"Everything's Amazing & Nobody's Happy"

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I don't know this guy, but I think that he's an American comedian. Anyway, what he has to say made me laugh and vigorously nod in agreement.

Because so many members of this forum have a "can do" attitude, this guy's sentiments will definitely strike a chord... (4 min, 14 sec)

  • Profile picture of the author ibnujusup
    yeh, i couldnt agree more... just be thankful, you will be happier..

    PS: i like the 000 phone number jokes.. haha, the good ol time... now everything more modern and easy... thank God, no need to "dial"
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  • Profile picture of the author seasoned
    A few of them were wrong. Only sattelite phones go to space. FEW use those now.

    A trip from new york to california could probably be done in about 4 months, assuming 8 hour days at 100% use of the horses, and 3 miles an hour.

    As for the 40 minute delay on the tarmac. Yeah. To be reasonable, a short flight will likely be about "30 min" air time. That is 1hour gate to gate, and likely about 250miles or so. So by road it will likely over 5 hours. You never know, depending on what options they had, their wait, etc... MAYBE they had a point.

    But yeah, funny and most had a point.

    As for the 0, I wonder how many know that since 0 would have been too hard to detect, they made it equal 10, so it took the LONGEST time to transmit. Pulse dialing was all but eradcated by the time I was about 10! That was like 40 years ago! So a LOT of people in that audience may have NEVER heard pulse dialing!

    BTW he IS american.

    Steve
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    • Profile picture of the author Kurt
      Originally Posted by John Henderson View Post

      I don't know this guy, but I think that he's an American comedian. Anyway, what he has to say made me laugh and vigorously nod in agreement.

      Because so many members of this forum have a "can do" attitude, this guy's sentiments will definitely strike a chord... (4 min, 14 sec)

      Secret of Happiness is to be Thankful - YouTube
      Hey John...

      His name is Louis C.K. and is a fairly popular comedian in the US.

      And I agree with him about how so many people ignore what a great time it is to be alive and have an unbelievable feeling of entitlement.


      Originally Posted by seasoned View Post

      A few of them were wrong. Only sattelite phones go to space. FEW use those now.

      A trip from new york to california could probably be done in about 4 months, assuming 8 hour days at 100% use of the horses, and 3 miles an hour.

      As for the 40 minute delay on the tarmac. Yeah. To be reasonable, a short flight will likely be about "30 min" air time. That is 1hour gate to gate, and likely about 250miles or so. So by road it will likely over 5 hours. You never know, depending on what options they had, their wait, etc... MAYBE they had a point.

      But yeah, funny and most had a point.

      As for the 0, I wonder how many know that since 0 would have been too hard to detect, they made it equal 10, so it took the LONGEST time to transmit. Pulse dialing was all but eradcated by the time I was about 10! That was like 40 years ago! So a LOT of people in that audience may have NEVER heard pulse dialing!

      BTW he IS american.

      Steve
      Steve,

      He's a comedian. It's called "embellishment". Lighten up.

      BTW, tell the Donner party that it's "only" a 4 month trip...And you need to work on the facts yourself and stop using Hollywood movies as your source of info.

      No SANE settlers moving west used horses to pull their wagons. They used oxen. Horses aren't hardy enough and anyone using horses to pull covered wagons would have seen their horses die somewhere in MO, assuming they left from St. Louis. They did tie horses to the wagons and would ride them to scout for water, hunt, etc, but they didn't use them to pull wagons cross country.

      Plus, if times got tough they could kill and eat their oxen, something most Americans of the time would be very adverse to doing with horses.

      One way to tell if an old frontier picture is authentic is to see it wagons are pulled by oxen or by horses. If it's horses, it's fake.

      Since you are always so interested in everyone being 100% accurate, even comedians, thought you would appreciate the correction of you own mis-information.
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  • Profile picture of the author lifespan59
    Great post! I love Louis C.K. His routine is anything but. He has a show on F.X. that is raw & real.....Thanks for this.
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    • Profile picture of the author John Henderson
      Originally Posted by seasoned View Post

      Pulse dialing was all but eradcated by the time I was about 10! That was like 40 years ago!
      Wow, here in the UK, pulse dialing was pretty much the norm until the 90s. In the 1980s, pressing a number on one of the new-fangled push-button phones produced a series of clicks! :rolleyes: I think we've pretty much gone digital now, although eBay sellers who specialise in old rotary-dial phones claim that they'll still work on the British phone network.... so maybe we haven't left it behind yet!

      Originally Posted by Kurt View Post

      And I agree with him about how so many people ignore what a great time it is to be alive and have an unbelievable feeling of entitlement.
      Absolutely! I think one of Brian Tracy's favourite lines is "We live in a golden era that mankind has dreamed about for centuries."

