Sunday, January 13, 2013

Captain Obvious is a Shallow Sap! Who Knew?


Brrr! That photo reminds me of how cold it's been of late in San Diego! Yes, yes, I know... complaining about "cold" in San Diego is like... like what? Like complaining about getting only three pieces of bacon with breakfast instead of five, when some folks have nothing to eat at all. I get it, everyplace else would consider our current weather practically summertime. Still, you settle into wherever you are in life - that becomes the norm -- and any deviation is apt to lead to an uproar. So, yes, even though 46 degrees would be cause for celebration elsewhere, to me it's 4-layer weather.

I'm reminded of Downton Abbey, for some reason. Here you have this upper-class family, with lords and ladies and all, living upstairs, and the wait staff downstairs, two different worlds, settled into two different "levels" in life and society... they all have stuff to be thankful for and stuff to complain about.

Yeah, I know, I'm being Captain Obvious here, sorry. Just trying to let it sink into me a bit deeper... compared to some, I live like a king... compared to others, I'm practically a pauper. If my worst complaint is about the weather, I'm doing pretty good.

OK, enough nonsense. Time for some nonsense!

Don't let the video thumbnail put you off... you MUST watch this video...



OMG, I can never watch that video just once... every time I see it, I have to replay it immediately.

Here's another funny video for you...



The guy mounted a GoPro camera on his trombone. Genius.

And now...

A Long Story With A Boring Payoff, by David Wagner III

So a disparate convergence of events has led to a bit of awesomeness for me... first, I got a new pair of shoes for Christmas. Big brown leather(ish) clodhopper shoes that I like, even though they make my feet feel clumsy and heavy. Second, my good old pair of gaming headphones, which a friend bought for me a year or so ago, and are nice, even though the cord gets tangled on the arm of my chair, and often I'd stand up to go walk off to get some thing, forget I had them on, and the cord would yank the phones off my head, making me feel like a complete imbecile.

Third, I was wearing the clodhopper shoes the other day at the computer... my headset was on the desk, the cord around the arm of my chair without my knowing it. I got up, yanked the headset onto the floor, where I proceeded to stomp on them with said clodhoppers, breaking them thoroughly and sparking a ball of rage in my chest. I duct taped them together again, which was ugly as sin and only barely worked, which just served to constantly remind me of my bonehead maneuver.

All that to say I spent the rest of my Christmas Amazon $$ not on books, but on a new headset.

These...

... are a dream. Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headset w/7.1 Surround Sound. They are AMAZING. Not just because they are wireless, but because I've never heard sound from a headset like this. It's hard to explain... it's like having a great set of surround sound speakers lining the walls around me, rather than close to my head, like usual headphones. I keep wanting to turn the noise down so I don't bother anyone else with the music, etc... my brain thinks they are speakers that everyone can hear... I wish I could explain it better, you'd really have to hear it yourself to "get it"...

End of Story

Wow. Did that make me sound incredibly shallow or what? I would be humiliated if I had any pride left to begin with... I better divert attention with a cool tornado photo...


There... now the Boring Story is forgotten and you can respect me again...

Except I just brought the Boring Story up again, and you remember it now! So I better divert attention again with a photo of a lion walking into the wind...



Ahh, there we go.

So my brother Johnny gave me his car when he left for Boot Camp. And I don't mean "let me borrow it," he gave it to me as a gift. That means the two best cars I've ever owned have been given to me by my brothers. I got my brother Bryan's Mercury Mystique from him when he passed away (13 years ago! Dang!) and now Johnny gave me his Subaru Impreza WRX. Honestly, I don't know if I should keep it or sell it. He said I could sell it if I wanted to, and I just might. I'll keep it for a few weeks and see if I like it enough to want to keep it. It's a nice "problem" to have...

So friend of the blog Logan sent me a gift in the mail... a kid-friendly Bible to read to my youngest! How cool is that? We've been making our way through the Book of John. I'd have to say John chapters 6 through 9 is my favorite section of the entire Bible. It will be fun to go through those chapters with Mags and see what she thinks...

Check this photo out...


I haven't been as moved by a photo in a loooong time. On the one hand, my heart breaks that kids have to deal with cancer and leukemia... man, if I had one wish in life, it would be that cancer and leukemia would disappear and never come back. Or at the least, leave kids alone. Other than war, I can't think of anything that has brought more pain to families. That girl can't be much older than my Youngest... if my Youngest had to go through that... anyway, on the other hand, looks like that little girl beat it! Yay! Makes my heart sing. Look at that smile. Can a heart break and sing at the same time? You betcha...

OK, that's enough. Do me a favor, and scroll back up toward the top, and watch that first video again. It will make you laugh, and if you read through this whole post to this point, I'm sure you could use a laugh about now...

Adios for now,

Dave the Shallow

5 comments:

Paula Titus said...

My daughter paid around $200 for some Beats ear buds last year, I thought I would die. Yours are cool!

Liked the video, the three 'musicians' remind me of the piano guys, lol.

You cannot be shallow because shallow people never think they are. So there.

Anonymous said...

comment

Anonymous said...

I really liked "Upstairs Downstairs" on Netflix - it explored the same themes that "Downton Abbey" does. It's from either the 60's or 70's, but it didn't bother me.

Our tastes in humor are so radically different, so I hope we can still be e-friends. Rythmically slapping a chunky monkey - gross :)

Beth

Rug Chick said...

I just want to say you are awesome Dave.

And yes... I mean it.

=)

Lisa

David Wagner said...

Paula: $200 for ear buds? Dang. Does she like them? And if you don't think I'm shallow, then I'll take your word for it... you would never lie to me!

Ann: Reply

Beth: I'll have to check out Upstairs Downstairs, thanks for the prompt. And of course we can still be e-friends! Someday you'll see the humor in that clip... someday...

Lisa: Thanks Lisa! You = My Favorite Sister