Tuesday, April 28, 2009

"A weak head"

All from Jane Austen's Emma.
Re-reading it is revealing very many learnings that deserve their own post...

1. If a woman doubts as to whether she should accept a man or not, she certainly ought to refuse him. If she can hesitate as to `Yes,' she ought to say `No' directly.

2. You must be the best judge of your own happiness.

3. A woman is not to marry a man merely because she is asked, or because he is attached to her, and can write a tolerable letter.

4. One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.

5. Silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way.

6. There is one thing,which a man can always do, if he chooses, and that is, his duty.

7. Vanity working on a weak head, produces every sort of mischief.

8. There are people, who the more you do for them, the less they will do for themselves.

9. Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised, or a little mistaken.

10. One cannot have too large a party.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Opportunity Costs

A sugar high only lasts so long...

1. On very short trips, there is not time for hangovers.

2. Purchasing gifts are the best way to kill time when waiting for people to arrive. Also, the best way to start a marriage.

3. American cars have deceptively heavy doors.

a) Sleep is optional when in the presence of an activity of higher opportunity cost.
b) "Sleep and fun are inversely proportional."

5. An unexpectedly working credit card leads straight to retail therapy. (Retail rehab may ensue but studies have not shown a clear correlation. More research needs to be done.)

6. One can never truly anticipate the source or duration of the mean reds. A croissant and early morning trip to Tiffany's is usually one's only hope.

7. In certain geographies, Cartier is the only common landmark.

8. When at the beach, being in the sea is far superior to being on the sand.

9. When one does not wear sunblock and spends several hours in the sun, one's shoulders will undoubtedly get very very burnt.

10. One should not consume cranberry juice with their vodka when one chooses to wear a light-coloured dress to a wedding.

11. When in doubt, 2 packs of cigarettes are never enough. Always order more.

12. Weekends pass so quickly and weekdays pass so slowly because the former contain just 2 days, and the latter contain 5.

13. Very large iPod playlists make for a very high chance for blasts-from-the-past. Very memorable dance moves and all.

14. Clever anagrams render a catchy pop song very witty.