Bigotes and Bigotry: A Mish-Mash of Mashuppery

If that title isn't pretentious enough, I don't know what it is. Well, I've decided to come fully out of marriage-induced blog hibernation. Erin looked at me the other night and confessed "I just don't have anything to blog about anymore"... until she got sick, and I got her addicted to LOST. And--voila--she had something to write. [NOTE: The Final Season of Lost begins February 2, 2009. Groundhog Day. For you Losties out there, that may or may not be a significant day. If you're not a Lostie, there's still time...] In that vein, I probably don't have much to say, except for some random warbles. Random Warble 1: I do really dumb things sometimes. Like cutting up two jalapeno peppers for a delicious lime cilantro ranch dip, rolling my fingers around in the pepper oil, superficially washing my hands and then, of course, attempting to take out my contacts. Let it sink in. Pepper oil on fingers, direct contact with eyeballs from fingers. Yeah. I went there. I did that. For those who have ever been sprayed in the face with mace, you can empathize with my pain. Imagine your eyes melting in a really stingy, ouchy way, and you're right there. Ok. That's dumb. Yes. But here's why I'm really dumb: after taking out the right contact made me squeal like a six-year-old and cry with the pain, I washed my hands again and tried to take out the left one. Yeah. I roll like that. Teary-eyed and full of pain. Idiot. Random Warble 2 Why do some people intentionally refrain from enjoying something solely because "too many people like it?" I can't tell you how many people refused to get Coldplay's Viva la Vida (Grammy winner and all) simply because it got "too much play" on the radio, or because Coldplay was "too overhyped." Fine, they got a lot of play on the radio, they got a lot of hype. So what? Just because something's popular, doesn't mean it's bad. Or good. It just means lots of people like it. If you want to argue the merits of something, I'm all for it. Heck, I crushed the garlic out of Twilight. I just think it's silly to avoid something solely because a lot of people enjoy it. Where did this warble come from? Well, I recently saw a facebook group dedicated to predicting the downfall of James Cameron's new movie Avatar. Yep. The new movie that comes out NEXT WEEK. Not yet released, but already people are backlashing against it because ... well ... it's getting hype. Really guys? Are you afraid that this unreleased movie won't live up to the expectations they've built up in their minds? Has Star Wars Episode 1 really made us all so paranoid that we lash out at any similar hype machine? Just from the trailer, see below, I don't know if you can draw any conclusions about this movie. It could suck. Or it could be awesome. But at least just let it be until it comes out. Or you try it out. Try it and didn't like it? Blast away on the interwebs. Try it and liked it? You won't have to hang your head in shame for having hated on its 2 minute trailer. No matter how it plays out, I'm pretty stoked about this one. Imax, 3D, Sci-Fi, Big Gear, guy who made Terminator and Aliens... it's right up any 12-year-old boy's alley. Being the smart girl that she is, Erin's taking me for my birthday. :D Random Warble 3 Glee is awesome. Sue Sylvester is magic. 'Nuff said. Random Warble 4 This inspired me to grow a real mustache. And to laugh out loud. In my office. (Thanks to brother, Mikee for the clip). For the record, it IS like the color blue. Random Warble 5 The BCS STILL sucks. Four years later, and nothing's changed. Makes a usually :D guy want to :'{ . At least we still have the Jazz to look forward to... erm... Yeah.


Jerkolas said...

I love listening to those porteños talk about their bigotes. Saw it awhile back and it still is perfect. And people ask why I like argentinos so much.

SGarff said...

Regarding Warble # 2, Lowell Bennion said it best:

"Refuse to be controlled by the likes and dislikes of others."

Gary said...

Man, does the BCS ever suck. You said it.

Kenny said...

First: try that with habaneros. Yeah, I did that once. You have my sympathy.

