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imagination/perception exercise

1. Two people are sitting in a quietish corner of a dark nightclub talking about the most recent book they read over beers.

2. Two people are sitting at a table in the cafeteria of a nursing home talking about the latest book they read over glasses of juice.

What is the difference between these two scenarios? Is one superior or inferior? Why?

Last night was karaoke night for cheetahmaster's birthday. lilmymble had done a great job surreptitiously setting up some cake surprises at the bar. I gotta hand it to the My Way in Laurel, they do make you feel at home. Highlights of the night include CM's Fred Schneider impression during our rendition of "Love Shack", all our friends getting their shot at the stage (except those who don't like that) which is detailed in CM's post, and the guy who sang alot of Journey who I meant to say something to but never did, and the guy who took the mike outside to sing at everyone through the window - I wish I could remember what song it was, but the lyrics were appropriate.

Today has been lazy. Tried to go see Sylvia but gave up due to bad reviews and laziness. I'll just go back and read more of Plath's unabridged journals, how about that? I watched part of Kissing Jessica Stein but I knew how it ended and wasn't really interested in seeing that. It was not as bad as I thought it would be. At 6 I decided to walk to Blockbuster - oh yeah, I remembered - it's dark and cold. I walked anyways. Some goth kid with an NWA t-shirt stopped me for a cigarette; I let him have one even though he didn't really look 18. I was filled with goodwill for the world because I was strolling to the tune of Olivia Newton-John's "Magic" and wondering who those people honking at me were. In my head, the horns were honking out, "good for you, walking instead of driving." I felt really, really good. And as I walked by and looked into the lights of the Cherry Lane Nursing Home, I thought of the question above.

I rented some weird foreign films. And A Mighty Wind. If they are worth writing about, I will write about them. Now I'm going to go take another look at the partially eclipsed moon, which is really a grand sight right now.



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Nov. 8th, 2003 04:54 pm (UTC)
They are equal. The conversation itself is the most important part... the external things like the setting and the beverages are unimportant...
Nov. 8th, 2003 07:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Neither.
it pleases me that someone feels that way.
Re: Neither. - ex_nostradom25 - Nov. 8th, 2003 10:14 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Neither. - snidegrrl - Nov. 9th, 2003 05:19 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Neither. - judithiscariot - Nov. 10th, 2003 07:02 am (UTC) - Expand
Nov. 9th, 2003 02:09 am (UTC)
Re: Neither.
i agree with this user. unless the club mentioned is a goth nightclub, in which case the nursing home scenario is far superior.
Re: Neither. - ex_nostradom25 - Nov. 9th, 2003 07:48 am (UTC) - Expand
Nov. 8th, 2003 05:20 pm (UTC)
1. the two ppl in the first one are more likely to be younger, youth is superior to old age (as much as one thing can be subjectivly superior to another anyways)

my opinion anyways
Nov. 8th, 2003 07:14 pm (UTC)
why is youth superior to old age?
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Nov. 8th, 2003 05:27 pm (UTC)
I think it might be easier to discuss things in a nursing home. Clubs are kind of loud. Besides, juice is better for you. And you can't make any conclusions about their age, what if the two people in the nursing home are doctors or nurses or nursing aides? Who knows.
Nov. 8th, 2003 07:17 pm (UTC)
say i included their age. the people in the nursing home are two elderly people. the people in the club are in their twenties.

in my mind most people seem to percieve a nursing home as a sad place. since i might end up in one someday, and people i know might or are now, i am keen on mental exercises that examine the stigma of old age, and the stigma against the settings of old age.

or, if the settings really are sad places, mental exercises in what could make them happy.

i know i'm being vague. i was just hoping to get some free association going. :)
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Nov. 8th, 2003 08:04 pm (UTC)
I find the first superior, just because nursing homes are pretty depressing places, and most people I meet in the nursing home (wait staff and visitors) aren't particularly pleased to be there.
Nov. 9th, 2003 05:22 am (UTC)
I think all of this is because of ageism and our current obsession with youth culture. I suppose I could have just said that.
Nursing Homes and depression. - swartzdk - Nov. 9th, 2003 08:22 am (UTC) - Expand
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Nov. 9th, 2003 10:43 am (UTC)

I definately dig the second scenario, if only because:
1) Beer is piss.
2) You can't make good conversation in dark club corners.
3) I'm a sucker for a nurse's outfit.
4) Juice is the shizzle.
Nov. 10th, 2003 09:26 am (UTC)
That beer sentiment may not be popular with many people. Like me. ;)
(no subject) - devil_panda - Nov. 10th, 2003 09:35 am (UTC) - Expand
Nov. 9th, 2003 04:41 pm (UTC)
The fact that there are 2 people sitting and having a conversation at all prove them to be a superior species, regarless of age, location, or prefered beverage.
Nov. 10th, 2003 09:24 am (UTC)
So whatever age, whatever setting, we should just be glad we're not animals? :)
Nov. 10th, 2003 06:59 am (UTC)
Beer is better than juice. But why would you go to a club to drink beer and talk about books? I can do that in my living room.
Nov. 10th, 2003 09:25 am (UTC)
In fact, I specifically assemble a group of people to do it once a month. Although we don't drink beer. Maybe we should.
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