I found this sig file on one of the listservs I frequent:

An optimist is a person who does crossword puzzles with a ballpoint pen.

Now, most of the people that know me would say that I am not an optimist. Yet I do crossword puzzles (NYT, WSJ, G&M) with a pen - sometimes ballpoint, sometimes fountain, sometimes whatever comes to hand. Do I now have to reconsider my outlook on life?


Alice in Infoland said...

Depends on the kind of pen, color of ink, and general attitude at the moment. Of course, it's possible (maybe even preferable) to be a pessimistic optimist:
you want things to work out, but you KNOW something will go wrong along the way.

Anonymous said...

This might help: http://despair.com/