Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Hey Look Who It Is

I got to meet one of my comedy idols on Sunday. I was wandering around Cityplace and saw Andy Dick's name on top of the Improv marquee. I was mad that I missed the show. But then I saw him standing at the door trying to get back in. I said wehat's up to him and we chatted about the Adam Carolla podcast he was on and his web show "House Arrest." He's a cool guy. Now I just have to meet Scarlett Johansen and the Mighty Putty guy.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Ignorance Is Bliss

I had to unsubscribe from the Palm Beach Post news feed. Way too depressing. I know it's the truth about what's happening around town, but I seriously don't want to hear about it. From the first day I signed up about a week ago I have read the saddest and creepiest stories of stuff happening around town. I drew the limit today when I read that a school bus driver was fired for not doing anything when a high-schooler raped a pre-school student on her bus. First off, Why did she not say anything when a student was being sexually assaulted on the bus. And secondly, high-schoolers are raping four-year olds now? Wtf West Palm Beach!? story

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Bless Us. Or Else...

The president has to say God Bless the United States of America at the end of every speech. Why does he have to do that? If he's saying it because he really loves America and its really on his mind, the fine, say it. But I don't think that's the situation. I think he's forced to say it to shut up the idiots who would think he's unpatriotic. Why are people being that stupid. Leave the guy alone. He doesn't have to say I love America every damn second or else he's a communist.

Obama wore a flag pin over his tux at his inaugural ball. It seemed so out of place. He's a stylish guy, I don't think he wore because he wanted to. Some aide probably advised him that it would be best. Was it like that for George Bush? I don't remember for sure, but I don't think he had to prove how much he loved America every minute of the day.

I would just say "Thanks for having me, have a good night. Pack up your shit, and make your way to the nearest exit. And God bless my patience for having to deal with you retards."

Monday, May 18, 2009

You Watch That Show? Why?

The Grey's Anatomy season finale just aired last week. It was a good season. It's hard for me to tell people I like that show. I mostly don't care, but people really hate that show. I get the most puzzling looks from people whenever I mention it, so I just stay mute about the show usually. I really think it's a good show though. And it gets much more flak than it deserves.

It's kind of a continuation of my growing appreciation for fiction. You ever heard someone say, real condescendingly, something like "I don't read fiction. I'm more of a non-fiction type person. There's so much to learn about the world; why should I waste time reading made up stories." I know about it because that's what I used to think.

We say that about books, but we'd never say the same thing about tv or movies. There are many stories that we've heard that have taught us more about life than any textbook or instructional manual. No one can say that the Godfather didn't reveal truths about human nature. Or that Shawshank Redemption can't teach a lot about life. These are vastly made up, fictional, make-believe stories, that absolutely tell nothing but the hard truth. I have found great value in fiction lately.

Grey's Anatomy is largely a fictional world. But the tendencies of human nature are intact. And when the show really does it well, they end up revealing more about true life than the best documentaries I've ever seen.

Okay so they lay it on real thick sometimes. And it does get way too syrupy sometimes. And yes, the Izzy Stephens character has the weakest story lines and makes the show very hard to enjoy sometimes. I know, I know, it can be real corny sometimes. But I think the occasional corniness is well worth sitting through because of when they do it right. When they line up the stories, the images, the music, and the characters together perfectly, the show is unlike any other that I've ever seen.

I've had an experience with that show that I've never had with any other. The particular show had some theme: guilt, forgiveness, or something like that. They set it up nicely. They started driving the point really well. They flipped it around and looked at it from a few different angles. Then they drove it some more. And at one point, I couldn't believe that i was watching something that good. My eyes and ears couldn't believe that a tv show could talk about a certain subject so well.

I never really care about the shows I watch. They're just shows to me. But I have spent many nights thinking some questions that were brought up in Grey's. You can't just watch it and turn away and forget about it. There are questions that the show asks you that you sometimes don't have the answer to. It forced me to think many times about what I really believe about the way things should be. I appreciate the show for that. It has challenged me to think about some serious shit. What other show does that? Seriously think about what show forces anyone to maybe rethink their reality on a weekly basis? I can't think of any other, and until then I'll keep enjoying my show.

Mrs. Officer

A man got pulled over by a female police officer. She ordered him to exit the vehicle and said, " Anything you say can and will be used against you." He replies, "Breasts."

I've had an unusual amount of run-ins with cops lately. None of them hot.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Are You Worth It?

Simple question: When you meet someone, do you expect them to like you or not? Yes? You sure? What about if its someone you REALLY want to meet. A hot guy or girl, a celebrity. Would you EXPECT them to like you? My prediction is that most of us will crawl into our minds and over analyze what we do and say when our feelings are on the line.

One thing researchers have noticed is that the most attractive people are the ones that expect good things from life. Maybe those "Secret" people were on to something. When you approach someone, they will usually take cues from you as to how to behave. People have a keen sense when it comes telling if someone likes themselves or not.

The old dating advice, "Just be yourself," isn't good enough. If you're just some shlub living in his mom's basement playing Warcraft all day, don't be yourself. Be your best self. We all have an image of ourselves in top form. Maybe it's an experience we had where we were the in the zone, fully confident, and at our peak. Too bad it doesn't stay that way. It seems hard to conjure up that moment again. Cause if we could, we'd be "the man" every single day.

There may not be a magic mojo pill yet, but we can start by appreciating ourselves. We can start by treating ourselves better. To stop with the negative thought loops and start believing in ourselves. Most of us aren't as bad as we think.

I went out and had great night in terms of meeting new women. Funny thing is, the only thing different I did before I left the house was making a determination to be nicer to myself. I didn't compare myself to anyone. If I said the wrong thing, I didn't say to myself "that was stupid." I told myself it's okay. I gave myself a lot leeway to just enjoy myself and let things go good or bad.

Be nice to yourself today. You deserve it. Go out. Have fun. Laugh at those that are consumed with anger. By following these steps you are giving yourself permission to be the happy, confident, sexy person you know you can be.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Color It Up

Note to self: Dark jeans with a cream top look good together.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

The Rules Rule

A new survey shows that the U.S. incarcerates more of its population than any other country, and a higher percentage too. Is that a good or a bad thing? It's a good thing! Criminals try stuff in every country, but the U.S. has the system in place to deal with their problem.

Countries can't grow without the rule of law. I'm glad Haiti's new prime minister seems to get that. PM Michele Pierre-Louis, who was elected last September, has repeatedly mentioned that the rule-of-law and the attraction of investment are the main things that Haiti needs to turn around.

A free-market leader in Haiti? Could you imagine how great that would be. I'm excited for her. I hope she cleans the government up.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Stay Hungry

Here' a good link to a talk Tony Robbins did. It's a story about Sylvester Stallone's drive to get what he wanted. Real inspirational. I have to stay hungry no matter what. I'll admit, I sometimes let the easy nature of South Florida affect my drive. I'm not sure about everyone else, but I don't feel like anyone is really chasing anything around here. Everyone's "chillin." We're chillin our way to mediocrity. Maybe a change of venue is necessary.

Friday, May 01, 2009

The President Flickrs

The White House has a Flickr account with some decent pics. It's nice to have a good-looking first-family. Everyone seems to be enamored by the Prez's swag. Play on playa.

And seeing him in the office with all the pomp and circumstance is inspiration to keep working to get a piece of the glamour pie too.

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