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August 5, 2011 at 9:39 pm · Filed under Just Stuff
I just witnessed one of the most amazing sights ever.
My neighbour was on his deck, scraping and cleaning his soffits. Actually, I’m not entirely sure what he was doing. Whatever it was, he decided to use some protection. He was wearing a paper bag over his head, with holes cut out for his eyes. I have no idea if the bag was protecting his eyes, his lungs, or possibly his brain from evil soffit rays. No matter what it was that he meant to do, it was goddamn funny. Funny as in, “The Onion couldn’t even make this shit up” funny. My friend Paul tried to take a picture, but I think the guy realized that people were laughing and pointing at him, and he ran inside.
Being a responsible neighbour, I ducked under the bush so he wouldn’t see me laughing.
I’m just a regular American guy. I’ve got a truck, smoke a little too much, maybe missing a few toes. Nothing too unusual. At my 9-to-5 I’ve gotten by for years on my old Two Wolf Moon T-Shirt. “Bring the loader over to bay 4″ they’d say, and I’d get over there and get it done, my two wolves classy enough for work but also letting the passing ladies know I’m a raging torrent of untamed American spirit yearning to breath free, preferably naked. I’m no Don Juan, but I did ok — mostly with Janice from Accounting, until she got diptheria.
Most of my income went to the good life, brewed high in the Rockies if you know what I mean. But one day I decided to take some hard earned dough and upgrade. Bigtime. When I got my Three Wolf Moon t-shirt, I knew my life had changed, but I didn’t know how much.
When I put it on, the effect was immediate. 33% more wolf was almost too much to handle. It was like wearing 1500 ccs of chaps on a 1800 cc motorcycle. The vibrations alone were almost enough to throw me off my stride. And the fact that the third wolf faces backwards while howling, demonstrating individuality at the same time as unity of purpose and nobility of spirit, was a metaphor so powerful Roy, the guy who steals my mail, practically took his own foot off with his weed whacker the moment he saw me.
After suturing him up with some spare baling twine, I trotted down to the hardware store to stock up. Bad idea. The rippling of my well endowed man curves apparently set the wolves to almost a hypnotic shimmering, trapped and yet freed under the opalescent moon they eternally worship and yet deny. Some guy took one look at me and backed right into a concrete planter. I almost stopped to see if he was ok, but then I remembered that wolves don’t stop for anybody, particularly when howling.
These days, I’m making $1.15 more an hour, and I keep getting free cable. With the savings, I’m thinking …maybe…just maybe, it’ll be Four Wolf Time soon. But for those of you who have put in your time and training on the One and Two wolf shirts, I highly recommend investing in an upgrade. You’ll never truly soar free without one.”
I thought I’d post a lil’ bit of writing I did for my ethics in education class, where we were supposed to analyze a movie and how ethics plays a role in it. Freedom Writers? Boring. Crash? Puhlease. Twilight of the Golds? Yaaawnfest. Instead I turned to the ultimate movie and study in ethics, Caddyshack.
Many comedies derive their humour by posing exaggerated ethical dilemmas. The interplay between competing belief systems is used to set up the conflict between an antagonist and protagonist, and this interplay is repeated many times in the movie Caddyshack. Caddyshack takes this concept a bit further by having several characters all in competition with the antaganoist, Judge Smails, a man who doesn’t appear to have any ethical system at all. Such absurdity is part of Caddyshack’s charm and humour.
Danny Noonan is one of the main characters in Caddyshack, and the movie is loosely centered around his desire to enter university and needing a scholarship to do so. Danny follows the ideals of Aristotle, whereby he tries to follow a set of virtue ethics while maintaining his own personal development. He demonstrates this on several occasions where he turns away from personal desires in order to follow a path that doesn’t necessarily give him immediate or obvious benefit (his affair with Lacey Underall being the obvious exception). Another main character is Al Czervik, a second protagonist that in many ways is the opposite of Danny. Al is decidedly utilitarian, whereby despite his sometimes ignorant and obnoxious behavior, his actions tend to promote happiness in both himself and others around him. Al is unafraid to break club rules in an effort to progress his personal agenda. However, he is also astute enough to realize that his actions are generally appreciated by those around him.
