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Monkey Love Jr Takes Over

By: ricderr, 6:33 PM GMT on August 30, 2007

NEW......


So yesterday we're in Becky's office getting Kyle ready for football, I had to show Kyle Monkey Love and we found out Monkey had fathered a chimp off the old block and so now Monkey Love Jr's first recording







Luckilly, when Monkey was asked to remix his boy Vanilla he could draw back on his days partying Hammer at some O-Town clubs. So, he grabbed his parachute pants, grabbed the mic and said MONKEY MONKEY BABY!
Monkey Love Sings Monkey Monkey Baby

MONKEY MONKEY BABY
MONKEY MONKEY BABY
ALL RIGHT STOP….COLLABORATE & LISTEN
Monkey Is back with his weather edition
Invests have grabbed ahold of the tropics
Got the masters blog, blog hoppin
Will it ever stop yo I don’t know
But I bet some bloggers will blow
To the extreme I rock the mets like a monkey
Climb a tree and call a cane a sick donkey
Wubas go rush to the beaches and wave
they're killing the cane as their homes they do save
Deadly when I make a dope forecast
Anything less and i'd be another outcast
The atlantic or the gulf it just don't matter
no cane will cause the masses to suffer
i'm a kewl monkey yo I'll solve it
Check out the hook while doc masters revolves it


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MONKEY LOVE AS HE STARTS HIS WORLD TOUR


Updated: 10:46 AM GMT on August 31, 2007

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Wednesday's Question of The Day

By: ricderr, 2:05 PM GMT on August 29, 2007

Hey, it was either this or another song by Monkey Love and I don't know about you but I couldn't handle another Monkey song.
I'm reading a thriller right now and it's based on a woman's fears and of course they're all supernaturally coming true. I was thinking about that last night as I watched my son and his teammates practicing tackling and you could easily tell which kids were afraid of being hurt while hitting and those that just dove into each other with no fear whatsoever. this morning I watched a video from my bosses vacation where he bungee jumped and let me tell you, if I paid what it costs I'd surely jump, but that is one of the scariest things I could imagine doing. I'm not sure what would be worse, the initial jump or bouncing upside down time and time again from the bungee, but I do know I'll pass on that opportunity and that leads to the QOD:

What scares you the most and what no matter how much they paid you would you just be too afraid to do?

Updated: 2:09 PM GMT on August 29, 2007

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Monkey Love Dedicates this one to Aaron

By: ricderr, 12:23 PM GMT on August 28, 2007

Sting asked Monkey Love to re-record this one. He's a big WU fan himself. We love you Aaron.

Monkey Love's Aaron Remix

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(Note: Monkey Love does not denigrate any blog or content, he only sees the humor in the hypocrysy that surrounds us all)

Updated: 2:49 PM GMT on August 28, 2007

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Monkey Love Changes His Tune.

By: ricderr, 4:44 PM GMT on August 23, 2007

Happy Monday, Monkey Love Wants a New Drug

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(Note: Monkey Love does not denigrate any blog or content, he only sees the humor in the hypocrysy that surrounds us all)

Updated: 11:48 AM GMT on August 27, 2007

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Just Blogging Along

By: ricderr, 12:06 PM GMT on August 22, 2007

WHERE HAVE ALL THE WISHCASTERS GONE

Where have all the wishcasters gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the wishcasters gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the wishcasters gone?
Now they all sound like Doc Masters
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where have all the free thinkers gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the free thinkers gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the free thinkers gone?
Now they’re just another clone
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where have all the Star Trek Pasters gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the Star Trek Pasters gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the Star Trek Pasters gone?
Gone to other Blogs unknown
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where have all the do right than say right thoughts gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the do right than say right thoughts gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the do right than say right thoughts gone?
Gone to become starlets every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where have all the wishcasters gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the wishcasters gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the wishcasters gone?
Please God not another clone
When will we ever learn?
When will we ever learn?

Updated: 12:06 PM GMT on August 22, 2007

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A Ramblin Thought

By: ricderr, 12:05 PM GMT on August 22, 2007

WHERE HAVE ALL THE WISHCASTERS GONE

Where have all the wishcasters gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the wishcasters gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the wishcasters gone?
Now they all sound like Doc Masters
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where have all the free thinkers gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the free thinkers gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the free thinkers gone?
Now they’re just another clone
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where have all the Star Trek Pasters gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the Star Trek Pasters gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the Star Trek Pasters gone?
Gone to other Blogs unknown
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where have all the do right than say right thoughts gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the do right than say right thoughts gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the do right than say right thoughts gone?
Gone to become starlets every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where have all the wishcasters gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the wishcasters gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the wishcasters gone?
Please God not another clone
When will we ever learn?
When will we ever learn?

