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    They're tall, thin, athletic, good-looking, personable and smart. Everything seems to be easy for them, but they know how to focus and work hard. Most of them come from prosperous families, but some are self-made.

    A typical statement from one of them "I just came back from helping Doctors without Borders do reconstructive surgery on injured Rwandan war babies, I'm going to spend the week preparing to do the triathalon coming up this weekend and helping my oldest kid fill out his application for Harvard before I go back to working at my law firm. Oh, and on Thursday night I'm going to be a runway model for the charity fashion show."

    They would be easy to hate if they weren't such good conversationalists and so damn nice and polite.

    Do you know any? Are you one of them?
    "In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act."- George Orwell

    My music: http://www.oranjproductions.com

    The first website dedicated to the the baritone guitar: http://www.thebaritoneguitar.com

  • #2
    Meh. People are people. If they spent a little more time figuring out how to improve themselves and less on what they see in others, they'd probably all be better off. I've said before and I'll say again, I'd be accused of speciesism if I wasn't human myself. We're largish naked apes. I don't know why we should feel like we're so special.
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    • #3
      i asked a friend of mine how he got so much stuff done... he gave me some little blue pills

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      • #4
        They're tall, thin, athletic, good-looking, personable and smart.


        Well, I don't really consider myself uber, but thanks for the compliment.


        Everything seems to be easy for them, but they know how to focus and work hard. Most of them come from prosperous families, but some are self-made.

        A typical statement from one of them "I just came back from helping Doctors without Borders do reconstructive surgery on Rwanda war babies, I'm going to spend the week preparing to do the triathalon coming up this weekend and. . .


        It's really interesting that you should mention this. I was just reading a 'get to know me' section in the paper about a local dentist. Good looking guy. Probably no more than 5 years older than me. Obviously professionally and financially secure. Comes from a good family...Dad was a veterinarian and allowed his son to help him during surgeries from which I gather he learned a lot. This guy competes in Ironman triathlons. I mean, he's seemingly perfect. The word "can't" isn't in his dictionary.

        I find people like this fascinating and somewhat perplexing because it's very hard for me to relate. I've always struggled. My Dad was somewhat of a pioneering systems analyst (before anyone knew what a systems analyst was), whom I could have learned a lot from, but he was also an alcoholic/workaholic who almost never felt I was worth spending any time with. My Mom was an anxiety ridden co-dependent who saw it necessary to protect her son from anything that would cause him to struggle and grow....Think the song 'Mother' from Pink Floyd and you'll get an idea. Neither of my parents could agree on how best to raise their son so they really did very little. I was never disciplined or pushed to accomplish anything. I was a depressed only child who felt loved but also felt like a disappointment to my parents, so probably not worthy of love. I floundered during my teens, hated school, not sure what I should do or if I should do anything. I started to pick up some slack during my twenties but then was hit with major depression which took me about 7 years to finally get under control, during which I was able to accomplish very little.

        It has not been easy, and there are many times I wonder how much I could have been had I had a functioning family unit to grow in. I am however often amazed that I'm not sitting in a ****************hole somewhere dying from a drug problem. As it turned out, I'm doing pretty well.

        I don't believe in "uber-people". I believe that your attitude determines your reality. However, while I do not believe that we are limited by our upbringing, I do believe that our upbringing sets the stage for who we are likely to become. We have it within our power to become who we want, but course corrections are harder to make than simply flying the flightplan you were given. And major course corrections are really hard to make.

        When I think of the dentist I mentioned earlier, I imagine a person who's life has not been without hardships, but who was given the direction, the support, and the tools necessary for him to become who he is by a family that cared enough to invest their time and energy into raising him rather than just doing damage control. For that, I envy him.

        My chance to redeem myself comes in the form of my two kids. If I can raise them into healthy, happy, productive individuals my life will not have been wasted.
        Super 8

        In memory of our fellow drummer and forum friend, Cheeseadiddle-Nov 2008

        "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
        -- George Bernard Shaw

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        • #5
          It's been one of my personal missions in life
          to prove that us ordinary folk can do amazing
          things just like the uber people.
          At 54 I'm fast running out of time....

