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Half and Half
I read an alarming story in the paper yesterday. 900,000 gallons of partially treated sewage was accidentally released into the bay. My concern was relieved, however, by the fact that the 900,000 gallons of sewage was partially treated.

This situation is not quite the same as the classic example of optimism vs. pessimism where one person sees the glass is half full, while someone else sees it as half empty. That is a difference of perception. Here the perceptions are identical: the spilled sewage was partially treated. Optimism is not required. The upside is exactly the same as the downside.

Perhaps this scenario has a particular appeal to me because I try to be a “positive realist,” and a story like this hits me right in that sweet spot.

Yes, a positive realist. In case you don’t know, that’s someone who sees the glass as half full…of partially treated sewage.
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No "new normal" for me, this shit ain't normal.
~ MS, Truckee