When I really want to add emphasis to a phrase, I don't put an exclamation point. I put a period.
So when I say "The Fundraiser. With a Period.," I want to stress the importance of this event.
Our church has an orphanage down in Mexico that our Sunday School class takes a trip to every three years. Last year, we had a fundraiser to support our mission trip down to the orphanage. The fundraiser was a silent auction with a fancy meal (which, ironically, I can't remember the menu of).
My friends - God bless them dearly, I know they didn't mean to, and I know now that they weren't showing preference toward Idina - seemed to be hanging onto Idina like...like...not leeches; that's unflattering. Like glue.
It was one of those moments when your patience finally wears away.