Archive for May, 2011

Call the Ball

May 13, 2011

Top Gun turns 25 today.  Here are some ideas to help you celebrate:

  • Play sand volleyball and be late for a dinner date
  • Listen to “Danger Zone” on a loop all day
  • Ride a motorcycle along side an airplane
  • Buzz a tower 
  • If you don’t have an F-14 Tomcat or a tower handy, just run screaming past your bosses office.
  • Sing “She’s Lost That Loving Feeling” to a complete stranger
  • Hit the brakes (they’ll fly right by)
  • Insist everyone call you by your made up handle
  • See a MiG 28 do a 4G negative dive…  inverted.
  • Take someone to bed or lose them forever
  • Let your ego write checks your body can’t cash
  • Practice your overhead and then behind the back high-fives with a friend

And I guess watching Top Gun isn’t a bad idea either.  Happy Friday everyone!

– J (flies below the hard deck)

The Tupperware List

May 12, 2011

We’re all familiar with a bucket list.  That list of things you need to do before you die.  It’s a very morbid concept if you think about it for a minute.  “Before my imminent death, I must do these things to know what it really means to live.”  It’s depressing, really.

A bucket list is usually comprised of very lofty goals and there’s nothing wrong with having such a list, it’s just that they shouldn’t be crossed off spontaneously or as a last minute act of defiance against death.

Run with the bulls!  Fly a plane!  Visit the pyramids!  Swim with sharks!

I’m only 30.  I still have plenty of time and opportunity to knock out the big crazy adventures.  At this point in life my list of undone personal achievements just isn’t that urgent or dramatic.  It’s not a Bucket List of things to do before I die.  It’s more like a Tupperware List of things to do whenever I get around to them.  And, as the name implies, no real loss if I have to throw them out.

J’s Tupperware List

  • Go to an Ikea
  • Bake a pie from scratch
  • Lose 10 pounds
  • Complete all my unfinished video games (there’s about 15, going all the way back to the Game Cube)
  • Go to a circus
  • Watch Arrested Development
  • Finish the Harry Potter books
  • Get better at bowling
  • Have a pet in the city
  • Learn video editing
  • Learn a second language
  • Buy a harmonica
  • Learn to play harmonica
  • Apologize to Roomie for playing harmonica
  • Give up harmonica
  • Pick up drums instead
  • Find new roommate

I’ll be sure to cross these off if any of them happen.  And feel free to share your Tupperware Lists too!

– J