How to tell a lot about a person

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My mother has recently gotten email, and keeps getting sent those soppy/inspirational chain mail things from a friend of hers which she passes onto me. Normally I read them and go "that's nice" and that's it. But there was a line in one of them recently that stood out. It said:

"You can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights."

Which I thought was fairly inspired. I don't know so much about the rainy day. I guess it depends on what you had planned to do with it :) Rainy days don't affect me all that much for the most part, because I'm rather an indoors girl. I can get mildly irritated if I have to get wet, but given Sydney's drought conditions and the scarcity of rain, I generally consider rain to be a good thing.

Lost luggage. Fortunately this has never happened to me. But I imagine I'd get pretty stressed out about it. A lot would depend on whether I was coming or going, who I was with, and what options there were for its retrieval. But in terms of getting stressed out by crap like that, a lot depends on who I'm with and how *they're* reacting to the situation. That is, if the person I'm with is getting stressed out (for example, my parents), I will remain relatively calm. If noone else is getting stressed, then I probably will. Go figure.

Tangled Christmas Tree lights. Well that depends on whether it's me trying to untangle them first up, or someone else has been doing it and has given up. If it's just me, I might get a bit flustered if the temperature is high, but probably not. Untangling I see as more of a puzzle situation that needs to be solved. Especially if someone else has given me the task.


delmer said:

Rainy days and Mondays alwaaaaaaayyyyyssss geeeettt meeeee down.

Well, not really, that's my tribute to Karen Carpenter. It's rainy and Monday here and things are going pretty well.

I've never had lost luggage.

And Christmas tree lights -- we'll they are cheap enough anymore to replace from year to year; however, the recycler and friend-of-the-environment in me insists that I sit and untagle each string AND go each light, bulb-by-bulb, to find the one that is blown and causing the whole strand to not light.

August 30, 2005 12:41 AM


Richard said:

You know, reading the section about christmas tree lights, I was completely thrown for a moment by the line "I might get a bit flustered if the temperature is high". Then I remembered that you get Christmas in the summer time. This whole "spherical planet" business can be mighty confusing at times.

August 30, 2005 3:16 AM


Soss said:

got me thinking ... um, so what do you think these tell you about a person then:

* untangling spaghetti before you can eat it (and not the tinned stuff)!

* rearranging the olives on a pizza so each section has the same amount.

* checking the person in the mirror has gone before you can leave the bathroom.

Please help!
from Worried (and ever so slightly OCD)

August 31, 2005 11:17 PM


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