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Comment to this post, and I will list seven things I want you to talk about. They might make sense or they might be totally random.

Then post that list, with your commentary, to your journal. Other people can get lists from you, and the meme merrily perpetuates itself.

This time from cal_reflector:

1. Other than looks, what traits make a man attractive?

A sense of humor. Yes, everyone says that, but more specifically, someone who can make me laugh. Someone who gets my jokes, and someone whose jokes I get. Someone who can look at how crazy the world is and laugh at it because sometimes there’s nothing else you can do.

Someone who respects his family and where he came from, but is independent of it and his own person. Someone who is an adult. Someone who believes in something bigger than himself. Someone who cares, and someone who listens. It’s important to listen, to really get who someone is, and to accept them as they are instead of trying to fix them and their problems. Someone who likes to spend time together instead of treating it like a chore, but who also gets my need to be on my own now and then.

So humor and respect for family/God/me are the two big ones, to make a long story short.

Oh, and intelligence, duh. Defined as an interest/curiosity in the world.

2. The author/managa artist you'd most like to spend an afternoon with.

Shoot, is Beverly Cleary still alive? (*looks it up*). Huh, apparently so, and in her 90s, God love her. Her books were a huge part of my childhood, and I’d like to thank her for that.

3. A romance story idea/hook that hasn't been tried.

The one I thought I’d write a billion years ago when I made a pass at a Regency was to have the girl not end up with someone titled. Even in books when it looks that way, there’s always a contrivance to give the guy a title in the end (“I picked this guy off the street to pretend to be the long-lost duke, and he actually *is* the long-lost duke!”). So that would be different.

But everything’s been tried at some point as near as I can tell.

4. What ought the tax rate be?

Federal income tax? State income tax? County occupational tax? Captial gains tax? Property tax? Sales tax? Automobile tax? Estate tax? Fuel tax? Etc etc

Yeah, the point is, we pay a lot of damn taxes, don’t we. Sticking to federal income tax (ordinary income), whatever the rate is (let’s call it 20% for the sake of giving a number), it should be a flat tax. That’s how you get everyone to pay their “fair share”, not whatever this scam is to get the “rich” (however you define “rich”, although the democrats seem to think they can make this distinction) to pay for everything while some people pay nothing. Yeah, that’s “fair”.

And the capital gains tax rate should be zero.

5. Can grown men and women truly be just friends?

Absolutely, given that they are on the same page with this. If one has feelings for the other, then no. And as When Harry Met Sally is one of my all-time favorite movies, I think it gets this both right and wrong. I do think the person you ultimately have a romantic relationship with should also be your best friend, but that doesn’t preclude other male/female friendships.

6. Give me three things from your bucket list.

A cruise around the world, to learn to play the piano (I can read music and pick out a melody, but not properly play), and… go on Jeopardy? I’ve never tried out or really even been interested, but my grandpa always wanted to see me on there, and even if he’s gone, I’d still like to do it for him someday. That’s one of my three regrets in life, actually—that my grandpa who always wanted to see me on a game show never got to. I think I get my love of game shows from him, so it would be a nice tribute. If only I had some interesting anecdotes for the interview segment! And if only I didn’t think Alex Trebek was a pompous jerk!

7. A person/event that really helped shape your outlook on life.

Going to Christian schools from kindergarten through second grade, and then for college. I know that’s kind of vague and all-encompassing, but I appreciated getting a moral Christian education in addition to a standard education. I’m sort of a buffet-style, non-churchgoing Christian, but it’s still something that’s shaped how I view the world, most definitely. So there’s no one person, but several of my teachers/professors each had their little impacts.

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7 pathetic excuses or justify your existence
serena_b From: serena_b Date: March 12th, 2012 02:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Hit me with some questions! :)
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: March 12th, 2012 07:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Let's see....

1. Cast your ideal fictional family (mom, dad, sister, brother). They do not all have to be from the same work.
2. What are your five "desert island" books?
3. What song do you play to get pumped up?
4. What game is the best metaphor for life?
5. What's the best present you've ever been given?
6. What's the worst advice you've ever been given?
7. What's the wackiest dream you can remember having?
cal_reflector From: cal_reflector Date: March 13th, 2012 12:24 am (UTC) (Link)
1. In fiction, with a few exceptions, attractiveness and attraction are almost always oversimplified, maybe out of necessity, but I think mostly out of the author's laziness and lack of ability to convey.

On the other hand, a romance novel with de Botton's level of introspection would be off-putting to most readers, who aren't looking for a treatise.

Nontheless I appreciate the feedback; I'll try to incorporate some of these in my future (male) protagonists.

3. In Asian soap operas and romance manga, when confronted with a choice between the privileged rich guy and the common poor guy, the heroine picks the poor guy the majority of the time. Or, when competing with a privileged rich girl for the boy's attention, the common girl almost always gets picked.

So I see the problem as reverse. The heroine ending up with someone privileged would actually be novel to me.

4. As much as I like Milton Friedman, I'm afraid flat taxes are impossible: Even the most business-friendly, non-democratic countries like Hong Kong and Singapore do not have a flat tax, although their top rate is much, much lower than ours.

No tax on capital gains however is not impossible; many countries don't tax capital gains and dividends, including the aforementioned two. It is my understanding however that Asian countries' household savings rates are far higher than American households, as well as far lower debt in general. If Americans saved more and borrowed less, I think more would favor lower capital gains rates.

5. I'll check out When Harry Met Sally. For now, after reading the plot on wiki, I'm agreeing with Billy Crystal.

6. I hope when that comes we don't run into each other on Jeopardy, since I'd like to get on that show too.

7. I went to a Christian school from grade 7-12, converting in grade 8, but cooling considerably since going to college at Berkeley. I still believe, but Church and God are a smaller part of my life now than when I was in that school environment. Lately I've been making some progress in reconnecting.
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: March 13th, 2012 11:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can't even respond to the rest of what you said because I'm still trying to wrap my head around the fact that there's a person on this planet who had to look up the plot to When Harry Met Sally. That's like having to look up what Rosebud was.
cal_reflector From: cal_reflector Date: March 13th, 2012 11:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I was like, 3 when this movie first came out.

And it wasn't one of the movies people pressed me to see after I grew older, even though I made it pretty public that "As Good As It Gets" was my favorite movie of all time.
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: March 14th, 2012 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
But it's one of those things that's in the public consciousness. Even people who haven't seen Citizen Kane know that Rosebud is the sled, they know the end of Psycho, they know Darth Vader is Luke's father... it's all stuff that's become part of the popular culture and vernacular unless you live under a huge rock. Next you'll be telling me you haven't seen The Princess Bride, and that's just inconceivable.
cal_reflector From: cal_reflector Date: March 14th, 2012 04:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've definitely heard of Citizen Kane, no, haven't seen it. Wasn't familiar with the concept of the Rosebud. I haven't watched Psycho. I know Darth Vader is Luke's Father.

You'll be relieved to hear I've seen the Princess Bride no less than 3, maybe 4 times. It was one of the few films approved for showing on field trip bus rides and in classrooms on days before Summer vacation. I even remember many of the famous quotes by heart.

I was never that into Hollywood and pop culture much. Small Christian school in Taiwan, graduating class of 72, then hung out with computer science and electrical engineers in college because the social-science/poli-sci people were either angry and smelly or intellectual about stuff I didn't find interesting.

Be interesting if there was a quiz that maps one's subject-matter fields of interest.
7 pathetic excuses or justify your existence