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I have some good news and some bad news.  

The good news is that the conversation aid part is up!  More good news is that I will try to end each entry with a thought provoking reflection about the real world, as I promised in the first entry for this blog.  

The bad news is that I am strangely addicted to high school television dramas. I watch them and think, “Oh, so this is what the popular kids were going through all that time.  No wonder they could never finish their homework.”  

For those of you worried about how my cold is doing, rest assured that I am nursing myself back to good health.  I have been drinking plenty of fluids, and getting some rest.  I have also limited how much I speak so as to avoid straining my throat.   

Having a cold has, uh, taught me a lot about personal growth.  It’s important to overcome the obstacles that get in your way and not to let them overcome you.  

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I'm Shocked You've Never Heard of Me

Some very important events have transpired that I must share with you.

First off, I have a cold. Now usually, I would be really irritated to have a cold, but I’m using some super soft Kleenex that is making my nose-blowing experience rather pleasant. Sometimes, I hold the Kleenex up to my nose just to feel it against my skin.

In other news, we have a family reunion coming up. It is very important that I exude success and have something to brag about. As this site is my first project, it is imperative that it becomes a hit so that when my aunt asks, “What do you do?”

I can proudly say, “I’m the prodigy behind Surely you’ve heard of it. AWKWARD. A-W-K-W-A-R-D. No? You haven’t? I assure you, it’s big.”

“Oh, is that like that company google, where your cousin works?” she will respond.

“Exactly,” I will nod. I might even take it a step further, “I’m surprised you’ve heard of google and not imawkward.”

She will stare.

I will continue, “You know, it’s kind of refreshing to be around people who have no idea how big I am.”

At this point my mom will probably find me and drag me away before I further embarass my immediate family.

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I Give this Site Two Thumbs Up!

Great news! I have added a testimonials section to

The inspiration for the testimonials came to me one day, when I was thinking about how to improve the content on this site. I thought, “What better testament to how great the site is than words from the users themselves?!” 

Immediately thereafter, I imagined what users would say if they saw this site, and added those quotes to the Testimonials page.  I know what you’re thinking: “Um.  You made up all of the quotes on the testimonials page? …Well, they were totally realistic! Well done!”  Thank you. 

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Looking Ahead

Last night I saw Demetri Martin on the Daily Show. He was totally delightful! I innocently thought, “I should marry him.”But then I got ahead of myself, thinking, “Well, he would have to get a haircut before he meets my parents…and what if he’s not funny in real life? What if he’s so dedicated to creating humorous presentations that he’s actually serious at all other times? Surely I would be disappointed if we were dating and he was constantly ‘shushing’ me because he needed to focus on his work. And our kids might turn out ugly. That would be tragic. There is nothing sadder than an ugly child. Would they be able to embrace humor as a defense mechanism as I have? Or would they be miserable because their parents were always making jokes? Oh Demetri!”Okay, I just did a google search for him and found his personal page. I learned that I was spelling his name wrong – so I have gone through this entry and done a find and replace from Dmitri to Demetri. Also, after reviewing his site, I’m having trouble deciding whether he’s extremely brilliant or a complete idiot. Let’s hope, for the sake of our progeny, it’s the former.

In more important news, this site is making some impressive strides towards completion. There is now an apparel section. I have also solicited my internet friends for awkward moment stories. I asked my laser tag team if they had any good awkward moment stories, but they all said, “Noooo, not really.” Clearly, they are liars.

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The Beginning

I originally ran into some trouble setting up this website, so late on Friday night, I called tech support asking for some help.  I could almost hear the young man on the other end snicker when he saw my domain name – I’m Awkward.  I thought about saying, “Look buddy, I’m not the one stuck on tech support duty on a Friday night. Make no mistake. You are socially inferior to me,” but decided against it.   Anyway, this blog is here to share my awkward experiences.  These will range from social absurdities I experience during work to embarrassing encounters in restaurants to public transportation blunders.  I’ll try to end every entry with thoughtful reflection that applies to the real world a la Grey’s Anatomy, SATC, and Scrubs.  I’ll start with this entry:   

Talking with the tech support representative made me realize that people do funny things with their Friday nights. Some people like to work on their website (picture of me in front of my computer), other people like working for pay (picture of tech support guy), and some people, some people like to drink (shot of me, looking up from my computer, picking up my binoculars and staring out the window into the apartment across the street, watching a lonely older woman chug beer and throw things violently.) 

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