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Fear of Middle Age


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The Brady Bunch Kids are getting older

Last year I took a poll to see when folks thought middle age begins: 30, 35, 40, 45, or 50.  There were over 130 votes and with about 38% of the vote, they voted overwhelmingly for age 40 as the start of middle age.  Shockingly, every other age group had less than half as many votes.  (See the results here)

This was a tiny blow to me since my 40th year is sneaking up sooner than I’d like and according to the non-scientific sample I took, I’d be joining that middle aged bracket on my 40th birthday (sometime in the near distant future).  In my article Middle Aged?  Already?  I tried to create a strong, though subtle, argument for why 45 might be a better starting point for the middles, but ya’ll were having none of it.  I even listed official definitions and medical opinions, junk like that, but no.  Human perception is king. Read the rest of this entry »

Friday Song – Everlong, by Foo Fighters

I was driving from work recently and thinking about the nature of  my new quasi-regular “Friday Song”.  How do I pick the song?  What does it represent?  Is it hip enough?  Is it too hip?  Can I play Benny Lava again?  Am I going to die alone thinking about crap like this?  Davy Jones of the Monkees had just died, and “Daydream Believer” was on my mind.  Also, I thought about dredging up that song he sang for his Brady Bunch cameo.  “Girl” or whatever.  That was a good song.  As I was thinking all this, “Everlong” by the Foo Fighters came on the radio and totally hit the spot, like it usually does.

The Foo Fighters don’t do much for me, except for this song.  This is the only song they’ve done that I ever need to hear again (unless they write an equally good song, which I don’t see happening).  You can almost dance to it & it does stuff to you.  About 10 years ago or so I saw the Foo in concert at a rock fest in Council Bluffs, IA with my buddy Ted.  There were probably a dozen bands performing (including Semisonic and Creed) & I only really cared about 4 of them.  The Foo were great in concert.  As for this video, it’s funny, dramatic, well-written, has a dude in drag, & the director, Frenchman Michel Gondry, is as brilliant as ever.  There are big hands & stuff.  Check it out.
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28 Fake Questions: Vetting The ‘Love’ Candidates


interview questionnaire surveyDo you have a ‘love checklist’?  Are you firm in what you’re looking for in a significant other?  Does it require your girl to be pretty, musical, smart, a fly tap dancer, speak Pig Latin, and cook well in nothing but an apron?  Have you ever looked at your list & realized you might be a touch delusional?  I’m still in denial about my totally non-existent checklist, but from time to time I’m forced to face reality.

In every election season, there’s a tough vetting process for the candidates.  Sometimes it’s accidental vetting, but occasionally the candidates are forthcoming with their quirks.  We want someone who fits us.  I know many of you guys are dragging your feet on dating or committing because, well, you’re just unsure whether that girl you like has what’s needed to complement your own quirks.  In other words, you’re not sure how much like your mom she really is.  This fixes that.  Just hand her this questionnaire and sit back while she fills in the magic.  You’ll know soon enough whether your girl is the perfect cross between Giada, Megan Fox, Natalie Wood, and your mom.  Also, don’t be surprised if she high-tails it out of there, slaps you, or turns the tables and hands you a questionnaire of her own.

In my generous effort to help my fellow helpless men who inexplicably find themselves in situations where they’re receiving ‘love’ applications and/or resumes for a certain position, I’ve made this excellent questionnaire.  Start vetting your ‘love candidates’.  You are welcome. Read the rest of this entry »