No, not the Craps threshold. I don’t gamble.
Have you ever wanted to make something successful that simply wasn’t possible?
I know I have. Many times in my life. I don’t know if it’s because I’m dense or because I get focused on one track and once I’m on it I can’t deviate. I just try to keep on chugging away. I believe that you should always try to make things work and if they aren’t working, I assume it’s my fault and/or responsibility.
In that regard, I may be defective. Most people have at least some ability to see when the wheels are coming off the train and jump to safety. I seem to prefer riding it out and hoping not to die. Death is a high price to pay for path dependency. IMO.
Something snapped in my brain about a month ago. All my life I’ve put up with crap and let people walk over me. I was “taking the high road” or “being nice” or whatever. When my brain finally snapped, I decided that I deserve to be treated well. If someone is your friend, they shouldn’t be taking advantage of you or mistreating you. If they are, letting it slide is the wrong answer. It just leads to more of the same, and it escalates over time.
The people surrounding me have noticed the change, I’m sure. It was pretty drastic and I may have overcompensated. My crap threshold went from infinity to zero in one fell swoop. There’s probably a balance in there somewhere between infinity and zero, but my guess is that it errs on the zero side. Since I’ve got no experience at standing up to crap, it’s just gonna be a little bit messy for a while.
I don’t think it’s too much to ask that I be treated kindly and with at least the amount of respect you’d give the QuikTrip cashier. Many people over the years have accused me of not having a crap threshold. Apparently I just filled my lifetime quota.