Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Will I ever be famous? Will I ever be rich?

I can't help but think about it sometimes. Don't get me wrong, I'm happy with my job and I surely love my life. I'm actually in a really good place right now..... but..... sometimes.....

I'm watching TV, the news, seeing a new movie...... and I catch myself wondering, dreaming that little kid dream of being a rock star, being president, being on TV, having people recognize me in the mall. Hell, I'd even be happy to hide from TMZ's cameras and spend valuable time in my day telling the world that whatever Perez Hilton said about me is a lie!

I guess I just wonder sometimes.... Am I the only one? Do other grown adults with jobs, responsibilities and lives actually think about this crap?? I guess we'll just have to see... maybe my blog will resonate with millions and I'll get famous that way. Maybe I'll start reading them and acting them out on YouTube and being the next online star! (yes, that's actually a link to a few of my videos)

All I know for sure is that I've always had this insane desire to make my mark on the world somehow. Be famous, save something, be a rockstar, a newscaster, an actor.... maybe someday I'll figure it all out! Or, maybe I'll just let it go... and grab a nice cold big beer at happy hour, tell my friends about my dreams of being a superstar, and spend a little time a tiny bit un-sober acting like I really could!

Who's comin with me?

Monday, July 12, 2010

The Root of All That's Evil, Typical

I've had this idea kicking around in my head for a while though..... talking to people about it in little pieces, maybe even using them a little to help me form what might actually be a complete thought. The crazy part is, sometimes when I think I'm just going to let my mind rest for a bit..... the most random things inspire a new twist, or a new perspective.

"Typical", it really is the root of all that's evil. I even use like a slang term to show disappointment, or recognition of expected failure. Its like if your friend is telling you a story about a hypothetical Filipino guy you both know (who is surely not a real guys I was drinking with pretty much all last week!!) who happened to drop his pants in public.... AGAIN, you respond by saying "typical". Or when you're at the bar with a bunch of your friends, nice guys, jobs, nice cars, funny, treat women with respect.... you know, the kinda guy that you'd let you little sister date.... and the next thing you know, the cute girl one of them has been talking to walks out the front door with your average popped collar, fauxhawk (examples) sporting D-bag who spent the entire night fist pumping to bad techo remixes of 80's songs..... and your friends all look at each after seeing them leave and say.... "Typical"

Those are just the cheeky fun examples too.... it doesn't get ugly until you start with legit real world issues and conflicts: racists, homo-phobics, abusive drunks, ignorant American's who lack the desire to actually educate themselves.... All of them are just quick examples of the worst kind of typical there is: "Typical thinking"

I'm not sure how to stop it from happening, other than to do the best I can every single day to talk to people, learn new things, observe, analyze, and expand my own world. Do the most atypical things I can.

The phrase I've heard most on the subject is that a lot of people are just "a product of their times". It seems like such a cop-out doesn't it? To simply justify and excuse their lack of thinking by saying things like "that's just how they were raised" or "he doesn't know any better, its ok".

Well guess what; it is NOT ok! Take a break from your typical day at your typical job in your typical office and do us all a favor.... meet people, read a newspaper, watch some CNN, do something, anything...... to try to absorb, understand and change.

Then when you're ready to re-enter the world a better person, let me know. I'd be happy to buy you a few drinks and debate life, politics, war, drugs, music or whatever else you can think of and hopefully..... I'll learn a few new things from you!

"Yeah I know there’s got to be another level
Somewhere closer to the other side
And I’m feeling like it’s now or never
Can I break the spell of the typical
The typical, the typical, uh huh"

     -- Mute Math, "Typical"

(amazing song, well worth checking out. link above is to the video for the song on youtube)

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Facebook Stalking.... really?!

Here's one that probably strikes near and dear to your hearts..... Facebook stalking!!! Here you were thinking stalking meant following someone around, showing up at the same places, asking their friends about them, if you're serious about it maybe some black military face paint and old camo pants....... hell, maybe in the digital age it meant hacking their e-mail, or trying to read their text messages, but yet again the socially incompetent and mildly insecure have managed to fine yet another way to be a complete nuisance!

This finally hit strike 3 for me... so out with it:

Strike 1) My attempts to finally pull together any semblance of what would be a normal relationship with yet another one of my infamous ex's: The Anti-Christ Jump to just a few months ago. I went to the Dominican Republic for Tuff and Jazz's wedding and took the Anti-Christ as my date, and other than fighting a bit toward the end and me basically telling her to be out of my room and on a plane by the time I got back that night... things were going well! hahaha (we're passionate people, what can I say?!)

We're back in the US, we realize just how much fun we really had on vacation together and, we decided "we just need to spend some more time face to face" Sounds like a good plan, right? Riiiiight.... This until I get a random text message one day, totally out of the blue that says: "Maybe we shouldn't see each other anymore" and I'm thinking "WTF?!" So a nearly 2 hour text message conversation followed by a solid 3 hours on the phone reveals that the Anti-Christ doesn't think *I'M* ready for a relationship because she "see's the way I act on facebook" and I'm "surely not at a point in my life where I'm ready for an adult relationship"!!! Apparently, in no particular order, I have too many friends, I have too much fun, I take pictures with too many people, and there's obviously no room in my life for anyone new. (666 and I have known each other since 1st grade, not sure how's she's new, but whatever)

Now I bet you're asking yourself.... "How could this possibly get any better?!!?"

Here is where I leave you my friends.... to tune in another day for Strikes 2 and 3, entitled "Facebook Stalking, Strike 2 - Co-workers who can't take a joke" and to round out the trilogy of online buffoonery "Facebook Stalking, Strike 3 - What do you mean we've never met in person but you have other guy friends!?"

Bottom line for me here is, like in many of the posts back and forth in the last few weeks about social networking, public image, and of course.... judging other people..... I just learned that lesson again the hard way. If you're going to put something on facebook, take pictures of you being a little crazy with your friends, have potential girlfriends/fb's look at your profile when you don't expect..... You are 100% surely going to be judged for it, whether you like it or not! You just have to be tough enough to really not give a shit. Either that, or watch what you post cause the Facebook Stalkers are def looking!