Archive for August, 2008

uses our own logic against us:  We won’t set a timetable to leave Georgia.  Why should we?  The US won’t set a timetable to leave Iraq.  Classic.

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People have an amazing capacity to suspend logic while maintaining that life makes sense.

Sundays for instance.  All week everyone requires proof….receipts, contracts, documentation, follow ups, passwords, meetings, blah, blah, blah….but then on Sunday they go to Church and praise somebody that is plainly not there.  They sing songs about the justice, love, and compassion while ignoring the death, disease, war, destruction and plain bad luck that makes up most people’s lives.  I’m not saying they’re wrong on Sundays…..I’m just saying it doesn’t make sense.

Which brings me to my first point:  There is no superfood that will keep you young.   All these people are drinking 40 dollar concentrated acai juice, eating wild salmon for omega-3s, touting blueberries, and free-range beef or whatever.  It doesn’t help.  How do I know?

Japanese women are the longest lived group on the planet at slightly over 85 years.  Vilcabamba Valley in Ecuador is said to be the healthiest environment on the planet with people regularly living over 100.  Barbados (along with Japan) boasts the most Centenarians per capita.

What do these places have in common?  Honestly, other than perhaps generally healthy lifestyles and maybe a diet rich in seafood…..nothing.

The point isn’t that something isn’t making them live longer…its that Japanese women at 85 are not THAT much different than the USA at 77.

If there were some lifestyle/diet change that would make us live significantly longer, someone would’ve adopted it, and it would be so apparent that soon everyone would be doing it, and then we’d be back to the same situation:  Everyone living approximately the same life span.

In fact, there WERE lifestyle/diet changes that made people healthier and presumably live longer.  We are the descendants of those people.

In short, if you like the amazonian fruits, eat them.  But they aren’t going to make you live longer.  If they did, the jungle people eating them naturally would have abnormally long life spans.  They don’t.  They die sooner than we do.

Next point:  ESP.  It doesn’t exist.  Not in anyone.  You know why?  Easy.

It would be SO advantageous to be able to know other people’s thoughts or tell the future or any other ESP-like skill, that whoever had the skill would get so rich and bang so many women, that their descendents would soon outnumber everyone else…..then everyone would have ESP.  The fact that everyone doesn’t have ESP strongly suggests that it doesn’t exist.

So…go to church, drink Acai juice, and try to bend spoons….it can’t hurt.  You never know these days.


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I started writing something, but I lost patience to finish it.  Its filed with all my other unpublished posts that will likely never get done.

It was about routine.  Adutlhood is about routine.  It consumes my life.

It was about acceptance of average, simply because at any given moment you are likely to be doing something you commonly do.  In other words, your life, by statistical inevitability, is made up of average things.

It was about fear of the future and longing for the past, even though the past was not always that great, and the future is likely going to be better.

It was probably leading toward the sobering realization that no matter what you do, there you are.  I am by nature a cynic, overly nostalgic, temperamental, and hard to please.

This post seems also to be about all those things too, but in less detail….because I’m impatient….and tired.

This weekend my tennis team is playing in the ALTA city championships.  I’ve been runner up before, but never won.  We’ll see….not that it will give me any lasting pleasure if we win.

That’s what this whole post, and the one before it that I never finished, is about.

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I think all of them are pretty hot, but its not fair.  Caroline, who is supposed to be “average”, is far from the looking anything like the average girl I see on the street.

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