Food for Thought

There are many of us in LJ land who lock posts from time to time. Some, like me, lock almost all of their posts. I am making a rare exception today to make a point to all of us here in the ether.

If you lock your posts, perhaps you feel relatively confident that what you say is not going to be food for general consumption, or really is not the business of anyone else. A reasonable, if erroneous, assumption.

Take a look at your friends list. Now follow the link to their profile pages, and see the list of their friends. Now follow those links to THEIR friends pages. Hmmm. Do we see a pattern? You're connected, indirectly, to more people than you know. How do you know that what you say in a private, friends-locked post won't be shared, intentionally or unintentionally, with others whom you don't know or with whom you don't particularly care to share your thoughts?

It is, to a certain extent, like sex. You may only be having relations with one individual, but the minute you copulate with that person, you share every partner you have ever had with him/her and they with you. You have now NOT had sex with one person, but with perhaps 6, 12, 50 or more people. Hmmm.

Is there a moral here? Perhaps it is to remember that NOTHING in LJ, or, indeed, on the internet, is truely private. Things which people have posted in private here have made their way to Peerage discussion lists. Don't post anything you won't have to own up to someday.
  • Current Music
    "Extreme Ways" - Moby

Nordstroms, I do NOT feel the love

I had always heard such good things about the Nordstroms shoe department, and I thought that maybe, JUST MAYBE, they would have what I was looking for. At the very least, I expected courtesy and professionalism. I recieved neither.

When a customer asks for a particular type of shoe, don't say "sure, we have that," and then show them a different type of shoe. When the customer politely says, "No, I asked for type X. This is type Y," do not reply in a snooty manner, "Well, that's what we have." And DON'T walk away.

I am in the process of replacing a shoe wardrobe. I could have dropped a significant amount of change in their department. Instead, I will not be patronizing that store again. I do not feel that love, Nordstroms - and now, neither will you.
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    pissed off pissed off

Actually, I'm a confirmed suburbanite . . . .

Rowhouse 'Hood
You scored 29 out of 40 on urban-rural and 24 out of 40 land intensity.
People know you as: The Bohemian Gentrifier
Quote: "That crack house just needed a little paint."

Your score indicates that you are a city-dweller of the old-school. You like a dense, finely grained neighborhood with restaurants, churches and brothels all on the same block. Although you've never spoken to him personally, you know that guy Eddie down the street is a pimp and you're sure to tell your lame suburban friends about him at every opportunity, just to freak them out.

The bad news is that as more and more people like you move into your neighborhood it gradually becomes less cool and more expensive. Enjoy things while you can, because in 5 years you're going to have to move to the next 'hood uptown.

Examples of places you should live: Baltimore, Philadelphia

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Secluded Hideaway / Farm or Ranch / Small Town / Little City / Suburb / Streetcar Suburb / Rowhouse 'Hood / Downtown Loft

My test tracked 2 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 99% on urban-rural

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You scored higher than 99% on land intensity
Link: The Where Should You Live Test written by TwelveFloorsUp on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

Farms are fine to visit and great for buying produce, but you wouldn't catch me living on one . . . .
  • Current Music
    The construction site across the street

We don't make much money at PIRACY, but we have lots of fun . . .

LiveJournal Username
Fifteen men on a dead man's chest!
Cutlass or pistol?
What is the name of your pirate ship?
Where is your secret pirate base?
What kind of loot do you prefer?
What do you and your crew prefer to be called?
Parrot or monkey?
Your capable first matebelfebe
Your bumbling cabin boy with a heart of goldssdevilducky
The aloof, yet honorable, pirate with a mysterious pastshenafin
Is always the first one into the frayalricthemad
Is the naval officer who ruthlessly pursues your shipmatthew_g
Is the comical pirate who is always drunk on grogpsalite
Is currently in Davy Jones's lockergeoffreyapclywd
The amount of money you make as a pirate$6,004
This Fun Quiz created by Lynn at BlogQuiz.Net
Aries Horoscope at DailyHoroscopes.Biz

  • Current Music
    "Rio" - Pirates Royale

Well, I DID study martial arts for many years . . .

a Ninja
You scored 11 Honor, 2 Justice, 6 Adventure, and 5 Individuality!
You are a soldier of the night. You rely on no more than your cunning and your repuation to strike fear in the hearts of lord and peasant alike. You've a sense of honor, but one that comes from within, not imposed from outside.

Black clothes and shuriken for you. You're gonna do just fine.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 95% on Ninjinuity

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You scored higher than 2% on Knightlyness

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You scored higher than 44% on Cowboiosity

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You scored higher than 42% on Piratical Bent
Link: The Cowboy-Ninja-Pirate-Knight Test written by fluffy71 on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test
  • Current Music
    "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"

7/9 ths (or 77.78%)

Bounce. BOUNCE! bouncebouncebouncebouncebouncebouncebouncebouncebouncebouncebouncebounce!!!
After nearly 6 weeks of waiting, I finally recieved the results from my ARE Site Planning exam.
I had a dream nearly three weeks ago that I had gone online & found my test results (which NCARB is not currently set up to do. Why can't the real world catch up with the technology of my dreams?). It had the two tests I had taken in Februrary, and the word "Fail" next to each of those (which is, unfortunately, correct). It had the previous tests I had taken, their dates, and the fact that I had passed. It also had the date I had taken this test, and the word "Pass" next to it.
I'm glad that the dream turned out to be a good omen :-)
So now I'm an architoad up to my shoulders. Hopefully this summer, my head and brain will follow. Seven down, two left!
  • Current Music
    "Double Happy" - Split Enz

Happy Birthday - a day late

A Happy belated Birthday shout-out to BekaBeka, who has now joined the ranks of the "over the hill" gang! We may be over the hill, hon, but it's a hell of a ride on the other side ;-)
  • Current Music
    "Blood Brothers" - Bruce Springsteen

My father would be ashamed . . . oh well!

You scored as New Democrat. New Democrats emphasize fiscal conservatism, and have a strong preference for the free market. They believe in small-scale programs that provide targetted help to those in need, while working with the business community.


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    "Democracy" - Dan Fogelburg