Nevertheless, the letter did make me want to act smart myself. I feel like it's a defense mechanism, but really it probably isn't. It's just that, watching cartoons growing up, we learned that people don't like know-it-alls or show-offs, so as we grew up, we tried to not be know-it-alls or show-offs so much. I don't know whether or not we succeed in this endeavor (watch me talking all smart now; I must be failing), but whenever we see someone else being all know-it-all or show-off-y, it's like a challenge. Like, "Oh? You think you're smarter than us? Let's see if you really are!" I want to say that a lot of the time, we win the challenge, but I really couldn't say. At any rate, I have noticed that the majority of people who really are really smart tend to not act like they're really smart. I guess it's like that saying, "The wise eagle hides its claws," or however that ends up being translated. There was a long discussion about it in the Honyaku Mailing List, and I think they even debated whether you should use claws or talons or what. But I could be imagining that part.
Anyway, of course we're planning to write the guy back. I hope people don't think that because I'm posting my spiel about know-it-alls that I look down on him. We only have one letter to go off of. I really just thought it was a good opportunity to talk about it, since I think about it a lot. And I really did want to write the entry in Japanese. I probably would have if I could have just used a Japanese IME instead of copying and pasting from JWPce. And maybe he'll turn out to be a good friend. I do get the feeling he would be frightened to learn the true nature of fangirls, since apparently he's only met two ever.
Today I'm thankful for letters from new people, episode 5 of Ouran Koukou Host Club (so much love for that show), being able to name our hedgehogs, cooler weather for our monitor, fulfilling the lifelong dream of beating Sephiroth at a lower level than 100 (maybe he's easier in KH2? We never really tried that hard in KH1)(today was a good day to do it, too; it's Tifa's birthday), and having a relatively non-traumatic experience at the post office today.