What Casual Means to Me

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Quote:And I see you decided to permanently make ignorant broad generalities about religion, in your signature.

I changed it because well, I have a sense of humour. Don't think it will be permanent since this, I think is, the 4th time I've changed it. That plus I think it reveals something about my nature... I'm not going to even worry about criticism or being wrong. I always stand to be corrected, especially if science related. The subjective, not so much.  

Don't know about the rest of you but I take the word 'casual' to heart. When I visit this site I don't have a plan, I'm rarely thorough, not much thought goes into my words and to top it off I'm usually quite relaxed and unconcerned. That just about describes 'Casual' in my books.  For me it's more spontaneous, spur of the moment chatter. I think of something then I post it, before I forget it. I've forgotten some good ideas that have flashed through my mind at times so this forum helps me in that respect. I feel I can be more anecdotal & less careful here than any forum I've ever participated in. I will always operate this way here unless Stryde changes the Forum's Title by removing 'Casual' from the nomenclature. 

I am quite content behaving in this fashion. I'm not proving or testing a theory. I write for the common layperson, not to impress or anger scientists. At least I don't have to saddle up to a bar and hope the drunk next to me wants to talk science. This forum is what they made recliners & iPads/laptops for and it's great.
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(Mar 10, 2019 07:55 PM)Zinjanthropos Wrote: Don't know about the rest of you but I take the word 'casual' to heart. When I visit this site I don't have a plan, I'm rarely thorough, not much thought goes into my words and to top it off I'm usually quite relaxed and unconcerned. That just about describes 'Casual' in my books.  For me it's more spontaneous, spur of the moment chatter.


Figuratively IOW... Being dressed in overalls while leisurely sipping tea and chatting with visiting neighbors on the front porch probably isn't contextually amenable to a colonoscopy or balloon-assisted endoscopy. Or the type of habitat where one would be cognitively alert for such wildlife being conducted.

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#3
C2 seems to be the only one trying to ask people to do math.

Looking up stuff on Google seems pretty casual to me.
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#4
Many years ago I was drinking in a strange bar many miles from home - actually quite close to the place where I now live - let's call that coincidence. After a few games of darts I was sitting at the bar happily getting blotto. Next to me there was an old man and his dog - also quietly engaged in the business of getting blotto. The telly was showing that film where Jenny Agutter takes off her clothes and goes for a swim. At some point apparently relevant to the plot - snake- nudity or something else - the dog started barking frantically. The old man calmed the dog and in the silence that followed said "Every dog has its moment.". The pub erupted with laughter. I was puzzled by the way such a simple line could possibly have amused each and every one of the good natured folk present. Some time later I found the answer. The old man had been drinking in the pub for many years - as long as anyone could remember. And for as long as anyone could remember his dog had been quiet and he had never said a word to anyone.
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#5
Casual is when you tell a story and not think about it afterwards. Not-so-casual is when you tell a story and a few days later you start thinking "Was that ok?". (I hope it was).
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#6
Quote:And for as long as anyone could remember his dog had been quiet and he had never said a word to anyone

It was probably the dog saying ‘I thought I told you to STFU’.
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(Mar 14, 2019 02:41 AM)confused2 Wrote: Casual is when you tell a story and not think about it afterwards. Not-so-casual is when you tell a story and a few days later you start thinking "Was that ok?". (I hope it was).


Well, it's worth noting that even more blatant canine excitement like leg humping is not always grounded in pure sexual inclinations, or a bestiality orientation from the perspective of the animal.

Alternatively, another speculative possibility that comes to mind is how the adage might be marginally offensive to the victimized party if used in a very different context of some people's choice in pets. And the latter's irritation and also potential "brush-off" response to what they perceive as unjust bad publicity directed at their choice of pets.

IOW, if the expression was evoked by the owner(s) for those occasions when any lovable canine species noted for having a superior biting and ripping ability tears a limb or face off a child that was staring at it at eye level. "Oh, our dog just had one of those moments -- a brief brain seizure or something. S/he's not like that, s/he normally adores kids and even adult strangers."

"Pit bull-type dogs, like other terriers, hunting and bull-baiting breeds, can exhibit a bite, hold, and shake behavior and at times refuse to release. Pit bulls also have wide skulls, well-developed facial muscles, and strong jaws, and some research suggests that pit bull bites are particularly serious because they tend to bite deeply and grind their molars into tissue."


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#8
Z's joke works and would have been simpler but the dog started it. Being English I kind'a like understatement - to wait ten years before saying "I don't say much." works for me - IMHO the old man went one better.
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(Mar 14, 2019 08:25 PM)confused2 Wrote: Z's joke works and would have been simpler but the dog started it. Being English I kind'a like understatement - to wait ten years before saying "I don't say much." works for me - IMHO the old man went one better.


Age is potentially significant for both man and canine motives. I reflexively assumed that speculative misgivings about the the story revolved around readers construing the old dog as reacting to a younger Jenny Agutter, for base reasons of its own. The barking instead might be attributed to a devoted, medically alert animal that was simply protecting its master's heart in belated fashion. A too-late warning to the actress on the screen to not remove her clothes (or priggishly lecturing her in dog-speak to reapparel herself).

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CC Wrote:A too-late warning to the actress on the screen to not remove her clothes (or priggishly lecturing her in dog-speak to reapparel herself).
That works too.
As a male I can assure we don't respond to female nudity when it is clearly part of the plot (gratuitous nudity is quite different) - I'm sure the dog would take the same view of that particular sequence.
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