We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Being a natural-born, many-generational New England Yankee, I have to confess that I have disdain for "relaxation." Engagement with life can be passive or energetic.
Don't blame me: it's my culture. We must respect different cultures, and Yankees value effort.
Over the years, I have come to realize (slow-learner that I am) that energy level is a major determinant of success in pursuing one's goals. IQ? Not overly important. Physical appearance? Important only at the margins although being tall does help. Education? A slight edge up, but only for your first job.
Here's how I assess peoples' level of life vigor:
1. Play computer games? Low vigor by definition
2. Watch over 1 hr. of TV/day? Low vigor
3. Read at least book per week? Good mental vigor
4. Read Maggie's Farm daily? Good mental vigor
5. Play sports instead of watching sports? High vigor
6. Make music instead of listening to music? High vigor
7. Exercise daily above and beyond walking (or hold down a physical job)? High vigor
8. Work under 60 hrs/week? Low vigor
9. Sleep after 6 am? Low vigor
10 Live on takeout instead of home-cooked? Low vigor
I need to work on this and produce a copyrighted "Vigor Score." I'll get rich off of it, and annoy millions in the process.
You could do a lot woise, than that Yankee work-ethic culture. Modern times disconnected the whole notion of ethics and work being even within the same cognitive sphere; now post-modern times is standing here with a bundle of broken wires in each hand, rather desperately trying to get them re-connected in time.
This looks more like a self profile of the good doctor than a useful (in general) test. I answered all questions. I am very high vigor and low vigor all at once. (Maybe average is a good way to describe it)
**Never video gamed. Don't care to.
**Computer programmer is the work. (will probably never write a line of code after I retire.) When I am on my death bed I won't be lamenting having spent too little time at the office. The last 15 hours of your 60 hour weeks is overtime to me.
**Practice music several hours a day on average.
**Like an hour of TV at the end of the day with a beer.
**Hate getting up before 7:30am. 6:am is still yesterday for gosh sakes!
**Never been one to play sports. Would have been good at it if I bother to care about it.
**Avid reader but it comes in spurts. Like science, history, fantasy....
**Maggies reader from just about the beginning of the blog. Also, Ace, Powerline, Drudge, Lucianne, and others.
Deep faith in Christ. (Music director at church)
Greatly enjoy good conversation with friends.
I'm a big mix too. I like to play video games occasionally, and go to the gym. I like watching sports and playing sports. I don't usually work 60 hours a week, unless you add in all the stuff I have to do to raise two kids. Sometimes up before six, sometimes after. Sometimes we eat in, sometimes we go out.