The struggle between ethic systems comes to a head near the end of the movie. On a personal level, Danny is presented with a dilemma and a choice to make. He can sink a putt to win a tournament, which is the action that a deontologist would take. On the other hand, he can purposely miss the putt which would have immediate benefits to himself. Furthermore, by missing the putt it is possible that the greatest amount of happiness would be achieved. Perhaps a utilitarian would actually miss the putt on purpose. Danny chooses to sink the putt, an action that is congruent with his virtue ethics.
I searched for many ways in which I could bring Carl Spackler, Bill Murray’s character, into this analysis. However, I reflected upon the idea that a person needs to use knowledge in order to be ethical, as ethics requires rational thought. It therefore makes sense that Carl is difficult to relate to ethics, as he is a completely irrational character. He is not devoid of a belief system though, as there are suggestions that he is a follower of Buddhism. Carl is happy with his lot in life, undoubtedly due to the fact that the Dalai Lama granted Carl “total consciousness.” As Carl says in the movie, this is a gift “which is nice.”
A couple of weeks ago I put one of my bikes up for sale on craigslist. One of the replies was sort of spam-like, and I took appropriate actions as seen below…
_________________________________________________________________________________ From: email@example.com
hey how bout a trade for your bike id give you a few different items
jackets to choose from that i sell on ebay and id be willing to give you a few for your bike i have jackets like north face, nike, adidas, buffalo, columbia, viking if your interested in taking a look plus i have a nice 14k rope chain and a womens saphire gold 10k ring with diamonds in it, or i could give you one or two large beautiful violet parkhurst wood cherry and black colored framed paintings valued @ $1500 each, matt sundin autographed 8×10 picture with canucks, womens coach purse brand over 400 american paid, portable dvd player, like new crib, hoover carpet cleaner, about 60 assorted comics from the late 70- 80s in mint shape with plastic covers on them, i got nike roller blades and another good pair size 11 i believe, electric paint sprayer, makita drill and makita flash light with one battery,charger and case and another electric drill and i probably got some more stuff but let me know if you wanna see pics of anything let me know thnx
From: Dan Beatle Subject: Re: RMB Rocky Mountain ETSX 30 – $1100 (east van) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Saturday, May 29, 2010, 7:34 PM
Thanks for the email about the rmb etsx-30. As luck would have it, I am interested in some of the goods you mentioned. In particular I would like to know more about the crib. I’ve been thinking a lot about having a child and maybe this is what I need to push me over the edge. I guess I’m still a bit worried about being a father though. Are you a mom Courtenay? I guess so, otherwise why would you have a brand new crib he he. Silly me! See, that’s why I think I would be such a good dad, I’m always fooling around and making little jokes and games. Last weekend I played a game with some neighbourhood kids. I saw them playing in the park, so I dressed up like Superman and chased them around. I think it was a lot of fun and the kids were running and screaming all over the place. My costume was a bit strange I must admit, because I didn’t really have a superman outfit. Instead, I put on some blue tights and a red traffic cone, and just to make it a bit more realistic I painted my face green like I had been attacked with kryptonite. It was a blast and I hope to do it again sometime. I just moved into the neighbourhood and this is the first time I had seen any kids. I guess some of them must have been pretty tired because they were crying a lot by the time I was finished with the game.
I know that we’ve only known each other for a very short time, but do you think I’d be a good father? Oops, I just realized that I assumed that you are a mom. Maybe you’re actually a dad! I remember that I used to play hockey with a guy named Courtenay. He played center and had a pretty wicked shot. I can’t remember if he was a dad though… What position do you play? Anyways, I think the biggest hurdle to me being a dad is that I don’t have a crib. Once I get one, that will make me really ready. Then all I’ll have to do is go out and find a girlfriend. I’m hoping that she’ll be nice and also enjoy playing Superman games with kids, because what’s the point in life if you can’t play games?
Darn, I just realized that I made another assumption. Maybe your name is Courtenay but you’re not a dad because you’re gay. I just want you to know that I fully support gay couples adopting kids. I also support gay couples and artificial insemination (maybe you’re gay but a female, in which case I was closer the first time).
In any event, I’d like to see a picture of the crib. Perhaps we can meet and talk about kids, cycling and good kids games? I’m free usually on Tuesdays, but not always. If I’m not free on Tuesday, then the following Friday will probably work and that’s better in case we want to meet for drinks instead of coffee. Sometimes I get soooo sick of coffee, you know?