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01 January 2008 @ 02:35 pm
Poll: Year End  
I've seen lots of people doing year-end wrap-ups, but, well, I don't really have a lot to wrap up. You all know how my year went. Instead, I thought I'd ask you: how was your year? Are you happy, baby? (I'm also curious because a lot of people seem to have had absolutely terrible 2007s; I'm wondering if it was just the Cursed Year or what.)

And the question at the end is a very important one. Best Beloved and I were talking about that story, and we totally disagreed about what happened. I'd like to be proved right by majority rule, please. Voting is key.

Poll #1114196 How was your year?

So, how was 2007 for you, overall? 1 = terrible, 5 = awesome.

Mean: 3.07 Median: 3 Std. Dev 1.05

How about your fannish year? 1 = terrible, 5 = awesome.

Mean: 3.74 Median: 4 Std. Dev 1.00

Are you happier than you were at this time last year?

About the same

What was the most important (or interesting, or exciting) thing that happened to you this year?

So, which was it: the lady or the tiger?

Tags: [poll]
misspamelamisspamela on January 1st, 2008 10:52 pm (UTC)
I forgot to answer the most interesting thing...which I think you already know! And when I said, "about the same" happiness as last year, it's a totally different kind of happiness/not happiness, but it's not quantitatively more or less. If that makes sense.
tried to eat the safe banana: Arms outstretched.thefourthvine on January 1st, 2008 11:13 pm (UTC)
It does indeed make sense. (And, hmmm. I do think I guessed your most interesting thing. I suspect it's the same as my most interesting thing, even!)
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tried to eat the safe banana: Arms outstretched.thefourthvine on January 1st, 2008 11:14 pm (UTC)

You are entirely welcome to gush all over my LJ. Or, you know, cry, but I'm very glad you're not in a crying place this year. Yay! (Especially since I remember where you were last year: Not the Happiest.)
Katie M.katie_m on January 1st, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC)
Okay, this is that one time when I'm going to say that there is no answer to that question about the story. The whole point of the story is to forbid us knowing; we can think about it, say how we would have written the story, but the story is what it is and the answer to that question isn't in it.

(Given the story as it is, I probably would have ended it with the tiger, FWIW.)
Destinadestina on January 1st, 2008 11:04 pm (UTC)
What she said. Hence I didn't vote on that question because it's a theoretical exercise only.
(no subject) - thefourthvine on January 1st, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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zillah975 on January 1st, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC)
If it had been the tiger, I'd have been torn to bits and could be starting all over again, reincarnated or something. Alas, it was the lady, but I was already married (figuaratively) with a lovely home and nice stuff. Now I don't have my lovely home and I'm married (figuartively) to taking care of my mom and trying to keep my step-dad from reaching the end of his rope (because if he does that and splits for parts unknown, I will be hurling myself into tiger pens across the country with beefsteaks strapped to my belly).

However, the year could have been much worse. I still have my sister, my health, the internet, my awesome friends both online and offline, books, fandom, a good job, a place to live, my cat, two computers, and a car that runs, and my step-dad and I generally get along all right. So I wouldn't say I'm sadder than I was last year, but I'd say I'm less hopeful for the near future.

Still fairly hopeful for the distant future, though. :)

tried to eat the safe banana: TFV brownthefourthvine on January 1st, 2008 11:54 pm (UTC)
Um, here's to the distant future? And yay for stil having things that are good? Because, wow, 2007 sounds like it sucked.

I offer you tea and sympathy, and hope for a great 2008.
joandarck on January 1st, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
My vote reflects my opinion in junior high -- given the characterization of the woman and her culture as presented, it seemed inevitable that it would be the tiger, even though any of us would have given him the lady instead. (I do realize the question is supposed to be uanswerable, but I didn't feel like he'd presented enough counterbalance suggesting that she was having an outburst of "civilized" compassion or anything.)

I don't have an opinion these days, it's been too long since I read the story.
tried to eat the safe banana: Batgirl in glassesthefourthvine on January 1st, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC)
Oh, man. Now I totally want to talk about my opinion, but I can't, because I promised BB that I wouldn't do anything that might bias the results. (LJ polls are serious business!)

I do remember everyone having really strong opinions about this in middle school, and I certainly formed mine then and, until recently, hadn't thought about it since. Perhaps that's why they have middle schoolers read it; I mean, it's very much like middle school (today, will I make a friend, or will I be eaten by a tiger?), and it's kind of geared to the middle school mentality, so it's a topic they can really get into. Hmmm.
(no subject) - joandarck on January 2nd, 2008 12:01 am (UTC) (Expand)
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Scylla: House - Oopsbardicsidhe on January 1st, 2008 11:13 pm (UTC)
I didn't realize I was still logged in on my roleplay account when I took the poll, *sheepish* so he voted instead of me. If you notice someone named 'Tristan' squeeing about buying 'his' first apartment... it's actually me. XD;
vito_excalibur on January 1st, 2008 11:13 pm (UTC)
the problem with your poll is that, for how the year went, there is no way to say: #1 and #5, simultaneously, all year. This is why, all year, when people have asked me how I am, I have opened my mouth to answer; locked up completely; flailed my arms expressively; choked once or twice; and finally said, weakly, "And how are you?"
clouder: sheppardfacepalmselfinduced on January 2nd, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
hear hear.
all right, so you're nonchalant: a is for appetiterunpunkrun on January 1st, 2008 11:20 pm (UTC)
I went with the tiger because the author repeatedly refers to the king and his daughter as "semi-barbaric" which is as good as calling them "semi-evil." It would have been a different thing if they had been repeatedly described as "semi-civilized" instead. The mention of the daughter's "fervent and imperious" qualities is far more open to interpretation. That could mean she's civilized and passionate or blood-thirsty and self-absorbed.

