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Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
Gender: Female
Born: Mississippi
Interests: Golf, reading, writing
Member: Standard
Joined: June 2014
Despite my profile name, I'm actually a "ma", not a "pa". I guess I didn't think that one through, very well. The picture is from several years ago, but I still look the same since I have the same haircut.
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pafaust: Is there a way to see beyond one page of profile thoughts? I like to see original thoughts and it seems like unless I hit them at the exact right time, the page that I see is all the same repeating saying, sometimes more than once.
September 4, 2014 at 6:00PM
    pipersfancy: I've actually wondered the same thing... but never asked! Good on you! I'll check back to see if someone knows the answer.
    September 5, 2014 at 9:16AM

pafaust: Thank you to all that read and reviewed "Mark Twain Was Wrong". My first objective was to convince a non-golfer into taking up the sport, but it seems that most people are very adamant in their anti-golf stances. Secondly, I wanted to make someone laugh, unexpectedly, at a sport that is considered stuffy and sophisticated. I was happy with the fact the most of the reviews made me laugh, unexpectedly, right back.
September 1, 2014 at 3:15PM

pafaust: Quite frankly, I've always felt spoiled by the fact that I have two computer monitors, at work. They've always seemed to work just fine.
A new computer was delivered to me, last week, and the IT guy (Joe) commented on the fact that my monitors were very small. Here is how the conversation went:
Joe: If you're important enough to need such a powerful computer, you need larger monitors.
Me: Of course I'm that important. Get me new monitors, Minion.
Joe: I'll talk to your admin, straight away, so that she can get them on order.
Me: Let it be so or off with your head.
(Yes, we did lapse into a kind of medieval, Alice in Wonderland-y dialect. It always happens when I'm channeling the Queen of Hearts.)
I am definitely going to start flashing my importance around to see how much more stuff I can get.
August 4, 2014 at 7:16PM
    Selina Stambi: Looks like you've fallen down a rabbit hole - or through a looking glass??
    August 5, 2014 at 11:09AM
    pafaust: Naw...just slipped into my wardrobe to go find the lion, for a minute. But WAIT!!! Now I'm thinking that I would love to read the story of the epic battle between Alice and those kids from Narnia. Of course they would end up joining forces because (deep down) they're all really good kids.
    August 6, 2014 at 10:26AM

August 3, 2014 at 7:26PM
    Twilightspire: Silence is golden, isn't it?
    August 4, 2014 at 12:57AM
    pafaust: At that particular moment, the world is probably happier that it was spared my thoughts. I'm going to have to do something about this naughty profile that posts either nonsense or nothing, randomly.
    August 4, 2014 at 10:00AM

pafaust: Because I am a bit of a Grammar Queen, I try to keep up with what the kids are doing, grammatically, these days. I've heard there is a new "thing" to do. "tl;dr" means "too long; didn't read".
I know that I (sometimes) tend to get a little verbose and may expound on a random, and quite possibly silly, thought for many, many, many, many sentences. There might be people that feel that they don't have enough time in the average work day to read every word. I appreciate that and don't begrudge you your confusing work ethic.
But I'm telling you, right now,if I were ever to receive a "tl;dr" comment, my feelings will be hurt to a degree that you won't even be able to comprehend and there's a very good chance that the next time I see the dick that writes that, I'm liable to punch you in the throat.
There's my PSA for the day. You've been warned.
July 27, 2014 at 11:16AM
    Imogen JH: "tl;dr" These thoughts.

    Whoop's sorry.
    July 27, 2014 at 11:24AM
    Kingsland: you need to first look at critical thoughts for the positive before getting negative. because they just may have some credence. After all, writing is a constant learning process...
    July 27, 2014 at 11:26AM
    Margaret Snowdon: I've always thought myself an intelligent person, but do excuse my ignorance on this - I've no idea what they mean!! Margaret
    July 27, 2014 at 12:05PM
    pafaust: Imogen get one. Kingsland, I appreciate your advice and will consider it when I get frustrated with people who are frustrated with my long-windedness. Margaret, I'm sure that you are intelligent. I was just getting cheeky about the lack of interest shown in reading longer pieces.
    July 27, 2014 at 12:14PM
    Imogen JH: I'm always happy to review and critique a longer piece. On other sites two to six thousand words is not uncommon.
    There's no reward here for doing that though. You get the same pitiful payout for writing a few lines of fluff as you would if you really got stuck in and did a serious critique.

