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Old 02-01-15, 06:44 AM
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Design your life

Whether intentionally, or simply as an outcome of not paying attention, most of our lives circumstances are heavily influenced if not dictated by our personal choices as an adult. The longer you live, the more your plight can be legitimately blamed on personal choices.

I think about this when I hear people explain why they commute by automobile in spite of wishing it weren't so. They talk about how dangerous it is to travel by bicycle where they live. Or the time involved and their family commitments, etc. All those things are valid reasons not to commute by bicycle.

For some people they really are locked into a difficult situation and have very limited choices. But for many others they resign from taking responsibility for their choices or seeing that they might be changed for the better. I found this article on MMM just now that I think does a good job of laying out the benefits of considering the daily commute in your life-design.

The True Cost of Commuting
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One thing I learned really early in life (at about 10) was that tertiary education increases possibilities in life. I learned during undergrad that a PhD allows one to work/live around the planet.

I make all decisions this way. I easily pay 50% more for my place in northeast England than my colleagues to have a bus, train and taxi option within 100m of my front door. Thus, I don't need a car. However, I bike as much as possible. Most people say I'm crazy to pay that much, however, I'm pushing 40 and usually people think I look 30

Life is about keeping the maximal number of possibilities available
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I think life is about being the best person you can be to the people that matter to you the most. I just ride my bike because I like riding bikes. I'm lucky to be able to but I certainly wouldn't design my life around bike commuting. Far too low on my priority list.
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All the people want the same thing in life: to be happy.


For some, happiness is excelling at what you do, for others it's having a big family, for some it is drinking and partying, for some drugs, but for most it is some mixture of all the thing available. Some fail at beeing happy.

Poor video quality, but good story.



The whole film is very good.
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I love that movie....quirky yet very funny.
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you should learn to embrace change, and mock it's failings every step of the way.
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Thanks Slaninar - nice post
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I never tire of re-reading that MMM column.
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Originally Posted by acidfast7 View Post
One thing I learned really early in life (at about 10) was that tertiary education increases possibilities in life. I learned during undergrad that a PhD allows one to work/live around the planet.

I make all decisions this way. I easily pay 50% more for my place in northeast England than my colleagues to have a bus, train and taxi option within 100m of my front door. Thus, I don't need a car. However, I bike as much as possible. Most people say I'm crazy to pay that much, however, I'm pushing 40 and usually people think I look 30

Life is about keeping the maximal number of possibilities available
maybe it's your vanity that's keeping you young.
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Really depends on what you value in life. Once you figure that out then that's what you will use to guide most, if not all, your actions.
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I'm pushing 40 and usually people think I look 30
Botox injections and makeup perhaps ??
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Botox injections and makeup perhaps ??
Not at all. Dressing very well helps though. Especially super slim suits that are Swedish cut.
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Originally Posted by acidfast7 View Post
Not at all. Dressing very well helps though. Especially super slim suits that are Swedish cut.
do you happen to get a lot of compliments and winks from men when wearing these suits? lol
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do you happen to get a lot of compliments and winks from men when wearing these suits? lol
Not at all. I tend to do very well with the ladies. Most men don't know how to dress properly and it really helps one stand out in a crowd
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Not at all. I tend to do very well with the ladies. Most men don't know how to dress properly and it really helps one stand out in a crowd
Dress "properly"? Well, if it works for you then all the best. However, if I wore a suit like that my girlfriend would laugh me out of the room.
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Originally Posted by cobrabyte View Post
Dress "properly"? Well, if it works for you then all the best. However, if I wore a suit like that my girlfriend would laugh me out of the room.
This is the first time I've heard of a man being prospectively laughed out of the room by his girl because he's wearing a well-fitted suit.
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Originally Posted by Sullalto View Post
This is the first time I've heard of a man being prospectively laughed out of the room by his girl because he's wearing a well-fitted suit.
Well fitted is one thing. Swedish cut is a bit absurd though IMO. It's like the 'skinny jeans' of suits. I'm not necessarily interested in looking or dressing like a pre-pubescent boy.

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Doesn't look all that bad to me. We just don't see it much here because you couldn't shoehorn most American men into one of those.
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...yeah, that's a bit of an odd look.

If that's your build, you should probably own it though. But if you have any shoulders or waist/shoulder taper you should probably emphasize that...
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
Doesn't look all that bad to me. We just don't see it much here because you couldn't shoehorn most American men into one of those.
True on the second point!

Hilarious thing I read earlier with some good suit pics for contrast against that Swedish thing: "When Suits Become a Stumbling Block: A Plea to My Brothers in Christ*" by L.P. - The Salt Collective
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Yeah I prefer a more traditional fit. A suit should look timeless.
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Wearing a suit is just a traditional way of signifying that you see yourself as above the class of people that have to use their physical body in some way to make a living. It also shows that you've committed yourself to not doing anything playful and fun outdoors for the day.

Wearing a well fitting suit might get you a lot of attention from women, but its going to be a certain demographic of women that value money and status over other things that may or may not be more important to you.
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I usually dress casually and professionally from these guys. I picked up three jackets in Copenhagen last month as they were 40% off.

In fact, I have the first men's jacket and it's a really nice fit for casual traveling, dining, teaching or just doing stuff.


As far as people in suits not doing anything outdoors, perhaps that how it works in the states
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I've only got two reasons to wear a suit; if someone is being married or if someone is being buried.
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Wearing a suit is just a traditional way of signifying that you see yourself as above the class of people that have to use their physical body in some way to make a living. It also shows that you've committed yourself to not doing anything playful and fun outdoors for the day.

Wearing a well fitting suit might get you a lot of attention from women, but its going to be a certain demographic of women that value money and status over other things that may or may not be more important to you.

No, it doesn't have anything at all to do with aesthetics or an appreciation for fashion. Nope, women are gold diggers, 100%. Got it.
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