You know, the thing about that “tell me if you want me to tell you how great you are” meme is that it seems pretty weird asking to be complimented.

Instead, I randomly chose three names from my friends list by clicking in the friends drop-down in Semagic, closing my eyes, and letting the mouse click wherever it wanted. (It took about seven tries to get three names. 🙂  ) And I hereby offer voluntary praise of the three randomly chosen friends:

has had some pretty tough times in the past few years, and I think I only know a fraction of it. But when I met her in person last year, she was all smiles, and such a delightful person to be around. I love that about her.

has always struck me as a deeply caring and very compassionate person. Her humor style is such that she’s likely to play that down, but she’s proven over and over again that she’s willing to help her friends in need, and that she feels pain for those who are hurting. I love that about her.

is such a wonderful person to know. When we speak of him, Karsten and I don’t call him “Joe” or “Joe Decker;” it’s always “Happy Joe Decker.” You can’t help but let a little of that warm disposition rub off on you. And I love that about him.

The “tell me how great I am” anti-meme

12 thoughts on “The “tell me how great I am” anti-meme

  • November 21, 2004 at 6:55 am
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    I like this a lot better :). And a big “yes!” with regard to all three of your names. I know both Lori and Joe especially well, and in my opinion your assessment is right on.

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  • November 21, 2004 at 7:05 am
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    You know, I feel this way about all of this type of meme. “Ask me anything about myself that you’ve always wondered about.” “Ask me a question about any of my stories.” If people actually *want* to do those things, won’t they do them anyway? You don’t need a special meme for it, do you?

    I mean, I’m not a big fan of memes in the first place, but I very much prefer the ones that encourage you to add original content to your journal to the ones that encourage other people to entertain you.

    -J

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  • November 21, 2004 at 7:26 am
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    Yeah, that’s a meaningful distinction to me, for sure.

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  • November 21, 2004 at 8:46 am
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    Thank you for your kind words. The last thing I expected to see at the top of my Friend’s list was your post saying very cool things about me. As to your assessment, it’s a pretty good one as I do try to get beyond the bad in life by enjoying the good moments to their fullest potential. I wish we’d have had a chance to spend more time together but your visit was so short. Here’s looking forward to another meeting soon.

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  • November 21, 2004 at 9:23 am
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    aw shucks, you’re embarressing me. 🙂

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  • November 21, 2004 at 12:05 pm
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    I look forward to another meeting, as well!

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  • November 22, 2004 at 9:34 am
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    *beam* If I wasn’t Happy before I read this, I am now. 🙂

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  • November 22, 2004 at 3:47 pm
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    Given a choice between the open “praise me somehow” and a chance to hang out with said person, I’d choose the latter. It’s more fun for both parties, IMHO. I very rarely, if ever, answer those things.

    Great exercise with the 3 random names, though. Dig. 🙂

    Are you going to make it to IHOP this Tuesday for any amount of time at all? I didn’t get to talk to you much at the last Meetup.

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  • November 22, 2004 at 9:12 pm
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    No, I don’t think I’ll be making it there. Hope it’s fun, though!

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