There’s a frog or toad, or something in the green ‘n’ jumpy family, that comes out at night and sits near our front door. Often it’s directly in front of the door, and seems fearless. I swing open the screen door, which passes a centimeter above its body, and the thing doesn’t move. I step over it nightly, and nothing. Our dog Andy has even sniffed it a few times, and it remains froggy stoic. Andy isn’t too concerned with it, either. Weird.
I have seen it jump a few times, however, and it always makes me shriek like a schoolgirl. When you’re walking into the house at 2:30 am, tired and burned out, and something LEAPS from the porch… mister, your sphincter will be put to the test.
But what does it mean? Is there some significance to a toad by the front door? I checked my big book of southern superstitions, and found nothing. I did see this one, though: If a rooster crows in the kitchen, a tramp is coming. So, I’ve made a note of that. But nothing about a frog by the front door. Any ideas? What does it mean??
I recently saw an article about a short amateur documentary, filmed in the ’90s, concerning a group of so-called “dirty girls” at a school somewhere. Where? I’m not sure, but the girls in question are a little punk rock and out of the mainstream, and receive the treatment you might expect from the other students. There’s a lot of speculation about their hygiene, or lack thereof. Along with various other insults…
It’s pretty good. I was so invested by the end, I did some research, and found this “dirty girls” reunion video. Check ’em out, if you’re so inclined. It’s a compelling little slice of high school hell.
And Jason Headley forwarded me this article about the happiest and unhappiest places in the country. Scranton is number 1, baby! The unhappiest place in America!! Hell to the yes. Also, “non-metropolitan West Virginia” makes the list. I take that to mean rural WV? So, the whole state except maybe Charleston and Huntington? I’m unclear.
If you have any thoughts on this list of misery, please share them in the comments.
I also have a closing Question for you guys: What are some things people PRETEND to like, because of social pressure? You know, stuff you’re supposed to enjoy, but don’t really? I’ll get the ball rolling with a few suggestions: other peoples’ family photos, the outdoors, the beach, party games, and children.
Got anything on this subject, or any of the others I’ve mentioned? Please tell us about it below.
And have a great weekend, my friends!
I’ll be back on Monday.