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Out Of Questions

By: ricderr, 8:40 PM GMT on August 21, 2007

What do you do when you're out of questions? No, I'm not sick, dead or leaving. I'm just happily sitting here reading about the storms, worrying about people in their path, wondering if we should cruise to the Bahama's or the Carribean in a few months, ( Yep I'm a selfish bastard, a storm torn Calica doesn't sound like a good port of call to me ) swamped at work and generally, I've just got a case of the blogging blahs. So, I'm fine sitting here on the sidelines laughing at the funny and the usual absurdities that we see on here and when a question pops into my head that I've got to see everyones answers, I'll be back. Might be tomorrow, might be next week, right now, I'm on island time.

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FRIDAY'S QUESTION OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 12:24 PM GMT on August 17, 2007

To all those in the path of Dean, stay low, stay strong and know you are in our thoughts and prayers.


I took the oldest last night to pick up his class schedule and meet his teachers. Tonight, the other two meet their teachers and come Monday, the first day of school. It's funny to me when I visit because in so many ways school is still the same, students are still the same and most act the same as we did. There are differences, such as, no lockers in the high school, a dress code, half of what I wore to school would not be allowed today. Still as much as times change many things still stay the same. There’s still an air of excitement, the fun of meeting your friends once again and getting ready to get back into the routine and that leads me to the QOD:

What are your favorite memories from high school?

What are you glad you'll never have to experience in high school again?

What are the biggest differences you see between then and now about school?

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Thursday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr, 12:18 PM GMT on August 16, 2007

To avoid the dreaded IGNORE please follow these simple rules:
Keep it PG
Keep it Positive
And most important
Keep it fun!



A week off and you would think I could have a QOD ready and waiting. I would, but there's so much out there to talk about. Vick is offered a plea deal, it's the 30th anniversary of Elvis' death, Florida dodges a bullet with Hurricane Dean, China and toy recalls, Imus set to come back with a show, a basketball referee is going to plead guilty to gambling on his sport, new guidelines at WU, a bomb attack in Iraq called ethnic cleansing, you name it, it's there to talk about. Now seeing that here at WU the main focus is Dean. I think we'll go there.

When the early models started coming out on Dean's track there was the possibility Dean could strike the east coast of Florida. Seeing that many bloggers at this site are Floridians it wasn't a surprise to read posts where Floridians were concerned or dare I say worried about being impacted by the storm. As of this morning Florida is no longer in the cone of error and you can hear it in those you meet the sigh of relief that we dodged a bullet. Of course our dodging means the likelihood that someone else will bear the brunt of this storm's fury. Now it doesn't mean, that the next storm might not be first aimed at another area or that the storm necessarily needs to be a hurricane, it's just that Dean is on my mind and that leads to the QOD:

After you breathe that sigh of relief do you then feel a tinge of guilt that someone else is now concerned that they will feel the affects of the storm?

By knowing what it feels like to worry over what may be an impending tragedy is it easier to empathize with those now in the storms path?

Are you now more prone to look to the next storm or still follow the existing storm?

Updated: 2:17 PM GMT on August 16, 2007

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AHHHHH....Back From The Dead

By: ricderr, 8:22 PM GMT on August 15, 2007

Free at last...Free at last!!!!!

I ricderr...do solemnly swear....to follow the rules of WU....to utilize my ignore feature....to take refuge in the underground when i need to bash a head or two against a concrete wall and to utilize my ban button like a sumurai sword!!

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Now...a word of thanx...to PBG00...who took over the QOD...put up with some garbage by association..and did a great job.....proof of who you are..is not in what you say..but in what you do...she didn't want a blog..she didn't want a QOD....but she did it.....also....it was nice to see..that the QOD..isn't a person....it's a way...for people to gather and enjoy the comraderie

Updated: 8:47 PM GMT on August 15, 2007

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Thursday's Question Of The Day

By: ricderr, 1:25 PM GMT on August 09, 2007

Oh yes, the backside of the week.

WHO ARE WE? THE FALCONS!! WHERE ARE WE FROM? JENSEN BEACH!! WHAT ARE WE? A TEAM!! "Yous boys are a team, and you need to watch each others back, both here on the field and at school. You're a team; you're brothers, on the field and off the field. I don't want to see any of yous boys pushing, fighting, arguing or laughing at each others. If you want to push, shove, fight, yous do it on the field against the other team. That’s where you get to let out your anger, not against each other. You're a team, you're brothers, never forget it".
Last nights wrap up speech at the end of football practice

Yes, I love football; I like the idea of team play. I like the idea that you have a common goal. Win, and if you can't win, accept defeat but with an attitude that you can do better next time. It's no different than in life. Except in life, the outcome is predetermined, everyone will lose, but you still need to play to win.

