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What was her name?

While I was read­ing friends’ updates at Face­book today, some­thing remind­ed me of a girl I knew back in high school. She went to my high school, and as far as I know she was in my grad­u­at­ing class. I didn’t meet her at school, though, and I don’t think our paths crossed there. I knew her from church. She intro­duced me to the guy who became my first hus­band (who she had dat­ed in the recent past).

Now I’m dri­ving myself nuts, because I absolute­ly can­not remem­ber her name! I can see her face, plain as day. I remem­ber that she had a some­what uncom­mon last name. I think she had an old­er broth­er who had been a big deal on the foot­ball team a year or three ahead of us. Why can’t I remem­ber her name?

I’m real­ly bad with names, hon­est­ly. A Face­book appli­ca­tion was ask­ing me to ver­i­fy 130+ peo­ple as high school class­mates, and tru­ly, I didn’t rec­og­nize many of them at all. I didn’t remem­ber most of the peo­ple I saw at our five year reunion. After 25 years? I’m hopeless.

Maybe I should get my old year­books out and look at Face­book and the year­books at the same time. I don’t know that I’d be any bet­ter that way, either. I need con­text for most peo­ple — not just a face and a name, but also some­thing like “that guy from home­room who was always draw­ing cars in his note­books” or “that sopra­no who bathed in Emer­aude” or “the cute geeky drum­mer who sel­dom made eye con­tact with any­body” (okay, him I’d rec­og­nize, and I do remem­ber his name).

Our year­books aren’t the sort that list­ed people’s activ­i­ties with their pho­tos. You would have to search through all the activ­i­ty list­ings to find out who did what, which is much more annoying.

Friday Frippery

This post is almost as random as my reading has been today. I'm sparing you excerpts from the fiction and school reading, at least!

The No Asshole Rule
After reading this article, Dealing With the Jerk at Work, I find myself wanting to read Robert I. Sutton's book The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't. We've had a "no asshole rule" here at home ever since Sam and I blended our families in 1998, and it makes for a very pleasant environment. I'm in total agreement with the author that "jerks should be treated as incompetent employees." Getting along with your coworkers is an important part of every person's job.

Huh? Chris Brogan reports that Facebook showed him boobies. I know they're ad-supported, but hello, that's the clue phone ringing! Maybe they didn't realize that they're supposed to be classier than MySpace? That really didn't seem to be a hard thing to accomplish, considering the rampant trashiness on that other site.

A brilliant school in Pennsylvania has suspended two students for the horrific offense of making an anti-drug-use public service announcement. Be careful with those dangerous Smarties, guys!

I bet you didn't learn this in school, either. According to John Stossel, the first Thanksgiving wouldn't have occurred at all if the Puritans hadn't given up on their initial Socialist practices in favor of a plan wherein each family farmed its own plot of corn. I'm not sure that referring to the "tragedy of the commons" is apt, but it is an interesting bit of information.

Also from ABC comes a story about the grandmothers who hold the Guinness records for the world's longest nails and the world's smallest waist. Turn off your images if you're easily squicked before going to the article, though. That woman's nails are truly disgusting (and apparently, the Guinness folks agree with me). The waist thing just looks photoshopped to me, as my brain chooses not to process it as reality.

Do blondes make men dumber? According to scientists studying the "bimbo delusion," that is the case.

There it is. I take no responsibility for what you do with it.