Friday, June 8, 2012

#YOLO Is The New "Seemed Like A Good Idea"



I get home from work late, 1:00 a.m. late. I cater parties and coming home from six or seven intense hours of pleasing people and their food particulars (They want cranberries in the coleslaw! Run out and get cranberries for the coleslaw!) leaves me unable to just come home and hit the sack.

I need to unwind from the amount of orchestration that it takes to leave the client happy, smiling and appreciate of our efforts. At 1 a.m, there's not enough hours before dawn for a glass of napa valley cabernet, so I turn to the best mind numbing transitional shift tool we know: Twitter.

Twitter.

I love twitter. Especially night time twitter. Night time twitter is like 4 a.m. at Denny's listening to either the craziest, drunkest person you ever met or the smartest evil genius you ever met. There are some great hashtags I follow. I like #yousuckbecause, #reasonswedon'ttalkanymore and my new favorite #YOLO.

YOLO is the acronym for You Only Live Once. And these tweeters don't mean the inspirational you only live once, so send your diamonds out into the universe! It's the you only live once so do that stupid thing you know is really stupid. Like jump off the garage roof naked.

After following #YOLO for about a week, the insight hit me that #YOLO is our "seemed like a good idea at the time" from our college days. #YOLO is reserved for tweets like:


#YOLO Waiting to find out if I'm going in for 30 days or just getting a week behind the bars.

#YOLO Hitting on GF's BFF. #YOLO doods!

#YOLO Driving in trunk all the way to the beach.

#YOLO Calling in sick to work then going in there for the free lunch.
 
If you can't get the feel for #YOLO from these hashtagged tweets, Urban Dictionary clears it up for you with this best definition ever:


YOLO: Acronym for You Only Live Once. Mainly used to defend doing something ranging from mild to extreme stupidity.

Mild stupidity:
Friend: Dude, you probably shouldn't smoke that joint you found on the ground.
Me: Eff it, YOLO.

Extreme stupidity:
Friend: Dude, you probably shouldn't be posting random definitions on urban dictionary while you're stoned.
Me: Screw it, YOLO.


#YOLO is a state of mind lifestyle choice, and anyone can have their moment; even those with a suburban mortgage and a make good choices! personality.

Case in point: I had the chance to #YOLO it today -- and I Yolo'd -- oh yes I did. Maybe you saw my hashtagged tweet:


Mailbox stand in front of house is FULL SUN, love these baby size impatiens 4 underneath but CARE says FULL SHADE. Getting them anyway. #YOLO


48 comments:

  1. I saw your tweet, googled yolo, and was wiser because of it. Can't wait to tweet my very own #yolo moment.

    Side note, impatients are hearty. I think you'll be okay.

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    1. Dang. Wanted to live on the edge, have that goosebump moment of will the impatiens live? won't they?

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    2. They're hearty? So I should feel pretty bad about my ability to kill them in 10 days or less. Damn. You can't see it, but this is one sad face I'm sporting over here... :(

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  2. I read a web comic called Questionable Content. He made a YOLO shirt, but changed it to "You Obviously Like Owls." It's cute. I like his version better.

    HOOT!

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    1. I've seen the You Obviously Lack Originality.

      Let's not be mean, right?

      everybody just have your YOLO moments.

      xo

      P.S> How's your lady cat friend doing? Is she still hoping for a proposal? xo

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  3. #YOLO Used my toothbrush 4 months instead of 3.

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    1. That one cracks me up. We boring people can have YOLO in our lives, too.

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  4. Haha! Oh dear, I just might be able to write PAGES of my YOLOs! Good luck with your flowers. (mutations/evolution has to start somewhere, right?)

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  5. YOLO is how I've lived my entire life. It's how I went to Hong Kong with a stranger, just to give you a general idea. My boyfriend at the time was not happy about it but I YOLO'd his ass.

    I used to love late night twitter too. All the Europeans are online then and you get to read about the UK, Switzerland and France, Israel and the crazy things they're doing while the rest of us sleep. Then my insomnia cleared up.

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  6. Got you in a gardening #YOLO state of mind with my half-naked weed whacking, didn't I?

    Mmm hmmm. Thought so.

    ps - On day 8 of rash-combatting oral steroids. Supposed to take 1 1/2 tablets. Took THREE. #YOLO xo

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  7. ps - Caterer by day? #LearnedSomethingNew #WantToCookForMe? #ProllyOnlyHalfDaysDriveFromYou

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  8. Oh, you wild woman, you ;-)

    When I get home from a late night gig, #YOLO is my savior.

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  9. Big Twitter fan (and obsessive tweeter - especially after wine and ambien).

    Great post!

