Cognitive Dissonance

Sunday, March 8, 2009
I'm suffering from a bit of cognitive dissonance today due to my recent entertainment activities.

Last night the SmartMan and I attended the Longmont Chorale's performance of "A Tribute to Franz Joseph Haydn," including the complete Missa in Angustiis, the Lord Nelson Mass. My Hot Mom sings with the chorale, and also sits on the board of directors and does their graphic design work, so we like to go up and cheer on the home team when they have a performance.

They did a really spectacular job, especially considering that they're a community choir, and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

Today we went and saw Watchmen. I haven't decided yet if I liked it or not - it was so very strange, and the fact that certain people died and others didn't just pissed me right the hell off. You know what I'm talking about, Alan Moore. Hmph.

Could these two entertainment choices be more diametrically opposed? I think not.

14 comments:

Eric said...

Janiece: since that reaction is what Moore (and, by extension, Zack Snyder) were going for, the movie was at least that successful, so it's a good thing and (for once) I'm glad you're pissed. ;-)

Janiece Murphy said...

Eric, I understand what he was going for, and also the ethical dilemma inherent in the choices that were made by the characters.

But that doesn't mean I have to like it.

Eric said...

Of course not. I hope that wasn't what it sounded like I was saying, and if it was, mea culpa.

Janiece Murphy said...

It wasn't - I was just being crabby.

Random Michelle K said...

(gasp)

Janiece? Crabby?!

Say it isn't SO!

(runs and hides behind the sofa)

DAMN! This is JUST A METAPHOR!

Eric said...

Shit! I imagined it yesterday for Michelle to jump on and then forgot to imagine it again today! Shit! Shit! Shit!

I'm sorry about that, Michelle. If it's any consolation, Janiece was probably too busy wondering why there was a hamster wearing a tutu where I imagine the sofa usually is to notice you crouching behind it. And to answer the obvious question of why I'm imagining a hamster in a tutu: it takes hamster ballet, sheesh. I would have thought the slippers would have been a clue. And if you're wondering why the hamster in a tutu wearing ballet slippers on his paws is just sitting there sniffing the air curiously, well, duh, he just started and he isn't very good yet, and he doesn't like practicing while everybody's staring at him.

Now, stand up, Michelle. And yes, you can hold him, just be gentle when you pick him up.

Janiece Murphy said...

My crabbiness is a metaphor for ______.

Wendy said...

Janiece- I would have thought it simply was a sign of an enlightened individual sampling from a multitude of cultural offerings.

WendyB_09

Love Bites said...

You've been reviewed, as requested.

Janiece Murphy said...

I saw it. Thank you for your time.

Anne C. said...

Went and looked at that link. The paragraph where they explain how they are biting and mocking but it's different because they CARE made me laugh. Nice distiction. Because, clearly, not caring is what you're all about Janiece. ;)

Otherwise, meh. Wasn't funny enough for me.

Janiece Murphy said...

Anne, I noticed that, too.

If nothing else, it will make me be a bit more aware of how my writing comes across to those who don't actually know me.

The entire thing initially really hurt my feelings, but I did ask for it. I've decided I'm going to use the the review to improve my space and my writing, while taking the personal attack with a grain of salt.

Carol Elaine said...

If nothing else, it will make me be a bit more aware of how my writing comes across to those who don't actually know me.

I've got a motto/mantra that addresses this: The people who know you understand and the people who don't know you don't matter.

This isn't to say that someone should stop striving to be a better writer or person. That is always a worthy goal. I just don't think you should change your writing style to better appeal to an amorphous "them."

Janiece Murphy said...

Carol Elaine, I appreciate what you're saying.

And sometimes being unkind or snotty is the appropriate response to the subject at hand.

And sometimes it's not.

I'm just going to take this opportunity to make sure I'm not being snotty when it's not called for.