Archive for July, 2013

Why week

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on July 29, 2013 by goatmeal

When my sister was in high school, four kids she knew egged the wrong house and got shot to death for it. For whatever reason, I remember reading a story in the paper about it where this girl said “Maybe they should call us generation why.” As in why does all the bad stuff happen to us. Apparently that’s before anyone thought the next batch of kids should be called Generation Y, though I’m sure someone had labeled them as something by then, and in fact were already drooling at the marketing money they could throw that way. But whatever. For whatever reason I got it in my brain that we should get that whole part of the alphabet for ourselves. Except for W. We’ll let the Boomers keep that one. (This story is untrue.  Well, it did happen, but the way the newspaper reported it is untrue.  I feel pretty bad about that, as I’ve more recently decided I feel very strongly about newspapers reporting false information, particularly when it concerns violence done to teenagers.  I also feel pretty bad about it because I probably should have known it was untrue in the first place, seeing as how I actually knew the person the newspaper was apparently quoting.  Sometimes I think I have a really good memory, and then something like this happens and I realize that I probably don’t.  I don’t know why I thought it would have been a good idea to start this post with that story in the first place.  Read the comments for more details.)

Anyways, on my to do list of blogs, I have at least two that start with the word why, and not only does that seem appropriate, but it seems appropriate to have even more blogs that start with why. So I thought I’d spend a week answering questions and call it why week. But in order to do that I need more questions. The only rule is they have to start with the word why.

I’m visiting family this week. Probably won’t post anything more until we return. But maybe I’ll get to why week when I get back.


The politics of loose gravel.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on July 23, 2013 by goatmeal

So shortly after I started this blog, I saw this on facebook.  For whatever reason, it reminded me of this skit I saw on some late night TV show in about 1997, probably MADTV, as that’s the one I was most likely to watch at that time in my life.  I tried to find that skit, but if you look for “Star Wars, Generation” on Youtube, you get lots of stuff. Continue reading

Get Off My Lawn

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on July 22, 2013 by goatmeal

So somewhere between my Questlove post and my Failure post, this blog had visitors from at least 8 countries, most of which I’ve never even been to.  Which I suppose is kind of cool in a way, but also kind of depressing, because they wouldn’t have read anything here to change their views on how stupid Americans can be sometimes. 

So that happened, but then I also started having followers.  I guess you don’t know whether or not that’s creepy or cool until you find out who they are. Continue reading


Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on July 19, 2013 by goatmeal

Maybe this whole blog thing is a bad idea, but I think I’m going to do it anyways.  It’s not like it’s the first bad idea I’ve ever had.  It could be right up there with entering the electronics industry after graduating from college in the late 90s, or buying my first ever home in 2007.  Or what happened at the 8th grade science fair.  You’ll know this blog is a success if I’m ever brave enough to share that tale on the internet.  Continue reading

Questlove in an Elevator

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on July 18, 2013 by goatmeal

(Note: I wanted to wait a few weeks before starting this blog, but then stuff happened and I thought I should write about it.  Neither Trayvon Martin nor George Zimmerman were part of my generation.  But Questlove is, and this post is about him… )

Before you read anything I have to say here, you should go read this article, as I’m basically just dissecting it.  Yeah, pretty meta, reacting to someone else’s reaction.  But I think this blog is going to be pretty meta. Continue reading

A Wicked and Perverse Generation

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on July 17, 2013 by goatmeal

(Note: until I can figure out if there’s a way to change the date stamp, assume this was written on June 26th)

A while back I had this idea that I should start a blog for my 40th birthday.  It would be about being 40.  More specifically, it would be about being in your 40s during the 2010s.  The name of the blog would have been A Wicked and Perverse Generation: perhaps a sign of a midlife crisis or perhaps just nostalgia for all of the long lost taboos of our youth.  Anyways, I never did start that blog and instead I’m just writing this facebook note, which is the lamest thing ever.  You’d think I’d have the decency to at least post it to livejournal, but somewhere in the past 5-8 years I’ve either deleted or forgotten the password to the three livejournal accounts that I had.  So you get this instead.  Lame, I know, but you’ll get used to it. Continue reading