Sunday, June 27, 2010

Ta Ta for Now

Yes, I am going to be away for some time now. Off to a place where there is no internet, no email and obviously no blogs. I will miss you all, and I hope to see you again in a few months. Have a great summer.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Cowboy Hat Guy

Every Young Israel has a Cowboy Hat guy. Why does he do it? Is it to stand out? Is it a fashion statement? Is it to annoy all of the black hat and non-black hat wearers? Is it to somewhat fulfill his dreams of becoming an actual cowboy?

Whatever the case may be, one thing is for certain: he will always give reason to stare. Let's face it. It's a cowboy hat. It's from Texas. It's big. There is no way you are going to be davening next to one of those things or in the same row as one of those things or in the same hemisphere as on of those things and not stare at it like a confused chimp. That's what it's there for.

The Cowboy Hat Guy in my "Young Israel" had the outfit accessorized. He wore a giant belt buckle and a bolo tie. Oh, and did I mention he was 6'8"? Everything about him screamed "TEXAS!"

Except he is from Long Island.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Seen on a Cake at a Graduation

"Write on Cake Happy Graduation Class of 2010"

Some people were just born to entertain the rest of us.

Inten City- Population: Me

Well, it's happened. Someone pointed something out to me about myself that I had known to be true, but didn't know how bad it was. On this blog, I rant all the time. That is because I tend to notice a lot of things that deserved to be ranted about. However, it has been brought to my attention that I can get to be a little let's call it tense, or rather intense.

We all remember learning vocabulary in school. I always used to notice how right after we recieved a new word, it tended to pop up everywhere I turned. I can distinctly recall this happening with the word "flabbergasted." The week after I obtained that word into my repertoire, I saw it six times in a week.

The same is true for this intensity about me. I notice it a lot more now. I notice how I let things get to me. I notice how it affects me and those around me. I now know that it can cause me physical pain. And it's not everything, and it's not all the time. It's in select moments of higher emotion. Now that it was pointed out to me, I see it; I feel it; I know it's there.

So now I'm faced with a task. I need to learn how to calm down. I wish I could follow Bob Newhart's advice and just stop it, but it's not that simple. So I turn to you, internet. Any ideas how I could nip this in the stage following the bud? Don't mention any meditation methods or I ight blow a gasket.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Remembering the 90s

Like many of you, I ended up in a class that I found thoroughly boring. I mean, my mind was completely shut down during this class. Fortunately for me, my class was in the area of Media Studies (an area in which I am completely interested, but had a terrible professor) and through no credit of her own, the professor gave me a tremendous idea during the class.

So I decided to write down all of the things I remembered from the decade in which I grew up (1990s). Here's what I remembered in the span of an hour and a half. You are welcome to add anything to a list or create your own list.

NOTE- Anything that was already a huge deal in the 80s or did not become a huge deal until the turn of the 00s (I don't know how to abbreviate that) was left out.

Toys
Tomagachi/Nano
Furby
Polly Pocket
Yo-Yo craze
Pogs
Beanie Babies
Skip It

TV Shows
Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Whose Line is it Anyway?
X-Files
Seinfeld
Everybody Loves Raymond
Freinds
Power Rangers
NBA on NBC
Walker, Texas Ranger
Bobby's World
Mad About You
Will and Grace
Animaniacs
Pinky and The Brain

News Stories
OJ Simpson
Columbine Shooting
Dotcom Crash
Y2K
First World Trade Bombing
Olympic Bombing
Oklahoma City Bombing
Amadou Diallo
First Intifada

Sports Stories
Tanya vs Nancy
Jordan Retires Twice
Yankees Threepeat
Bulls Repeat Threepeat
MLB Introduces Inter-league
Dream Team David Wells Perfect Game
David Cone Perfect Game
MLB Strike
McGwire and Sosa
Rangers End Curse
Browns Move to Baltimore
Magic Johnson Tests HIV Positive

Music
Metallica
Jenifer Lopez
LL Cool J
Brittany Spears
Run DMC
Randy Travis
Radio Disney
Nirvana
Pearl Jam
Backstreet Boys
'n Sync

Movies
Toy Story
Lion King
Braveheart
Titanic
Erin Brockovich
Gladiator
Jerry Maguire
Aladdin
Something About Mary
Little Giants

Celebrities
Jerry Seinfeld
Bob Saget
Rosie O'Donnell
Macaulay Culkin
Adam Sandler
Bill Clinton
Bo Jackson

Ad Campaigns
Wazap?
Budweiser Frogs
pets.com puppet
Did somebody say McDonald's?
Like a rock - Chevy

Technology
AOL Keyword
askjeeves.com
Napster
Floppy Discs
Web TV
Cell Phones

I have definitely left things out. I also realize that this is slightly New York-biased. Forgive me. This is my childhood; not yours. If you don't like it, make your own list (or add onto mine).