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CLINIC

PATIENT

DIAGNOSTIC

Patient refers to it as stargate-three-eight

A Hypocrite.2

Blackmail.1

 

TOOLSET

INFORMAL FALLACY

 

—Saved again!

—RED HOT!

—Rough landing!

—Upside down.

Moxie's

Disease

 

Post Hoc, ergo Propter Hoc — (After This, Therefore on Account of This) The fact that two events happen one after the other does not mean the first caused the second.

 

NOTES TO MYSELF

PSYCHOLOGICAL AGE

CLASS

[lying in waiting, bait & switch] - She walks in and crashes into one person, saying, "Sorry!" turns and bumps into someone else - "Oh, I'm sorry!" - backs up, flailing into the arms of yet another .... (They like that - They like to be important.)

The Age of Self-Expression, ages 8-11

Separation

 

 
 
 
 
 

Exactly what someone said [or did]
... usually not very original.

The thoughts of a "bad child"
... to free your mind again.

TRICKS

WINGS

IDEAS

«hostility»

—Saved again!

Strong language ... In general, you should show people you hear and see them so they can take the consequences for what they say and do, but the exception to the rule is when someone is being hostile: then you should make sure that the part of you that is hostile to your own life gets out of the way; then you show them that the part of yourself that you could use to attack yourself didn't hear or see them ... Practice getting out of the way of hostility.

"We've been waiting an hour for you guys! These guys get here in ten minutes." [They called two taxi companies from their remote trailer park]

—Saved again!

—Cheap, mean, poor crackers.

"So, how's school?"

—RED HOT!

—You want to start off on the right foot.

"I would like to see more comebacks that u could use at school."

—Saved again!

—Find something you like: (1.) Just small little things; (2.) You're not wasting your money, really; (3.) I'm a great believer; (4.) Good memory; (5.) Good mind; (6.) Quantum; (7.) That's going to come back to haunt you; (8.) Isn't that a pisser, though? (9.) Complaining, huh? (10.) It's worse than my family; (11.) That's what the Romans did; (12.) Watch out for rich people.

"How many inches are in a yard?"

—Upside down.

—You probably had a hard week.

"Pandas are not related to bears, you know?"

—Saved again!

—Look how many!

"There's a big blowup in Brazil!"

—Rough landing!

—Maybe I should go to psychic school.

"Someone once said that being brilliant is knowing what you're stupid at ... and avoiding it."

—Rough landing!

—Even on the weekends.

"There's no excuse for domestic violence."

—Rough landing!

—You have to learn how to tone down your strength ... An eyeball on the sidewalk.

["I was molested as a child."] "I'M SO SORRY!"

—Upside down.

—Bad things happen ... It's the stupid things that save people.

["We are the forefathers of the Internet, and if we're not doing things on the Web worthy of our times and culture, people will look back on us as complete dolts."] "I have two things to say about that: There's a statement A, and there's a statement B, which is NOT A. There is no way to prove the truth of either one."

—RED HOT!

Unless you work more than you have to ... S plus S equals S ... Sweat plus Sacrifice equals Success ... Shit plus More Shit equals More Shit ... There's a difference between seeing the light, and someone saying they're seeing the light ... I can usually do it without hurting anyone's feelings ... Excuse me, I have to go to the bathroom .... I have diarrhea today.

"What is the real meaning of logic?"

—Rough landing!

—You mean, window dressing? ... There's nothing under it! ... Through a set of signals, converge on a meaning.

"You mean like a battle of wits with an unarmed person?"

—Saved again!

—It's totally reconcilable with IQ ... You can be a smartie! ... Not disruptive, but to be organic about the whole thing.

"I missed out. I left school before they got to that."

—Saved again!

—Don't worry about it ... Because you're snap, snap, snappy!

"He hasn't figured out, in 15 years of cab driving, that if he showed up on time he wouldn't get asked that question?"

—Saved again!

—I'll meet you halfway and we'll have lunch.

"Where's the funeral, Ree-sharr?"

—Saved again!

—Everything helps.

"Stop being the victim."

—Saved again!

—Well, it comes and goes – Why don't you get a dead chicken and practice choking the chicken?

"Excuse me."

—Rough landing!

—Don't mess with anything.

"Excuse me!" [With all their attention on the map they're holding]

—Rough landing!

—What happened?

"Excuse me! Can I leave the parking lot that way?"

—Rough landing!

—In fiendish ways.

