- hello Sam Birkett
- Username: samow
- In response to: "What's the one thing you're never gonna give up?" My countless vices
- samow's latest answers
- Last Library Visit
The last time I entered I library, I sneaked in. I borrowed my friend's Student ID card to enter the Northumbria University library, and access their vast collection of knowledge, even though I know I should really pay £9,000 for such a privilege. Knowledge is pricey these days.
- My 7 Best Qualities
I rarely do this sort of thing but...
If more people in the world had a little compassion, some of the worst elements of humanity would be wiped out.
Compassion must extend to all sentient life, without discrimination.
I always try to do what makes me happy, free from expectations of others. I don't always do what's right, but I try to avoid hurting others as much as possible.
What good is trying to live your life right if you can't share your ideas with others?
I don't see myself as better than other people. I am unique and special, but so is everybody else.
No single language is better or more important than another. To argue otherwise is a kind of discrimination and fascism and is, quite frankly, rude. Everybody should endeavor to learn at least one other language.
Everybody makes mistakes, sometimes terrible ones, for their own reasons. We have to allow for these faults in others so that others would do the same when we screw up.
- Swearing is bloody awesome
Swearing is neither big nor clever, but it's a whole fucking world of fun. It mainly works in the same way as politically incorrect jokes; I.e. It shocks the listener into one of two responses: revulsion or laughter.
Here's a few of my favourite swear based jokes:
"Jam a bastard in it, you crap," Mom, Futurama
Sooz: "Dont do anything I wouldn't do, Lindy"
Linda: "Well that don't leave much, you filthy whore!"
Gimme, Gimme, Gimme
Princess Leah: "I love you"
Han Solo: "Fuck off"
Something, Something, Something...Dark Side
"Dont offer me that gnats piss, you spastic little poofter!" Alan Clarke declining a cheap bottle of wine, Private Eye
- Unlimited Funds
If I had the resources, and by which I mean the money, more than anything else in the world I would love to run my own bar. I know exactly what kind of bar it would be too: a European style café bar serving coffee, Czech lager, French wine and light vegetarian food.
Unfortunately I'm hardly the richest person in the world, so my happy little bar will have to remain a dream for now. Shame...
There would be room outside for the smokers to sit while inside the furniture would be stylish and minimalist. And the staff could play whatever music they wanted on the radio. Oh and they'd be paid a decent wage.
God I hate my current job.
- Coffee and Cigarettes
They just fit so well together.
"The Italian students used to do that all the time - they'd come in and drink espresso and smoke, like, a million cigarettes"
This is a quote I remember from my (extremely short) time working in a major coffee chain in the UK. It's true, when we hedonists drink coffee we HAVE to smoke too, they just fit so well together. There's an entire film named after them.
Unfortunately in the UK this indulgent little dual-vice is semi-illegal thanks to the smoking ban. Even before it was banned by the government Starbucks discouraged smoking because it "affected the great taste of our coffee." This is bullshit because (a) Starbucks coffee tastes like crap and (b) smoking and coffee were made from each other.
I get the feeling that major coffee chains in the UK are aimed at those weird creatures I never associate with - healthy people with good jobs who eat yogurt for breakfasts and never fart. This is opposed to me who never crawls out of bed before 9.30am and needs the harsh, earthy aroma of black coffee and a fat spliff before I can even face the day.
From a health point of view this isn't the best vice to have, although not as bad as, say, meth (and yet I've known some pretty hot meth-heads). The coffee isn't too bad - caffeine is a bit nasty but, in fact, long term studies in Europe show people who drink several cups of tea or coffee a day actually reduce their risk of heart disease. Coffee is also full of yummy anti-cancerous anti-oxidants.
This is, of course, canceled out by the horrific health effects of tobacco, which is carcinogenic. It also will kill your heart, rape your lungs and commit war crimes against your skin. I have no idea how after 6 years of smoking I still look 18 years old. Something to do with veganism maybe.
So it would be best if I just stuck with the coffee, but then I'd have to sink into that awful world of the yogurt-eating, rose-wine drinking, Gray's Anatomy-watching, anal retentive zombies. No thank you.