Tuesday, January 24, 2006

So How Is Your Day Going?

So today is officially the most depressing day of the year.
Hey, it wasn’t me who decided so. Apparently Cliff Arnall, psychologist / scientist (and I might add- / mathematician) has come to the indisputable conclusion that today sucks.

Odd really, since my stroll out this morning was surprisingly beautiful – especially for this time of year! A brilliant sun and white puff clouds with the temperature hovering in the very comfortable high forties.

Had they labeled yesterday ‘Stinkiest Day of the Year’, I would have gone along with it. Because aside from the weather being a downer, I had to put up with tantrums, junk-food binging, and laziness resulting in a movie marathon – when I should have been working. Come to think of it, I actually do think that the weather was to blame for all of the above!

Or maybe Cliff Arnall actually did know what he was talking about.

Well, I guess we ought to consider ourselves lucky. As someone has pointed out - if the world didn't suck - we'd all fall off.


At January 24, 2006 2:37 PM, Blogger stillchoosing said...

and laziness resulting in a movie marathon – when I should have been working.

does anyone recognize who wrote the below?

Sitting in from of a screen has a greater potential of turning one into a couch potato than an intellectual. True knowledge is in the books – as it has been for ages. So why are so many complaining about society’s low regard for TV and movies? Being cultured and well educated has little or nothing to do with TV or general movies. A bit of reading takes you a lot further.

At January 24, 2006 2:46 PM, Blogger Totally Content said...

Hey Undecided / Still Choosing -

I stand by what I said, hence my blaming laziness for my poor choices in activities.

BTW - What are you having such difficulty choosing? Need assistance in the matter?

At January 24, 2006 3:32 PM, Blogger Mindy said...

omg can you read my mind? i had a horrible terrible crazy crazy day yesterday!!!

At January 24, 2006 3:43 PM, Blogger Totally Content said...

Hey Mindy - sorry to hear that. Well now you at least you know that there is someone scientist who takes responsibility.

Sometimes our days suck, and we subsequently may make errors in judgment in how we deal with it. But it's been said: To err is human, to shift the blame - - even more so. :)

Whom will we blame next month when we have a crappy day?!?!!

At January 24, 2006 7:55 PM, Blogger Imfullofit said...

Actually my day was pretty good yesterday and today for the matter too. Well, until this evening like the last hour of work and onward. Things were just not working out one thing after another. What a sucky evening! Hope everyone is in a better mood than i am!

At January 24, 2006 9:42 PM, Blogger Begreatfull said...

I was tought that you can always start your day over at any given time, I find this to be very helpfull, if i have a busy or stressfull day.

At January 25, 2006 6:17 AM, Blogger Pragmatician said...

That last line is hilarious!Unfortunately falling off maybe a better alternative than all this sucking!

At January 26, 2006 5:01 PM, Blogger cafe_28 said...

Yeah, that description, "Stinkiest Day of the Year", fit to describe my day too. How DO they figure it out???

Sheitel, we can always find someone to blame when our day sucks; usually, that someone is not ourselves. Someone else always does it, no? We're never at fault.

At January 26, 2006 5:25 PM, Blogger Totally Content said...

The mentality of 'shifting the blame' is precisely why Williamsburg - and our way of life have been labeled a faulty system.

Some unsuccessful dissatisfied souls awoke one day and found that if they don't conduct their own trains, it will nonetheless keep chugging along - only they will find themselves to be passengers - - and they might not like their destination.

Naturally, they'll blame their conductor.

It won't change the situation though. Their car will still be sitting idly on some deserted siding or scrap yard.

They do have a simple choice to make. Either they head to the front car and point the train in the direction they want it to go… or they can point a finger. Guess which one is easier.

At January 26, 2006 11:35 PM, Blogger stillchoosing said...

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At January 26, 2006 11:39 PM, Blogger stillchoosing said...

I’m sure that you noticed that most of your comments for this post have been coming from your female readers. If you are trying to give the girls a place to discuss the events of their day - that's perfectly fine. (Luckily, none of them were …... otherwise 1/24 would have been, not only the gloomiest of year but the worst day EVER - - of course, til the next time around.)

I am not trying to make this in to a Guy v. Girls issue, but come on – you really can’t expect us to get all worked up about something like this! If you really think about it, this statistic can not apply to us Frum Jews since they don't take into consideration Hashanah Rabha, Nittel, or the 31st day of safira.

Hey, maybe this is a topic to discuss. Which day is the gloomiest day on the Jewish calendar? I know its suppose to be Tisha B 'av, but is it? In any case my point is, let’s get back to the important issues that can keep us going on each others neck for days there are so many important topics to discuss like.

Is one a hypocrite if he wears his peyos up at work and down at home? On the same note - taking off the cover from your sheitel when traveling… (BTW I am just curios is your sheitel covered and if yes how?)

