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Geezerhood. I wear it well. [Mar. 12th, 2011|10:36 pm]
terribleturnip
Right. So I decided, for me, I was going to do a real blog. More than this -- which is part hanging with friend and part therapy.

But let's face it, sometimes you want to hang out in your comfy jammies with people you know and do shorthand jokes...and sometimes you want to get out there in public, hit the club, see if you have any...mojo left.

After all -- as a personal chef, I watched dozens and dozens of would-be personal chefs fail. "My friends love my cooking and tell me I should be a chef." Yeah. You know, sometimes they're right. But sometimes...you're just better than they are. In the grand scheme of things...you're a B student. Nothing wrong with that -- but there's a chasm between being good enough for your friends...and really being good -- good as measured against professionals.

I should know - because I was one of those people. Everyone I knew said I was an awesome cook. But seriously -- not a MOMENT of professional instruction. And there are still vast, gaping chasms of stuff I don't know about cooking that a first year culinary student would know how to do well -- souffle? Clueless. Can't stand eggy dishes. Never made one. Would totally have to look up how to make one. My clients never wanted souffles. So, on the one hand - my cooking's won contests, I had a crazy-high client retention rate, I've cooked dishes that impressed instructors at top culinary institutions. I made tzatsiki for the first time last week -- just as an accompaniment to a falafel tasting we were holding. And when several chefs say "Well, not impressed with the falafel, but we totally have to contract for this Tzatsiki"...it's time to expletive relax about my cooking abilities, isn't it? Ten years at it as a main profession. Personal Chef of the Expletive Year. An ACF instructor telling me I have a fine palate. A CIA instructor raving about a dish I made. Okay, okay, fine. I still lay a culinary egg from time to time -- and I'm not always on the top of my game. But I'm pretty good.

Time to challenge myself elsewhere. So, here I am, on LJ -- and my friends tell me "O, you so funny." Yeah, yeah, but you're my friends. We're all comfortable here. In our intellectual jammies. And there are fewer of us here than there were.

I need a challenge. Jammies are great. But can I cut it outside of our living room? Time to suck in my stomach and pull the pantyhose on.

But, as with any new venture...there are challenges. Seriously...widgets? Ah, god, I HATE learning new things. Well - I'm all about learning new interesting useless facts. Like hagfish eating rotting carcasses through their skin and gills. (And yes, I did use that factoid over the past several days. And I WAS like a god. In a cargo cult kind of way.) But learning new skills? Painful. Excruciatingly painful. I'm looking at blog set-up pages, and my brain is just about seizing up. What is mebeo? Or Memboa, or something like that. I know tags, but how to really work them? Clouds? Jesus on a joystick I don't have DAYS to spend finding the right photo for...augh, god...everything!

And that's how I know I'm a geezer. Because secretly I'm thinking "I need a 12 year old to set this up for me". I have become my mother. Who had a ringtone on her cell phone that was "Hello? Hello? Hello?" making it sound like she was smuggling a gnome in her purse. And she didn't know how to change it because a student of hers who worked at the Nameless Phone company store had set it up for her.

I don't want to be that Geezer. But yet...I'm trying to pull the curtain of "Hey, I don't have time to explore all of this crap, I have a more than full time job and more than part time obligations and..." but seriously...I just feel too freaking old to figure it out.

Let's face it. By the time I figure it all out and get it set up and get it going...the world will have moved on to something shinier and more impressive. And I'm using the wrong platform. And ignoring pretty much every single damn rule about doing it right and...

This is why my people have cocktail hour. It's freaking Saturday night and I should be kicking back with a tray of martinis and some witty conversation. Or some handsome young thing. Instead I'm obsessing about Tags and Embedding and...

Eh, what's that? I can't hear you...
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[User Picture]From: thatliardiego
2011-03-13 03:56 am (UTC)
Why not? We're right here. On your lawn.
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[User Picture]From: regineaubergine
2011-03-13 05:05 am (UTC)
You're good at this and can definitely have a readership beyond the comfortable living room in pj's friends. I shared your "lassies response" and occasional other posts with a few friends and they all said " She would be a professional writer". So, go for the larger audience blog and keep the rest of us PJ buddies posted on the progress. We love ya.
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[User Picture]From: sestree
2011-03-13 08:15 am (UTC)
Yeah what regineaubergine said.

I actually *like* the freedom of not having to post to you guys. I have a blog in another place where people actually knew I existed had a life BEFORE pyllgrum - a fact that most on LJ don't and/or refuse to believe, and I have 2 public ones: Harold's and another one that's really hard to find but it's mine.

It's freeing not having to pitch stories to your audience and (in my case not yours) feeling you've not hit it quite on the head.
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[User Picture]From: russell_moore
2011-03-13 01:16 pm (UTC)
geezerhood isn't so bad ... and it is unavoidable ... just roll with what's comfy for you


"Time to suck in my stomach and pull the pantyhose on."

garters and stockings are better (from my perspective at least)
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[User Picture]From: terribleturnip
2011-03-14 04:43 pm (UTC)
Garters and stockings are temporary wear for me -- put on with the intention...or at least the hope...that I won't be wearing them for more than a few hours.

Pantyhose is my "getting sh*t done" workaday wear.

Seriously, if I couldn't concentrate one day at work because my jacket rustled, my earrings clinked and I could feel the pattern of my hose on the soles of my feet...how much work do you suppose I could get done with garters and stockings?
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[User Picture]From: russell_moore
2011-03-14 11:49 pm (UTC)
yeah ok ... I can see that

but even pantyhose have an allure ... has to do with a stocking covered female thigh and the way it rubs against one's face
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[User Picture]From: terribleturnip
2011-03-15 12:26 pm (UTC)
Oh, GREAT. How the hell am I supposed to concentrate today?
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[User Picture]From: ferlonda
2011-03-13 03:52 pm (UTC)
"Jesus on a joy-stick."

If you do a blog I'll read it. I only stick around on LJ because of you and a couple of other notables (I'm looking at you, thatliardiego) because otherwise I don't laugh that much.
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[User Picture]From: thatliardiego
2011-03-13 04:05 pm (UTC)
Oy, the pressure, the pressure!


;D
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[User Picture]From: ferlonda
2011-03-14 01:12 am (UTC)
LOL!!! Yeah, you're on now, buster! Better get cracking!
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[User Picture]From: thatliardiego
2011-03-14 01:19 am (UTC)
You know, you oughta consider yourself lucky that you're three time zones away.
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[User Picture]From: ferlonda
2011-03-14 01:35 am (UTC)
Distance makes the heart, or something, grow fonder...
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[User Picture]From: thatliardiego
2011-03-14 01:48 am (UTC)
"Distance makes the heart ferlonda."

It makes no sense, but well, the meter works for me... ;)
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[User Picture]From: ferlonda
2011-03-14 05:34 pm (UTC)
:D
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[User Picture]From: im_geva
2011-03-13 09:50 pm (UTC)
I'm naming my band 'Intellectual Jammies.' We'll play spoken-word funk music in those frou-frou coffee houses.
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[User Picture]From: ferlonda
2011-03-14 01:13 am (UTC)
You just about made me spit my wine with laughter here! Dang- that would be hard to get out of a keyboard...
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