You seem to be using the term offset for both sides of (presumably) the same coin.
In many ways, despite the human's basic needs, so much of the human endeavor is an offset. Think about the example you give of the astronaut compensating for lack of gravity. It seems really easy to say that exploring space is by definition not a natural activity, and if so, the offset becomes a simple necessity, another consideration to get the job done. Yet space exploration is an entirely
human endeavor, more so than eating and drinking and fucking. Then it becomes an almost prototypically natural undertaking, and all those offsets more part of the game than the game. Astronauts eat differently, poop differently, even their hair grows less because they travel at velocity.
You are introducing the term in a usefully general way, but one can ask - if the exercise regiment for a space-station crew is beneficial, is it also sufficient? Do humans not usually place the endeavor first, and the offset second? For instance, it is known that long-term exposure to gravity-free environments leads to loss of bone density, for which even rigorous exercise does not compensate.
Working 50-70 hrs a week, where's my offset?
Well, how about your bank account? First, I am not sure I know exactly what you mean by the "offset" which is discussed during your negotiations leading up to a contract. Seems to me construction may be one area where both sides to a contract can have a pretty clear-cut idea of the offset, an actually verifiable meeting of the minds. Disabuse me of this notion if I am incorrect.
We might take instead an ingénue with several unfortunate teeth, intent on being at her best during her debut into society (not merely showing my age, this type of shit still goes on!!) She visits the orthodontist, or the one tooth mechanic recommended by her dentist. What is her offset? She is about to invest in what is supposed to be a more marketable visage. But on what is she basing her offset? Brochures in the guy's office? Poor thing could come out looking like me!
So Gary, if I get you right, we all try to know our offsets because we expect to benefit by them in some way.
The first thing your post made me think of is the fleeting apprehension I have had innumerable times in my life. I am on the road en route to my daily routine---but where could all these other people possibly be going? In this sense, the offset of one's daily life is practically unimaginable, in that it rests unknown and unknowing against everyone else's. Make that unknowable
The other day, I stopped in a drug store chain to pick up a couple of things. Well, lo and behold, there were no parking spaces. Except, naturally, that handicapped space. My reasoning was this way: every single time I pull into a parking lot, I avoid the handicapped slots. How do I accomplish this? I park somewhere else
, which is always
further away, regardless of the weather. And when I come out, there is always that same empty handicapped spot. Why? because many places have several of them, and now have included "Pregnant and young mother" spots as well as "on-line order pick up only" spots. But this time I thought, a handicapped person may legally have more of a right to the nearest spaces, but if that space is the only one left, how could he possibly have more of a right to any
space than I have? I am thinking my money is just as good, I always cooperate like the homo good citizen I am by nature, and I will only be in the store for five fucking minutes.
Well sure enough, I come out in no more than that, and there is this angry guy yelling at me - "Is this your car?!!" I say yes, that's me, and he begins berating me "Don't you know I could write you a ticket for parking there?" So I confess I lost it. I start protesting that there were zero other spaces, and he yells, "You don't have a choice! You could have parked down the street!" So I am there, "Why don't I just fucking walk here from home? Where's the fucking cripple? Who have I inconvenienced? And BTW, this is fucking America - I do have choices! Write the goddamn ticket - I will see you in court!" Not even a cop, but a self-righteous deputized pussy venting some kind of attitude on a guy for patronizing a local establishment.
Bottom line: there is my fucking offset. My $5 bottle of aspirin is going to cost me $200, unless I spend a day in court, and even then they never knock it down more than half.
Hey Gary - the real answer is in your original post here. Can a person even buy an existing home without title insurance? Biggest scam in town, every town - insurance. There's