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What is a Fuzzball?

  • One question I hear more than any other is What's a Fuzzball??" Allow me to explain:

    A Fuzzball is a 30-year-old fallen debutante who lives in Houston, TX with a bossy dog and an even bossier parrot who she SWEARS is the reincarnation of Napoleon Bonaparte.

    A Fuzzball prefers animals to most people, because people can really suck sometimes.

    A Fuzzball loves music, ALL music ALL of the time. If she's not listening to it, then she's singing it.

    A Fuzzball has a mad love for all things British, especially their actors.

    A Fuzzball is blissfully happy in a bookstore, preferably one with good music playing in the background. If you look under a Fuzzball's bed you'll usually find an entire library of books that she has dropped there after falling asleep reading.

    Fuzzballs are usually incurable romantics, ridiculously optimistic, and bent on making the world a happier place.

    Your typical Fuzzball will probably have a completely bizarre sense of humor. Just go with it, it will take you to funny places.

    You should also be aware that Fuzzballs are giant nerds. Seriously. Science fiction, computers, the whole shebang.

    Fuzzballs are also budding photographers. They love looking at the world through a lens and finding new ways to be creative.

    Oh...and you can also look for a Fuzzball in one of the best movies ever made. ;)

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Great story Tracy. Sadly, Americans are unbelievably uninformed about the world around us. The Ugly American definitely still exists.

I can't pass up this opportunity to share my own European train experience. Alas, without the Tracy's dramatic flair.

Back in college, I spent a semester in Vienna, Austria. On a train trip between Vienna & Budapest (~3 hours long) myself and two friends happened to share a train compartment with two "born-again" Christians [I think they were from Tennessee or somewhere else deep South] taking a break from their mission trip to Ukraine. Since we were Americans, they started talking with us from the minute they sat down. My friend Heidi, a liberal from Chicago, listened for a few minutes then put her headphones on and pretended to sleep. My friend Liz [a fellow Texan] and I became completely engaged in a conversation with them. What can I say, we'd been out of the US for months and it reminded us of home. They regaled us with stories about "saving" the Ukrainians. They were especially proud of one day when they were preaching to [in English] and passing out copies of the Bible [also in English] to Ukrainian coal miners. The coal miners eagerly grabbed all of the Bibles these missionaries had brought with them. Apparently, the coal miners could not get enough of the "good news of the Lord." Personally, I think they were thinking: hey, free stuff.

Unfortunately, the situation got immediately less entertaining when they inquired if we "had accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal lord and savior."

Buffalo Bill

tracy, you should share another story with your readers, the one involving the check-out girl at Kroger and Indian food.

anne arkham

Kickass post, girl.


Great post. Worth waiting for.

I miss Italy.

But not stupid Americans.

The Golden Child

I like this post, and I can't defend the stupidity of average Ameri-dude, but don't put Europeans on some kind of intellectual pedestal. While John Doe here and his happy meal family don't know what the PACE flags mean, some blue collar Italian family may not understand the symbols of peace and love that we find so cooky, mainstream, and fake like the magnetic "support our troops" ribbons on cars or the yellow "live strong" bracelets adorned by every soccer mom, trendy high schooler and frat guy in the country. so we trade rainbow flags for bumper stickers, whats the difference? don't be too hard on the average family, they're doing the best that they can. i myself have been trained to see the rainbow symbol as gay (i live in austin, a gay triangle is part of the culture...and gay people put them on their cars because, well, THEY'RE GAY) so i can't criticize a common American misconception like this 'daughter' character. easy on the USA; live in italy for a few years, meet some average people and see if they're as fantastical as you imagine....im not sure if it should be USA idiots vs. european fools; i think maybe its just a mankind thing...we're ignorant.

side note: if i could live anywhere it would probably be italy...but since i live in austin and attend UT i thought this post needed a solid dosage of cliche texan/US propaganda......uh...nuke the whales!

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