When I was in high school, my great aunt died. She didn’t want a funeral, but we went up to New York for the burial. My mom is the kind of person who refuses to ever lie about anything, so instead of writing to my school that I went to a funeral (an acceptable excuse for being absent), she wrote that I went to an interment. She wrote in cursive and when my teacher saw the note, she asked where I had been. I said “my great aunt’s burial.” My teacher said “Well this looks like ‘internment’ which means going to prison.” 

I don’t know why but this story sticks in my mind and sometimes still makes me mad, both at my mom for not just writing a simpler basically truthful explanation and at my teacher (who was actually one of my favorites) for prying into my family life and for indirectly calling my mom stupid because she misread something.

I am always thrown off when people I am close friends with REALLY WANT KIDS, because most of my close friends see eye to eye with me in so many ways and I forget that wanting kids is actually a normal, valid perspective.
uberheathen
uberheathen:

whisker-biscuits:

OK look, I don’t really give a shit about baseball, but if I did, it’d be all O’s all the time if only because Frank loves them. (Also because I love Baltimore and the only games I’ve ever been to have been O’s games.) I live in Royalville though and people here are losing their shit over these playoffs. 

I also don’t give a shit about baseball and never watch games, but I feel a lot of affection for the Orioles and when I see people wearing O’s shirts here in Seattle I feel a swell of pride. I would ask them for high fives but then they might expect me to, like, know how the team is doing or something.
On a related note, I recently learned that my aunt and uncle, who live in Baltimore, will sometimes go to Frederick Keys games. The Keys are the Orioles feeder team from my home town, an hour from Baltimore. I don’t think my mom knows her brother and his wife do this; they take the train and stay at the scary Travelodge that is the only hotel accessible from the Keys stadium without a car. I have no idea why they do this or why anyone from Baltimore would be a Frederick Keys fan, but life is full of beautiful mysteries.

Whenever I see people in O’s gear, I always ask if they’re from Baltimore. 50/50 with people being excited to talk to a Marylander vs. looking super weirded out that a stranger is engaging with them. Good enough in my book! (I used to do this with people wearing Nats hats, but the W has some other symbolism and so most people looked at me like I was crazy when I asked if they were from DC.)

uberheathen:

whisker-biscuits:

OK look, I don’t really give a shit about baseball, but if I did, it’d be all O’s all the time if only because Frank loves them. (Also because I love Baltimore and the only games I’ve ever been to have been O’s games.) I live in Royalville though and people here are losing their shit over these playoffs. 

I also don’t give a shit about baseball and never watch games, but I feel a lot of affection for the Orioles and when I see people wearing O’s shirts here in Seattle I feel a swell of pride. I would ask them for high fives but then they might expect me to, like, know how the team is doing or something.

On a related note, I recently learned that my aunt and uncle, who live in Baltimore, will sometimes go to Frederick Keys games. The Keys are the Orioles feeder team from my home town, an hour from Baltimore. I don’t think my mom knows her brother and his wife do this; they take the train and stay at the scary Travelodge that is the only hotel accessible from the Keys stadium without a car. I have no idea why they do this or why anyone from Baltimore would be a Frederick Keys fan, but life is full of beautiful mysteries.

Whenever I see people in O’s gear, I always ask if they’re from Baltimore. 50/50 with people being excited to talk to a Marylander vs. looking super weirded out that a stranger is engaging with them. Good enough in my book!

(I used to do this with people wearing Nats hats, but the W has some other symbolism and so most people looked at me like I was crazy when I asked if they were from DC.)

OK look, I don’t really give a shit about baseball, but if I did, it’d be all O’s all the time if only because Frank loves them. (Also because I love Baltimore and the only games I’ve ever been to have been O’s games.) I live in Royalville though and people here are losing their shit over these playoffs. 

OK look, I don’t really give a shit about baseball, but if I did, it’d be all O’s all the time if only because Frank loves them. (Also because I love Baltimore and the only games I’ve ever been to have been O’s games.) I live in Royalville though and people here are losing their shit over these playoffs.