Monday, August 08, 2005

Optimist

Optimist, n. A proponent of the doctrine that black is white.

2005 Update: A person able to see the glass as half-shattered.





Optimist, Barbara Bava with Stevie who she thinks will grow up sweet after she raised three kids who aren't.

Happy Birthday, Mama! On your day, may Jenna forget where she left the kid.

31 comments:

dddragon said...

Optimist: the blogger who checks Doug's site every morning, hoping to be the first to comment on that day's word!!

An optimist is someone who gets treed by a lion but enjoys the scenery. ~ Walter Winchell

Indeterminacy said...

Optimist: see non-conformist.

Mama said...

Optimist: Somewone who KNOWS she has raised 3 sweet kids and hopes that at least the eldest will acknowledge it as part of his extraordinary character.

Also, someone who knows her birthday weekend will be much better than ordinary and who looks forward to her next one. Thanks son!

Sar said...

Some days you're the bird, some days your're the windshield. Optimism is believing and hoping you'll be the latter.

Happy Birthday Doug's Mama! And thanks for our here ring leader. : )

Doug said...

Dddragon, your definition for optimist only counts for someone who isn't already first half-the-time. I like Winchell's quote. I'll have to Google to see if he ever said something else.

Indie, seeing non-conformists must be your sixth sense.

Mama, you got a blogger account? Did my brother "the sweet one" "buy" that for your birthday?

Sar, especially when you have a glass jaw. Thanks for helping wish Mama a Happy Birthday. If you were Stevie's mom, there'd be hope.

karma said...

believing you look like Al Pacino

Happy birthday Mama Pascover! :))

Alice: In Wonderland or Not said...

Optimist - someone who believes Doug looks like Al Pacino.
Optimist- One who believes that despite all the evidence to the contrary our government has our best interests at heart.

Happy Birthday MaMa

Tom & Icy said...

The optimist presses the "I'm Feeling Lucky" button on Google. The person who sees the glass half-shattered is a great photographer.

pia said...

Happy birthday Doug's mama!

Doug sweet? Maybe yes; maybe no

Optimist: a person who doesn't read the paper, listen to any news and thinks that Clinton is still president

weirsdo said...

One who never gets to say "I told you so."

Happy birthday!

weirsdo said...

P. S. Stevie looks like an optimist, too.

a4g said...

Optimist, n. One who-- though handicapped by the inclination to concentrate on the good-- still manages to hope that something dreadful or gruesome or tragic will happen overnight, thus providing something to post on in the morning.

Goa'uld said...

Optimist: someone who asks for something even if the answer has been "no" every single time before it.

actonbell said...

Between the optimist and the pessimist, the difference is droll. The optimist sees the doughnut; the pessimist the hole!--Oscar Wilde

Happy birthday to Doug's mama! Great picture, too:)
(and thank you for wishing me a happy one!)

Doug said...

Haha, Karma and Alice. I didnt' say it, a myopic killer said it. Probably a good authority but a good while back. Thanks, Alice for wishing my poor mother a Happy Birthday.

Icy, thanks for the clarification.

Pia, you were describing George Bush, at least up to the last sentence,

True, Weirsdo. You can tell by the lack of smugness. And thanks for sharing the birthday greeting. And yes, he's pretty clueless.

a4g, great definition at least where journalists and bloggers are concerned. "Someone who hopes the bridge falls on a slow news day."

Goa'uld, I think that's just a normal child. As always, chel'nuk that you commented!

Actonbell, I've discovered the Wilde Pezes. And thanks for wishing Mama a happy birthday. I hope you enjoyed yours, other milestones notwithstanding.

Marwa said...

Optimist: Someone who believes the world is still a better place.

Happy Birthday Doug's mama and many sweet wishes...

Doug, you look better than Al Pacino ;)

You were always the first one to leave a comment on my blog :( But I'll be an optimist this time :)

Sreekesh Menon said...

Happy Birthday Barbara ! :-)

Doug said...

Marwa, that's because I ate him.

Thanks, Sreekesh, I bet she was waiting to hear from you here.

AP3 said...

Great post! Nice to see your mama. Don't be modest: You know she raised a great guy - you!

LeesahEm. said...

optimist-somebody who still believes that cod liver oil is a cureall.
And happy birthday to mama!

Tan Lucy Pez said...

Happy birthday Mama! I like your son.

Optimist: Someone who can see both sides of a coin, but focuses on the grooved edge instead.

Doug said...

Aw, Aral. I've been hiding my light under a bushel.

LMQN, how about someone who thinks he can keep up with your monogram?

Thanks, Tan Lucy. My mama loves to hear that. I LOVE that definition. *bowing*

Jamie Dawn said...

Thinking your airplane will arrive on time, your baggage will be waiting for you, and you won't be seated next to a drunken talker.

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fluff said...

Optimism is my enemy. Every time I expect something good, something bad happens. Optimism is a trick I don't buy anymore.

(Al Pacino's birthday is on the same day whith my birthday! We should live in the same continent.)

fluff said...

I mean "on".

Doug said...

Jamie Dawn, that's beyond optimism.

Anonymous, thank you. Here's another definition of optimism "Someone like me who believes compliments from anonymous sources aren't spam."

Ariel, great to see you here. I think sharing a birthday and a continent would be almost too much of a coincidence.

Comfort Addict said...

One whose faith and hope shine brightly enough to blind reason (see Detroit Tigers fan).

Doug said...

Comfort Addict, I'm a life-long White Sox fan. This year I have more cause for optimism than most, which means I'm really in for it.

Tan Lucy Pez said...

Oh, Doug, you can't get your hopes up for the White Sox! It ain't gonna happen! Just change the color of your sox and you too can be a winner. Try, uh let's see...how 'bout RED?

Lumbergh-in-training said...

optimist: a person who will take that same spade you called a spade and hit you with it. :p