Make a Commitment

I once stopped dating a girl after a mildly heated discussion about “Forget Paris”, a movie starring Billy Crystal and Debra Winger. The debate centered around whether or not a relationship is supposed to be hard work, as portayed in the movie.

I somehow held the opinion that relationships were supposed to be tough.  I don’t actually remember why I thought this since at the time, I was only in my early 20’s and have only achieved several two-week-long relationships. In no way was I an expert on the subject. But I was naive and stubborn, which was a terrible combination for a healthy debate.

Coincidentally, the discussion occurred at the end of the second week of dating the girl. So was it really the movie that made me stop calling her?

Here’s a video of Jason Biggs looking for an answer to the question most guys dread: 


Simplify Your Life

I used to think that my college dorm room was tiny. The average dorm room is 200 square feet for two people. I thought it was amazing that two people could live in such a small space. Then I recently read a blog entry at Around the Sun about a woman who lives in an 84 square foot home. 84 square feet!

So it made me think that maybe I should consider simplifying my life a little. I’ll start out with only buying things I need.

Take, for example, this guy who bought something from QVC that he found to be very handy:

Answer the Call

Caller ID is one of the best inventions in the last century. Well, okay, not really. But it is really nice to have. It has saved me so much time since it allows me to screen all of those telemarketer calls.

There is a National Do Not Call Registry out there, but it doesn’t stop all telemarketing calls. Political organizations, charities, telephone surveyors, and any company that I have an existing business relationship (e.g. my credit card company, my phone company, etc) are still permitted to call me.

Listen to how one guy handled his telemarketer:

I don’t mind all telemarketing calls though. I actually like taking phone surveys. That’s because I’m hoping that someday, my survey answers will finally take some of those crappy reality shows off the air. That’s right, I’m looking at you, “Making the Band 4”.

Make People Laugh

I recently read something mysterious that someone wrote in my high school yearbook.

“…I’ll never forget in Ashland when I heard you say something so funny and so not like what I thought you were like – me and Julie were eavesdropping and it was just soooo funny but I won’t tell you what cuz it’s just so funny…”

It’s been been more than 14 years since it was written. I didn’t pay much attention to it before, but now it bothers me that I don’t know what the author was referring to. I guess it’s bothering me because I never thought I was that funny, and secondly, I want to know what people did think I was like. I know, I have issues.

Here’s some funny material from Demetri Martin to keep you entertained while I try to figure all of this out.

I’m not sure if I’ll ever determine what the yearbook entry means. It is going to haunt me for the rest of my days. Damn you, nostalgia!

Unleash Your Inner Rock Star

Music has such a huge influence in our lives that it was only a matter of time until people started emulating their favorite rock stars’ actions.

Here’s a video of a stressed out businessman having a rock star level tantrum:

Rock stars trash hotel rooms. One businessman, on the other hand, trashes hotel lobbies. Maybe the damages are covered by his per diem.

Swear More at the Office

Can you imagine if they had one of these swear jars at your work?

It might be an effective way to raise funds at the office when we adopt a family during Christmas. When your co-workers give you a puzzled look for swearing, just say “Hey, it’s for the fucking kids, man!”

Play Japanese Tetris

Here’s yet another video game themed clip. It’s actually more of just a hint of Tetris, using humans instead of blocks.

I’m sure the producers of the show purposely make the game ridiculously difficult to guarantee comedy.

Seriously, when I visit Japan, I’m going to have to find a way to record some of their shows.