Now, this all leads to an e-mail I received from an avid lurker (Should that be avid or rabid?) and they asked about resentment. Who-hee Farmer Brown what a can of worms. There's a ton of things in this one, but resentment, we can't deny is a part of our life and a part of this community. It can get in the way of living and in life i equate "living" with winning. So here's the QOD:

What are your resentments and how have you dealt with them or plan to deal with them?

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Wednesday's Question Of The Day

By: ricderr, 2:40 PM GMT on August 08, 2007

OK, that’s it, I’ve had enough and I’m not going to take it. That’s right, it’s expose time. Alright, that quip was just for cheap shock value.
This posting is the total opposite as I want to bring to your attention a new person for my hero list. That’s right, there’s a ton of people that I respect, and not all I agree with, but the way they do things, the way they express themselves, the way the act impresses me to no end. Yesterday I received and email and excerpts from it are as follows:

Hey I know you like things up front, so here goes ...

Nothing personal but I'm gonna try real hard to not check your blog anymore ...

So, please don't think I'm ignoring you ...

WHY DO we go to places that we know we are not going to like? That is the question ... LOL

I DO NOT expect you to do anything about it ... this is just me and where I'm at.

k? hope you understand..Again, NOT expecting, asking or even thinking that you should change anything.


Wouldn’t WU be the greatest place for EVERYONE if we could all, act and be like this letter writer. This person and I don’t agree, but we can live together. I’m not the censor even for my blog and I don’t like all the content. I hope I made it clear the dead pig picture torqued me. With that said, I wouldn’t ask that person to not post it. It wasn’t done to hurt anyone it was humor, that I didn’t share it meant that I for myself needed to post a response and share my views, nothing more, nothing less. So, now you’ve seen a run of the day, hero. They’re not ten feet tall, they won’t win an award or be on the 10 o’clock news, but they should have our respect and that leads me to the QOD:

Who are your “run of the mill” heroes?

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Tuesday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr, 12:25 PM GMT on August 07, 2007

Happy Tuesday and if you can't be happy, oh well. Yep, it's one of those days. I'm gonna ramble a bit and if a QOD pops up so be it, if not, oh well. First, let me assure you, yeah I know I'm sounding very politico. Have you ever noticed, politician and pollution are so similar? Back on track, this is an innuendo free post. I won't be mentioning any names but if you think you see your name in this, you're wrong. I'm sure those owners of the names I'm omitting, out of respect I might add, know who they are. Last night I got to watch my son's best practice. I have no illusions that he's the next superstar athlete. All I know is he loves to play sports and he's more talented than many. If he's lucky enough to make it to higher levels, Godspeed as long as he doesn't lose the love of playing. Last night, you could see he was tired and wanted to slow down during a drill so I on the sidelines started yelling encouragement and he put on a burst of speed and flew past not only the kid he was up against, but one of the kids that had gone in the group before his. The best part, was when he finished and glanced over at me, he had this look of joy on his face, a face that was sweaty, breathing hard, and this look of hey dad, I did it. I wanted to run over and grab him, hug him and tell him how proud I was, but this is football and so I, beaming, ( you as a parent can beam in football) yelled, great job Ky, ( I wanted to say son, but again, this is football) you da man! There Bob, I've reached my two post limit on child bragging, I'll shut up now. What a day yesterday was, one of the most dreaded things to me happened, I got lost. I hate that feeling of not knowing where you need to turn to get where you are going. I knew where the street was, but it ended and I didn't know how to turn to get back onto it and of course, I left my cell phone on my desk and I was under a deadline to get this proposal to the customer before his meeting. I made it, but man I hate that feeling of disorientation. Oh and of course yesterday who missed my little fun with another blogger? That added some spice to my life. Now before you get all bent out of shape, although it's not what I plan for throughout the day, I'd much rather have someone step up and say I don't like you, I don't like what you posted about me, (even if I think they're as wrong as wrong can be) than have someone smile and act so sweet and you know if they had the chance, they'd stab you in the back and smile as they twisted the blade. Oh crap, I just went downstairs and grabbed a cup of coffee, I came back upstairs and my secretary is in and is at her desk and is wearing some perfume from hell and I my office smells like a cross between those scented hockey pucks they place in the urinal and cinnamon. I just might puke. Don't worry, I already told her and she sniffed, that her boyfriend loves it. I'm betting that he can smell it from here. Cassie's room is finished with being remodeled except for putting the stuff back in. Swiss Family Robinson goes to Africa is the theme. I'll pop up some pictures when it's complete to showcase the new Martha Stewart on crack school of decorating. Cassie loves it and that brings me to the QOD. Yep, finally, a question came to me. I can close and get some work done. I feel much better. Happy Tuesday, and if you can't be happy, here's to a change in your attitude. Cheers!

