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Aug 28 2011

Trivial Pursuit

Some people can draw. Others can sing. And then there’re those others that can come up with questions even in the most hopeless, obvious and non-requiring-questions situations. Those people will never be left without a job.

Last week, Theo, Georgia and I left Corfu, where we had spent a few days, to come down to Athens. On the bus for three hours at the time, and with six more hours to go, my aunt called to check up on me. “How is everything, have you left Corfu”? “Yes, we are on our way down, we have six hours left, so I should be in Athens around 11pm”. “That’s good, so we’ll talk tomorrow, after you’ve settled in the flat and everything”. I promised her I’d call to check in the next day and hung up.

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May 16 2011

I know what you did last summer

If you know, then why am I telling you?

This morning I was talking to Theo about something that was obviously not interesting enough for him. Fair enough, it wasn’t even very interesting to me, but I kept trying to maintain a conversation, so that we wouldn’t sit in absolute silence. But as his eyes slowly got lost looking at something else, I stopped talking for a few seconds, wanting to check whether he was at least hearing me. Turns out he wasn’t. ‘Ground control to Major Tom’? He nodded, having shut me out completely. ‘I know, I know’… ‘Do you?’, I insisted. He gave me a few more nods: ‘Yeah, I couldn’t agree more’. Being bothered by it, I asked him to tell me what I had said that he so much agreed on. ‘I heard you! I was listening’. ‘So then you can tell me. What was I saying’? He paused, trying to take himself back, to the most recent memory of me talking. ‘You said that you got annoyed by that comment that your friend made under your picture on Facebook’? I smiled, realising how bigger than I actually thought the problem really was. ‘I said that half an hour ago, Theo’. He looked around him, looking for the fire exit. ‘Oh… Didn’t you repeat it though, again, a bit later? I’m sure you did’…

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May 11 2011

The Fast and the Furious

Can you at least pretend to be in a hurry?…

This morning Theo and I got caught in a crazy rain, and as it always happens when the thunderstorm comes, I was wearing a white top, that became completely see-through in no time. Theo, wearing his blue t-shirt, and not having breasts he needed to hide, underneath, was cool about the whole thing, and kept trying to chat with me on our upcoming summer plans: ‘We could go for a month to Greece and split our time between my island and yours. And then go for a bit to see Lara in Mallorca, perhaps? I don’t know, go to London and visit Eleni? I don’t know, what do you think’?…

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Apr 20 2011

Side by side — Year by year

I hate to be a mood spoiler once again, but I don’t think you should be celebrating your two-year anniversary today. Mainly because you have barely spent ten minutes with each other these past two years…

Today I got an e-mail from a friend, inviting me to a party this Saturday, for her and her boyfriend’s one year anniversary. It made me think of how fast time was passing, since it seemed to me like yesterday when she had called to tell me they were going out on their first date. Happy for her, but also feeling a bit bad that I had actually never met the guy before, I sent her back a reply, where I was reminding her that: ‘Has it been a year already? Wow… Time flies I guess. You know, I haven’t even met your boyfriend! I’m going to see him for the first time this Saturday… But I’ll be there, thanks for inviting me’. She sent me another e-mail a couple of minutes later. ‘Haha, I know, but don’t worry, I haven’t seen him much more than you, to be honest. He was in India for nine months, and he just got back last week. We dated for a couple of months and then he left. But we kept in touch through e-mails all this time. You know how difficult communication can be when one’s in another country, but we made sure we contacted each other at least once a month’.

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Apr 19 2011

Is this your best shot?

To annoy me, make me angry and drive me completely crazy, is easy. It’s perhaps the easiest thing out there. But to make my sister lose it? Now, that takes skills. Dedication. Perseverance.

This morning I got a phone call from my sister, which lasted quite a long time. With Georgia having the reputation of the most patient person in the world, I was very taken aback by her opening line: ‘She made me reach my limit. I actually lost it with her today’. All at once I was 10% worried about my sister, and 90% impressed by that person that had made her reach her limit. It could have only been one: Her flatmate. Only she could have done it this smoothly. Only she could have shown no mercy.

