Pleasant times these are in the blogosphere. Before a Traditional Catholic and a friend of mine showed up to man the ramparts and stave off my critics, I was, like Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, and Duncan Hunter, considering the nuclear option. For my blog, that would be banning anonymous comments, and removing controversial or offensive remarks. However, having myself been annoyed by such policies in the past, I decided against it. Nonetheless, it gets more tiring than one might realize to receive several critical comments for each post. Blogging's not as fun as it once was. Since this didn't happen in high school, I'm supposing it's because people have not gotten to know me that well. Here's a helpful summary:
Just like Ann Coulter ["I'm a Christian first and a mean-spirited, bigoted conservative second, and don't you ever forget it"], I operate with a hierarchy of values. The three things I love most are, in order
II. The Fair Sex
Everything else follows after those three. Because Jesus is "the Way, the Truth, and the Life" (John 14:6), I include principle and personal values as the lower half of I.
Now, as I have said before, I am a contrarian, and see no need to try to fit in. In 4th grade, I was told that my goal "is to be just like everybody else" by an annoying woman on the faculty. I have made my living since then by doing the opposite of what that advice would suggest whenever possible. Why, you may ask, do I wear a tie? Back in sophomore year of high school, I saw a very nice performance of West Side Story, and everyone on stage was wearing a tie. They all looked so nice, and I figured, 'It may be unpopular and out of style, but it's not illegal to dress well, so I'll do it anyway'.
Maybe I could have a girlfriend if I dressed in a manner everyone else accepts and I have. So what! Should I really be looking for a woman who is so influenced by the society around her that she is scared off by a style of dress that was perfectly acceptable for our age group before the late 1960s? Or by a my cleanly parted, relatively long hair? Or by my obsessions with Catholicism and politics? Or which my poetry which, despite criticism from the tails of the bell curve, the actual recipients have always appreciated? Or from any of that sort of jazz? No. If a damsel doesn't want to go out with me because of my crooked smile, or another facet of my physical appearance, more power to them. I'm just looking for a lady that is wise and independent enough to look past the standards and expectations or society, and who will judge a person by something more than how they match up to the media-made templete of attractiveness. Contrary to what some have gotten from their first impression of me, the intellectual, makeup-hating damsel in cultural distress has no greater friend than me, crusader88.
Anyhow, this has been irrelevent thusfar in college. Of the three ladies I either planned to ask out or actually did, two already had boyfriends and one was still sad because of a painful breakup, God help her soul. Besides, don't James Bond and Justin Timberlake also wear ties and sportcoats? I see no deficit of women for either of them.
If I don't find my true love at Assumption, I can always go after a Traditional Catholic hottie. Where they come from (St. Mary's, KS, and other rural communities), ties are all the rage. So remember: the next person who feels like saying "Lose the tie", don't~ if you really want to annoy me about it, please put at least a first name (or a consistent pseudonym) down, or just talk to me face to face.
Your blogger in the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
Also: Happy All Soul's Day.