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Paul’s Daily Half-Dozen for August 28, 2018

Who is the most tragic person in your life?

How do you feel about growing old?

What’s your favorite day of the year, and why is it your favorite?

Under what circumstances, if any, would you spend an evening in a bar, pub, or tavern?

How alike are men and women expressed as a percentage?

What is the most realistic movie you’ve ever seen, and what made so realistic?

18 thoughts on “Paul’s Daily Half-Dozen for August 28, 2018”

  1. Who is the most tragic person in your life?
    I don’t know about tragic. But I do have a friend who has been dealt life’s hardest cards right from childhood. Major, major health problems – and now, as she is ageing, getting so much worse. Tragic I suppose. Yet in spite of all that, she remains cheerful, hard working, caring.

    How do you feel about growing old?
    What’s old? Some days I feel 2, other days 100!

    What’s your favorite day of the year, and why is it your favorite?
    Every day I wake up. And Christmas

    Under what circumstances, if any, would you spend an evening in a bar, pub, or tavern?
    Never if I can possibly avoid it. And to date I have been able to.

    How alike are men and women expressed as a percentage?
    Seriously?! 50 ??????

    What is the most realistic movie you’ve ever seen, and what made so realistic?
    Titanic would have to be right up there – but then, it is based on a true story

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  2. Hey Paul(for some reason my autocorrect wanted your name to be paaarl, never in my life have I typed that)! I like your questions. Here are my answers…

    The most tragic person in my life is my mother in law. She’s tragic and she doesn’t know it. In many ways she is also the most beautiful person I know.

    Growing old is something I always looked forward to and still do. My life has changed in many ways but I have so much left to do. I feel like my biggest adventure is yet to come.

    Today is my favorite day! It’s the day I’ve been waiting for.

    Oh Paul, I’ve never been in a bar. It’s true. It’s not because I have something against them. I just haven’t had the opportunity. I would probably go if invited.

    Men and women. I think in their natural state, they are 0% alike. I think we are made to compliment each other. We are like puzzle pieces if you know what I mean.

    The most realistic movie I’ve ever seen is your most difficult question. I feel like there is not many films that are realistic. I guess it would be any film that is based on true events. Those are the movie I truely enjoy. But just to pick one out of thin air I’ll say Apollo 13.

    I liked your post and enjoyed answering your questions.:)

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  3. Who is the most tragic person in your life? When you say a tragic person, I imagine someone wallowing in self-pity. Right now I know a man whose wife left him, he has debt and hospital bills, keeps taking on small dogs into the house but doesn’t train them and so has to deal with their misbehavior, can’t move because he has so many dogs, and refuses to go back to work because he is “too old.” Basically he’s just dug himself a pit and is laying there at the bottom calling himself a victim… traaagic.

    How do you feel about growing old? I enjoy it. It’s funny to watch myself sprout moles and sag.

    What’s your favorite day of the year, and why is it your favorite? I don’t know

    Under what circumstances, if any, would you spend an evening in a bar, pub, or tavern? I guess if friends invited me along, I’d drag my feet leaving the house but have fun once I got there. Drinking in public makes no sense to me, you have to drive afterwards!

    How alike are men and women expressed as a percentage? I was going to say 85% then I saw Soul Gifts’ answer and I have to agree, 50%

    What is the most realistic movie you’ve ever seen, and what made so realistic? I don’t even know. Movies are all pretty artful, no matter what.

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    1. You and I have quite different notions of “tragic”, but I have known people like the man you describe.

      Zounds! You should have kept your first estimate of 85%, in my opinion. See my response to Riali for a definitive view of how the gods think about the matter.

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      1. Well, the tough thing about estimating our alikeness is, we haven’t defined the parameters. I chose 50% after all because, every trait taken separately is a lottery. Also I didn’t ever study statistics or probability, haha

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      2. I guess if you want to define tragic as somebody who’s had a rough life, it might be the girl who grew up next door to us as kids. She lost her dad, an only parent and a screaming disciplinarian, to liver cancer at 16, she ran away, turned to drugs, she’s in and out of rehab. She’s got a couple of kids and always seems very fragile. I guess her life is pretty tragic in that sense. But I think she’s quit the drugs and is doing… slightly better. I get the feeling she gets physically used a lot. I don’t know her very well anymore, just Facebook stuff (she’s still gullible, she keeps sending me spammy chain emails) so I can’t say for sure how she is now.

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      3. I define “tragic” two ways. The first way is “some event that is especially bad or unfortunate”, such as a car accident.

        The second way is for when I get serious about what tragedy really means to me. That’s when I define it as “The consequences of humanity’s cognitive limitations and flaws.” For example, not having the foresight to see that one’s plans will result in a catastrophe would be tragic. That’s a view of tragedy I get from the ancient Greeks.

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  4. I have enough energy for one, maybe two. Here goes…”Under what circumstances, if any, would you spend an evening in a bar, pub, or tavern?” There are a couple of local writers’ groups that meet once a month at drinking establishments and I would LOVE to go (and I have been able to attend on occasion) BUT they occur on Thursday nights, and darn it, I WORK on Thursday nights.

    How alike are men and women? Before or after their culture gets it’s grubby little mitts on them?

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  5. Who is the most tragic person in your life? Surely my mother. Her illness and her psychology have slowly, brutally, taken away everything she dedicated her life to caring about. Joint by joint, limb by limb, child by child, friendship by friendship. It’s like a greek tragedy, only it doesn’t stop.

    How do you feel about growing old? I’m looking forward to it. Youth sucked, it is a relief to finally hitting middle age. I am tired of scrounging for money and affection, and never knowing what to do.

    What’s your favorite day of the year, and why is it your favorite? Easter Sunday! It’s just always kind of a nice day, in my experience.

    Under what circumstances, if any, would you spend an evening in a bar, pub, or tavern? I don’t mind doing such in the company of a few good friends, not that this happens often.

    How alike are men and women expressed as a percentage?
    Maybe 90%? I think we are more divided by things like personality and life situation than gender. Popular culture encourages us to notice people who “perform” gender stereotypically than those who, quietly, pursue interests or habits supposedly non-characteristic for their sex. When you really get to know people, you discover that they are their own person on the inside, and that most people struggle with gender stereotypes during their life time, either because they are trying and failing to meet them, or are expected to by others.

    What is the most realistic movie you’ve ever seen, and what made so realistic?
    Winter’s Bone. It tells an uncommonly banal story, and it’s nearly an ethnography for the amount of care its creators put into making Appalachia look right in it.

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  6. me…no, my ex-husband…or me.

    growing old is horrifyingly awesome. or awesomely horrifying. it is either awesome or horrifying. or both.

    it used to be my birthday. someday i hope it will be my birthday again.

    free drinks? attractive people buying me drinks? do i need a reason?

    between 3 and 73%

    “the accidental tourist” because it was based on the book “the accidental tourist.”

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