Saturday, June 20, 2009

Sometimes, things are hard.

I like lists. A lot. And I don't just mean, "I'm a list person, who utilizes lists as a part of my daily-productive-routine." I try to be that kind of person, but really, I love the list as a literary form. I think that a well-written list can be as entertaining, enlightening and fun to read as a poem or an essay (more on those forms later, to be sure). As such, this blog will probably (no promises) be populated with its fair share of list entries. This is its inaugural list, and it requires an introduction.

There are some things in life that are supposed to be difficult. Sometimes, the challenges we encounter are supposed to be dig-your-heels-in, eat-and-sleep-when-possible, work-your-ass-off-for-some-major-payoff ordeals. I've always been taught that God or Life or The Universe or Whoever is In Charge Around Here (we should really try to nail that down...) sends us these trials so that we may accomplish great things for the betterment of the world around us and to teach ourselves that hard work has its rewards. Passing revolutionary human rights legislation. Democratic elections. Finding "love." Balancing budgets. Making a really great dessert. These things are difficult because what you get at the end is worth working for. Some things, however, just don't seem like they're worth all the fuss. Here, then - observed from my own life and the lives of my friends - is my list of things that are way more difficult than they should be:
  • Going to the grocery store in the winter
  • Parking on college campuses
  • Eyeliner
  • Taking care of an itch on the bottom of your foot
  • Choosing which film to rent
  • Talking to a Real Live Human Being during a customer service call
  • Finding a pair of jeans worth buying
  • Getting hired for a job that you'd be really, really good at
  • Singing the full range of our national anthem
  • Literature reviews
  • Making the bed
  • Laundry
  • Deciding what "to do" with friends
  • Watching season 2 of Dexter
  • Painting your own fingernails
It's not an exhaustive list, by any means. But, there it is.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

My Ideal Wedding

"I have a great blog idea! I'm going to write a blog about all the plans I've made for my ideal wedding.


- Brent Damsz (AKA: Meta Physics)

This was his response to the observation that I find myself out of touch with the general female population in that I have given almost no thought whatsoever to what my ideal wedding would be like - except, of course, that I would want a tiramisu wedding cake and that I want to walk down the aisle to Salt 'n Peppa's "Shoop," obviously. Am I strange? Perhaps. But it frees up a lot of mental space for other things that may or may not be more worth it. No telling either way, really.

It's not the most profound thing I've ever written, this blog. But, ironically, I think about the fact that I don't think about my own wedding a lot. How's that for some crazy, meta-, PoMo shit?