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About me: I’m the “Anonymous” who lurked and would write comments like “Yay, 3_foot_6 snark!” or “Great snark, hilarious!” without actually joining LJ. I’ve decided to atone for my creeper ways by actually joining and contributing now that I’ve finished college and I’m waiting to leave for JET  to teach in Japan (I know there are several of you guys on here, too!).

This is my first snark and I went through the treasure trove of BSC books I had in a box to see what hasn’t been done lately since I have no new books to add to the mix. I got stuck between “Mary-Anne vs. the Emotionally Abusive + Future Wifebeater Logan” and “Claudia Injured by the Kid the BSC Still Stupidly Sits for” and  chose the latter for now.  I’m new to the format of LJ so let me know if I screwed up and I will appreciate it like the noob I am : ) You guys have provided me with hours of endless entertainment, whether through snarking or comments and I hope to return the favor in some way!





This one was ghostwritten by- oh, no, wait this is actually early enough in the series for Ann to have written it herself!

The cover: I have the newer version which is pretty much the same as the old one. I’m not sure of the best way to link it and the ones I found don’t have the best quality but go ahead and google image it if you want to see. (Amusingly, when I typed the title in I got results with images from the film “Interview with the Vampire.”)

Claudia appears to be wearing something a little sexier than a hospital nightgown. I had my appendix out at 13 and my nightie was not nearly as cute. This is also one of the only covers where she does NOT have a side ponytail or some sort of odd hairstyle. Her facial expression is hilarious, like she’s reading a card from the kids and going “Erm, thanks, I guess…” If the brunette little girl is Betsy Sobak the Prankster herself, I can’t blame Claud for being uncomfortable. I guess they thought it would be too threatening if Claudia glared at a small child. The mass of flowers Claudia receives in the hospital also make an appearance in the background. The little girl, who I’m going to guess is Betsy, looks a little smug or like she’s fake smiling. The blonde kid (Buddy?) looks really, really happy with the flowers he’s holding.  Maybe it’s Logan as a child, discovering his femininity.

Chapter One!

First page!...and I’m already rolling my eyes.

The first line: “You know,” said Kristy Thomas, “I have never been hit in the face with a pie.” That’s Pulitzer material right there, Ann. Such prophetic pondering is only rivaled by the greats. The dialogue that follows is hilariously out of character for girls between eleven and thirteen, you know the drill. (Because Ann has never met people these ages, clearly.) Mallory says it depends on the pie, which I guess it would be better because you’d be less crabby about getting hit when you at least have some reward of it being a pie you like. Also of note is that Kristy thinks a double chocolate pie would be great to get hit with. K Ron, just order a double chocolate pie! I’m sure Watson is giving you some allowance money and you’ve always got those meager BSC wages, too. Why fantasize so whimsically about getting hit in the face with one? Uh oh, guys, I fear she will become a food fetishist!  

Next nugget of gold: “Logan Bruno looked at Kristy as if she were crazy. He was the only boy among us. Therefore, he had never been at one our slumber parties…” Hold up, pause! This is great that she feels the need to elaborate this point. No, Claudia, I thought Logan would be at all your slumber parties and that co-ed was a thing in Stoneybrook! Or maybe Ann is just trying to remind readers’ parents who peek at the first page that it’s all good, clean G-rated fun? Also, the narration is great. Picture Claudia actually speaking so mechanically and saying “therefore” and “among us.” Oh, I’m sorry. I mean, “Theirfor” and “Amung use” according to the Holy Claudia Dictionary spelling standards.

Back to the quote: “…which explains why he didn’t know about Kristy’s food theory-“ Does she only talk about it at slumber parties usually? Warning sign!-“ The thing is, Kristy has always thought it would be kind of cool to wear food. Like, to hang grapes from your earlobes, or make a vest out of teabags.” Sounds more like a Claudia thing, but ok. I thought Kristy was more a turtleneck, no earrings kind of girl. I’m not touching the teabags mention…

Mary Anne starts to get queasy (sensitive tummy and mind, methinks) and Claudia awesomely cuts Dawn off and saws she would only want to get hit with an all-natural, sugar-free pie, but then says she can get hit with any pie and be cool with it. Kristy’s already got a future member for her food fetish club. Hear that, K Ron? That’s your future after the BSC! Logan says he’ll keep Claudia’s preference in mind. Whoa, Logan, shhhh! Mary Anne’s sitting right there, you horndog!

It’s only page two and I’m reading into their words too much.

