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VorFemme

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6420 on: January 18, 2013, 07:55:42 AM »
THAT is Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (of Shatner's bloated ego).  It is widely regarded to be the worst of all Trek, narrowly beating out anything else Shatner had a personal hand in.

Yes, there it is!   One star on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6421 on: January 18, 2013, 08:01:09 AM »
We "do" events at my workplace. I answer the phone and the following brain hurty conversation ensues:

Him: I have a question about XYZ Event.
Me: Go ahead!
Him: What does that mean?
Me: Go ahead and ask your question.
Him: Tell me about XYZ Event.
Me: The dates are--
Him: I KNOW the dates.
Me: The location is--
Him: I know the location!
Me: The price is--
Him: I KNOW the price.
Me: The lodging is at --
Him: I know the hotel and the prices! Just tell me about the event!
Me: The theme is abc and the entertainment will be--
Him: I don't care what the entertainment or theme is! Tell me about the XYZ Event!
Me: How can I help you? What is your specific question?
Him: I want to KNOW about this event.
Me: Again, I'm not sure what you want to know. Can you be more specific?
Him: I just want the BASIC information!
Me: Please tell me what basic information you want other than dates, location, price, theme, hotel and entertainment.
Him: Stop jerking me around and tell me about this event!
Me: I'm sorry if you feel I'm jerking you around but I honestly need a specific question to give you an answer.
Him: I'll call back and hope to get someone who knows what they're doing.

He called back and got my boss, who had a nearly identical conversation with him. We still do not know what information he was seeking. We just hope he does not attend!

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6422 on: January 18, 2013, 09:05:57 AM »
Lol, I guess my brain is hurting as to why you were "all  ???  >:("

It's clear you don't like this woman, but that sounds like a sympathetic "don't give up", even if she phrased it oddly.

It was the tone of her voice, it's not easy to describe but that made all the difference. It was almost like she was implying that I wouldn't be worthy of actually getting a job I would like. I haven't spoken in ages with her but it struck me as odd and a bit mean, not what I was expecting.

Honestly, that sounds a lot like you reading something into what she said, way beyond what she actually did say.
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6423 on: January 18, 2013, 09:07:23 AM »
Then,  I added that I was working at a dinner theatre.  (This was a part-time job to bring in some tuition money.  I worked in the box office taking reservations.)  She said "Oh?  Doing what?  Cleaning bathrooms?"

You: I'm working at a dinner theatre.

Her: Doing what? Cleaning bathrooms?

You: Um, no, box office. Why would you think that?
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6424 on: January 18, 2013, 09:11:03 AM »
We had the funeral for my church's choir director tonight. We also happened to get the worst snowstorm we've had in years tonight. We almost had to cancel the funeral, because we thought only 5 people other than the family and pastor were going to be there (it wasn't; we ended up having 70 people).

My pastor, who was born and raised in the Deep South, and pastored there, was talking to me and the organist for the service and he said: "I've never had this [snowing out of a funeral] happen before." I gave him a blank look until he realized why and amended: "Oh. Yeah. I've only served in Deep South state." Yes, Pastor. There isn't a whole lot of snow in the Deep South.

There was today!  DH and Babybartfast were all excited to go out and build a snowman.  I, who grew up in Wisconsin and have had enough snow to last me several lifetimes, offered to stay inside and guard the hot chocolate until they returned  ;D

The brain-hurty part is seeing all my friends post pictures of their own backyards and the complete LACK of anything resembling snow, while complaining about how the whole city shut down for a few flakes in the air.  It looks like the inch we got was localized to the mile around our house!  (DH and Babybartfast did make a snowman on the back porch - it's about a foot high.)  To be fair, though, we also live very near a few roads lots of people have to commute on, and our city doesn't have the resources to effectively salt or sand, so for once it did make sense to close schools early and such.  And even though I am totally comfortable driving on a slushy road, I'll still hole up at home because everyone else on the road drives like an idiot . . .

