Your Dark Side.

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    May 23, 2008 8:01 PM GMT
    We all have dark side. For some it is significant, for others, hardly detectable. How do you channel your darkness so there are few if any casualties? Art? Music? Video games? Teasing feral cats? Boxing? Hiding dildos and cock rings in the mailboxes of religious fundamentalists? Shooting inanimate objects? Top Chef?

    I think rugby did it for me, but no more rugby, so now I yell at teenagers from my porch. j/k ;-)

    (If you don't think you have a dark side please refrain from participating in this thread. It's not your opportunity to emphasize how happy and well adjusted you are. Besides, if you're advertising it, you're probably lying anyway.)
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    May 23, 2008 10:59 PM GMT
    i guess my dark side is ...

    when i get depressed ... or sad ... or angry ...

    i go shopping ...

    and i usually shop at banana republic ...

    or gap ...

    or macys ...

    i shop and shop even if i don't really need those dress-shirts ... or tee-shirts ... or whatever ...

    and i realized that my dark side is kind of expensive ...

    now i try to avoid getting depressed or sad, so that i would also avoid shopping ...

    i mean, the price of gas is so high at this moment, and its affecting shopping & everything ...

    but sometimes, i just cannot avoid being depressed or sad ... and i always ended up shopping ... icon_smile.gif
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    May 23, 2008 11:04 PM GMT
    an indulgent love of vampires- i watch a good vampire movie, or play vampire bloodlines on my computer and go on bloody rampages killing everyone in the city :p

    or i spend way more than i should on something like a tiffany bracelet.

    or i listen to dark music.

    but just as often i'll vent the frustrations or morose mood with exercise or meditation. i hear ya though- sometimes you just have to let yourself feel it.
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    May 23, 2008 11:10 PM GMT
    My work is pretty creative, so I get to funnel a lot of my more unkempt energy into that. Also, listening to music that expresses my darker impulses. And of course there's always sexual outlet.
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    May 23, 2008 11:27 PM GMT
    Either I sing my fool head off, or I veg out playing video games where things blow up spectacularly.
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    May 23, 2008 11:53 PM GMT
    I channel mine by reading angsty gundam wing yaoi fan-fiction and/or listening to Shostakovitch String Quartet No. 8. I also watch Interview with the Vampire occasionally. It's all very cathartic and stress-relieving stuff. Most of the time though I don't need to delve into my darkness because playing trombone on a regular basis takes away all my tension.
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    May 23, 2008 11:56 PM GMT
    Definitely music. And gym replaced binge eating.
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    May 23, 2008 11:56 PM GMT
    MchEngnr86 saidI channel mine by reading angsty gundam wing yaoi fan-fiction and/or listening to Shostakovitch String Quartet No. 8. I also watch Interview with the Vampire occasionally. It's all very cathartic and stress-relieving stuff. Most of the time though I don't need to delve into my darkness because playing trombone on a regular basis takes away all my tension.


    Trombone used to be my outlet for a while too. Best instrument ever. :-)
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    May 23, 2008 11:59 PM GMT
    Music and exercise. My best workouts often come out of my dark moods.
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    May 24, 2008 12:01 AM GMT
    Food is another big one. Preparing and eating good meals.
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    May 24, 2008 12:03 AM GMT
    I go read a book.
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    May 24, 2008 12:06 AM GMT
    my other dark side is ...

    i just love love love to eat pizza ...

    but pizza will make me fat even if i go to the gym regularly ...

    so in order to avoid eating pizza everyday, i buy only papa john's pizza ...

    because papa john's pizza is kind of expensive ...

    but i really cannot avoid eating pizza ...

    so to embrace a little bit of my dark side, i decided to make every friday my "papa john's pizza day" ...

    yummy !!!

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    May 24, 2008 12:08 AM GMT
    good topic.

    I spend time alone... I love photography so I go take pictures out here and there.... then I come back and spend lots of time editing them on the computer.

    I also shop when I'm in a bad mood. A new pair of jeans is a really good cure-all icon_smile.gif
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    May 24, 2008 12:09 AM GMT
    innerathlete saidFood is another big one. Preparing and eating good meals.


    There's no darkness in that (unless you're poisoning people?). ;-)
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    May 24, 2008 12:11 AM GMT
    Me reading the title of this thread is like sharks coming across a bunch of chum in the ocean.