      Originally Posted by Kurt View Post

      He's a comedian. It's called "embellishment". Lighten up.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dave Patterson
    @Kurt....not sure if my ancestors even owned wagons because I was told they walked their asses...
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  • Profile picture of the author seasoned
    Kurt, I didn't use movies as my info. Mapquest says about 3000 miles. Walking about 3 mph, so that is about 1000 hours. A day at 8hours is 125 days. After all, EVERYONE needs rest. So that is about 4 months. HEY, I wasn't saying it to be 100% accurate. After all, horses COULD go faster or slower than 3MPH, and going through some areas would have been harder and easier back then. Harder for areas that lacked tunnels through mountains, and easier for places that were wooded on mountains and now have level roads.

    And I didn't count shoeing, horse replacement, weather, etc... STILL, I bet 4 months is closer than 30 years.

    Well GEE, if you are going to just go back and talk about moving whole families. I bet few people on planes do that. I was talking about technology and the average person on airplanes, not the first settlers. Heck, settling was a bootstrap operation, and THAT was faster than airplanes if you compare apples to apples. The road to the jet started LONG before this country started, and the area was settled long before the first airplane.

    first first hand recorded attempt at powered flight before 1519
    US started 1776
    California made a state in 1850 (Time for attempt about 74 years)
    first powered flight 1903 (time for attempt over 384 years)

    Yeah, I KNOW! It may have been THOUSANDS of years! After all, there are the vedas, etc... But OK, I just went to davinci. And california was likely settled Earlier, but still...

    Steve
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    • Profile picture of the author Kurt
      Originally Posted by seasoned View Post

      Kurt, I didn't use movies as my info. Mapquest says about 3000 miles. Walking about 3 mph, so that is about 1000 hours. A day at 8hours is 125 days. After all, EVERYONE needs rest. So that is about 4 months. HEY, I wasn't saying it to be 100% accurate. After all, horses COULD go faster or slower than 3MPH, and going through some areas would have been harder and easier back then. Harder for areas that lacked tunnels through mountains, and easier for places that were wooded on mountains and now have level roads.

      And I didn't count shoeing, horse replacement, weather, etc... STILL, I bet 4 months is closer than 30 years.

      Well GEE, if you are going to just go back and talk about moving whole families. I bet few people on planes do that. I was talking about technology and the average person on airplanes, not the first settlers. Heck, settling was a bootstrap operation, and THAT was faster than airplanes if you compare apples to apples. The road to the jet started LONG before this country started, and the area was settled long before the first airplane.

      first first hand recorded attempt at powered flight before 1519
      US started 1776
      California made a state in 1850 (Time for attempt about 74 years)
      first powered flight 1903 (time for attempt over 384 years)

      Yeah, I KNOW! It may have been THOUSANDS of years! After all, there are the vedas, etc... But OK, I just went to davinci. And california was likely settled Earlier, but still...

      Steve
      Steve,

      How's that knit collection coming along? You should be close to a world record for knits, considering how much you like to pick 'em.

      And of course 4 months is "closer" than 30 years. I thought I explained that to you by using the word "embellishment"...He was EXAGERATING FOR COMEDIC EFFECT!!!!

      BTW, if you didn't use movies for your info, why bring up horses? How fast a horse goes is irrelevant to the point. It's how fast a pair of ox can pull a wagon.

      And way to hijack this thread. You may be able to knit-pick with a comedian's usage of "facts", but for some reason, you seemingly can't understand what his message was. How long it took for settlers to move west is irrelavant to Louis C.K.'s point. Comprende?
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    Ewwwww

    Nitpicking is the act of removing nits (the eggs of lice, generally head lice) from the host's hair. As the nits are cemented to individual hairs, they cannot be removed with most lice combs and, before modern chemical methods were invented, the only options were to shave all the host's hair or to pick them free one by one.

    This is a slow and laborious process, as the root of each individual hair must be examined for infestation. It was largely abandoned as modern chemical methods became available; however, as lice populations can and do develop resistance, manual nitpicking is still often necessary.

    As nitpicking inherently requires fastidious, meticulous attention to detail, the term has become appropriated to describe the practice of meticulously searching for minor, even trivial errors in detail (often referred to as "nits" as well), and then criticising them (see nitpicking (pastime)).
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    • Profile picture of the author Kurt
      Ironic...Even my use of "knitpicking" is being knitpicked:
      nit┬Ěpick

         /ˈnɪtˌpɪk/ Show Spelled[nit-pik] Show IPA
      verb (used without object)

      1. to be excessively concerned with or critical of inconsequential details.

      Nitpick | Define Nitpick at Dictionary.com


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      Ewwwww

      Nitpicking is the act of removing nits (the eggs of lice, generally head lice) from the host's hair. As the nits are cemented to individual hairs, they cannot be removed with most lice combs and, before modern chemical methods were invented, the only options were to shave all the host's hair or to pick them free one by one.

      This is a slow and laborious process, as the root of each individual hair must be examined for infestation. It was largely abandoned as modern chemical methods became available; however, as lice populations can and do develop resistance, manual nitpicking is still often necessary.

