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Things you just don't get

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by tiecollector, Jul 3, 2009.

  1. idfnl

    idfnl Senior member

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    FTFY
     
  2. FLMountainMan

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    Bigger fish to fry? Like proving Bigfoot exists? Sampling expensive wines?
     
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  3. lawyerdad

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    This ^. I no longer manage to read the kind of volume FLM is cranking through. (I read a lot more when I didn't have a tv and a kid . . .) But I share the general sentiment.
    I generally have several books going at once, because I have different reading moods. Sometimes you just need a mental relaxer or palate cleanser to soothe your brain, the way some people veg out in front of a favorite, admittedly stupid, tv show to relax. And with genre writers or others who crank out multiple books in the same style, with the same characters, etc. (off the top of my head, Ian Rankin, Donna Leon, Agatha Christie, Peter Robinson, Alan Furst, Eric Ambler, Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Patrick O'Brian, Olen Steinhauer, Harlan Coben, China Mieville all come to mind as examples), the familiarity can be appealing when you're not in the mood to tackle something new and potentially challenging. It's basically potato chips and beer for your brain.
     
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  4. idfnl

    idfnl Senior member

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    Ya, more or less. Bonsai too, oh and I planted some tomatoes, amazing how obsessive one can become over tomato plants. My investigation of of the FCM is very time consuming - man wait until you see the dossier.



    On the rare occasion I do read, I do this. I've got 3 books I'm at varying stages in. Problem is a number of weeks can go by before I pick one up and can't remember the story.
     
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  5. lawyerdad

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    Sorry to say, that doesn't get better as you get older . . .
     
  6. idfnl

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    I'm slowly learning that.
     
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    I would like to read more fiction than I do, but a large part of my job is reading non-fiction books. Whenever I read fiction, I start to feel guilty, since I could be using that time to read books in my field.
     
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    There is a long line to use the elevators in my building when the escalators are right next to the elevator bank. Are the elevators really that more convenient that you're willing to wait for them over going right onto the escalator?? None of these people are in wheelchairs or anything
     
  9. idfnl

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    I watch a lot of documentaries, that dissuades my guilt at not being more literary.
     
  10. deadly7

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    I love that elevator use and people's laziness regarding them has been featured at least ten times in this thread. What a scathing indictment on people.
     
  11. L'Incandescent

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    Should be documentary's. :)



    On a related note, in the building where I work, they've recently made the doors with the buttons for handicapped people more resistant to pushing and pulling. I can't imagine why they'd do that except to encourage people to push the damn button. (Seriously, you've got to push hard if you want to open the doors the traditional way.) I go ahead and push the door open irregardless. Before too long, though, we're going to live in a world where children won't believe that people used to push and pull doors open.
     
  12. idfnl

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    :fu: can't a guy just be stupid and it be ok? Its the new gay marriage. Fucking racialists.
     
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    He's joking, you got it right.


    I like my field (broadly, politics and public policy), so I wind up reading a lot of books in that genre, along with books in related genres (like history and law). But I do try to mix some fiction in, which certainly leans toward serious lit, classic and (some) modern. Currently in the midst of Truman, and HG Wells' A Short History of the World for the bus, since a hardcover of Truman doesn't fit in my briefcase all that well.
     
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  14. Find Finn

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    Calls customer service, the first things said was "you are still on hold as no 3", how can I still be on hold, when haven't told me I was on hold.
     
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    And Laura San Giacomo's boobs.
     
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    I thought your field was fiction? :fence:
     
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    dissuades?
     
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    Sorry I don't read more books, I'm too busy writing new ones.
     
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    Usually I don't get people who press the door close button. It's a known fact that most of the time, it does absolutely nothing (either it is not hooked up to anything or it only works to speed up closing after someone has pressed the door open button).

    But I recently started going to a new dentist and noticed that the elevators in their building stay open forever. They just sit there open and get packed full of people until they get full and eventually close. The last time I was in, it was getting pretty full so I tried the door close button--it worked right away but the doors had already been open for a bit so I figured it was just chance.

    This morning I got into the elevator, pressed the button for my floor followed by the door close button, and, much to my surprise, the doors immediately closed behind me!


    I find a lot of them to be like this...the motor has a lot of resistance in it which makes pushing the door hard. The worst part is that when you push them, most of them say "hey, somebody is trying to open the door" and they start to open for you. Of course they open slower than you can push so you still have to push it open...but then it stands there fully open for 30 seconds after you pushed it.
     
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    Just googled. Naturally, I approve.
     

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