Less Is Less

Christmas decorations (notice I didn’t use the word holiday. that would be beta) are going up around the office. Taped to one wall is a printout with candy canes and snowmen and the words “Less is more”.

It’s funny the things people tell themselves to perk up their banal existences.





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  1. http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article2023392.ece

    Kinda like this ?

    “The fem-bot has a touch-sensitive face and body so she reacts if shown affection or hurt.

    “Like a real female she will react to being touched in certain ways. If you grab or squeeze too hard she will try to slap you. She has all senses except for smell,” he said.”…

    ““She doesn’t need holidays, food or rest and she will work almost 24-hours a day. She is the perfect woman,” he said.”

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  2. “It’s funny the things people tell themselves to perk up their banal existences.”

    I think that every time I read your blog.

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  3. LOL
    Wonka that was right on time.

    Actually, less is more is a good way to view Christmas spending .

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  4. ^LoLz @ Wonka

    and agree w/chicnoir

    consumerism is banal

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  5. I think that every time I read your blog.

    you’d have a point if i was telling pretty lies.
    but i’m not.
    so you don’t.

    Actually, less is more is a good way to view Christmas spending .

    no it’s not.
    unless, that is, you have no choice.

    ps: stuff is fun!

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  6. Good Down Economy Christmas Presents Move:

    Bust out the old watercolors from kindergarden and paint away!

    Total cost: free

    Quality of gift: A+ (but depends on skills).

    – MPM

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  7. roissy saidActually, less is more is a good way to view Christmas spending .

    no it’s not.
    unless, that is, you have no choice.

    ps: stuff is fun!

    Stuff is fun but you grow bored with it after a week or two. Stuff also junks up your living space and wastefully ties up cash.

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  8. temper the condescension

    banality is relative

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  9. temper the condescension

    you’re in the wrong place for temperance, son.

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  10. Actually, given that I’m short a couple of major retailers right now, less is really, really more for me.

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  11. You’re telling yourself a pretty lie roissy. You are taking pride on a petty matter of style. Your a different version of the passive aggressive twat who tapes up a ‘clever’ note on the refrigerator saying that “the fridge is for everyone, please chill out and keep it clean.”

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  12. Two thumbs down for this blog post.

    Four thumbs down for me replying to it.

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  13. @ Gunner –

    Your a different version of the passive aggressive twat who tapes up a ‘clever’ note on the refrigerator saying that “the fridge is for everyone, please chill out and keep it clean.”

    For every “passive agressive twat” there is an “inconsiderate asshole”. I bet we can guess which one you are.

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  14. Four thumbs down for me replying to it.

    heh.
    better judgment gets thrown out the window here, along with temperance.

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  15. on December 10, 2008 at 6:39 pm monohechomierda

    It’s like when people tell you that money doesn’t buy happiness. That’s because you just don’t know where to shop bitch.

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  16. It is odd that when the economy is down, people tend to dress more conservatively, and public spaces tend to dress down. Pupu wants to see more holiday decorations and hear more Christmas carols. They are like beef stew, cozy and comforting. Come to think of it, a cheap way to keep the office space festive is to switch all computer screens to Super Mario Brothers and keep the music loud and not in synch on the Christmas Eve.

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  17. on December 10, 2008 at 7:05 pm Dr. Grzlickson

    Roissy, can you please come over and fuck Mrs. G?

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  18. Do I really need to call Roosh over to preach to the money is everything crowd???

    Who is Pupu?

    At times I think Pupu is Clio. Pupu comes across as having a warm caring nature like Clio.

    Maybe DA is Pupu? Maybe Tupac is both DA and Pupu?

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  19. Roissy, can you please come over and fuck Mrs. G?

    you know the drill.

    how old is she?
    how tall is she?
    how much does she weigh?
    which hollywood celebrity does she most resemble?
    does she do a2m?

    and no hiding in the corner to watch. that’s not my scene, man.

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  20. rand no hiding in the corner to watch. that’s not my scene, man
    We are in a recession. Just charge him 5 bucks extra. Make all of the money you can while you can.

