Finding That Killer Instinct

“I got soul, but I’m not a soldier”

The power of the written word as expressed though music is completely unsurprising. Not a new revelation at all, but this obvious observation does not diminish the inspiring and revealing nature of a perfectly-crafted phrase sung for, to and from the heart.

As a talking camel strutting through a busy American office would ask right about now, “guess what day it is?”

Wednesday is the most confusing day of the week. It’s not near the beginning (uggh) or near the end (yay!), but smack down in the middle. Thankfully, that song lyric above is the quintessential answer to this mid-week dilemma. Monday and Tuesday, yes, we are relentless “soldiers” for our jobs and our companies. However, once the first sign of light starts to break on the horizon over that tall stack of papers (literal or figurative), that warm, comforting glow is a guiding force that we again need to embrace our adventurous and random side for the end of the week and of the weekend ahead.

Below is a list of 7 things to do today or this evening as a reminder that “I got soul, but I’m not a soldier.”

Here we go:

  1. Go to a local farmer’s market and buy food you’ve never cooked before and try your hand at it
  2. Break out into a dance with a friend/friends on a street or walkway with people around for 10 seconds
  3. Blast music from your car (sans profanity or vulgar material) with entertaining bravado
  4. Sit outside on a park bench (weather permitting) and read a good book
  5. Always, always read and spread the awesomeness of Jimmy’s Daily Planet!!
  6. Go to a bar in a nice restaurant and secretly pay the tab of a couple in love
  7. Watch the abridged video below for visual motivation from the killer source of this post

After all, isn’t it about ‘all these things that we’ve done’?

The Tax Man Should Never Own a Bike

April 15th is the last day to mail taxes.

After wasting a perfectly good Saturday/weekend navigating through the mind-numbing maze of booklets, rules and multiple variations of “line 3 minus line 4,” people can finally start to put their minds at ease. Hopefully, there will be a refund in your future to splurge on something truly fun and antithetical to the entire process and existence of taxes (in 6-7 weeks for the old school paper submitters).

Just be on the lookout for the tax man today so you don’t get penalized with the “walking into the post office to mail your taxes” tax…

One thing never seems to change: the tax man always comes calling at 10:40, but it’s rarely an easy experience.

Happy Monday!

Is a cool musical beat accompanied with imaginative lyrics and pulsating energy, splashed with bright, vibrant colors the ideal beginning to a rainy Monday?

Why yes, yes it is:

Happy Monday!

Here’s the 4-11

April 11th is the ideal day to give the “low-down-down low-no doubt!” of exciting news in popular culture this week.

It’s also a good excuse for the classic Meet the Parents reference above.

Famed director Richard Donner announced this week that a relentlessly buzzed about/requested sequel to the cult-classic The Goonies is going to be a reality on the silver screen. Is this a good idea or bad idea? There are valid reasons for both answers right now, but part of the answer may lie in another long-awaited sequel coming out later this year called Dumb and Dumber To.

Why, you ask?

Because that comedy is widely considered to be, if not the funniest (my vote), then one of the funniest movies ever made. If Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels and the Farrelly brothers can recreate that magic and entertain devoted fans like the 1994 masterpiece, then perhaps taking cinematic gold out of the safe can lead to a treasured Goonies return.

Nirvana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. There are infinite words for what this band has meant to American music, culture and, of course, Foo Fighters. During the ceremony at the Barclays Center, former Nirvana members Dave Grohl,┬áKrist Novoselic and Pat Smear were joined by fellow rocker Joan Jett (in place of the iconic Kurt Cobain…) for a special rendition of “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

20 years later and that catchy guitar opening with the unforgettable pulse-pounding drum beat still takes your breathe away.

Last, but certainly not least, is the first video evidence of the “worlds colliding!” spin-off sitcom Girl Meets World.

Hmm, there seems to be a lot of demand and fanfare for returning to the 1990s and even the 1980s (Goonies and Goldbergs) lately…

Here’s a fascinating/mind-blowing phenomenon: For every other show, I relate to and have related to the younger characters or the 20-something or 30-something single characters. But for Girl Meets World, my connection is strictly with the parents. Cory and Topanga are now officially adults raising a daughter and a son (wow). Relating to the parents on a sitcom is brand new for me (and surely for millions of others), yet it doesn’t feel that strange. Maybe the only part is that it’s going to air on the Disney Channel, but that’s a small price to pay for the soon-to-be-viewed-glory of watching Cory and Topanga (and their friends and family…) try to act like adults and see the world through the eyes of a new generation.

Actually, as an uncle, I can relate to that.

And there’s Jimmy’s Daily Planet’s 4-11.

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