Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Special Guest Sar, Vol. II

This week, welcome back Sar, the Belle of The Brawl. Sar was asked to define Optimistic, a word I've had much curiosity about and little hope of ever understanding.

OPTIMISTIC, adj. 1. To opt for glasses that are half full as opposed to rosey colored.

About Sar: Well, it's hard to know where to start since all of you know her already. But I'll tell you to start with, it isn't just anybody I'd drive out to Palmdale to meet in person, especially over a meal. Of sausage and cheese and eggs and stuff. Melted goodness. Where was I? OK, I'd go to Palmdale to meet a fly for breakfast but it isn't everybody I can listen to for three hours straight and not check the time. That's a more elite crowd and Sar's on that list right up high. Sar has been part of the core of what makes this site all the best things it is for more than a year, never failing to make us all laugh with a wit that's sometimes sharper than stiletto heel and sometimes blunter than the toe.

When many of us first met Sar, she wrote on her brother, Strider's blog Sound Destruction. Her posts were mostly touching tales of her family or snarky rants about the government. When she started her own blog, Belle of The Brawl all and sundry agreed it was the perfect title. Belle of The Brawl has since become one of the funnest and most interactive sites on the internet featuring guest posts on Friday, wordplay on Wednesday and the caption contest every Monday. During the week the hush you hear across the internet comes from caption contest aspirants hoping for a nomination and a few votes. Most of us sob just from coming in third. The occasional rant Sar still publishes as the mood takes her and time allows still inspire big old brawls. But then, you all know all this so I'll wrap up thanking Sar for being a great friend to many, for writing a singular blog and for doing an occasional guest turn here. Oh, and 47.

Sar inaugurated the Wednesday Guest as a regular feature with this post and took time out of her birthday weekend to appear in this story.

And it's a double guest Wednesday. While Sar does the heavy lifting here, I'm riding Pia's coattails at Courting Destiny.

How to be a guest on this site: To be anointed, I will need your email address and permission. So, were you to send an email to dpascover at mac dot com and say in the subject line something like "OK, ok I'll do it," that would definitely work unless I thought it was spam and deleted it. On an upcoming Wednesday, after posting that week's guest I would then send you an email with a word not in The Devil's Dictionary which you could then spend the next three days writing a definition for and return to me with a graphic or two of your choosing. The only rules are no profanity, no novels and anything else I make up. If you've done this before, I may ask you again if you're around a lot. If you've done this before and not been heard form since, just let me know that you want to be a guest and then disappear again.


Minka said...

Morning everybody, where you optimistic enough to try for first place? *pitty awww*
Sar, sharp and neat as always!

Almost anybody would drive out to Palmdale to meet you! *busies herself with a map of the States*

Minka said...

and all that is good and true, are you drinking in that picture? The colour has me slightly scared!

O Ceallaigh said...

OPTIMISTIC, adj. 2. The state of a person deprived of all access to the electronic media.

Hi Sar! [waves]

That looks like a glass of California chablis, Minka. I should think that would only scare the French.


FelineFrisky said...

Good Morning!!! There. That's all the optimism I can muster at this time of day. Caffeine,.....need caffeine....... D :P

puppybrose said...

Optimistic: ability to see the pits of Hell as a good place to roast marshmallows.

i thought your guest turn on Courting Destiny was surprisingly optimistic, Doug. what's up with that?

QuillDancer said...

optimistic n. a brief period in a child's life populated by Tooth Faries, Easter Bunnies, Santa Claus and doting parents.

G said...

Optimistic: I like that Puppy. Move over - I have some graham crackers and chocolate. Oh this isn't the pits of hell? Close enough.

Hey Sar, nice to see you hear. Now I'll have to catch up on the links. Cheers!

puppybrose said...

D'OH! and well done, to the beautiful and gracious Stilettoed Sar! as the one who initially forced me out of "lurker" mode here at WA, i must thank you for providing me with the impetus to set aside my own naturally optimistic inclinations in order to dwell in the land o' cynics. i haven't been the same since that first day... and it's ALL your fault.

G: s'more the merrier, NBFF!

Minka said...

puppy, that is sorta gloomy...this sarcastic playground has its up sides though. You met ME for one!!!!!!!
I mean how good can it get?!

(there is laughter in my head right now!)

mireille said...

I like the laughter in Minka's head. And salut, Sar!

optimistic the ability to get up on Wednesday, having gotten up on Monday and Tuesday, with full expectation of getting up on Thursday.