Just to throw something in for the girls is it Heimish balbatish to wear a fake Burberry?

And now to some more serious - and I mean serious - issues.

The way we do shidduchem with our children - is it in there best interest? Or maybe we can discuss the article I just read in "The Tzeitung" by Y. Sofer against those that try to go to college to become professionals in the field of special ed (where they make a decent living and at the same time provide the community with a service we so badly need). The writer of the article apparently didn't think so.

Anyway, Sheitel get us back on track and we will continue to appreciate you the way we did til now.

Sorry for going on so long.

All the best

At January 27, 2006 10:24 AM, Blogger InterestedJew said...

please visit


the jerk also a chussid/yossi from rockland county is at it again.

At January 27, 2006 1:03 PM, Blogger Truth Seeker said...

Maybe add another topic to your list stillchoosing,

What’s wrong with a Yingarmen to go to work(or even from one place to another) with a bike, while doing exercise along the way(maybe we would all look different if we would make more exercise).

Sheitel, how would you answer this, can I ride a bike in willi? Will I still be able to do a shiduch with my children if I do? or will I be the talk of town being that crazy person riding on a bike.

What’s wrong with riding a bike? is it against halucha? maybe I just don’t know.


At January 27, 2006 3:11 PM, Blogger cafe_28 said...

Stillchoosing, I think that the gloomiest day of the year on the Jewish calendar is Erev Yom Kippur. Even though Tisha B'av is the worst, just think about what you feel like when you wake up Erev Yom Kippur, and I don't have to explain it to you.

I'd also like to see Sheitel getting back to some of those topics you mentioned; or at least on that track. We need someone to stick up for those issues, no??

At January 27, 2006 3:15 PM, Blogger cafe_28 said...

Sheitel, re: your comment about the train and conductor.

Yes, it's up to us people to go into that first car, and direct the train, meaning, run our lives according to how we want it run.

But can we?? We can do our own thing to a certain extent, but as we've all been trying to prove here, we still have to stick to many guidelines that our community put forth for us. I guess we gotta try to make life best for us and our children, but all only within those rules.


At January 27, 2006 5:11 PM, Blogger InterestedJew said...

don't start questioning the rules. that's dangerous. keep your mind closed.

At January 29, 2006 3:09 PM, Blogger HumanBeforeJewish said...

i guess it's all about perspective.
check out my blog HumanBeforeJewish@blogspot.com

At February 01, 2006 10:14 AM, Blogger JewishBiFemme said...

LOL! Interestedjew I agree How I wish my mind was closed!

Sheital you on vacation? why so quiet baby? lol

At February 07, 2006 9:29 AM, Blogger Truth Seeker said...

What's up with this blog? Use to be some activity here

At February 07, 2006 11:55 AM, Blogger Totally Content said...

Café_28 said: Sheitel, re: your comment about the train and conductor

That was precisely my point. There are tracks already layed out to a certain secure destination. At the same time, alternate routes exist. Some more treacherous than others, but all with a safe destination in mind.

To simply hop off the tracks, in search of an ‘adventure’ and ‘freedom’ is foolhardy and unsafe

On the other hand, to follow blindly could be dangerous too. It would be far wiser to keep your eye out on the road to prevent derailing or any other snags on th way.

…that is, unless you implicitly trust the designer of the tracks, and the conductor of the train.

At February 07, 2006 1:45 PM, Blogger InterestedJew said...

sheitel, i respect what you are trying to do here, but i think you really need to question some of your assumptions. there is NOTHING wrong with seeking adventure. this is not, in an of itself, a bad thing, though the chasidish mindset would have you believe that it was. without people who were willing to take risks, our society would not develop. growth comes from the ability to take risks. of course, one has to be careful to understand and know their own limits, but adventure is not a bad thing and freedom is a value that allows you live as you do, and others to live their way, so don't be so quick to knock it.

At February 07, 2006 2:20 PM, Blogger Totally Content said...

Dear Interested -
This is one time that you can't contradict me - mostly because I agreed with 99% of the approaches one might take in living their lives. There are main highways, side roads and multiple alternate routes. I merely suggested that one be on the lookout for bumps, and be aware of the intended destination. The only approach that I denounced is wildly, blindly traveling for the sake of adventure with no idea where the road can lead. Driving Under the Influence – that’s anything that can ‘influence’ the driver with the notion that he is infallible and above the law - is potentially hazardous.

Those who actually 'discovered by chance' something worthwhile having, are a minor percentage of those that have gone looking.

But hey, we were all indeed given that opportunity to lead our own lives and to screw it up as we see fit!

At February 07, 2006 3:03 PM, Blogger InterestedJew said...

life is really a work in progress, and it is not always possible to plan everything about it. i agree that those who believe they will get a free ride without any consequences are in for a shock. but people are infinitely creative and have the power to reinvent themselves (just look at begreatfull) if they are willing to work hard.


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