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Saturday Morning Ponderings- The issuse is a person's looks

Question: Do you think it is unfair that people dismiss an actor, actress, singer's talent, or whatever else they bring to the stage or screen just because they also happen to be good looking?

How is that any different than dismissing someone's talents and abilities just because they don't fit the majority of people's ideal image of classically handsome?

I bring this up because I have just gotten into watching Once Upon A Time, I know I am a little late to the party, and I have been reading bulletin boards and television "news" sites to catch up and learn about the show, the performers, the writers etc.
My favorite character is Captain Hook as portrayed by Colin O'Donaghue. While there is a lot positive posted about the character and the actor, and some valid criticism's too, there seems to be some people who dismiss him simply because he was genetically gifted with what most would probably consider "handsome movie star looks."

Now I am not denying he's easy on my eyes and that isn't part of what draws me to the character, I'd be lying. I also, however, like that the character is on a path of redemption because he realizes that hurting others as he has done in the past was wrong, and he wants to become a better man both for his own conscience and to be the type of man the woman he loves deserves. It's also the wit and the humor, the soft spoken way the actor has of delivering a line but still giving it impact.

It's the beautiful love story being developed by the writer's about two people who aren't saints, who've done wrong, have been wronged, etc finding something right with each other.

I also don't always find myself automatically choosing a favorite characters just because there are good looking people playing them.

Now I also watch Chicago Fire, and find Severide to be extremely blessed genetically but Herman is my favorite character there because he's the heart of that fictional fire station. Jack McCoy was my favorite on Law and Order tied with Lenny on Law and Order, even though in my opinion Logam and Ray(sorry I am having a senior moment on Benjamin Bratt's character's last name) fit my definition of classic good looks personally. And I have always loved Wlliam Daniels characters and think he is a tremendous actor even though I personally don't find him to be all that good looking.

I know things like this are subjective and not a major point in the grand scheme of things, but sometimes these are the things I ponder about in my attempts to better understand human nature.

Finish this sentence: You know you're in a bad mood when..

This is mine: You know you're in a bad mood when you hear the song "the sun will come out tomorrow" on t.v. and you yell back at it, "no it won't now shut the hell up."

Western NY weather and the New Republican led Congress getting to me already I suppose.

Objective Opinion Needed

My sister and I co-own what used to be our parents house. Itis an old farm house built in the 1880's. I live here she doesn't.

The side flat roof which we had redone about ten years ago started to leak a bit last year.

Well I stayed at my sister's over the weekend. When she brought me home we found a huge puddle on the floor. The leak got a lot worse.

We contacted a roof repair guy recommended by a friend.My sister wanted it done ASAP because we are supposed to get six inches of snow then a rapid melting between tonight and Friday.

The guy came told me, whoever did the roof did it wrong, that it's not pitched right, that shingles shouldn't be used on a flat roof, that we would have to go through town for a permit and replace the whole thing which all will take at least a week or more.

I specifically told the guy about our concerns because of the storm, asked if there wasn't some sort of patch or temporary repair he could do to get us through the storm and he said there was nothing that would work as a temporary fix.

Now my sister's acting all ticked at me like it's my fault! What could I have done differently?

Update on Marnie my 11 month old German Shepherd

Okay after count them three trainers and th e collar experiment, she
is still mouthing and using her teeth on us.

The collar did control it for the most part but she was still misbehaving anytime the collar was off. I talked about it with the trainer who recommended the collar and she said just leave it on her anytime she's out.

To me that's not a solution. Electronics can malfunction, break, or get lost etcetera. I didn't want to constantly have to rely on that to control my dog.

So I contacted and am now working with an animal behaviorist who graduated from Cornell University which is one of the top agricultural and domestic animal colleges.. She says Marnie has a combination personality problem:fear dominance! She also said the dog has no respect for my authority and that the mouthing behavior is the dog's way of correcting a subordinate pack member's behavior that she is unsatisfied with.

The behaviorist said over the next month she is going to train me to become the leader and that at the end of that time the mouthing should be resolved once and for all.

She warned me Marnie's going to resist and I am going to have to cope with her temper tantrums but that in the end it should be worth it. Wish us luck. Hopefully fourth time is the charm!

I'm back!

Followed the Psychiatrist's advice and took a vacation from thinking about politics as much which necessitated a vacation from DU. She did not think it a healthy response when I told her I was rooting for an asteroid to hit the earth the day after the midterm election and that I couldn't stop crying.

Turns out it wasn't just an overly emotional response to the situation. It was a problem with my meds. The form I was on was causing peaks and valleys and half the time I was skipping doses because I thought it was making my stomach problems worse.

When I explained this to her and said I'd done much better when I was on the coated extended release capsules but had to switch because the copay was way too high like $200.00 a month, she called the pharmacy right then and there. Turns out it the extended release has since gone generic and came down to $16.00 a month. So back on that I went.

Believe it or not it was like I had been in a dark room and someone finally turned on the lights. The change was that rapid and that dramatic, exactly as the pharmacist told me it would be when I picked it up. Plus the other version was not just irritating an existing stomach ailment it was the cause.

So while I am still unhappy and ticked about the election at least I have a better perspective about life in general. So I am back at least in the Lounge. Might take a while longer before I go back to the heavy political forums.

Reminder of Hope- Too Uplifting not to share!

Know I am supposed to be on vacation,per Doctor's orders but she also said I needed to start looking for signs of Hope for the future. Had to share it here, then go.

For the past 36 hours women have been visiting Susan B Anthony's gravesite and leaving "I voted" stickers. This is the first time that I've heard of this happening. Maybe just maybe Tuesday was a wake up call.

This is being reported by WHAM13 in Rochester NY on Facebook but as usual their links don't work.

Now I have to go.

To my fellow Liberals! Forgot to share this before "vacation"

Thanks Garth Brooks for saying many years ago exactly what I needed to remind myself of today. It's helping, as music often does. Hope it helps you toohttp://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=the+change+by+garth+brooks&FORM=VIRE3#view=detail&mid=68E9B16F729BF6C6D6C568E9B16F729BF6C6D6C5

Sorry I wont be responding to any more threads I started for awhile.

Just got advised by my Doctor to step far away from thinking, reading, or any thing even remotely related to politics until I can gain some perspective and not just see gloom and doom because of the election last night.

Going to try, can't guarantee I can do it, but I think that means taking a vacation away from DU entirely including the more relaxing forums for awhile.

Thanks for the love and support to me and my puppy. Hopefully I can come back when I'm doing better.

Love you all!

Going to take a "Vacation"

for awhile DU. Since I am having no luck in gaining perspective right now and my Doctor just advised me to step far far away from thinking, talking, and or reading about politics for awhile, I don't think I should ignore her advice.

She said shore up your defenses and come back to the fight again another day when your stronger.

So good bye for now. Can't guarantee I can live up to self imposed exile but I am going to try at least for now.

For those saying "the country deserves what it gets?"

I could get behind that EXCEPT those who didn't vote for this are going to suffer as badly if not more than those who did but then again I've never looked as group punishment as just.

Remember they still think that old white man with his magical powers is going to come down from the skies and save their butts. I for one don't even have that false hope anymore
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