Lauren Delon

Posted by Write In My Journal on September 8th, 2008 filed in Woman

I met Lauren on the train. She had a few gadgets out which caught my attention because 1. I’m a gadget guy myself and 2. the sun kept reflecting off her various screens and shining in my eyes. :)

As I looked closer, I noticed she was using a Zune. She was only the second person I’d ever seen using a Zune (as opposed to the millions of iPods out there) so I decided to ask her about it. Very friendly and outgoing, Lauren told me all about how she used to have an iPod and it kept breaking and losing her music and was a royal pain. Eventually, after going nuts from lack of music to listen to, she picked up her Zune and has loved it. She showed me the back on which she had “iPod sucks” engraved.

When I asked her to write in my journal I expected to read about the music she likes or more details about her distaste for the iPod. I should have learned by now that assumptions about people are rarely accurate. :)

“Last night we walked down to the river and sat in the dark with only the glow from our cigarettes. I told him I was lost and I didn’t know what to do. He explained to me what I felt I already knew, looked deep in my mind barely out of reach. He held out his hand and I held on. He helped me recover the part of me I let go. He reminded me that I needed to face my pain, to allow myself to kick and scream and cry and yell. He told me to allow my pain to be a part of me and be proud of it. Carry it like a radio high above my head, to allow my pain to be real so finally I can be FREE!”

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28 Responses to “Lauren Delon”

  1. Amy Says:

    Yay! A new post :)
    I really liked Lauren’s entry – incredibly poetic, especially for writing spur of the moment on the train.

  2. Fit Bottomed Girl Says:

    Wow…sounds like she needs a blog of her own. :)

  3. Michael Says:

    I echo Amy’s comment and add one of my own. There is a reason there are millions of people with iPods and very few with Zunes. I will leave it up to everyone to figure out what that reason is.

  4. Lance Says:

    It’s the emotion that I don’t expect when I read these random writings from people you don’t even know. And it’s the emotion that makes them real. And I learn with every entry I read here that you can’t judge a book by it’s cover…

  5. Peter Says:

    I love that you never know what people are going to write. I seriously get excited when a new Write In My Journal post shows up in my reader.

  6. Parth Says:

    This is truly an amazing project you have started here! Very inspirational stuff. I must commend you on your guts. You have to be one nice and outgoing person to be able to go up to random people and have them write in your notebook.

  7. Kathryn Says:

    I heard about this website from a friend of mine, and I just commend you!!! I think this is an awesome project you’ve got here. You’ve really opened up the Book of Life for everyone to read, and I love how real it is. The coolest part about this website is it is so honest. I’m amazed every time I read an entry by how open random strangers are with you. I proves that every face has a story behind it, everyone needs help, and really everyone is in this life together. What a way to open up people’s eyes to who is around them. Thanks!

  8. Alice Says:

    I just have to say… this site is seriously amazing. I just randomly stumbled on it, and I really do love it to pieces. Been a while since I entered a site and fell in love with it. (:

    Keep it up, this is one hell of an idea.

  9. Dave Says:

    Thanks to everyone for your comments! I’m very excited that the response has been so positive.

  10. Lungfish Says:

    Handwriting analysis is a hobby of mine. I’m no authority, but this woman is crazy. Not TOO crazy, but the size and shape of the letters suggest confidence and self-centeredness, and the occasional upper-case R indecisiveness. The backward lean of most the letters suggests depression (or repression) and the backward lean of “I” usually means a negative self image or low opinion. Inconstancy of how hard she presses and whether the letters lean to the left or are neutral might indicate moodswings. The way “go” and “allow” crash might show that she’s not comfortable letting go of whatever, but the upward swing of most of the other words at the end of the other lines suggests that she is an optimist. The space left at the end of the lines shows she plans ahead but is not an accurate judge of herself.

    Oh yeah, I got here from Stumble Upon. This is a cool thing you’re doing, I’m sure you’re gonna get a trillian hits in a couple days.

  11. Lungfish Says:

    Or minutes, I don’t know.

  12. c.a. Marks Says:

    I love this idea. I may have to try it out myself.

  13. Katie Says:

    I think this is a wonderful idea. All of these have hit a note with me in one way or another. Thank you to both you and all of the people who have written for you so far. I look forward to seeing more.

  14. Lochness Says:

    Although I’m not an authority, typing analysis is a hobby of mine. Lungfish is insane, or possibly daft.

  15. 3x5er Says:

    I love the concept of this site! I’d try it myself but I think I’m too chicken about talking to strangers!

  16. tristie Says:

    this is such a cool idea and way to get to know about people. everyone out there for sure has a story and is living a life. i love this.

  17. Jen Brister Says:

    I love this site! What an amazing idea.

  18. TurntheScrew Says:

    Wow man! I just found this site via stumbleupon, and this entry is truly outstanding! As I write this, there’s a slight tear in my eye. Great idea, and I wish you the best!

  19. sleepinginsomniac Says:

    Hello Lauren I have never met you and odds are probably never will. Twenty years ago, if you told someone that you have a blog that other people blog on, they would probably think you were drunk or insane. Well, thanks for letting me blog on your blog.

    (Fade camera as the fearless Stumbler stumbles into the night…)
    FIN

  20. Aaron. Says:

    Wow, I just stumbled upon this, and I love it.
    This is wonderful.
    =]

  21. The Chiz Says:

    Brilliant idea for a site. Very cool, indeed!

    As for the Zune, I *love* mine, and have even started a bit of development to see what kind of software I can whip up for it.

  22. Eli Gundry Says:

    Found this site on stumble. I usually look at blogs like this and just keep on stumbling. What caught my eye was the girl in the picture. I read your post and now I’m hooked. Keep on keeping on my good sir, keep on keeping on.

  23. Shirley Says:

    This is such a great idea! I love this and I will be back.

  24. Elliot Says:

    Stubleupon rocks for this reason: finding awesome sites like this.

    By the way.. I think I am in love with this chick. Very cute and into music!

    The other journals I have read are awesome too. Gotta go eat now but when I get back I shall read some more!

  25. Rucha Patil, India Says:

    Hey david, I loved the story..in fact stumbled upon this site i loved the project you are doing..!!
    i come from a diversed country named India. it is so good to talk to different people and share things which gives new motivations to live life in a better way… i would surely like to share my thoughts with you regarding the same….may be if you like to visit my blog you are welcome…keep it up and good going..! after all interacting with unknown souls who are still connected to us in some or the other way is something very unusual and very special..!!

  26. patrick Says:

    What city are you in and what train are you on? I like that lauren girl…even if the handwrting analyst thinks shes “crazy” you should have met my ex-girlfriend…but thats another story…to quote kerouac, “The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing but burn, burn, burn like fabulous roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes ‘Awww’” so hit me up some time. ill keepan eye out for the girl with the zune next time im wherever you are.

    on another note, this is a great idea. Ive carried around a notebook for years and have a bunch of entries from random people i met while traveling, drinking, etc. but never thought to post them online. good job. keep it up.

  27. Write In My Journal Says:

    Thanks everyone for your kind and encouraging words! I appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment.

    @Lochness – hilarious comment

    @patrick – I’m in Salt Lake City, Utah and it’s TRAX, the local light rail system.

  28. uli Says:

    that right,Ivecarried aroumd a notebook for years and have a bunch of entries from Indonesia people i met while traveling.