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          • #6
            I think people like this are interesting, and are often self-starters and quite driven. I like to talk to them.
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            • #7
              They're tall, thin, athletic, good-looking, personable and smart. Everything seems to be easy for them, but they know how to focus and work hard. Most of them come from prosperous families, but some are self-made.

              A typical statement from one of them "I just came back from helping Doctors without Borders do reconstructive surgery on injured Rwandan war babies, I'm going to spend the week preparing to do the triathalon coming up this weekend and helping my oldest kid fill out his application for Harvard before I go back to working at my law firm. Oh, and on Thursday night I'm going to be a runway model for the charity fashion show."

              They would be easy to hate if they weren't such good conversationalists and so damn nice and polite.

              Do you know any? Are you one of them?









              Richard Cory

              by Edwin Arlington Robinson, 1869-1935

              Whenever Richard Cory went down town,
              We people on the pavement looked at him;
              He was a gentleman from sole to crown,
              Clean favored, and imperially slim.

              And he was always quietly arrayed,
              And he was always human when he talked;
              But still he fluttered pulses when he said,
              .

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              • #8
                Maybe the "Uber people" are the "Cro Magnons" of our era?
                And the rest of us are mere Neanderthals?

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                • #9
                  Probably if you look behind the curtain you may often find that it's not all good, but then again perhaps that's just sour grapes on my part. Can't is probably in my dicationary but I can't spell it, so I can't know for sure.

                  I'm somewhat of a student of the history science and physics, so I read a lot about the history of physics and the important folks along that road. I always find it interesting how so many of these great physicists, say back in the late 1800s and early 1900s when physics was exploding, would always take regular vacations, at a time when taking a vaction wasn't a couple hours flight. They spent a lot of time socializing, many times more than I do, but still managed to do so much in terms of their professional lives. They'd go off sailing and biking and hiking and visting all the time.
                  Dean Roddey
                  Chairman/CTO, Charmed Quark Systems, LTD

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                  • #10
                    I'll meet your Richard Cory with some Kinks, Ray Davies seemed a bit obseessed by uber-people.

                    Well Respected Man
                    cause he gets up in the morning,
                    And he goes to work at nine,
                    And he comes back home at five-thirty,
                    Gets the same train every time.
                    cause his world is built round punctuality,
                    It never fails.

                    And hes oh, so good,
                    And hes oh, so fine,
                    And hes oh, so healthy,
                    In his body and his mind.
                    Hes a well respected man about town,
                    Doing the best things so conservatively.

                    And his mother goes to meetings,
                    While his father pulls the maid,
                    And she stirs the tea with councilors,
                    While discussing foreign trade,
                    And she passes looks, as well as bills
                    At every suave young man

                    cause hes oh, so good,
                    And hes oh, so fine,
                    And hes oh, so healthy,
                    In his body and his mind.
                    Hes a well respected man about town,
                    Doing the best things so conservatively.

                    And he likes his own backyard,
                    And he likes his fags the best,
                    cause hes better than the rest,
                    And his own sweat smells the best,
                    And he hopes to grab his fathers loot,
                    When pater passes on.

                    cause hes oh, so good,
                    And hes oh, so fine,
                    And hes oh, so healthy,
                    In his body and his mind.
                    Hes a well respected man about town,
                    Doing the best things so conservatively.

                    And he plays at stocks and shares,
                    And he goes to the regatta,
                    And he adores the girl next door,
                    cause hes dying to get at her,
                    But his mother knows the best about
                    The matrimonial stakes.

                    cause hes oh, so good,
                    And hes oh, so fine,
                    And hes oh, so healthy,
                    In his body and his mind.
                    Hes a well respected man about town,
                    Doing the best things so conservatively.