Ya'll got lucky - we have 2.5 - 3 inches, and some people (and at least one elementary school have lost power. Plus, the stuff thawed and re - froze over night, so extra - super fun.
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6425 on: January 18, 2013, 11:25:13 AM »
Not to continue the Star Trek thing but it reminds me of one brain hurty moment.  I like a whole lot of different genres of fiction and don't have "my" genre.  So at one point a friend of mine and I had discussed a couple of Star Trek/Star Wars novels that we had both read.

Him: "Read anything good lately?"
Me: Well I'm reading this new series by Mercedes Lackey which isn't high literature but it's entertaining.
Him: Mercedes Lackey?  She's fantasy!  You couldn't pay me enough to read fantasy. I have to read Sci Fi like Star Trek because it's not crazy-made up stuff.  It's real life!

And then my brain just hurt. I don't think I came up with a suitable answer, I think I just stared at him in horror.

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6426 on: January 18, 2013, 11:29:19 AM »
Not to continue the Star Trek thing but it reminds me of one brain hurty moment.  I like a whole lot of different genres of fiction and don't have "my" genre.  So at one point a friend of mine and I had discussed a couple of Star Trek/Star Wars novels that we had both read.

Him: "Read anything good lately?"
Me: Well I'm reading this new series by Mercedes Lackey which isn't high literature but it's entertaining.
Him: Mercedes Lackey?  She's fantasy!  You couldn't pay me enough to read fantasy. I have to read Sci Fi like Star Trek because it's not crazy-made up stuff.  It's real life!

And then my brain just hurt. I don't think I came up with a suitable answer, I think I just stared at him in horror.

Come on, you didn't whip out your cell phone and stage-whisper, "One to beam up. NOW!"?
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6427 on: January 18, 2013, 11:33:31 AM »
Not to continue the Star Trek thing but it reminds me of one brain hurty moment.  I like a whole lot of different genres of fiction and don't have "my" genre.  So at one point a friend of mine and I had discussed a couple of Star Trek/Star Wars novels that we had both read.

Him: "Read anything good lately?"
Me: Well I'm reading this new series by Mercedes Lackey which isn't high literature but it's entertaining.
Him: Mercedes Lackey?  She's fantasy!  You couldn't pay me enough to read fantasy. I have to read Sci Fi like Star Trek because it's not crazy-made up stuff.  It's real life!

And then my brain just hurt. I don't think I came up with a suitable answer, I think I just stared at him in horror.

Come on, you didn't whip out your cell phone and stage-whisper, "One to beam up. NOW!"?

There's an app for that? ;D

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6428 on: January 18, 2013, 11:35:46 AM »
Not to continue the Star Trek thing but it reminds me of one brain hurty moment.  I like a whole lot of different genres of fiction and don't have "my" genre.  So at one point a friend of mine and I had discussed a couple of Star Trek/Star Wars novels that we had both read.

Him: "Read anything good lately?"
Me: Well I'm reading this new series by Mercedes Lackey which isn't high literature but it's entertaining.
Him: Mercedes Lackey?  She's fantasy!  You couldn't pay me enough to read fantasy. I have to read Sci Fi like Star Trek because it's not crazy-made up stuff.  It's real life!

And then my brain just hurt. I don't think I came up with a suitable answer, I think I just stared at him in horror.

Come on, you didn't whip out your cell phone and stage-whisper, "One to beam up. NOW!"?

There's an app for that? ;D

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6429 on: January 18, 2013, 12:09:57 PM »
Twik wrote:

"Come on, you didn't whip out your cell phone and stage-whisper, "One to beam up. NOW!"?"

I'd go with, "Now vould be a good time!"

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6430 on: January 18, 2013, 01:05:48 PM »
Not to continue the Star Trek thing but it reminds me of one brain hurty moment.  I like a whole lot of different genres of fiction and don't have "my" genre.  So at one point a friend of mine and I had discussed a couple of Star Trek/Star Wars novels that we had both read.

