[The Story] Work and Duty

I fell into my career path by accident. As a shy bullied kid, talking with customers, quickly troubleshooting issues, and documenting the results have helped me progress toward my duty – writing! – much more than if I had picked a career that might occupy my life while leaving me unfulfilled. In this brainstorming update to The Story, let’s explore how the work Trishna (with new haircut!) and John do might help them perform their collaborative duty.

Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (Nothing big! Just plot anchors after the narrative’s beginning)
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[Fiction Practice] Haunted Crisps Bag

All these people… workin’ so hard ’round ‘ere! Stretchin’… liftin’ weights… rowin’… Eye’d like havin’ a little heap of fun with these hard workin’ folk. They’d been doin’ all that work ta repent for eatin’ too much bad food… Eye like placin’ a bag ‘a crisps in th’ locker rooms ta mess ’round with ’em! Most ignore ’em crisps… but some… some look longingly… weighin’ their fitness options! It’s fun ta’ see how they act!

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[Concert Etiquette] Talking During Shows

“They don’t know I can hear them!” I’ll never understand why people casually converse during performances. It’s one thing to briefly let someone know where you’re going or talking when music isn’t going on. Other than that? It’s rude! I really shouldn’t even need to write about this topic. I’ve just been seeing more examples of this sense of entitlement that the conversations of certain rude individuals seem to take precedence over all else. Why?

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[Concert Review] Robin Trower (2017)

What’s the point of going to a concert when you could watch a better quality version of the performance at your convenience? Shouldn’t closer camera angles, clearer sound, and not dealing with crowds be the superior choice? One advantage of attending live performances, even in balcony seating with heavy echo distortion, is having the time to thoroughly study the lessons of a genre. Robin Trower is full professor in the art of electric guitar solos.

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[Rowing Machine] Two Five Four

Now “XL shirts” feel extra-large and “large shirts” feel comfortable again! While I’ve been enjoying these and other small victories, I have to be careful not to push myself to the point of overexertion. The inclusion of my rowing stats within these weekly fitness columns are helping me track trends to predict when I might be pushing myself too much without noticing. That pacing might be key for fitness consistency as well as weight maintenance.

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[Grime/Glitter] Following Photographic Policies

It’s always a good idea to follow the laws established by governing bodies. Even if not strictly enforced, laws were made to allow the preservation of peace. How about rules requested by organizations? They’re usually more codes of conduct that range from specific requests that keep areas safe and sound to suggestions that keep polite society comfortable. How about strictly prohibited photography policies at shows? Is there any situation when it’s acceptable to be disobedient?


“Photo, audio and video recording is strictly prohibited during the performance”

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[Applied Psychology] Our Honeymooning Masks

We put on our best masks during interpersonal conversation. In interviews, we are hard-working loyalists. On dates, we are charismatically civil. This unconscious manipulation lasts until we get the goal. The momentum may continue for a while, until we encounter stress where our masks are shattered. If incongruent, yes, that’s fraudulent. If you and them are honest, then it’s possible to overcome the loathing that happens after the honeymoon period to remain blissful, ever after.

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[The Story] Five Pivotal Fights

Handling stressful situations is a skill forged through the fires of overcoming anxious moments. Preventing these conflicts from ruining your day could involve five steps: deflecting the hate, asking friendly advice, asking familial advice, escalating to authorities, then fighting if in danger. In this semi Applied Psychology post, more brainstorming update to The Story, let’s use five general scenarios where Trishna (seated) and John were bullied growing up to develop these characters and this idea.

Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (character backstory)
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[Concert Etiquette] Dim Your Display!

There were numerous concert etiquette offenses during the recent Rodrigo y Gabriela show. “It’s the NPR crowd.” That’s the crowd that doesn’t attend many concerts and obliviously avoid manners. Punk shows can be rough, though people will usually help each other out, and metal shows are typically tame. It’s the occasionally rowdy crowds at pop and country shows that keep me on my toes. They’re usually not there for the show. Their smartphones show it.

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