Shrink

Cidu Bill on Oct 6th 2017

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19 Responses to “Shrink”

  1. James Pollock Oct 6th 2017 at 12:12 am 1

    Seems straightforward enough.

    The orange-ish-haired woman is apparently a trophy wife with some insecurity issues, speaking to a therapist about them.

    She needs reassurance that she isn’t just pretty to look at, but also smart (because, for some reason, the popular trope is that pretty women can’t possibly be smart, and vice versa.)
    But the shrink tells her that “landing” a billionaire takes some smarts… because if it were easy for dumb people to do, the dumb people would have done it. (And, once they had, they’d have had money to spend on dumb things, like Segway scooters.)

  2. B.A. Oct 6th 2017 at 01:40 am 2

    But if you’re a hottie, landing a billionaire DOESN’T automatically make you smart.

  3. James Pollock Oct 6th 2017 at 01:57 am 3

    “if you’re a hottie, landing a billionaire DOESN’T automatically make you smart.”

    It makes you smarter than the other hotties that WANTED a billionaire, but couldn’t get one.

  4. Winter Wallaby Oct 6th 2017 at 03:00 am 4

    So smart people who marry billionaires don’t buy Segways? But if a dumb person marries a billionaire, they wouldn’t want to buy a Segway? There are about 2000 billionaires in the world, and 2000 Segway sales isn’t really that big a market. So are we imagining that each dumb billionaire’s spouse would buy thousands of Segways? Nothing about this chain of logic makes sense to me.

  5. Minor Annoyance Oct 6th 2017 at 04:46 am 5

    Beyond the dim young trophy wife trope, it plays to the idea of dumb or “uncouth” people spending sudden wealth like drunk 8-year-olds. Up-from-nothing music stars especially are typed thusly, from 60s rock stars to current rappers.

    Also, it’s a shot at Segways — technically revolutionary products that were almost instantly typed as silly expensive toys. Beepers and early “car phones” were likewise mocked.

  6. Kilby Oct 6th 2017 at 07:03 am 6

    @ Bill - Maybe it’s time to change the word “month” in the CIDU subhead (see above) to “quarter” (or even “year”)?

  7. Terrence Feenstra Oct 6th 2017 at 08:35 am 7

    James Pollock - what did your wife do with her keys?

  8. Powers Oct 6th 2017 at 09:54 am 8

    But why did she assert she was smart, then timidly ask if the shrink agreed?

  9. Bob Oct 6th 2017 at 12:02 pm 9

    JP@7 - LOL

  10. larK Oct 6th 2017 at 12:14 pm 10

    “if you’re a hottie, landing a billionaire DOESN’T automatically make you smart.”

    It makes you smarter than the other hotties that WANTED a billionaire, but couldn’t get one.

    Hardly. It either makes you luckier or hotter. The 2000 or so billionaires are in the driver seat — they’re doing the selecting. Wile and smarts might come into it, but far more likely are a) the billionaires are choosing the .0001% of the super attractive people, and there is not much you can do about that — either you are a genetic freak lottery winner in the beauty department, or you’re like the rest of us (I always wonder how it must suck to be like the 500th best tennis player in the world — you can’t get a decent game of tennis from anyone, but you’re not good enough to make your living from being a tennis champion — yeah, you can be a club pro, and have to listen to everyone tell you how you should be in the US Open, and having to try to explain to them that while you’re good, you’re just not that good…), or b) there are just 2000 billionaires, so even if they aren’t choosing the most beautiful of the beautiful, there just aren’t that many openings, so you just have to be lucky.

    (Now I’m having some serious qualms about the sexism inherent in my post: are all billionaires men? Do women billionaires look for hotties as trophy spouses (spice)?)

  11. James Pollock Oct 6th 2017 at 12:52 pm 11

    “what did your wife do with her keys?”

    Usually, she just left them in the Segway. Why do you ask?

  12. Brian in STL Oct 8th 2017 at 11:54 am 12

    I was going to say that if Wozniak is anything to go by, billionaires are capable of buying Segways on their own. However, the webs inform me that he isn’t a billionaire. Maybe he blew it all on Segways.

  13. Olivier Oct 9th 2017 at 04:02 am 13

    “There are about 2000 billionaires in the world, and 2000 Segway sales isn’t really that big a market”. But if stupid people can land billionaires, it’s even easier for them to land millionaires, who are more numerous and can also afford Segways.

  14. r2t Oct 9th 2017 at 02:32 pm 14

    I`m thinking the segway reference that it has something to do with the death of the segway owner http://www.nbcnews.com/id/39377851/ns/world_news-europe/t/segway-company-owner-rides-scooter-cliff-dies/#.WdvArltSyUk

  15. Meryl A Oct 10th 2017 at 02:56 am 15

    I am guessing that there was a medical idea behind the segway. I went to school a couple of years behind the inventor’s brother and the brother was Diabetic. (He would come to the health classes and talk about it and show us the chocolate bar he had to always carry with him for a low.) The inventory has invented a number of things to help Diabetics.

  16. James Pollock Oct 10th 2017 at 05:56 am 16

    The inventor of the Segway, Dean Kamen, had previously invented an all-terrain (powered) wheelchair which was capable of climbing stairs.

    (I know this because he was ALSO a founder of FIRST, a STEM outreach program for kids that operates the FIRST Lego League robotics competition, which I’ve been involved with for about 15 years now. My daughter is currently serving a VISTA year working with the program.)

  17. Mark in Boston Oct 10th 2017 at 08:26 pm 17

    James Pollock: remember Ginger?

  18. Meryl A Oct 17th 2017 at 03:19 am 18

    Yes, Mitch Kamen, was his brother who I went to school with. Dean got into the field of helping people with medical problems from his brother. He should be a wonderful person for your daughter to be learning from.

  19. James Pollock Oct 17th 2017 at 04:23 am 19

    “He should be a wonderful person for your daughter to be learning from.”

    The organization is FIRST… and specifically, their 4 robotics competitions… First Lego League, First Tech Challenge, First Robotics Competition, and Junior FLL. I’ve been volunteering with the local FLL events for about 15 years… before my daughter was old enough, while she was a participant, and then after she’d aged out of the program (FLL) I volunteer with. She ALSO usually volunteered in those years she wasn’t a participant, so she also knew most of the event organizers. She’s working with them for a year through VISTA.

    FIRST headquarters is in NH, whereas we are in Oregon. The local event-organizing body was originally run out of the state’s public university system, but was spun off into an independent 503(c) a few years ago.

    All of this is a long-winded way of saying that my daughter won’t be learning from Mr. Kamen except in the most general of terms, specifically, a very loose definition of “from” in the phrase “learning from”.

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