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16 hours ago, besleybean said:

Sorry, but I do like that show!

Why sorry? Me too!

I used to blah about it, thinking that none of the characters are likable, but as I'm growing older and more cynical, I found there are a lot of relatable things that are timeless. It becomes one of my favorite shows, makes me feel alright and justified when I'm annoyed at people. I like the things brought up by Curb as well (by Seinfeld's creator) but Curb is more whiny and loud, it could be irritating at times but I related to what the main character is thinking a lot.

 

So I take it that both of you are booked to celebrate Festivus next year?

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12 minutes ago, Van Buren Supernova said:

So I take it that both of you are booked to celebrate Festivus next year?

If someone else will do the Feats of Strength.  :P

 

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Alright, sigh.. I will do the Feats of Strength.

For those who don't know what we are blabbering about, Feat of Strength is the tradition following the Airing of Grievances. Festivus is not over until the head of the household is wrestled and pinned on the floor.

What is Airing of Grievances you ask, it's like the meme that @Artemis posted that the celebration is started (wait not sure the order of when it appears) by airing the problems you have with your family or your guests. For example, I have a lot of problem with you people! Aunt May, I think your bamboo hat sucks! The area it's covering is great but I wonder why that doesn't deter you from force hugging which is why I have broken nose and poked eyes. Etc etc..

What is Festivus you ask? It's a celebration invented by George Contanza's father as some kind of protest about Christmas's commercialism, celebrated on 23rd of December and it involves aluminium pole instead of Christmas tree. (and people wonder why George is as messed up as he is..)

In short, it is awesome.

 

P.S. I only agree for Feats of Strength because I found a loophole that I could decide the type of 'game' played. So on the list, would be me against Mycroft in Operation, or Sherlock in Cluedo. It should be a piece of cake. No pun intended. Mycroft.

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14 hours ago, Van Buren Supernova said:

Alright, sigh.. I will do the Feats of Strength.

For those who don't know what we are blabbering about, Feat of Strength is the tradition following the Airing of Grievances. Festivus is not over until the head of the household is wrestled and pinned on the floor.

What is Airing of Grievances you ask, it's like the meme that @Artemis posted that the celebration is started (wait not sure the order of when it appears) by airing the problems you have with your family or your guests. For example, I have a lot of problem with you people! Aunt May, I think your bamboo hat sucks! The area it's covering is great but I wonder why that doesn't deter you from force hugging which is why I have broken nose and poked eyes. Etc etc..

What is Festivus you ask? It's a celebration invented by George Contanza's father as some kind of protest about Christmas's commercialism, celebrated on 23rd of December and it involves aluminium pole instead of Christmas tree. (and people wonder why George is as messed up as he is..)

In short, it is awesome.

 

P.S. I only agree for Feats of Strength because I found a loophole that I could decide the type of 'game' played. So on the list, would be me against Mycroft in Operation, or Sherlock in Cluedo. It should be a piece of cake. No pun intended. Mycroft.

Boy, I'm sure glad you explained that. Not that I understand the explanation much, but at least I know there is one. 😛 

Never could get into Seinfeld.

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8 hours ago, Arcadia said:

It's a celebration invented by George Contanza's father as some kind of protest about Christmas's commercialism

That may well have been the trigger (I didn't see that episode), but from what little I did see of Seinfeld (being unable to get into it either, despite several attempts), the main point of the new holiday was summed up in the motto, "Festivus for the rest of us."  In other words, it's a December celebration for people who don't observe Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Saturnalia, Yule, etc.

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On 1/8/2020 at 11:27 AM, Arcadia said:

Boy, I'm sure glad you explained that. Not that I understand the explanation much, but at least I know there is one. 😛 

Trust me, I wasn't sure what I was talking about as well.

On 1/8/2020 at 11:27 AM, Arcadia said:

Never could get into Seinfeld.

*jolt down Arcadia's name for Feats of Strength -headbutting with Sherlock*

Actually that was me back then, I remember trying multiple times and still dislike it until the day I think I had turned much more grumpy and hey, these people make a lot of sense!

On 1/8/2020 at 8:00 PM, Carol the Dabbler said:

That may well have been the trigger (I didn't see that episode), but from what little I did see of Seinfeld (being unable to get into it either, despite several attempts), the main point of the new holiday was summed up in the motto, "Festivus for the rest of us."  In other words, it's a December celebration for people who don't observe Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Saturnalia, Yule, etc.

