I had a dream a few nights ago that my house was being burglarized. I yelled at the guy in the front of the house and he went away, and then I went to the back door to lock and close it so nobody else could get in (in previous dreams I’ve had people get in through the back door because I forgot about it, so in every dream since then, if I remember, I lock the back door as well).
And when the ordeal was done, what’s the first thing I think of?
“I have GOT to post about this.”
I was still asleep at this point, needless (I hope) to say.
And yes, this is on top of all the times I’ve delayed writing papers so I could post, or gone to dopefests when I should have been studying, or read the boards when I really should have been sleeping. I friggin’ dreamed someone tried to break into my house, and what’s my first thought? Call the police? Run after the burglar?
No. Of course not. Because that’s what a sane person would do.
Yes, my post count isn’t as high as some, but I lurked for a couple of years before registering.
Anyway, one sign that I’ve been following the SDMB far too long occurred just the other night. My wife and I were talking about something unimportant, and she made some statement that I just couldn’t believe. So I replied in classic SDMB fashion:
She just looked at me and said, “You’ve been following the Straight Dope far too much.”
… you talk about being a doper and going to a dopefest to meet other dopers, and you wonder why people are looking at you funny… you no longer remember the other definition of dope/doper(/dopefest?).
… every joke you tell involves long explanations about how you were in this one thread started by iampunha, when someone said the funniest thing…
… you can’t go more than an hour without being reminded of something you once saw on the SDMB.
… you post a thread on your exciting news before ringing your parents or even emailing your friends to tell them.
… you write an email to your friend, and whenever you mention a name, you bold it.
… you don’t yell at people who make you angry anymore. You just stand there clenching your fists thinking “Wait until I call you out in the Pit, you jerk. I’ll show you!”
… you spend quite some time during the day thinking out how to word your OP, despite knowing you’ll forget every well-rehersed word by the time you sit at your keyboard anyway. Or you plan threads when you can’t sleep at night - and when you wake in the morning, you run to the computer to make your threads reality.
I’ll stop now, before you all offer to chip in and buy me a life.