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Purple Pants and Dead Frogs

Postby Galen » Thu Dec 8, 9:50 2016

Yay, a list of questions! Takes all the pressure off trying to come up with some sort of brilliant, pithy self-introduction. What performance anxiety?

Your username, nicknames, how to pronounce it:
My username is my real-life first name. It's pronounced GALE-uhn, like a windstorm with an N.

Occupation/Potential Occupation:
I've worked (in no particular order) as a teacher, carpenter, housepainter, counselor, writer, editor, plasterer, stencil-maker, silkscreener, and a bunch of other miscellaneous jobs. Nowadays I'm fortunate enough to not have to work.

Educational Status:
I somehow managed to get a B.A. in philosophy (linguistics). That was fun but it doesn't seem to have had a hugely useful impact on the rest of my life, except for the part where I sometimes get to annoy my loved ones in linguistic ways.

Notable Hobbies:
I don't really have any hobbies. I get into things for a while and then peter out. I do go through phases of collecting things, but the only things I've consistently collected over the years have been words. I collect reduplications and terms that refer to women. Some years ago my yard started suddenly producing mummified frogs, and for a while I collected them and dressed them up and posted pictures of them having conversations with each other -- does that count as a hobby? Now I sound like a lunatic. My dead frog posts were hilarious, though. The frogs were all named Bruce and the chipper, clueless one always spoke in Comic Sans font. I realize this is not helping me sound like any less of a lunatic.

Favorite Website/Blog:
I haven't followed any blogs in a while, but when I did, I loved The Bloggess. Not just for the dead things, either.

Favorite color:
Purple. I even dye my hair purple to hide the grey.

Favorite animal:
My favorite animal is my cat, Malkin, a tiny grey tabby who came into my life when I was a teenager and graciously accepted me as her companion slave for the next seventeen years. She died eleven years ago and I still miss her, even though I did immediately go out and get myself a rebound replacement cat. Writing about Malkin now has made me miss her with a sudden acuteness, so ... yeah. Thanks a lot for that.

Favorite food:
Shepherd's pie! But with corn instead of peas, and ground turkey instead of ground beef. Also the mashed potato layer has to be made with sour cream instead of milk, and the potato skins must be left on, and the corn has to be Bird's Eye brand, the kind that comes in butter sauce. Other than that, I'm not picky about it at all.

If you are wearing pants, please describe them:
I'm wearing a pair of 27/34 faded, adorably-patched 501s that I've had since high school. Hahaha, just kidding. I haven't been able to squeeze into those for years. Really I'm wearing a pair of purple "perfectly shaping" 512s that I got as hand-me-downs from my 70-year-old friend, who said she thought they made her butt look too flat. I wear them because 1) I do not have a flat butt; and b) I have this belief that you can still be kinda cool at age 42 by wearing Levis, even if they're bright purple and have 5% spandex in order to account for middle-aged-spread. DON'T JUDGE ME

What brought you to spacefem/how'd you find us?
I've recently been on a journey of trying to reclaim a sense of ownership over my skin, and in the process discovered something about myself that I wanted to get some feedback on. I found you by way of an article that described this place as one of the few feminist forums that was relatively active without being too horrible to new folks.

Did you find the FAQ link?
I did. My favorite part of the FAQ is the part about the stars under people's usernames. I like how they self-propagate relative to your post count doubling over time. It makes me think of those videos of the exponential growth of alien plague invasions where you see the one little infectious blob that divides into two, and then each of those divides, and before you know it, your entire view is filled with gazillions of endlessly-replicating killer bacteria. I'm sure there's some telling subconscious connection here between feminism and invading alien bacteria, but I can't quite focus on figuring it out because I'm still feeling a little defensive about the old-lady pants thing.

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Re: Purple Pants and Dead Frogs

Postby rowan » Thu Dec 8, 14:17 2016

Hah that's funny. Any idea why they started turning up like that?

My hair is also purple, though I may go blue again later. Or maybe I might let it just grow out a while, it's been various colors for a couple of years. Dunno, haven't decided. Probably will do something end of January, I like to dye it right before the new semester. usually I touch up in the middle of the semester too but for some reason didn't this time around. (partly because the color is holding pretty well)

Sometimes I contemplate becoming a carpenter or something like that. Maybe you could post a little about your job(s) and what they were like in Careers/Education sometime after a while.

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Re: Purple Pants and Dead Frogs

Postby rinn » Thu Dec 8, 16:20 2016

Hi there Galen! If you were to ever start a blog of your own, I would read it...your introduction was really entertaining and interesting. Welcome :)

I have a kitten named Nyra who is grey and white. It's my first experience with cats (I grew up with a small dog), and she surprises me all the time!

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Re: Purple Pants and Dead Frogs

Postby melsbells » Fri Dec 9, 15:32 2016

Welcome!

And huh, I've always read the name Galen as being "Gay Lynn", and now I know. Not as bad as all the Americans trying to say Hermione before the first movie was made. Closer to the first time I attempted to say my spouses name aloud. Though still not as bad because I'm pretty sure I've got it now, I'm not about sure about spouse's name.

And question: Do you prefer the button or zipper fly?

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Re: Purple Pants and Dead Frogs

Postby Nech » Sat Dec 10, 8:26 2016

This is like...the best introduction thread I've seen since I joined heh.
Where there's smoke, there's fire. Just because you can't see it doesn't mean it doesn't exist. So just shut up, and bring some water.

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Re: Purple Pants and Dead Frogs

Postby Enigma » Sun Dec 11, 9:58 2016

That was a great intro. lol I'd love to see some bruces if you still have them?

You should come hang out in all the threads. We always appreciate anyone who isn't a troll in feminism. :P
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Re: Purple Pants and Dead Frogs

Postby rowan » Sun Dec 18, 11:16 2016

haha I love how you named not jut the frogs but all the things Bruce.

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Re: Purple Pants and Dead Frogs

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