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Change Your Perspective, Change Your Life

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If you think about it, life is nothing more than one big mind trip, (which we will discuss in depth, in tomorrow’s blog). Perspective is one of the key elements in changing the world you live in.

I’m not much of a reader. I read somewhere between thirty to forty comics books a week, an occasional newspaper or magazine and every once in a blue moon an actual book. One of the books I was made to read back in my “school days” was ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’, (on a side note I once knew a girl that thought the title was Tequila Mockingbird, which sounds kind of delicious). I liked the story, but the part that stuck with me most, (for those of you half way through the book or who are planning on reading it soon, you’ll want to skip this paragraph) was the ending, where Scout is standing on Boo Radley’s porch seeing the neighborhood in a way she had never seen it before. The impact was significant because the truth of changing your “scenery” can be tremendous.

While I was still a bachelor, I had a rather large coffee table and a four foot diameter poker table in my living room. I also had two chairs that I placed on top of the tables and this was all the furniture I had in the room. Sitting on top of tables, although sounds silly perhaps, was amazingly entertaining. The whole room looked and felt different, not to mention the looks and comments from visitors. Something so small and seemingly insignificant had a huge ripple effect.

Another time I use to park outside of a police station and wait for the officers to switch swifts. As one of them would leave to start their patrol, I would follow them. In my mind I was treating them as a suspect and was following them as if they were a “suspicious characters” up to no good. Needless to say that police officers don’t like to be followed. All of them, sooner or later, would pull into a parking lot or dead end street, stop and wait for me to “go about my business”. In hindsight, I’m surprised they never pulled me over for messing with them, but switching roles with “the man” was definitely different.

I like to approach panhandlers with a dollar out and in plain sight. They get excited to see the money and I like making them assume that it’s for them. I walk right up to them and ask if they can make change for a dollar. The mood of the scene changes faster than a woman right before her period. It’s pretty cool, (the panhandlers freaking out not PMS).

One Christmas morning, some friends of mine and I got dressed up in all kinds of weird fur coats and hats, sparkly, loud, jewelery, leather gloves and other odd garments of clothing at around seven in the morning. We then piled into the car and drove around looking for people. Surprisingly enough, there were a few people out jogging or walking, (on Christmas morning no doubt, talk about hating your family… errrr, I mean dedication). We’d pull over and politely say, “Excuse me, can you tell me how to find <blank>” and we’d ask for some near by town or even the town we were in. The answers and expressions was well worth the price of admission. My favorite was one couple that we asked for the town we were physically in at the moment and before it registered what I had said they were already moving their hands, pointing on where to go before catching and saying, “Hey…”

Some people might tell you that jumping out of an airplane, sticking your head inside an alligator’s mouth or “letting your mortgage payment ride” in Vegas is “living”. They make you think one has to be extreme to touch the virtues of a “real live”. Well, I think that’s rubbish. If you really want to go crazy, I can’t stop you, but I think you’ll find doing something small, like changing your perspective will make you see things in a whole new way.

I guess that last statement was pretty stupid, “…changing your perspective will make you see things in a whole new way.” Yeah, no shit Sherlock. All I’m saying is that I bet it’d be a lot harder to have your wife/husband/girlfriend/boyfriend/adult person friend push you around in a shopping cart the next time you go to Super-Ultra-Mart than parasailing. I even put money on you remembering the shopping cart incident long after the parasailing experience. Try it and tell me if I’m wrong.

Egg On!

Ramblin’ Rooster

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November 1, 2008 at 4:47 am

What Do You People Want?

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I would say the easiest and most often asked question is some form of, “What do you want”. What do you want to eatbore, what do you want to do, what are you doing tonight/tomorrow, what are you going to do, etc. Yet, it seems to be the most difficult to answer.

I can’t tell you how many times, the family and I have had the conversation, “What do want to eat?” You know the routine… I ask the wife, “What do you want to eat?” She replies, “I don’t care.” I suggest such and such, she replies, “Nah…” I suggest something or other, she replies, “That doesn’t sound good.” I suggest whatchamacallit, she replies, “We had that Thursday.” Even though I’m use to this conversation, it still never stops me from thinking to myself, “I thought you said you didn’t care.” (In case you’re wondering, neither the wife nor I are gourmet chefs and we don’t cook a lot either).

