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Update: The Truth About Jerome A Paris and Other Startling Revelations

by Izzy Thu Jan 24th, 2008 at 02:42:29 AM EST

Some of you may remember when I staged an ET coup, lo these many years ago.  Back then, we were young and our hopes were high.  Or perhaps it was the other way around.  In any case, those were the salad days, the blog all fresh and green.  They were giddy days, bloated with joy and expectation.

I was a brother-in-arms so to speak, all hail-fellow well-met and you-go-girl or something appropriately genderless which I can't quite think of at the moment.  My point being I was one of you then, and not part of that dark, shadowy entity fearfully referred to as The Gnomes.

I know you were all counting on me to open doors and cast some sunlight into the corners of the smoke-filled back rooms, acting as a conduit and funneling out  vital information and the occasional bit of gossip.  In fact, I promised as much.

And then... nothing.  I was barely writing, becoming a mere shadow of my former blog self.  Then barely commenting, until my silence was almost complete and I became a virtual ghost in the machine, existing only in instant message form and practically abandoning the blog altogether.

I feel it's long past time to talk.  That an explanation is in order.  It is time to reveal the secrets behind my long absence -- the trials and tribulations, the personal suffering and trauma, the tears and bloodshed.

And the most shocking detail of all, -- that I, personally, have now been threatened by our so-called Dear Leader, Jerome a Paris.  In my darkest hour, no less...


I am afraid that I am not at liberty to expose the exact nature of this threat,  but feel free to imagine the worst.  I will tell you his demand -- that I write something!  When he knows full-well how blocked I am!  Sure, I have plenty of time that I'm squandering and, ok, perhaps it would do me some good, but the cruelty is breathtaking.  I'm tempted to call him a tyrant.  Where's the humanity and all that?

So here I am, throwing myself on the mercy of the blog.  Sure, it's been so long that some of our newer regulars have no idea who I am, but those of you who don't know me should still feel free to have strong opinions anyway -- why stop the behavior with political views?  Go ahead and tell me how to run my personal life as well -- that's what the poll is for.  

I mean, sure, we're discussing my personal life torn asunder by divorce, my living situation and house in a precarious state, family problems, financial ruin, and joblessness, but please, don't let that stop you.  I still have... hmm, ok, I don't have my health either.  I'll add it to the poll.

So, people, tell me -- what area exactly of this mess would you like me to describe in detail?  My life is an open book.  Or would be if I could write something.  Perhaps with some encouragement, I might even post something now and again.  Even if not, by writing this I've thwarted Jerome.  And, in all honesty, isn't that what counts?

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What would you be most interested in reading?
. Izzy's battle with Jerome 20%
. Izzy's battle with writer's block 20%
. Izzy's battle in divorce court 3%
. Izzy's battle with bankruptcy 3%
. Izzy's battle with the medical establishment 10%
. Izzy's battle with the Insurance Industry 6%
. Izzy's surrender to ennui 20%
. An itemized list of charges from Izzy's Citibank card. 16%

Votes: 30
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Too many and not enough choices in that poll. How about us just saying that you're not forgotten here, you're greatly missed, and we'd be happy to read anything you can and might like to say to us? I mean, Izzy, you are fucking dear to us!

<oh shit block sets in>

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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2008 at 04:19:32 AM EST
Thank you, afew.  You guys are dear to me, too.  And you're not forgotten either -- I've been lurking.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2008 at 04:53:50 AM EST
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Can you come over to my office for a second, please? And close the door when you come in.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2008 at 04:20:20 AM EST
This is just like high school...

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2008 at 04:50:38 AM EST
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Ha,ha, ha! it seems to work. And Ahhh!!!! Guess thats why you were in hurry yesterday. :-)

And I do not care what you write about, just write - sofar I enjoyed everything you posted.

by Fran on Thu Jan 24th, 2008 at 04:55:09 AM EST
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I am worried? How is the health?.... all the rest... believe me.. it is not taht important :)

I missed you.

A pleasure

I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Thu Jan 24th, 2008 at 04:30:47 AM EST
Oh, kcurie, no worries please about the health thing.  So sorry to be misleading.  I actually did go through quite a long period of bad health for a few years, but have been much better the last couple.  So there wasn't any turn for the worse or anything, just referring in general to some lingering stamina issues and the like.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2008 at 04:56:25 AM EST
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Then,.. who cares about the divorce and the bankrupcy!!!!
:)

A las barricadas!!!!

A pleasure

I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Thu Jan 24th, 2008 at 06:25:18 AM EST
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Besides, I know what's important in life -- circumventing community property laws and the liquidation, my shoes were shipped to an undisclosed location WEEKS ago!