Correct me if I'm wrong. I think the motivation is merely that the inventor (George's dad) had enough of Christmas commercialism after losing a fight to grab the last doll on the shelf for his son. I don't have time to find the clip, but yah, the explanation is just about it. XD 'The rest of us' are the ones who use it as maybe for making a point, or just too lazy to put in efforts and find no good reason for the mainstream Christmas activity.

*jolt down Carol's name for Feats of Strength - speed typing with two fingers with John*

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1 hour ago, Van Buren Supernova said:

Correct me if I'm wrong. I think the motivation is merely that the inventor (George's dad) had enough of Christmas commercialism after losing a fight to grab the last doll on the shelf for his son.

Yep, that’s right.

 

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8 hours ago, Van Buren Supernova said:

*jolt down Arcadia's name for Feats of Strength -headbutting with Sherlock*

Why, thank you! I'm flattered! :D 

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On 1/11/2020 at 5:04 AM, Arcadia said:

Why, thank you! I'm flattered!

Oh he is the expert you know. But I love the confidence! (you nuts)

 

Hey guys, especially those who are older, how many times have you questioned if you are on the right path in your life? Is there a time when you are really really sure?

Today is my seventh year in this place. When I looked back, I spent around 15, 1, 2, 4.5, 1, 12, 7 respectively in different places/country. This seven years I'm away from my spouse, family and friends and I'm looking at least another three years here. I am alright, but I see it's affecting others more than I expected. Yes, I have full support and we understand that this could be it, as we are trying to carve a long term certainty in this place. But then again, I didn't plan to leave a place when I got there, I always thought I would stay. Then I didn't. I wish I could find everything I love in one place, but it was never the case. Maybe I wish I'd be less idealistic in my pursue of everlasting satisfying purpose and stopped when it's comfortably/uncomfortably stagnant, but I couldn't. At least not in the past. I don't regret anything now, and it's not like there are better ways that I could take, but obviously there are always other ways that I don't know where it would lead me, that maybe.. I would regret not taking someday? All answers are no, I think I'm still on the right path, but the question appears from time to time and it will bug me a little. Maybe more lately.

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When I was younger, I moved around a lot, due to school and jobs.  When I got to around forty, I developed a strong urge to settle down and plant a garden, but things kept happening that made that impractical.  We finally moved into a nice place in the country a few years ago, and even though life has continued to interfere with my gardening plans, I think I've finally managed to settle down, and it feels good.  I have no idea how things would have turned out if I'd done it sooner, but I have a strong suspicion that it wouldn't have lasted because I wasn't ready.

I have no idea how this might apply to anyone else, though.

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5 hours ago, Van Buren Supernova said:

Hey guys, especially those who are older, how many times have you questioned if you are on the right path in your life? Is there a time when you are really really sure?

A few, and no.

But I don't dwell on it much, I figure I'm on the path I'm on and I'll see where it goes. I'm not big on having regrets, I'm more about making the best of what I've got. I knew at least one person who was always second-guessing every move she made, and regretting the ones she didn't make; drove me crazy to be around her. I'm sure she thought I was far too nonchalant. :smile: 

I will say the older I get the less I am willing to disrupt what I already have, just because of the effort involved in getting settled again. But I'm still able to adjust, even if I'd rather not have to. So far, so good.

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Forgive me if I answer this with Sondheim first (the song in question starts around 4:40 if I goofed that link up):

 

I can't think of any major decision in my life that I haven't second-guessed at some point. Hardest, imo, was coming to the conclusion and accepting that I'd probably do most things the same, even knowing how some turned out. But I don't fret about any of them - there's just one life, and we do the best we can. There may be Martinas in parallel universes who took different decisions and now live lives radically different from mine, but I'm okay with my place in this one. :smile:

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10 hours ago, Caya said:

There may be Martinas in parallel universes who took different decisions and now live lives radically different from mine, but I'm okay with my place in this one.

I agree.  So much of my life has hinged on unforseen consequences of minor decisions that second-guessing would be roughly impossible.

For example, I had just barely gotten over the flu and logically speaking should have stayed home and rested, but I was going a bit stir crazy and a friend was having a party, so I pulled myself together, more or less, and went.  And that was the evening that Alex and I got acquainted.  Where would I be now, thirty years later, if I'd done the sensible thing and stayed home?  (I have no idea.)

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On 1/13/2020 at 8:44 AM, Caya said:

Forgive me if I answer this with Sondheim first (the song in question starts around 4:40 if I goofed that link up):

 

Interesting cast! (Yes, I'm easily distracted. :D )

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It is, isn't it - who knew Jon Cryer could sing? :smile: Not me, anyway, at least not before stumbling over that version of Company a couple years ago. I have it on DVD and I'm quite fond of it - there may be more artful performances out there, but Neil Patrick Harris puts not only skill but also so much raw emotion into Being Alive that it's easily my favourite.

