Closing Thoughts from Cincinnati

The Chevy Conversion Van clocked a whopping 14mph for the trip meaning 2 30mpg  cars would have been more efficient gas-wise but would have probably lost in terms of total cost once one includes tolls, wear and tear, and the time of the drivers.  Bob was glad to get his car back filled with origami bits like a dog, butterfly, and something he simply described as a “squarey thing” and I was glad to get back Wanda.  He described my Matrix as “sporty” which is a descriptor that would fit more to a shopping cart than my car.

Otherwise, I wanted to run down some closing thoughts:

  • When settling large checks (like the $550 beergarten tab) I normally have to do two rounds to find unclaimed dishes as people forget appetizers or drinks.  On my first go, what people paid for was within 2 dollars of the total.
  • I stand by my default assumption that someone’s a reasonable adult even if they’ve displayed otherwise and only changing that assumption once one has done harm to oneself or has came incredibly close to causing irrevocable harm to others.
  • The Internet promotes togetherness not isolation.  When the web allows you to do something without interacting with a person like banking or shopping that’s liberation not solitude.  While the plural of anecdote is not data, I have driven 25000 Interromiles proving this point.
  • I think the InterroCoins made a good memento and inducement to pay quickly as that was the “unlockable” for settling one’s tab with me.
  • I still dislike the term “drama” in reference to interpersonal problems.  People have feelings, rather strong ones at times, and in blatant violation of my second bullet point we’re not always rational but we have reason to be unreasoned.  The response to this should neither be derision or sanctimony but compassion and patience.  Drama to me is when the strength of a response isn’t commensurate with the importance of the topic and getting riled up over gay rights is fine but not over tea cozy styles.  Considering the importance of connecting to another person, there are few cases where true “drama” emerges in light of what’s at stake.
  • Starting Team Interrobang has given me odd satisfactions.  Both the traditional kind of “I’m glad we accomplished this” as when we reach some participation milestone or a member has a personal celebration but also a second-order kind of satisfaction from seeing the auspicious and unexpected.  The delight of being proximally but not actively responsible for someone find happiness, either platonic or romantic,  in another person is magical.