    I remember when I crossed over to the dark side. I was around 13 or 14. A bunch of friends and I would go to Temple Beth-El on Tuesday nights where Bingo was being played by people of a certain age. They played in the basement. In the summer, the basement windows, which were at foot level at the side lawn of the temple, were always open. We'd hang out outside the windows and wait until a reasonable amount of bingo numbers were called and then one of us would shout "BINGO!". At least half the room would dump their bingo cards of all their chips thinking the game was over. There was such joy in watching their frustration. This only worked 3 or 4 times because eventually a bunch of the players brought their grandchildren one night who caught us and beat the crap out of us.

    But this was only the beginning of my long prance through the valleys of the dark side.
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    May 24, 2008 12:12 AM GMT
    I can't explain it - there's something very ritualistic for me about food. And it can come from a dark place. With tasty results!
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    May 24, 2008 12:13 AM GMT
    I think of my dark side as prominent sins (as in one or two of the seven deadly). I'm not very religious, but it serves as a decent enough reference. This is not about depression or sadness, but more about those darkish parts of you that need to be expressed, but safely. Wrath is the most obvious one.
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    May 24, 2008 12:15 AM GMT
    McGay saidMe reading the title of this thread is like sharks coming across a bunch of chum in the ocean.

    I remember when I crossed over to the dark side. I was around 13 or 14. A bunch of friends and I would go to Temple Beth-El on Tuesday nights where Bingo was being played by people of a certain age. They played in the basement. In the summer, the basement windows, which were at foot level at the side lawn of the temple, were always open. We'd hang out outside the windows and wait until a reasonable amount of bingo numbers were called and then one of us would shout "BINGO!". At least half the room would dump their bingo cards of all their chips thinking the game was over. There was such joy in watching their frustration. This only worked 3 or 4 times because eventually a bunch of the players brought their grandchildren one night who caught us and beat the crap out of us.

    But this was only the beginning of my long prance through the valleys of the dark side.


    Good one! Once in a very great while I like to throw my voice while in the checkout line at Target. I yell "I can help someone on 13!" and there's only 12 registers. The reactions are quite diverse and quite funny.
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    May 24, 2008 12:16 AM GMT
    innerathlete saidI can't explain it - there's something very ritualistic for me about food. And it can come from a dark place. With tasty results!


    Gotcha.
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    May 24, 2008 12:20 AM GMT
    I hung around with ingeniously evil kids. We would string fishing line, which had cans and bottles tied up at each end, just outide the automatic exit doors at the local supermarket. When some unsuspecting burb-frau would come through the exit, her shopping cart wheels would get tangled up in the fishing line and cans and bottles. More than once, a whole shopping cart full of groceries went tipping over, spilling it's contents.
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    May 24, 2008 12:23 AM GMT
    another dark side of me ... i guess ...

    when me & my boyfriend are having a romantic dinner ...

    well, i always consider every dinner with my boyfriend as "romantic" ... he he he ...

    specially tonight when i bring the "papa john's pizza" to his place ... for our "romantic" dinner ...

    anyway, my boyfriend always tells me to eat slow ... because my boyfriend is a slow eater ...

    and i always finish first every time we eat ...

    i guess it seems that my boyfriend is annoyed or irritated when i eat ... because i always eat fast ...

    is there something wrong with me eating fast?

    i'm very confused ... icon_confused.gif
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    May 24, 2008 12:28 AM GMT
    McGay saidI hung around with ingeniously evil kids. We would string fishing line, which had cans and bottles tied up at each end, just outide the automatic exit doors at the local supermarket. When some unsuspecting burb-frau would come through the exit, her shopping cart wheels would get tangled up in the fishing line and cans and bottles. More than once, a whole shopping cart full of groceries went tipping over, spilling it's contents.


    Dude we could share stories. I remember us tying a stuffed animal to fishing line and dragging it slowly, as if wounded, across the street from the safety of the living room window. In the darkness cars would freak out and screech brakes. Or run over it, get out, poke at it with their foot or a stick, at which point we'd yank it flying back to the yard. They'd scream, nearly piss themselves, and get the hell out of there.

    Kids.
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    May 24, 2008 12:42 AM GMT
    I love it when someone does something stupid while driving so I can honk at them. I find it awfully damn satisfying.
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    May 24, 2008 12:49 AM GMT
    Squarejaw saidI love it when someone does something stupid while driving so I can honk at them. I find it awfully damn satisfying.


    Have you got your squirrel ears on too tight? This thread is about what you do when you go to your dark side.
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    May 24, 2008 1:03 AM GMT
    Yeah, Caslon, I mean I like the chance to be an asshole when I drive.