questionsare you an optimist, pessimist or a realist?

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As per this response from you I'm undecided. And here I was thinking you were leaving the country.;)

As far as the original question, I'm an optimist.

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@jsimsace: :-D Maybe just a long trip. You're an optimist?? I am stunned!

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I'm a realist, which is usually interpreted as being pessimistic. I guess I often do tend to lean towards pessimism though, when faced with a two way choice.

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I think I'm an optimist with a nod to realism. If that makes any sense:)

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@gmwhit: Much like you and many others here, any day that I wake up, am mobile, reasonably healthy and have all other abilities is a big +.

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I am very much a realist, though I tend to be somewhat of an optimistic realist, at least with respect to my assumptions with regards to other people's motives. (I try to give people the benefit of the doubt, unless they have given me reason to not doubt their motives.)

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all pessimists believe they are realists.
I really am a realist, though....

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@gmwhit: To be truthful, I have no idea which I am. I suppose it depends on the day. On the other hand, you said "Do extensive, sometimes obsessive research...about products, prices, etc.?" I'm not sure what that has to do with optimism/pessimism/realism. I may or may not research a product, depending on what it is, but I seldom (if ever) research prices.

I'm extraordinarily cynical, but I've seen a lot. I think a healthy dose of cynicism has protected me from a lot of mistakes that others have fallen prey to. I'm not sure that I count "realism" as a centrist point between optimists and pessimists, however. I'd suspect that both sides would view themselves as realistic.

Now that I think about it, I suppose that I'm a pessimist, if I have to choose. I think of pessimists as people who aren't happy, who are dissatisfied with things as they are. I'm pretty happy, mostly, and it takes very little to make me that way.

Tomorrow, I'll can pickled beets. That makes me happy. :-D

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I'm an optimist, most of the time. There are days though, where I could be considered a pessimist. But, mostly, I try to look on the bright side of things, and simple things make me happy. It's scary really, a really cool McDonald's toy can put a smile on my face for days. And, that's nothing compared to getting a card or a call from someone I really care about and haven't heard from in a while, that could keep me smiling for weeks on end!

Plus, I have cats, and I have one that will climb up my shirt and lick my tears away while I'm crying, hard to stay sad then...it tickles, and it's so sweet. I love my little girl for that!

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@shrdlu: Honestly, I coined the term "realist" for myself. It most definitely is not a centrist term. I did so because I am not comfortable being called a pessimist. I do not think I am. Nor do I think pessimists are unhappy people. As, I don't think optimists are always happy. Will admit to being a cynic. Realistic cynic, at that. To me, cynicism is an integral part of realism.

Where does all that place me? In my own eyes, it puts me in the middle of realism. Experiences in my life dictates my views. I also tend to ponder & think a lot. Have never been called wish-washy. I usually have an opinion on most things. Sometimes I won't voice it. Realistically, it is not in my best interest.

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I'm an engineer. The glass is twice as big as it needs to be.

In all truthfulness, I would put myself as an optimistic realist. Or is that opportunistic realtor? I get those things confused, and it's late.

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It is simple. The glass is FULL. 1/2 water and 1/2 air.

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@shrdlu: Whoa, that surpises me.. Am I understanding that right? "I seldom research prices.." Does that mean: You go to Amazon (/other.com), find what you're looking for and buy it, no Google search or anything? :O (lol @ Google Shopping)

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The whole glass being half empty or half full always bothered me. I mean, who says that a glass is half empty?

Besides, I'm an opportunist: I just pick up the glass and drink the water.

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@paigeorose92: And that makes you pragmatic and thirsty. Labels be damned! ;-)

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To hell with being an engineer. It is a realist. The glass is too damn big if it is half full.

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@drchops: Go search my answers. If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times. I'm price insensitive. Mind you, I know about what things ought to cost, and I probably save a lot more money by NOT searching where something is a few pennies cheaper. I only buy certain things from Amazon, in any case. I almost never buy anything from an Amazon storefront.

I don't need very much. Outside of the day to day living necessities, almost anything I buy is an impulse purchase. On the other hand, I grow most of the vegetables that I eat, and purchase nearly all of the fruit that I eat from the farmer's market. Some of the meat I eat also comes from the farmer's market. I can close to 70% of the food I eat during the winter (including oh, so tasty tomato soup).

[Recipe to follow]

I probably spend far less by not bothering with searching out the very cheapest of anything. Time is precious.

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@drchops: ...and here it is, tomato soup. Nothing like the stuff in cans. Filled with flavor, and just the thing on a cold winter evening, for supper.

Tomato Soup (makes 5-6 quarts of soup)

5 quarts tomatoes
6 cups sweet onions (2 or 3 large onions)
2 cups celery
1 tbs minced garlic
2 tbs salt
1 cup parsley (about 12-14 sprigs)
1/2 cup butter
2 tsp pepper (ground fine)

Cook until onions are tender; about an hour. Put in sterilized quart jars, and process in water bath 20 minutes.

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Optimist...most of the time.

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I'm a realist. The glass is neither half full or half empty. It's just a glass with some liquid in it.

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I think I am a pessimist with closet optimistic tendencies. As in, I know the world sucks, but maybe there are still unicorns. The long - suffering Mr. Flyinggirl just thinks I am nuts.

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Weird, yesterdays cyanide and happiness comic: http://www.explosm.net/comics/2858/ lol

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@shrdlu: haha, you're so right about the amount of time spent researching. I was just thinking about that the other day.. there're times where I'll spend copious amounts of time trying to save $5 bucks - knowing full well that I'll probably end up spending $15 in time to save it lol.. just can't help myself. I do try to put a cap on it though, when I catch myself crossing the "time spent:money saved" ratio I just buy the cheapest one I've fond thus far :)

I really will try that recipe too.. I just got myself some "new" cooking gear, been meaning to get back in to cooking more. There're some good recipes scattered throughout Deals.woot (I think a fair portion from yourself lol), I need to go through and find some.. Compile a Deals.Woot Cookbook :D

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@drchops: Ask, and ye shall receive, seek, and ye shall find, knock, and the door will be opened...

http://dealswootrecipes.blogspot.com/

Note the link back to the question on Deals that launched that effort. Also note that I no longer have anything to do with it (Catbert was gracious enough to take it over when I was ridding myself of Google bits a while back).

{Now that song's going to be an earworm for me for the rest of the morning.}

http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=2597

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@shrdlu: Thanks :D.. As I typed that I was actually thinking I remembered some of us talking about a cookbook awhile back (which is probably why I said it).. glad to see my subconscious was right :)
Those look like some good recipes, gonna need to make a big store run soon

Side note: I need to find my grandpas chili recipe.. That was some good chili.

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I think our self-appraisals might not always line up with reality BUT if I had to, I'd say I'm a combination of realistic and pessimistic. Realistic in the sense that I try to view the world as it really is through recognizing cognitive dissonance and avoidance of self-deception... pessimistic in the sense that I tend to assume little out of new media, video games, even people, because without expectations to be smashed, I'm let down less and end up happier in the long run than I would be as an optimist. I still try new things if friends recommend them to me or if the thing has received good reviews, I'm just a little jaded about a lot of (profanity) like current events, modern music, the video game industry etc.

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I consider myself a realist but many would identify it as a pessimist.