Second: Because it's cool to be different, just like everybody else. See also, "There's no such thing as bad press." Or in my case, if "everybody" seems to love something, that is (not always, but) often a good indication that it is catering to some lowest common denominator. Which brings us to:

Third: Glee started off interesting and lost me by about Episode 4 or 5. I haven't missed it. With its rambling, incoherent plot and (mostly) poor choice in musical numbers, even my fond memories of high school choir inspired insufficient nostalgia to keep me interested. That Dollhouse is canceled while Glee thrives is further proof to me that television is primarily a medium for lackwits, halfwits, and nitwits. NERD RAGE GO!!!

Anyway, glad to see you came up for air to entertain us with some blogging. Aces for hooking the spouse on LOST. With Heroes unable to recall the glory days of Season One, LOST wrapping up the series, and Dollhouse getting the axe, all I have left is CSI and whatever Doctor Who BBC sees fit to produce.

Hey, I said primarily a medium for halfwits.


ebv said...


Thanks for reading. I have reactions:

1: OUCH. Habaneros are delicious, but five times the fiery goodness of jalapenos. How can you even see now?!

2: Yeah. I know. I've been accused of being snobby for not liking something popular before. I'm probably guilty of it to this day.

3: I had the same bad reaction to the early episodes of Glee. I didn't get back into it until November when my siblings forced me there. It's improved DRAMATICALLY. The show is finding its voice, straightening the meandering plot line and the latest musical numbers are getting better and better by the week. Give it a shot sometime early next year. And, yes, I was in Showchoir, a Barbershop group, and later College Choirs. The nostalgia is back, baby.

Four: LOST is the best show on TV right now. Battlestar was the best show for a long time. And Dollhouse, just like most great shows they have, got hosed by the FOX scheduling people. It had the dialogue, the potential, the characters, and the plot devices to make it great. Maybe even better than Buffy.

As to the medium for halfwits--agreed. Most of what is on there is sad fare for the lowest common denominator. See: Reality TV, Any Dancing Shows, Dramas, and most comedies aside from Modern Family and 30 Rock.

Also, why did we never discuss Doctor Who during Law School?! I've been a fan of that show since Tom Baker was making appearances on Salt Lake PBS stations.

Sad to see David Tennant go. He was probably the best Doctor since Baker was touting his Jujubes and technicolored scarf.

It's been too long my friend. I have missed our Geekspeak. We should pen a screenplay.

I kind of mean that.

Kenny said...

1. Cold water and several hours "crying" as my eyes endured a slow, torturous hell.

2. Embrace the snobbery. It enhances your lawyer-cred. d^_~b

3. Hmmm, maybe I'll have to give Glee another chance, then.

4. You know, my wife and I started watching the first season of Buffy recently (as both of us saw only later seasons in our youth) and man... that show was bad. It takes a dramatic turn for the better as it progresses, but it makes me wonder why Buffy got a fair shake while shows like Firefly and Dollhouse didn't. Not that Dollhouse had the strongest start either, but... you'd think FOX would catch a clue.

5. No idea. Aprilynne and I watch Doctor Who religiously--Torchwood as well. Have you seen the latest (Waters of Mars)? Crazy stuff. We await this year's Christmas special with bated breath... we love Tennant and hope the new guy will hold our interest.

6. Hmmm, a screenplay you say? Your ideas intrigue me and I would like to subscribe to your newsletter.

7. Huzzah for multithreaded conversations!

ebv said...

1. I really am still amazed that you can see. Milagres!

2. Ditto, my friend. Ditto. :D

3. Do. Definitely do.

4. It's sad to watch a show start to catch its breath and ease into its clothes, only to have a network pull the plug prematurely (worse, to jerk it around in the schedule). Good point on Buffy. It wasn't until about the end of Season 2 that it really got good.

5. "Time Lord Victorious? That's wrong." Loved Waters of Mars. The last 10 minutes or so were golden. I'm just hoping Tennant lands on HBO's take on "A Game of Thrones." I can just imagine him taking on Paetyr Baelish...

6. I will forward your contact information to my secretary. If you would just send your SSN, a bank routing number, and a picture of yourself, we'd be happy to also send you the $1,000,000 you just won from the first Afghanistan email lottery.

7. Huzzah indeed! :D