Something Pithy Here

"Begin at the beginning, and go on till you come to the end: then stop." -- The King of Hearts

I'm an adopted Texan. As they say, "I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could!" I post pictures and opinions as suits my mood, mostly because I can. Hooray Internet! 

So far I have three blogs here. By the Way is the oldest. I started it in 2003. I lost a couple of years to Vox because I was too lazy to bother to export when they shut down. I consider it an exercise in accepting impermanence. When I followed my husband to Singapore for his first expat assignment, I started (T)expatriate: A Southern Girl in Singapore. That covers 2010 and 2011, give or take. Next came Oslo, and (T)expat 2: Norwegian Boogaloo,  in 2012. Now I'm back home, and back on By the Way.

Pix live on Flickr. I toss links out on Twitter when I feel like it. I'm still not sure what to do with G+ but I kinda like it.

 

Random AM Thoughts

I was thinking about Dave, who's been in England on a project for a few weeks, and how he's picked up a lot of Brit speech patterns and phrases (we were discussing this at beer o'clock on Friday). My dad is the same way, but he's very quick at it, and I don't think he does it on purpose. It just happens. So anyhow, I was thinking about this and decided you could describe people's reactions to new environments with a typical psych-type axes thingie (have no idea what you really call it, obviously).

One axis would reflect how much you're willing to embrace the new situation. I'd call this "sympathy" and it would range from sympathetic through neutral to hostile. The other axis represents how much you're able to pick up new habits and blend it, which is "adaptability" and ranges from adaptive through static to recessive. So you end up with nine possible labels depending on where you plot yourself on the chart:






Sympathy
AdaptabilitySympathetic-AdaptiveNeutral-AdaptiveHostile-Adaptive
Sympathetic-StaticNeutral-StaticHostile-Static
Sympathetic-RecessiveNeutral-RecessiveHostile-Recessive

So, I figure Dave and my Dad are at least way up on the Adaptive, and knowing them, probably Sympathetic as well. I'm more Sympathetic-Static to Sympathetic-Recessive. Moonbats are Hostile-Recessive towards those of a higher perceived social class, and they fancy themselves Sympathetic-Adaptive towards those of a lower perceived social status than they are, but then they go home to their cushy condos and well-paying jobs and Recess right back to where they were (ha ha, obviously a generalization, end of political commentary). But I think a Hostile-Adapative person is probably the unhappiest--doesn't like it but can't help it.

Looks like I'm all set for a second career in sociology!

Update: More on Moonbats here.

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