@mauve 🤔 I do have a datefriend in Germany...
RN I'm remembering an old lady who was sitting at an opposite end of a bus stop and got up and walked up to me to tell me about how her butt is too bony to sit comfortably on those metal benches
I know it's satire but I really do agree with 90% of this:
The moral of the story was always “ah, pride goeth before a fall, see how vanity is rewarded” or something along those lines but damn if I don’t think of that woman every time I see fireflies, she and her terrifying bug dress achieved an immortality that a gently twinkling dress by gaslight never would have garnered
Dad used to tell a family story about a relative who thought she’d make a splash at a ball by creating a dress ornamented with hundreds of live fireflies, but did not realize until she got to the location that the lighting was not gentle gas or candlelight but harsh electric light, and her dress that would have twinkled romantically in dim light instead just looked like it was covered in bugs in the electric lighting
I feel so grateful for the friends I've made on masto, and it still surprises me that I actually managed to establish genuine friendships! If you'd told me a year ago that I'd eventually have have platonic friends - people who I would voluntarily spend time with IRL! - I would have found the idea completely absurd 😅
This is one thing I'm very happy to have been wrong about 😊
> ( If you don't keep screenshot receipts, you really should consider it.
If you ever are attacked or receive abuse online, you should keep a receipt of the interaction. If you fuck up and cause grief, whether intentional or not, apologise, and then keep a receipt of the interaction and the apology.
Mistakes happen, things get messy online and people forget and embellish to suit themselves. You never know when you're gonna be the subject of a witch hunt audit. )
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