« on: September 26, 2014, 03:59:27 am »
so they are acting like meth-dealers then.As an addendum to my post, I have a hard time getting rid of something if someone else gave it to me as a gift. It could be completely useless, but then it becomes a memento of both myself and the giver at the time it passed into my possession. It takes on, for lack of a better term, a spirit. It's ridiculous, because it's just a thing. But even if it's utterly useless it might still make you smirk from time to time. I don't want more of that. I'd feel bad if I ever had to get rid of it, but the fact is what I want at this point in life is stuff I need: Socks. Beer. Kitchen tools. I bought myself a measuring cup and I was annoyed, because it was becoming necessary for me to buy a measuring cup, and I didn't want to have to buy it. If someone bought me that instead of some sort of, I dunno, a little dragon statue, it would have been really helpful. Sure dragons are cool and they were my high school mascot, but what am I going to do with a bunch of little dragon statuettes? Actually, I might make that a thing now. If you get me something useful, I'm going to do or make something with it for the both of us and we can have a fun time with it. Get me a sack of turnips and I'll make dinner. Get me a bottle of cheap vodka and we'll try to find ways to make it taste good together. Get me some sort of biological tool, and we'll do an experiment. Unless it's socks. Can't really share something like that. You can, but you probably don't want to.*SNIP*You are too polite.
Polite people suffer the most under this kind of attack, complete and utter bastards do fine.
Be the bastard you were born to be.
The Rage is there, you've just misplaced it. (hint: it is in the annoyance bin.)
I recognize that, but I'm not annoyed that they got me something useless. I just get annoyed that they didn't get me something useful. I'm happy that they were thoughtful enough to think of me and say Kevin would get a kick out of this- and I do. But when I need an implement, I'm like, wish Santa got me one of those.
They give you something that gives you a fleeting mental/emotional 'kick' that has very long lasting negative effects.
The lack of potatomasher will come back to haunt you until you pay to have that problem fixed (not unlike paying for a psychiatrist) while the kick you get out of the dragon lasts at most a day and you will have to lug it with you everytime you move. insure it against damage, protect it from accidents and theft and all in all be a mayor drain on your resources.
The analogy is a bit strong but I see where you're coming from.