    I'm not saying this site is a bad one. I wouldn't waste my time here if I did. But you have to consider what you are seeking and whether or not it can be delivered.
    July 27, 2014 at 12:22PM
    Twilightspire: As long as it is well written, I don't mind long posts. It's the schlock that you have to copy and paste every single line that bothers me if I don't have two hours to spend on it. This coming from a person who normally posts 3000-3500 words every post.
    July 27, 2014 at 11:54PM

pafaust: The thing that I like about books, as opposed to movies, is that the writer gives us the ability to know what the characters are thinking. I tend to gravitate towards the characters that may seem sweet on the outside, but are harboring some evil thoughts behind the words they may say. Here's my question: should a writer be concerned that his/her story is not going to do well because the reader is privy to every "not nice" thought that his/her characters think? What if they're really funny?
July 23, 2014 at 4:50PM
    nor84: It's a matter of balance. If a character spends a lot of time thinking, he isn't acting, and readers want action. A little internal monologue is fine, but it shouldn't give away a surprise. I've just taken out some thoughts from my latest posting because it's better to surprise the reader later on.
    July 23, 2014 at 9:53PM

July 21, 2014 at 1:39PM
    nor84: Terrific video!
    July 21, 2014 at 7:45PM

pafaust: I don't know what's going on today, but I appreciate the fact that the whole world has gotten together in an effort to please me because I have not been disappointed in one single aspect of this day, yet.
July 18, 2014 at 2:52PM

pafaust: Your weirdness will make you stronger. Your dark side will keep you whole. Your vulnerability will connect you to the rest of our suffering world. Your creativity will set you free. There's nothing wrong with you. Andrea Balt
June 23, 2014 at 7:45AM

pafaust: We are having a new garage door installed, today?woo hoo! There was discussion on who should stay home to let the garage door guys in, at 8:00 a.m. Here are the top ten reasons that it was a better idea that Jody (the husband) take on that task:
1) A garage door is a ?boy thing?. As are refrigerators, garbage disposals and dishwashers. If someone were delivering a couch, I would make it my job to let them in.
2) People randomly fall in love with me for no apparent reason. There is no data that suggests that garage door installers are immune to my charm.
3) Do garage door installers expect to be tipped? What kind of gratuity will they be expecting?
4) One of the rules of our marriage is that Jody and I both are granted four unreasonable demands, a year. Fortunately, we never have to use them although Jody insists that I have cashed in on one with a sandwich request, this year. If he doesn?t press the issue on the three remaining demands, we will avoid that fight. I think he suspected that I might demand that I not have to do this and caved before I had to declare it a demand.
5) I didn?t pick out the door and would have no way of knowing whether or not they were even installing the right one.
6) Although I expect that their occupation of installing garage doors makes them quite familiar with driveway parking, I have no way of knowing whether or not they can conform to the stringent parking guidelines that I try to have carried out in my driveway. They don?t know how lucky they are to have avoided that mini meltdown.
7) I might have tried to make use of the idle waiting time by starting to build my hat for the Kentucky Derby, next year, and got so caught up in that project that I never made it to work.
8) I have a huge and important work project and need to keep doing my part to keep you safe at 30,000 feet. You?re welcome.
9) Given the fact that most of today?s random hair drying thoughts consisted of Dr. Seuss verses ? ?And to think that I saw it on Mulberry street?, I feel that I might not have been up to the task of entertaining the garage door guys. What is the emoticon for ?feeling unimaginative??
10) There might be instructions involved and I don?t feel that I have the teaching skills to pass on any information that Jody might need.
June 17, 2014 at 2:04PM
    LateBloomer: Ohhhhh, and you forgot that the installers show up after their morning coffee and will want to use your nice clean bathroom. Uhh huh.
    June 21, 2014 at 8:28PM
    pafaust: Fortunately, all he had to do was let them in. We have no idea what they may have done, after he left. I prefer to keep it that way.
    June 21, 2014 at 9:12PM
    Selina Stambi: Out of sight, out of mind, I suppose! Welcome to FS MAfaust!
    June 25, 2014 at 8:51PM

pafaust: Dumb question from a technological do you connect pictures, videos, etc. to profile comments? All I see is "Include Image" with just a few emoticons.
June 9, 2014 at 1:43PM

pafaust: Today's Random Hair Drying Thought: There are three similarish (not a word...I know...) that I feel I need to define, today. "Whew" is an exhausted expression uttered at the conclusion of a long, arduous activity: "Whew...what a long day." "Ppfew" is what you say at the conclusion of a task where there was some treachery or peril involved and you have escaped with your life and limbs, intact. "Woo" is synonymous with "Yay" but preferable if you want to make your mouth look like you're kissing. (I'll pause for a moment so you can verify that fact and rejoice in the fact that you've already had a "woo", today.) The happiness conveyed with "woo" multiplies exponentially with the addition of the "o"s. The order of preference for these expressions is "Woo, Ppfew, then Whew. You can flip-flop the last two depending on your capacity for embracing challenges and adventures. I hope y'all have a bunch of Wooooooo for the rest of the day.
June 4, 2014 at 1:47PM
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