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A description of Good people vs Bad people

Posted by james on Oct. 16, 2001

<table width="50%"><tr><td><font face="Arial" size="-1"><i>Not all of us are out of touch with our emotions, but when comes to talking, all of us are affected by our personality. I have observed two basic personality types. The first I call the "Dead Sea." In the little nation of Israel, the Sea of Galilee flows south by way of the Jordan River into the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea goes nowhere. It receives but it does not give. This personality type receives many experiences, emotions, and thoughts throughout the day. They have a large reservoir where they store that information, and they are perfectly happy not to talk. If you say to a Dead Sea personality, "What's wrong? Why aren't you talking tonight?" he will probably answer, "Nothing's wrong. What makes you think something's wrong?" And that reponse is perfectly honest. He is content not to talk. He could drive from Chicago to Detroit and never say a word and be perfectly happy.

On the other extreme is the "Babbling Brook." For this personality, whatever enters into the eye gate of the ear gate comes out the mouth gate and there are seldom sixty seconds between the two. Whatever they see, whatever they hear, they tell. In fact if no one is at home to talk to, they will call someone else. "Do you know what I saw? Do you know what I heard?" If they can't get someone on the telephone, they may talk to themselves because they have no reservoir. Many times a Dead Sea marries a Babbling Brook. That happens because when they are dating, it is a very attractive match.

<div align="right">-The Five Love Languages, by Gary Chapman</div></i></td></tr></table>

Good for any time of day (or night)

Posted by james on Oct. 12, 2001

There's something just great about staying up late, listening to punk music on headphones and doing homework. I used to do it during high school and I can do it now in college... it's just what I love to do.

What do you do at 5 in the morning?

<a href="mailto:red_frog@innocent.com">it's your call</a>

I just did my homework (*snicker*)

Posted by james on Sept. 27, 2001

I just did my homework today. I did two assignments for groups I'm in, and revised (twice over) a paper I had already written a rough draft for. Let me tell you, it's quite a different experience for me.

My friends know my work habits. I'm not particularly fond of any work, especially homework. I usually don't have things done on time (or at all), never study, don't feel the overwhelming pressure to attend all my classes or arrive on time (which are simply social rules and constructs in place only because all the people at the top are time-oriented... all the other people who wouldn't have cared as much about time didn't care enough to get those jobs). But this semester (the past few weeks anyway) I've decided to try out this work thing. It feels funny every time to say that I've stayed up late to do homework. Not that I've stayed up late because I lounged around all day and this is the last day to do it, but that I've stayed up late to do my homework on time and do it well.

It's a great feeling to know that I've written a rough-draft, come back to it days later and rewritten it, gone over it a third time to polish it off, and turned in something I know I really worked on. This is a little different from writing a paper quickly on a subject I know nothing about (read: unprepared) at the last possible moment (read: five minutes late to class in the morning because I had to spend those minutes figuring out what the last paragraph should be). So this is that work thing that everyone else has been telling me about all this time. Not too bad. I guess this is something I could do for a while. Plus, it makes me feel all good as a person when I'm doing what I know I should (note: not what other people think I should, but what I know I should).

So maybe this'll be the start of a change that might overflow into other areas of my life, like sleeping (at least some every night), friends, and God. But for now, I think I'm getting a good start on the school work for this semester. It's alright... and hey, it sure beats other work like washing dishes.


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