Anyway, they’re actually not in the cafeteria, but at a slapstick film festival at the public library and it was Logan’s idea (because that’s totally what a thirteen-year-old boy wants to do with his girlfriend on a Saturday). “That in itself was pretty good,” Claud narrates. “Better yet, it was free.” Finally, some realism. I still jump at free things.

Claudia then goes into this long diatribe about how they all heard of the film festival from Logan, who called who, etc. Is this really necessary? I can understand “Logan called Mary-Anne and she spread the word” but blow-by-blow who called who seems silly.

Claudia also says that “it seemed that all of Stoneybrook was there. (Well, all of Stoneybrook under sixteen.)” Ah, Stoneybrook, land where all kids would actually go see things like that. And as far as the BSC is concerned, that age group may as well be all of Stoneybrook. Claudia also says that Logan is not a “true member” of the club. BURN!

“Ka-BOOM!” “Ha,ha,ha. Hee,hee,hee.”

I check again in bewilderment because I thought Peter Lerangis DIDN’T write this one. Also, the second line of humdingers was from Claudia in response to an explosion in one of the films. It just comes off awkwardly to me, but all the better to snark you with, my dear!

OH NO, MORE FOOD FETISH STUFF! “I turned to look at Kristy. She was enthralled. I’m sure she was imagining herself with buttercream eyelashes and hair.” Um, weird.

And here comes ye ol’ Ch. 2 stuff in Ch. 1, noooooooooo. I’ll just nitpick a few things because it’s too much fun.

*Claudia says that Kristy “amazes her” and is “always working, working. She thinks up lots of great ideas.” But then a few sentences later she says that K Ron seems younger and less mature, but really attributes it to her appearance more than her actions. Nice. She then says that nothing’s wrong with turtlenecks but there are other things to wear. And then this: “I mean, she could try a floppy bow in her hair or some interesting ponytail holders, or some big earrings.” Those are accessories, not clothes, Claud.

* I did like this jab at Kristy’s father: “Would it kill her father to remember her birthday by sending a card?” Kristy’s father is a dick, seriously. Not because he doesn’t send cards, but because he doesn’t seem to acknowledge any of his children. Does he ever come back in the books? If he did, I didn’t read those. In the movie he also sucks the big one for coming back, ONLY speaking to Kristy and making her keep his presence a secret, then bailing on her for no good reason. Selfish twat. Those sperm pancakes were also inexcusable and disturbing both in and out of context because he was doing so while parked with his creeper van in the woods with two thirteen-year-old girls. And he only contacts his daughter, not his sons!

*”Andrew and Karen are her steps…Kristy loves them to bits, even though she only sees them every other weekend.” First of all, steps? Hahaha (Oh no, I’m doing what Claudia did laughing on paper! Damn onomatopoeia!) And what’s with this “she loves them even though she only sees them every other weekend” stuff? As if that would stop you from loving someone? Ohhhh k. She also says, “Kristy survived everything, though.” I know divorce and having your dad walk out must be painful, and having a pet put to sleep really sucks, but the way Claudia writes about it, you would think these things are very rare. Then again, she’s only thirteen, has no pets, and her parents are still together so maybe that’s a little realistic.

*Claudia then burns Mary Anne by saying that she doesn’t think MA could have survived this sort of situation and then notes that MA’s mother actually died when she was a little kid. Um, Claudia? That’s pretty awful and I would say worse than Kristy’s situation since her dad is still living even if absent from the picture. Other books say MA was a baby, this one makes her sound a little older and she obviously did survive.

* Claudia then smugly  notes that she is “soooo” different from these two girls (yes, all four O’s included) and proceeds with the whole “I’m one of the coolest looking kids at SMS and it’s not conceited cuz everyone knows it’s true.”

* Oops, she realizes she’s forgotten the rest of the gang and backtracks to the rest of ‘em. I’m sorry, guys, I HAVE to comment on the California stereotype here that bewildered me even as a kid. I was born and raised in the L.A. area. I like junk food, I like rain, and I am a complete meat eater (though coincidentally I do live with a vegan in a highly vegan area of L.A. right now). But you guys know that the Dawn thing is BS for the most part. More about Dawn: “Talk about survivors, she’s a champion one.” Yes, divorce is not pleasant, but I still think Kristy and MA went through worse since Kristy’s dad walked out and MA actually LOST HER MOTHER. “She’s also an individual.” Riiiight. Dawn reminds me of someone I know who claims he’s a hipster because he does things his own way, but is the biggest conformist I know.