The same sort of thing seemed to happen back when I was single, hanging out with my regular friends. We’d get together and without a doubt the question would always come up, “You wanna do anything tonight?” “Like what?” “I don’t know, something…” Now, we’d usually find something to occupy our time, even if was going to the bar, but settling for a mundane activity isn’t synonymous with doing what you really want to do. Why is that? It’s because you don’t know what you want. Not really.

If you ask people what they’d do if they had money and didn’t have to work, a lot of people will tell you, “I’d travel.” Honestly, what’s stopping them from traveling right now? Do they not have vacation time where they work? Are they wanting to vacation on the moon, is that why they can’t afford it? I think that’s just a standard answer that people have copied down in their subconscious over the decades. It seems like it’s something people should do, so they think they want to do it. They’ve heard it so often that they think it’s their own idea.

How often have you sat in front of the TV with nothing on, flipping through channels, watching re-runs of shows you’ve seen before? Shows that you don’t even like. People are so desperate to find something to fill their time, that they do just about anything, (except important and much needed chores).

Why is it so difficult to admit that most of us lead very boring lives? The majority of us have a daily grind, a schedule to keep, and a standard routine. Yet we rack our brains trying to think of something exciting. Constantly feeling that we should be doing other things, more fun things, things we wish we’d do before we die, things we dream of if only we had more time. If given the opportunity, would you? I’ve always been of the mind, that it’d be great to retire, but time and time again I hear, see, read and witness countless people complaining after retirement, about how bored they are. As if they’re lost without someone telling them what to do. It seems insane to me!

I’m sure there’s lots of people that will tell me I’m full of crap, that they are the exception to the rule, that they are living life to the fullest and having the time of their lives. Congratulations, is all I will say. Deep inside, I think if they took a look at the reason behind why they did those things, they might find a shocking revelation, or maybe not.

What do you people want? What will make you happy? Please tell me so I can copy your answers.

Egg On!

Ramblin’ Rooster

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October 24, 2008 at 5:04 am

Why Do We Do The Things We Do?

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I’m sure everyone in this world has experienced a “blah” day. No doubt everyone has also had the feeling of not wanting to do something that they’re suppose to be doing or should be doing. What I want to know is why do we do anything?

The first, and most obvious reason is necessity. Nothing in life is free, so they say, which is a pretty good motivation for doing something. If houses, cars, cable, cell phones, utilities, food and entertainment were free, would anyone go to work? I’m going to guess no and those few who did, would probably get beat up.

The second thing that comes to mind is boredom. If you don’t know what this is, it’s a terminal illness that has infected every human on the planet. Eventually everyone becomes overwhelmed by the disease and are bored to death. Boredom has created a lot of cultural pastimes, customs, games, and all around, short lived, general entertainment. Very few people can sit around and do nothing before insanity takes over. One might even argue that boredom has given more to the world and society than taken away. So let’s all raise our glasses to boredom.

Thirdly, behavior is often times nothing more than habitual, involuntary response. If you don’t believe me, try stopping someone that is performing some mundane task and ask them why they are doing it. They’ll give you a snotty response that will be nothing more than the question reiterated into a statement. For example, “Why are you sweeping the porch?” “So it’s swept off.” Don’t let them get away with it. Push the envelope, struggle, fight and philosophize over it until the person spits on you. People are much like sheep, but that doesn’t give you the right to date them, (you know who you are).

This is all leading up to the two biggest “whys” of them all. Washing your car and mowing the lawn. Why do we do it? If God wanted me to wash my car he wouldn’t have created rain and cutting something that grows back, over and over is the definition of insane. Until about a month ago, I had never washed my car, ever. Then one weekend I decided I’d give it a try. I washed, dried and waxed my car from top to bottom. The next day it looked like I just pulled it out of storage. Lesson learned, won’t be doing that again. Mowing the lawn makes me want to jump under the mower. Thankfully they have that neat release handle that prevents me from getting under there in time, (if only my arms were longer). If it wasn’t for the wife, I’d either pave my entire yard, or cover it in sand or as I like to think of it the world’s largest kitty litter box. I like a clean car and I can appreciate a beautiful lawn. I also know that I am not one that will dedicate the time or effort to make either one of those things a reality in my life. I’d also like to pitch in the 2009 World Series, but some things just don’t come to pass.

I know what you’re asking yourself… why do I write this blog? Simple, it’s a habitual necessity that stems from boredom. I also have a lot of free time created by a filthy car and ten foot tall “grass garden” out front.

Egg On,

Ramblin’ Rooster

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October 10, 2008 at 3:41 am