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Links, Cliques, Dicks and More
by Alex Carnevale
When I’m not responding to another one of Dan Murray’s e-mails about why he can’t find happiness in committed relationships, I am thinking of new entrepreneurial ideas to make me and my blogger friends rich as thieves.
My newest such brainstorm – wait for it — is the gnumber.
What exactly is the gnumber?
The gnumber refers to the number of people in your gchat list that you have hooked up with.
Of what possible use could this concept be?
It has come to my attention that it can be a little awkward to ask a partner or potential partner how many times they’ve had sex or with who.
Using gtechnology is far more legit. The first question I now ask girls or extremely feminine guys is, “What’s your gnumber?”
They usually answer, “Who the fuck are you?” And I have them where I want them.
What if my gnumber is prime?
What technically constitutes a hook-up?
Your gfriend becomes part of your gnumber if any of the following conditions are satisfied.
1. You have seen his chimney cleaner.
2. He has seen your tinkleflower.
3. You made out a little but it was weird.
What exactly does a gnumber communicate?
That’s OK. The brilliance of the gnumber is that it is constantly changing. Here are a few potential uses:
1. You check your partner’s gnumber at the beginning of the relationship, and by three months in, it has only grown. Conclusion: You are dating Dan Murray or his facsimile.
2. You’re hitting on a girl or guy in a bar, and you ask for their gnumber. They tell you they don’t have one because they use Trillian so they can chat on all their different clients at once. Conclusion: Step away slowly, you may be in danger of being talked to about Second Life for an hour or more.
3. You and your bf/gf can’t decide who should have the last cherry Pop Tart. (S)he suggests that you decide based on who has the lower gnumber. Conclusion: Such abuses of the gnumber concept are punishable by the law.
My gnumber is 5. Now 12. Now 5 again. One of my exes has a lot of gmail addresses, you know what I’m saying?
Thank you for your time.
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Alex Carnevale is the editor of This Recording, despite rumors to the contrary.
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