      As nitpicking inherently requires fastidious, meticulous attention to detail, the term has become appropriated to describe the practice of meticulously searching for minor, even trivial errors in detail (often referred to as "nits" as well), and then criticising them (see nitpicking (pastime)).
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  • Profile picture of the author seasoned
    Kurt,

    I'll just say one more thing regarding this. I'm sorry the movies, books, history books, various rodeos, what I have seen, been told, and personally experienced is wrong. I guess the news is wrong too. And the signs around various rodes I have been on that talk about horse paths or horse crossing. And what of the police that are actually on horseback. I thought people rode horses. So do they ride oxen in europe too? Remember, I was going like for like and personally, I was really talking about todays terrain.

    A lot of people on the planes fly alone, and you can fly a lot of planes and never see a kid.

    Steve
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    • Profile picture of the author LeeLee
      Originally Posted by seasoned View Post

      A lot of people on the planes fly alone, and you can fly a lot of planes and never see a kid.

      Steve
      If only that was true. Nothing beats being seated next to a parent with a squirming cranky toddler in their lap. Buy the kid a seat and better yet, strap them in with a car seat.
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      • Profile picture of the author seasoned
        Originally Posted by LeeLee View Post

        If only that was true. Nothing beats being seated next to a parent with a squirming cranky toddler in their lap. Buy the kid a seat and better yet, strap them in with a car seat.

        I was just saying it doesn't match the demographic, so most probably aren't moves. Yeah, I was on a plane once where the flaps weren't enough, some kid kept cheering "we're landing! we're landing! we're landing! we're landing! we're landing! we're landing! we're landing! ..." as we were landing, etc... and the crying, etc... I told some idiot parents to give their kid some milk, after talking about pressure, and they said they used a pacifier. EVEN after I said it didn't count, and they had to get the kid to swallow, to equalize the pressure, they STILL didn't have a clue. MAN! Some airlines, ironically, WON'T allow you to buy a seat for a baby, etc... I think the FAA MANDATES having a seat for a toddler though.

        Steve
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  • Profile picture of the author LeeLee
    I think you guys are comparing apples and oranges.

    Kurt is talking about wagon trains and mule teams while Steve is talking about riding on horseback.

    I agree with Louis. Like microwaving a frozen dinner takes maybe 8 minutes. I want it in 60 seconds. Yet there was a time we turned back the foil and popped those dinner bricks into the over for 45 minutes minimum.

    I can't imagine going back to rotary phones. And remember when you had to dial 7 digits to reach the police or emergency? No 911.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kurt
      Originally Posted by LeeLee View Post

      I think you guys are comparing apples and oranges.

      Kurt is talking about wagon trains and mule teams while Steve is talking about riding on horseback.

      I agree with Louis. Like microwaving a frozen dinner takes maybe 8 minutes. I want it in 60 seconds. Yet there was a time we turned back the foil and popped those dinner bricks into the over for 45 minutes minimum.

      I can't imagine going back to rotary phones. And remember when you had to dial 7 digits to reach the police or emergency? No 911.
      No, I'm not talking about mule trains. I'm talking about covered wagons, which were pulled by oxen. If you're going to use mules, you may as well use a horse.

      But what matters is what Louis CK is talking about, and he was talking about FAMILIES making the trip and they didn't do it on horseback.

      But, this is missing the POINT of CK's comments: It now only takes a few hours to do what used to take months. There's no need to correct this, CK used "30 years" because it was funnier. He is a comedian, after all.

      Edit: This would be a historically correct example:
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    • Profile picture of the author seasoned
      Originally Posted by LeeLee View Post

      I think you guys are comparing apples and oranges.

      Kurt is talking about wagon trains and mule teams while Steve is talking about riding on horseback.

      I agree with Louis. Like microwaving a frozen dinner takes maybe 8 minutes. I want it in 60 seconds. Yet there was a time we turned back the foil and popped those dinner bricks into the over for 45 minutes minimum.

      I can't imagine going back to rotary phones. And remember when you had to dial 7 digits to reach the police or emergency? No 911.
      Actually, I believe they DID have 911, at least in the late 1960s. MAYBE I'm wrong, and some areas WERE slow to accept niceties like knowing the location.But YEAH, good points. Some even lament why we must limit foil, etc...

      Steve
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      • Profile picture of the author Dave Patterson
        Originally Posted by seasoned View Post

        Actually, I believe they DID have 911, at least in the late 1960s.

        Steve
        February 1968....Haleyville, AL. First in the nation to utilize 9-1-1....

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haleyville,_Alabama
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        • Profile picture of the author seasoned
          Originally Posted by Dave Patterson View Post

          February 1968....Haleyville, AL. First in the nation to utilize 9-1-1....

          Haleyville, Alabama - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
          I would have guessed at LEAST a year earlier! Luckily, I didn't have to dial 911 until they had E911!!

          BTW I should SUE!!!!!! I just had to cook a pizza. The Microwave oven took THREE MINUTES!!!!!!! ;( ROTFL!

          Steve
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