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« on: October 14, 2013, 03:24:54 AM »

Basically, when people compliment me I'm nonplussed, because it's usually something I don't care about. It's just me doing my job.

But every once in a while somebody says something that I take to heart.

The first I want to share was given about the advent of the internet. This page was my introduction to the internet, and if you're willing to search you can read actual poetry by myself. At any rate, I got involved in a discussion where people were taking somebody down. My only response was "Yes, Piggy, give us the glasses." Another person responded, "What a delightfully sick mind you have, Mofo."

I liked that.

But my other favorite was when I went into the back room at work and started talking about Zeno's Paradox. If you're not familiar with the paradox, it's the idea that for you to get from one space to another, you have to go halfway there before you can get to the end. Not a problem, but for you to get to the halfway point, you also have to get to the halfway point of the halfway point. Continue this ad nauseum, and you can never logically make your way to any point whatsoever.

So I started with that explanation and ended with, "but if I was going to shoot you with a gun, I would still go to jail."

One of my coworkers turned to me and said, "That's what I like about you. You always come back here and start talking about something really high-minded. But by the time you've stopped talking it's always been morphed into something completely stupid."

That's basically my goal in life.

Now, your examples don't have to be as back-handed as the stuff I invite, but what compliments have you received that you really take to heart? C'mon, it's an excuse to talk yourself up.
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« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2013, 05:28:32 AM »

At any rate, I got involved in a discussion where people were taking somebody down. My only response was "Yes, Piggy, give us the glasses." Another person responded, "What a delightfully sick mind you have, Mofo." 

I assume you were reading Lord of The Flies then.  Wink

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One of my coworkers turned to me and said, "That's what I like about you. You always come back here and start talking about something really high-minded. But by the time you've stopped talking it's always been morphed into something completely stupid."

That's basically my goal in life.

LOL  BounceGiggle TeddyR

I get a lot of compliments in my work which makes it worthwhile, it being the long hours for low pay, the sacrifice, etc and most of it is in writing which benefits me when performance review comes around.  TeddyR
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« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2013, 06:32:03 AM »

About a month ago my wife and I were in the kitchen doing the dishes, teasing each other and being silly as usual.  Our daughter was in the other room listening to us and came in and said something like "It's so nice to have parents who get along and are fun to be with.  I'm so lucky to have you guys."

That made us both feel great - we're actually good parents I guess  Cheers
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« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2013, 11:28:47 AM »

The first time I rolled out my impression of Max Bialystock, Beau Marie gave me this look indicating he was impressed, & said "You just went through a whole range of emotions."
At the time I'd really been fishing for a good monolog, & that one just clicked, but at that moment, I knew I was onto something, like I'd finally found that "me" character...
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« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2013, 12:47:53 PM »

Just today I had a talk with my boss regarding my employment contract for an unlimited period, meaning, company policy requires we have these little talks every two months. It's basically to check on how I'm doing in my job or if there are any problems etc.
He told me that I was one of the nicest and friendliest working for the company and yes, I actually blushed a bit. I feel so awkward when somebody throws a "compliment" my way.
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« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2013, 03:20:22 PM »

The one thing that has been said about me that sticks in my mind was an off-hand comment from a friend: "Being around you is like living with a cartoon character."

I'm taking it as a compliment no matter what they were really meaning.
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« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2013, 07:55:53 AM »

I feel so awkward when somebody throws a "compliment" my way.
In a real life face-to-face situation, I agree. It's like someone shining a mini-spotlight at you, which out of courtesy you are then obliged to bask in for a second. And that (not through anyone's fault) is actually more of a chore than a pleasure most of the time. I usually prefer to not receive any type of 'judgement' at all.

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« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2013, 01:06:25 PM »

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« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2013, 03:54:51 PM »

Coming back from school on my way home on a hot day when I was in 11th grade, someone offered me a beer. Told him I was 16, he said I looked 21.
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« Reply #9 on: October 15, 2013, 04:33:09 PM »

Just today I had a talk with my boss regarding my employment contract for an unlimited period, meaning, company policy requires we have these little talks every two months. It's basically to check on how I'm doing in my job or if there are any problems etc.
He told me that I was one of the nicest and friendliest working for the company and yes, I actually blushed a bit. I feel so awkward when somebody throws a "compliment" my way.

