In one week she received 17,000 fan letters. Men bribed her hairdresser to get a lock of her hair. There was a maharajah who came all the way from India to beg one of her silk stockings. Later he strangled himself with it!
@Conal Darcy@twitter Not everyone who gets older gets Alzheimer's. The incidence of Alzheimers is about 1 in 8 of older people, which, while high, means that the vast majority of people who age don't get Alzheimer's. So cheer up!
Kids say the darnedest things.
One paragraph in and I already want to marry this guy.
Well, do you want to know from an actual old person? I think there are a number of reasons I'm happier now than I used to be. I've resolved a lot of issues that were difficult for me in my 20's and 30's; I'm less hard on myself than I was when I was younger, because I've come to recognize my standards were unrealistic and cruel. Also, I know that I can handle difficulties, because I've done so successfully, so I'm less apprehensive about things, and catastrophize less than I did. Actually, there have been multiple studies that show that people tend to get happier as they get older. Here's another one: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2006-06/uomh-hid061206.php
@MissNormaDesmond ... is what I would say if I didn't like dogs, but as it happens, I do like them, although not quite as much as cats.
@BadUncle Or, cats are independent thinkers, who carefully investigate people and situations before committing to them, rather than vapid patsies able to be suckered by cheap sentimentalism and Snausages; in the War Room, the cat is Hans Blix, while the dog is a slavering, leg-humping George Bush.
@cherrispryte Okay, having now read that story you linked to in your earlier e-mail, yeah, the hair on the back of my neck would probably stand up anytime I read anything else by this guy, too. That was just -- Jesus, words fail me. And that all these people told him how wonderful it was totally depresses me. Maybe I don't want to hang around here after all.
So it's interesting, I guess that's the difference it makes to be already acquainted with someone's point of view with a piece like this, vs. coming to it able to give them the benefit of the doubt. I totally get why you'd see it differently, and I have to think over what I think about it. No question, though, that earlier piece is just godawful.
@yanisudd And if so, how was it formed?
@LoriA So basically you insist on respect for women, except for women who don't agree with you. Got it. And also, you don't really have an argument to make, so instead you try to make it about how I'm not perceptive enough to get the deep argument that you have yet to make. Got that, too.