Who’s Behind This Folly?

Hi there! My name is Christi, aka C.J., and this here is my blog about the funny or bizarre things I think up and feel compelled to write about. And since I enjoy cooking and experimenting in the kitchen, I include recipes from time to time.

In the Beginning …

CookingFrom the time I was a kid, I enjoyed cooking and reading. I read everything I could get my hands on — newspapers, magazines, even the STD pamphlets in the doctor’s officeΒ  — and one day I hoped to be someone who wrote those things. (Well, not STD pamphlets.)

I imagined myself a humorist, along the lines of a James Thurber or Dorothy Parker, shedding light on the ridiculous and inane. I’d attend cocktail parties and stand in the corner of the room, drinking a gin and tonic, watching people and gathering new fodder for my next column.

College and So Forth

When I went to college, I first chose an English major, thinking that was how columnists were born. Strangely, my lofty aspiration for humor writing made me out of sync with other English majors. I bounced around from major to major for awhile, trying out Philosophy, Psychology, even did a two-week stint with Theology.

I gave Journalism a go, only to discover I was allergic to reporting. It had something to do with calling up strangers for an interview. Or walking up to strangers for an interview. Basically, anything involving talking to strangers gave me a violent, physical reaction. (That might be a slight exaggeration, but you get my drift.)

So I wound up with a history major (no talking to strangers) and a journalism minor (in editing; again, no talking).

I worked at a newspaper, a small one in a small town, which is the only way a kid straight out of college can land an assistant editor position. Eventually I was working with the columnists, renewing my dream of one day writing a humor column of no real value, other than fulfilling my desire to attend cocktail parties and drink gin and tonics.

Fast forward to today, no longer working at a newspaper but still living the dream, baby. Consider this blog my column. A weekly humor/food column.

What Does the Future Hold?

If all goes according to plan, one day you will throw a cocktail party and you will see me standing in a corner of the room, talking to no one. You will approach your significant other:

“Do you know who that woman is, standing in the corner, drinking a gin and tonic?”

“I have no idea. I thought you invited her.”

“I didn’t invite her. I think we should keep an eye on her.”

“Why? Has she done anything suspicious?”

“No. I just can’t trust a woman who drinks gin and tonics.”

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79 thoughts on “Who’s Behind This Folly?”

  1. You had me at James Thurber and Dorothy Parker…I think we’ve lived the same life in different places to some extent! (I’ve also worked as a small town journalist, don’t particularly love doing interviews, and have a sense of humor.) Anyway, glad I stumbled upon you in Blogging101! If you’d like to peek at my stuff, I’m at http://www.introvertsdictionary.wordpress.com and http://www.howtobe50.wordpress.com. Happy writing!

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  2. Christi, I suspect you and I are probably kindred spirits (or at the very least kindred humorists), and at one time possibly joined at the hip. Not now of course, otherwise; you would have been appalled at our horrible taste in clothes when we were joined at the hip, because I selected them instead of you. But trust me, you would have sought out a fashion designer to burn the clothes I selected for both of us to wear. So since we are no longer joined at the hip (and that is probably the reason why), I suspect we must be of one mind, and you obviously received it upon our separation.This would explain why my wife calls me absent minded, and why your blog looks and sounds more interesting than my own. Nevertheless, I wanted to come by and say thank you for your decision to follow my blog. Unfortunately, you’ll have to settle for me writing you a thank you instead, as I have no idea where you live, and no doubt you want to keep it that way. But, that’s what happens when surgeons want to separate you at birth. Yet, after reading your, “Who’s Behind This Folly” page I’ve become absolutely convinced, that if you were responsible for creating the three R’s (reading, writing, and arithmetic), you would immediately change it to reading, writing, and cookingβ€”or two R’s and a C. That reworking clearly demonstrates your flair for humor, as anyone can see at a glance, your combination of loves would become an R, W, and C. But in all seriousness, Christi, I am delighted we are linked in this way, as opposed to being linked together by LinkedIn, which I can assure you is not nearly as much fun as WordPress. Thank you for following. πŸ˜€

