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Practical.

19 Mar

A friend told me the other day that a mutual friend/acquaintance had passed an interesting comment on me. He described me as “very down to earth and practical”

WTF?

Gentlemen, take note. “Down to earth and practical” does not rate high on the list of Ways I want to be Thought Of.

One of my great frustrations is the extent to which I am forced to be practical, to make sure that the things that need to be done get done. In fact, I bitterly resent that this leaves little time for whimsy and fun.

I was really quite upset about it, even though I know he didn’t mean it at all unkindly.

Then I reminded myself that being upset doesn’t achieve anything, pulled my head in, and attacked my To-Do list.

An aside. Last week, I created a new tag – not your earth logic. It has since occurred to me that that could potentially be applied to 90% or more of the posts I make here. Ooops.

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5 Comments

Posted by on March 19, 2008 in not your earth logic, rant

 

5 responses to “Practical.

  1. ekted

    March 19, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    “Then I reminded myself that being upset doesn’t achieve anything, pulled my head in, and attacked my To-Do list.”

    See? 😉

     
  2. melissainau

    March 19, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    My point exactly 🙂

     
  3. jon

    March 20, 2008 at 6:15 am

    Oh but practical is very very good. You know how many F-wits wander the earth and constantly eff up the simplest tasks. You know how hard it is to get anything useful done. That’s because there are so few DTE&P people like you and me.

    I once heard an American comment that the worst insult an English person can use is to call somebody ‘useless’. DTE&P is the opposite. You’ve had a very high compliment.

     
  4. melissainau

    March 20, 2008 at 6:59 am

    I take your point, Jon – but I would still rather be “fun” 🙂

     
  5. Friendless

    March 25, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    The opposite of “down to earth” would be “pretentious”, and you don’t wanna be that. I don’t think DtE&P necessarily precludes fun.

     

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