*OOOOHHHHH, dayum, more stuff to make fun of Dawn with! “She’s not stuck-up, though, and she doesn’t step all over other people trying to get her own way. In fact, she’s one of the nicest people I know.” Is it opposite day in Stoneybrook?

*JEEEZ SO MUCH TO NITPICK AND IT’S STILL CHAPTER ONE! We get this weird passage about how Mallory is so levelheaded and practical (Sorry I’m going Nola Thacker with the parentheses or is that Ellen Miles? But Mallory is not levelheaded or practical. She’s constantly fretting and whining about the silliest things ever!) and then proceeds to say that if you told her a lion was in the basement she would say to close the door and call 911 plus not take meat out of the fridge. This is supposed to be funny, I guess, but just seems weird and random. If you were serious about a lion, no eleven-year-old or anyone for that matter would be “perfectly calm” and making jokes about meat.

*”Mallory wants desperately to grow up and to look older. I think it’s her mission in life.” So levelheaded and practical. We also learn that her parents think she is too young for a glittery sweatshirt. Uh, why? What’s wrong with glitter as long as it doesn’t say something sexual in the glitter like “Baby-sitter Escort Service?”

*Claudia surmises that she “should” mention that Jessi is black. Sure, like we didn’t know.

And one more food fetish moment as we end chapter one: A man in the slapstick film DOES get hit with a coconut cream pie and Kristy sighs, “Awesome! That’s my dream.” This is not the Kristy I know!

Claudia then ominously notes that they were unaware at this point about the practice joke fest about to begin.

Chapter Two! Claudia passive-aggressively mentions that she can’t spell while under her bed looking for snacks. And I’m passive-aggressively (or not) remembering how terribly awkward these books are in terms of writing style. She mentions hiding Nancy Drew books. Firstly, Nancy Drew books are great if you read the originals from the 30s-early 50s and are loaded with sophisticated vocabulary in the early years (and no excessive violence or sex in any of them ever, as far as I know. That’s a hilarious thought, actually, but I bring it up to show that they’re not inappropriate).  I can’t speak for the newer versions Claudia was probably reading (the one on the cover of the first book of the BSC is a rewrite #iknowcuziamanerd) but her parents should really be happy she’s reading at all! And if she’s reading so much, you think she’d be better at spelling even simple words because she’s read over them and would remember the spelling, right? Wrongzers!

There’s a sweet mention of Mimi being loved and loving everyone back. I love Mimi.

After a “hilarious” exchange of Claudia bumping her head under the bed while people come in for the meeting of the day, there is a melodramatic mention of Kristy being ready for the meeting at 5:25. As if she’s about to fire on the enemy or defeat the Huns if you look at how “she was ready” gets its own paragraph. (I could make that sentence dirty, but I fear I’ve been doing that a little much). Maybe when I review a book with the Bart-man!

Cue mention of the club’s birth and Claudia’s personal phone line. Wouldn’t that be expensive, especially in the 80s? Also, it sounds like a great way for Claudia’s parents to force her to work harder on academics. “Pass- or no phone!”

After burning MA earlier, Claud says that her job in the BSC means working harder than everyone else because she has to remember everything like when Jessi is at ballet and when so and so goes to the dentist. No, Claudia, she writes it down!  There’s a passive aggressive mention of the notebook, though Claudia concedes it’s helpful.

I immaturely snicker at Betsy Sobak’s street name (Cherry Valley Road) when her mother calls for a sitter. Claudia’s free and questions why the people she knows who sit for Betsy aren’t doing it (wait, there are OTHER sitters not à la Liz Lewis? Who?!) and cue plot device! Kristy says the others are probably “all busy.” Ah, so innocent. And not the K Ron I know because she’s not shooting fire out of her eyes and raising hell that other sitters are mentioned. Oh, wait, that’s because Kristy’s about to burst all over MA because she’s in range of food because she has a pen with disappearing ink. No one thinks it’s funny but K Ron!

Chapter 3

There’s a mention of Sharon working super hard (an excuse for her crack habits) and dating the Trip-Man. Hey, I remember this dude! The one Dawn thought had tortoiseshell glasses (or did he really? Where did he ever go? Why am I using this snark to ask the community what happened in books I never read?)

There’s sad foreshadowing of Mimi not speaking too much and gesturing and yet ANOTHER passive aggressive (MA, is that you? Get outta Claudia’s job for this book!) jab as Claudia only calls Janine by the term “genius” and not her name and sarcastically says that life must be a chore when you’re so smart.

