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NC Forum proposalDougSloan
Nov 20, 2003 10:26 AM
I propose that one day a month we designate as "role reversal day." Everyone must take positions 180 degrees opposite of what they usually do or what they really believe. The catch is that on that day, no one may speak of the switch, so that new people or those not in the know will be surprised. No one can butt in and clue people in on the fly. That would take some of the fun out of it.

Maybe the 1st Monday of every month?

FANTASTIC idea! LOL!OldEdScott
Nov 20, 2003 10:30 AM
I vote yesmoneyman
Nov 20, 2003 10:42 AM
Does that mean I have to be left-handed on that day as well?

Sounds like fun. I might even post that day.

Great idea! nmPdxMark
Nov 20, 2003 11:14 AM
well that's no fun...mohair_chair
Nov 20, 2003 11:17 AM
What if you're a centrist?
Centrists get to spin in circles. I'm all for it. Or against it, depending. nm128
Nov 20, 2003 11:34 AM
Thank youFree2Pedal
Nov 20, 2003 7:05 PM
What is the opposite of the middle? I supose we could pick anything, as long as it is extreme.
Tuesday would be better.dr hoo
Nov 20, 2003 12:11 PM
Given that many people post from work, Mondays tend to be a bit lower in terms of participation on forums like this than other days of the week. This might not be the case here, but in general if you want max participation you should avoid M or F.

I'll play.
Step into my web and see what the e-mail brought today...Cory
Nov 20, 2003 12:37 PM
I got an e-mail today that might work for that. I wasn't going to post it because it's too long and inflammatory. As a Republican-for-a-day, though, I can give the highlights and say firmly that I believe the following:
--Drug abuse is a moral failing and a crime, unless you're a conservative radio personality. Then it's an illness and you need our prayers for your recovery.
--The U.S. should get out of the U.N., and our highest national priority is enforcing U.N. resolutions against Iraq.
--The government should relax regulations against Big Business and Big Money, but crack down on individuals who use marijuana to relieve the pain of illness.
--"Standing Tall for America" means firing your workers and moving their jobs to India.
--A woman can't be trusted with decisions about her own body, but multi-national corporations can make decisions affecting all mankind with no regulation whatever.
--The best way to improve military morale is to praise the troops in speeches while quietly working to cut veterans' benefits and combat pay.
--Group sex and drug use are degenerate sins unless you someday run for governor of California as a Republican.
--Global warming and tobacco's link to cancer are junk science, but creationism should be taught in schools.
--The public has a right to know about Hillary's cattle trades, but George W. Bush's driving record is a private matter.
--For a president to lie about an extramarital affair is an impeachable offense. When he lies to enlist support for a war in which tens of thousands die, it's in the interest of national defense.
Nice starting list...PdxMark
Nov 20, 2003 1:36 PM
We'll have to practice dismissing 1/2 the context for each of our First Monday positions... this will be fun.
sarcasm isn't the sameDougSloan
Nov 20, 2003 3:57 PM
I don't think you've gotten into the spirit of the concept. The idea is not just sarcasm, but really take the position of the "other side." In other words, you have to say the opposite of what you really believe, and not in such a way that it's merely a dig. Be convincing, like Ed and I did. We were so convincing that "our own sides" were reaming us new ones. It's not that hard, really, if you sincerely try.

Ah, but it can be.czardonic
Nov 20, 2003 4:32 PM
Case in point (sorry, sacheson): It is kind of disturbing when discourse devolves to the point that absurd caricature is indistinguishable to the uninitiated.

Got him going pretty good, though completely by accident at the start. Gotta' love purplepaul's interjection.
You make a pretty convincing fascist there, czar.OldEdScott
Nov 21, 2003 6:36 AM
I'm startin to WONDER about you ...
Didn't you know he's majoring in debate in high school :O) nmLive Steam
Nov 21, 2003 7:07 AM
High school? Nah, czar's a 77-year-oldOldEdScott
Nov 21, 2003 9:06 AM
unreconstructed Trot with a little goatee and a cardigan sweater. Lives in a coldwater flat amongst the proletarian dockworkers, drinks tea from a samovar. Watch out for czar, Steam. He seems harmless, but he'll snare you with his Dialectic and tie you in such knots even your nimble mind can't escape.
Oh goody.eyebob
Nov 20, 2003 2:05 PM
I'll cross post all about...

1) My new bike workshop (photos of course)
2) My new kid (photos of course)
3) My kid's newest bike (complete with photos of the tassles on the handle bars)
4) My kid's (an my) speeding tickets
5) My anger (and knee-jerk reactions) to old people that cut me off

Oh-bye-the-way, On reverse-day do I have to give up my charming sarcasm?

Lemme get warmed up a bit before we start...Dale Brigham
Nov 20, 2003 2:39 PM
Just lobbing a few warm-up pitches here...

1) If same-sex marriage is allowed, me and my wife's marriage will be devalued.

2) What's good for Halliburton is good for the U.S.A.

3) They hate us because we are free.

4) All serious cyclists should be riding a carbon fiber-titanium frame with full Dura Ace and boutique wheels. (Sorry -- Off Topic!).

There now, I'm ready to go. Put me in, coach!

Role reversal day...rwbadley
Nov 20, 2003 8:16 PM
Does that mean I have to be on bottom?

Who gets to do me? Lucky bastard :O)Live Steam
Nov 21, 2003 6:08 AM
czar and money should switch and Ed and Doug should too. I think No_Sprint and MJ make a nice pair so I guess it's you, Cory. You think you're up to it :O)
LOL! It's a good question BOTH ways.OldEdScott
Nov 21, 2003 6:30 AM
You guys are liable to pop matching aneurysms, trying to be each other. (It's easy for me and Sloan -- we're both paid liars, er, I mean ADVOCATES by trade!)
This I gotta see... lol...nmrwbadley
Nov 21, 2003 7:25 AM
Let's go with the 1st Monday of the monthDougSloan
Nov 21, 2003 7:29 AM
Mondays are a little slow anyway. This will catch a few people off guard, too. So, unless there is lots of objections, December 1 will be the first run at this. Remember, you can't let on what's going on that day.

Right. And now we have to not mention it again.OldEdScott
Nov 21, 2003 7:35 AM
No 'reminders' on Nov. 30 or anything. It has to be a stealth deal -- we want to catch people unawares!
I'm inDuane Gran
Nov 21, 2003 8:13 AM
That sounds like jolly good fun. I'm in. This will probably be the best means for people to really know what each other thinks. Czar, get ready for me to argue for separation of church and state. :)