read your archives

For a smidgen of good old fashioned jocundity, read some old entries in your blog or journal. Not only do you get a chance to reminisce, you can also catch blunders. Some will be minor, like ‘prempt’ instead of ‘preempt.’ Others will be major, like forgetting to close the italics tag. This will cause the following three entries to be italicized, making you look unwitty. Fixing the errors is satisfying until you gasp in terror at the realization that even more mistakes are likely to reside in the rest of the archives. Momentarily saddened, it will soon dawn on you that you’re probably the only one who reads the archives and even if you’re not, those that read them are almost assuredly less picky about improper spelling and grammar than you.

At least that’s what happened to me.


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  1. Always looking for ways to improve my Scrabble game, I looked up jocundity at Merriam-Webster online. Imagine my confusion at reading the example, “a poet could not but be gay, in such a jocund company” before reading the definition, “marked by or suggestive of high spirits and lively mirthfulness”.

    Comment by Renee on June 3, 2003 @ 1:13 am
  2. I have to use my new Merriam Webster thesaurus for something :)

    Comment by dan on June 3, 2003 @ 1:16 am
  3. That’s Dan all right, full of merriment, gayity, mirthfulness, lively, high spirited. Blah, blah, blah. That is a good “J” word though, I’ll have to remember that one for the next scrabble match.

    Comment by jason on June 3, 2003 @ 7:35 am
  4. The question is how lively and full of mirth can Dan be during the day if he’s up posting and commenting at 1 in the morning? Dan, do you have a friend in Diet Coke or NoDoz?

    Comment by Renee on June 3, 2003 @ 9:43 am
  5. Wait a minute. If it’s 1am in Utah, that makes it 2am in the midwest, does it not?

    I don’t have any caffeinated friends, which explains the late awakening this morning. When I awoke this morning, my first words were, “Nine thirty?!” You see, I’m supposed to be to work by nine. I mustn’t stay up so late.

    Comment by dan on June 3, 2003 @ 10:01 am
  6. I was also up at 1am, and I’m quite lively and full of mirth at the moment. Ahh, instant oatmeal and Mountain Dew! It’s the breakfast of champions.

    I read through my archives a month or so ago and it was kind of fun. I don’t think I came across too many errors, but I’d forgotten some of the things I linked to and wrote about.

    Comment by Levi on June 3, 2003 @ 10:07 am
  7. I was up because I got paged for work twice and sleep was not happening. >:( I’m a veritable walking zombie this morning.

    Comment by Renee on June 3, 2003 @ 10:31 am
  8. It’s so much easier if you just never wake up.

    Comment by Cameron on June 3, 2003 @ 11:25 am
  9. I didn’t have alot of time, but read a few of my archives. You’re right it’s quite entertaining, and it wasn’t as bad as I had thought. You might even say I’m full of merriment and mirth. Oh, and gay too, yes, I’m definately feeling gay.

    Comment by jason on June 3, 2003 @ 12:05 pm
  10. Jason, Mrs. Ahoy must be a saint with a lot of patience.

    Cameron, I tried not waking up from about 11 to noon but my typing went all dyslexic and Oracle kepted assuring me it preferred tick marks around my criteria.

    Levi, is it true that Utah has the highest consuption of M.D. per capita of any state or is that a myth?

    Comment by Renee on June 3, 2003 @ 12:18 pm
  11. Renee: I haven’t heard one way or the other, but I wouldn’t be surprised. We certainly consume a good bit of it here at the office.

    Comment by Levi on June 3, 2003 @ 12:32 pm
  12. Renee is trying to start rumors. The truth is that Vanilla Coke is the drink of choice in Utah.

    Comment by Mel on June 3, 2003 @ 2:21 pm
  13. Yuck! That stuff tastes like liquid Carmex and that’s not a good thing.

    Comment by Renee on June 3, 2003 @ 3:25 pm
  14. I’d drink vanilla Coke if it was stocked in our fridges here. We only have regular flavor Coke, though, so I stick with the Dew.

    Comment by Levi on June 3, 2003 @ 5:31 pm
  15. You get a fridge of free pop? And I thought we had a good deal only paying a quarter.

    Comment by Renee on June 4, 2003 @ 11:28 am
  16. Pop, juice, and bottled watter. We have to pay regular price for the junk food in the vending machine, though.

    Comment by Levi on June 4, 2003 @ 12:32 pm

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