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Ayn Rand's doormat

Yesterday, one of my colleagues asked if she could borrow my CoRo-CDs. Today, after my having handed them over, she blithely informs me that she's taking a short break and won't be able to give them back to me until the end of next week!

I hate lending stuff. Past experience has taught me that you can never be sure if and when you'll get it back, or in what state. The number of books I've lost! But when someone asks me to allow them to use my most prized possessions, I'm too bloody polite to say no.

I'm a push-over. A doormat. A mouse -- so how come this isn't reflected in the outcome of this supposedly ultimate personality quiz?

You are an SRCL--Sober Rational Constructive Leader. This makes you an Ayn Rand ideal. Taggart? Roark? Galt? You are all of these. You were born to lead. You may not be particularly exciting, but you have a strange charisma--born of intellect and personal drive--that people begin to notice when they have been around you a while. You don't like to compromise, but you recognize when you have to.

You care absolutely nothing what other people think, and this somehow attracts people to you. Treat them well, use them wisely, and ascend to your rightful rank.

Hmmm. I read Ayn Rand years ago, back in my uni days. The Fountainhead -- saw the movie as well. It's a story about an architect swimming against the current, sticking his neck out, risking ruin yet persevering in his ideal: to build a modern highrise. I was young and impressionable, so on my first reading of the novel, I thought it was terrifically inspiring. Then I came across the book again some time ago, had nothing better to do, opened it...and couldn't finish it. Really, it's the most utter tripe.


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Jul. 1st, 2004 03:11 am (UTC)
Maybe it's broken -- I got that too. Or maybe all Buffy fans are the Randian ideal? :P

They don't mean Taggart the Glaswegian detective though, do they? (Dunno I you get that in the Netherlands.)
Jul. 1st, 2004 04:39 am (UTC)
Actually, in The Netherlands we're pretty lucky in that we can get virtually anything as long as it's on cable (or satellite).

Taggart, eh? The name rings a bell...but even though I'll gladly settle down to watch a British detective series on most occasions, this one seems to have left me with no mental images.

Did I tell you that I acted as a Foley artist on A Touch of Frost once? I did -- I was 'voice in the crowd' in a scene where Frost goes into the opera...and I cut up his sausages for breakfast...poured his tea...and slammed the garden gate. Pity I only got to do that one episode...superstardom could have been within my grasp otherwise. ;-)
Jul. 1st, 2004 06:36 am (UTC)
A Touch of Frost? You're practically famous!
Jul. 1st, 2004 06:28 am (UTC)

I loved Taggart, because I'm a sucker for accents.
Jul. 1st, 2004 06:32 am (UTC)
If it's accents you want...I adored Rab C. Nesbitt!
Jul. 1st, 2004 06:40 am (UTC)
Heh, I'll give you accents...
Most of my extended family has Taggart accents. Mine is more McCallum when I'm back in the UK.
Jul. 1st, 2004 07:12 am (UTC)
Re: Heh, I'll give you accents...
...and mine is that of someone "raised in the North, but settled in the South for quite some time already" (UK North & South, that is).

In my own language, I have no accent - though some unkind people have, on occasion, classified it as posh, in reality it's as standard as can be.
Jul. 1st, 2004 01:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Heh, I'll give you accents...
Mine is mostly Southern, but I don't actually speak English all that often. I need to get one of those chat interfaces. ;-)

My own is polished regional dialect, but we've actually a great diversity of accents in my country, as the population is very scattered. Actually, I heard this afternoon that Sweden would have 200 million inhabitants if we had the same density of population as The Netherlands. We have 8.7 million, or so.
Jul. 1st, 2004 01:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Heh, I'll give you accents...
Ooh. I'm a linguistics/phonetics geek. Honestly. I even have a self-teach course in Gaelic somewhere, and intend to listen to it someday.
Jul. 1st, 2004 03:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Heh, I'll give you accents...
Gaelic, really? I'd love to learn to speak it. I have been planning to find a self-teach course but haven't had the time to do it yet.
Jul. 1st, 2004 03:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Heh, I'll give you accents...
Here, but I have an older edition. Maybe I should order this one, too. ;-)
Jul. 2nd, 2004 12:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Heh, I'll give you accents...
Thanks. I'll have to check it out.
Jul. 1st, 2004 01:48 pm (UTC)
Umm? My head is empty at the moment, sorry. But yes, accents!

...and I didn't get these notifications either...
Jul. 1st, 2004 04:45 am (UTC)
Spooky, got the same result as you again! Not sure about the 'strange charisma' part.

Maybe when you get your super new computer, you can get one with a CD Writer and no more lending of CD's will be necessary.

I forgot to tell you what I thought of Kane, didn't I? - I thought it was a very strong album, the songs were catchy and tuneful. Good album, but a bit too straight rock for me.
Jul. 1st, 2004 04:56 am (UTC)
I forgot to tell you what I thought of Kane, didn't I? - I thought it was a very strong album, the songs were catchy and tuneful. Good album, but a bit too straight rock for me.

Splendid - can't fault your review at all! They are quite straightforward rockers, but sometimes, straightforward rock can be just the ticket. Though I must admit that when I first heard them, I was quite surprised that their music resonated with me so much.

Spooky, got the same result as you again! Not sure about the 'strange charisma' part.

Yeah, that worries me a bit, too...
Jul. 1st, 2004 07:38 am (UTC)
I take that back. It's the "not particularly exciting" that really worries me at the moment...
Jul. 1st, 2004 10:51 am (UTC)
Good tunes go a long way. Many people forget that.
Jul. 1st, 2004 02:22 pm (UTC)
I got:

You are an SEDL--Sober Emotional Destructive Leader. This makes you a dictator. You prefer to control situations, and lack of control makes you physically sick. You feel have responsibility for everyone's welfare, and that you will be blamed when things go wrong. Things do go wrong, and you take it harder than you should.

You rely on the validation and support of others, but you have a secret distrust for people and distaste for their habits and weaknesses that make you keep your distance from them. This makes you very difficult to be with romantically. Still, a level-headed peacemaker can keep you balanced.

Despite your fierce temper and general hot-bloodedness, you have a soft spot for animals and a surprising passion for the arts. Sometimes you would almost rather live by your wits in the wilderness somewhere, if you could bring your books and your sketchbook.

You also have a strange, undeniable sexiness to you. You may go insane.

Say what??? Dictator? Me? Best go invade Italy then.
Jul. 2nd, 2004 12:20 am (UTC)
Say what??? Dictator? Me? Best go invade Italy then

I bet you'll look great in uniform! ;-D

But I think those last two sentences are the best: You also have a strange, undeniable sexiness to you. You may go insane....esp. as the insane-bit seems to follow naturally on the strange, undeniably sexy-bit.

Jul. 2nd, 2004 01:17 am (UTC)
I'm rapidly going insane. Sadly, the sexiness has nothing to do with it.

Unless that's my problem. I'm denying my inner strange sexiness... Hmm. Darn, there's never a Spike and a pair of handcuffs around when you need them.
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