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2008 at 02:21:45 PM EST
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All of the above, and more!  If it is easier, you could start us off with a shoe blog.  I'll poo poo your choice of shoes and put some sensible ones of my own in.

As it is, that's a smashing piece of writing by itself up there.

I don't know if thesis writing block is the same thing but my friend told me to just write something, anything, just write. Even if it is rubbish, at least there are words on the page. It sort of worked.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2008 at 04:34:11 AM EST
Thanks for the words of wisdom, IW.  I think it's exactly right -- just start writing and things get written.

I'm thinking about a weekend shoe blog -- I have some random shoe photos from my last trip.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes

by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2008 at 05:00:40 AM EST
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You don't know much about me, Izzy. [I was a lurker in your regular day, here].

But I can assure you that I don't go shoe shopping without thinking of you. 'Problem is, I hate the it, and so try to amass all the Izzyesque enthusiasm I can before setting out on the ordeal.

Shoes hardly capture the breadth of your contribution to ET, but the recurring theme sure has breathed a bit of fun into the dreaded shoe shopping task.

Good to see you back!

by Loefing on Thu Jan 24th, 2008 at 12:38:13 PM EST
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Oh, well I'm... oddly touched somehow!

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2008 at 02:23:54 PM EST
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Is this a GBCW diary?

We have met the enemy, and he is us — Pogo
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2008 at 04:48:07 AM EST
Of course not, silly boy -- don't you know me at all?!?  If I was to do a GBCW diary, you'd know it.  I wouldn't waste all the drama potential by being mysterious.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2008 at 05:02:26 AM EST
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I'll deploy my Trap once again then stick a keyboard in front of you ;-)



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2008 at 05:54:02 AM EST
I'm certainly glad to see you writing again, Izzy.  And I don't care what you write about.  One way or another, I hope ceebs's trap works. ;)

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2008 at 06:39:26 AM EST
Have some "keokmdfm" shoes.



Hey, Grandma Moses started late!

by LEP on Thu Jan 24th, 2008 at 07:01:01 AM EST

Don't encourage them - a walk down a street with shoe shops with M - takes AGES ! Now a camera/computer shop is a different matter - obviously :-)

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.

by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2008 at 10:20:19 AM EST
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Good to see you around Izzy. We have missed your mad as a box of frogs levity.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Jan 24th, 2008 at 07:43:38 AM EST

I finally tracked down the real Izzy...

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Jan 24th, 2008 at 09:27:32 AM EST
Nice to see you, Izzy! I missed you.

On December 8, I thought of you: during the Lyon lights festival, some shop make special shop-windows exhibitions, and I found a shoe shop which made one with several miniature shoes (around 10cm long).

I took this picture for you:



"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet

by Melanchthon on Thu Jan 24th, 2008 at 11:25:59 AM EST


You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Jan 24th, 2008 at 11:35:52 AM EST
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Oh!  Thanks Melanchthon!  Those are gorgeous.  I actually have a few of those miniature shoe ornaments.  They can be hard to find, but it looks like you hit the mother lode.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2008 at 02:26:30 PM EST
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Izzy!! Nice to read your writing again. ^-^
by lychee on Thu Jan 24th, 2008 at 12:20:03 PM EST
Oh dear...you are such a dear, and have been so missed. Too many good excuses though for us to seriously complain <damn...you're one resilient woman!>

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Thu Jan 24th, 2008 at 05:23:24 PM EST
Thank you, Bob -- I definitely want to read more about your work on resilience here on ET!

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2008 at 05:47:50 PM EST
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Last Sunday I was taken aback by an amazing pair of Roman sandals sculpted in marble in the Villa Pamphili. And I said to myself, where in the hell is Izzy? I'll bet he/she (sufficiently genderless?) would love to see them.
by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Thu Jan 24th, 2008 at 05:41:46 PM EST
Ooh - you didn't happen to take a picture, did you?

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jan 24th, 2008 at 05:48:20 PM EST
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I didn't have my camera at the time but will do so. I thought it would be an interesting twist- sculpted shoes.
by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Fri Jan 25th, 2008 at 01:45:37 AM EST
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Izzy, I didn´t know you were dealing with such an overwhelming list of stressors that would paralize anyone here, plus your father´s illness!  I am just glad that you post when you can because it adds your own warm and flexible tone.

Hope things will fall into place soon and you will feel settled down!

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.

by metavision on Thu Jan 24th, 2008 at 06:07:46 PM EST
The cow diary person, right?

{spooky music} "The cows ... as you ride by them on the road ... their eyes are watching you.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Fri Jan 25th, 2008 at 09:23:48 PM EST
Oh my, things are even worse than I thought!  I really will have to remedy this situation...

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jan 26th, 2008 at 02:52:42 AM EST
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