"Help, I'm Surrounded by Jerks! (Article by Stephanie Rosenbloom, NYT, January 18, 2007)

—Upside down.

—See what a nice life you can have having nothing to do with them?

"Sorry, Linda."

—Rough landing!

—People have a chance to live.

"Excuse me, Sir! ... You're not supposed to be taking it ... Oh, sorry!" [Thinking you're stealing the newspaper that was in your mail]

—RED HOT!

—And I'm Mother Nature.

"All I have is a twenty – Sorry about that."

—Saved again!

—Thanks for not bringing a fish in a newspaper.

"Sorry about that."

—Rough landing!

—It's part of village life.

"Oh, Ricky, I am so sorry!" [After you tell the best man your bride-to-be loves him]

—RED HOT!

—Probably they were fooling around in the garden of learning.

"So sorry about that!" [Sarcastically]

—Upside down.

—Oh, I pushed the wrong button.

"So what's your specialty?"

—RED HOT!

—It's not lemonade, that's for sure!

"The Ph.D. matters."

—RED HOT!

—Moderation in everything.

"To the Editor: Re 'Teenage Suicides Bewilder an Island, and the Experts' (March 18): Our small rural high school has also experienced an 'epidemic' of suicides. One of the students was a member of my tightly-knit gifted class of 12. We, too, were 'descended upon' by outside experts, and what we learned was that it was absolutely emotionally intolerable to be around anyone who had not known the student or was not a member of the class. This was an important lesson for me, and one that helps me to understand other people's grief. 'Outsiders' should say nothing more than 'I'm sorry.'" (–Nancy Rehm, Biglerville, Pa., letter to The New York Times, March 25, 2008)

—Upside down.

—So sad, isn't it? ... Dreams, dreams, dreams. It's all dreams ... What's that? ... That isn't what is important ... Hello! No room at the Inn ... There are things about you I don't know ... There are things about you nobody knows ... What do you think this means? ... You have to separate things ... "Good and bad" is useless, "insider and outsider" is useless, "real and unreal" is useless in this situation ... What's useful is understanding ... Would you say anyone's ever given you peace? ... You can't see something like this because you're upside down. [See also "Someone feeling suicidal" at stargate72.htm]

"A specialty for you, Al, when you're old."

—RED HOT!

—Your pain is your fortune when you understand it, because you can see it's in everyone.

"A little variety never hurts."

—Rough landing!

—No matter how guarded you are.

"I am not an artist; I have no talent."

—Rough landing!

—You just want to do a little less than your best.

"Oh, I'm sorry!"

—RED HOT!

—You're a wonderful person.

"Sorry!"

—Rough landing!

—There you go.

"I slept with her before as well."

—Rough landing!

[See Icarus and the Gutter Snipe]

"I'm going to have to get you wings! Thanks!"

—RED HOT!

—Then you can do anything!

"Oh, my goodness!"

—RED HOT!

—Just what everyone needs.

"You might have more bacteria than other people."

—Rough landing!

—If it isn't one thing, it's another.

"Where's the funeral, Virginia?"

—Rough landing!

—That would be a huge list.

"Right church, wrong pew."

—Rough landing!

—It's all right.

[Credit card declined]

—RED HOT!

—I'm not the first bad person.

"Bad credit rating is a disease – We will cure it – guaranteed." [They earn their living hurting people; you're not going to regress because of the ensuing tension, are you?]

—Saved again!

—That's the best I can do ... Who wants play money? ... You're the bank ... I'm not going to give you a break.

"You mean, you actually fell for that?"

—Rough landing!

—Or shortchanged.

"You got a lot of explaining to do!"

—Rough landing!

—Over generations.

"Boy, do you have some explaining to do."

—Upside down.

—Terror and pain.

"All I ever get is six inches." [She says over an award of a glass ruler. Later, she and another female in the office stare at your groin and laugh whenever you walk by her desk]

—RED HOT!

—Either that or go to the Harmony Hut.

"You're getting much too big for your britches!"

—Rough landing!

—You just don't know.

"Don't be fresh with me, young man!"

—Upside down.

—I'm 7 years old – I miss my parents.

"Oh, I see. It's another 'dealing with confrontations by not actually acknowledging that there is one' technique. I'm not personally interested in that sort of thing, but I can see how it might be of use to someone. It sounds somewhat similar to ideas like 'living well is the best revenge,' though even less malevolent, which for me negates the catharsis which is an essential element in standing up for myself."

—Saved again!

