March 9th, 2010

"I'm a nun - I'm a penguin!"

Writer's Block: Don't tease me bro!

Do you think good-natured teasing often goes too far? Have you ever gotten seriously offended by a joke that crossed the line? Have you been informed that your own teasing hurt someone else's feelings?

I have a tendency to take things too far sometimes... people have occasionally told me I offended them, but they wait until months later to tell me for some reason, instead of just telling me to shut up when I'm being an ass. I mean, I'm constantly joking around, and I tease people all the time, so I don't know when I'm pushing it. Most of my friends are pretty thick-skinned, and they know I'm just trying to be funny (whether I succeed or not). But if I'm getting carried away, just say "that's enough, Ade," and I'll understand.

As for me, I haven't really been offended by friendly teasing... well, except one time in a writing group, this one girl I didn't like was teasing about something that makes me really uncomfortable, and I got pissed off and moved my seat. I also don't like teasing that involves a lot of touching. I mean, many of my friends and I will sit around and poke each other endlessly, and that's ok. But don't try to tickle me. Ever. I'm not ticklish, and I have sensory issues, so to me, tickling just feels irritating and painful (yes, it really hurts), and I feel like it's an invasion of personal space. And yet, I'm usually the one doing the tickling. I enjoy tormenting small children like that. And occasionally big children too.
"I'm a nun - I'm a penguin!"

Writer's Block: 420 friendly?

A number of U.S. states are planning to legalize marijuana. Do you agree or disagree with this policy, and why?

I think it should be legal. Marijuana has a lot of medicinal benefits, and it shouldn't be illegal just because a small minority choose to abuse it. I don't use marijuana, and I'd rather not be around people under the influence (by that, I mean I'd rather avoid them while they're high, not avoid them in general), but I think that if people want to mess with their brains like that, they should have the right to do it. Alcohol and cigarettes are legal, and they do far more harm than marijuana. Besides, we already know Prohibition was an epic failure, and even though alcohol was outlawed, people still secretly drank it, much like people still secretly smoke pot.

I also think legalizing marijuana would improve the economy. It would introduce several new markets (both medicinal and recreational, not to mention all the things you can make with hemp), and the government could tax the everloving shit out of it. I do think they should impose some legal restrictions, similar to alcohol and cigarettes (no selling to minors, no driving under the influence, etc.). But it would also free up police forces, who could put their services to better use, locking up serial killers and child molesters instead of relatively harmless druggies. Besides, it would also help calm the violence with the drug cartels along the border.

But legalization is probably years away... a lot of people are going to resist it, and you're going to see mothers telling their sob stories about how they lost a kid to drug use and bla bla bla... (Look, if your kid did drugs in the first place, don't blame the drugs, blame the kid.) In any case, keeping it illegal just contributes to the problem.