Claudia murders Janine with her eyes when the latter asks how her math quiz went at the dinner table. She got an 81. Mimi is pleased, but the parental units are not. There’s mention of how Mimi thinks they should leave Claudia alone. Claudia changes the subject to Janine’s research project not because she cares, but because she doesn’t want them talking about her own schoolwork. What’s sad is that Janine is touched that Claudia asked and earnestly explains. Poor Janine. Claudia then grumbles internally that she was proud of her B-minus.

She then talks about how someone helps with her homework each night (the family takes turns) and says the worst nights are when Janine helps. Claudia, she’s taking time out of her schedule to help you, stop being a jerk. I bet you’re not even paying attention like in the TV series. And at this point, I’d be pissed to be giving up time when she’s not really benefitting from it or appreciating it.

Mimi’s turn tonight. She’s super sweet and I’m sad that she’s only there for a few more books. Mimi patiently helps Claudia while Claudia meanly snarks that Janine would have been mad, Janine would have thrown a pencil, or Janine would (insert something negative here) in response to Claudia’s actions and work.

Ashley Wyeth calls, which is weird in itself after their friendship fizzled out, but it’s even worse that she’s asking Claudia of all people for the homework assignment. That’s almost as bad as Shawna cheating off Claud’s test.

Claudia gets a crank call about Prince Albert in a can but is so dumb that the caller hangs up on her. LOL. She then muses that practical joke season has begun and she worries about it.

Whew, I’ll have to take a break there. I apologize for the gross length, but it was way more fun to poke at the little things than I thought it would be. Please, let me know what you think! (I’m on a deadline so if there are spelling/grammar errors I will edit them).





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[User Picture]From: shatisarockgod
2012-05-19 04:54 am (UTC)

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Hiliarious snark so far. Can't wait to read the next section.

Also bonus points for your Anne icon as well. I love the first three Anne movies.
[User Picture]From: awishfuldreamer
2012-05-19 06:35 pm (UTC)

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Thanks! I love the first two movies, but I haven't seen the third since it first came out. I should give it another try.
[User Picture]From: kakeochi_umai
2012-05-19 07:34 am (UTC)

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First, good luck with JET! Have you gotten your placement yet? I'm going to be moving back to Japan in a week too, actually, to translate in Asahikawa (Hokkaido).

“You know,” said Kristy Thomas, “I have never been hit in the face with a pie.”
I'm sure many of us on here would be happy to rectify that.

She got an 81. Mimi is pleased, but the parental units are not.
The hell, Kishis?! She got over 80% of the questions right! Maybe if you set the bar at a realistic level, she wouldn't feel like there was no point in trying.

Claudia gets a crank call about Prince Albert in a can
That kid's parents are lucky it wasn't me who picked up the phone, or their little darling would've come to them and asked "Mummy, what's a cock ring?"
[User Picture]From: awishfuldreamer
2012-05-19 06:38 pm (UTC)

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No word on my placement yet, but I've got my fingers crossed. I hope one day to have massive skill levels like yours. Seriously, congratulations on getting a translation job! I've taken three and a half years of Japanese and am trying to prep before July departure by learning as much as I can.

I love your crank call response!
[User Picture]From: kakeochi_umai
2012-05-20 09:35 am (UTC)

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It shouldn't be long now. :)

And thanks! I actually scored that job from a contact I made while I was on JET. I was ranting online about a seminar I hated and the speaker came across it! Amazingly, he said he was impressed with my ability to snark in Japanese and offered to help me break into the translation industry. A couple of years later, a friend of his got screwed by his original J-E translator during the busiest time of the year, this guy put him onto me and the rest is history. I've been working freelance for him since then and his company is now big enough to take me on for a salary.

So yeah. Let me know where you end up! :)
[User Picture]From: awishfuldreamer
2012-06-01 12:30 am (UTC)

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Okayama-ken, Niimi-shi! :)
[User Picture]From: kakeochi_umai
2012-06-01 12:36 am (UTC)

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Congrats! :D

I arrived in Asahikawa the day before yesterday. I applied for my gaijin card yesterday and got an official "it's being made" certificate that I was able to use to sign up for a bank account and mobile phone. I also caught the bus into town on my own for the first time and am planning on doing some more exploring today. Let me know what you think of Okayama when you arrive! :)
[User Picture]From: loubeelou
2012-05-22 06:18 am (UTC)

