Sunday, December 25, 2016

Life's Little Pleasures II

There’s no question it’s been a terrible year.

Many beloved celebrities passing away (not that this doesn’t happen every year), the election of a dangerous demagogue as President, and our own personal mishigas have all made year 2016 about as enjoyable and memorable as the first year of the Bubonic Plague.

One of the methods I sometimes employ to improve my mood in circumstances such as these is to focus on what I call “Life’s Little Pleasures,” those often relatively small things in life that tend to make one feel a little bit better.

So tell me, Maria, what are some of your favorite things? (Warning: Some of these are for real and contain no jokes.  And beware formatting issues!)

    1) A very personable and attentive waiter or waitress, especially if it's a waitress with big boobs.

2) Having someone say “gee, you’re a quick study!” especially since you are actually about as quick a study as Ben Carson when confronted with anything apparently other than neurosurgery. 

3) Throwing bread to ducks in a creek, especially if you are with a small child, right up until the ducks surround you menacingly and start making anti-Semitic quacks.

4) Being caught up and fully up to date in a project, assignment, or major task you’re doing.

5) Yeah, like that's really going to happen …

6) Learning a new word and shortly afterwards reading it several times elsewhere or hearing it used more than once and finding it amazing that you don’t think you had ever heard that word before in your entire life and now it seems to be everywhere!

7) Anybody's smile.   

8) Being told you look like a certain star or performer unless you hate the star or performer, think he or she is goofy looking, or it's Nicholas Cage.

   9) Anticipating Trump's impeachment.

10) Feeling yourself genuinely affected with emotion at hearing bad news or a sad story on television and thinking “gee, maybe I’m not such a self-absorbed, vacuous waste of a human being as I thought I was after all.” 

11) Getting at least one of the scrambled words in the “Daily Jumble” figured out quickly, even if it’s only a four letter word.

12) Fantasizing about what it would be like if you had incredible powers like Superman such as flying, bending steel in your bare hands, and making Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice less awful. 

13) Sharing a box of popcorn with somebody with whom you feel close enough to eat out of the same box of popcorn with.
14) Watching a movie on television on a channel that shows the full closing credits without speeding them up, shrinking them and putting them in the upper left hand corner of the screen to promote some other dopey show on the main part of the screen, or having them abruptly and unceremoniously end for a Geico commercial. 

     15) Being asked by a friend to read something they’ve written and after you                do read it, being able to say you liked it a lot without having to lie.

     16) Finding an interesting-looking coin from another country in the change                     you just got.

17)  Finding the shampoo that’s absolutely right for you and feeling like your hair looks better than ever before, even though it still looks lousy.

 18)   Completing all of the items on your “To Do” List.

19) Yeah, like that's really going to happen …

   20) The first day you finally feel you are pretty much over your cold.

21) Being in a room full of hundreds of people at a conference and even though you feel apprehensive about speaking in a group that large, raising your hand and asking a question and the speaker says “that’s a great question!”

22) Fantasizing about living in another period of time, like the Middle Ages, but still possessing your current knowledge, sophistication, and liberal views, so you are considered “ahead of your time.”  And not getting burned at the stake for it.

23) Reconciling your checkbook and getting it to come out perfectly the first time.

24) Yeah, like that's really going to happen …

25) Having an opportunity to get a celebrity’s autograph and despite feeling reticent about doing it, going up to the celebrity, finding him or her to be friendly, and getting the autograph.

26) Needing gas on a day that’s very cold and being in New Jersey where by law there’s an attendant to pump it for you.

27) Successfully parallel parking in a narrow space without scraping your tires or running over anybody.

28) A great cup of coffee that you didn’t expect in a shitty restaurant.

   29) Having a friend of the opposite sex with whom you feel as close as a friend of your own sex.

   30) Any items on this list about which we have written ”yeah, like that's really going to happen” actually happening.

Happy Holidays!



Anonymous said...

Perry! Don't tell me you really reconcile checkbooks! Banking online is the thing to do if you want to impress all your young lady friends!

Perry Block said...

Well, I'd like to impress all my young lady friends once I acquire some. That wouldn't be a Life's Little Pleasure, that would be a Life's Humongous Pleasure and a whole other list, even less likely.

Russell said...

I'm glad you mentioned the ducks making anti-Semitic quacks. I've always suspected that the AFLAC duck (though technically a goose)was a member of the Ku Klux Klan, otherwise known as the Jews & Nigger Haters Society.

And as far as #10 goes, that feeling is probably just gas. You really are as self-absorbed as you thought.

Perry Block said...

If you think ducks are bad, you should hear what crickets are actually saying - sexist pigs! As far as No. 10, yeah I'm an asshole. Scratch that one off the list.

Russell said...

One nice thing about being deaf is I don't have to listen to those damn crickets.

Happy New Year, buddy. I look forward to weaving you into more stories in 2017. :)

Perry Block said...

Looking forward to it as well. See that I get the girl! Make her a Scarlett Johannson clone. Is that too much to ask?

Gardenlover said...

That would definitely classify as fiction, or should that be fantasy, or maybe fantasy fiction. Either way, it's an extreme stretch of the imagination.

I'll see what I can do, but she'll have to be blind, deaf, and dumb (or dumber) to make it work.

Perry Block said...

None of that is a problem. Just give me big boobs and you can drop sense of smell too.