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    1. Ah, so that’s where you went! I wondered where my hip buddy went off to! πŸ™‚
      Thanks for the kind words. I enjoy your writing too and look forward to reading more of it.
      You may want to work on the fashion sense, though. Just sayin’ πŸ˜‰


    1. Thank you, especially as I agonized over it for waaaay too long.
      I really like your blog, by the way, and I’m in complete agreement with your opinion of Anne Tyler. She’s the best! πŸ™‚


  3. Thanks for following my blog, longitudes. I like your blog. We have a lot in common. In college I was pre-law, then biology, then English, then Journalism. But I should’ve majored in history.

    Take care, and enjoy your gin and tonics!

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            1. Second time you made me laugh in as many minutes – are you some sort of comic genius or are you just my kind of a kind person? You could, of course, tick ‘other’ but then you’d have to type something in the box (20,000,000 characters or less).


  4. Hiya Christi,
    I’ve presented you with the Versatile Blogger Award – ta-daaa!
    I’ve chosen you for this prestigious award because you’ve Liked another award I won in last couple of days – so you only have yourself to blame! πŸ˜€ (plus, since your 2 Liebster awards last year, you haven’t had another one!)
    The direct link to your award, and the instructions is https://levishedated.wordpress.com/2016/07/29/versatile-blogger-award/
    I do hope you have fun with this. πŸ™‚
    Kindness – Robert.

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    1. Well, thank you! Always nice to meet a new friend/rival. Also, love the image I’m getting of you, Mitch and Robert, meeting for drinks in some shabby bar to gossip about other bloggers. Please don’t correct me if I’m wrong. πŸ˜‰
      Seriously though, thanks for stopping by!


      1. I wouldn’t dream of it πŸ˜€ Aren’t they both delightful?! I’ve imagined the same scenario so many times I want to script the initial meeting. Let’s design invitations! Oh, and it’s my pleasure :>

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  5. Hi Christi! Awesome bio page! I had exactly the same aspirations as you. All my life I wanted to be a humor columnist. As you yourself know, there is no degree plan for that. I appreciate (and envious of) the fact that you took a path through college to prepare you for your dream. For some bizarre reason I decided to take engineering. That’s about as far away from the humor field as a person can get. So I really admire your pluck in pursuing your dream. I also admire your writing. Keep up the great work!

    (P.S. I love Thurber and Parker! And Benchley and Perelman … etc etc.)

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  6. I like your about page but couldn’t find a little star to click which compelled me to comment. I suspect such cunning would have been welcomed in the news rooms of the world. Still, their loss… πŸ™‚

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  7. Aloha Christi …. I’ve ducked over from Bonnywood where the exceptionally lovely Brian showcased your Sampson and Delilah in text. Well clearly I loved it, because otherwise I wouldn’t be here. I’d have just smiled and nodded politely and moved gracefully on. Now that I’ve delved a little further it turns out that I absolutely love what you are doing so I am going to follow you and look forward to many more delights dropping into my reader in future.

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    1. Okay, now I have to see what that sneaky Brian has been up to. Gosh, take one day off from the internet, and you lost control of everything!
      Seriously though, thanks for stopping by, looking around, and leaving such a lovely comment. πŸ™‚

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  8. Hi, CJ!
    Am always enjoying your writing. Never fails to make me laugh and that’s the best medicine! You said in your About page what I tried to say about myself in about 5 posts! You truly are a great writer! Have a swell day!

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  9. Hi CJ
    I visit your blog almost every day these days looking for fodder to laugh- when I need a laugh, I visit your blog. I wish you had an archives whatever on the side, so we could search for post by the month, though. I will look out for women with a gin and tonic at parties, standing far from the madding crowd. You are a Ms. James Thurber, no doubt about that.

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    1. Hold up — you mean my Archive page isn’t showing? After I put all that work into it? It should show up as a tab along with this page and it lists everything by month since the beginning of time (according to this blog, that is).
      Thanks for the affirmation. Much appreciated!

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