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  21. Roissy for such a hedonist you seem unaware of the research. Stuff is fun but we adapt to the shit really quickly, and our happiness recedes pretty quickly. Things that make us happy are meals with friends and traveling. The Less is More sign is wrong because it’s not true, More is More, it just has to be the right stuff. And it’s not stuff, it’s experiences, which is the same reason that if men could get laid without looking good we would. I don’t care how awesome my clothes are, I care about how awesome my fucks are.

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  22. “Who is Pupu?

    At times I think Pupu is Clio. Pupu comes across as having a warm caring nature like Clio.

    Maybe DA is Pupu? Maybe Tupac is both DA and Pupu?”

    I am Roissy’s feminine, compassionate alter ego

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  23. “you’d have a point if i was telling pretty lies.
    but i’m not.
    so you don’t.”

    I agree with you that what you saw around your workplace is pap. It doesn’t mean I think your assertions are any better than pap.

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  24. Stuff is fun but we adapt to the shit really quickly, and our happiness recedes pretty quickly.

    i’ve seen the research. if you want to argue that this logically means we should regress to a primitive state in order to maximize our happiness with the manna of low expectations, you can have it. i understand tibetan monks are among the happiest people in the world, but then, what’s stopping me from dropping out and joining them?

    Things that make us happy are meals with friends and traveling.

    no argument there. according to the happiness research, though, shouldn’t we be minimizing our time with friends and our travel? they are, after all, material value added goods, minus the packaging.

    The Less is More sign is wrong because it’s not true, More is More, it just has to be the right stuff.

    who decides what is the right stuff? *how* do we decide that?
    is sex the right stuff? cause you can be sure that most men are happier with more sex, not less.

    And it’s not stuff, it’s experiences, which is the same reason that if men could get laid without looking good we would.

    listening to my mp3 player is an enjoyable experience. one that requires a material purchase.

    I don’t care how awesome my clothes are, I care about how awesome my fucks are.

    true, i’ll enjoy awesome fucks more than a finely tailored suit, but i still feel pretty good heading out the front door dressed in something fashionable.

    I am Roissy’s feminine, compassionate alter ego

    i am hello’s naughty sexy thoughts in the form of a gargantuan pulsating cock rudely intruding upon her nighttime dreams leaving her a shuddering mess laying in a warm puddle of her own spent release.

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  25. The point about friends and meals is that they are not in fact material goods without the packaging. We don’t adapt to them, we experience them. Because we experience them, they enjoyment is likely to be constant. The memory has continued value. Spending 50K on a car: love my car, get used to it, still has the same problems every other car has, still ends up being the thing that gets me from point A to point B. 50K on meals means memories, various flavors we can remember, time spent out with friends, and therefore shared memories that we can recall later. I assume this was the point of your naked pictures post essentially. Things that create memories have much more lasting value than things that do not.

    That we adapt material to material things doesn’t mean we shouldn’t purchase them and enjoy them. My iPod brings me constant enjoyment, but it is also something I’ve gotten used to, and I feel a negative value when I forget it. The point is that we inefficiently allocate our resources towards material things and away from things that create consistent happiness.

    Also, I think following a reductionist scheme, you haven’t addressed why you like wearing a finely tailored suit. Do you have an inherent love for finely tailored thing? I suppose it could be a biological love of things that look nice, but I have to imagine it has something more to do with that you feel like you look good, that you think you look more masculine and appealing to women, and not some aesthetic reason.

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  26. Things that make us happy are meals with friends and traveling
    cosign

    Roissy, why are you being difficult. When we mention stuff, we are talking about buying a new ipod whenever Steve introduces a newer model, or buy the latest “it” bag. Keep in mind many people buy stuff so they can feel hip and down.

    hello saidI am Roissy’s feminine, compassionate alter ego

    He certainly has a feminine compassionate side. Roissy is a licker 🙂

    i am hello’s naughty sexy thoughts in the form of a gargantuan pulsating cock rudely intruding upon her nighttime dreams leaving her a shuddering mess laying in a warm puddle of her own spent release.
    😯
    *screams & stagers out of the comment section*

    Roissy is so ready to write a book for blacklace novels.