What is your decorating style? What colors do you like best? What styles and colors are like nails on a chalkboard to you?

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MONDAY'S QUESTION OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 1:46 PM GMT on August 06, 2007

Happy Monday to one and all and yes, I'm off to a late start. Baseball camp for the youngest and then football practice tonight, daughter in a new day camp for the last two weeks of summer and I'm still buried under a mountain of paperwork here on my desk. Now, before you hear me whine and complain let me say, I love it. Nothing beats being busy. I did though get a chance to peruse the news and there's crisis everywhere it seems. From 28 dying in Iraq to shots fired across the South and North Korean borders and people dying from monsoon flooding, not to mention bridges collapsing and of course, there’s the run of the mill house fires and traffic accidents that take more lives than anything else. One day, I'd love to hear about the ordinary, driver drives to work through rush hour traffic. Husband argues with wife and then they kiss and makes up. Parents of average kids go swimming and find out they have 4 towels for 5 people. Wife cooks dinner as husband mows lawn. Now there's life for most people except those few and we all know them and hopefully we're not one of them, the "my life would not be right if there wasn't some calamity involved." You know the one, what you and I might take as mundane; they've got to blow it to gargantuan proportions. They've never had an average day in their life. Their kids are superstars in something and usually most things even if it's something negative. They are always in a rush, nothing happens in regular speed. To be honest, I think it's almost as if they think they would fail to get attention if they were just being normal and that leads me to the QOD:

How normal are you?
In what areas do you stand out?
In what areas do you wish you stood out?
What's the most "non normal" aspect of your everyday life
?

Updated: 1:49 PM GMT on August 06, 2007

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WEEKEND SHUTDOWN

By: ricderr, 12:30 PM GMT on August 04, 2007

Dang.....forgot to shut down last night.....never know what might happen if i don't.....plus..it's so special...when you shut it down..and someone back bumps you...cough cough..excuse me while i erp....LOL......got a few papers to shuffle at work..and then i think the underground needs to tackle the first inaugural bloggies...see ya there

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FRIDAYS YEP...NOT FRAIDY..OR FIRADAY...QUESTION OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 12:43 PM GMT on August 03, 2007

It is not he who gives abuse that affronts, but the view that we take of it as insulting; so that when one provokes you it is your own opinion which is provoking.

–Epictetus


Just a quote I like and as we end a week focusing on positive attitude I use that quote to affirm that a positive attitude as with most everything else is a personal responsibility. It's yours if you choose to have it and your choice not to.

Before I list the answers to the questionnaires, let me say thank you to those who responded, without you there would still be me, but there would be no you with me and if we keep this up I bet we could get to do re mi fa lo la ti do.

Women were more apt to answer "A" than men. Men were most apt to answer "B". One respondent added "D" to question #5, "the blogs were so boring I went out and shopped." Seeing that it came from a woman I'm thinking she just needed an excuse to justify the expenditure :-). As I'm sure most expected "A" was the most popular answer, garnering 45 percent of all answers. "C" was the least used response, only being used 9 percent of the time. Question 2 is the only one that did not get a "C" response and question #3 received the most "C" responses.

How difficult was it for you to post only positives yesterday?
A- Easy 61%
B- No difference 23%
C- Hard 16%

Did it make you feel any different?
A- Better 38%
B- No Difference 62%
C- Worse 0%

Was it fun to post only positive things?
A- Yes 53%
B- Neither Fun or Not Fun 38%
C- No 9%

Did it change your outlook on other things besides blogging?
A- Yes 23.5%
B- No Change 53%
C- No 23.5%

Did you notice it have any effect on other Blogs or Bloggers?
A- Yes 58%
B- No Change 33%
C- No 9%

And so we come to this week’s final QOD and this is dedicated to our bud Bob who asked for it.

How easy is it to say something positive about things you don't like?
And today’s challenge:
List some positives about things you don't like.

Updated: 1:21 PM GMT on August 03, 2007

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THURSDAYS QUESTION OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 1:40 PM GMT on August 02, 2007

I was hoping to provide collective responses to my questionnaire AHEM, SECRET QUESTIONNAIRE (Do you know how many lurkers may have turned this into the patent office to negate me printing these findings in Scientific America?) but since someone found a simple typo and has turned it into a problem of enormous magnitude, I will be making corrections and resubmitting and then retabulating the answers.

