Top Five Reasons Why You Should Follow Mikki


1. Because if you do, it will make my day.

2. Because I post cool stuff and it will make you happy.

3. Because I asked you to.

4. Who could say no to a face like this?

5. PLEASE??!!

So press the “Follow” button on the top of the screen if you’re logged in or press the “Follow button on the bottom right hand corner if you’re not.

You won’t regret it probably!

Ciao for now,

Mikki

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My Wonderful Love-Hate Relationship with the Cliché


There are a lot of clichés in life these days. It even seems as though life itself is a continuous cliché. People are losing their originality, and so is their writing. Everything is becoming so fast that anything new quickly becomes old. So in modern times, nothing can be truly fresh. All of the language used by plug-ins.

And the same goes toward the people who try not to conform to the digital generation. They all have the same ideas and mindset. I know this because I know a lot of them, the Clarisses*, and I see in all of them a sort of a same attitude. They all believe that computers and the speeding up of the world will lead to our demise. Although they may or may not be right, they all view this in the same way.

There are also the people who believe that while it’s okay to use modern technology and conveniences, they don’t think that computers and cellphones and whatnot are the greatest parts of life. They think they are a new breed of people. Well, guess what middle-grounders. You’re not.

In fact, viewing clichés in this perspective, we can see that the entire world, through all of time, has been a cliché. Humans have always treated each other in the same way, at least as was appropriate or as they believed was appropriate for their time. And animals have always lived with the same instincts, even as they changed and evolved.

But what I love about the cliché is that it teaches us new things, even though it is an old thing. When we look at the cliché in this sense, we realize its new depth. Although this, as well, has been done over and over again.

Still, humanity is fascinated with the cliché. If we take the clichés put out by society and religion, we can observe them more closely and discover new things that become headlines, breakthroughs, and controversies. An example of this is Galileo, who refused to accept that the sun and moon orbited the Earth. His curiosity and this cliché developed and became a major basis for modern science.

Even now, look at this piece of writing. This idea that everything is the same is nothing new. Many philosophers and scientists have considered it before. Still, it intrigues us, despite the fact that it is a cliché.

Clichés are everywhere, if you look for them. But I would not recommend it. If a man ponders too deeply the repetitiveness of his own existence, it may drive him out of his sanity.

Ciao for now,

Mikki

*A reference to Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Things That Are Awesome


There are a lot of things in this world that are awesome. But here’s the top five.

1. Taylor Lautner

I know, I know. I’m team Edward. And I honestly believe that team Jacob is almost as evil as Microsoft. But who couldn’t love a face like this?

Honestly.

2. Pen Pals

I’m not talking about someone you email who lives in another country. I mean someone that you send actual, physical letters to and receive them from. It’s so exciting to get something for you in the mail, write something back, and rush to the post office, barely before you even get the stamp on the envelope. And although you never really meet the person, you have this special knowledge of who he or she is. And another bonus? It helps keep the USPS in service.

3. Star Wars

I know a lot of people who say that Star Wars is stupid. The thing is, most of them haven’t actually seen it. The original trilogy is three of my favorite movies. “Help me Obi Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope.” “Luke, I am your father.” And especially Han Solo. I mean, what’s not to love about Star Wars? It deserves the title of Great American Classic, along with Huck Finn and Little Women.

4. Smart little kids

I know a first grader who was recently moved into the second grade halfway through the year. She read all seven Harry Potter books at the same pace I did when I was in fifth grade. She’s small for her age, too, and she knows she’s really cute. That makes her infinitely cuter, and she’s really fun to play with. I’m going to assume that all smart little kids are like her, so smart little kids are awesome.

5. NOVA

I’m a nerd. It’s true. But I really love this show. They had this week where they showed “Fabric of the Cosmos” and I loved all of this science stuff about how the universe is structured so much that I have started a book about someone traveling through the dimensions. And since I don’t have cable, I don’t get a lot of other quality shows, like Jersey Shore… hmm. Maybe not having cable has made me smarter.

Ciao for now,

Mikki

Pet Peeves


There are a lot of things that bother me in this world. I have compiled a top five list, although they’re not necessarily in any particular order.

1. People who call themselves nerds when they’re not. Let me give you an example:

Friend: “I’m a nerd.”

Me: “Okay. Who shot first?”

Friend: “What?”

Me: “Who shot first?”

Friend: “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

Me: “Live long and prosper.”

Friend: “What?”

Me: “I’m sorry, but you’re just not a nerd.”

You want to know why this bothers me? It’s because people think that nerds are cool, so they want to be a nerd just to be “cool.” This isn’t always true. I mean, yeah, I know some pretty cool nerds, like Christopher Paolini, but I also know some nerds that are sort of social outcasts and nobody likes them (I’m not going to name names). The thing is, if you were meant to be cool, you would be cool. Don’t fake it.

2. I hate it when the proofreader in a word processing program tries to be politically correct. I type “wife” and it puts this annoying green line under it and insists that I change it to “spouse.” You know what? I don’t want to use “spouse.” I want to use “wife.” So would you please move your green line and let me get on with my writing? There are things more important to underline, like when I accidentally type the same word twice, which you never seem to able to actually do. I wish I could fire you, proofreader. You do a lousy job.

3. People are always telling me that I need to get a Facebook. It’s as if I don’t get a Facebook, I’ll die, or even worse, have my head in the sand. That’s not true. Personally, I think Facebook is sort of stupid. It promotes stalking, and gives people an opportunity to yell at each other over the internet. And not everyone wants to see you smoking for the first time or doing something else regrettable. It just makes them want to go into the computer and beg you to stop, which they can’t do. I am not saying, however, that the concept of Facebook or the people who founded Facebook are stupid (in fact, I think they are particularly smart). Just what people do with it.

4. Anyone who isn’t Team Edward. I’m sorry Jacob, you’re just not good enough for Bella. Bella needs a strong, dependable man that won’t turn into a hairy thing on her. I don’t care how good-looking you are, because you are good-looking, but…no. And for all of you Team Switzerland people, what are you thinking? Team Switzerland is a joke. No offense. But you know you’re swayed to one side just slightly over the other. You just don’t want to admit it.

5. I hate it when people stereotype teenagers. I mean, I’m a teenager, and I don’t drool over pictures of some boy while pecking relentlessly at my cellphone. I’m not addicted to texting or anything else, other than music. I don’t listen to profane music all the time, I don’t swear at everything, and I don’t exclude people who aren’t in my “clique.” Which doesn’t even exist. I don’t like being set aside as a stupid adolescent, which I am not. Is there no middle ground? Please?!

Ciao for now,

Mikki

Cherries?


I wonder what makes life like a bowl of cherries. Glossy, red orbs. Is this life? Maybe we fulfill our lives and the life we create is either a sweet cherry or a sour dud. Or maybe we pull a cherry out of the bowl, and we could get either a perfect cherry or a bad cherry. Or maybe every part of our life is made into a cherry, and that fills out bowls.

But what about those of us who don’t like cherries, whether good or bad? Or those who are allergic to fructose, which is naturally found in cherries? Are they just forced to take life as a cherry, and find distaste in everything? Why not a bowl of bananas? Or chocolate chips? Or something everyone likes and no one is allergic to, like Oreos? Why cherries?

I say life can be a bowl of whatever you want. You should look at it as your favorite food, so that you can always look out and see the world as a yummy prize to win if you play the game right. Unless, of course, your favorite food is humans, in which case you need to see a psychiatrist.

Ciao for now,

Mikki