Life Gets Tough, Laugh At It

Sometimes life’s a thrill ride. You just never want to get off. Every thing’s going great. You feel awesome. Work’s good. Life’s a breeze.

Other times, you’re just along for the ride. You feel trapped. Stuck. You can’t get off.

Well, that’s why you just need to laugh with the punches. Or hope for a better tomorrow. Or fight back. I’m not really sure what’s the right response for you.

Sometimes, though, it’s just nice to look at the simple things and relax a bit.

It’s important to take into account the small miracles, the big accomplishments, and the ordinary stuff that no one ever considers important but we all do anyway (like pay taxes?). We’re all in this together. We’re stuck with one another. Might as well enjoy the ride. Make each other laugh. And, maybe, figure out a way to relax.

You have the power to change your situation, to relax and take a moment for yourself, or to run full steam at a challenge and tackle it head-on.

So get out there and make America great {again [well, it’s already pretty great]}!

Or don’t. Your call. (Like, maybe you’re not from America; so, go out and make Canada or Poland or Mexico or Afghanistan or Argentina or Australia or Europe [um…? (meant, England [sure])] great!)

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A Nice Thursday Holiday Upcoming

As most of us are aware, Thursday is Valentine’s Day. When we celebrate the massacre the saint love. Or maybe just chocolate and greeting cards.

Not bad things. Unless you’re counting calories or allergic. But if chocolate is a bean and beans are good for you (filled with protein right?) then chocolate is a necessary good in your life.

I’m just waiting for the year that February 14th is Fat Tuesday. That will be a Mardi Gras to remember. … if any revelers can.

So, if you weren’t aware, you are now. [You’re welcome for the reminder, by the way.] And I hope you enjoy it however seems best to you. Alone. With that special someone. With good friends. With a bunch of strangers. With family.

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New Year’s Resolution Update

So, we all [probably] made New Year’s Resolutions. How are they going for you? Anyone forget about them yet? I usually get to about February or March and just give up. Not always on purpose. Sometimes I just forget or get busy and haven’t been doing it long enough for it to become a habit yet.

Once, though, I tried something that only lasted a few weeks. I don’t even think I made it out of January. I wanted to wish Happy Birthday to everyone one of my Facebook friends. Let me tell you, there are a lot of birthdays during the year [or just January]. It wasn’t exhausting, I just felt bad if I got busy and missed a day or a person and nervous if I hadn’t spoken to the person since grade school. Now, though, I can’t imagine trying it with the political sphere someone might think I’m trying to spread some diabolical message.

This year, I resolved not to have any resolutions. Instead just try to take each day as it comes. Maybe work on a few self-improvement projects, but if they weren’t resolutions, I didn’t feel the guilt when I lapsed. At least, that was the theory.

So far, I haven’t really done much different. 2019 has been a cold one and I’ve spent my free time under a blanket reading and writing. Not a bad way to start the year. Though, I did shoot a pretty decent score [for me] in archery this year. So far so good, I guess.

Plus, I don’t feel bad for forgetting someone’s birthday because let’s be honest, I’m going to forget a lot of birthdays, even when Facebook reminds me. Because I’ll see the notification and think, “I should write something” then a notification under it for a funny meme and then I’m lost in the void of the interwebs.

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If You’re Not Angry, You’re Not America-ing Right.

There’s a lot of opportunities these days to be angry, offended, or outraged and scandalized. It seems the only way to recognize an American is by how loud they’re yelling about something whether real or imaginary. It seems the only patriotic American is an angry, offended one.

You just have to know how to look for and respond to the opportunities that pop up. Like when you’re playing Apples to Apples and you flip over a green card, read it, and say, “Be careful”. At that point, you should be looking to be offended. Not just hoping people won’t offend you.  But it does make the game a little more fun, a bit less awkward, and people feel welcomed or open to be themselves and have a laugh.

Other times, it really is okay to be mad at someone for something they said or did. We all make mistakes. We can all be insensitive at times. (We do need to do better.) It’s okay to call people out with facts and reasons why you feel uncomfortable, angry, or offended.

However, it’s easier to jump to conclusions when you only have part of the story. Sure, we risk ruining someone’s reputation based on what we heard rather than what happened, like that thing in DC the other day, but that’s a small thing compared to the outrage I’m supposed to feel.

That’s the danger these days with our current climate. With people hoping to be offended, the ultimate result is everyone yelling.

And when everyone’s yelling, no one will be (…heard).

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Aquaman or Awkward, Man?

Over the weekend, I watched Aquaman. I know, I’m late to the game and, probably like a lot of you, surprised it was still in theaters. It’s Aquaman, after all. Yet, it wasn’t terrible. Shocker? It was actually not bad, bordering on decent, even pretty good.

Sure, Jango Fett never got out his dual pistols and and fought alongside his son, but maybe that’ll be in the sequel. It’d be a great match-up for Black Manta, who, like all manta rays, can fly and shoot laser beams from his eyes.

Or, maybe he would’ve just got eaten by a giant, tentacle monster. So it’s probably for the best that he stayed home, standing on the dock, looking out toward the ocean.

Sure, you might think the orange and green armor is ridiculous, the plot slightly campy, but overall, Aquaman delivers laughs. Jason Momoa is at his best when not taking himself or Arthur Curry too seriously. The movie doesn’t have any cheap laughs, either [and I should know, I’m king of them].


Obviously, everyone wanted to see the movie to glimpse the awesome musculature of a comic book superhero brought to life by Nicole Kidman and Amber Heard (or Jason Momoa).

In short, is Aquaman better than Wonder Woman? Probably not. But the movie is definitely better than anything else produced by DC in the last few years.

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