February 7th, 2002

root

Grr...

Well, I blatantly borrowed this quote from quotes:

"The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary." -- James D. Nicoll

I just found it amazingly amusing this morning... Probably because it got me thinking if that's English, then whatever the hell it is that most folks seem to speak out in these parts is the unloved bastard love child of English. Don't mind me, I've just spent the morning talking to various people and realizing that many of them think that someone is stuck up simply because they have a firm grasp of the English language.

What strikes me as funny about that though is that I'm actually fluent in English & Spanish (note that I didn't say perfect ;), but random schmucks keep assuming that a) I'm stuck-up/conceited because I'm talking "like a white person" (I kid you not, people actually say things like that) and b) since my English is better than average and I don't have an accent, there's no way I can possibly understand Spanish.
Apparently in their world either you mangle the two languages into Spanglish or you probably only know one because clearly people can't possibly know more than one language well. To quote Eddie Izzard "No, surely not, people couldn't possibly live at that speed." Ok, so not everyone has those attitudes, but enough do (especially among the folks I run across doing construction) that it gets old really quick. Why is it that people can't be ok with feeling like equals, if you make them feel insecure they have to try and knock you down a few notches "for your own good." I just don't get it.
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root

everyone else is doing it....

Well this is jetgrrl01's fault :)

dragonvpm

and I came across this thanks to mindme

Apparently, with my wrist size of 8" the following would my "Grecian Ideals"

Your ideal chest size is: 52"
Your ideal waist size is: 36.4"
Your ideal hip size is : 44.20"
Your ideal bicep size is: 18.72"
Your ideal forearm size is: 15.08"
Your ideal thigh size is: 27.56"
Your ideal calf size is: 17.68"
Your ideal neck size is: 19.24"

Hmmm despite being somewhat out of shape, I'm not horribly off on most of those (and a few are spot on). I don't know if I want to try looking like the "Grecian Ideal" but I think its a better standard to shoot for than say Homer Simpson :). Personally I would rather keep an eye on something like this than shooting for N lbs (where N is my "ideal" weight). Even when I've been working out like mad (back in my rugby days) I've never been able to get to my ideal weight. At one point I had quasi-washboard abs and relatively little fat and I was still about 40 lbs above my "ideal" weight.. Then again, I could also do about 1,000 lbs on the leg press :).

This is kind of neat. Stuff like this makes me want to get back into shape because I know I can work to get to those numbers whereas aiming for "ideal" weight was always just really depressing... Gosh darn it, I'm inspired, I'm going to go work out now!

(or maybe after this next show.... ;)
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