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New Years Evolutions
My Best Beloved makes one resolution every New Year; not to kick a pig out of a zeppelin. He's always been spectacularly successful at keeping it. I've rarely made, and even more rarely kept, any resolutions. So this year I decided to try evolving rather than resolving. By which I mean, I suppose, that if I fall off the wagon on any of the private promises I make to myself, I shall simply clamber back up, instead of declaring that I'm a hopeless case and immediately dropping all my efforts.

It's a start, I suppose.

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mjlayman
Jan. 2nd, 2009 09:43 am (UTC)
I think that makes sense. I don't make resolutions; I figure if you want to change something, you change when you decide.
maruad
Jan. 2nd, 2009 12:20 pm (UTC)
I am with you on this one. If you truly wish to change a behaviour, you start immediately. Anything else and you are just enabling yourself to continue with that behaviour till New Year's in which case you will probably find some other way of avoiding the change you claim you wish to make.

There are some exceptions for health reasons I am certain but for most behaviours I think not.
kaffyr
Jan. 2nd, 2009 10:11 pm (UTC)
Ah, but I've enabled myself into delays of absolute years, donchaknow. Heh. Seriously, using an official start date has sometimes been of use to me.
kaffyr
Jan. 2nd, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
Well, being an entity of exquisitely weak will, I have rarely changed when first I decided the need for it; I have, occasionally, begun to change when I determined that neither the world, nor my own worst impulses were paying attention. Perhaps I should have referred to New Year's sneak attacks rather than resolutions or evolutions. Heh.
mjlayman
Jan. 2nd, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
I would say that meant you hadn't really decided. That you were just thinking that would be a good thing to do. Because when you really decide, then you're ready to do it.

Although sneak attacks are a good idea, too!
kaffyr
Jan. 3rd, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
Ah. Difference in word interpretation, then. That's fine; we are seeing the same picture, which is what we want here! (And hurrah for sneak attacks. They often provide better results for me than other approaches.)
supergee
Jan. 2nd, 2009 10:49 am (UTC)
I've never kicked a pig out of a zeppelin, but now that I think of it...nah.
kaffyr
Jan. 2nd, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
I've always thought BB showed himself to be sympatico to our porcine brethren there.

You know ... good pig like that, you don't eat him all at once ....
apostle_of_eris
Jan. 2nd, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
also known as Not Setting Yourself Up For Failure . . .

If you're tightrope walking, then, yes, one slip and it's over.

If you're playing music and hit a clunker . . . you go right on.
kaffyr
Jan. 2nd, 2009 10:09 pm (UTC)
You have the right of it. Of course, if you slip on the tightrope, you can expect to go right on as well.

Down.

Like your icon, by the by.
doclnghair
Jan. 2nd, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)
I am wondering if this resolution applies to rigid airships only. Would he consider kicking a pig out of a blimp? If so, where do semi rigid airships fall within this? Would the pig have to be thrown by hand instead of kicked? Inquiring (and slightly disturbed)minds want to know.
kaffyr
Jan. 2nd, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
*snrt*

I shall defer to the source on this one, oh most analytic of commenters.
dr_whuh
Jan. 3rd, 2009 12:40 am (UTC)
Kick (to strike with the foot with the intent to propel).

Pig (Sus domestica).

Rigid dirigibles, as built by Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH (the Zeppelin Company).

No exceptions, such as blimps, peccaries, or pitching, are covered by the resolution.

I hope that this clarifies my intent in resolving not to kick a pig out of a Zeppelin in 2009. I have not considered any of the alternatives you mention, and do not intend to, as they fail to fall within the purview of the resolution as stated.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 3rd, 2009 03:56 am (UTC)
"In 2007, Airship Ventures Inc. began operations from Moffett Federal Airfield near Mountain View, California and currently offers tours of the San Francisco Bay Area for up to 12 passengers." ( http://www.airshipventures.com/ )

I'd fix you up with the ride, economics permitting.

Won't tempt you with even a rental pig.

--mmb
(Anonymous)
Jan. 3rd, 2009 04:05 am (UTC)
Oh, crud. Though made by the lineal descendant of the specified company, Neue Technologie (new technology) zeppelins are semirigids.

Dash it all.

--mmb
kaffyr
Jan. 3rd, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
Perhaps the descendent could be grandfathered in, eh, wot?
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