Apples and Oranges - OK, Let's Compare Them!

@anniepa (27280)
United States
May 6, 2008 5:24pm CST
Let's see now - they're both fruits, they both grow on trees, they're both kind of round - oops, not really, an orange is more of a perfect circle than an apple - we get juice from both of them, they're both good for you... I'll know by your response if you read this far or not because this is a "trick discussion"...lol We sure do get enough "apples/oranges" responses here on myLot, don't we? Particularly in the "politics" interest. I don't mean to offend anyone, I'm sure I've been guilty of it myself, but I always get a kick out of some of the responses in this subject! Here are a few "generic" examples, not necessarily taken from a particular post; these can usually be used in either order and you can add a "na-na-na-na-na-na to any or all of them: Obama's pastor is a racist - McCain asked for Hagee's endorsement Bush lied to get us into war - Clinton was impeached Obama's an elitist - McCain's wife's a billionaire Cindy McCain plagiarized recipes - Michelle Obama hates America Bush was AWOL from the Texas National Guards - Clinton was a draft-dodger Cheney got five deferrals - Clinton was a draft-dodger 4000 troops have died in Iraq - Clinton was a draft-dodger Bin Laden is still on the loose - Hussein was a horrible dictator No WMD's were found - Clinton said they were there too I could go on and on and if I went back and reviewed a few discussions I could probably come up with dozens of actual examples. To make this a discussion do you get irritated when you start a discussion with a particular point in mind but all the responses you get seem to be about everything but that point? Do YOU read a post in full - the original post, at the very least - before responding or do you click on respond immediately after reading the title? Be careful, I'll get you on this one...lol! Annie
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
6 May 08
I love how you started this discussion hon! Very sneaky of you! Yes, I do get a bit aggravated when people don't get the gist of my discussions. Especially when it's so obvious that they haven't read the entire post. I make sure to read posts from beginning to end, sometimes more than once just to make sure I read everything right. Because I know full well that if I don't I will look like a total nimrod by giving an answer that doesn't even come close to what the subject of the post is. And because I have lots of lovely friends like you that like to test others like in this post. LOL!
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@anniepa (27280)
• United States
7 May 08
Hey, I just thought I'd make sure you were all on your toes! I'm very happy and proud to say that all of the responses so far have been from my friends and you've all clearly read the whole thing. Do I know how to pick friends, or what...lol? Annie
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@Pose123 (21662)
• Canada
6 May 08
Hi anniepa, Yes I did read all of the discussion, and I feel the same as you. I always read the discussion before I respond, though I have been known to misunderstand the meaning. Blessings.
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@anniepa (27280)
• United States
6 May 08
Thanks for responding. I think we ALL misunderstanding the meaning now and then but at least we read them, right? Annie
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@Aingealicia (1906)
• United States
7 May 08
Annie, I do actually read the post, I respond to the best of my ability to the ones that I feel that I might be able to have some input, advice, or comment on. I also know what you are talking about on the "apples and oranges" as you have seen first hand. Just so you know I usually read through the post a few times before I respond to make sure I am on the right topic and subject matter. Ainge
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@anniepa (27280)
• United States
14 Jul 08
I'm so sorry to have taken to long to respond to you here. This discussion kind of disappeared and suddenly popped back up! Yes, I know you're one who does read the original post and you also actually THINK about what you're writing when you respond. Where the heck have you been, Ainge? I've missed you! Annie
@clrumfelt (5452)
• United States
7 May 08
What strange apples and oranges...all of them juicy, but none of them good for you. And yes I always read the whole posts, and the also the links when they have them.
@chrislotz (8200)
• Canada
14 Jul 08
When I read a discussion as I have with this one, I do read the whole thing to get the point that the poster is putting across. This one is a bit confusing since you start to talk about apples and oranges and them about other things like the presidents and things that are happening with them. I do read all of the discussions before I respond but I do know what you mean. I have gotten some really bizzare responses to discussions I started and so I know they never read the whole thing. But to be honest, it isn;t all that important to me, as long as people aren;t rude to me that is all that matters to me. Happy postings my friend. I need to cut this short as my daughter is waiting for me to finish so we can go to work.
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@mehale (2200)
• United States
8 May 08
Annie, I really like this post! I had not realized just how often many of the generic phrases you mentioned were used in political discussions until I read your post and actually thought about it, and yes I too have been guilty of sometimes using them! I do have to admit that it is frustrating when you start a discussion and mean for it to go one way and all the responses take it in a totally different direction; that usually leaves my original question unanswered. As far as do I actually read the original post before responding to it, yes I do. I like to have a good idea about what the discussion is asking BEFORE I try to answer it. I will also sometimes read a few of the responses to it before answering to see if what I wanted to say had already been said. After all, what is the point in responding to the discussions if you don't even know what they are asking?
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