Thursday, May 08, 2008

Optimists and Pessimists

The optimist sees snow as a crisp clean blanket that quells out the noise of the busy day…


The pessimist…not so much

The optimist sees the rainfall as a cleansing of nature and rebirth of plant life in the spring…

The pessimist…not so much

The optimist sees the road as a chance to get away, relax, and let the landscape unfold before him as he clears his/her thoughts…

The pessimist…not so much

29 comments:

Bee said...

An optimist would say that at least that dude did not run out of gas in the middle of that avalanche or flood.

Lucky bastard!

colbymarshall said...

And the pessimist would say, "just because he hasn't run out of gas in the middle of the avalanche or flood yet..."

Kurt said...

I'm an optimist - I think flood man was lucky he had 50 cents in his pocket.

Jacki said...

So right now I would give anything to be able to take a drive by myself....so I guess that makes me an optimist. Or just extremely exhausted. One of the two.

lime said...

like the joke about the giant manure pile. the pessimist says, damn, now i gotta clean that up. the optimist dives in "because there MUST be a pony in here somewhere!"

VE said...

bee - Good point...wouldn't have taken you for an optimist ;)

colbymarshall - You guys are too clever!

kurt - Is that what it costs to use a pay phone? I find them way to confusing to use anymore

jacki - I think it makes you rich...who can afford the gas?

lime - Ha. That pretty much implies that optimists are idiots!

Lakota said...

who knew there were still payphones around. Fascinating.
reminds me of the half cup full person versus the half cup empty person versus the half cup pissed in person. I know a number of the latter.

cathouse teri said...

I don't think you can be a die hard optimist or a pessimist. And this is why. Because it's entirely subjective.

Regardless of your outlook, that running-out-of-gas thing is gonna suck. A proclaimed optimist might say, "Well at least I still have legs!" But inside, he's thinking, "Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuck!"

leelee said...

I feel optimistically pessimistic about this post.

8-/

VE said...

lakota - I know. And who would want to use them; they aren't simple to use anymore. Have you seen the ones at the airport. They have more directions than my car GPS!

teri - Everything is about perspectives, isn't it? But the brain can only hold a positive or negative perspective at one time. I think in the case of the guy walking, sooner or later he'll have that negative one...

VE said...

leelee - Ok, I did algebraic reducing on your statement and your saying your Switzerland...neutral

Mother Theresa said...

So, which are you?

Matt-Man said...

Ha. Love your Switzerland response to Lee. Anything Switzerland is funny. Good stuff as always. Cheers!!

VE said...

mother theresa - I'm a realist...and unfortunately these days that is more pessimistic. But ignorance is bliss and I tend to stay ignorant on many things I feel out of my control so therefore I'm optimistic some too. How's that for confusing and wishy-washy?

matt-man - Everything IS funny about Switzerland...until you have to stay there and pay for it. Ouch.

leelee said...

that me...forever Swiss

cathouse teri said...

There really aren't payphones. Not in this country anyway. Not working ones. Even those you find in airports are just for show. That's why they make them all complicated. So you'll give up before you really find out it's a big fakey thing and may as well be a Playskool driving toy. Spin, spin that wheel all ya want, tiger! You ain't goin' nowhere!

WA said...

Half-full, half-empty...I don't care, as long as there's something in the glass.

Maureen said...

They have to keep the payphones for Superman and Maxwell Smart...

Gad, now I am admitting that yes, I AM that old.

Serena Joy said...

I try to be optimistic. I could do a better job of it if pessimism would quit sneaking up behind me and biting me in the butt.

Megan said...

I always start out the day optimistic. But then "they pull me back in."

Theresa said...

An amusing lesson on perspective.

ChrisEldin said...

But I love the last photo. Walking down the road looks fun (to me)

Love those pictures!! I miss green. And blue.

ELASTICWAISTBANDLADY said...

My sons are devout PISSIMISTS.

However, They're truly optimistic in their ability to piss anytime, anywhere.

damon said...

The optimist thinks Hillary will win, the pessimist knows she will.

VE said...

leelee - Forever Swiss....sounds like Hallmark channel movie!

Teri - Fake phones huh? No wonder I get intimidated around them

wa - Sounds like you just need a drink!

maureen - You've come back around again though. Get Smart is out as a movie this summer and Superman just had a movie so you don't have to admit to being old at all!

sj - Yeah, why is pessimism so easy?

megan - Don't you hate "they"

theresa - You mean I taught a lesson? Do I get the summer off like the other teachers?

chrisedlin - That comment would make you the difinitive optimist

elastic - Sounds like you need more kids...talk to Angelina ha ha ha

damon - Good one. And the idiot thinks Nader will win.

RED MOJO said...

It's 1:15am right now, and i'm lying in a hospital bed waiting for the nurse to bring me some pain and sleeping medicine, I've been asking for since 11:00pm. The optimist thinks, hey, I'm not dead! The pessimist thinks, without medical insurance, I'll probably die before I can pay for this...and where the f--- are my meds?!

VE said...

red mojo - What happened? Why are you in a hospital??? Hope you are ok...

RED MOJO said...

I think I'm going to write a post about my hospital trip, so you can read about it soon.

VE said...

red mojo - I wanna know, I wanna know!