A show I watch asked the question has America become more inconsiderate? They immediately moved this discussion of societal etiquette to the use of cell phones. Does someone answer a cell phone in the middle of your meal? Do they answer that call without asking to be excused? I don’t know if my lack of interest on this particular discussion is based on the fact that it’s become cliche to complain about cell phone usage, if I still feel like something of an outsider looking in on the whole cell phone world, or if most of the people in my inner circle are not obsessed with cellphones. Whatever the case is, I have fewer problems in the cell phone discussion than most. My concerns are less micro.
Larry David has an observation he calls being car conscious. Are you car conscious when you cross the street? How quickly do you walk when you cross? Are you ambivalent to the amount of time you have to cross the street, when you have the right of way, and do you walk at your own pace regardless of the amount of time you have to cross, or do you always walk expediently?
The primary influence of my life, my dad, was considerate. Some of the times he was too considerate in my opinion, but the exaggeration shaped me. I have my moments, just like everyone else has moments, but there are some people, and we all know them, that you can just tell are born inconsiderate. It’s a way of life for these people, as opposed to a momentary slip.
Gene Simmons once said: “Most people are not very interesting.” What Gene probably meant to say, I believe, is that most people are not very attractive. Interesting is, of course, relative. What is interesting subject matter to one person can be dreadfully boring to another and vice-versa. Reading through some of Gene’s books, and listening to a number of his interviews, I’m willing to put money on the fact that Gene finds attractive women interesting, regardless their subject matter… Especially those attractive women that find the subject of Gene Simmons interesting.
On Alec Baldwin’s radio show, NBC News host Brian Williams said that he believes his political opinions have been cleansed from his reporting. Brian Williams has been known to deliver such lines, in the guest appearances he’s made on 30 Rock and on the Late Show with David Letterman, with such an excellent dead pan that it’s impossible to know when he’s kidding. For further clarification, some of us wish we were back in the 70’s when laugh tracks were the norm. We find the fine line between comedy and tragedy too confusing at times.
In a line from Simon Vozick-Levinson’s Rolling Stone review of Thom Yorke’s Atoms for Peace, Levinson writes:
“Thom Yorke hates being predictable more than anything except maybe climate change.”
“If there’s one thing Superman hates more than crime it’s tooth decay, and to fight tooth decay Superman uses Crest.”
The only difference is that the author was presumably serious.
Answering questions directly can be a problem at times:
“Does (something) stress you out?” This is a question that we humans seem to enjoy asking of one another, regardless of the topic.
“Yes, it does,” I answered. The answer that I provided was so direct, and clipped, that the two of us stared at each other in silence for a second.
“How does it stress you out?”
I then describe for them how this stressful situation affects me. I am very matter-of-fact in my description, for I know that I’m walking into their net when I do so.
“Well, that’s what happens,” is the smug answer. “If you didn’t expect that, you shouldn’t have gone down that road.” They then laugh smugly at my naivete with that response.
“Wait a second,” I say, “You asked me two direct questions that I answered directly. I knew the answer to the question, but how do you get to be the smug one? Do I have to qualify every answer I give, or can some of it be assumed?”