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October 02, 2020

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KC

One guess about the 40 year old starting smoking: teenagers. (nicotene is pharmacologically active and has some effects on some things... just not all positive effects)

But yeah. That is a Weird Life Choice.

I do think exercise has multiple effects:
1. the immediate endorphins, which some people get and some people don't and other people it depends on exactly what kind of exercise,
2. the longer-term physical effects of exercise (many and varied, although not all positive) and
3. the feeling-good-about-exercising psychological boost.

But yeah. For immediate satisfaction, many things have exercise beat out solid. Including pie and good music.

Big Dot

I have recently rediscovered the smile-Inducing simple joy of listening to Take On Me by a-ha. Maybe helps that I’m a fan of all things Norwegian, but still. A propos of that, give Norsemen a whirl on Netflix.

TheQueen

KC - Nope, her children (including my co-worker) were in their mid twenties. Excellent deduction, though.

Big Dot - not just an excellent pop song, but a terrific art-based video. And I just saw this on Genius.com (best lyric site ever: it’s like having a concordance for lyrics).
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“Take on me” literally translated to Norwegian (a-ha’s native language, though they perform in English) as “Ta på meg.” This is how you say “Touch me” in Norwegian.

“Take me on” / “Ta meg på” means “put me on” (like clothing).

The bilingual nature of the first line offers dual meanings: “Give me a chance!” and “Touch me,” in the first; and “Take me on,” (colloquially meaning, “I’ll fight you,” or “I’ll accept your challenge,”) and “Wear me.”
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And my god, the description for Norsemen made me laugh. That sounds good.

Big Dot

That's a good website, thanks - I often need to be led by the hand through the trackless jungle of song lyrics (also modern poetry - and me an Eng Lit graduate: deeply shaming).

TheQueen

Big Dot - I don’t even try Modern poetry.

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