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Where do pessimists go on vacation? Members of Salon's reader community, Table Talk, plan their holidays in the gloom this week.


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June 8, 2007 1:05PM (UTC)

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Is there any hope for pessimists?

MaryO - 07:45 pm Pacific Time - Jun 4, 2007 - #53 of 79

This weekend my friend hosted our kids so DH and I could get away for a romantic overnight in another city. The morning of our departure, I got my period. Then our car had a flat tire before we made it out of the driveway. The B&B room that we booked online? Was in the basement. The B&B turned out to be next to a freeway.

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After readjusting my expectations to 'very low' the weekend turned out fine.

When we got back to VT our three-year-old told us he didn't want to come back to Boston with us, he wanted to live in VT with our friends. Sadly for him, they already had plans for the rest of their lives that didn't include raising another child.

Randall - 09:58 am Pacific Time - Jun 5, 2007 - #58 of 79

That oughta scar him for life.

Monsieur Chariot - 12:10 pm Pacific Time - Jun 5, 2007 - #59 of 79

Scarred for Life is better than Open Wound for Life, no?

Randall - 02:17 pm Pacific Time - Jun 5, 2007 - #60 of 79

Oh what's it matter anyhow? Sooner or later he'll be dead, as will we all.

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Wonder Dog - 05:36 am Pacific Time - Jun 6, 2007 - #61 of 79

He'll probably grow up and deal with this problem in therapy with a therapist who'll make things worse.

MaryO - 09:54 am Pacific Time - Jun 6, 2007 - #62 of 79

Undoubtedly. And they always blame the mother, you know.

MardiGras - 10:02 am Pacific Time - Jun 6, 2007 - #63 of 79

I'll never see Paris again.

MaryO - 10:04 am Pacific Time - Jun 6, 2007 - #64 of 79

Tut, tut, she'll be out of jail in a few weeks.

MardiGras - 10:48 am Pacific Time - Jun 6, 2007 - #65 of 79

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That's kind of what I'm afraid of.

MaryO - 01:54 pm Pacific Time - Jun 6, 2007 - #68 of 79

Years ago I was at a dance club and asked the guy who I was dancing with where he was from. Turns out he was from Love Canal, NY. Yes, the toxic waste dump place. I backed away ever so slowly.

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lionlady - 01:58 pm Pacific Time - Jun 6, 2007 - #71 of 79

You could've been radioactive together. And spawned... Never mind. I'm pessimistic, not sick.

Randall - 02:22 pm Pacific Time - Jun 6, 2007 - #72 of 79

Have they let people move back to the Love Canal area? Wonder what the property values are like. Wouldn't that be a great place for pessimists to hold a convention?

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Wonder Dog - 04:14 pm Pacific Time - Jun 6, 2007 - #73 of 79

Ah, to ride a gondola at night down Love Canal, with the waters dark and a moonlit sky.

Except the gondola would probably tip over and somebody, probably me, would drown.

MaryO - 09:36 pm Pacific Time - Jun 6, 2007 - #74 of 79

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At least you wouldn't have to have your body embalmed.

Randall - 04:11 am Pacific Time - Jun 7, 2007 - #76 of 79

From what I understand of the canals of Venice, you'd probably be better off swimming in the Love Canal.

Wonder Dog - 05:08 am Pacific Time - Jun 7, 2007 - #77 of 79

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Not that it matters once I've drowned.

On the other hand, Venice is doomed by rising sea levels. I can't decide if that makes it a better pessimist's vacation location or not. Sic transit gloria and all that.

MaryO - 11:16 am Pacific Time - Jun 7, 2007 - #78 of 79

would throw cubes of rancid fontina cheese to the rats swimming by my gondola in the fetid canals, and practice my Italian. "Qui, i ratti, qui C( il vostro formaggio!"

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We are all doomed by rising sea levels, if you think about it.

Spiteme - 11:26 am Pacific Time - Jun 7, 2007 - #79 of 79

But some of us will wind up with ocean-front property!

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