“Einstein’s Theory of Negativity”
By Thumper Atari
April 25th, 2007 | Category: Uncategorized
As told to Tommy Broadway

Recently certain problem students have taken it upon themselves to assume a decidedly negative stance towards the CIU administration (I blame postmodernism). However, what troubles me far more than the negativity I have seen is the more recent crop of problem students who show negativity towards the negativity of those who dislike the standards. I have struggled valiantly in my attempt to keep a positive attitude towards this negativity about the negativity while simultaneously remaining positive about the original negativity and, quite frankly, it is becoming somewhat confusing. Determining who to sit with at lunch now requires the use of advanced algebra. My greatest fear is that I will soon join the ranks of those who are acting negatively about those who are acting negatively about those who are acting negatively. My hope of retaining my exuberance is not lost, though. I have a close friend who is eight levels deep in negativity, yet still remains optimistic!


I found this to be apropos on many levels and it brings up an aspect we haven't mentioned yet, being positive in negative situations and its perception. If I'm fighting for something I believe in, to myself and those that agree with my viewpoint, I'm doing something positive. If someone doesn't agree then to them I'm the polar opposite of being positive. Acceptable speech has been an issue on these blogs lately and in fact still is a topic on one blog. There are many viewpoints on this issue and can both sides be positive or must one be positive and the others negative? I know we all judge, it's human nature, likes and dislikes are shown and demonstrated at birth and so how do you judge what is positive and not or is it to be positive we're required to zip the lips and bury our heads in the sand? And so we arrive at the QOD:

Care to comment
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WEDNESDAY'S QUESTION OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 12:26 PM GMT on August 01, 2007

I hope all enjoyed my little experiment. I'll be mailing out a questionaire to those that participated and then publishing the results hopefully this afternoon. I'm going to stay with the positive theme today. Yes Goo, I hear you groaning already. Now, I think the word positive, just like respect, is different in its meaning from one person to another. I've known some that would think being positive is a polyanna state and others who feel breaking the law is OK if it's goal is to bring about a positive change. So, I've searched and am pasting some excerps from websites on being positive. No, I am not quoting the sites but you can cut and paste a sentence and i'm sure Google will take you there.

I liked this def the best:

Definition: Positive people look for and expect to find something of value, something good, in life's circumstances, even those circumstances that bring negative situations. Positive people are not Pollyannas; that is, they do not deny the negative aspect of a situation, but they do quickly move forward to make the most of the situation.


Dare we say, being positive is not a natural reaction?

For western cultures, the term "positive" derives from a Latin word signifying "settled by arbitrary agreement" or imposed, rather than a natural expression.

I like how this next bit shows how we've taken "positive" and made it a moral issue and no, I don't think that's a good thing.

Most people assume that the positive is good, and the negative is bad. Our language is one-sided, and so are the stratagems (social, psychological and other) we adopt.
We have got so used to the notion that growth and acquisition and progress are Good Things, that the word ‘positive’ has come to have a moral meaning. Positive is good, and so negative is bad. Even people who reject positivism as a philosophy, or who speak knowingly of the Limits to Growth, often continue to make this moral equation. Even when this moral equation is not made explicitly, it can be inferred from the common accusation “You’re being negative.” and from the equally common exhortation: “Try to be more positive!”. Taken literally, this confuses arithmetic with ethics. There is no moral virtue in adding or subtracting as such; it all depends on what is being added or subtracted, to what degree, in what context. Energy is a good thing - but not if it’s thermonuclear. Growth is a good thing - but not if it’s cancerous. Confidence is a good thing - but not if it’s tricky.


I do believe being positive is a good way to approach things.

A positive approach. If you are convinced that you cannot do something, it’s 10 to 1 that you will fail. It doesn’t follow that the reverse is always true—that if you simply believe you can do something, you will succeed. But self-confidence certainly helps.

I think this one can link to the moral issue comments above and that by many, if you say no or are in opposition to something you're now wrong and no longer positive.

Saying No and Being Positive
People often feel bad when they say "No". This is odd, when we were very small most of us took a delight in saying it loudly, positively and to suit our own convenience. Just observe a small child in a supermarket who wants to be somewhere else. He or she is rarely quietly accepting. Even violence or the threat of violence will not suppress the protest completely.
This behaviour is so common that I assume that the ability to say "No" without feeling bad about it is innate. We would not have survived as a species without individuals having this natural strength of will. If we are innately strong willed, but as adults find it hard to say no, then something must have happened to diminish this ability.


and all this leads me to the QOD:

What is your definition or perspective on being positive?


Updated: 12:31 PM GMT on August 01, 2007

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