Hey James, top o' the morning to you. Ran across an article on cliches I thought you'd enjoy. Mainly I thought you'd enjoy it because of this entry, remembering what you said earlier:
3. "No problem"
We're all striving to delight customers, right? So when you ask a server for your dressing on the side, does "No problem" make you feel delighted or like you're kind of a pain but the server is gracious enough to overlook it?
Your customers and employees feel the same way when you say "No problem" to their requests.
The entry on "with all due respect" is well worth checking out too.
>"...Does a transurrealist (and by the way, that is a great coined term!) shape shift or sing the hit song, "My heart belongs to Dada" or both? ;-)..."
YES, we do to all of the above! When I came back to my art (and the art and magick community) five years ago..I realized that I was not fitting in (I had to ditch the labels we used in the 70s, 80;s, like: "shamanic trance performance artist", etc. I didn't know how to describe what I do so I came up with trans-surrealism...which basically means that: "I am never coming down (from having been in the fringe culture for decades)...I am now lucid in this state of mind all the time (or clinically insane)...hence Trans-Surrealist! I've Crossed the Abyss!
I just saw your post on the gay atheist group. So true, and I was just discussing that yesterday. I meet up with a bunch of older progressives (mostly college professors, and mostly atheist Jews) on Sunday morning, and we spoke about the one or two males who show up, and how well they fit in and communicate. I pointed out that I thought most males don't communicate well in a group of males because they spend most of their time posturing to not look gay.
I just joined a group called Ethical Culture because I wanted to get in on a discussion about WalMart pulling some children's cd due to "profanity." It has launched into a discussion about whether people have a right not to be "offended." I'd would love to see you join in.