Thursday, August 28, 2008


I have never really been a video game person. Sure, I dabbled in Mario Brothers on the Super Nintendo System when I was in elementary school (shut up - I know I'm old! ;-) ), but never really thought much about spending hours on end on a video game console. I watched other people get so engrossed that they lost hours of their time trying to get through different levels of games - and laughed. Laughed at the thought that someone could be so entertained and enthralled by something on their video screen that hours, sometimes days, could go by without them even batting an eyelash. I scoffed at the sheer cost of a single game. "How could someone pay that much for a video game?" I thought to myself. More than once. It seemed so incomprehensible to me that people would find video games so valuable that they would pay upwards of $50 for a single game.

Then IT happened. We got a Wii. All I can say is "wow." We spent a couple of hours over the past few days playing Wii sports. So much so that I woke up on Tuesday with sore shoulders and arms from throwing the controller around like an idiot. And I loved it. The Wii has completely changed my opinion of video games. I now understand how someone could become so addicted to a game that they could forego social interactions, food, sleep, and personal grooming habits all to sit in front of a video game console. Except with the Wii, there's no sitting. At least not for me. I'm on my feet jumping up and down, punching at an animated opponent, swinging an imaginary tennis racquet, and bowling a better game in Wiilife than I ever could in real life. (Bt the way, the word "Wiilife" didn't show up as wrong spelling on the spell checker!).

Next thing you know, I'm running out to my local enterainment chain to buy the WiiFit and Rock Band. That was the most amount of money I've spent in 15 minutes than I ever have in my life. I've become one of those people.

Ironically enough, when the Wii first came out I was totally against it. I thought it was ridiculous that a video game would have people simulate perfectly good activities that can be done in real life. I thought, "go outside and play tennis!" I now understand. I am horrible at tennis in real life, but on the Wii, I can actually volley. On the Wii, I can pretend like I'm freakin' Venus Williams. And no one has to know any different. ;-)

I haven't yet played the Wii enough such that I forgot what time of day it was. Or forgot to eat. I hope for my own personal sake I never get to that point. I suspect, as long as the Wii can't simulate rock climbing or bike riding, I never will. But I have a new appreciation for the benefits to my health by using the Wii (seriously, did I just type that?). Instead of sitting on my butt watching TV, I'm on my feet and using at least one of my arms actively. And hopefully, I can supplement my activity (or lack thereof) with the WiiFit and actually get some benefits of that too. I wonder if anyone has done scientific research about the health benefits of using the Wii? I'm sure they have.

Well there you have it. A video game convert. Me. I think I just saw a pig fly by my window. ;-)

Monday, August 25, 2008


Tonight's menu: Chickpea curry and long grain rice. This is one of my favorite meals to make. It's so easy: garlic, ginger, onion, curry paste, and chick peas. Oscar has been working like crazy lately, and I really don't like spending two hours in the kitchen to eat a meal by myself. So, on nights like this one, I whip out the chickpea curry recipe. :-)

The best part is that it makes fabulous leftovers - the longer the curry sets in, the better it tastes!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Blogging: One step at a time

Ok, first of all let me start by saying you would not believe how easy it was to get a picture of angry muppets just by googling it.

Many of you (or any? not sure how many people actually care what I write about) are probably wondering why I named my blog "Nothing funnier than an angry muppet." There are many reasons why, so I'll let you pick your favorite:

1. I'm from the muppet generation. Most of my colleagues and friends grew up with these lovable creatures in one form or another - Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock, Pinwheel (yeah, I'm old school!) - between the 70's and early 80's, it was nearly impossible not to stumble upon a muppet when you turned on the TV. These loveable creatures were such a prevalent part of my formative years that I couldn't help but wax nostalgic.

2. It really describes my sense of humor. Usually the more random something is, the more humorous I find it to be. What could possibly be more random than an angry muppet? Muppets are affable harmless creatures who at best got annoyed at one another (think Bert with Ernie), but never angry.

3. It was a piece of advice I gave a woman on a message board once, when she was upset over customers calling her and cursing her out, even though the customers weren't really mad at her, but at someone or something else in the company. I encouraged her to picture her customers as angry muppets - it's hard to take the yelling personally when you visualize the person on the other line as a mop-haired, sometimes googly-eyed, flop-headed muppet.

You're laughing, aren't you? If you're not, you should have your head examined. :-P

I've never been one to journal, but I decided to give blogging another try. I started earlier this year with a weight loss blog, but that quickly got tedious and restricted my subject matter too much. I decided I would be much more likely to keep up with a blog with no specific form or function other than to serve as an outlet for my random thoughts.

So there you have it, folks. A little insight into my sense of humor. Now you'll forgive me if I blog about the most random ideas or events and laugh at myself. Who knows - maybe you'll laugh with me. After all, doesn't the saying go "Who can you laugh at if you can't laugh at yourself?"