I just filled out an e-harmony profile thing not too long ago, out of sheer curiousity. The whole multi-dimensional matchmaking capabilities it has are....well...not working. (I have direct quotes on my blog, go to "E-dating - Load of Crap"). There is a grammatical and/or spelling error in EVERY SINGLE response. Horrifying.

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  18. That's a very interesting, enlightened and uplifting post there Chuck. I just went to take a quick peek at your blog and immediately found that you spelled airport incorrectly.

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  19. Too funny. There is a typo on Chuck's blog! So Chuck does that make you "not very well educated" or simply "inept"?

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  20. I think everyone can excuse a typo here and there. I may very well be one of the worst typists on the planet. BUT, outright spelling errors like "definatly" make my skin crawl. I blame spellcheck for creating an army of children who cannot spell without computer aids.

    I let a typo or two in casual, online conversation go. But a half page of stuff I have to read through phonetically? I don't think so.

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  21. using shortcuts (like "too many" typos) to screen people simply puts you at risk of missing out on someone who might have been fun to be with.

    other things, like mentioning one's penis in an introduction e-mail, are completely valid (and not at all risky IMO)

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  22. valid as a screening mechanism, I mean!!

    hehehehe

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  23. Other than people who can't spell, those who drive me nuts are the
    ones who SMS speak. Aaaargggghhh !

    y do dey hv 2 tlk lik dis ?

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  24. Ha! Good thing you clarified Riseyp! Although I thought you meant it to be a funny sarcastic observation.

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  25. I guess Chuck's not even "half-way intelligent". That is so hilarious!!

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  26. Well, you guys got me. I used the word "airport" five times in that entry and only spelled it correctly four times; I used 1,090 words in it and only spelled 1,089 of them correctly. Clearly, I am spelling challenged since there's absolutely no difference between making a typo and not knowing how to spell the word you typoed. Yes, I am hoist with my own petard. Good catch!

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  27. well, Chuck is a fine example of not taking it too seriously, that spelling thing. It bugs the hell out of us, typos, grammatical errors, but some of the most brilliant people blow it or just don't care about it in this area. How do i know this? Because while spelling and grammatic errors are like finger nails on a chalk board to me, i'm also brilliant and not perfect. so chuck. thanks.

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  28. My feelings exactly "but some of the most brilliant people blow it or just don't care about it in this area". Just don't care about it in this area is the way I feel, especially when I'm multi-tasking at work. I'm still cracking up about the pompous, judgmental attitude Chuck had and then for someone to so quickly find such a blatant typo on his post. HAHAHAHA. We're all still laughing about that. Perfect!!!

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  29. using shortcuts (like "too many" typos) to screen people simply puts you at risk of missing out on someone who might have been fun to be with.

    Butt bad spellling iz nevur fun!

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  30. By the way, Chuck. You sound like a pretty nice guy. As a parent, I completely identify with the feelings expressed in your blog. I sure as hell don't hold a typo against you. Nor would I hold several typos against you. Six typos maybe. When is too much too much? hahahaha. See? it all fits together. Everybody cut everybody some slack and have a good evening! :)

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  31. Some of my favorite writers were notoriously bad spellers. Evelyn Waugh, for instance, in my book the best satirist of the 20th century.

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  32. I found this awhile back and thought it was an interesting read. I agree that spelling is important, but I find missspelling in published books and all over the place throughout the internet. Check it out.

    Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are,the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

    http://www.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/personal/matt.davis/Cmabrigde/

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  33. Hey you misspelt every wurd in that paragraf. Awesum.

    Undr

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  34. Hey, no-I -

    brilliant! true! and v v cool ;-)

    and just think, everyone -- google came up with a way to direct us fast-spellers (cause I rarely ever misspell when I take the time to re-read what I've written) to the sites we *meant* to correctly type search terms for.

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  35. Hey no-I, how true. I just got home from happy hour and easily read and comprehended every word of that paragraph on your post. Of course, I am highly trained in DSL...Drunk as a Second Language.

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  36. By the way...are you going to write about your birthday party? I mean come on...dancing to Madonna, Tone Loc and AC/DC all in one set. How fun was that?! :-)

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  37. My filter all of a sudden blocks CL now... :(

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  38. "using shortcuts (like "too many" typos) to screen people simply puts you at risk of missing out on someone who might have been fun to be with."

    of course, without such "shortcuts," you run the risk of, 20 years down the road, thinking to yourself "My gawd, I married the stupidest person in the world."

    seriously, think about it. someone who doesn't care enough to spell check/grammar check their first contact with a person who they may want to have a relationship with? shoot, i was always told to make a good first impression.

    don't get me wrong - a typo here and there, i can overlook. but damn, i looked at that other link, and the bludgeoning of the English language was so bad, i couldn't even concentrate on the cheesy pick-up lines.

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  39. Wow. Could be quite clever under the right circumstances.

    But not that particular circumstance.

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