Tan Lucy Pez said...

Hi Sar!

Sar is the only blogger that I have met in person, other than my daughters. She's charming and pretty and fun.

Optimistic: In denial.

puppybrose said...

ha! Minka, you know i meant that in the *best* way, right? the flames of optimism i possess are not so easily put out!

but i agree with the lovely Mireille, the laughter in your head is music to my ears (in an imaginary inside my own head sort of way) xox

Optimistic: naïve

Sar said...

Doug -Thanks for the return invite to take another spin as your guest here at my intellectual playground. Your write up was awesome, and it had me laughing & blushing. Silly curmudgeon, couldn't you tell by the picture I prefer white to blush? Uh, not that I'm prejudiced.

Minka - Thanks my sweet sistah. And, lol, it's a glass of Estancia Chardonnay, one of my favorites.

OC - Hi, OC! *waves back* Btw, Estancia is produced at the Pinnacles vineyard in Monterey, CA.

G - Hi G! Always nice to see you as well. And forgive me, I can't reist...please G, I want s'mores. ;)

Snuppy - Thanks lovely lady of the East. Dragging your snarky butt out to play (lordamercy that doesn't sound right) has been one of my greatest selfish accomplishments.

Mirelle - Salut & cheers! And of course xoxo. :)

TLP - Thanks Queen of Pezland. And the same can and should be said of you as well. (Hey Doug? Nah Nah, I met your blogmama! Just had to rub that in.)

Jodes said...

SAR - you rock!!!!! I love your blog and I need to come there more often.....I will start right now.

G said...

Hahaha, of course you do - here you go. They'll go perfect with you chablis.

I went back and read the links. Your story was great - perfect. Reading your first guest spot back in July 2005, it's amazing how this site and everyone's relationships within it have evolved. It's sort of like looking back on baby pictures - cute.

Doug said...

Minka, not even Sar is that optimistic. I'm sure it's apple juice.

O Ceallaigh, better leave out newspapers and neighbors, too.

Diane, that was plenty good enough. Two Sars in one place would look like a tooth forest.

Puppy, I'm just trying to keep my marshmallow from burning.

Quilldancer, everything through the fourth grade, pretty much.

Now that made me laugh, G! Different aroma, same editor, more or less.

Puppybrose, one more s'more to me.

Minka, that's quite the echo chamber you've got there.

Mireille, you're thinking of poverty. I suspect you read too much Dickens.

TLP, thank you for that definition. You're the antisar and I mean that as a compliment to you both.

Nice umlaut, Puppybrose!

Sar, I left out that you're a first-class co-moderator. Nice.

Jodes, that's where the goodfolks play. You belong in that number. I appreciate that you're loyal to your fellow alumni.

That is cute, G.

dddragon said...

Optimistic: turning off the alarm clock and going back to sleep.

QuillDancer said...

optimistic n. a mystic who tells your fortune while gazing deep into your eyes (if his hands come into play he's an opportunmistic).

Andrew Donaldson said...

Optimistic, adj. The triumph of hope over experience.

Anonymous said...

Optimism? What the hell is that??

pia said...

Not commenting, most places but had to see how the person who truly defines optomist, answered the person who doesn't

Doug said...

Dddragon, calling to cancel an appointment.

Quilldancer, a woman who sees a fortune teller.

Andrew, or honest advertising over corrupt journalism.

Jenna, I think TLP's definition is the closest.

Pia, back to your vacation! I'm optimistic you can relax.

Minka said...

Doug, are you implying I am an air-head?
'cause if you do...where was I?

joel said...

Optimistic: The often irrational outlook of baseball fans during the early spring.

actonbell said...

Hi, Sar! I'm so thankful that I got to tag along and meet you, too.

Optimistic~ whistling past the graveyard, hitting the bid button one more time on ebay, and dealing with a sad situation one day at a time.

Doug said...

Minka, I'm just saying a lot of people heard the laughter in your head, by which I avatar!

Joel, your boys in blue are still in the hunt. Don't start.

Actonbell, even typing in a verifier is kind of hopeful.

Solace Cai said...

Optimistic... something I'm not right now. Optimistic people are usually delirious, insane, and just plain stupid, but you know, it's nice to pretend sometimes :)


Logophile said...

Sar, great definition, I love it!
I first met the stiletto here as well, this is a great place to pick up chicks!