Years ago, during the incident I described in the "Why Do People Suck" thread, the big manager of Home Depot said to me that he knew what was up with my two backstabbing co-workers, and he told me right out, " Shawn, I don't care what happens to those two idiots, but I want YOU to stay, because you actually do your work and you're a big help in this dept."    Too bad that no one sees that that work ethic is still with me today and that it hasn't changed.... Bluesad
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« Reply #10 on: October 15, 2013, 10:21:29 PM »

A couple of years ago I was teaching a night class and one of my students, a 50 year old returning to college after his kids were grown, walked up to me after the evening lecture and said:  "I thought I had had history teachers before.  I was wrong."

Then, a number of years earlier, I had a graduating senior who was one of the most trouble-making little twits I have ever taught come into my room right before graduation and say:  "All the teachers here talk about how important it is to forgive and forget, but you are the only one who actually does it.  For that reason alone you have always been my favorite teacher."

He walked out before I started crying . . .
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« Reply #11 on: October 16, 2013, 01:26:14 PM »

A couple of years ago I was teaching a night class and one of my students, a 50 year old returning to college after his kids were grown, walked up to me after the evening lecture and said:  "I thought I had had history teachers before.  I was wrong."

Well, it all goes back to what they taught you and I at the College Of Winterhold...remember the arch-mage telling us that the knowledge we learn here will last us a lifetime, or several if we're careful? You were obviously careful, and the knowledge you have gained over those centuries has served you well in the area of history  Wink

Then, a number of years earlier, I had a graduating senior who was one of the most trouble-making little twits I have ever taught come into my room right before graduation and say:  "All the teachers here talk about how important it is to forgive and forget, but you are the only one who actually does it.  For that reason alone you have always been my favorite teacher."

He walked out before I started crying . . .

Sounds like one of those little smart-ass kids who actually wound up respecting you because you went toe-to-toe with him in way that he could relate to. All well and good, and I only hope that he has learned that troublemaking will get him nowhere in life, because in life, there's enough trouble to get into without us making it.  Rock on, Indy!   Cheers
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« Reply #12 on: October 16, 2013, 02:00:15 PM »

A couple of years ago I was teaching a night class and one of my students, a 50 year old returning to college after his kids were grown, walked up to me after the evening lecture and said:  "I thought I had had history teachers before.  I was wrong."

Well, it all goes back to what they taught you and I at the College Of Winterhold...remember the arch-mage telling us that the knowledge we learn here will last us a lifetime, or several if we're careful? You were obviously careful, and the knowledge you have gained over those centuries has served you well in the area of history  Wink

Then, a number of years earlier, I had a graduating senior who was one of the most trouble-making little twits I have ever taught come into my room right before graduation and say:  "All the teachers here talk about how important it is to forgive and forget, but you are the only one who actually does it.  For that reason alone you have always been my favorite teacher."

He walked out before I started crying . . .

Sounds like one of those little smart-ass kids who actually wound up respecting you because you went toe-to-toe with him in way that he could relate to. All well and good, and I only hope that he has learned that troublemaking will get him nowhere in life, because in life, there's enough trouble to get into without us making it.  Rock on, Indy!   Cheers

     Well said!
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« Reply #13 on: October 17, 2013, 09:14:07 PM »

A couple of years ago I was teaching a night class and one of my students, a 50 year old returning to college after his kids were grown, walked up to me after the evening lecture and said:  "I thought I had had history teachers before.  I was wrong."

Well, it all goes back to what they taught you and I at the College Of Winterhold...remember the arch-mage telling us that the knowledge we learn here will last us a lifetime, or several if we're careful? You were obviously careful, and the knowledge you have gained over those centuries has served you well in the area of history  Wink

Then, a number of years earlier, I had a graduating senior who was one of the most trouble-making little twits I have ever taught come into my room right before graduation and say:  "All the teachers here talk about how important it is to forgive and forget, but you are the only one who actually does it.  For that reason alone you have always been my favorite teacher."

He walked out before I started crying . . .

Sounds like one of those little smart-ass kids who actually wound up respecting you because you went toe-to-toe with him in way that he could relate to. All well and good, and I only hope that he has learned that troublemaking will get him nowhere in life, because in life, there's enough trouble to get into without us making it.  Rock on, Indy!   Cheers

     Well said!

Why thankee my friend!  Cheers
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« Reply #14 on: October 18, 2013, 05:07:12 PM »

I'd rather give compliments than receive them. Like claws and zombie #1, they make me a little uncomfortable. I always assume the complimenter is either just being formally polite, or wants something from me (even if it's just a return compliment). If they say something about how great I am, well, that's not a compliment, that's just telling it as it is.

I do remember one compliment that stuck in my mind: "your writing is f**king crisp, man." I liked that one.
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