—Get some oatmeal. Leave bowls of oatmeal around the house until it smells like oatmeal. That will really make you feel good. Catharsis has nothing to do with reality.

"Breathtaking! Roam around for a couple." [Link from Las Vegas Fixed Gear - the happy hour thread, to taxi1010.com]

—RED HOT!

—What about, even though you don't understand something, sooner or later you will? ... Most people can't take it ... They'd rather be frightened to death than see something for what it really is ... (It's like catharsis of pity and fear – They don't have to be afraid of their mother and father – They can be afraid of George Bush) ... They think you can't deal with things directly ... inside you ... They think you have to deal with things indirectly ... which is bullshit ... Just tell your unconscious to turn on the adrenaline ... Come on! Turn up the adrenaline ... You can only be happy if you suffered, and you stop suffering.

"A good life is the best revenge."

—Saved again!

—My Superhero: Sewer Man! ... The American way! ... The Pursuit of Happiness!

"I'm going right home and take a nice hot bath."

—Saved again!

—I'm glad I don't have to see that.

"Don't be a wise guy."

—RED HOT!

—I can't say what I like?

"Big smart guy, huh?"

—RED HOT!

—Not another one that talks like me.

"This guy is great!" [Disparagingly]

—Rough landing!

—Don't ever do anything halfway.

"You obviously had permissive parents."

—RED HOT!

—That would be just my luck.

"This site (nominally about "non-escalating verbal self-defense") seems at first to be some kind of parody, except that it doesn't seem to be parodying anything. It's truly odd, with an internally self-consistent logic all its own. After spending too much time on it, I eventually found a link to a Habermas fan site, which somehow makes it all the weirder." [Link from "Verbal Self Defense" thread at The Usual Suspects, May 2, 2002]

—RED HOT!

—It's better than dirt.

"If your IQ were six points higher, you could be a plant."

—Saved again!

—I'm trying to figure out if that's a compliment or an insult.

"Why are you always so negative?"

—RED HOT!

—Just to be like everyone else.

"You've been using that excuse since I don't know when."

—Rough landing!

—Any way you look at it, it's bad.

"What's your excuse?"

—Saved again!

—To catch fish.

"You're lucky, because I sent one hundred cabs around."

—Upside down.

—We're all islands above the sea, connected underneath by electricity!

"How are your Japanese classes?"

—RED HOT!

—Don't give away all my secrets.

"The cab is yours? ... Your cab?"

—RED HOT!

—It's one of many things.

"He hasn't figured out, in 15 years of cab driving, that if he showed up on time he wouldn't get asked that question?"

—Saved again!

—I'll meet you halfway and we'll have lunch.

"We're just talking in general – There's nothing that precipitates our using that stuff." [Two World War II guys at a bar talking about their experiences smoking marijuana]

—RED HOT!

—Very symbolic, huh?

"Aren't you listening?"

—Rough landing!

—Does that ring a bell?

"Aren't we lucky?"

—Upside down.

—A huge hit.

"Anyone would be lucky to ride in your cab."

—RED HOT!

—There must be something good about me.

"They aren't?" [Mockingly]

—RED HOT!

—I'm really rolling.

"Everybody's avoiding me."

—Rough landing!

—That's a talent.

"You've got to see it from my perspective, okay?"

—RED HOT!

—What's that?

"Why do you eat so much junk food?"

—Saved again!

—Have a potato.

"Have a wonderful day." [This is tricky, because they're leaving to see their son in the hospital, who's about to die of Hodgkin's disease]

—Rough landing!

—I think I could have.

"You're a wonderful man."

—Saved again!

—Even worse!

"Did we call a cab?" [Trying to snatch someone else's taxicab]

—RED HOT!

—Ask your mother!

"Did we call a cab? Did we call a cab?"

—Saved again!

—Once.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

REFLECTIONS

 
 
 
 
 

20-JUN-1999.

GOD'S LITTLE HELPER

The whole world is my mother. I remember walking out of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Ladue, Missouri, thinking, —God is out here. Those St. Louis aldermen worship God in the wrong direction. —He's especially in the prosperous trees out here, and the bluest of skies.

I never saw skies like that again until I stood in the antechamber of my godfather's estate in New Canaan, Connecticut, and at the first agitation of his oldest daughter coming down the last three stairs, saw the cobalt in her eyes. I was seventeen then, and it wasn't until much later that I learned to look at all of life that way, like Fatality on the doorstep. The whole world is my mother.

