Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Great... I'm Turning Into "That Guy"...
Hey, cool, you came. I sent out a lot of invitations, but you're the only one to show up so far. The old me would have taken it personally that no one had shown up... but honestly, it's been peaceful in here. I kinda liked the quiet. But now you're here! It's just me and you. So you get your choice of snacks, and what the heck, drinks are on the house. Go ahead, get plastered ... I'll make sure you get a cab home.
OK, fine, you got me... it's hard to get plastered - or even slightly tipsy - on unsweetened ice tea... yeah, that's all I have for you. But at least I have a plate of your favorite bacon cookies!
Go ahead, help yourself.
So, as you saw on the marquee outside, I'm turning into "that guy"... and there's nothing I seem to be able to do to prevent it.
First off, even though I've had my new Sentra for more than two months so far, I'm still not quite used to parking a bigger car... sure, it's only a few inches bigger than my Elantra was, width and length... but man, it's messing with my spacial awareness. As a result, more often than not, after I park I get out and glance at my parking job... and I'm ashamed of myself. I'm turning into "that guy that parks crooked and/or off-center and doesn't go back and fix it." I really do try to park perfectly, but wow, do I miss -- badly -- a lot. I usually just slink away, shaking my head, and lamenting the fact that I'm turning into "that guy".
Next, ever since I've been watching all the episodes of Inside the Actor's Studio and taking notes (as a means of supplementing my current acting training), I'm turning into "that guy who quotes famous people". Man, how annoying is that? I used to be "that guy who quotes the scripture all the time", which was annoying enough... but now I'm quoting Paul Newman, Clint Eastwood, Robin Williams, Robert DeNiro... and not jokes or movie lines... but quotes on acting craft! And worse, it's usually in context with whatever the conversation topic is!
"Yeah, well, Tom Hanks says all the greatest stories are about loneliness!"
"Gee, thanks for the input, Dave..."
Also, since getting braces, I'm turning into "that guy who always seems to be sucking his own teeth". Yeah, paranoia about food being stuck in my teeth/braces means I'm always making weird faces as I use suction and tongue probing to "feel" around and try to clear my teeth of (usually imaginary) flotsam. I catch myself doing it all the time... I stop it immediately, and within minutes, catch myself doing it again!
Yeah, I'm "that guy" now too...
Time for a video break... yeah, I'm also "that guy that plays videos on his blog"...
Well, it could be worse... I could be that guy in the video...
Actually, that's a funny story, but I doubt it's true. Can't imagine that really happened, even in part. Still, I like that guy's delivery.
By the way, I'm also "that guy who is over 40 and still thinks farts and stories about pooping are funny"...
So, in a bizarre stroke of coincidence, I watched a documentary on character actors last night... and it was called -- I kid you not -- it was called "That Guy... Who Was In That Thing." Of course, that's a fitting title, considering the subject matter. It was about those mid-level journeymen actors who we all know by face, but never remember their names. We see them and go... "Hey, I know you! Aren't you... that guy... who was in that thing? Wait, where have I seen you before again?"
It's a fascinating study of 16 different character actors, discussing their careers, and their struggles as they try to make a living acting. So for me, it was informative and eye-opening on that level. But it was also cool, since for the past week or so, I've been ruminating on all the "That Guy's" I've been turning into, which made me want to write this blog post... hey, one "that guy" I would want to turn into is the type of "that guy" featured in this documentary... a working actor.
Ah, that reminds me... I'm also "That Guy who posts Maru videos in his blog"... but, honestly, I've been "that guy" forever....
I've limped to a halt with Under Heaven, by Guy Gavriel Kay. It's a good enough story, but honestly, it's just too mellow for me. I'm currently 56% of the way through, and it has taken me a LOOOONG time to get there. But I've only ever read terrific things about this novel. So I'm torn between bailing and pushing through.
Wow... apparently I'm also "that guy who drones on and on about books no one cares about"...
Well, I hope you found something entertaining and/or amusing in tonight's post. You know, Michael Caine says, "Comedy is like walking on a razorblade...."
Adios for now.
Dave the That Guy