Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Riddle Me This…

I got to drive 175 miles for work today. Ok, actually it was only 61 but since work is paying per mile, we’ll call it 175 and I’ll get you something a little extra. That gave me lots of time to think, which is a bad and unproductive thing. It also means I wasn’t able to concentrate enough on just one topic, which makes blogging for me kinda difficult. I also like to ask questions. These aren’t the Phil Donahue/Oprah types of questions; these are the 4 year-old one question leads to seventeen more types of questions. I ask many of the questions in my mind so I never get to ask them out loud or have them answered.

I thought since you all were so helpful in suggesting all the cities I forgot to think of for yesterday’s Sitcom Travel post (thanks a lot by the way, now there will have to be at least 3 more volumes), that I would ask you some of these questions in the hope that you might be able to answer them for me. These were all things that occurred to me today. Here goes…

Why does my fine city have to water all municipally owned blades of grass at the exact time I run (mostly walk) every morning?
I also want to know whey they need to water the sidewalks as well and who is responsible for calibrating the city’s sprinklers, but that’s more like a sub question. When I go running (I know, walking) every morning before work, I get soaked. There are other walkers out that time of the morning and they too face the dilemma of being struck by a car if they walk in the street or getting watered like an elephant at the zoo. It’s not fair to all of us trying to become healthier. I’ve tried varying my walking time by as much as thirty minutes, but the same dang sprinklers are still on. What gives!

Why do I do my best writing when I leave comments on other people’s blogs?
I’ll spend an hour laboring over every single word (I made that up…I try not to labor over anything other than a grill) and then I end up writing something ten times better commenting about someone else’s post. Hopefully commenting will one day supplant blogging. I've got dibs on the naming rights to ‘Commentspot.’

Was Lorne Green better on Bonanza or Battlestar Galactica?
There’s an obvious follow up question for this one: Was Dirk Benedict better on Battlestar Galactica or the A-Team? Other follow up question – did I really just ask that in public?

Why do I have about 43 cds in my truck when I only listen to the same 4 over and over again?
I’m sure at some point I had a good reason for putting the soundtrack to “High School Musical’ in my truck, but I just can’t remember why right now. I’m sure it had something to do with Lucy and Ethel, yeah Lucy and Ethel, that’s the ticket.

How the heck did I get here?
You probably won’t be able to answer this one. It turns out that I should have gone left on highway 79 instead of right. North and South can be so confusing sometimes.

Why do my coworkers despise me so?
Never mind, I’ve got about 50 blog posts that help answer that question and I’m sure I’ll add to the reasons when I get to work tomorrow. Just as I did yesterday when Male Coworker sent us all an email asking if we were going to get mystery shopper cards that we could use with male names on them. I replied to everyone that he should just say he had an operation if anyone asks. Yep, I’ll be in the HR manager’s office at 10:15 sharp tomorrow morning. They were kind enough to block that time out for me every Thursday about 2 months ago.

Well, these are just some of the thoughts and questions that occurred to me today. I am turning to all of you for assistance in helping me figure them out.

Useless Afterthought: Did you know that you could buy happy meal toys without buying the happy meal? I learned that at the 3rd McDonalds I visited today. I also learned that the lady working the counter there didn’t appreciate me asking which toys they had and then saying ‘never mind, I’ve already got those, thanks anyway’ after she goes in the back and gets them all out for me. I guess I should at least have bought a Coke from her or something.


Patti said...

I like the idea of commenting supplanting blogging in the future.
Sometimes I get inspired by what someone else is thinking, which is usually a much deeper thought than my own...I have a simple mind and proud of it.
I did know about the Happy Meal toy purchase opportunity. Isn't it grand?

Odat said...

When I walk from the subway to my office in the morning...they're watering the sidewalks with hoses...even tho they stop when people go by, it still bothers me to have to walk over it. and the have about 100 of them in my car and only listen to a few all the
Oh and Bonaza, definitely...;-)


captain corky said...

Lorne Green was much better on Bonanza. Ben Cartwright could throw down with the best of them. As a matter of fact I plan on having three sons just like Adam, Joe and Hoss.

The Dirk Benedict question is much more difficult to answer, but in a pinch I think I would go with Face over Strabuck. Starbuck was a little rough around the edges if you know what I mean. But then again it could have been the writing.

As far as how you got here, I'm not going to spoil all the fun and give you the answer to that one for a while. A long while.

Terri said...

I'm at a loss for why you would have the high school musical cd in your car. My daughter LOVES H.S.M. and I still don't have that cd in my player!

And I totally spent way more than I should have on $1 McDonalds toys in my lifetime, glad that phase is about over!

mist1 said...

Your city has water?

Wow. What's that like? The drought is so bad here that we can smell the smoke in the city from the forest fires miles away.

Michael C said...

Patti: I don't think I have ever had a deep thought.

Odat: I don't even remember buying half the cds I own.

Captain: I'd have to say I agree with your answers 100%

Terri: I think that CD got in there in a weak daddy moment.

Mist1: We steal our water from Northern California. So Cal signed some water pact like a 100 years ago so we could take their water and water our sidewalks, curbs and parking lots forever.

Erica AP said...

I totally agree with commenting... I can come up with some of the wittiest one liners but when it's got to be a whole entry... Not so much. Commenting is more fun than blogging, I think.

Natalie said...

what does one comment on at commentspot? I am intrigued and mystified.

CS said...

And also, why does the mister over the produce at the grocery store turn on everytime I reach for lettuce or peppers, soakeing my arm? It's all part of the same evil plot, I'm sure of it.

~*SilverNeurotic*~ said...

Take those four cd's you keep playing out of your car, therefore you will be forced to listen to the remaining 39 or so. Better yet...every day pick on cd, listen to it that day then return it to the house. Not only will you not get stuck into a cd rut, but you will also be cleaning at the same time. It's a win win situation. :)

Michael C said...

Erica AP: By commenting, we let others do most of the work...I like that idea.

Natalie: Hmmm, good question. If everyone comments, who creates the post that we all comment about? Those are the types of questions that make my head smoke.

CS: I too have been watered like wilting lettuce at the store.

Silver: Oooh, work made fun...I like that idea. I could get used to a 'cd of the day.' Thanks for tip!

Ralph said...

Two points:
Lorne Green was
much better in Bonanza...he looks like the grand patriarch of a huge ranch probably teeming with indentured servants...he looks too old to play an astronaut

Also, you're practically in the desert...why are they watering the sidewalks?

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

michael you don't have coworkers honey, it sounds like you have cow-orkers. see dilbert for the difference!

smiles, bee

kat said...

You do leave great comments. They are very funny - that's how I found your blog because of a comment you left on some elses that made me crack up.

Violet said...

"Why do I do my best writing when I leave comments on other people’s blogs?"

Yeah, me too. Perhaps they attract lots of potential readers to my blog, only to be disappointed by the actual posts...