So you have a little time after your yoga and calculus homework and want to spend some leisure time on the Internet. These two websites are tied for my #3 favorite places on the Info Superhighway.
www.i-cynic.com or, The Cynic's Sanctuary. It's headed up by a guy named Rick Bayan who wrote a book, and you may well spend part of your time on the site avoiding promotions for it (funny, tasteful promotions, mind you). It's good for occasional visits, featuring gems like Monthly Tirades, 714 Things to Be Cynical About, and the Misery Scale. Those who see value and entertainment in pessimists, the British, brutal honesty, and A Series of Unfortunate Events have found their home. Be prepared for the occasional lewd remark.
www.despair.com is the home of Demotivational Posters. You know those posters they hang in offices that feature a pretty picture and some kind of "motivational" saying at the bottom? Well, the friendly people at Despair, Inc. have turned the tradition on its head, and it rocks. Check it out--even optimists find them hilarious.
Speaking of optimists, I did promise that I would tell you more about my nifty guy, who happens to epitomize the bright side. His name is Levi, and he is......well, I happen to think he is somewhat magnificent. I met him when I was about a week away from my 15th birthday at the first practice of a play we were both in. The play is not important,* nor the roles we had,** but what is important is that we basically became friends right away. The rest, as some ethereal collective "them" says, is history.
He likes WWII, movies with complex stories, and Cheddar Jack Cheez-Its. He also likes connecting with people (especially funny ones) and humans who are completely genuine. He is full of compassion and integrity, insight and imagination, zeal and curiosity. He is friendly, adventurous, creative, loyal, and sensitive. He is taken, taken, and taken.
Another person in the inner circle of your life really, really matures you. God certainly did it that way on purpose and I like it.
*Taming of the Shrew, one of Shakespeare's more popular comedies
**He was Lucentio and I was Hortensio