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  27. who decides what is the right stuff? you do

    *how* do we decide that?
    Easy, if you buy an item and grow bored with it after two weeks, it was a waste of money. Kinda like those gym memberships that people get for their New Year’s resolutions and ditch by March=junk/stuff. For those who use their membership year round, it was a good purchase.

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  28. Excellent comment JAW.
    My iPod brings me constant enjoyment, but it is also something I’ve gotten used to, and I feel a negative value when I forget it
    I’m still on generation 2. I refuse to upgrade just because.

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  29. The iPhone, however, I think has constant added value which is what makes it such an impressive thing. (Yes, I know, typical SWPL). Still, the GPS that lets you find places easier, the applications which help you find restaurants around you, Shazaam which lets you find new songs that you like, etc. all enhance your life in the experiential ways that are more important hedonically than simply having something to listen to your music on.

    Obviously what the *right* stuff is has an idiosyncratic portion to it, but I think we can extrapolate from the general populace to figure out if we are allocating our resources correctly. Are men who have more sex happier, when we control for all of the things that go into men getting more sex? My guess is yes, so that would help us decide what the right stuff is.

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  30. i am hello’s naughty sexy thoughts in the form of a gargantuan pulsating cock rudely intruding upon her nighttime dreams leaving her a shuddering mess laying in a warm puddle of her own spent release.

    Roissy, you seem to have a fixation on large members. I’m not going accuse you of being gay like some feminist or beta would, but what is this all about? Is a large penis a critical aspect of being alpha? Do your partners consistently talk about how important penis size and how their beta boyfriends just can’t measure up compared to you?

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  31. I’m not going accuse you of being gay like some feminist or beta would, but what is this all about?

    it’s a running gag. (double entendre intended)

    Is a large penis a critical aspect of being alpha?

    more like a happy surprise.

    Do your partners consistently talk about how important penis size and how their beta boyfriends just can’t measure up compared to you?

    no, i just bludgeon them over the head with my enormous blood sausage until they forget what it was they were saying.

    works like a charm when the garbage needs taking out.

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  32. chiclet:
    Roissy, why are you being difficult.

    spoken like a true group cohesion facilitating female.
    amen choir is down the hall and to the left. this here is thunderdome.

    When we mention stuff, we are talking about buying a new ipod whenever Steve introduces a newer model, or buy the latest “it” bag.

    what if i truly madly deeply want that extra 100 GB in the newest Ipod? can i still blame advertising?

    Keep in mind many people buy stuff so they can feel hip and down.

    true.
    but feeling hip is, for most people, an ingredient of happiness. social outcasts look like a depressed lot to me.
    nevertheless, it’s also true i gleefully and cruelly make fun of those SWPLs who adorn their lives with the latest Jobs trinkets. it’s possible to recognize the status whoring for what it is while still enjoying the good feelings one gets from playing the system.

    Roissy is so ready to write a book for blacklace novels.

    it’s more fun to live it.

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  33. I’m still on generation 2. I refuse to upgrade just because.

    I feel dragged into the comment. I just purchased an iPod Touch, and I’m rather happy with it. Plus, I had the benefit of selling my black 5G iPod to my brother for $40.

    Spending 50K on a car: love my car, get used to it, still has the same problems every other car has, still ends up being the thing that gets me from point A to point B

    I’m an outlier since I’m a roadgeek, my car(s) have given me some adventures and memories. The first Saturn was probably what many would consider a broken POS, but it took me up the Taconic in warm summer afternoons until it was stolen and provided for a great base for cutting class. My second Saturn is a nicer car, but somehow, I still have fond memories of the first car, and my car has to compete against my brother’s Celica…

    So if I could, I would spend $50K on a nice car (read: Infinity G37 coupe) if it makes roadgeeking enjoyable. Mind you, it doesn’t discount the $50K worth of dinners, but I like having both. 🙂

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  34. on December 10, 2008 at 9:22 pm Dr. Grzlickson

    how old is she? 87 years young
    how tall is she? 5″2, down from 5″11
    how much does she weigh? 248 lbs.
    which hollywood celebrity does she most resemble? The old woman from Titanic but fatter
    does she do a2m? Yes, she has an ATM card, we have a joint account through Wachovia.

