Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Risk/Reward Hierarchy.

High risk/high reward
Gorgeous (oblivious) stranger

Cute single coworker who keeps sending severely mixed messages but could create a horribly awkward situation if I come on too strong and I'm wrong

Friendly stranger

Real-life friend

Internet friend

Dating-site prospect

Kink-event freak

Real-life skanky pickup




My hand
Low risk/low reward


  1. You have what should be a four axis graph compressed to two axis.

    I'm interested in your reasons for that and why you chose those particular combinations.

    The high risk/low reward vs low risk/high reward ranking might be worth looking at. Probably look very different.

    Sorry, I'm a geek. I can't help it.

  2. Alan - I'm geeky enough to have considered that possibility (and to tell you that actually I have a two axis graph compressed to one, nyahh), but I couldn't think of much that's low-risk/high-reward in my life right now.

    Plenty of high-risk/low-reward of course, but that's just stupid.

  3. ...And literally while I was writing that, a guy messaged me asking for a date out of the blue and we're gonna go see a movie next Sunday. I guess that was awfully low-risk high-reward.

    Not predictable, though; really it was just a lucky payoff of the ultra-low-risk ultra-low-reward "do nothing, think hopeful thoughts" strategy.

  4. Argh! Of course two not four. Wow.

    Duh. That's what I get for comenting at 1:00 am.

  5. Alan - Upon further consideration, there's a nearly 1:1 correlation between "risk" ([chance of rejection] x [emotional trauma caused by rejection]) and "reward" (joy caused by acceptance) because they're both fundamentally based on the same thing--how much I actually want the person.

    So my one axis is well justified after all.

  6. I didn't realize risk was chance of rejection. Makes sense now.