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What’s up, tumblr?

Posted on: Sunday, August 29, 2010

A continuing series of reposts from my tumblr page,

On parents and cell phone texting…

The good news? My parents have recently discovered the joys of texting.

The bad news? “Reo tues state fair remeber old days along w pat benatar”

Translation from dadtext? Hello daughter!  Did you know that Pat Benatar and REO Speedwagon are playing at the Iowa State Fair on Tuesday?  I would love to see them and your stepmother and I are thinking of going.  The songs of that era bring back a lot of memories, both good and bad.  ‘I Can’t Fight This Feeling’ and ‘Love is a Battlefield’ got me through some tough times and I think attending Tuesday’s concert would be a fitting tribute to the memory of times gone by.  I’ll be sure to text you from the audience!  Love always, Dad.

An important dadtext update…

Anna: Hey dad!  Sorry, but i’m not sure what you meant by the last message.  Are you going to the fair on tuesday?  And seeing pat benatar?

Dad: Reo speedwagon yes we may go

Anna: Oh cool!  That sound fun.  Ours is all the way down in pueblo, so I usually skip it.

Dad: Rember the days we drove to find them reo

*long pause*

Anna:  Hmm, no, that doesn’t ring any bells.  Did we take a roadtrip in search of REO Speedwagon?  Did we find them?

You guys!  After that last message I wanted to call my father and check to see that he was ok.  And that he wasn’t, you know, drinking brown bag wine at work, again.

I don’t recall a childhood quest to find the lost REO of the Speedwagon, but I really wanted to keep messing with him.  Were they nice?  Did they reward us with rock and roll treasure?  Did we befriend any magical creatures along the way?  Did I get turned into a newt?

I make the fun, but it’s out of love.  I think it’s adorable that he texts me out of the blue sometimes, but these are too good to leave alone.  I hope he never stops!

3 Responses to "What’s up, tumblr?"

Funny. Unfortunately, my parents passed on before the advent of texting. Probably just as well.

Oh, and apropos of nothing, I just noticed that your profile avatar on Tumblr is from Vij! I loved that movie. It’s like a Russian version of a Hong Kong action horror movie.

Hey Miss Lady! Yes, the texting parents is a good news/bad news kind of thing; mostly good. I love that they text me at all and use it to increase the frequency with which we keep in touch, but it’s really hard to understand what they mean sometimes. IMPORTANT UPDATE! I finally had a chance to ask my father what he meant by the cryptic REO text and he said he was talking about a side trip I made him take to Athens, GA when we were on a New Orleans to Florida road trip one summer. I have always been a fan of REM and wanted to make a pilgrimage in the hopes that I might accidentally bump into Michael Stipe at the record store downtown. Sadly, I did not happen upon my beloved Mr. Stipe, but I did find a t-shirt from Ruthless Records and a renewed sense of inner peace and overall well-being. My father remembers it differently; parents are funny that way.

YES! VIJ! Your movie nerd creds are undisputed! I haven’t seen the whole thing, but I LOVE those pictures of her and I think we kinda sort look alike. I also like the message I think her picture is sending. It’s like, “O hey, world, I didn’t see you over there. Don’t mind me, I’m just over here lying in repose, looking amazing, thinking the evil thoughts, about you. HISSSS! I SUMMON THE VAMPIRES! I SUMMON THE WEREWOLVES!

I’ve always thought that Michael Stipe didn’t have enough of a messiah complex to really launch himself into superstardom, but he makes up for it by having danced with Muppet monsters.

Vij is pretty interesting. I wrote about it a few years ago: You can read about it here.

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