Anonymous said...

optimistic: one who lacks experience
(thanks, N. Hawthorne)

tsduff said...

I like hanging out around here because of all the smart people

Sar, very nice to know more about you. I always get a kick out of your contests... (and the occasionaly libatious becomes a wealth of creative thought when the answers start rolling in.

As always Doug, love your show.

puppybrose said...

Optimistic: horny flea preparing to mount an elephant.

Mutha said...

Buzz Kill: Solace Cai

Optimistic: To leap (arms open wide and grin to the sun) to a place that may exist.

Doug said...

Solace, I think the boundary between an optimist and a pessimist is almost always first love or second semester.

Haha, Logo. Cruise Waking Ambrose any old time.

Anonymous, that's Nathaniel?

Terry, admit it. You come for the carrion.

Puppybrose, without consent of the elephant that's assault!

Mutha, like Boston?

Minka said...

optimistic: a leap of faith

only problem? You have to be inspired to jump!

Old Mule said...

optimistic: lacking experience

(thank you N. Hawthorne)

puppybrose said...

Doug, it was my optimistic assumption you'd grasp the consensual aspect of the aforementioned flea/elephant transaction. my bad!

(resist the urge to point out that old saying about assumptions...)

QuillDancer said...

optimistic v. the hope that it wouldn't seem suspicious when Doug was chosen as a contender in the caption contest on Sar's blog, the very day Sar was the guest poster on his ...

[Forgive me for casting aspersions, Doug, but two of my relatives are your sparing opponents. We need an edge.)

(Sar, see the above -- no tarnish intended on you!)

Anonymous said...

One would have to be optimistic to try and walk in stilettos.


cooper said...

Optimistic sure is a funny word for this site, but I can see why you would give it to Sar.

I love her kick ass shoes.

You are optimistic - dear Dawg - when you say your guests spend three days; it is more like eight hours a day for the full week before, up till all hours, biting nails and with short episodes of the nervous nausea just wondering of one can live up to all past guests while praying one does not embarrass oneself in front of such an esteemed crowd.

Not to scare anyone off….it’s so worth it. ;)

Doug said...

Minka, that's why all the optimists are found on the ground floor.

Old Mule, I take it you were anonymous a little bit ago but found your faith.

Puppybrose, what kind of debauched harlot elephants do you people keep in Connecticut?

Quilldancer, which are your relatives? Feel free to campaign for them here.

Squaregirl, you'd have to be outdoors.

Cooper, whatever everyone else may say, I think you should take more Ativan.

ariel said...

that's one elegant definiton, Sar, and a nice development of character as Sar is now someone makes Doug think of one of his greatest breakfasts of life. :)

I've always thought being guest here must be something what Cooper described...

ariel said...

I didn't mean that breakfast the way it sounds.

QuillDancer said...

Doug, I insult you and you respond with generosity and kindness? You are an odd fellow. But, to answer your question, Cindra Jo is my niece and Just Tom is her husband. They are both in the caption contest at Sar's -- as are you. You will also find at Sar's place Cindra's sister, Brooke, and, occassionally, my sister, Jackie.

a said...

Optimistic: April 15th, until the math persuades otherwise.

QuillDancer said...

Cooper, precisely why I have never waved my quill for a chance to guest. The audience is consistently sharp, witty and insightful. They shine like the sun. I occassionally manage a little twinkle, but never when I really need one.

The Boy from S.A.C.A.D.A. said...

I am to young too wear glasses so i will try to be optamistic anyhow.

Kyahgirl said...

Sar, I hope you're not going to stomp me with the stiletto for missing this yesterday. I'm always optimistic that I'll make it to WA every Wednesday but yesterday just didn't work out.

Its so good to see you and I agree with everything the dawg said. :-)
I'd even drive to Palmdale to meet you!!

Mutha said...

Doug: Are you asking if Boston is a place that may exist? Or if Boston is a Buzz Kill.

Depending on the given could be either.

Doug said...

Ariel, not to fear. Breakfast always sounds to me like eggs and sausages.

Quilldancer, you should see how I respond to compliments. Not pretty.

a, true optimism is thinking no one will mind if you file on the 16th.

Haha, boy. Optomotristic is as optomotristic does.

Kyah, need directions?

Mutha, I was asking if it exists. It can't be a buzz kill with you and AP3 living there, but it could still be fictional.

Kyahgirl said...

Doug, nope, Google Earth tells me its only 1722 miles and gives directions too!