    Am I following you? I need to!

    xo
    Christine
    @thatgalkiki

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    1. I do follow you, I love your tweets.

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  10. You are SO happening, teaching us young kids a thing or two.

    I haven't heard of YOLO before, but I totally appreciate gettin' skooled.

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  11. I had no idea what that stood- you trendsetter you. Also- I've not done anything remotely YOLO lately....hmm,I'll have to have a think on that I think. :)

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  12. *shakes head* Kids these days *shakes head again*

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  13. Omg yolo. I'm wondering If it might replace my current fav smh.

    Where was yolo when I was up in the middle of the night nursing??

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    1. YOLO has spin offs: yes it does. YOLO jokes and YOLO parody accounts.

      SO FUNNY.

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  14. You;re going to make me figure out the twitter thing aren't you...I can't be missing these things especially since YOLO!!!!! See how long you can go each time without watering those impatiens...that is an edge to live on! I am trying that with some petunias right now...thrillseeker!

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  15. Feeling quite dangerous there aren't you! Hahaha! At least you won't go to prison for murdering flowers!

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    1. Living on the EDGE...you know that's right.

      Wave petunias are SO safe...impatiens are a walk on the wild side.

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  16. Sweetness! I've been trying to find a reason to care about Tweets and this has definitely inspired me to not fell sad about the dumb things people tweet but instead find the utter entertainment in them. These idiots have always been there we've just given them a public forum!

    You rock!
    Princess WeeWee

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  17. Gonna stay up past 11pm tonight even though I know I'm getting up in 2 hours to nurse the baby. #YOLO!

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  18. #waytoliveontheedge #dude
    #youcater
    #toocoolforskool
    #word

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  19. i have such an on again off again affair with twitter...a couple times a day maybe...i can #YOLO though...

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  20. During the winter, I chopped the bush that covers my FULL SHADE HOSTAS. Summer sucks for them. #YOLO

    :-)

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  21. LOL i may indeed be too old for YOLO ;)

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  22. I have lots of YOLO stories but I tend not to tweet or blog about the really good ones. The statute of limitations never expires on some things. ;)

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  23. I'm sorry Emp, but this might be the end of our friendship. You just live too dangerously for me. ;-)

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  24. You totally crack me up! First of all, love the cranberries in cole slaw idea. Second, I read Twitter strictly for the entertainment value. If it does anything social media wise, so be it. Hence, I follow mostly comedians. Third, you are one crazy gal thinking about putting those impatiens in the sun.

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    1. LIVIN' LARGE, JEN. JUST LIKE THESE CAPS.

      I love you. xo

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  25. Heard the definition yesterday for the first time at a middle school graduation and thought, "Oh, those darn kids." Then I stood up and shouted, "Oh yes you ARE going to forget all these classmates by the time you're my age! Believe me!" #YOLO

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  26. I was getting a little worried I have to admit. And then the impatiens bombshell... I may have to up you one and go out and divide my rhubarb plant even though it's likely too late in the season. Take that and chew on it... with a big bowl of sugar of course. #YOLO

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    1. DANA!

      Dividing rhubarb??? THIS LATE in the year?

      Woman, you have lost your mind!!!!!!!!

      Now quit that crazy talk.

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  27. Wo, Empress, you're like Dennis Hopper! You live right on the edge, baby. I'm just kinda vamping here because I don't even know how to follow a hashtag. In fact, I am surprised I just wrote hashtag without putting it in granny quotes, like I did with "app" until quite recently. (And in that last sentence.)

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    1. Kablooey, that's why I "Love" your "comments."

      xo

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  28. "send your diamonds out into the universe." That's a good one - yours?? Like it.

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  29. Okay, I just learned something new. Maybe I gotta get on Twitter after all ;-))
    jj

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    1. Oh, you'd love twitter. It's like a party where you like everybody, b/c you only follow who you like to hear from.

      try it. LOTS OF FUN in seconds and you can slip in slip out...

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  30. You are a bad ass.
    They'll thrive.
    We do in the shade.
    And we are a force to be mother facking reckoned with.
    Can I get an amen?
    xoxo

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  31. Yesterday, I went to bed without taking my make-up off.

    #YOLO

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  32. Whoa, you are totaly YOLO, one wild ass "doodette" (my God, that spelling, hey "dood", take an English class, YOLO). Mine today? I'm using real butter on my gluten free rice farina, YOLO. Yeah, a walk on the wild side.

    Loved this. Very funny.

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  33. Hysterical post and awesome acronym--now using it to explain any questionable behavior!

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  34. Ha! I have a coworker who has been abusing this phrase lately but I don't hate it. Will have to add this to the threads I follow on twitter. Oh, hey! I don't follow any acronyms on twitter. Empress, I'm so behind the times!

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