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22 April 2016 @ 11:58 pm
In a stunning turn of events in our son's ongoing Prom Drama, he is now NOT going to the prom. His early rival for his top prom choice (let's call him the Thwarter) decided to ask the girl our son had invited earlier this week. When the Thwarter discovered the girl had already agreed to go to the prom with our son, he told her she was our son's second choice, and that embarrassed her enough that she said yes to the Thwarter... not knowing she was that kid's third choice. I think she's still unaware, though she's been throwing out lies that make people itch to set the record straight after trying to spare her feelings. So far, they have behaved. But to sum up, D.R.A.M.A. At this point, our son is glad he's not taking her—but geez, what a whirlwind of grief. So glad I'm not a teenager anymore.

So, that was part of the week. I spent the last few days working on my Idol story, which was tough as I was short on sleep. HalfshellHusband's hip is really bothering him, and that keeps both of us awake, plus the bedroom might have been too warm. We're cycling back and forth from summer to winter (near 90 on Monday, 63 today), which could go on for a while yet and makes it hard to stay comfortable. We're hoping to get a little more rain out of the deal. \o?

The other side-effect of all that shifting weather is that it's often windy, just like every spring, which makes it hard to bike outdoors. Today was a garage day again, and this weekend, who knows?

I'm transitioning to a new laptop at work, and migrating stuff over from the old one. The new one seems to have a slightly different version of Windows 7, which is to say, WTF is happening with those tiny fonts on browser tabs and mailboxes? You're dreaming if you think I can read anything that small nowadays.

Speaking of reading... I finished the terrific book of short stories, Word Puppets, and I'm still reading The Swan Thieves. I have also started Blackfin Sky, because I think my bedside book is turning out to be a bust. It seems to be the third in a series of three (not an intentional choice), but the problem isn't feeling like I'm missing too much background or context. It's that whatever is happening now feels like the start of the plot, and nobody in the book knows what the heck is going on. Perversely, this makes it seem as if all three books must be extensions of vague that never quite get off the ground. I could be way off base, but once that feeling starts, the path to bailing out becomes very short. :O

What are all of you up to this weekend? We're going out of town tomorrow, and Sunday will probably be chore packed. But at least the taxes are done! And I say that because I submitted the state ones ON the 15th last week. The whole thing took forever. :(

deathbymutationdeathbymutation on April 23rd, 2016 08:06 am (UTC)
Wow that Thwarter is a dickhead. Your son should go, looking grand and have a good time.

He could also ask another girl out, and if dickhead tries to mess it up again. Pull out this line, "I did ask those two other girls but I think everything happens for a reason and I truly believe those girls not working out is because I was meant to go with someone as amazing as you."

Watch a teenage girl full of dopey prom hormones try to resist that.
riverotter1951: north American river otterriverotter1951 on April 23rd, 2016 01:50 pm (UTC)
I agree with deathbymutation about going to the prom and having a good time.

I also like the line to use about asking a girl out.

I hope that everything works out and he has a great time at prom.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Beelzebothalfshellvenus on April 23rd, 2016 05:08 pm (UTC)
He may just not go this year at all (he's a Junior, so perhaps next year?)

He's been spending a lot of time texting the girl he first wanted to ask, and I know he would like to ask her out after this all blows over. So, he's thinking this is all for the best. Apart from the drama, and the lies the second-choice girl is now spreading about the whole thing. :(
riverotter1951riverotter1951 on April 23rd, 2016 09:49 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that he is texting the gal he likes. Hopefully after all this is over, he can ask her out. I'm sorry that the second-choice gal is spreading lies. High school drama is so petty I think.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Flailhalfshellvenus on April 23rd, 2016 05:06 pm (UTC)
It's surprising how this has all turned out. Apparently, the Thwarter is just desperate to go to the Prom, and he's kind of peeved at our son and his group of friends because Girl_1 was already asked by one of our son's friends, Girl_2 decided not to go at ALL since she would feel uncomfortable "choosing" between the two boys when she knew both wanted to ask, and Girl_3 is very pretty and was a close second choice for our son. Geez, for all we know, she was farther down the line for the Thwarter and there might be other girls who already had dates that he'd hoped to ask before HER.

It's like a soap opera!

I believe our son has decided to either go with his friends looking fabulous, or not go at all. The girl he really wanted to ask is also someone he wants to ask out, and he feels that having a different prom date is starting to become awkward. So, maybe that's the silver lining? \o?
deathbymutationdeathbymutation on April 24th, 2016 07:59 am (UTC)
Good for him.

Hope he has a great time and she says yes.
bleodsweanbleodswean on April 23rd, 2016 04:08 pm (UTC)
I am horrified and really disgusted by this prom situation. Are parents getting involved? I feel badly for your son. What a bitter lesson. Ugh.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 23rd, 2016 05:13 pm (UTC)
I think the parents are probably leaving it alone. Geez, I hope so-- I'd had to think someone's coaching that dickhead kid to be an even bigger jerk! And the girl who's lying... I think she was trying to save face over being a second choice, and if she only knew her "chivalrous knight" had her even farther down the list than our son did, I think she'd be mortified.

He really took a chance on such a dick move that nobody would tell her that last part. So far, they haven't, but the fact that it would hurt her more than it would hurt him is the only thing saving him thus far.

I'm back to the question of, "Why are you asking people to prom that you're not even dating?" Though I guess that happens all the time, but then again... I was very anti-Prom in high school, so I have not idea what actually goes on there!
Hillaryxlovebecomesher on April 23rd, 2016 07:34 pm (UTC)

So much drama! Thwarter  sounds like a jerk! Your son should go anyways and show them up and have a blast!

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 24th, 2016 05:16 am (UTC)
I'm so drama-averse, I don't even like hearing about it. I would hate to be in the middle of it!

But overall, stereotypical or not, I think teenagers make a lot of their own drama. The girl's lies here aren't helping, but even from the beginning this has been a large group of boys thinking, "Let's invite girls we aren't even dating to the Prom." Because what could go wrong there? :O
adoptedwriteradoptedwriter on April 23rd, 2016 08:14 pm (UTC)
Got groceries and taught a Zumba class today. Maybe yard work when I get off the computer. I tutor students tomorrow.
Kinda boring, but, yeah...I remind myself, I'm alive, and my kids are alive, so I am better off than most.
I'll take boring.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 24th, 2016 05:17 am (UTC)
Busy weekend for you, then. Really, you're kind of working both days (the part-time jobs) as well as doing chores and stuff. Just the chores are tiring enough!