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Saturday, March 22, 2014

100 Days of Happy: Day #76/ A Fish Named Shady

Day #76: I know I posted that Monoxide posted my Valentine to him for Fam Art Friday. That totally made my day. I went back this morning and saw that my picture received even more family love. It continued to make my day. That man can always make me feel special and always makes my day awesome. I feel all tingly now.  

A Fish Named Shady (As in Slim Shady)

It would be an understatement to describe my childhood years as interesting - eclectic is more like it. I remember having crushes on Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit) and Eminem from Summer 2000-Summer 2002. That two year span proved obsessive to my pre-teen self when I decorated my room with Limp Bizkit and Eminem posters. I even had a shirt that said "Property of Slim Shady."

I remember Valentine's Day 2001 when I finished play practice for the middle school's upcoming production of Fiddler On the Roof. Dad picked me up at 5:15; it was finally getting darker a little later. Dad said there was a surprise waiting for me. Fortunately, the drive from school to home was five minutes, but to an excited 11 and a half year old girl, it seemed to take forever. But once dad parked his blue 1991 Oldsmobile (we called it the blue bomber because it always broke down until we replaced it with a 2001 Chevy Malibu in 2003), I hopped out and ran through the kitchen door.

Waiting on the kitchen table was a pink envelope, a box of chocolates, a pink teddy bear and a flower vase with lilies and beta fish living in the water (they breathed in oxygen from the lilies). Dad was always good about buying me things for Valentine's Day and to this day he still does because I am still his special little girl. Dad came inside the house and said, "Happy Valentine's Day, Wee!" I gave him a hug and a kiss. I named the betta fish Slim Shady after Eminem and Fred after Fred Durst because I loved those two guys to death.

However, according to Wikipedia, Betta fish (also known as Siamese fighting fish) “The aggression of this fish has been studied by ethologists and comparative psychologists.These fish have historically been the objects of gambling; two male fish are pitted against each other in a fight and bets are placed on which one will win. One fish is almost always killed as a result. To avoid this, male Siamese fighting fish are best isolated from one another. Males will occasionally even respond aggressively to their own reflections in a mirror. Though this is obviously safer than exposing the fish to another male, prolonged sight of their reflection can lead to stress in some individuals. Not all Siamese fighting fish respond negatively to other male fish, especially if there are not many of them and they are in another tank.

Sadly, Slim Shady attacked Fred and when we removed Fred from the fish bowl, he was half eaten. I was sad about it, but dad still muses about that incident and says, “That fish said, ‘I hate you!’ and ate him like Hannibal Lector!” I can’t help laugh because in real life Slim Shady (Eminem) was having a feud with Fred (Fred Durst), so it’s ironic in a way. Fortunately, Slim Shady survived until 2004. He was a great pet alongside Woo. Although I was delighted by Slim Shady, I’m not sure if I’d get another Betta since they’re so aggressive, but to a pre-teen, the experience was eye opening.

Ironically, I just found this link: 4 Cases of Censorship That Totally Change the Message. Yeah, I had to listen to edited music until I was 13.5 (March 2003 was when I bought my first unedited CD: Korn's Follow the Leader), and I remember when I opened the unedited version of the Marshall Mathers LP. I did hear a few songs unedited when I was younger, but when I listened to the whole unedited CD I was a little surprised. Some songs made me uncomfortable, but it overall was a good CD. I guess I was a bit shocked at "Without Me" unedited as well, but I still enjoy the song. I'm not a fan of Eminem's newer material, but I do like "Not Afraid." I actually listened to that song the other day and the message really lined up to my situation. I'm going to post the video and I'll link the lyrics: Not Afraid.

And of course, Twiztid has been helping as always!


  1. My biggest memory 2000-2002 was getting taken home early on September 11. I asked mother loudly in the hallway if she'd seen what just happened and she told me to be quiet.

    I avoided edited everything as best possible back then, but did not get into any pornography until about ten years later, oddly enough.

    1. Yeah, my school refused to tell us what happened on 9/11, so when dad didn't pick me up from school that day and it was mom, I was confused and she told me. I had a dream the night before where I was speaking Arabic and men were storming buildings and burning them, I had to perform an exorcism. I was terrified when I woke up. I think I have a sixth sense... I predicted Dimebag's death...

    2. Wow. Meanwhile, my teacher had CNN on for us to observe stock quotes for my glimpse into the NYSE, and incidentally... (my international relations were minimal, only a Japanese pen pal)
      I was soo focused on the Japanese culture, though, the kawaii shoujo stuff.

      My friend has an interview in fifteen minutes. A bit past 6, I offered wake-up services, as I did it all the time in the PRC, but the moment after I sent the message it occurred to me that is far from necessary.

    3. Yeah, I guess Upper Merion wanted to keep us ignorant. ::sigh:: I can't wait to move.

  2. I had not heard of Betta fish before. Thanks for sharing this story.

    1. I'm not sure if they're rare or a new type of fish. When I was looking at the library, our fish books are from the 80s and early 90s and Betta weren't mentioned at all. However, I see they're called Siamese Fighting Fish, so maybe they go by that? I don't have a lot of experience with fish, haha.