Be Superbad

All I’ve been thinking about in the last few days has been the movie Superbad. The previews and all of the promos for that movie have convinced me that I need to see it.

In case you haven’t seen any of the trailers, here’s one:

It doesn’t really make sense since I’m probably not even the target demographic for this movie. I’ve become a 30-something all hyped up to see a movie about high school. It could turn out to be a terrible movie, but at this point, it doesn’t matter.

I can still remember doing these two awkward and embarrassing things when I was in high school:

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: 

Get Some Culture

It’s been a long while since I’ve attended anything remotely cultural. So my wife and I went to the Obon Festival in Portland last Saturday. Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect.

It turned out to be quite a good time. The main attraction was the bon odori dances (folk dances) that people could optionally participate in. Emphasis on optional.

Next year, I’d like them to add the Algorithm March dance to their list. The first half of the video demonstrates each step of the dance, including an English translation of the movements. The second half of the video displays how the dance all comes together when performed with a group.

If they decide to add this dance next year, I just might join in on the fun. I’ll be the one wearing the ninja outfit.

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:

Flirt Your Way Into Wealth

I didn’t know that there was another career path option I could’ve taken after college.  

Not that it would’ve really been an option for me since the job actually does require charm and good looks. 

Had the job only needed a vast knowledge of Saved by the Bell trivia and Color Me Badd lyrics, then I would’ve been soooo in.

Use Your Ears to See

I probably won’t be posting very many inspirational entries. But I saw this video of a blind teenager who has mastered echo location that I felt like I had to share:

I dare you to play a game of Marco Polo with him. I double-dog dare you.

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”.