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When you make a mistake...


A long, long time ago, back when I still had hair, and young people listened to good music that wasn't too loud, my old gran gave me this excellent advice:

"When it comes to stupid mistakes, boy, the first thing to remember is 'Don't make 'em.' But since that's really not going to be an option in your case, I'd better teach you what to do when you make a pig's ear of things."


I don't remember everything else she said that day, though I do recall snippets of the conversation: "... twice the brains you'd still be a halfwit," "...call it a win if you get your trousers the right way around on the first attempt," and something about my ancestors being ashamed of me, again.  However, I never forgot her advice about what to do when you screw up:

"Acknowledge it, apologize, and pray they don't notice all the other dumbass things you've done." 



With that in mind, I want to apologize to Deirdre Murphy (aka wyld_dandelyon) for my screw up yesterday. I put the wrong story title (since corrected) beneath Deirdre's name when I announced the final results of this year's Meager Puddle of Limelight Award for Best Short Story Title. I also want to thank the folks who were kind enough to point out my mistake.


 



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vaughan_stanger
May. 2nd, 2011 11:41 am (UTC)
The fact that you can be relied on to do the right thing is one of the reasons that LJ folk hold in you in such high esteem.

What I've observed, as a member of the Fifty-something club, is that my error rate is increasing. So I spend ever more of my steadily diminishing time checking for mistakes that I have made or might be about to make. And I'm not just talking about writing! (Sigh)
msstacy13
May. 2nd, 2011 01:02 pm (UTC)
Para One is quite true, yes.

And Para Two reminds me of, perhaps, the best line from
Brideshead Revisited:
You'll find you spend most of your Sophomore year losing the friends you made as a Freshman.
jongibbs
May. 2nd, 2011 01:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Vaughan. It wasn't my first mistake, and it sure as heck won't be my last, that's for sure :)
snapes_angel
May. 2nd, 2011 11:52 am (UTC)
Ah. For a moment there, I thought you'd mistakenly salted your tea. At least this one is correctable, right? The salt would be a waste of good tea.
snapes_angel
May. 2nd, 2011 11:54 am (UTC)
Unless, of course, you're one of those people who actually likes salty tea.
jongibbs
May. 2nd, 2011 01:19 pm (UTC)
I haven't done that lately :)
snapes_angel
May. 2nd, 2011 04:38 pm (UTC)
Last time I did that (with coffee), it was a silly, pre-pubescent prank gone awry. You could say, that prank was so last century.
wyld_dandelyon
May. 2nd, 2011 12:05 pm (UTC)
My brain is currently fogged with new job and spring allergens; I certainly understand how that can happen.

But now I wonder which other story I supposedly wrote, for a day! I'll have to go look, since I didn't make it through LJ yesterday.
jongibbs
May. 2nd, 2011 01:20 pm (UTC)
I fixed it already. I'd accidentally put you down as writing Christine Lucas's QUEEN OF FROGS AND MOLLUSCS :(
silverwerecat
May. 2nd, 2011 04:48 pm (UTC)
I only ghost-wrote this. You can see the real writer in my icon. :p
wyld_dandelyon
May. 2nd, 2011 11:21 pm (UTC)
:-D
It's understandable then. I can easily see myself writing a story suitable for that title!
msstacy13
May. 2nd, 2011 12:56 pm (UTC)
I had noticed what appeared to be a small booboo,
but thought it best to let those more tactful than I
point out to you...
jongibbs
May. 2nd, 2011 01:21 pm (UTC)
I appreciate the thought, Stacy :)
bogwitch64
May. 2nd, 2011 02:22 pm (UTC)
That is good advice from the old bat, my friend. One of my biggest pet peeves is people who will not accept responsibility for their actions. Grrrr...
jongibbs
May. 2nd, 2011 02:34 pm (UTC)
She was a real smart biscuit, as we say back home ;)
incandragon
May. 2nd, 2011 08:28 pm (UTC)
She has a point, although she seems like such a cactus it would be hard to find it. My mom used to tell me that if an apology didn't include what you were apologizing for, it didn't count. A lot of people don't do that, and it always sounds to me like they're just sorry I'm upset.
jongibbs
May. 2nd, 2011 09:19 pm (UTC)
Lol, I never thought of my old gran as a cactus before :)
jakobdrud
May. 2nd, 2011 08:58 pm (UTC)
If your blog was a role-playing game, you'd have earned the honorary title 'Jon the Contrite' :-)
jongibbs
May. 2nd, 2011 09:20 pm (UTC)
Good one, though I still prefer 'Jon the Pompous' :)
rymrytr
May. 3rd, 2011 06:46 am (UTC)


You know what it is Jon... living in the Colonies is effecting your Brutishness! :o) But we still luv ya dude!


jongibbs
May. 3rd, 2011 08:07 am (UTC)
And there was me thinking it was old age ;)
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