If you cannot read this, you must be using Internet Explorer


But if you are using Internet Explorer and you CAN read this, then please disregard – the problem must be fixed?  In any case, down with IE.

Let me tell you about a couple of great things that have happened.  Warning: this post has no unifying thread aside from my two hands, my ten fingers, and my blathering brain churning it all out.

First of all, I had a perfect, flawless, divine flight experience on Monday.  I thought that because it was Labor Day, travel would be a nightmare.  But here are the amazing things about the day:
–    When my parents drove me from Colorado Springs to the airport in Denver, we took E-470, a tollway – but all of the tollbooths were closed.  Free!
–    I made it through security in 10 minutes – probably because I had no frozen meat in my purse.
–    DIA has free Wi-Fi, and I got one of the stools at the table where you can plug in your laptop.
–    I met the aforementioned songwriters.
–    I was reading Stephen King’s “On Writing,” which the songwriters noticed, and thought I was really cool for.
–    The flight left on time.
–    I had a free drink ticket, so I ordered a plastic cup of Chardonnay.
–    The flight arrived early.
–    My suitcase was the first one out at baggage claim.

Come on.  All of those things NEVER happen all in the same day.

When I got home and discovered my driver’s license missing, I thought that my perfect day had been torpedoed.  But the next morning, the airline called and told me that they had found it at security, and they were mailing it to me.  Southwest Airlines, FTW!

my co-worker Danny recently told me
that one of his friends thought that
FTW stood for “for the wind.”
I laughed so hard, I snorted.
I’ve tried to tell my non-internetty friends,
and they don’t find it funny.
If you find it funny,
please validate me and tell me so.
If you don’t find it funny, well.
You’re probably using Internet Explorer.

Last night I went to the gym, and Tuesday nights at the gym are the best, because on Tuesday nights from 9-10pm, they play reruns of “The Office” on TBS.  I spent an episode and a half on the elliptical machine, all alone, but allowing myself to LAUGH OUT LOUD whenever I wanted – which meant that I was laughing for 45 minutes straight.

Another tangent:
for the longest time,
my friend Joey thought that
LOL stood for “lots of love.”
This made me laugh, too.

I have had my buddy Del Barber’s songs running on repeat in my head for a couple of days now – and this is the furthest* thing from a problem.  A few weeks ago, he and Dreadlock Dave stopped in Nashville to crash on the floor of the JAM House, and we had a regular hootenanny (hurray!) in the living room – Del and Neal and I taking turns playing songs.

It was so Nashville.

And finally, speaking of music, my EP is almost finished.  October.  Get ready.

*A free EP to the first person who knows the difference between “furthest” and “farthest.” 



  1. Leslie on September 9, 2009 at 9:24 AM

    furthest – a figurative sense.

    farthest – actual physical distance.

    I laughed at For the Wind. :)

  2. hootenannie on September 9, 2009 at 9:26 AM

    Leslie Blair, For The Wind!

    This girl wastes no time. You’re the first on my list of free EP recipients, sister. :)

  3. Val on September 9, 2009 at 9:29 AM

    I clicked as fast as I could, but alas…. Not fast enough.

    Glad your flight was so wondrous! Mine wasn’t quite like yours, but it also wasn’t completely disastrous! So…win?

  4. Daniel on September 9, 2009 at 9:44 AM

    Yeah FTW now means For the Wind for me. I can’t go back. Thanks for working that in to such a great post :)

  5. Nicolas on September 9, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    Bah! She was fast!

    I was so happy that I knew it! 87% because I want an EP and 12% because of why I know it. Let it suffice to say “You’re the man now, dog”. (<– I’m starting a movement where punctuation goes after quotes.)

    And… 1% because I love trivia.

    P.S. – I’m stealing your tangent format – that’s awesome.

  6. hootenannie on September 9, 2009 at 10:11 AM

    I stole the tangent format from my friend Emily – although she calls them “sidenotes,” which is even cuter.

    Me? I’m not all that cute. Just practical.

  7. Emily on September 9, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    Thanks for the side note credit!

    I am embarrassed (sort of but not really) to admit that I don’t know what FTW means at all. For all I know it really could be “For the Wind.”

  8. Katherine on September 9, 2009 at 3:00 PM

    So glad you are back Annie!
    While I also do not know what FTW means, Adam Gopnik tells this great story about mistaking lol for lots of love (for the Moth podcast). I was going to link but apparently it is no longer on itunes. Sad.
    Hooray for such a great day of flying!

  9. Leslie on September 9, 2009 at 6:23 PM

    Didn’t realize I was so speedy. Google Reader For The Wind! (And for my tangent, for the wind makes me think of A Mighty Wind, which really makes me laugh…)

  10. Sarah on September 9, 2009 at 7:05 PM

    Only after reading the comments have I now figured out what FTW means – thanks, hootenannie. I actually thought it was something much… um, angrier.

    And I spent 5 minutes glancing between “furthest” and “farthest” and now they both just look really funny. You know what’s fun? Looking up the definition of “set.”

  11. Andrea on September 9, 2009 at 8:43 PM

    I guess I’m not the only one, but what is FTW??? I googled it and the first thing that came up…”for the win.” Is that right?!? They kind of sound alike, which I can see the humor in, “for the wind.” Kind of like “breaking wind.” Ha!

  12. annie on September 9, 2009 at 8:45 PM


  13. Andrea on September 9, 2009 at 8:46 PM

    Oh, and a side note…

    I think that thought process should win me an EP. Or if that doesn’t work, how about just because I’m your roommate’s favorite sister-in-law…oh yeah, I’m her only. Well, Annie, I’ll keep dreaming…

  14. Peg on September 9, 2009 at 11:38 PM

    OK – so I’m reading this at 930p PDT, so I didn’t have a prayer on the EP. BUT – I’ll buy one. AND — here’s another interp of FTW (which I’ve never thought much about except that it was positive). When you brought it into your post – I thought – well, could be opposite of WTF — yes THAT angry term! I like For The Win better.
    Cool that SW Air is so good in so many ways…as airlines go anyway.

  15. Little AP on September 11, 2009 at 9:29 AM

    Yay! EP’s in October!

  16. Devon on September 11, 2009 at 8:55 PM

    Until your brother started twittering “FTW” like it was literally going out of style and I asked Ash, “doesn’t Jeremy worry about who he says “FTW” to?… I was under the impression that it stood for f*ck the world. This stemming from a 12th grade encounter with a deli employee who used it so.

  17. jeremy Parsons on September 14, 2009 at 7:58 PM

    For the wind? Laugh out Lard!!

    You saying FTW is a huge W. Love you. Miss you. I can’t wait to see you again.
    Your brother

  18. Ryan on September 20, 2009 at 5:06 PM

    hate to rain on your parade, but E-470 has changed to photo billing. They take your picture, send you a bill in the mail.

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