Him: "Read anything good lately?"
Me: Well I'm reading this new series by Mercedes Lackey which isn't high literature but it's entertaining.
Him: Mercedes Lackey?  She's fantasy!  You couldn't pay me enough to read fantasy. I have to read Sci Fi like Star Trek because it's not crazy-made up stuff.  It's real life!

And then my brain just hurt. I don't think I came up with a suitable answer, I think I just stared at him in horror.

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Zoe: You live on a space ship, dear.

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6431 on: January 18, 2013, 03:10:27 PM »
I wish such a thing as a replicator actually existed in real life!

... wait, no, I don't.  Being able to get a cheeseburger any time I want would be a very bad idea.

But you could also get a free, unlimited supply of whatever healthy, tasty, and difficult as all get out dish you love, too.  Plus, if we start tinkering around with molecular structures enough (and being able to whip something out of free atoms means we'll have to), we'll likely be able to make it healthier while still remaining a cheeseburger.
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6432 on: January 18, 2013, 03:20:00 PM »
I wish such a thing as a replicator actually existed in real life!

... wait, no, I don't.  Being able to get a cheeseburger any time I want would be a very bad idea.

But you could also get a free, unlimited supply of whatever healthy, tasty, and difficult as all get out dish you love, too.  Plus, if we start tinkering around with molecular structures enough (and being able to whip something out of free atoms means we'll have to), we'll likely be able to make it healthier while still remaining a cheeseburger.

No, no.  In an episode of TNG, it is established that all of Deanna Troi's chocolate sundaes are in reality healthy.  But she still longs for a "real" one.  I think this means that it might be OK for me to install a replicator and request pizza every night, but that won't stop me from popping out the Ben & Jerry's every now and then. Well...maybe a little more than now and then, who am I kidding?

I'm not sure whether remembering that detail 18 years after the show went off the air is awesome or pathetic.  I just made my own brain hurt.

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6433 on: January 18, 2013, 03:26:45 PM »
I wish such a thing as a replicator actually existed in real life!

... wait, no, I don't.  Being able to get a cheeseburger any time I want would be a very bad idea.

But you could also get a free, unlimited supply of whatever healthy, tasty, and difficult as all get out dish you love, too.  Plus, if we start tinkering around with molecular structures enough (and being able to whip something out of free atoms means we'll have to), we'll likely be able to make it healthier while still remaining a cheeseburger.

No, no.  In an episode of TNG, it is established that all of Deanna Troi's chocolate sundaes are in reality healthy.  But she still longs for a "real" one.  I think this means that it might be OK for me to install a replicator and request pizza every night, but that won't stop me from popping out the Ben & Jerry's every now and then. Well...maybe a little more than now and then, who am I kidding?

I'm not sure whether remembering that detail 18 years after the show went off the air is awesome or pathetic.  I just made my own brain hurt.

I liken this to foodies who think that if it's not made with whole grain wheat pasta and organic finely aged cheddar, it isn't *really* macaroni and cheese.  It's food snobbery of the 24th century.  Convince people that you can discern a difference so they'll be in awe of your culinary knowledge.
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6434 on: January 18, 2013, 03:57:39 PM »
Lol, I guess my brain is hurting as to why you were "all  ???  >:("

It's clear you don't like this woman, but that sounds like a sympathetic "don't give up", even if she phrased it oddly.

It was the tone of her voice, it's not easy to describe but that made all the difference. It was almost like she was implying that I wouldn't be worthy of actually getting a job I would like. I haven't spoken in ages with her but it struck me as odd and a bit mean, not what I was expecting.

Honestly, that sounds a lot like you reading something into what she said, way beyond what she actually did say.

I don't think so.  A tone of voice and inflection can really change what someone says.  I've heard it before, especially when I told people I was going to be a corrections officer.


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