Saturday, November 25, 2006

Things I Learned This Week: 11/25/06

Because I want to spare you from experiencing some of the things I endured over the last few days, I post “Things I Learned This Week” each Saturday. It’s educational, sometimes insightful and always pathetic. I hope that at least one item on this list will make your upcoming week much easier. So here are the “Things I Learned This Week” for the week of 11/19/06-11/25/06.

! I learned that it’s a little awkward being the lone person laughing out loud in a movie theater with only ten other people in it.

! I learned that asking if I can watch the Clipper/Laker game during my mother-in-law’s birthday dinner isn’t the most prudent thing to do. Especially with Thanksgiving only two days away.

! I learned that being without the wife and kids for three straight days doesn’t make me a bachelor or mean that I’m on vacation. It means that I’ve got plenty of time to get the honey-dos done and no excuses not to.

! I learned that being the guy who volunteers to stay until closing at work on the day before Thanksgiving doesn’t make me a team player. It makes me an idiot.

! I learned that perhaps we take too many pictures of our twins when every time they just see a camera (whether it’s pointed at them or not) they look at it, pose, smile and say ‘cheese.’ I think Pavlov called that a ‘conditioned’ response?

! I learned that there is such a thing as too much turkey and stuffing but there can never be enough Cool-Whip or other whipped topping on the holiday table.

And lastly,

! I learned that I should have known when my wife called me while shopping after Christmas last year about replacing every other clear white bulb on our outdoor Christmas lights with a clear red one, that I would be the one responsible for switching them all out after Thanksgiving this year.

12 comments:

jacqui said...

Oh...to look deep in the mind of a man. Okay...you can pull your pants back up, LOL!

My personal favorite is the honey-do list. My hubby is often out of town and that's the most busy time for me. I usually paint a few rooms trying out new colors and often times paint them back to the same color and no one is the wiser.

I like the things I've learned posts because we can all use one, and better to laugh at someone else than ourselves.

Take care Michael,
JB

Pickled Olives said...

Oavlov would be proud! and mmmmm cool whip!

Pickled Olives said...

oops, Pavlov would be proud. I really don't know who Oalov is.

Josie said...

Hey, Michael, so... didn't the ten other people have a sense of humor?

Your "Things I Learned This Week" posts always make me laugh.

The Rolling Stones are in Vancouver tonight, and we're in the middle of a blizzard.

Hope you're having a great weekend.

Josie

heartinsanfrancisco said...

It probably WAS imprudent to watch basketball at your mother-in-law's birthday dinner, but really, how much vicarious celebrating can a guy take?

I hope you got all the honey do's done, but with your blog beckoning and no kids around, you probably didn't.

Good luck with the Christmas lights, Michael. Now THOSE are important.

thethinker said...

Perhaps your daughters have futures in the modeling industry?

Odat said...

Laughing in the movie theater..I do that even tho no one else is laughing....oops..I can't help it if I have a sick sense of humor.
And what is one supposed to do at one's mother-in-laws???
You're a funny guy michael...hope you had a great turkey day!

PARLANCHEQ said...

Laughing at the movie theater -- That's why I like to see movies on video instead. Apparently some people do not find the same things funny that I do. Go figure.

Mimi Lenox said...

Stopping by to say hello, Michael. Have a great week ahead!

vina said...

bloghopping! :)

and i just never learn that it IS awkward to laugh alone, wherever one may be.

and i was laughing, by myself, here in the office, with my officemates looking at me awkwardly, while reading this post.

Barb said...

What movie were you watching?

We have a whole can of Reddi-Whip left over.. and ideas how we can use it? (Smile.)

Barb said...

I would be honored for you to add me.. thank you :)

(Skittles)