Found Words – Survey

June 30, 2010

Best Survey answer ever:

“Position: person who accumulates questions.”

New life goal: I want to be the person who accumulates questions.


Found Words – Michael Lewis

June 29, 2010

“‘Growing up in Queens, you very quickly figure out where the money is,’ said Vinny. ‘It’s in Manhattan.'”


Found Words – Michael Lewis

June 28, 2010

“He couldn’t even give money away without picking a fight.”

– the Big Short


Written Words– Thoughts from Abroad.

June 27, 2010

One month ago, I got on a plane to spend my summer in Italy. So I figured that now, at the halfway point, I would put down some thoughts– and thoughts on those thoughts (thoughts thoughts thoughts. Funny word. Too many letters)

1. Planes, trains, and hostels are nice places to make friends.
or at least pretend to make friends. I mean, it is not like anyone actually keeps up with that person they met on the plane ride over, or hangs out with those students they met on the train. It is a great way to meet people to hang out with while traveling, but meeting friends… maybe not.

B. I know a lot more Italian than I thought I did.
Or maybe that is a lot less Italian than I thought I did. I can never tell. I will be feeling great, and then fail to understand when someone asks me whether I want my pizza to go. I think it is safe to say that I know a different amount of Italian than I think I do.

III. Italians are very nice and polite.
Unless you are in Rome.
Well, in Rome too, unless you are a tourist, or maybe only if you are a tourist…
Forget about it. Everyone says that everyone is nicer and more polite here, but I don’t really see it. Maybe it is just because I am not from somewhere exceptionally rude like NYC, but as far as I can tell, people are just people, and there are rude ones as well as polite ones.

Δ You miss a lot if you don’t go to the small towns.
I like this one, but then again, unless you know someone, small towns are not really all that attractive. It is really cool to go and see how life is lived outside of the big city, but it you can’t really do that as a tourist. Then again, that is kinda the whole point. Who knows, maybe the people who make actual friends on trains can go to small towns and have a good time without knowing anyone.

e) Italian food is really great.
Actually, it is. There is no second guessing on this one. I guess if you hate pasta or something, but that is just weird. Try the Ethiopian food too.


Found Words – Michael Lewis

June 27, 2010

“Here ws the first of many theories about Eisman: He was simply so much more interested in whatever was rattling around his brain than he was in whoever happened to be standing in front of him that the one overwhelmed the other.”

– The Big Short


Found Words – Gregory David Roberts

June 26, 2010

“The cloak of the past is cut from patches of feeling, and sewn with rebus threads. Most of the time, the best we can do is wrap it around ourselves for comfort or drag it behind us as we struggle to go on. But everything has its cause and its meaning. Every life, every love, every action and feeling and thought has its reason and significance: its beginning, and the part it plays in the end. Sometimes, we do see. Sometimes, we see the past so clearly, and read the legend of its parts with such acuity, that every stitch of time reveals its purpose, and a kind of message is enfolded in it. Nothing in any life, no matter how well or poorly lived, is wiser than failure or clearer than sorrow. And in the tiny, precious wisdom that they give us, even those dread and hated enemies, suffering and failure, have their reason and right to be.”

-Shantaram


Found Words – Michael Lewis

June 26, 2010

“He dressed half-fastidiously, as if someone had gone to great trouble to buy him nice new clothes but not told him exactly how they should be worn.”

– The Big Short