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What level of existential comfort do you require?

by zentara (Archbishop)
on Feb 01, 2010 at 10:50 UTC ( #820708=poll: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

vote on What level of existential comfort do you require?

Palace
[bar] 74/10%
Executive suite at the best hotel
[bar] 37/5%
Regular hotel in a decent part of town
[bar] 197/28%
Motel
[bar] 53/7%
Boarding house
[bar] 43/6%
Sleeping Bag on Couch in Basement
[bar] 125/18%
Any port in a storm
[bar] 76/11%
Camping under the freeway overpass
[bar] 25/4%
Jail
[bar] 38/5%
Other
[bar] 40/6%
708 total votes
Comment on What level of existential comfort do you require?
Re: What level of existential comfort do you require?
by Anonymous Monk on Feb 01, 2010 at 10:57 UTC
    My hidey-hole
Re: What level of existential comfort do you require?
by apl (Monsignor) on Feb 01, 2010 at 13:21 UTC
    Any place with lots of bookcases...
      Um, make that any place with lots of full bookcases, and we're off to a better start. Though, I'd add a nice, comfy, big chair, too, for reading and naps between books.
        You provide me the bookcases, I'll supply the books...

        The comfy chair is a nice idea. But (to paraphrase the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers) books will get you through a time of no chairs better than a chair will get you through a time of no books. 8-)

Re: What level of existential comfort do you require?
by Tux (Monsignor) on Feb 01, 2010 at 14:43 UTC

    As with so many things, it completely depends. I feel my own home as a palace when my wife and kids are at home, but we do not have a sauna, swimming pool, in-house tennis-court or other over-the-edge wealth items.

    When on holiday, the weather greatly influences the choice of roof required. A tent is no fun when rain comes down pooring all week long. A caravan might do, but at least it must be big enough to give anyone a corner of their own to read, hack, or play computer games, when outside activities are not possible.

    When traveling for work or conferences, I'd like a good bed and a bar. Usually the day-time activities are already tiring enough, and gathering in the hotel for a game of Fluxx (or whatever new game was just introduced by Geoff), is something I wouldn't like to miss.


    Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn
Re: What level of existential comfort do you require?
by tubaandy (Deacon) on Feb 01, 2010 at 15:02 UTC
    A tent is fine, especially if I'm on a Scout outing with my sons. Even if it's raining, but that is by no means for everyone.

    Otherwise, for work, a decent hotel (Holiday Inn or other) is fine.

    tubaandy
      Even if it's raining
      My friends and I have gone to extreme lengths to be able to brew coffee during torrential downpours (while camping). Hot coffee cures almost anything.
        apl++! We're definitely in the same boat there, although it's more for the grown ups. :)

        tubaandy
        What can't coffee cure?
Re: What level of existential comfort do you require?
by jffry (Hermit) on Feb 01, 2010 at 16:56 UTC

    Did the question get mixed up with the wrong set of choices?

    All I require for existential comfort is Being and Nothingness.

Re: What level of existential comfort do you require?
by nimdokk (Vicar) on Feb 01, 2010 at 17:30 UTC
    Ideally, a hobbit hole (with my fiancée, our critters, books, and music), but I can be comfortable most anyplace
Re: What level of existential comfort do you require?
by papidave (Monk) on Feb 02, 2010 at 16:12 UTC
    I'm not sure I can adequately relate to the term "require." I've witnessed enough poverty (both in the US and abroad) that I have a hard time justifying a requirement for more than
    1. clean drinking water, and sufficient food to meet my nutritional requirements
    2. sufficient space to successfully obtain a full-night's sleep
    3. comfortable temperature, possibly accomplished through bedding or at least a decent climate
    4. clean sanitary facilities (latrine, bathing)
    5. some method for keeping the insects and reptiles away while I sleep.

    6. This would probably leave me in better accommodations than a large percentage of the world population. Having said that, if we're talking about the amount required to be satisfied, I'd probably bump those requirements up slightly and add
       
    7. a source of positive social interaction, and
    8. high-speed internet access
    to the list.
      I agree, but perhaps to a lesser extent, which is why I chose any port in a storm. Perhaps I am just feeling particularly melancholy today, but the "require" in the question says to me: What do you need to survive? I would expect most of us can survive in quite appalling conditions; so any level of comfort above perhaps some type of shelter and warm clothing would be considered a luxury.
      ...

      Very funny Scotty... Now PLEASE beam down my PANTS!

Re: What level of existential comfort do you require?
by pileofrogs (Priest) on Feb 02, 2010 at 18:08 UTC

    Pfft, who needs a port? All you need is a good sea boat and a hundred miles off the lee shore.

Re: What level of existential comfort do you require?
by pajout (Curate) on Feb 02, 2010 at 19:33 UTC
    Other: People and countryside which I can like.
Re: What level of existential comfort do you require?
by planetscape (Canon) on Feb 02, 2010 at 20:59 UTC

    A dark drafty cavern, a cold stone floor, a huge hoard of glittering gold... a regular supply of trespassing hobbits... what more can one ask?

    HTH,

    planetscape

      what more can one ask?

