Don’t Treat Me Bad: Living your dream

Living-Your-DreamAre you living your dream? It irritates me to no end when someone puts someone else down simply because of the profession or job they have chosen. Not everyone wants to be a suit wearing cube jockey.  There’s nothing wrong with being a suit wearing cube jockey, but for some reason, many people can’t get past this cliche image of success.

There are people who have a passion for something  and will only be happy if they are participating in that passion.  Sure it might not look like a text book image of success, but if the person is happy, who cares?

Following your passion is living your dream

While at the Saint Paul Saints game last month, there were people in the stands making fun of the players.  Excuse me? Sure, those guys might not be major league material, but they are also playing baseball for a living. They are doing something that makes them happy. How many millions of men are out there who would give their left nut for a chance to play ball professionally? Exactly.

Then I read this article about one of the guys from Trixter. The dude might not be playing arenas every night, but he’s also not giving up on earning a living by doing what he loves.  Sure, it’s not easy, but that’s not why he does it. If he wanted to simply make money, he’d get an 8 to 5 job or find a more reliable way to make ends meet.

And there’s also nothing wrong with trying to make ends meet. People need to feed and clothe their families. So what if they are digging ditches to do it?  Think of all the people in the service industry. They cook your food. They clean public bathrooms. They deliver your pizza.

Every day you interact with people who have jobs that are not necessarily the text book image of success. Yet, these people are successful. Why?  Because they are working. Because they are trying to make ends meet. Because they aren’t a burden on society. They are making your day to day familiarity possible. They make your caramel cappuccino possible. They make that Target run possible.

Don’t Panic. It’s Towel Day.

Towel-DayMay 25th is Towel Day. If you’ve read the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy books, you are familiar with Douglas Adams and his brand of humor. It’s random yet insightful.

Why Towel Day?

In the Hitchhiker books, a towel is very important to the travelers. Not only can it dry you, but it can keep you warm. It can be used as a pillow or a weapon. Its uses are many. It just depends on your imagination.

Towel Day is the embodiment of Adams’ humor.  It seemingly makes no sense and all the sense in the world at the same time.

Still not sure what I mean?  Here are a few lines/quotes from Douglas Adams that I enjoy.

Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.

I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be.

It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.

This must be Thursday. I never could get the hang of Thursdays.

I’m spending a year dead for tax reasons.

While reading the books, I tend to get lost in the randomness. It’s just so much fun. Sure, for some people it’s intimidating, but then again so is life.

And as always…the answer is 42.

What would you do with a towel?

One thing I love about being a Gen-Xer: MTV Generation

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One of the best things about my generation is MTV. Remember when MTV played videos?  I think I started watching MTV in 1983…could have been 1982, but it’s a little fuzzy now.  I was probably 8 or 9 years old when I saw my first video.  Not sure what it was, but I distinctly remember when Van Halen’s Jump premiered on the channel.

Back then, it was awesome. There were no commercials. There were no reality shows. It was like watching a radio station. Some VJ would talk about random music news and then introduce a video.  The introduction was pointless because the information was always in the bottom left hand corner.

It was a great way for bands to promote their songs/albums.  I can’t tell you how many tapes I bought after watching the video.

Slowly, but surely, shows made their way into MTV’s programming.  They were all music video based. There was Heavy Metal Mania/Headbangers Ball, 120 Minutes, Yo! MTV Raps, and the ever annoying Club MTV.

While I thoroughly enjoyed it, Remote Control was the death knell of MTV as we knew it.  It was the first non-video show, at least that I remembered.  Soon after more non-video programming found its way into MTV’s daily schedule.

Sadly, now MTV is a shell of its former self.  Last time I checked the guide on the satellite, it was all reality TV all the time.

Even before the internet was a big thing, MTV had almost completely stopped showing music videos.  Now I’m guessing the kids get their music videos on the You Tube.

It’s good and it’s kinda sad.  It used to be a big deal to see your favorite band’s video.  You never really knew when it was coming on and if you were lucky, you had a tape ready in the VCR to record it.  Kids today get things on demand.

One good thing about today is that local bands can produce their own videos and get them on the internet with relative ease.  Of course, I have no idea how one might find those videos, but then again I’m a Gen-Xer who is probably considered an old fogey by now…but I still enjoy the blazing sound of a well played guitar.

You can get a glimpse into MTV’s past by watching Totally 80s on VH1Classic. I get that same thrill of seeing a favorite video or sometimes a video I’ve never seen before for a song I enjoy.  Sometimes you’ll even get the unedited, long form version which is like a mini-short movie.

What was one of your favorite videos?

An evil wedding registry? Honeymoons vs gifts

HoneymoonRegistryOne thing I’ve realized from reading various wedding websites is that everything outside the norm is controversial.  And if you don’t have your etiquette down to a T, you’re an awful, awful person who probably kicks kittens for fun.

Seriously, people need to calm the hell down.

We’ve done something that might cause a few of the more traditional folks to gasp in disgust.  We’ve got a honeymoon registry.

Yeah, we’re horrible people.

The thing is…we don’t need more STUFF.  We just spent two months purging our apartment of stuff that we’ve had for years.  We don’t need china…we have no where to put china nor any real use for it.  We don’t need a waffle iron.  We aren’t huge eaters of waffles and don’t get sad because we can’t have waffles whenever we want them.

What we would like more of are memories.  Like the ones we’ll have on our honeymoon…get your mind out of the gutter!

Really, this honeymoon registry thing is very cool.  You basically tell your folks what you plan to do and how they can help fund it.  They can buy you a dinner or passes to a museum…maybe you’d like a spa treatment?  Put it on the registry!

It’s also great if you are having a destination wedding..in Vegas…because then no one has to travel with gifts…like us.

You can take a look at ours right here.  We used Travel’s Joy and so far, I really like it. And no, I don’t expect you to give us a gift.

I had fun with it because it was a creative writing exercise for me.  It was a little odd trying to figure out how much stuff cost, but thankfully we have the internet for that now.

The problem people have with this type of registry is that it’s like we’re begging for money.

Honestly, we didn’t put anything on there we can’t afford to buy for ourselves.  It’s not like we’re asking our friends & family to send us to Europe for a month, first class all the way.  We’re just going to see some sites and have some food.  And we don’t expect to get everything on the list.  We just tried to make a variety of price points available.