Monday, November 21, 2011

The Week of Thanksgiving

I stared death in the face, and death blinked.

No but in all seriousness, my two roommates and I came within 2 feet of dying tonight.  We were driving on Canyon Rd/University Avenue right before the Shops at the Riverwoods in Provo/Orem.

We were driving towards the canyon when a pair of legs appeared in the headlights.  I say a pair of legs because the deer/elk was so big that the body wasn't in the headlights until we were right on it.

By the time we had realized what was happening we did have much more than 35 ft away from it.  Now I realize 35 ft sounds like a fair distance, but traveling at 50 mph you don't have much time to react.  I hit my brakes and cut from the left lane to the right.  As we changed lanes the tail of the car lost traction with the road and we began spinning into oncoming traffic.

My gut reaction was to let off the brake and loosen up on the wheel to allow the car to finish whatever it was going to do.  The tail whipped completely around and the car grabbed hold of the pavement with a car coming head on, 20 ft ahead of us.  Seeing that we were positioned slightly off center with the oncoming car I cut to the left to allow it to pass.  It swerved with 2 ft to spare (no seriously, I wouldn't even be comfortable parallel parking to car as close as he came to us) and I cut back into my lane.

Pulling immediately to the side of the road we waited for the smell of burning rubber to dissipate and for the tires to stop smoking.  Canceling all our plans Patrick, Troy, and I turned around and headed home for the evening.

I'm grateful we're all alive.  I'll be honest, though I laugh and joke in serious, even life threatening, situations I take them very seriously.  Laughter is my coping mechanism that occasionally makes it appear as though I have little care about the situation.  Well, I care.

Appreciate what you have while you have it.  Appreciate who you have while you have them.  Do what you feel you should do today, because you really might not have a tomorrow.

Happy Thanksgiving.

If I Had the Time

I'm tired of not having time and I'm gonna start making more time for stuff like this.  Not watching stuff, but playing more.  I feel like I have the most multi-talented group of friends ever and we never put it to good use.  That ends now.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Hippest Response of Them All

As an expert on hipsters I feel the need to post a response post to this (it's not often that one of my favorite bloggers mentions one of my favorite subjects).

[hipster joe is hip]

I love what wikipedia says about the contemporary hipsters:
Lorentzen says hipsters, "in their present undead incarnation," are "essentially people who think of themselves as being cooler than America," also referring to them as "the assassins of cool."

But I love the original hipsters (is that overly hip to say "original hipster"?) article, mostly because I love the original hipsters:
Mailer describes hipsters as individuals "with a middle-class background (who) attempt to put down their whiteness and adopt what they believe is the carefree, spontaneous, cool lifestyle of Negro hipsters: their manner of speaking and language, their use of milder narcotics, their appreciation of jazz and the blues, and their supposed concern with the good orgasm."

Monday, November 14, 2011

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Scariest Thing There Is

Most of you probably don't know that I have an affinity for music videos.  I have even considered (on multiple occasions) making them my life's work.  As a result I've collected (and continue to collect) inventive music videos.  Today's batch is spurred by a video that was recently posted by Alex Pardee.  It is not only unsettling, but it's just terrifying enough to capture the most terrifying thing in this world.

To continue on the theme (and to make your time on my blog worth your visit) I've got a personal favorite.

And just so you don't lose hope in the world, here's something absolutely awesome.  And by absolutely awesome you should know that I mean it accurately reflects the garbage Hollywood tries so hard to sell (so don't watch it if you can't handle bikinis).

[this would have been a better video (but embedding has been disabled by request)]

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Handle Me With Care

If you don't know about "Handle With Care" you need to look it up.  Whether you listen to the original (The Travelling Wilburys) or my personal favorite cover (Jenny Lewis and Friends) you're in for a treat.

"Ive been uptight and made a mess
But I'll clean it up myself I guess
Oh, the sweet smell of success
Handle me with care"

Did you know fall is already over and winter is here?  Cause it is.

Also, I really like Starcraft 2.  As a result I made some fan art.  I hope you like it.