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Familiarity Breeds Contentment?
I'm starting to feel a disturbing comfort level in navigating the eastern reaches of the Phoenix metropolitan area. It will never be a place I love. Or even like, as a whole. But I'm building a library of spots within its ideologically dreadful vastness that give me a brief flash of happiness. And that makes me wonder whether my love of self-propelled cognitive mapping would be strong enough to make any location I frequent a source of positive stimulus. Would it be so bad if that were the case? I do worry sometimes that my seemingly limitless capacity for refueling the furnaces of interest makes me insufficiently discriminating.
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celebrian_3 From: celebrian_3 Date: October 1st, 2009 06:41 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
That's what is so weird about Phoenix--it's so much nothing, punctuated by little miracles, if only you can find them. The miracles make it livable, if not lovable.
st_ranger From: st_ranger Date: October 1st, 2009 09:11 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I think of it as Stockholm Syndrome's annoying little brother, Fresno Syndrome.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 6th, 2009 05:10 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
[Sorry for the delay in responding. I've been on the computer relatively little this past week.]

Yes, exactly! Although I'd sure as hell enjoy living in Stockholm. Cold northern climes have always appealed to me more than heat.
From: marcegoodman Date: October 5th, 2009 02:23 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Insofar as I completely recognize this tendency in myself, I am reminded of the great line from the late British psychoanalyst Nina Coltart describing masochism as "making the best of a bad job." The twist being that the "training opportunities" afforded me during those times that felt more properly masochistic stood me in good stead for post-masochistic times such as these. So I would say, it would not be so bad at all and insufficient discrimination is just discrimination at the level of beatitude.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 6th, 2009 05:13 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
This encourages me, Marc. We really need to get together for something. I'm driving up next Wednesday 10/14 to see Yo La Tengo at the Marquee in Tempe, if you're interested. It's a little expensive -- $27 at Bookman's -- but they're so good. And we could talk a lot. I'm dropping the family at the airport in Tucson by 2:30pm, so I could even get you without difficulty.
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