Friday, November 9, 2012

Trifecta: Flip A Coin


Andy Rooney created something called “The 50-50-90 rule: anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong.”  Trifecta wants us to formulate our own probability equations.  Use whichever numbers suit us, and make it about whatever we'd like, but give them something to think about.  In 33 words, of course.

From Life123.com


Marrying for love; being right > 51% 
(Fingers-crossed!)

Raising upstanding, compassionate, 
world contributors > 73.575% 
(Subjectively optimistic!)

Both easy < 10%
(Nonstop excitement!)

Value on E-Bay = Priceless 
(I checked! ;-))


38 comments:

  1. You're good at this, Gina. Creative take on the prompt. Nonstop excitement - I like that.

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    1. Thanks, Stephanie! Being married for a long time and raising kids for so many years is "exciting"...for the most part!

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  2. The marrying for love is a tough one. I couldn't agree with you more that's what to aspire, but unless both parts commit for the long haul, it still gets pretty tough sometimes.

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    1. Oh! Believe me! I hear you here. Marriage, all marriages, take a ton of work and not just sometimes, or weekly or monthly but daily and moment to moment. That's why I always have said that I married for love and crossed my fingers. People change, things happen. It's tough all the way around but in the end you hope that the good far outweighs the bad. It's also cyclical, IMO.

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  3. I love "non stop excitement". Perfect way to describe being in love and raising kids. I knew the "math major" would deliver. Nice job.

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    1. And being married. Sometimes it's not all the fun and games kind of excitement but I'll take excitement any way I can get it (well not really ANY way and within the appropriate boundaries of my family and friends, of course). Thanks, lumdog!

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    1. I know. It was always a dream. And it requires some luck (crossing fingers helps) too. And then there's the work that love takes...

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    1. Maybe I should have been a math teacher after all ;-) Thanks, Draug!

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  6. Non stop excitement - for sure. Nicely done.

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    1. Oh yeah! Never stops kind of excitement. Woo Hoo! Thanks, Kelly.

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  7. Mastercard can't fund this one, right?

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    1. Nope! And I don't think I'd find the receipt after this long anyway. I guess they're all keepers!

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  8. Non stop excitement indeed! Loved this 'masterful' take!

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  9. My grandparents met at 11, married at 20 and then celebrated 76 years together. They married for love.

    I see lots of other examples, but I see many who don't make it even though they did so too.

    Growth and change sometimes takes people in odd directions, but you have to enjoy the journey because that is where all the fun is located.

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    1. I know your parents have been married a long time too.

      Exactly! There are so many external factors involved (well internal, too, for that matter). You cross your fingers with hope that who you chose in your 20's will grow and change in a similar way as you move through the tough years of raising kids in your 30's and 40's. Or at the very least they grow and change in a complementary or tolerable way. I am certainly NOT the same person now as I was when my husband met me at 25. Neither is he. We've been fortunate to have enjoyed the same path, for the most part.

      I agree with the journey being where it's at and I'll add that it's all we have anyway. No guarantees from one day to the next!

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  10. GREAT entry, Gina! I am curious what you found on EBAY, though - LOL! I know that people occasionally try to sell their kids ;)

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    1. They try to sell husbands, too (or give them away ;-))

      I'll keep mine. Too risky to trade-in at this point because the grass is never greener over there even if things look sparkly and shiny new!

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  11. Marry for love? Do people still do that?
    And what was you found on E-bay?

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    1. I hope they still do. There's some luck involved in the equation as well because love tends to be a little blinding. You can find ANYTHING on E-Bay and even more than you'd bargain for on Craig's List. I think I'll stick with E-Bay strictly for shoes, electronics and concert tickets! That's safe!

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  12. I loved the e-bay part. It reminded me of the Master Card advertisement.

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    1. I hadn't thought of that until I was finished. I like e-bay but...I'm not selling or trading any family member in in the near or distant future!

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  13. Great post. If one wanted to go about selling their spouse on ebay, how would one go about it? haha..

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    1. It would probably be easier on Craig's list. I'm sure some would try. Selling kids might be easier ;-)

      I'd make $1M if I sold my husband but I don't need money that badly. I think I'll keep him for another 25 years.

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  14. Love the priceless one. You did great with the prompt. I was lost on creativity with that one ;-)

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    1. These were the hardest 33 words in the world this time. Just haven't been feeling it for some reason so thanks!

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  15. Very clever and ain't that the truth?! Good one, Gina. You did your research, for sure! :)

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    1. Thanks, Sandra. No research needed. I made the whole thing up.

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  16. Love those numbers :) So very precise!

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    1. Math is precise with the exception of probabilities. That's all chance but that's life.

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  17. The eBay part makes me curious :) If only math had been this interesting in school!

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    1. Hahahaha. My family, all three plus dog are keepers. I could net millions for them but I don't need the money! See, I found math interesting in school.

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  18. Are we selling kids or husbands on Ebay? :-)

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    1. As often as I've heard it said, "Everything's for sale." These three are NOT and that's not saying that I haven't thought about it in the past. They are far too well trained at this point ;-) (well kind of). The dog on the other hand has a price...

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