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[CENTER][SIZE=1][I]"They danced down the streets like dingledodies, and I shambled after as I've been doing all my life after people who interest me because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn..."

[/I][/SIZE][RIGHT][SIZE=1][I] - Jack Kerouac, On the Road, Part 1, Ch. 1

[/I][/SIZE][LEFT][SIZE=1]Dingledodies are those friends or acquaintances who you cannot help but be uplifted, enlightened or cheered up by - those people who put the light in your life. They are the special people who never fail to put a smile on your face, because of some series of strange habits or quirks unique only to them.

So, this is the place to tell us about your dingledodies. Tell us their names, their quirks, and why they will forever hold a special place in your heart and soul.

For me, my number one dingledodie is my best friend Ellie. She is crazy and incredibly daft at times, but every single thing she does simply endears her to me even more. She is the first one I go to when I have a problem or an issue of any kind, and she always knows exactly how to sort it out.

Ellie is also the most fun person to go out with - she doesn't seem to have an off button, so she's always as happy as can be, even if there's something dramatic going on in my friendship group. She is the most positive, uplifting, life-affirming person I have ever met, and I honestly hope I will stay friends with her for the rest of my life.

Dingledodie number two is Sarah. She and Ellie are really good friends, but they are almost polar opposites. Sarah is down-to-earth, but not so much that it becomes boring. When I'm feeling mardy, she knows exactly what I need - someone to complain about stuff with. She's also been by my side through some really difficult stuff, and I can't help but love her to pieces. Unfortunately she's now living basically at the opposite end of the country, so I don't see her much any more. But when I do see her, it's just like it was when she was living round the corner.

My third and fourth dingledodies come as a pair - my friend Dan and his girlfriend Angela. Dan is the most loyal person you could ever hope to meet - once you get to know him, you've got a friend for life. He also knows loads of other people, so you've immediately got a huge friendship group once you meet him. He's also the most mental person I know - he can come out with totally bizarre comments, and they always make me laugh, and it's inspiring to see how devoted and loving he is to his girlfriend Angela, who is dingledodie number four.

Angela is as bubbly and outgoing as Ellie, and I absolutely love her to pieces even though I've known her about four years less than I've known my others. It is impossible not to like Angela, and even though she comes out with some stupid comments sometimes, it's impossible to get angry or frustrated with her. She's usually the first person I tell any relationship news to, because she seems to be worried that I'm almost chronically single.

Fifth is Meg - I've known her since I was four years old, and we have absolutely everything in common. We like the same music, the same fashion styles, the same comedy, the same films, the same TV, and she's got a massive house on top of all this. She throws the best parties, and even when they don't quite go according to plan, she never loses face. She's jetting off to America for nine months, and I honestly don't know what I'm going to do without her.

Last but definitely not least is Jonny. Jonny is the guy in the group who seems to take all the crap, but doesn't mind it at all. He's always the one we make jokes about, but he takes it all in his stride and never gets angry about it. He's incredibly laid-back, but he's also one of the only people who can ever get me to have a serious conversation. We've discussed such minor things as film and TV, as well as huge subjects like religion and philosophy, and politics and economics, and although I know very little about these important subjects, he always knows how to make it seem as though I know what I'm talking about.

These guys are my dingledodies - what about yours?
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Guest Crimson Spider
I'm sorry, but I can't get over the name "Dingledodies". It sound like something that Dr. Suess would invent, and use as a child-safe word for complicated machinery.

Anyway, there are/were several. First, of the past.

There was a member on this forum. His name with something like Kwany Kon. Something along the lines of that. He came to these forums under my recommendation. He was my best friend for 5 years in middle school and partly through highschool until he moved away and lost his internet connection. I lost the means to communicate with him, so it is unfortunate that he is a dingledodie who has been flamboozeled and whisked nimbly away by fate.

He was always a barrel of laughs. He was very nice, funny, and pretty selfless. Though I do think he had an issue with compulsive lying for a time, he was a good guy. Simply one of those people where, if you weren't friends with him, something was wrong with [i]you[/i]. It was through his associations that I eventually managed to climb out of the social rung of "bully victim" and became more of an adult.

We had many things in common. From Anime to Pokemon, bad parents, and a desire to not be serious about life. We were both fairly smart, but also fairly lazy.

The current one I have now is my sister. At some point in time, through the common stresses of life, we somehow bonded stronger than most people ever could. In a way, she is just like Angel. Funny, smart, happy to transition from serious states to joking states smoothly.

We have this level of honest trust, always knowing that the other person will do the right thing in the right circumstances. It is also very easy to entertain each other, even when dealing with very serious issues, like how we are going to pay the rent.
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