How Chai Tea Took Over The World ( Or: How I Became A Winner )

“I’m just glad you’re alive, I was getting genuinely worried ( as was Lu, I must add. )”

It’s okay world! I’m not dead! In fact, to prove my not dead-ed-ness, I have included a picture of me smiling ( so you know I’m happy. )

Whoa, oh, oh, I'm still alive!

Aw! Look at me! I look so happy!

[ Note from the future: This was going to be the big reveal of my new hair. Hence the picture. You’ll have to bear with me through the duplicated nature of some of them. ]

I saw The Social Network a while ago and I just about died. It was definitely a creepy movie ( I did not just try to spell movie “movy,” why do you ask? ) because it made me realize how quickly facebook took over the world. We’re talking the kind of quick that is usually associated with deadly, pandemic-instigating, zombie-making virus. My powerful aversion to zombies aside, the next time I logged on to facebook I saw this big Mountain Dew ad which gave me a queasy feeling because there is actually a quote that goes something like “Oh, we won’t have advertisers like mountain dew” in the movie. When I got home I was like “I think I’m going to delete my facebook.” Coll was all in support of this.

Then I said that I thought I might delete my twitter.

Coll stopped dead in his tracks and asked me if I was feeling alright. I was. And I toyed with the idea a little more. At first I just locked myself out of my facebook/twitter. Then I recovered my password and deactivated my facebook ( only because the delete option is not readily available. Seriously, I had to google it. ) Then, after extensive research – that is, I googled it and it happened to be the first link that I clicked – I discovered how to delete a facebook account. ( Details at the end of this post. )

Twitter didn’t die until a few days later. Coll and I were still recovering from a funk that we were in and were soon to suffer the near-apocalyptical argument of Somewhere-Between-September-And-Halloween ( funnily enough, that argument was largely fueled by facebook; a contributing factor to my decision to leave. ) and we were talking about how the internet can lay bare pretty much all our secrets which can either be used as a tool for good or a tool for evil. Somewhere in that conversation, which also included me explaining baseball to him in the context of sex – “So you’ve got kissing right? Let’s pretend that’s first base…” – I tweeted my last tweet. It was fated to never reach my account which is kind of depressing considering how tragically romantic it was, but probably a good thing, retrospectively. I wouldn’t want to stir the pot ;D

That was October 27th.

Today I stand – er, sit – before you as a facebook-free, twitter-liberated individual. My facebook account no longer exists. When I try to log in it says “This email address is not associated with any facebook account” which makes my day instantly better.

I didn’t mean to be so silent on the blog. But four days after I quit twitter, I started something much more magical. NaNoWriMo.

Is it not lovely? Aye, it is very lovely.

And two days after that I was to discover a beverage that would change my life.

Approximately 30 days later, there would be a group of us sitting on Europa ( one of Jupiter’s moons ) and every single one of the four who did not have to be in bed shortly would order that same beverage.

That beverage is a Chai Tea Latte with cinnamon.

I didn't know a beverage could change my life

Somewhere around the middle of November, while Stance was struggling with the loss of a lover that she wasn’t supposed to have in the first place and barely disguised characters from my life battled against the great unknown with her to win a chance to advance to the next level of a video gaming tournament, things became okay with Coll and I. He forgave me. I forgave him. We got happy again.

Then he went to Boise, one of Stance’s friends was found dead and maimed in a ditch and I won.

I won a lot of things in November.

Most notably I won a competition with myself proving that I could do hard things like write 50,000 words in thirty days. But that is probably one of the least amazing prizes that I got.

I won some self-confidence.

I won a beverage that warms my soul and goes wonderfully after yoga.

I won an appreciation for the coffee shops of denton and their varied flavours of tea.

I won a real, live, non-coin-operated boy.

I won a family. More impressively, my family.

Om nom nom

This is my aunt's cat, Panda. He is adorable. Also: He will eat your soul.

After actual Thanksgiving, which was wildly improved at the insistence of one of my friend’s entire family ( and that’s saying something. There is like two-dozen of them. ) that I “get my butt over there” in choral beauty, we had our family Thanksgiving. And I felt like I had real family. For the first time in my life, I actually feel close to my aunts and uncles and cousins. They are kind and silly and friendly. They like cats and they poke fun and they compliment my ever-shrinking waist-line. They approve of Collin without making embarrassing suggestions about things they’d like to do to him and without attempting to fondle him in any way whatsoever.

The best part is: They love me.

Or they seem to, at least. And it would be a pretty masterful illusion if it were false.

It’s funny how life can be so hard just to turn out so nice.

And so, I have heart.

I’m back.

And I’m not alone.

I can do hard things – like write and work and live – by myself, but I don’t have to. Because there are people that love me. And people I love.

And so, I present the new and improved me:

We can do this, World. We can survive.

More than that?

We can live.

Advertisements

13 thoughts on “How Chai Tea Took Over The World ( Or: How I Became A Winner )

  1. Pingback: Hi, I’m Dru « Tales from the Asteroid

    • Thank you :) I was SO stoked. I just opened the file again yesterday and I was like “Holy wordcounts, Batman! I wrote NINETY-FOUR pages. In a month.” lol, it was rather encouraging and I feel certain I will be continuing this book :)

    • :) Thank you!

      I didn’t realize that you don’t have a facebook. That makes me very happy.

      It was kinda scary over the holidays; I met one of my friend’s brothers and he said something about sending me an invite over facebook. When I told him I didn’t have an account, he looked legitimately shocked and commented on the likelihood of me being the only person left in the US without one.

  2. I found your Facebook Fast post! Yay for you! I have a Twitter still, but it still doesn’t disturb me HALF as much as Facebook did.

    Also, I love yoga AND I love chai tea. Therefore, in my eyes, you are awesome.

  3. HINDER T-SHIRT!! xD I still wear mine all the time!
    Dru, i miss you like crazy. I miss that i can’t talk to you everyday :(
    <3<3!!! xxx

Say Something!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s