disclaimer: i mean absolutely no offense to those of you who disagree with me. unless you deny facts and call the opposite "religion", proclaiming that things we, as humans, have proved true are false, and you merely need "faith" to believe things that are completely illogical given the knowledge we have (or should have) now. but really, i mean no offense.
i've been opinionated for quite some time. my mom always joked about how opinionated i am, with a subtle stab of cautionary weariness. i've been in enough discussions arguments to learn the value of phrases like "it seems" or "i believe", and have long since tried to incorporate them into my language. perhaps "eternal sunshine of the spotless mind" isn't the best film ever, but it might be. i don't understand how anyone could like pepsi, but i'll accept that other people's taste buds just might be tainted enough that that crap tastes good. neil young, however, is still the man. and microsoft hasn't made a good product since bill gates made his first bowl of honey nut cherios (all by himself!) when he first dropped out of college.
being as opinionated as i am can be exhausting. i've gotten pretty used to smiling and nodding, gently putting my arm on my friend's shoulder and saying, "okay, i dig. i just disagree. let's talk about baseball." and i understand how it can be difficult for people to deal with me in the same regard. but, being opinionated, i've gotten a pretty good view about how people have different ideas, feelings, and, well, opinions. in china, it's often easy for people to hear my opinions and pass them off as american ideas. likewise, i won't argue about a lot of things in china because it's easier to pass it off as a cultural difference.
some things, though, i just cannot understand. with all the knowledge we have about nutrition, health, and variety of food options, why is it that a meal's not considered a meal unless there's a hunk of pig, cow, or chicken on the plate? what? you're just in the mood for a salad tonight? then why do you need an additional five pounds of chicken flesh to justify ordering it? and why are there thirty chunks of pig on my pineapple-only pizza? and "small meat" is still meat! and why do i need to call 48 hours in advance, wait on hold forever, just to request that my meal on a plane doesn't have chunks of animals from all over the country, splattered in a strange poop-colored sauce of undetermined origin? tofu is cheaper. and better (okay, that's my opinion). and healthier (also, probably my opinion). but can't people understand that a lot of people out there are perfectly satisfied with meatless meals? in this case, i'm not saying i'm right, i'm just asking that people meet me halfway and admit that maybe their diets' completeness isn't fact either?
and if you deny or doubt evolution, you may as well say that gravity is as much of a rule as windows is a high quality operating system. and if any teacher EVER tells wackmo that "theory", in the case of gravity, means "idea", i will go to no end to make sure that teacher loses his/her job and never teaches again.