Sunday, June 18, 2006

The lightbulb theory

Once again, yesterday afternoon, I escaped the madding crowds to survey Lyonesse from atop Godrevy headland. After reading some amazing poetry my thoughts turned to the various posts that I've read this week and in particular a piece by Debi concerning female bloggers. Are women bloggers only there to fem-up the blog world with our titivating commentary on handbags. Oh please!
So why do I like certain blogs - I don't stick to one theme, sex, religion, taste etc. What is it that has drawn me to these people?
A while ago I had a conversation with Maxine at Petrona about my lightbulb theory. I believe that we all have one. We can all walk into a room of strangers and quickly establish who we would like to talk to and I would even go as far as saying that sometimes there is a feeling of instant dislike (and it's not usually wrong).
So in essence I think that we all walk around with an invisible lightbulb above our heads. Some glow dimly, and others shine in colours that appeal to our inner radar system. Some give off 'fuck off' vibes and others draw us in and make us feel at home.
Apparently, for me, it still works through the power of the written word. Wow!



I would just like to say that just for today I would like to be an honourary American. I know that I said that I wouldn't mention football - but did you see the match last night? Puts a whole different light on the expression 'up your bum' and the Italians are just about due another tomato-ing!

18 comments:

Verilion said...

I on the other hand don't like the USA or the blooming Italians. Yesterday was supposed to be a writing evening. I stayed in on a Saturday evening for God's sake! Stuck the match on Match cast in the background and after 29 minutes, two sendings off and two goals thought sod it I'm going to have to watch the match.

And now in relation to your post, I totally agree with your lightbulb theory, but it's so much easier to spot the ones you don't want to have anything to do with then the ones you like isn't it?

Minx said...

Why don't you say what you mean V!!!Hope you were referring to the football and not branding a whole nation. It was however, very funny to see one of the Drama Queens get 'creviced'!

Don't you think that Brian McBride looks like the guy from Nip/tuck - oh dear, that comment was a bit girly!

Maxine said...

Now Minx, stop the TV references and get on with that magna opa;-)

A long time ago I read the book "Families and how to survive them" by John Cleese and Robin (Robyn?) Skinner, Cleese's shrink I believe.
As usual with these books, there is a lot of rubbish in it (mostly the Cleese "humour" bits) but some insights (the Skinner bits). I remember a couple of pages about how people meet their future mates, eg at a party, and decide (mutually) instantly, within a minute, that they are going to become an item. The book then goes on to uncover the unconscious motives that have gone on in that instant of selection. Fascinating! Those pages have stuck in my memory.

I am not going to comment on the girly thing because I left an incredibly girly and longwinded response to Debi last night, so enough from me on the topic, I'll spare you all.

all my love
Maxine.

Verilion said...

You're right I can't brand a whole nation just because they elected a cretin as a president or their team prevented me from writing last night. No, I did mean the teams. McBride has definitely got the 'Christian' ruler straight eyebrows. And then another thing they flood the telly with all these curiously addictive TV series which prevent you from going to bed early... grrr!

skint writer said...

Stop trying to sneak F word references in, in the small print.

Minx said...

Oh, I've given up, I am in a siege position here!!

Susan said...

"I'm confused!" (Remember the grandfather's comment late-on in the movie Moonstruck?). I can't follow what you-all (Americanism) are saying, but obviously Verilion and I are in agreement on American politics! I was so angry with that crowd for electing the 'cretin' that I even blamed the people who voted against him. You do realize that more people voted *against* him than for him?

As for Minx' post, I think some people would call the lightbulb an aura. It's true that there is a natural electricity between people that involves far more than sex appeal. I can remember the first moment I looked at my husband. (I'm the person you'll see sitting in a corner, always watching, seldom saying anything.) I looked at my husband coming into the room and I said to myself "There's a happy home". I sized him up in an instant and twenty-five years later I know that what I 'saw' was spot-on.

jta said...

Actually, Verilion, you can go ahead and brand at least 51% of us--those who voted for him thought he was smart--and 76% of those STILL DO! Democracy is in twilight here. Unless a sizable portion of the electorate--"Boobus Americanus," Mencken called them--rise from their torpor and throw the bums out, the beautiful experiment is over here. Of course, rising may be irrelevant: there's much good opinion and evidence that the past two elections were stolen.

Mark my words: shortly before the 2008 elections there will be an attack on the US that they'll use to either suspend the election or sway the craven feebs who like to call themselves free citizens.

Reichstag fire, anyone?

Verilion said...

Well JTA, you know being a Brit I suppose I shouldn't go on about the US. In the UK you are faced with a choice of the same but slightly different or the same but ever so slightly different. Meanwhile mainland Europe is trying to emulate the UK while taking a dsiturbing turn to the far right. Is it time for the revolution? Well something's gotta happen hasn't it? Maybe the blogoshpere is a good forum to start the Global revolution.

Debi said...

You see? That's what I love. We've gone from girly blogs to light bulbs and auras and now we've arrived at the revolution! What are we waiting for? Let's go.

Minx said...

Eeeek! I've turned into a political forum and I only went work!
I thought this post was going to be ever so spiritual with all of us commenting on our love for human kind. Now I find that jta has turned into Goring and Verilion is inciting world revolution on My Blog!
Peace brothers and sisters - I only wanted to talk about that funny feeling that you first get when you meet someone, obviously I was wrong about you lot. Except Susan and Maxine that is, thank you both for staying on subject!

When are they going to get that twat Bush out anyway?

Verilion said...

Oops sorry... I was more or less on the point the first time, then JTA got me all worked up and I had reports to write and you know ... you always find something else to do when you've got reports to write.

Minx said...

Yes, he has that effect on people but is a sharp witster from what I can remember!
And don't talk to me about reports, I have stuffed them in the garage in the hopes that they will take themselves on holiday!

Verilion said...

Well as well disrupting the flow of your commentary I also put off my colleague (who was writing reports) by telling her that I saw the guy across the road having sex in front of the window again. I'm thinking of putting up points for technique and stamina next time. He needs to learn to turn his lightbulb off.

Minx said...

That's the French for you - no shame! Think you should put up the points, or failing that have a party outside the window and have a sweepstake on his performance. Plenty of clapping and cheering should put him off his stroke at the moment of glory!

jta said...

There you go, blaming the victim again...

Maxine said...

Well I don't know, what on earth is going on here, but well done Susan, that is a lovely story. And it is just what the John Cleese/Robyn Skinner book said-- we make up our mind in less than a minute about someone we end up spending the rest of our lives (or a good fraction of time) with.

You guys who want some good intelligent US discussion about politics, I highly recommend Barry Eisner's blog - I was put onto it by Bonnie Calhoun of Bonnie Writes, it does feature some excellent debate. Unfortunately I can't remember the name of Barry's blog but it is on Petrona's blogroll. (extended edition) -- or Google search of course. Now get the politics off Minx's blog!;-)

Minx said...

Quite right, let's talk about religion!