      CHOCOLATE!!

Re: What level of existential comfort do you require?
by cdarke (Prior) on Feb 03, 2010 at 14:41 UTC
    In that require takes effect at run-time:

    as much comfort as I can get.
Re: What level of existential comfort do you require?
by xyzzy (Pilgrim) on Feb 03, 2010 at 18:23 UTC
    comfort is just a state of mind. people have even said that I'm too comfortable. humph. as if such a thing is possible.

    $,=qq.\n.;print q.\/\/____\/.,q./\ \ / / \\.,q.    /_/__.,q..
    Happy, sober, smart: pick two.
Re: What level of existential comfort do you require?
by hangon (Deacon) on Feb 03, 2010 at 20:46 UTC

    At one time I would be satisfied in the wilderness, in the dead of winter, with a tent and catalytic heater for warmth & brewing caffeinated beverages.

    Today: My reclining chair at home with a couple of books and a notepad.

Re: What level of existential comfort do you require?
by Xiong (Hermit) on Feb 04, 2010 at 09:22 UTC
    1. Not raining.
    2. Free wifi.
    3. Free line power.
Re: What level of existential comfort do you require?
by Anonymous Monk on Feb 05, 2010 at 03:46 UTC
    4 c h a n /b/
Re: What level of existential comfort do you require?
by Anonymous Monk on Feb 06, 2010 at 22:29 UTC

    I am surprised that no one took on the topic on the sleeping bag. Personally, I'd much relate to a bean bag !!!!!

    And a dark corner in the basement ? wow.

    Now all may not be as darkness-loving as I, but then, well, the bean bag somewhere out in the country is as lovely.. may be a big umbrella to shelter when the sun is up and hot, but a big, I mean gigantic, banyan tree in its absence will totally do.

Re: What level of existential comfort do you require?
by Plankton (Priest) on Feb 07, 2010 at 05:09 UTC
    Beach
Re: What level of existential comfort do you require?
by blackgoat (Acolyte) on Feb 08, 2010 at 10:09 UTC
    Nothing beats home sweet home :-)Although I would like to live even in home sweet home sans the restrictions, that would be total luxary!!
Re: What level of existential comfort do you require?
by JSchmitz (Canon) on Feb 09, 2010 at 14:05 UTC
    I have to say I think the word existential is not really used correctly here but here goes - I travel only about 5 - 6 times a year and often I get reimbursed for travel so to go against the grain of my proletarian monk brothers (from the majority of answers anyways) I stay in the nicest damn hotel I can and never in the hotel where the conference is.

    I choose W hotels whenever there is one around because they are really fun and nice (Especially the one on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago)... I also like small boutique hotels like the Heathman in Portland..I'm a contractor so we don't take a lot of vacations so I treat myself when I can - cheers!

    Jeffery
Re: What level of existential comfort do you require?
by wjw (Curate) on Feb 11, 2010 at 01:08 UTC

    ..peace of mind and a heavy wool blanket will do me fine, thank you....

    • ...the majority is always wrong, and always the last to know about it...
    • The Spice must flow...
    • ..by my will, and by will alone.. I set my mind in motion
Re: What level of existential comfort do you require?
by rir (Vicar) on Feb 11, 2010 at 14:07 UTC
    I just use the stuff that makes me comfortable. When I have to require them, it is a minor pain to deal with the uncertainty or just too late to help.

    Be well,
    rir

Re: What level of existential comfort do you require?
by tbone1 (Monsignor) on Feb 11, 2010 at 14:09 UTC
    Any place quiet.

    --
    tbone1, YAPS (Yet Another Perl Schlub)
    And remember, if he succeeds, so what.
    - Chick McGee

Re: What level of existential comfort do you require?
by tritan (Sexton) on Feb 12, 2010 at 17:32 UTC

    I feel like a port in a storm would provide the most out-of-body-experience, or an atmosphere where I would most likely be letting go my inner ego and my connections to this world. If I'm /in/ the port during the storm, couldn't I just walk up the port and away? If I stayed there, I must be out of it.

Re: What level of existential comfort do you require?
by monk2b (Monk) on Feb 16, 2010 at 18:22 UTC
    I have changed a lot since getting older and maybe the economy has something to do with it too. But if I didn't have kids and a wife I could happily live anywhere that had eight continuous hours of high speed internet access a day.

    I simply don't need much to be happy anymore and I feel I should have been this way all along.

    Perl Good - Manual process bad
Re: What level of existential comfort do you require?
by ZlR (Chaplain) on Feb 18, 2010 at 17:11 UTC
    A palace of course.
    And blackjack.
    And hookers.
    In fact, forget the blackjack ...
Re: What level of existential comfort do you require?
by Anonymous Monk on Feb 19, 2010 at 21:44 UTC
    Food, warmth, sanitation and shelter for my girlfriend, my cats, and I.

    Internet access, electricity, and a place to put my computer, plus a desk to sit at.

    That's pretty much it.

Re: What level of existential comfort do you require?
by pvaldes (Chaplain) on Aug 16, 2011 at 21:52 UTC

    require existential comfort... bad style

    use existential comfort... much better ;-)

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