My feminist hat may be on a little too tightly, but the author didn't spend as much time telling us about the daughter as he did about the father. Who knows what she's fervent about.

Edited at 2008-01-01 11:23 pm (UTC)
Lydia Belllydiabell on January 2nd, 2008 01:24 am (UTC)
This is exactly why I went with the lady. I don't trust the narrator -- he's too busy reveling in the "barbarism" of the father and daughter. What good qualities of the princess's does he leave out in order to make the tale as salacious as possible. We don't know, but the lover certainly didn't have a second's hesitation in trusting the princess both to find out which door was which, and to direct him appropriately. Possibly he's an idiot, or possibly they both agreed that it would be better for him to be eaten by the tiger. But if he really knows her and was looking to be directed to the lady, I think that's what he got.
Mama Debmamadeb on January 1st, 2008 11:44 pm (UTC)
My fannish year was not one I ever want to repeat.
Also into cats: Pooped!Tigerjamethiel_bane on January 2nd, 2008 12:01 am (UTC)
You see, I don't know why I'm happier. By all rights I shouldn't be. Partner went off to Japan with practically no notice. Landlady raised the rent $180 a month, rendering me temporarily homeless. I've had to move out to the other side of the city, giving me a 2.5 hour commute each way. My mobile phone went through the washing machine and didn't like it (who knew?) and I lost all of the numbers and contact details of all of my friends EVER. I should be--stressed. I don't know.

But I'm not. I'm happy. Optimistic. I'm getting my life together. Starting the cross-stitch o' DOOM. Preparing to exercise (well. Thinking about it. It takes a lot of psyching myself up, yo). Actually getting out of debt and exercising self control!

It's amazing how much outlook, while it doesn't change the actual circumstances, changes your ability to cope with stuff. And look! I am awesome, for I am taking stuff in my stride!

Also, you are awesome. Because you're having a baby which is all--grown up! And stuff! And there will be more fourthvine genetics in the world which only strikes me as a good thing (will your kid turn out to be a reccer? Is it genetic?).

*beams at you and the world impartially*
Cherry: lucycherryice on January 2nd, 2008 12:05 am (UTC)
If 2007 let the door hit it in the ass on the way out, I would not have a problem with that.

This comment is mainly to say that I have a clever idea -- it would be awesome if you dropped me a LJ comment when you've found time to resend those emails. I seem to still be getting comments! I just want to know if I'm going to have to throw rocks at the email-eating monkey, is all.
Q: grrrqe2 on January 2nd, 2008 08:54 pm (UTC)
I'd drive nails into the ass-hitting side of said door, myself.
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obsessive-compulsive squirrelacari on January 2nd, 2008 12:41 am (UTC)
Am I supposed to know that story? I closed my eyes and clicked. *g*
some nouns and the occasional proposition: even fangirls sing the bluesainsley on January 2nd, 2008 12:46 am (UTC)
My fannish year redeemed the rest of it, and really is almost all of that worth remembering about it.
ext_69049 on January 2nd, 2008 12:54 am (UTC)
TFV, before I take the poll, on my shitty wireless connection, one thing -- have you been getting my recent emails re: Sheppard's 11 & the Arcadia fic & various randomness?
exceptinsectsexceptinsects on January 2nd, 2008 01:30 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's hard to put a number on such an up-and-down year...basically things were happy but a bit dull until about September. I had a nice boyfriend and a nice job which were fine but not amazingly fulfilling.
THEN all of a sudden it was like BAM BAM BAM.

There was a big fire at the camp where I grew up, and a lot of buildings burned, though not the most important ones, and not my parents' house. So that sucked, but it actually makes it a lot easier for them to do improvements that have been needing done for a long time, and in the long run the forest will be healthier.

And then the library had me working half the time at one branch and half at another, which was basically doing two jobs at the same time, very stressful, and concurrently I was applying for two OTHER jobs, one of which I got, yay.

But before I could even start the new job, my boyfriend broke up with me, and even though I had been thinking of breaking up with him, I was still really really sad...which happened at the same time there was a HUGE HUGE fire that burned up half the county (you may have seen it on the news).

And THEN I finally got to start the new job, yay, but right then we found out my dad had to have bypass surgery, so I was terribly worried that he would be that guy who dies on the operating table to teach a lesson to the new intern on the hospital TV show, right?
(I'm always wondering whose story I'm in, you know? Like when I was on jury duty, I kept trying to decide who was the main character--the judge? the defendant? the lawyer? me?)
Anyway, my dad came through the surgery just fine and he's recovering unbelievably quickly, hooray modern medicine.

So when I say I'm a bit sadder, I mean just in the sense that especially in the past few days I've been thinking a lot about things like Life and Death and Love and Work and Where Things Are Going and so on, but really I think everything that's happened is for the best and is setting things up for an excellent 2008.

...and that's my life story. Sorry. :)