                    David Watts
                    Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa
                    Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa

                    I am a dull and simple lad
                    Can not tell water from champagne
                    And I have never met the queen
                    And I wish I could have all that he has got
                    I wish I could be like david watts

                    Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa
                    Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa

                    And when I lie on my pillow at night
                    I dream I could fight like david watts
                    Lead the school team to victory
                    And take my exams and pass the lot

                    (wish I could be)
                    Wish I could be like david watts
                    (wish I could be)
                    Wish I could be like david watts
                    (wish I could be)
                    Conduct my life like david watts
                    (wish I could be)
                    I wish I could be like david watts

                    Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa
                    Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa

                    He is the head boy at the school
                    He is the captain of the team
                    He is so gay and fancy free
                    And I wish all his money belonged to me
                    I wish I could be like david watts

                    Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa
                    Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa

                    And all the girls in the neighborhood
                    Try to go out with david watts
                    They try their best but cant succeed
                    For he is of pure and noble breed

                    Wish I could be like
                    Wish I could be like
                    Wish I could be like

                    Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa
                    Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa

                    and for fun Simon & Grafunkel's rewrite of Richard Cory:

                    They say that Richard Cory owns one half of this whole town,
                    With political connections to spread his wealth around.
                    Born into society, a banker's only child,
                    He had everything a man could want: power, grace, and style.

                    But I work in his factory
                    And I curse the life I'm living
                    And I curse my poverty
                    And I wish that I could be,
                    Oh, I wish that I could be,
                    Oh, I wish that I could be
                    Richard Cory.

                    The papers print his picture almost everywhere he goes:
                    Richard Cory at the opera, Richard Cory at a show.
                    And the rumor of his parties and the orgies on his yacht!
                    Oh, he surely must be happy with everything he's got.

                    But I work in his factory
                    And I curse the life I'm living
                    And I curse my poverty
                    And I wish that I could be,
                    Oh, I wish that I could be,
                    Oh, I wish that I could be
                    Richard Cory.

                    He freely gave to charity, he had the common touch,
                    And they were grateful for his patronage and thanked him very much,
                    So my mind was filled with wonder when the evening headlines read:
                    "Richard Cory went home last night and put a bullet through his head."

                    But I work in his factory
                    And I curse the life I'm living
                    And I curse my poverty
                    And I wish that I could be,
                    Oh, I wish that I could be,
                    Oh, I wish that I could be
                    Richard Cory.
                    "In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act."- George Orwell

                    My music: http://www.oranjproductions.com

                    The first website dedicated to the the baritone guitar: http://www.thebaritoneguitar.com

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                    • #11
                      When I worked for Thiokol every time a shuttle went up we'd get the resumes of all the astronauts on that particular flight. Most of them were perennial overachievers, damn.
                      But then Diaper Girl comes along and blows the whole thing.
                      Botch
                      Start by admitting, From cradle to tomb,
                      Isn't that long a stay.
                      Life is a cabaret, old chum, and I love a cabaret...

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                      • #12
                        Just remember we're really just one being playing all the different roles of different people to keep from being bored. Being aware of this is far more important than merely overachieving. Look under the surface.

                        Steve
                        War is over if you want it.
                        - John & Yoko -

                        Nothing fails like success.
                        - Alan Watts - (based on Samsara)

                        "I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that."
                        -Thomas Edison, in conversation with Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone, 1931-

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                        • #13
                          Those that have the most, say the least.
                          MusicBizBuzz

                          Experience is the best teacher, even if it's a bad one!!! Ani 2009

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                          • #14
                            I'd love to leave my opinion on the subject but I'm in a rush, heading to play in a concert in benefit of the people affected on the floods in Tabasco, Mexico.

                            After that, I'm on a "slave auction" in benefit of the same people.

                            .. does that make me "uber people"? At least that does NOT make me thin and tall
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                            • #15
                              Just remember we're really just one being playing all the different roles of different people to keep from being bored. Being aware of this is far more important than merely overachieving. Look under the surface.

                              Steve


                              As much as many is one, one is still many. We are one, and we are many. The surface is a mirror.
                              RIP: Nite Owl Jazz

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