So my Polish sister and I rarely get a chance to talk. We try to use the webcam and microphone but 75% of the time is spent saying "wait, what? It cut out." or accidentally hanging up on each other. So we decided to use the gmail chat the other day.
Our childhood resulted in hundreds upon hundreds of stupid inside jokes. Many of these jokes involve typos, spoonerisms, thoughts-you-saids, etc. Gladly, we still laugh at them today. It is a fine thing when you can create like 5 new inside jokes through instant messaging.
Also, i should mention that we also have this weird hereditary laugh called "the wheeze." My mom and her sisters do it and it's quite something to behold. It's basically an abrupt blast of air that sounds like a wheeze. Then you start laughing like a regular person, or not. Sometimes it's just a wheeze.
Anyway, here are some snippets of our conversation. Hopefully it's entertaining. There's a very good chance you will be sitting there staring with crickets chirping. But I thought it was funny and it will give you some insight into how I converse in IM, which I bet you woke up this morning dying to know.
"Laughing About Laughs, Part One"
(lots of laughs, i mean)
Ashley: (one laugh)
me: (i am laughing a lot)
ha ha, geez. I was trying to explain that I was laughing. So difficult, apparently.
i really laughed at: (one laugh)
we should describe our laughs since we can't hear each other
Ashley: (a short chuckle)
me: (long, drawn-out laugh with a slight wheeze)
Ashley: (an amused sigh)
me: ha ha--what the?
that's weird, ash. Sighing in response to something--"Ahhhhh...." ??
Ashley: you know, like a laugh with just one noise
Ashley: like a smiley "hm."
can that be a laugh?
me: yeah, ok
I've been sitting here trying it over and over again
I think i produced something that sounds real
"Jen Takes it Too Far" & "Laughing About Laughs, Part Two"
Ashley: yeah, that sucks
me: yeah. sooo frustrating.
but oh well. it worked out in the end
Ashley: that's good. (p.s. I first typed "that suckls." Sick.)
me: hahaha. (majorly huge wheeze laugh)
Ashley: ha ha
Ashley: I'm trying to figure out what that would mean, for it to be a bad thing
me: i don't know. it's just kind of a gross word
Ashley: it is
me: "that suckls the teet of annoyances"
me: haha.. I am sorry. Wow.
Ashley: NEVER say teet
I said i was sorry!!!
Ashley: (still laughing)
me: (me too)
it IS vivid though.
you can't argue with that.
Ashley: sure is
me: ohhhh shoot. That is funny...
Ashley: oh MAN
and the wind down...
me: i like how it's misspelled though
Ashley: yeah, me too
I was too distraught to think about it at the time
me: ha ha-the wind down, to end lots of laughter with an amusing sigh
me: or amused sigh, I mean
stop being funny
me: now, what would be an amusing sigh?
"that sigh was very amusing."
anyway...i am annoying myself
Ashley: one in a really high voice?
it really is amusing
Ashley: now I just sound like an idiot
me: a high-pitched wind-down sigh
Ashley: ha ha
me: i can't even do it. i bust into laughs