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My facial hair is a raging beast...


icedfire

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It's true. I never know when it will happen, and for the life of me I can't figure out a pattern to it, but without fail I will wake up at least one day a week and be a completely scruffy bastard. Why can't my beard grow at a nice, normal, uniform pace? Sigh. I guess this is what I get for being Polish...and I shouldn't complain too much, since this beard is the only thing standing between me being offered wine in restaurants and being carded for cigarettes.

 

If you can't tell, my insomnia has reared it's nasty little head again tonight. At least I don't have anything major to do tomorrow....I can just stay here and ramble as long as I want! :devil:

 

It bothers me how often people hear "New Jersey" and automatically think Sopranos. I may be one of six people to grow up in that state and absolutely hate that show, but whatever...I don't like being typecast. And the vast majority of us don't sound like that. I've always maintained that I don't HAVE much of an accent, one way or another, even though I grew up in Jersey. I can no longer claim that, however...listening to a couple of albums from one of my favorite bands drove a few points home. I never realized until now how easy it was for me to sing along to The Early November...because, in addition to his voice being of a similar pitch to mine, the lead singer nuances his words and intonations just like I do. It is the Central Jersey Non-Accent, my friends...and the only reason I can notice it now is because I've picked up so much of the good ol' Minnesota speakin', don'tcha know? My A's are flat and my O's round, eh? I know Tim at least will know what I'm talking about...and will either understand or hate me every time I tease a native for how they pronounce "bag."

 

Heh...wow. You might think that last paragraph is bad, but you should see me when I get really blitzed. I'm a one-man riot, the white Dave Chapelle minus actual comedic skill. And plus a beard...did I mention the beard?

 

Anyway, if you listen to the Early November, especially the acoustic version of "Come Back," you'll hear what I used to sound like. Especially in the first stanza, with the pronunciation of the word "little." Oooh, that reminds me...the one concrete example I can give of the Central Jersey Non-Accent: we are perhaps the only people who can pronounce the word "intermittent" WITHOUT ever making a T-sound.

 

I think I need Valium. Or at the least, Adderall...I've been steadily degenerating into an ADHD lunatic for the last five years.

 

Had a conversation with CPL earlier tonight about character/plot interdevelopment. I was highly encouraged by the fact that I felt like I knew what the hell I was talking about. :lmao: Maybe prose isn't as far out of my reach as I thought it was...I mean, I know I can write. And by write I mean craft words, almost effortlessly when it comes to academic papers and stuff like that. If I'm patient enough, I can craft those words into poetry that I'm actually proud to show to people. BUT, there is one hell of a big difference between the construction of language and the use of language. I don't know if I have the ability to create characters or extended plots. I'd be happy, no, ecstatic to have even half the ability of many of the authors here, like Dom, DK, and CPL, to string a story together -- regardless of my technical abilities as a writer.

 

It's like jazz...you gotta have soul.

 

Rob

 

P.S. -- Seriously. WTF is up with Snakes on a Plane? Samuel L. Jackson, I can't decide if I've just lost all respect for you.

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Heya Rob!

 

This it the first opportunity I have had to say G'day to you. And in an Australian accent, no less. :D Sorry I can't speak or write in other accent if I tried. :blink:

 

It bothers me how often people hear "New Jersey" and automatically think Sopranos.
I must be the odd one out because the first thing or rather the first person I thought of was Rocketcnj aka Michael. He's from Central New Jersey.

 

Bev

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and will either understand or hate me every time I tease a native for how they pronounce "bag."

 

Whats worse is when you move to a southern state and work in a fast food place and end up having to say Bagel. I never worked breakfast again, but somehow every person that worked there remembered how I said it. Even the damn owner of the store made fun of me for it <_<

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hey iced!!

 

Ok, bag, I've not heard that we say that one different--MB I'm just ignorant though. Or maybe I have lost a little of my minnasohtan accent over the last few years visiting deep south Texas--I go so far south that the southern accent is about 650 miles north of where I go. If you go any further south or west, it's Mexico, and east is the Gulf of Mexico. and north leads to 800 mles of more Texas. So I hear a lot of Spanglish, and some of those words are pretty funny.

 

 

Is the jersey accent anything like the boston accent? I used to work for a lady that had a boston accent, and I always tried to get her to say "fork" or "party" whenever I was in public with her. foo-kk(f**k) and potty were what came out of her mouth. And one time she needed the charcoal out of her garage, and I couldn't for the life of me figure out what the hell "choco" was that was in the garage, until she followed me out there and pointed to the bag of charcoal. I thought she had some candy out there or something.

 

 

And I hope your insomnia doesn't last--valium and derivitaives of it(diazepam, ativan. lorazepam, clonazepam etc...) definntely helps for that!! Or seroquel, but thats not for rookies , and i'm not a doctor, so my advice is nil anyways 0:)

 

 

Welcome to blog-land!!!!

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Hi Rob!

 

Ok, I have nothing really to say about accents. To me I don't think I have an accent. I've been told that I've picked up and blended several different accents...I apparently just can't hear them. :blink: Whatever that means. Anyway, I just wanted to say your poor "Save the Kittens Add" is HILARIOUS! hehehe I've been smiling ever since I read it! I hesitate to say "cute" but that's the word I'm thinking! :lmao:

 

I hope you're having a great weekend!

 

- Kaiten

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This it the first opportunity I have had to say G'day to you. And in an Australian accent, no less. :D Sorry I can't speak or write in other accent if I tried. :blink:

 

Bev

Hey Bev! I love Australian accents and expressions! I particularly like "good on you", I grin like an idiot everytime someone says it :D

 

Whats worse is when you move to a southern state and work in a fast food place and end up having to say Bagel. I never worked breakfast again, but somehow every person that worked there remembered how I said it. Even the damn owner of the store made fun of me for it <_<

LOL sounds kinda cute to me

 

Is the jersey accent anything like the boston accent? I used to work for a lady that had a boston accent, and I always tried to get her to say "fork" or "party" whenever I was in public with her. foo-kk(f**k) and potty were what came out of her mouth. And one time she needed the charcoal out of her garage, and I couldn't for the life of me figure out what the hell "choco" was that was in the garage, until she followed me out there and pointed to the bag of charcoal. I thought she had some candy out there or something.

:lmao::lol:

 

I hesitate to say "cute" but that's the word I'm thinking!

- Kaiten

Why how do you say it Kaiten? :boy:

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Hiya Rob!

 

First off I really enjoyed this entry!

 

2ndly I really like the subtitle of your blog :)

 

I downloaded that song you mentioned. I don't really consider that much of an accent either, just "normal" American speech. Sounded kinda cute though...the guy in the song that is lol. My accent...well I don't really know about my accent. I tend to play with it quite a bit, either purposely trying to subtly mimic the people I'm around or sound just the opposite. The area in which I was raised had a heavy cajun influence, but I was very careful not to pick that up. When I got to college and started working, my place of employment also hired several people from cities and towns near my place of origin. Everyone was shocked to find out that I was from the same area they were, most people couldn't even understand until they got used to it. It was always fun to say "well I guess I'm just used to that accent.", "oh you've known people from there?", "oh yes lots of people, growing up there and all ;) " :blink:

 

Anyway take care and have an awesome day! :D

Kevin

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