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  35. DA assembled a drone army:
    I’m an outlier since I’m a roadgeek, my car(s) have given me some adventures and memories.

    you know, this comment thread was just beginning to heat up when you had to go and get all boring. isn’t there a meandering slice of life blog you can dump your precious memories into instead of kneecapping the fun here?

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  36. on December 10, 2008 at 9:26 pm Dr. Grzlickson

    Let’s just say that Peter would love Mrs. G, and leave it at that.

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  37. how old is she? 87 years young
    how tall is she? 5″2, down from 5″11
    how much does she weigh? 248 lbs.
    which hollywood celebrity does she most resemble? The old woman from Titanic but fatter
    does she do a2m? Yes, she has an ATM card, we have a joint account through Wachovia.

    you had me at 248.
    .
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    .
    .
    .
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    … had me dry heaving, that is.

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  38. on December 10, 2008 at 9:32 pm ironrailsironweights

    Let’s just say that Peter would love Mrs. G, and leave it at that.

    Ah, what a wonderful woman.

    Peter

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  39. you know, this comment thread was just beginning to heat up when you had to go and get all boring

    Well, there was the time that I was speeding and the State Trooper spotted me, but I bailed at the next exit…

    No, you’re right, I probably shouldn’t have wasted your precious time with my boring post, and I should have stayed with my original pledge to avoid posting for a few days. Since you uttered the magic words, I’ll go away.

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  40. Peter,
    Out of curiosity how hairy is too hairy? Do you dissapprove of leg shaving, eyebrow plucking?

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  41. DA pouted:
    Well, there was the time that I was speeding and the State Trooper spotted me, but I bailed at the next exit…

    it’s a start.

    No, you’re right, I probably shouldn’t have wasted your precious time with my boring post, and I should have stayed with my original pledge to avoid posting for a few days. Since you uttered the magic words, I’ll go away.

    you are a bigger passive aggressive victim monger bleeding your self-pity all over the floor in kodachrome streamers of tormented self loathing and pimped out rimspinning anguish than a gay man on the downswing of a quaalude bender after watching 12 straight hours of brokeback mountain.
    clean yourself off, man!

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  42. Roissy,

    Lay off David Alexander. Even I draw the line at making fun of the mentally retarded.

    Or maybe I’m just a bad person.

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  43. on December 10, 2008 at 10:57 pm ironrailsironweights

    Peter,
    Out of curiosity how hairy is too hairy? Do you dissapprove of leg shaving, eyebrow plucking?

    Leg shaving and eyebrow plucking’s fine. As for the hair that really matters, some edge trimming is harmless enough so long as nature’s upside-down triangle shape is maintained.

    Peter

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  44. but feeling hip is, for most people, an ingredient of happiness. social outcasts look like a depressed lot to me
    The hipster says otherwise.
    nevertheless, it’s also true i gleefully and cruelly make fun of those SWPLs who adorn their lives with the latest Jobs trinkets.
    Yes you do. I will give you two points for acknowledging your inner hypocrite. We are all hypocrites really.
    it’s possible to recognize the status whoring for what it is while still enjoying the good feelings one gets from playing the system
    Are we playing the system or being played by the system when we buy things we don’t like or are indifferent to in order to impress others.

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  45. you are a bigger passive aggressive victim monger bleeding your self-pity

    Let’s put this in a form that avoids being passive aggressive. You told me to fuck off when you said my story was boring and that I ruined the flow of the conversation, so I stated that I would stay away to respect your wishes.

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  46. Saying ‘holiday’ decorations might be beta but using Christmas decorations is lower ranking still.
    Why pay this homage to a figurehead, Christ, whose existence cannot be proven and who represents a belief system whose central tenet, the existence of God, cannot be demonstrated and is vanishingly unlikely? Surely this is the worst sort of leaning in/
    Cheers Momus

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  47. Less religion is more better.

