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Posted on 2013.08.24 at 16:33
Great T.A.L. repeat. Really, you need to listen to this, because ACT 3 is a SUPREME subject for psychological study - absolutely fascinating if you major in psychology. But, it's also great because the mother in this story is SO TOTALLY NETHER GIRL, that it is frightening. Except for the passive aggression, this could be the same person. There needs to be a, "syndrome," name for this! I know you hate my NETHERS posts, but this great story will help you see some reasons why I am compelled to study the Nethers. There is so much to say, I might discuss more on this later - other posts a-comin up! - http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/175/babysitting - ACT 3! - And the other parts in this episode are also good, including Act 2, which someone turned into a movie.


Evil Tracey
eviltracey at 2013-08-24 22:08 (UTC) (Lien)
I don't hate your Nether posts. It's comforting to know that other people have whacked out neighbours, too. (And, I study my neighbours, too.)

My cousin's upstairs neighbour is perpetually complaining about my cousin's daughter (she's 6). The kid is actually a pretty good kid.
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madman101 at 2013-08-24 22:10 (UTC) (Lien)

not so groovy
Evil Tracey
eviltracey at 2013-08-31 21:21 (UTC) (Lien)
I just finished listening to the show (we get it a week after it airs in the US) - that story about the McCleerys is hilarious! And totally sad. Their mother sounds like Icky Neighbour; too bad her daughter wasn't as clever (read: devious) as Carol and Myron.
where hypotheses come to die
madman101 at 2013-09-02 04:41 (UTC) (Lien)
Isn't that story great?!! ha ha! - And it's so cool, and yet so fucked up, as the "imaginary-friends" thing gets passed on down from mom to kids.

I think maybe, since they were isolated, they maybe needed to invent their own society to fulfill functions like gossip, competition, jealousy, etc. Isn't it interesting how individual pathologies might actually have a social dynamic behind them?

Yes, they the daughter was so clever - it was almost unreal how she could possibly have been so clever w/o fabricating THIS story as well, making her seem more clever than what really happened - but who knows..

Yes, all-in-all, really sad.

Leave a cassette of it for Icky-Neighbour, ha ha!
Evil Tracey
eviltracey at 2013-09-02 04:54 (UTC) (Lien)
Sadly, I don't think that Icky Neighbour would understand (or recognize herself).

Icky Neighbour was very proud that she never allowed her daughter to read Judy Blume books. I never told her this, but her daughter probably did read them and either (1) left them in her locker at school or (2) borrowed them from friends and left them in her locker at school. I really don't understand Icky's mentality.
where hypotheses come to die
madman101 at 2013-09-02 05:16 (UTC) (Lien)
although idk who judy bloom is

time 4 me to logoff
Evil Tracey
eviltracey at 2013-09-02 05:39 (UTC) (Lien)
Judy Blume is an author of children's and young adult fiction. Here's her website:


Because her YA books often deal with teenage sexuality, they are sometimes banned from libraries. Her children's books have also been banned because the characters are snotty wise-asses (like some kids are). I actually liked her children's books (e.g.: Blubber, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing) better than her YA books (e.g.: Forever, Are You There God: It's Me, Margaret) - the YA books were unwittingly hilarious. Anyways, Judy Blume's intent in writing her books were to help young people figure out the often messy process of growing up and figuring out where / how they belong in this world - what could be so wrong with that?

ETA: Here's one more link!


Edited at 2013-09-02 05:54 (UTC)
where hypotheses come to die
madman101 at 2013-09-03 03:29 (UTC) (Lien)
Thanks - I reposted the link. Many good writers on that list - and I agree, we shouldn't allow people to read socialist Steinbeck, or visionary Huxley - who was apparently an architect of the NWO... huhh.....

I get tired of trying to make sense of things.. Like, supposedly alien Reptilians are fighting the Good Blonde aliens, and trying to destroy Earth. They are the ones who lift cattle up in laser tractor beams, to their "foo-fighter" light-globe UFOs, and turn the cattle into cold-cuts. Light-globe UFO's have also been seen a lot, lately, battling with US military aircraft. But, light-globe UFO's are also behind the making of crop-circles - which are GOOD things, which warn us of the future. So - why would the Reptilians want to help us? Maybe Blondes ride light-globe UFO'ss too - IDK - huh..... idk..

I WAS thinking the cattle thing was also a GOOD warning to us - then this whole new "eye witness account" comes in over the wires contradicting it all and huh.....

Anyway - Judy Blume apparently hasn't had a fun life either. Interesting that her YA books were mainly meant to push one taboo subject or another. I do recall hearing about "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret" - because I knew a Margaret.. But I had no idea it was about menstruation...

And now I wonder if I said anything wrong when I referred to the book some years ago..
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