 

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Glad to hear that guys.

The one and only reason that makes me question my path is when my loved ones are sick out there.

I can't be there for them and the thought of me regretting not spending more time with them keep knocking on my head, followed with questions, what am I really doing? Is it worth it? Am I wasting time? Why don't I cherish and appreciate the relationships more?

But then, there are more questions and what ifs scenario that I know, having to do what we do separately is what makes it stronger, and us happier, if it makes sense.

Yet, the questions and doubt never disappear, especially when there is no clear end on sight.

 

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One day as I drove through our neighborhood road, I saw these two guys on motorcycle. It's typical carefree people; very casual clothing, no helmet, and.. they carried one big pole with moving wooden two-bladed propeller at the end. The full length of the propeller could easily be 1.3 - 1.4 meter (4 - 4.5 feet?). The rider rode slowly, while it's obvious that the pillion was struggling for a bit, because the propeller..was moving like a helicopter blade above their heads. It's a challenge itself to balance this long device, not to mention it's full blown against the instability of the wind. That is not a smart way to carry that thing! They could easily tied the blade to keep it still instead of balancing it while it's moving. Nevermind, stranger things have happened before. So I drove slowly around them and hoped they didn't harm any chickens dogs or cats or humans along their way. 

Maybe about two three weeks later, I saw the same guy. This time he was alone, riding with one hand and balancing yet a propeller with the other hand. WHAT? Now the task seems more ridiculous without someone to help him. But he looked like he was enjoying himself and rode slowly but in constant speed. Nah. It was quiet afternoon anyway, maybe this guys was living the dream of riding helicopter. 

Then another week or so passed by, and I saw him again, still balancing the propeller with slight or great difficulty depending on the wind that that time. Good God! I am a curious person, would anyone explain this or do I really need to ask him? Now it's intriguing and if I knew his reason and if it's good enough, maybe I would volunteer helping him holding that bloody propeller. Gah gah gah. But I had to live with that question.

Until another week after. 

When I passed by another neighborhood and I saw this familiar wooden propeller, rising and moving against the wind majestically higher up there, decorated a house in a way people decorated the front yard with flag. I think it's something the locals enjoy that I didn't notice before. That guys was probably a propeller crafter doing the 'test drive' for his handmade product. :D:D:D :D

 Mystery solved, there is no need to call Sherlock.

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Thank goodness! I thought that story was going to end up being one of those gruesome cautionary tales about how stupidity can get you killed. :D 

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I have a vaguely similar mystery tale, though it's nowhere near as weird.

When my husband and I lived in town, we found something on one of our walks that puzzled us slightly, a piece of spring steel about 8 inches (20 cm) long, 1/4 inch (less than one cm) wide, and just thick enough to be sturdy yet flexible.

Then we found another one.  And every so often we'd find another.  Our original tentative explanations (which had all hinged on some unlikely coincidence) kind of evaporated as we continued to encounter these things.

Finally one day we happened to walk past a street-sweeping machine parked at the curb.

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Lo and behold, our mystery objects were simply the bristles from its big brushes -- which would of course break off occasionally, just like broom straws.

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On 1/15/2020 at 5:42 PM, Arcadia said:

Thank goodness! I thought that story was going to end up being one of those gruesome cautionary tales about how stupidity can get you killed. :D 

You mean you expect him to get slowly decapitated by the 'helicopter' wooden blade while he patiently holding it? :lol5:

Okay I imagine that would be a very agonizing long hours of watching him duk 'ouch' duk 'ouch' duk 'ouch' duk 'ouch' duk 'ouch' I'd probably have gone crazy first.

 

On 1/15/2020 at 6:02 PM, Carol the Dabbler said:

Lo and behold, our mystery objects were simply the bristles from its big brushes -- which would of course break off occasionally, just like broom straws.

I take that we don't need to worry too much about anti hair-fall shampoo, it's inevitable across all species..and machinery. 

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2 hours ago, Van Buren Supernova said:

You mean you expect him to get slowly decapitated by the 'helicopter' wooden blade while he patiently holding it? :lol5:

Okay I imagine that would be a very agonizing long hours of watching him duk 'ouch' duk 'ouch' duk 'ouch' duk 'ouch' duk 'ouch' I'd probably have gone crazy first.

That's exactly what I expected, only at somewhat higher speed …. 

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Ah, I glimpsed that headline somewhere else, I wondered if that's who that was. RIP.

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