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  48. Let’s put this in a form that avoids being passive aggressive. You told me to fuck off when you said my story was boring and that I ruined the flow of the conversation, so I stated that I would stay away to respect your wishes.

    And yet YOU’RE STILL POSTING!

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  49. It’s Christmas because it’s tradition. Because it’s non-pc. Because it ticks pc-mongering folks off. Because nut-job Mullahs don’t like it.

    Because it says, this is my tradition, my country, my rules. Anyone who doesn’t like a Merry Christmas can just … leave.

    It’s nothing to do with religion, everything to do with cohesion and tradition.

    Merry Christmas. And Happy New Year.

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  50. in a small, small-way.

    what do you do if amazonian challenges you to have an honest conversation?

    lets see how wise you really are.

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  51. Most of you are laughably pathetic. As a hard-core reactionary Christian, I disagree with many (perhaps most) of Roissy’s sentiments, but I’d be delusional to deny the underlying truths about human nature that he illustrates.

    I’d encourage you all to wake up, but then I’d lose the effortless feeling of superiority.

    Actually, I take it back, being superior to pond scum isn’t much to brag about.

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  52. As a hard-core reactionary Christian

    I’m intrigued. This is because contemporary Christians in the Western mainstream strike me as kumbayah one-world sentimental saps, ultra-left on every issue except reproductive ethics.

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  53. This is because contemporary Christians in the Western mainstream strike me as kumbayah one-world sentimental saps, ultra-left on every issue except reproductive ethics.

    That is why I converted to Orthodoxy.

    A blessed Nativity to all.

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  54. Wait, you work? 😉

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  55. Peter, why are you so anti bald eagle? Not only would I venture a wild guess that a good 90% of the finest tail out there is hairless, I like it because it shows a girl maintains herself well and often, which speaks to a lot of things about their nature. Hello, don’t listen to Peter, keep it nice n clean.

    @ SMB

    I cant tell if your post is satiric or what. Before the ‘pond scum’ mega-burn, I thought your comment was pretty clever.

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  56. Speaking of stuff important to happiness, I think computing power trumps everything. Not directly, of course, but through its myriads of indirect effects. First, staying alive and healthy is a necessary condition for being happy. In the long term, that requires radical advances in medical technology. Those will not be forthcoming without radical advances in overall technological development, which in turn depends on ultra- cheap computing capable of handling an ever increasing amount of data. And our severely limited healthspan is but one example of the many limitations called the human condition.

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  57. on December 11, 2008 at 12:46 pm Overpriced Hadron Collider

    Actually hadrons keep me soooooo frickin’ happy you wouldn’t believe it.

    Well .. you know – Smashing Hadrons Together does..

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  58. @ Rick

    Not satiric at all.

    Comments like Wonka’s sad attempt at smugness are pretty, well, sad.

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  59. saying “holiday” is beta…reminds me of the American Dad episode where he holds the cashier at gunpoint for refusing to say “Merry Christmas”

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  60. smb

    yeah i think i misread your comment. but just thought it was funny to identify yourself as a “hard-core reactionary Christian”

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  61. i understand tibetan monks are among the happiest people in the world, but then, what’s stopping me from dropping out and joining them?

    -roissy

    I almost did that. The monks invited me to stay with them in Labrang to teach, and I was intrigued, but all I could think about was my little half-Japanese tramp back in Beijing (who was undoubtedly playing the field while I was gone).

    Sometimes I think I’m a fool for having turned them down. A couple years at 10,000 feet eating roast yak and bedding down with rosy-cheeked Tibetan girls in yurts might have done me a world of good. I could tell you guys things about the country out there you couldn’t believe unless you saw it for yourselves.

    Come to think of it, I’m getting mighty sick of America again…

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  62. Also, Whiskey, saying Merry Christmas makes me feel good, too. Just as it makes you feel better about your small penis, it makes me feel better about my undersized member.

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  63. CHIC NOIR:Who is that luscious lass in your avatar? Is that YOU or a celebrity of some sort. Me likey…

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  64. josh, it’s Jessica White. She is one of the best looking women ever. I don’t care for her new nose but I think she is a beauty.

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