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17 March 2004 @ 07:29 am
So one of the questions I get most often around this time of year is "What do you want for your birthday?"

My answer is generally consistent - a hug always makes me happy. Most of my friends don't accept that, so I point them to my Amazon wish list. (I suppose this year I could request a Kick the Cheat plush as well, but it's not really a necessity...)

The thing is, I'm not being sarcastic or anything when I request a hug and nothing more. When it comes to birthdays and holidays and other such events, I personally am really bad about giving people gifts. It's just a talent I don't have - I don't know if it's 'cause I'm self-centered or something, but I just can't get myself to a store (brick and mortor or online), think of what someone would want, and pick it up just because it's that time of year. I pick up little presents for people for no reason occasionally because I see something that strikes a chord of "they'd enjoy this" but it has always seemed a little forced to me to try to shove that in a timeframe. So anyway, I'm really bad about giving gifts, so when it comes time to receive them I feel really guilty when these people that I really do care about but don't tend to give stuff to, give stuff to me. But a hug is usually heartfelt (at least when it's from a friend), is free, and is always appreciated.

So anyway, I guess that's just another little aspect to the insanity that is me. Now what are you waiting for? There are links up there! Go buy stuff! =)
17 March 2004 @ 07:45 am
OK, a quick story or two to explain why I'm so touchy about spoilers, even though I'm such a big fan of things like movie trailers. No names will be mentioned. If it was you, don't bother apologizing or feeling bad - these events are WAY in the past, and it's either been forgiven, forgotten, or at least actions have been taken to avoid it happening again.

Spoilers for Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 1 and Independance Day enclosedCollapse )

Anyway, I'm sensitive about spoilers. It's just a pet peeve of mine. They're called that for a reason - they exist to spoil a surprise that a writer and director and crew and many other people wanted you to experience in a certain way, and if you know in advance, you simply can't experience it in the way it was intended.

It's like the difference between seeing The Sixth Sense for the first time and seeing it any time after that. They're very different experiences, and by telling someone the twist in advance, you are robbing them of the first-time experience.

Anyway, that's why I sometimes fly off the handle when I accidentally run into a spoiler that I wasn't prepared for, or that I was specifically trying to avoid. Now that I've explained that, I'd better get ready for work...