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Old 05-17-08, 01:00 PM   #1
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Met someone I've not seen in a while... meh

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I've encountered people before who I've not seen in a number of years. Some have remained people worth knowing, some have turned into soccer moms/dads where their life is a 24/7 race with the Joneses, making sure their kid has more trophies than little Johnny next door, their minivan or SUV has more cupholders, etc. Still other people have gone into "organ recital" mode, where when interacting with them, they mainly talk about the operations done to them in grisly detail.

I encountered a person from my past recently, who takes the cake. I've not seen him in ages, and thought he was one of the better people I knew. He is now an absolute materialist. A choice statement or two when I met him for coffee:

"To judge a person of if they are even worth your time, look at their house, and look at what they drive. Any statements that the person gives to the contrary are just rationalizations, justifications, and self deception for a failed life. There is no better judge of if a person succeeds or fails in life than where they live and what they drive. If someone says, 'oh, I drive this Civic because I just want "point a to b" transportation', translate that as 'all I can get out of life is a crappy import car, and I'm too stupid to realize that and do better, so I lie to myself instead of actually doing something other than failing in life.'"

"There is no such thing as a friend. This," *holding up his key to his $80,000+ vehicle* "is far better than anyone who calls themself a friend. It always starts in the morning, it doesn't beg for money or drugs, and it will never lie because it finds it can do better by sucking up to someone else."

Meh. I just hope beyond hope I don't go in one of these bad directions. I already try to fight talking shop 24/7, and have to force myself to see what other people are doing.
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Old 05-17-08, 01:23 PM   #2
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Sounds like this guy is an absolute *u#king tool!! I would have had to get up and walk out. Not before telling him what a complete and utter *ss he was.
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What an ironic person you know, mlts.

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"crappy import car" LOL. What a twazzock.
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The only real measure of success in life is leaving a legacy of good memories and having positive impacts on future generations. Your car, your home, what you bought - it's so meaningless as to be absurd

If the yardstick for success or failure in life is debt, expensive toys, and huge houses, then sure. Those are valid measurements

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The only real measure of success in life is leaving a legacy of good memories and having positive impacts on future generations. Your car, your home, what you bought - it's so meaningless as to be absurd

If the yardstick for success or failure in life is debt, expensive toys, and huge houses, then sure. Those are valid measurements
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Go steal his spark plug wires
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It almost sounds to me like he's trying to justify the choices he's made in life. Perhaps he feels like he's wasted his time and is trying to rationalize it?
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so, when this guy sees me ride by on my bike he's already labeled me a loser? i know a few people like that. life is too short to deal with them.

just be glad you can see him for what he is.
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I think my goal in life should be to make sure I'm the opposite of this guy. Most of my friends seem to try hard to be as "normal" as possible. This happens even more after they get married, which is fine if that's what they want. What most people consider a "normal" life would likely be misery to me, so whenever I realize I'm doing something that everyone does, I try to stop and decide whether it makes sense for me. Most of the time it doesn't.
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Old 05-17-08, 05:35 PM   #11
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Well the 300K ferrari guy is gonna call his 80k self, a loser. Whatever floats his boat I guess.
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Old 05-17-08, 05:55 PM   #12
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You're all wrong.

You want to know what's best in life? It's "[t]o crush your enemies -- See them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women!"

That's what you should have told him.
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I wonder if his expensive car will be there for him when he's fallen and can't get up.
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I saw a license plate frame that would be perfect for this guy's car. "He who dies with the most toys wins"
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A couple of years ago, I ran into an old friend from HS, matter of fact, my closest friend. We drifted over the years and lost track of each other. When we ran into each other, either I've changed so much, or he did, or both, that I just plain couldn't stand him. He turned into a parochial, bitter man with no view outside his little town. In short, he was boring as hell!
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Civics get like 30+ mpg. Uber kewl.

See who's cool when his hummer dies on the freeway after his 2 mpg hunk of blubber can't go further than 30 miles.
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Someone has to believe all of those lies or our country would crumble under the presure of happyness and contentment.
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Someone has to believe all of those lies or our country would crumble under the presure of happyness and contentment.
Sadly very true.

Ironically, most people would be much happier if they spent less time comparing their life to those of other people.
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I saw a license plate frame that would be perfect for this guy's car. "He who dies with the most toys wins"
Personally, I like: "He who dies with the most toys still dies."
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Go steal his spark plug wires
nah. potato in the exhaust pipe's alot simpler & easier!
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Some have remained people worth knowing, some have turned into soccer moms/dads where their life is a 24/7 race with the Joneses, making sure their kid has more trophies than little Johnny next door, their minivan or SUV has more cupholders, etc. .

I guess in your eyes this is us. We have 2 younger kids that absolutely love there sports. We spend many hours at the ball fields with our kids and on top of that we spend a few hours at the gym with our daughter doing gymnastics. On top of that our Honda Pilot has lots of cup holders.six I think. Please tell me what makes us so awful in supporting our kids in there sporting endeavors? Sorry we are not worth knowing in your eyes.
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Garysol, perhaps I shouldn't speak for the OP, but perhaps you should consider a little more deeply what he was saying before getting offended. Are you predicating your kids' and your family's value on their performance at these endeavors, and their ability to beat others at it, or is it simply one of the ways your family has fun and spends time together. The problem is not spending time at, enjoying these activities, or even wanting to be good at them, but rather measuring yourself against others by it. I don't know if he was making that distinction, but I would.
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He will learn about life in the long-term - to his dismay. Until then, at least we all got a chuckle out of his high-school like blathering.

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"To judge a person of if they are even worth your time, look at their house, and look at what they drive. Any statements that the person gives to the contrary are just rationalizations, justifications, and self deception for a failed life. There is no better judge of if a person succeeds or fails in life than where they live and what they drive. If someone says, 'oh, I drive this Civic because I just want "point a to b" transportation', translate that as 'all I can get out of life is a crappy import car, and I'm too stupid to realize that and do better, so I lie to myself instead of actually doing something other than failing in life.'"

"There is no such thing as a friend. This," *holding up his key to his $80,000+ vehicle* "is far better than anyone who calls themself a friend. It always starts in the morning, it doesn't beg for money or drugs, and it will never lie because it finds it can do better by sucking up to someone else."
What a doouchebag! This moron probably thinks Rolex is cool too.

I always knew there were people like this but I never imagined that they would rationalize it and explain it to another person.

BTW, every Honda in this year's Consumer Reports was a Recommended Pick. Every one of them.
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[quote=mlts22;6712204]"There is no such thing as a friend. This," *holding up his key to his $80,000+ vehicle* "is far better than anyone who calls themself a friend. It always starts in the morning, it doesn't beg for money or drugs, and it will never lie because it finds it can do better by sucking up to someone else."
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Sounds like he was very hurt by some friends in the past. Probably because he chose his friends based on how many material posessions they had.
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