Archive for October, 2008

I Love This Sitty

October 30, 2008

Reason I ♥ NY # 837:

Yesterday I saw a man walking down the street with a full grown cat sitting on his head.

If I’d had my camera with me I would have a new LOLCat for you all today.  For those unfamiliar with this wonderful internet phenomenon, see the I Can Has Cheezburger link on the right.

Have a good’n!

– J

Pick Your Battles

October 22, 2008

Why is agreeing to disagree so hard these days? 

Politics and religion are the obvious points where people will argue, but I’m seeing it everywhere and it’s getting frustrating.  I frequent a few video game websites and the article comments are riddled with vicious trash talk and insults about something as ridiculous as gaming consoles.  It’s XBox vs. Playstation vs. Wii in some kind of verbal death match.  If you like Wii, then apparently you have to degrade people who don’t and vice versa.  Personally, I play a Wii.  Why?  Because I don’t own a Playstation or an XBox yet.  How shall I ever get a good nights sleep knowing someone out there doesn’t like Mario Kart?  Come on, is this really worth arguing about?

And on a side note, I’m pretty sure all those rude and immature teens on the video game sites grow up and start commenting on CNN and Fox News websites.  You want to see the truly cruel and ignorant side of the American voting public, check their opinions pages sometime.

It’s painfully present in advertising.  If you’ve seen the Mac and PC ads then you know exactly what I’m talking about.  At the end of the day, does it really matter if someone likes Vista?  Are we trained to insist that we feel better than other people because of our preferences?

But I’m not saying I’m any better.  Anyone who’s ever offered me a Bud Light knows I won’t drink it and my default reaction was probably to make fun of you for liking it.  I prefer Sam Adams or Shiner Bock, but that gives me no right to insult something someone else enjoys.  Heck, I’m probably just jealous because Bud is cheaper.  Interesting observation – I’ve only ever seen that scenario played out over alcoholic beverages.  I’ve never heard someone say, “You drink Diet Coke??  What a lightweight!  Come on dude, grow a pair!”

My purpose in pointing out these observations is to get people to think about what they’re arguing about and then ask themselves if it’s really necessary.  I mean seriously, why CAN’T we all just get along?  It’s like we’re preconditioned to be aggressive with our opinions.  If we were all just a little more civil to people who think differently than us this world would be a much more pleasant place.  I’m not talking to the Democrats and the Republicans here (Thinking they’ll ever get along is just silly).  I’m talking to the types of people who drive Chevy’s that make fun of people who drive Ford’s.  Come on guys, just have a Bud Light Sam Adams and relax.

– J

Experiencing Nature

October 15, 2008

A peaceful fall scene.  I sit on a bench under a large tree by a pond in Central Park watching ducks do ducky things.  I enjoy the wind and sounds of children playing in the field behind me.  Above me, a sudden rustling…

I look, and directly above me a twig about a foot long rests on the branch of the tree I’m residing under.  A pretty blue bird has begun to peck at it.  He pecks at the leaves on the twig, he pokes at the twig itself, then he looks down at me.  He pecks, he pokes, he looks and continues this pattern. 

Now, it doesn’t take much intelligence to know better than to look north at the south side of a bird.  But fear not, this bird was at the other end of a long twig and I was in no danger of being birded upon.

“How neat!” I think to myself, “I’m going to sit here and watch a bird build a nest.”  A minute or two passed and eventually the bird pushed the twig from the branch and it fell just behind me.  He hopped over where the twig was, directly above me, and looked down at me.  We locked eyes.  I had a moment with nature.  It was as if this bird and I were somehow connecting. 

He then turned around, stuck his tail feathers up and dropped the biggest birdy bomb I’ve ever seen.  I narrowly avoided it by very dramatically leaping aside, much to the enjoyment of the ducks.

Ladies and Gentlemen, THAT EFFING BIRD MOVED A STICK SO HE COULD CRAP ON ME.  I swear to you, he made up his mind that he was going to take a dump on me, and then put forth the effort of moving something in his way to get a clear shot.

I believe I would have sold my soul for a pellet gun right about then.

You just can’t make this stuff up.

– J (former nature lover)

If You Suggest The Joker, I’ll Kick You in the Shins.

October 13, 2008

I did this last year and y’all came through for me in a big (and hilarious) way.  Unfortunately when I switched my blog service over I lost all the great suggestions.  So, here we go again.

J needs Halloween costume ideas.  Go.

Thank You, Internets

October 9, 2008

In an effort to juggle more regular posting, writer’s block and my usual being very busy, I give you a few totally random photos that make me laugh.  Enjoy!

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Welcoming Home the USS Intrepid

October 2, 2008

One of my favorite things about our 27th floor office is that it overlooks the Hudson River and Pier 86, home of the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space MuseumThe USS Intrepid is a legend in it’s own right and a remarkable piece of American History.  Please check it out online (above link) or in person if you ever visit NYC.

On December 5th, 2006 the Intrepid was hauled away to New Jersey for some much needed repairs and we had a great view of the whole event.  Today it returned home to NYC and I remembered my camera this time and got some great pics.  For my Facebook friends, check the album for the rest of them.

It’s a strange thing to see an aircraft carrier floating down the Hudson, but I’m glad I was here for it.  Enjoy!

 

In the midst of mud slinging elections, a struggling economy and a divided nation I think this is wonderful timing for a symbol of America’s remarkable past successes over adversity to get some attention again.  Our country has been through worse than what’s going on these days.  We overcame the odds then, and we will again.

– J

Patriotic Bipolar Disorder

October 2, 2008

Simply defined, Patriotic Bipolar Disorder (PBD) is a feeling of agony resulting from a deep love for your country mixed with despair and frustration at current events.  That hopeless feeling you get when you read the news?  That urge to kick your television whenever a presidential candidate uses a tag line?  These feelings are caused by the contrast of a passionate love of your country and an intense depression about what the future holds.

Sometimes I want to give up.  Sometimes I want to run to Canada for the next 4 years and leave America to its chosen fate.  These are the low times that I feel there’s no hope for this country and think about living my life elsewhere.

But then I remember what we’ve been through.  I remember the pride that exploded in this country after 9/11.  I remember the freedoms we take for granted that people die for every day to defend.  Dammit I love this country and I can’t and won’t ever give up on what we stand for.  One Nation Under God.  These are the high times where I feel immense pride and dare someone to say one bad thing about my country. 

I don’t think I’m alone.  I think PBD affects us all at some time or another.  It’s hard to remain positive and keep your hopes up when so much seems to be going wrong.  I think the only cure is balance.  When you start feeling depressed, stop and try to find something good.  Think about things to keep your pride alive.  Turn off CNN and Fox.  Take a walk.  Hang out with your family.  Go to a church of your choosing and remember that not everyone has that simple right.

There’s a lot at stake right now.  At the end of the day we all live on the same piece of dirt and if we want to get along bad enough, we will.  We just have to weather the storms in order to appreciate the sunny days that I believe are coming.

This has been your warm fuzzy for the day.

– J