As an eternal optimist (brought forth from my Buddhist studies which dictate that all things turn out as they should in the end), I am always looking for the good in any situation. But it's kind of freaking me out how difficult it is to actually be an optimist now-a-days. Most times I have to be content that I can make up something funny around the situation, rather than actually having something good come out of it. Even then, you have to look really hard.
Three recent examples have me trying to find "the funny" in war, in elderly poverty, and in illiteracy...
The Sad: Soldiers in their desert camouflage saying goodbye to their families at the airport so they can head back to Iraq. The Funny?: One soldier, somehow holding it together for his sobbing wife, turns to her and says: "... and no sleeping with my brother while I'm gone!" More tears... and laughter... as she kisses him goodbye.
The Sad: An older gentleman at Dennys ordering not according to what he wants, but according to what he can afford. Even worse, he probably skipped out buying some medication he needed so he could afford to eat in the first place. The Funny?: The guy sure got bang for his buck. When I returned an hour later to pick up a chocolate shake for take-away, he was still there eating his breakfast value meal and reading a book with his free-refill coffees.
The Sad: The woman discussing her new reading club and saying "it's written in ancient English or something, so it takes a lot longer to read than real books." The Funny?: The book in question was The Invisible Man, written in 1897 (you know... back in ancient British times when Stonehenge was being built and the wheel was invented! I think H.G. Wells carved the story on stone tablets did he not?). Oh well, at least she's reading the original novel rather than renting the Chevy Chase movie spoof. That's got to count for something (though I rather enjoyed Memoirs of an Invisible Man myself).
And in my own life...
The Sad: My job is going to run late into the night tonight, turning this into yet another long day (22 hours+) of nothing but work. The Funny?: By getting work out of the way now, I will have time to stop by "Goblin Valley" tomorrow on my way to a few days of much-needed vacation time in Southern Utah. Goblins are funny.
And, lastly, a musical-baton meme I saw at Neil's World that he got from Hicksdesign:
Total volume of music files on my computer: 22.54GB.
The last CD I bought was: Well, I don't buy CDs anymore, but the last album I bought off of the iTunes Music Store was With Teeth by Nine Inch Nails. It's not Pretty Hate Machine and doesn't reach The Downward Spiral brilliance, but is still pretty kick-ass.
Song playing right now: That would be Halo by Depeche Mode off my iPod Shuffle.
Five songs I listen to a lot, or that mean a lot to me: Like Neil says, these are songs that I've been listening to a lot lately - not necessarily my favorites - as seen in the "Last Played" column of iTunes...
A good meme... but I wish there was a question about upcoming stuff, like "what new release are you most looking forward to" (which, for me, would be Coldplay's upcoming album) because I am always on the look out for new stuff, and am curious to know what everybody else has on the horizon.
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I’m really looking forward to Coldplay’s album too. The released single is promising.
I’m 10GB ahead of you. 🙂
Why do we have so many songs if we keep listening to the same top 5 over and over?? 😀
Total volume of music files on my computer: 14.76GB ~ Not quite as hardcore as Dave…and 98% of it is leagal…
The last CD I bought was: bought two at the same time, Ron Sexsmith’s self titled debut album..(awesome) and austrailian singer called Missy Higgins. Her album is called ‘The Sound of White’.
Song playing right now: Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc. Can’t get this song out of my head and I’m not a big fan of the Gorillaz…
Five songs I listen to a lot, or that mean a lot to me:
Karine Polwart – The Light On The Shore
Emiliana Torrini – At Least It Was
KT Tunstall – Black Horse And The Cherry Tree
Franz Ferdinand – Auf Ausche
Rachael Yamagata – Even So
And as for what I am waiting to come out…well, I am waiting on Coldplay’s new album, also Aimee Mann’s and you know it Dave…a-ha… *lol*
About the Invisible Man comments. I read it in 1997 and when I finished I thought “wow that book was written so well that I didn’t even notice it was written over 100 years ago”. I can’t see how someone would call it “ancient english” unless you’re comparing it to ebonics or something like that.