It's fun to cultivate not knowing. You gaze out of your eyes at life as if it's always becoming, which of course, it is. When you see the weather, you really see the rain on the window. You go get your sisters and have them look at the rain on the window, too.

When you cultivate not knowing, you don't really care whether people whisper or gossip, not because what they're saying is bad or anything; they're just pretending to know. Not knowing is the path by which the mind really knows.

People who don't cultivate not knowing are a shock all the way up to my brain stem. Their questions — Echht! — I don't believe the questions they ask. Instead of glimpsing Nature and Humanity as manifestations of God's humor, they say things like,

"How long is this rain supposed to last?"

—Pretty wicked.
—This is just the beginning.

"Is there an accident up ahead?"

—Maybe.
—There's nothing you can do.

When people ask me questions like that, I know they're trying to explore the universe, much as I do, except they're pretending they're God.

"Is there anything going on this weekend?
Anything special?"

—Probably—Something.
—I'm the wrong person to ask.

"Here's my hotel.
Are the rooms nice in there?"

—Probably—Something.
—They're all different.

I think people who pretend this or that are crazy as loons, and I try to shut their door as gently as I can. There was this guy on My So-called Life — When ABC dropped the series, MTV picked it up and showed all the episodes in about a week — the girl — I don't remember her name: Angela, I think — was nuts for a guy who always said, "—Probably."

"—Probably" is the best thing you can say to a crazy person.

"You're nuts."

—Probably.

I'm a taxi driver. Sometimes people come up to my taxicab and say,

"Are you waiting for someone?"

—Not yet.
—Any suggestions?

God is omnipotent and all-knowing. I'm not. I'm sure snot. I'm a taxi driver. I cultivate not knowing. — Not knowing if my passenger has a gun or a knife, and not knowing if they're on some kind of lark.

"You don't know that?
How long have you been driving a cab?"

—Anything new?
—My little field is the whole world.

"Are you a beginner?"

—Very standard.
—The devil is in the details.

Disgustingly good people — the socialites and wannabes (as in the two examples below) — let the cat out of the bag by aggrandizing the personal pronoun, you. — Deadly people, boring as hell.

"What did you do with the sun?"

No shit!
—Maybe there is a God.

"Looks like you brought us a little rain."

Vita umbrellis.
—It's going to get uglier.

I picked up a load of hoodlums on New Year's Eve, and really didn't notice until one of them acted sort of puffed up:

"Hey, man, can you put on the radio,
tune in some oldies?"

—Not today.
—I'm a little frazzled.

I like to listen to the echo of my whirring wheels off nearby cars, to notice any subtle movements from my passengers, and not be surprised by sirens.

"What do you do,
drive around all day thinking?"

—Don't worry.
—What do you want to ruin your life having fun for?

"I think you're a fucking loser."

—Totally different.
—I'm talking to you, aren't I?

I had a beautiful girlfriend once, from New Canaan, Connecticut. One day, for no apparent reason, she walked out the door, saying,

"I'm not your mother, Richard."

—Not recently.
—The whole world is my mother.


14-JUN-2002.

   

Transcendental Sarcasm

   

Some kinds of sarcasm
are so outrageous,
you simply have to step aside.

Transcendental sarcasm has to do with
... dreams coming true
... and dreams not coming true.

(Just imagine...)
You drop out of college to find yourself,
and hear your stepfather mutter,
deep down to the wallet:
"How's the valedictorian?"

(He's just a poor guy —
What do you expect?)

"—Upside down."


     
     
 

(1.) Descriptive
Sarcasm

     
 

(2.) Proscriptive
Sarcasm

 

(3.) Spin Sarcasm

     
     
 

(4.) Transcendental
Sarcasm

     

 


07-APR-2014.

 

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As follows

CODE WORDS: aren't, avoiding, bacteria, bath, blowup, breathtaking, britches, Bruce, cab, cabs, catharsis, classes, cure, [declined], disease, emotionally, excuse, explaining, fell, fresh, funeral, general, gifted, goodness, [groin], guaranteed, guy, guys, «hostility», IQ, inches, intolerable, jerks, junk, logic, negative, outsiders, pardon, parody, permissive, perspective, pew, Ph.D., precipitates, related, revenge, school, self-contained, slept, sorry, specialty, [stare], statement, substandard, surrounded, talent, tightly-knit, unarmed, valedictorian, variety, victim, vortex, weirder, wings, wits, wonderful

 

XXXVIII
Gemini
"Heavenly twins"

—Upside down.