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That 81 thing is rough. At my school, that's an A grade. Claud should be proud - she has trouble with math, and 81 is a great grade, especially for someone with difficulties. Way harsh, Kishis.
[User Picture]From: liss31d
2012-05-19 09:57 am (UTC)

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She got an 81! That's brilliant! In the UK education system, an 81 would be worth an A or an A+ / A* depending on your year at school. I had an tutor from New York at uni and he warned a few of the American students to not be alarmed by their grades, because at uni in the UK, a 68 is a brilliant grade, but apparently would be considered a poor grade in the USA.
[User Picture]From: stardreemer
2012-05-19 11:22 am (UTC)

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haha, yes! I'm doing my Masters in the UK and the first paper I got back was a 74. Even though I know the grading system is different, I still had a moment of 'What?!?' Good times. I've been here a year and I'm still not completely used to the system.
[User Picture]From: glitterberrys
2012-05-19 03:30 pm (UTC)

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It would be an A in Canada, too. I remember my friend telling me that and my being like "What the shiiiiiiiiit MOM CAN WE MOVE?!"
[User Picture]From: awishfuldreamer
2012-05-19 06:39 pm (UTC)

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I think for Claudia it's a pretty good grade considering she usually doesn't pass. When I was her age, I wasn't the best student and I would have considered it great to get a B-. 68 is a very poor grade here as a D+. Awesome that it's a great grade in the UK!

Edited at 2012-05-19 06:41 pm (UTC)
[User Picture]From: miri_me
2012-05-23 08:00 pm (UTC)

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The university grade bands were quite a bit lower than the one set at my secondary school, but we were generally marked on a curve (which meant that we did one exam where I got 6% more than a friend and was two grades above her), given our percentages/totals, or (for past papers) told what grade we'd have received had we done the exam for real... But I'd have said that 81% would usually be about a B-!
[User Picture]From: glitterberrys
2012-05-19 03:31 pm (UTC)

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Oh god, the pancakes her dad made. Seriously, what the fuck was up with those?
[User Picture]From: awishfuldreamer
2012-05-19 06:40 pm (UTC)

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And I love how he calls them "mouse pancakes." Who does he think he's fooling?!
[User Picture]From: aibheaog
2012-05-19 07:06 pm (UTC)

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1. Fun snark! I'm disappointed to see Claudia acting so passive-aggressive, which I think is Mary Anne's schtick, but maybe she's earned it at this point.
2. Is that a Road to Avonlea userpic?!
3. Sperm pancakes! You watched the Nostalgia Chick's review too, didn't you?!
4. Re: Claudia's phone. You're totally right, it does seem out-of-place that the super-strict Kishis would give their struggling-with-school daughter a phone line, when it seems like they'd consider something like that to be a "distraction." But I do recall someone else's snark noting that Janine had a computer in the 1980s, which would have cost the Kishis somewhere over $2000. I'm guessing after spending all that on their eldest, tossing a couple of bucks at Claudia's phone line every month was nothing.
5. I really hope that prank phone caller was Claudia's future boyfriend, Alan Grey. :D

Loved it, snark again! :)
[User Picture]From: awishfuldreamer
2012-05-19 08:34 pm (UTC)

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It's from the second Anne movie :) I actually haven't seen Nostalgia Chick, but a couple of years ago I saw a review from someone else that mentioned they looked like sperm and then I watched the scene again- yuck!

I love Alan Gray! I hope it was him. I think it's a shame his appearances seemed to get fewer as the series went on, with the exception of FF.
From: (Anonymous)
2012-05-20 04:07 am (UTC)

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Wait, you can post without being a LJ member? I've been reading these snarks since 2007 and I never knew that! Let me take this opportunity to thank you all for providing me with such entertainment.

This book was always one of my favorites. I've been injured enough to own a pair of crutches, so it was easy for me to sympathize with Claudia. Looking back, I still really like but can't put my finger on why. But it's always massively bugged me that Claudia was still held responsible for dues when she was injured and unable to baby-sit, and that the BSC continued to sit for the Sobaks. They do in later books too!

Can't wait to read the rest of this,
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[User Picture]From: llamachan
2012-05-20 04:53 am (UTC)

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Another 'good luck with JET' comment! I was with JET for two years in the Kyoto countryside (in Tokyo now.) It was great fun!
From: defined
2012-05-20 05:41 am (UTC)

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Oh congrats on getting into JET! There's a 1 in, what, 1000-ish? chance you'll take my spot since I'm leaving, haha.

