Thursday, October 20, 2011

The good, the bad, the boring, and the bored.

Greatest baby picture ever.

Free is good:  The US Fish and Wildlife Service announces Fee-Free Days for 2012.  Assuming your calender doesn't run out before then.

Best music video ever made:  Weapon of Choice.

Favorite recent movies:

Current favorite TV shows:

  • Sons of Anarchy  
  • Breaking Bad 
  • House
  • Modern Family

Worst old series that I just watched the entire first season of:

Gretchen Rubin lists seven fall-over-dead boring topics (when other people talk about them):
1. A dream.
2. The recent changes in your child’s nap schedule.
3. The route you took to get here.
4. An excellent meal you once had at a restaurant.
5. The latest additions to your wine cellar.
6. An account of your last golf game.
7. The plot of a movie, play, or movie—in particular, the funny parts.
 [8.  Your favorite music videos
  9.  Your favorite movies
10.  Your favorite TV shows.]

I add:  weather, hobbies, exercise routines, and diets.   What conversations fill you with despair?

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Jim and Sandie said...

Constant whining. Anything dealing with electrical, mechanical stuff. I am really good at nodding and saying yes.

Andra Watkins said...

Highly technical discussions of programming languages.
Every single thing a person did on the last trip they took.
Business networking events, where someone assaults me with a business card and then proceeds to say, "Me. Me. Memememememememememememe," while looking around the room for their next victim.

Carolyn said...

Sports, sex and politics to the nth degree without allowing anyone else to disagree or agree or ...

With people who KNOW the truth and KNOW stuff.

I say no one KNOWS anything well, except me and my knowledge of Texas and iPhones AND that maple pecan gelato is the cat's meow.

The Good Luck Duck said...

Sandie, what if the electrical, mechanical stuff is whining? THAT'S double-death.

Andra: YES, YES, and yes. Although, I've never been worthy to be targeted at a networking event. I'm not even sure I've been to a networking event.

The Good Luck Duck said...

Carolyn: definitely. Maple pecan ... hmmm.

Brenda A. said...

I work with a lot of 20 - early 30 yr olds. I am SO freaking sick of conversations revolving around video games. That and skinny girls going on and on about how much weight they NEED to lose. My eyes glaze over a lot.

The Good Luck Duck said...

Video games - blech. I'm with you. I want to tell those slender young things that they're going to look back on pictures of today and think "I was so skinny and beautiful then!"

Judy and Emma said...

Toilets! And blogs that start: "Got up at 5:30 and had coffee with my bride"...every single day!!! Variety is the spice of life. :)

The Good Luck Duck said...

Haha Judy! But, wait ... let me tell you about MY toilet ...

Karin said...

I just love hearing people go on and on and on and on.....about their health issues. Really, do I look like I care about every single ache and pain you have? How about just focusing on being able to enjoy life and be thankful we are living to see another day.

Bev said...

Sports. I don't care if someone batted a touchdown under par at the 50 yard line with their head. zzzzzz

Politics. Opinions are like hiney holes. We all have em, and they all stink!

Religion. "I don't wanna hear what love can do."

Donna K said...

Think I'll just keep my mouth shut...not sure what else to talk about...

Sherry said...

Not sure any conversations fill me with despair but there are a few that just irritate me. Most of those have been mentioned
.......anything having to do with someones JOB, with TV shows or their stars or those other folks in people magazine, with sports teams. Detailed discussion of recent illness/surgery or grandchild's bugger picking. Oh and the always popular favorite
"what church do you go to?".

The Good Luck Duck said...

Donna, definitely wasn't thinking of you when I wrote this. Mostly, I'm thinking about how boring I feel right now because I have nothing interesting to say.

Karin, I agree. I mean, I do want to know if you had surgery, and how you're healing. But, I'm already trying not to think about my own latest twinge!

Bev, ha! I see what you did there! I never watch sports. My hiney hole is a bit political - after all we keep electing them - and I try never to land the first religious punch.

Sherry, church homes! Wow, I need to get out of the Deep South.

Michael Ultra said...

Cool. You know what, though? I love Sons of Anarchy. Did you watch Tuesday night?

The Good Luck Duck said...

Haha! I love it, too. Didn't you love that scene where Clay and Jax run to their bikes, and then Tara and Gemma are, like, where are you going? and Jax is, like, we have business to take care of ...
We have to wait for it to come out on DVD, so we're only at the end of season 2.

Bob said...

I'll listen to, or read about just about anything only if: The person is willing to make fun of someone else, or themselves.
Preferably with good grammar and spelling. Wait, actually make that, "only with good grammar and spelling". There.
I'll even suffer American spelling. Just make sure you know the difference between "to" and "too". And use some punctuation! Please! For the LOVE OF GOD, learn to write!


Oh, sorry. Got a bit carried away there. Oops.

Other than that, most everything else verbally, aurally, orally or otherwise (Morse Code??) bores me to tears.

Bob said...

Oh, and that includes whining, dammit.
(just had to add that)

The Good Luck Duck said...

Bob, do you mean you'll read whining if it meets the other parameters? Now that you mention it, so will I, especially if it's snarky complaining or amusing self-deprecating whining.

The difference between Canadian spelling and American? Is it that we use more zeds than you guys, and we leave out too many "u"s?

Kevin and Ruth said...

Love the best ever baby picture and so love Modern Family.

Kevin and Ruth

The Good Luck Duck said...

Yeah! Good stuff.

Jenny said...

You didn't like 24? The other seasons are better than the first. I zone out when my sweet children are telling me every detail about a movie they watched.

The Good Luck Duck said...

Really? It improves? D'oh! I knew someone would tell me that. The first season just made me irritated. By the end, I just didn't care if everyone died. Plus, no one changed facial expressions for 24 episodes. It was like Keanu Reaves in a funhouse mirror.

Contessa said...

Great post....personally I hate hearing about so and so's relatives in another city who I shall never meet. I really don't care what they had for breakfast yesterday!!!! Nor what their last medical appt was all about. Grrr!

The Good Luck Duck said...

Yep! I read a book called No One Cares What You Had for Lunch, which was actually pretty entertaining and useful ... in making me feel self-conscious about the stuff I wrote. Although, food bloggers are all about what they had for lunch, but they're probably not eating generic Sugar Wheaty Squares with soy milk.

Soaring Sun said...

Lately, lots of conversations fill me with despair.

Recently I sat down in a coffee shop with some pseudo-intellectual ultra-liberal artist types (my tribe) and was greeted with the question, "Sue, what are you doing to get ready to survive when our economy collapses?" Hoo-boy, I wanted to run away! Doomers bum me out.

Then someone else started talking about how her people have had a long history of connecting with aliens--and she wasn't talking about Mexicans, she meant, like, ET. Whoa, really looking for a convenient moment to exit now!

Another day recently, when I shared at a coffee party that my kid was fired for supporting the Occupy movement, the screechy pseudo-intellectual next to me pronounced this "surreal." Wow, it sure seemed just plain real to me.

Not sure if this just happens in Truth or Consequences or every place where they serve their own small-batch roasted coffee.

Anyhow, I'm out of here...heading to a more remote desert to commune with coyotes, wild burros, hawks and javelinas.

The Good Luck Duck said...

Sue, those are GREAT examples. To the first one, I would (like) to have said ... well, I probably wouldn't have said that, but I would have wanted to.

You may already be overdosing on eccentric small-town types. I have a lot of immunity built up from 32 years in Ithaca, but then, maybe that will make me ultra-sensitized.