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Portrait of a Young Man as The Artist
    I hate feeling like I haven't enough time for anything!
  1. Frontera Grill makes an Autumnal Margarita and it was one of the best cocktails I've ever stolen from lady_fox.
  2. Dinner was just fantastic. The ceviche was incredible and the mole smoky and faintly sweet.
  3. What really impressed me was how nigh every dish was spicy but in such a subtle way that it did not overwhelm anything else in the dish nor did it compound into discomfort by the end.
  4. We didn't get to have dessert because of slow service.
  5. It was worth it to get to Banana Shpeel on time.
  6. Cirque Du Soleil does vaudeville quite well.
  7. My father is markedly different as is the house since he got his job rehired pretty much through his retirement date.
  8. We got plowed in twice yesterday. Such huge piles of snow.
  9. No snow blower yet as we had a semi-emergent pet visit when Electra fell off one of the cat trees.
  10. No breaks or fractures, just some nasty bruises.
Lastly, Ginger made a break for the back yard when we tossed Poe outside for whining to go out again. Ginger immediately darted inside again after touching the snow; and then she hid by the couch.

People, I have a question; what motivates you?
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nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: December 14th, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Stress and social expectation in the short term.

Your mom in the long term.

Also, check #10
abmann From: abmann Date: December 14th, 2009 03:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Check 10? I bruised your mom?
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: December 14th, 2009 04:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
I assumed it should read "no breaks or fractures". But what do I know?

Also, you should go easier on my mom. She's old.
abmann From: abmann Date: December 14th, 2009 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sigh. I shouldn't be allowed to type anymore.
assfingers From: assfingers Date: December 14th, 2009 03:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
loki must be the weirdest cat in the world. she loves the snow.

i am motivated by the knowledge that, someday, i will have superpowers and will be able to rectify all past transgressions tenfold
abmann From: abmann Date: December 14th, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maybe, maybe not. This was out cats first direct experience with snow, I think. ginger was born in the winter and never really went out in snow before. Poe... well. Throwing her in the snow bank probably wasn't the best first introduction. :)

tyskkvinna From: tyskkvinna Date: December 14th, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I removed the option of standing still a long time ago. That leaves no other choice but to move forward, push, do things.

Perhaps it sounds overly simplistic, but it's true. Just.. go.
tener_duende From: tener_duende Date: December 14th, 2009 03:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
What motivates me is that everything changes, so you have to change with it.

Frontera Grill is spectacular, but due to the volume of people in that place, I'm not surprised at the slow service. The cocktail we had was very summery, which fit the season we visited. I had the mole when I went and I just loved how each bite revealed a new flavor. Truly impressive cooking, and one of the the best meals I've ever had.
abmann From: abmann Date: December 14th, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
This motivation doesn't necessarily assume changing for the better. Maybe "how do you better yourself" is more accurate irrespective of activity or trait you're trying to change.

There was much drinking. I should have gotten the trago bravo - a spicy margarita - but wanted to be able to walk to the theater without incident. :)

tener_duende From: tener_duende Date: December 14th, 2009 04:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmm. That depends on what you mean by "bettering yourself". But assuming you've already resolved, at least temporarily, that exceptionally existential question, I would say that keeping your sights set upon the end result is the best idea. Because, quite frankly, if the end goal just isn't worth it, I think it's best to re-evaluate your goals. No point in chasing after something you don't really want anymore just because you said you would, I think.
tandu From: tandu Date: December 14th, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
What motivates me depends on what I'm doing.
abmann From: abmann Date: December 14th, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
What motivates you in some of these situations?
tandu From: tandu Date: December 14th, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Depends on the situation. I can be doing the exact same thing and have different motivations.

For instance, Sometimes I'm motivated to do my work because I need the money. Sometimes I'm motivated by an exciting new technique. Sometimes I'm motivated by a deadline. Sometimes I'm motivated by being angry at the rest of my team, or being dressed down by my boss. Sometimes none of that motivates me, and it's just stubbornness.

nidea From: nidea Date: December 14th, 2009 06:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I sometimes have a compulsion to sort things, which is part of my "make it complete" internal drive. Sometimes I'm directly inspired to make something (food or art), that is, to copy it in some form. Sometimes I just like to doodle.

In terms of getting something done that needs doing, the stress of it not being done is a motivator (such as updating a resume or writing greeting cards); or just a simple need like doing laundry -- eventually I will run out of clothes!

In terms of learning new things, it's either that something about it appeals to me and makes me want to figure it out, or else I'm just bored.

Oh yeah, money works too, or the promise of a favor, or friendship.
assfingers From: assfingers Date: December 14th, 2009 06:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
My only real motivation is not to be hassled — that, and the fear of losing my job. But you know, that will only make someone work just hard enough not to get fired.
abmann From: abmann Date: December 14th, 2009 07:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
No ambition at work?
moocowrich From: moocowrich Date: December 14th, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
six_dollar_baby From: six_dollar_baby Date: December 14th, 2009 07:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
"People, I have a question; what motivates you?"

Fear, mostly.
abmann From: abmann Date: December 14th, 2009 07:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
That sounds healthy.
dragonflyknight From: dragonflyknight Date: December 14th, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Power, respect, women.

It sounds ridiculously overly macho until you meet me, at which point it becomes silly.

Though honestly, think about it, I go to graduate school because I'm motivated to become a respectable academic who excels in his field. I work towards being the best in my field because that makes me powerful, it allows me to complete the objectives I set out to achieve. I pursue what I want because power and respect are meaningful and useful.

On a base biological level I want to reproduce eventually, and have a meaningful and fulfilling relationship, so women motivate me. I learned to cook, fence, dress, and hopefully (eventually) dance because they are not only interesting, but attractive skills to have. I learned to draw and practice drawing to help express myself and understand my emotional state, so that I could be stable (for relationships). I even strive to continue in an Ivy league environment for all three of my motivations.

Aside from my basic academic interests (which boil down to the respect and power bit) women motivate me to better myself.

On a purely superego level there may be more academic or "pure" motivations, but at the most basic level I am motivated by power, respect, and women. I want to be happy, reproduce, and create a legend.

world_rim_walke From: world_rim_walke Date: December 14th, 2009 08:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm with tandu on this one: it depends on the matter.

When cooking it's usually survival and frugality. With martial arts it's enjoyment. For crafts it's proving that I can, which makes me feel good. With my schooling it's a combination of proving that I can, getting a decent job and not disappointing everyone who's helping me in this.
lipsoflove From: lipsoflove Date: December 15th, 2009 10:22 am (UTC) (Link)
"People, I have a question; what motivates you?"

In some shape or form, it's love. Always.
It sounds cliche, especially coming from me I know, but... doing it for anything less is a disservice in my world.

I love my job, school, friends, creativity - even food - so I do whatever it takes to keep those constants in my life.
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