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Old January 2 2014, 11:10 PM   #76
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Re: Strangest Rejections....

I wouldn't say interest in SFF is a prerequisite to a relationship, but it is something I genuinely enjoy and would miss being able to share if she simply had no interest in it. If that were the case, we'd need to have very similar tastes in other areas and interests (photography, writing, philosophy, going out for drinks, live music, etc.) to compensate.

On the other hand, each of my (very few) significant relationships introduced me to something new - something I hadn't considered investigating or participating in before (astrology, art, music, etc.). So there's something to be said for being with someone who has different tastes. As such, I would hope she'd be interested enough in me to discover what it is about SFF that I enjoy so much.
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Old January 2 2014, 11:27 PM   #77
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Re: Strangest Rejections....

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Happily one of my interests is the sack, so if they have enough interest in the sack then I may be able to overlook their contempt for another interest of mine.
Also, if one is sufficiently self-absorbed, such contempt is easily seen as actually based in jealousy.
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Old January 2 2014, 11:52 PM   #78
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Re: Strangest Rejections....

Everyone knows the people who most fervently claim to hate Trek secretly go into their basements at night and watch it. And we're not talking any Trek here. We're talking things like Threshold and Let He Who Is Without Sin...
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Old January 3 2014, 12:00 AM   #79
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Re: Strangest Rejections....

And "Spock's Brain".
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Old January 3 2014, 12:52 AM   #80
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Re: Strangest Rejections....

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Well yeah, I'd say that someone who has utter contempt for anything that's a large part of you is probably not an ideal match. Personally I'd feel pretty shitty sleeping with someone who is contemptuous of my interests, but that's just me!
Ah, but therein lies a key difference between men and women: a woman dances with a man, she validates him as a person. A man dances with a woman, he validates himself also.
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Old January 3 2014, 01:16 AM   #81
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Re: Strangest Rejections....

I don't entirely follow.
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Old January 3 2014, 11:02 AM   #82
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Re: Strangest Rejections....

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^^ Anybody who would reject you for that reason is not worth being with.

Also, one person's idea of self improvement may not be another person's. Like the Star Wars thing. Genre fans are often rejected by mundanes. Why? Because they have more imagination and interests than mundanes. And I don't consider conforming to the lowest denominator to be self improvement.
You sit around watching scifi shows and movies or read scifi books...
That's a bit more mundane than someone going skydiving or spelunking...
You're missing the point. Imagination and creativity are more important than an adrenaline rush. Skydiving is nothing. Spelunking is cool, but still does not negate imagination and creativity. The Arts & Sciences are what makes us human.
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Old January 3 2014, 03:48 PM   #83
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Re: Strangest Rejections....

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You're missing the point. Imagination and creativity are more important than an adrenaline rush.
To you.


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Skydiving is nothing.
To you.

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Spelunking is cool, but still does not negate imagination and creativity.
To you.

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The Arts & Sciences are what makes us human.
Walking upright, opposable thumbs, a well developed neocortex, prefrontal cortex and temporal lobes and being a human are what make us human. Don't hold the whole species to to your standards, you're doing the rest of us a disservice.
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Old January 3 2014, 04:43 PM   #84
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^^ Anybody who would reject you for that reason is not worth being with.

Also, one person's idea of self improvement may not be another person's. Like the Star Wars thing. Genre fans are often rejected by mundanes. Why? Because they have more imagination and interests than mundanes. And I don't consider conforming to the lowest denominator to be self improvement.
You sit around watching scifi shows and movies or read scifi books...
That's a bit more mundane than someone going skydiving or spelunking...
You're missing the point. Imagination and creativity are more important than an adrenaline rush. Skydiving is nothing. Spelunking is cool, but still does not negate imagination and creativity. The Arts & Sciences are what makes us human.
My god, that post is pure arrogance. One of the more close-minded statements I've seen on the board.
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Old January 3 2014, 07:26 PM   #85
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Re: Strangest Rejections....

Ah, but sci-fi fans are THINKERS and DREAMERS. There is nothing more noble on the face of the planet.
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Old January 3 2014, 08:09 PM   #86
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Re: Strangest Rejections....

I know a lot of smart, compassionate, artistic people who have somehow, shockingly, become who they are without watching Star Trek or reading Isaac Asimov.
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Old January 3 2014, 08:21 PM   #87
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During college, I came back from a year abroad, and the first night I was home there was a fraternity party that my brothers had set me up for. The girl's name was Stephanie, and (I thought) we really hit it off.

At the end of the night, she told me "I'm being baptized into the Mormon Church tomorrow."

Haha...well, I guess you could say she became a "pearl of great price?"...hahaha...(mormon pun)...no I'm not a Mormon..I get what you are saying, I too thought I had this girl figured out, I had thought the intrest was mutual. Well, I was wrong. kinda made me second guess my ability to read people.
I would say that was showing interest on the part of the girl. She wanted him to convert because that was the only way her family would accept him.

Or how else are you interpreting it?
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Old January 3 2014, 08:46 PM   #88
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You're missing the point. Imagination and creativity are more important than an adrenaline rush. Skydiving is nothing. Spelunking is cool, but still does not negate imagination and creativity. The Arts & Sciences are what makes us human.
One of the defining traits of humans is that we're explorers. Spelunkers have made some amazing discoveries.
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Old January 3 2014, 09:02 PM   #89
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No one ever explored the full potential of human experience from mom's basement.
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Old January 3 2014, 09:37 PM   #90
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No one ever explored the full potential of human experience from mom's basement.
But I explored a lot of porn my mom's basement when I was but a teen.
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