“Get a life” is an originally American idiom and catch phrase usually intended as a taunt, to indicate that the person being so addressed is devoting an inordinate amount of time to trivial or hopeless matters. The phrase has also appeared as a generally more emphatic variant of the taunt “get a job” and implies the addressee needs to go out and make their way in the world, without being supported by outside sources such as parents or benefactors. It may also be directed at someone who is perceived as boring or single-minded; suggesting they acquire some other, more practical interests or hobbies and get dates, find a job, or move to their own house.
It was also applied to so-called workaholics and others who are perceived as dedicated to their work (out of “labor of love” as opposed to money or loyalty to the company) but not taking the time to relax or enjoy life.
Sometimes the phrase is used against people who are viewed as officious or intermeddling in someone else’s affairs. It is another way of saying “Get your own life”, or “Stay out of my business.”
The Kimtologists frequently tell us, the Anti-Kimkins ducks, to “get a life”. Wikipedia gives two interpretations that may apply. Do they mean that we are “devoting an inordinate amount of time to trivial or hopeless matters” or that we should “stay out of my business”? Both, would be my guess.
Inordinate amount of time?
What would I do with my free time if I didn’t write Anti-Kimkins blog posts? Watch TV? And yes, it is my FREE time. I have a job that I’m paid for. I have a family. I cook. I clean. I go to the gym.
Trivial or hopeless?
Kimkins is a dangerous diet, promoted by an unscrupulous scam artist. The Anti-Kimkins blogs provide a way for an unsuspecting consumer to get a second opinion before paying $79.95 for an online scam. A year ago, there was nothing negative about kimkins available on the internet.
For me, this entire ordeal has been (and continue to be) a great learning experience. I have:
- Formed friendships with a wide range of people on the internet. They are interesting, intelligent and funny and have lives outside the Kimkins Debacle that I get to share in.
- Learned how to manage a blog on Blogger and WordPress, and even my own domain. Not too deep into html yet, but it’s coming.
- Learned to set up yahoo groups and message boards.
- Found out about new web tools and tricks.
- Become a google expert in finding information.
- Begun to get an understanding of Internet Marketing, including blogs, ads, article sites.
- Found out that such things as Russian Brides sites and BDSM bulletin boards exist on the internet. Nasty porn too. (Not everything on this journey has been a pleasant experience.)
Stay out of my business?
What exactly is the Kimtologist’s business? I know what Heidi’s business is but what about her customers? Losing weight by starving themselves? Posting within the safe confines of the Kimpound?
Shutting Kimkins.con down is my business. I paid for a lifetime membership and Heidi defrauded me out of that money. First by having me pay based on fraudulent representation of herself (there were no fake success stories yet at that time) and then by banning me from the site without grounds.
Existing members on kimkins.con that value their friendships there better exchange information so that they can get together elsewhere when kimkins.con is gone (not that the posters going around on the blogs telling us to “get a life” sound like somebody I would want to be friends with, but, whatever) .