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Wed Aug 31, 2016, 05:12 PM

My definition of boredom.

When trying to define boredom, I always go back to my first semester in college, in chemistry class.

Having taken chemistry in high school, in Mexico, I was bored out of my gourd listening to the instructor drill on and on and on, on stuff I already knew.

So I turned it into a sport. I was using a fountain pen to write my notes, and I had two colors of cartridges; red and blue. So I wrote my notes, switching back and forth between the two ink colors watching the ink change from red to purple to blue and then back to purple and red.

But this wasn't enough. No.

I decided to write my notes in Spanish while the lecture droned on in English. Then, for extra points, to transliterate the Spanish notes into the Greek alphabet, and write them from right to left.

All this, while the lecture was going on, in real time.

That's my favorite definition of boredom.

What's yours?

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Xipe Totec Aug 2016 OP
pinboy3niner Aug 2016 #1
Xipe Totec Aug 2016 #2
pinboy3niner Aug 2016 #4
Xipe Totec Aug 2016 #5
Hayduke Bomgarte Aug 2016 #3
Sentath Aug 2016 #6
Xipe Totec Aug 2016 #7
femmocrat Aug 2016 #8
trof Aug 2016 #9
pinboy3niner Aug 2016 #11
True Dough Aug 2016 #10
NanceGreggs Sep 2016 #12

Response to Xipe Totec (Original post)

Wed Aug 31, 2016, 05:26 PM

1. Boredom: When I was a kid in Southern California (San Fernando Valley)...

Sitting with my friends on a very hot summer day, leaning back against the block wall in my backyard, saying "What do you wanna do?" "I dunno, what do you wanna do?" "I dunno..." ad infinitum.

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 31, 2016, 05:34 PM

2. Did you ever read 100 years of Solitude?

I think you're on to something.


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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #2)

Wed Aug 31, 2016, 05:42 PM

4. No, But I obviously couldn't have written it. Imagine a whole book with our lazy summer dialogue.

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #4)

Wed Aug 31, 2016, 05:50 PM

5. 100 year saga, and half the characters are named Juan Arcadio Buendia nt

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Response to Xipe Totec (Original post)

Wed Aug 31, 2016, 05:40 PM

3. Having to sit through televised

Baseball, golf, bowling, basketball, any olympic sport and political speeches or debates.

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Response to Xipe Totec (Original post)

Wed Aug 31, 2016, 05:51 PM

6. 1/60th

1/30th
1/20th
1/15th
1/12th
1/10th
7/60ths
2/15ths
2/20ths
1/6th
11/60ths
1/5th
13/60ths
7/30ths
1/4th
8/30ths
17/60ths
3/10ths
19/60ths
1/3rd
7/20ths
11/30ths
23/60ths
2/5ths
5/12ths
13/30ths
9/20ths
7/15ths
29/60ths
1/2
31/60ths
8/15ths
11/20ths
17/30ths
7/12ths
3/5ths
37/60ths
19/30ths
13/20ths
2/3rds
41/60ths
7/10ths
43/60ths
11/15ths
3/4ths
23/30ths
47/60ths
4/5ths
49/60ths
5/6ths
17/20ths
13/15ths
53/60ths
9/10ths
11/12ths
14/15ths
19/20ths
29/30ths
59/60ths
one minute

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Response to Sentath (Reply #6)

Wed Aug 31, 2016, 05:53 PM

7. Yea, that would be boring indeed. Especially repeated 50 times. nt

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Response to Xipe Totec (Original post)

Wed Aug 31, 2016, 05:59 PM

8. Watching Teletubbies on TV before we got the internet here. nt

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Response to Xipe Totec (Original post)

Wed Aug 31, 2016, 06:28 PM

9. Church service

Any church service

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Response to trof (Reply #9)

Wed Aug 31, 2016, 07:18 PM

11. Ha! I trained as a Catholic altar boy.

But when I was only halfway through the training they called me to serve on the coming Sunday. I didn't know all the lines and I was frantic. I was a no-show.

I know I'm going straight to hell.

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Response to Xipe Totec (Original post)

Wed Aug 31, 2016, 07:09 PM

10. I used to loathe boredom as a kid/teen

But now, as someone who is middle-aged, I embrace "slow" hours. I take time to reflect. I try to be cognizant of my breathing. Be thankful for the sunshine (if it's shining). Feel the relief from a breeze. Strike up a conversation with a stranger.

I realize time flies all too fast, for the most part.

All that said, if you take away my internet connection for too long, I can get a little grumpy. The things I mentioned above are great -- for 5 or 10 minutes. Then I'm back on my phone or my laptop, so boredom is rarely existent anymore.

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Response to Xipe Totec (Original post)

Thu Sep 1, 2016, 12:56 AM

12. Boredem is ...

... writing an entire novel in your head while listening to someone tell you all about the cutest thing their kid, puppy or kitty-cat just did. In detail. Omitting nothing.

I'm pretty sure this is how "War and Peace" came about. Tolstoy had a friend who had the most adorable two-year-old and ...

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