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As it Turns out, Normal People *are* Boring

ETA: Please note the following before replying: the numerous question marks, indicating uncertainty and introspection; the part about not calling people mundanes; the part where I specifically acknowledge that I am not the arbiter of what is interesting. Thank you.

I just signed into a public PC, and the previous user must have been pretty lax about personal security, because he had taken no measures to sign out of gmail. Of course, I hastily signed him out (and, no, I did not violate his privacy further by clicking on any messages) but not before happening to see something like 80 subject lines, as well as the two or three labels he had for categorizing his mail.

Holy crap, normal people are boring. I really do try to give them the benefit of the doubt. I try never to use the word mundane as a noun anymore, and when I talk to them at work, I try to imagine that the topics they bring up are only that dull because they keep the good stuff to themselves (as I usually do). But... they don't make it easy to defend them. All they seem to care about is sports. Maybe shopping or cars. It's kind of depressing. At least to me.

I wonder if folks who live entirely within the norm don't worry much about privacy because there is nothing in their personal lives anyone could take issue with? It that a blessing for them, maybe?

I will continue to try to assume that, if I were an unethical sort of person who was willing to delve into that fellow's messages, I would have discovered that he really was a fascinating individual. I suppose I am not the arbiter of what is innately interesting. But, really. Jebus.

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railwaymadness
Jun. 27th, 2008 01:22 pm (UTC)
Well now I'm curious -- what interesting subject lines are hanging around your inbox?

I seem to mostly have things like "vines", "ladders", "pictures of our house", "visit to MSP". I guess "rodeo vs. circus", "elephant artist" and "escape to wva" sound alright.

There's some basic element of how comfortable you are with ambiguity that plays a part in determining how interesting you are (this opinion may make me an elitist and I am fine with that). To stick with the vicar's sports=BSG comparison: In sports, one side very clearly wins and the other very clearly loses -- even if the clarity has to be supplied by an umpire, it will be supplied. In BSG, it is rarely so simple, which is why it's interesting.
fenriss
Jun. 27th, 2008 01:36 pm (UTC)
Vines, rodeo vs. circus, elephant artist. You make my point. You are interesting! Also, "rarely so simple" = awesome!
redsteve
Jun. 27th, 2008 01:49 pm (UTC)
Judicial torture in the Middle Ages/Renaissance
New Orleans/Mardi Gras
18th Century Dance group
Constructing Medieval chairs (patterns) and garb
FD@ Kings Dominion
Medieval camping
Living History Foundation
Spellbound
Alexandria Little Theater
Free Jazz at the Sculpure Garden
Beloved Order of the Green Men
Reenactment of the Battle of Gettysburg
Medieval Footwear
Shakespeare
Mistress of the Vatican Book Event
Pig Roast
Celtic Festival
Louisiana Historical Society

redsteve
Jun. 27th, 2008 01:51 pm (UTC)
Oops, sorry, the above is inbox stuff (with the exception of business-related things)
railwaymadness
Jun. 27th, 2008 01:54 pm (UTC)
You know, I have been known to make fun of ex-jocks for constantly re-hashing their "glory days" because they are living in the past. And then I look at this list of subject lines ....
redsteve
Jun. 27th, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC)
What can I say, I just love the wacky history that's been produced over the centuries by this planet of psychotic apes.


Besdies, if I wanted to preenact the future, I'd have to wear a lot more spandex. And I don't think that anyone wants that!

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