Also great snark so far!
[User Picture]From: mimithemuse
2012-05-20 09:01 pm (UTC)

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I see a bright future for you in snarking! :D

And you're not the only one whose mind goes dirty in the first chapter. Kristy is totally starting a food fetish. But hey, when the BSC fizzles, she can put up a website and make some money actually worth bragging about! :P

Oh, and WTF Claudia's parents! Math was my worst subject, and if I got an 81 my parents would've broken into a chorus from the "Sound of Music" or something like that. Maybe Claudia wouldn't be so resistant to work hard in school if they would learn to be happy with HER accomplishments instead of making up some insane standards for her to perform against. /rant
[User Picture]From: road_baby
2012-05-21 05:17 am (UTC)

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Congrats on your first snark! I can't wait to read the rest! I remember really liking this one which is weird because I hate practical jokes. Maybe the hospital time appealed to me. I have a thing for hospitals.

I’m one of the coolest looking kids at SMS and it’s not conceited cuz everyone knows it’s true.

God, this shit drives me crazy! Shut the Hell up! You are conceited! My theory, Claudia has imminent death syndrome and her parents asked everyone to humor her about her fashion.

Hey, I'm from SoCal too and I hate sunny weather. I try to eat healthy but I won't turn down junk food if it's there. I always thought Dawn was weird.
[User Picture]From: aceattorneysho
2012-05-21 06:58 pm (UTC)

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Good first snark! :D

As a northern Californian, I can't stand Dawn being the exact stereotype everyone has of the entire state. We are like... 4 distinctly different areas and yet people only ever think of SoCal. And that friend of yours who says he's unique but is a conformist like Dawn? Yeah, pretty much every person I got to know in the Japanese program in college who was from SoCal was like that. I don't know what it was but every time it was, "I'm quirky and weird and unique until I find a bandwagon and turn into a bitch to you." I mean, yeah, there are plenty of kickass people in SoCal but for some reason I always end up around Dawns.

ANYHOO. Back to le book. I love that the prank caller hung up on Claudia. You know that ruined the rest of his evening having his joke ruined by incompetence.
[User Picture]From: awishfuldreamer
2012-05-21 07:29 pm (UTC)

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I hate the word "hipster" now because of people like this. "I'm such a hipster, but I don't wanna be a hipster because then I'm like everyone else who is and that makes me more hipster-y." Direct quote btw. He's a good guy, but not an individual AT ALL. I know a few people like that, but not very many. Looks like you got unlucky since they migrated up there.

And yes, California is a very diverse state! I used that in my JET interview actually. It's not all Hollywood and L.A. There are beaches, deserts, mountains, forests...way more to it than SoCal. Some guy at my uni was very annoying like "California doesn't have real weather." Um, what about up north, genius? Also, it is NOT 80 degrees year round here. I constantly hear people saying "I thought L.A. was supposed to be sunny all the time!" when it's often cloudy or colder than they would like. They must have grown up thinking it was like Dawn said. It's nice to see another Californian call bullshit on Dawnisms.


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[User Picture]From: aceattorneysho
2012-05-21 07:38 pm (UTC)

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Exactly! The weather thing bugs me SO MUCH. I live in the Bay Area where there are different climates depending on where the hell you're standing on your own street. My area is blocked by hills and seated right next to the bay. We get warm summers, hot falls, rainy springs, and foggy winters. You go a few miles away and it's totally different. Hell, I went to school in a part of SF that is covered in fog 99% of the time, yet you hop on a bus to a different part of the city and it's sunny and warm. Yet people still assume the whole state is on a beach. My boyfriend used to try to pull the weather card on me so then I just make fun of him for living in the south where it's storming and 90 degrees.

But yeah. Calling bullshit on Dawn never, ever gets old.

I also like how people automatically think we have no hicks and are all hippies... Those people clearly don't know what super Northern CA and the farmlands are like. My ex lived near Sac/Davis and when I went out there it was like being in Oklahoma.
From: (Anonymous)
2012-05-23 09:36 pm (UTC)

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Google First Scandal.
From: (Anonymous)
2012-09-21 08:54 am (UTC)

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There’s mention of how Mimi thinks they should leave Claudia alone. Claudia changes the subject to Janine’s research project not because she cares, but because she doesn’t want them talking about her own schoolwork. What’s sad is that Janine is touched that Claudia asked and earnestly explains. Get on the First Page of Google (http://www.getwebindex.com/google-first-page-ranking/)