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Monday, December 20, 2021

You’re jealous. Right now. Of something or someone. General or specific. To some degree.

That’s okay. We all are, at any given time. It’s human nature.

But here’s a question: Does is make more sense to be jealous of someone, or their situation, if they’re happy about it, or if they’re dissatisfied with it?

Example Number 1: Your friend has a great job that pays great, and she knows it, and she’s thrilled about it. You don’t, and you trade places with her in a second.

Example Number 2: Your friend has a great job that pays great, but she doesn’t see it that way. She complains about how it’s not right for her, doesn’t pay enough, and it leaves her feeling empty. You feel she doesn’t realize how lucky she is, and resent her to the extent that you wish you were in her place, because you’d love to have what she has.

Substitute the job situation above with anything applicable: Relationships, money, skills, whatever.

So which scenario is more appropos? Do people more often feel envy in positive frameworks, or in negative ones? Is one more “right” or “wrong”?

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 12/20/2004 07:50:10 PM
Category: Society
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Doing any last-minute Christmas shopping? Then you’re in luck: Sculptor Arturo Di Modica has put his famous 7,000-pound bronze bull sculpture, which sits in the heart of New York’s financial district, up for sale. One hell of a stocking stuffer!

There are some conditions attached: The buyer can’t move the bull from where it now is, and must donate it to New York City. So what does the purchase price get you?

In exchange, the buyer will get a tax break and branding rights, said the report. The owner’s name will also be placed on a plaque designed by Di Modica that will sit next to the bull, the [Wall Street Journal] said.

In other words, you’re paying for naming rights to one of the financial world’s most distinctive symbols. The only thing that could top this would be if the NYSE sold off its naming rights. So I expect a healthy sales price for this little chunk of real estate.

Merrill Lynch is one of the rumored interested parties, and since their corporate logo is a bull, that’s not surprising.

If the markets go all bearish soon, you’ll know the reason.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 12/20/2004 07:20:00 PM
Category: Advert./Mktg., Business
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feel the qi
Not down with the Botox Nation or plastic surgery? Facial acupuncture may be your ticket to a fresh face.

I wonder how this compares to a natural facelift.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 12/20/2004 06:38:35 PM
Category: Science, Society
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