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I have two!

One

The first one that comes to mind is, "How do you go up the stairs?"

Mom and I were taking a train, and a little kid - maybe 6 years old - approaches the stairs that happened to be near our seat and asks mom the above question. Mom's response was, "You go up the stairs."

Two

I was at the Subway (restaurant), standing in line. I placed my order. The customer behind me, a woman who appeared to be of Southeast Asian heritage, asked me, "Are you Indian?"

At first I thought I hadn't heard her correctly. Anyone who has seen me knows that my skin tone is the shade of Cool Whip, and I couldn't figure out why someone who appeared to be Indian herself was asking me if I was. So I asked her to repeat the question, and she did. I don't remember how I responded.

All I can think of was that I had ordered a veggie sandwich, and that many of my Indian friends over the years were vegetarians...so maybe she thought veg sandwich equals Indian heritage? That's the only explanation I can think of.
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I've posted on this before, but - what the heck - I'll do it again. My undergrad is in Political Science and I don't use it in my career at all. I was given the advice to major in what interests you and the career will follow. That advice probably works well for some people, but it didn't for me. So I went and got a Master's in Human Resources, got in a job in HR, and that's where I am now.
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When I was in high school, I liked the quote from Edgar Lee Masters: "It takes life to love life." I interpreted it to mean that the bad times help you appreciate the good times and you need a bit of both.

Like I sure appreciate the 17 days in a row I had off from work...now that I'm back in the grind today!
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It's not a movie, but my BFF indulges me each year and we watch the holiday episode of X-men: The Animated Series. It's a tradition that I love.
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Some of my friends are surprised when I say this, but I'm a really good public speaker. I can really shine when I give a presentation or facilitate a training session. I think it's all natural (as opposed to something I had to work at) because I remember doing this really well even years ago as a schoolkid in "oral communication" classes. I like doing it too.
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Well, we've known each other for about 30 years, started to hang out together probably more like 24-25 years ago, and I dunno I've considered her a best friend for about the past 20-23 years. Does that sound about right, [livejournal.com profile] nytshd3?
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I'm not really sure what I believe in terms of the afterlife, but I am open to the possibility that reincarnation might happen.

If that is the case, I worry. I feel like I've been given so many priviledges in this life in terms of education, resources, the time/place I live, and I feel like I haven't used them to benefit humanity. I think there's a lot more I can be doing to make the world a better place, but I let myself get weighed down with my long hours at my job and I don't try to do as much as I could.


(Am disabling comments because I'm not fishing for compliments).
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About 11-12 years ago I studied Russian. I did it all on my own via tapes and books. Never attained anything near full fluency but I learned "enough to get by". I really enjoyed it.

Then about 2 years ago I started studying Spanish since my in-laws are Mexican. I think I plateaued just as I did with Russian. I know enough to get by and not much else. I learned via audio CDs that I listen to when I drive. I'm in kind of a bind because I reached the end of the series of audio CDs and I don't know where to go from here, as I don't have the time for lessons.
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In college, I had a history professor from Africa and he had a perspective on this. He said that racism was invented. Slaves originally came largely from Eastern Europe (the word "slave" is dervived from "Slav", and Slavic people are European). Eventually it became more profitable to get slaves from Africa. Then, Professor Yeboah-Sampong said, racism developed as a result of the desire to justify the African slave trade. Because racism was made by society, it can be undone.

I'm an optimist at heart so I tend to agree with him.
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I bitch about driving on snow and freezing cold wind chills in the winter, and icky wet humidity in the summer. But I like the 4 seasons. I tend to feel a sense of excitement and happiness when the seasons turn. Each time they turn, they bring back good memories.

But having said that, I wouldn't mind living in a more temperate climate. I could walk or ride my bike more often. There might be a year-round farmers' market. There'd be a lot of advantages to a temperate climate, but I still think I'd choose to stay where I am and experience all 4 reasons.
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When I was younger (you know, when I didn't have a full-time, 50 hour a week job) I would re-watch over and over and over again. Some of the fandoms I had when I was young (Jem, Alien and Aliens, etc) I can still recite entire scenes/episodes from heart because I saw them sooo many times. I can't even guess what my upper limit on re-watches was.

Nowadays I can't do that, thanks to working a lot. Like when I first got into X-men 10 years ago, I did see the movie in theaters 4 times. As soon as I got my own copy, I'd thought that I'd watch it more but only saw it again a few times. (I was working full time back then too). And of course I love X-men: The Animated Series. If I'd gotten into it when I was 15, I'd probably have seen the entire series dozens of times. I can't do that now, but I have seen the episodes several times.

Firefly was/is another recent fandom and I think I saw all the episodes about 5-6 times. Had I been into it when I was 15, I'd have watched the episodes many more times and would be into able-to-recite-by-heart territory.
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It's kind of a moot point for me. I've been with Doris for nearly 9 years, but before her my longest lasting relationship was about 3 months. And man, that was so long ago I couldn't really care less where that person is, nothing against her though.
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I am really really lucky here. Although a few decades ago I used to have trouble sleeping, now I rarely if ever do. I think two things have helped: I exercise in the mornings and generally I get up and go to bed around the same time. My days of insomnia are gone!
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I can't necessarily point to one particular event or moment in time; the past has been very kind to me. I wish in general I were more patient and less quick to get grouchy though. Sometimes I look back on 'small' events and wish I had handled them with more patience and more positivity. It seems I've been having more and more of these 'little' regrets and that's not good.
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I have two thoughts on this one.

First, I think we need to teach people some basics on finance. I went all the way through grad school and never learned any basics about how to do a budget, how to save for the future, credit cards and credit card debt, etc. I think some basics on financial literacy are necessary.

Secondly, I noticed LJ used the tagline "Tolerance 101". I definitely think we need to teach students about respecting others and valuing diversity. But tolerance sets the bar too low. Me, I don't want to be tolerated like ants at a picnic. I want to be valued and treated fairly, and I want everyone else to be as well.
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Twice I've gone for about 7 days offline, while on a cruise. I had so much fun on the cruise that I didn't feel withdrawal at all; in fact, I liked it.

What I have really been feeling overwhelmed by are work emails. I get so many emails as part of my job. I was once in a class at work where they asked if there is anything we spend as much time on as emails for work. Unless I am on a long vacation like on a cruise, I'm always having to check it. Even now, being on a business trip, it still seems like there's an expectation that we get on email frequently. I feel seriously depressed at the thought of my next 24 years or so chained to this.
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