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Apr 02 2011

Coz I Luv You

Here’s a piece of advice for every lover boy/girl out there: If you can’t spell, then better avoid writing love letters. E-mails. Texts. Just focus all your energy on sweet-talking.

This morning I received an e-mail from a guy that likes me. Or at least I think he does, judging from what I managed to make out in his e-mail: ‘I have missed you. And I really want to set you. I know I’m just another guy that wants a peace of you, but I want to think that I come fist, since I’ve known you for the longest’. I read it a few times, until I realised he wasn’t praying for world peace, or peace of me, but rather, a piece of me. I also managed to get what he meant by ‘set’. ‘See’. When I finally got what he was talking about, I could reply accordingly: ‘That’s a very niece thing to say. I am vary flattered’.

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Dec 19 2010

Be sure to check the expiry date

I strongly believe there should be an expiry date on everything. Everything.

This morning I got a call from a guy I went out on a date with, three years ago. It took me the first ten minutes of the phone call to remember who that was, and still now, I can’t remember his name. ‘What do you mean, why I’m calling? I had told you I would call back! We had a great time that night, didn’t we’? I sat up on my bed, trying to come up with an answer, but the guy was on a roll. ‘I realise it’s been a while, but other things got on the way of me calling you, I had some family problems, and then you had a boyfriend… Well, anyway, it’s all in the past now, and I’m calling to ask you out’. ‘How did you get my Italian number’, was all I managed to ask. ‘From a friend who had it. So, I’m flying to Italy this week, how about Saturday’? That was when I had to inform him that ‘true love is forever’, is not really the way I roll.

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Dec 01 2010

No news is good news

I do believe it’s about time that we come up with a universal definition of the term ‘good news’. What do we mean when we say ‘I’ve got good news’, or ‘this is good news’? Is this good news for you, or for me? Is it objectively good news, or could it be taken any way, really? Let’s please clear this once and for all.

This morning I got a call from a friend whose brother I really like and she knows it. She sounded pretty excited from the other side, and the first thing she said to me, was that she had great news and really bad news, and asked me what I wanted to get first. I asked for the really bad news, wanting to get that out of the way, and leave the good for last: ‘My best friend got a really bad mark in History, in one of the exams’… I felt quite flattered that she thought I’m so nice as to care, so I faked it a bit: ‘Oh, that’s really, such a shame… I hope she does better in the next one… Tell her it’s not the end of the world. Now, what’s the good news’? She got really excited, couldn’t wait to tell me: ‘Ok, are you ready? My brother just got together with the coolest girl, I mean you’re going to love her! She’s amazing’!

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Nov 30 2010

Don’t worry, restart

I did an experiment today. I replied to every text and email I got, the same thing: ‘Did you try restarting your computer’? And I found that restarting the computer, is actually the answer to all our problems.

This morning I woke up to find thirty emails in my inbox. But since I had decided that this would be my day off, I decided to not read them, and just go for the safest bet. I wrote an email that said ‘Did you try restarting your computer?’ and sent it to every single person that had emailed me.

I went out for a walk and came back later in the afternoon to see the results. I checked my inbox, and everybody had emailed me back. Twenty-eight out of the thirty people I had sent the email to, had replied something along the lines ‘wow, thanks, this really helped’, or ‘you always just know how to save the day, thank you’. The other two emails were ‘what?’ and ‘yeah, I did, but still doesn’t work’.

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Nov 29 2010

You’re being punk’d

I suggest we all start double-checking the numbers we call and text. The addresses we send emails to. The flats we promise pizzas to…

Today I got up to find a text from a friend which said: ‘I’m really sorry. I know you probably don’t want anything to do with me, but I have to at least tell you that I know I was 100% wrong, and that I’m really sorry’. I read it again and again, trying to get what she was talking about, but couldn’t remember anything that had wrong between us. I decided I was that nice of a person that could never hold a grudge, and that I should find it in my heart to forgive her, so I did: ‘It’s fine, don’t worry about it, we all have our bad days. Just don’t do stuff like this to anyone else, because no one out there is as patient and forgiving as I am’. When her reply came, I realised I never run out of credit on my phone when it’s needed: ‘Angeliki, my text was meant to be for someone else, but seriously, you’re so funny’.

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