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03 July 2005 @ 08:04 am
Where I Get It From  
We had the much-dreaded Long Car Ride To Go To Mom's Family Gathering yesterday. If you recall the last Long Car Ride To Go To Mom's Family Gathering had me just about ready to slit my wrists before we were even halfway there. I was secretly hoping that my father would decide that he had done his Family Duty earlier in the week and would skip the trip.

Fortunately, it turned out fine. Going to a family reunion rather than a funeral probably helped. And Dad was actually reasonable. I think Mom's always mentioning that if he will be grumpy the whole trip then please don't come is maybe sinking in that sometimes he's not so much fun to travel with.

For some reason on the trip back my mother and I started discussing Mercedes Lackey. Mom has never read any Lackey, and was asking about it. The following conversation ensued:

Me: She's not a very good writer.

Mom: How so?

Me: Her grammar's pretty bad for a professional author. And she over uses italics and semicolons. I once took one of her books and counted the number of pages that had no italics on them. (Four, for a book of around 350 pages.) I also took one of her books and counted all the semicolons. She averaged 2 1/2 semicolons per page, with the highest number of semicolons on one page being 8.

Dad: There sure are a lot of bikers going the other way. (*)

Me: (half joking) What, you haven't been counting them?

Dad: 252... 253... 255, 257...

Me: *just about falls over laughing*


Yup, I know where I inhertied my anal retentiveness from.



* This weekend happens to be a huge annual biker convention in Hollister. The route we took connected to one of the highways leading to Hollister. Hence, lots and lots of hogs.
 
 
 
puddlemizutamari on July 3rd, 2005 03:40 pm (UTC)
*just about falls over laughing too*
OMG! Your dad sounds so awesome! HAHAHA!
etoile.noiretoilenoir959 on July 4th, 2005 05:13 am (UTC)
LOL. ^_^ Interstate 5, I'm guessing? And I remember that post of the author that uses WAY too many semicolons!
Taerieltaeriel on July 4th, 2005 06:00 pm (UTC)
*sigh* Too bad the stories and characters no longer make up for the other issues...

Anyhow, I'm glad to hear that the family trip went well!

ps - I just thought I'd let you know that we happen to be out of plums, in case you still have any that you're wanting to find new homes. :)
Sandpanthersandpanther on July 5th, 2005 04:33 pm (UTC)
Ah, alas the plums are all gone or fermented. But rest assured that next year, you will be first on my list of people to gift with plums.
SnarkyLlamallamabitchyo on July 5th, 2005 01:00 pm (UTC)
*snerk*

I love that you still know those semi-colon statistics. You're never going to get them out of your head now, you know.
Sandpanthersandpanther on July 5th, 2005 04:38 pm (UTC)
Ah, but I like having them in my head. It is handy to quote them the next time someone asks me who would be anal-retentive enough to go through a book and count the number of semicolons used or the number of pages that don't have italics. 'Cause, y'know, some people do notice those kinds of things.
azgregmazgregm on July 6th, 2005 04:37 pm (UTC)
That's hilarious....

The folks at PacSci mentioned the biker thing, didn't realize it was coming up so soon. Given how many times I've driven that road system recently that would be an interesting sight indeed.