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Yes, You Can(‘t)

What does it mean to be a creator in the year 2017?

One of the metrics for defining a particular generation is by identifying its creators and innovators. The individuals who dare to see the world in a vastly different light than his or her peers are the ones who set the stage for how people to see the world in the future. The reason why my childhood was different than my parents is due to people who innovated something that was currently in existence or to people who created something brand new out of thin air, so to speak.

For my childhood, the name Steven Spielberg instantly comes to mind.

For the children of 2017 and beyond, who will alter the way they see world?

The same culture-shifting giants, like Steven Spielberg, will certainly lead the pack like the past. That’s a great thing. However, with technology constantly evolving and occupying more parts of our daily lives, our culture is witnessing a sea change, of sorts. The bar for influencing large populations has transformed in dramatic fashion.

And each new social influencer, according to YouTube sensation Casey Neistat, continues to change the way we see the world through one phrase:

“Do what you can’t.”

(FYIA couple four-letter words are spoken in this fast-moving montage video)

So, do what you can to do what you can’t…

In other words, record a lightsaber battle while skydiving and post that epic awesomeness on YouTube.


Protecting Thy Kingdom with Hyper-Hilarity

Spoiler Alert: This is a recap of the March 18, 2014 episode of The Goldbergs:

We’ve all been there.

There are moments when we surprise someone close to us because we make the assumption that it will “be good for them.” We want this person to feel better by doing a nice gesture for them. This gift can be delivered in a variety of fashions, including off-white leather, which was the case for the quintessential creature of habit Murray Goldberg.

He wears the same style of pants, shirt, socks and underwear (the latter was of some importance in this episode…). Once home, Murray proceeds to take off his shoes and khaki pants (as we all do) and make the trek to his favorite chair (“Mr. Chair”) that is reminiscent of Marty Crane’s reclining kingdom of masterpiece furniture in Frasier. The only difference is Murray’s throne consists of darker colors, but the spirit and eye-catching attention it demands are identical.

In some ways, Marty and Murray are kindred sitcom spirits…

Beverly Goldberg, however, was having none of this. The time had come for change and this change arrived as tall and enforcing as Beverly’s perfectly styled hair with help from her best friend Aqua Net.

“I need to command respect with my giant hair!”

What Beverly did not anticipate was the scheming mobility of her usually statuesque husband. The journey of revenge to surprise each other with preemptive decisions took predictable and unpredictable turns, including a Benihana-quality fish display and feeding frat guys carrots and celery sticks.

They are the Goldbergs after all.

While this humorous game of hide-and-seek between their parents was occurring, Adam and Barry engaged in a similar mind game. Tired of scratching spit balls off his glasses and books, along with having his face plastered against the window of his school bus, Adam decided to hire a bodyguard to combat a bully. Unfortunately for him, Kevin Costner wasn’t available and he had to settle for his hot tempered, Hulk-like older brother Barry.

Hey, you know what it’s like to wait 10 weeks for a football phone that hasn’t come, which was promised to arrive in 8 weeks. You get angry!

Anyways, Adam’s plan appeared to be working as his big bad brother Barry commanded every one’s attention and fear on the school bus, thereby allowing Adam to ride to and from school without fear, as well as being spit ball free. This was true, until his plan backfired more quickly than he ever could have imagined. One thing you have to understand is that if you release the Hulk, there’s no telling what will happen.

Ironically, Adam neutralized one bully, but created an even bigger one. Barry had to be stopped. But how?

Quite literally, the Hulk’s true colors needed to be revealed by way of Hypercolor.

Continuing their game of raiding each others’ treasured possessions, the Goldberg household lost a stove, a television, Aqua Net (which led to Beverly’s bangs being accidentally burned off by daughter Erica) and a drawer full of tightie whities replaced by boxer shorts (which became a “TMI” crisis of epic proportions). However, thanks to Murray, they gained a microwave. Pops had the perfect reaction to his first bag of microwaved popcorn, which is something I can personally relate to with the radioactive energy of a thousand suns.

“A cure for polio, a man on the Moon, and now this!”

Beverly finally (though unassumingly) revealed her true motives for getting rid of and replacing Murray’s old, worn chair: she wanted it gone for her, not because it was would help Murray. After Murray explained his perspective to this realization, which she could relate to for the important things she cherishes within her personal kingdom, Beverly knew what she had to do.  

Frustratingly, it involved a road from Goodwill to a frat house of an Animal House-likeness.

After refusing claims to lift her top in a frat house as part of a negotiation for Murray’s old chair, Beverly cleverly (yup, that just happened!) convinced the frat guy that he was, in fact, the only boob in the room. A clean frat house and a tasty vegetable medley turned out to be the perfect juxtaposed recipe for returning “Mr. Chair” to its rightful suburban kingdom.

Rising up to a bully can be treacherous, but that’s exactly what Adam, his former bully (wonderful irony) and the entire school bus did. The Hulk Barry was thrown from the bus with the help of a hundred hands, which was hilariously visible on his blue Hypercolor shirt. The two day reign of terror was over, but the back story required another scene.

Interestingly and bravely, Barry disclosed to his younger brother that, at school, some of his classmates tease and bully him. He confessed that it felt nice to have control of a situation, like that on Adam’s school bus. Then, as Barry gave Adam his binder of Garbage Pail Kids back, he assured Adam that he will always protect him for free because he’s his brother.

This moment, like the one between Beverly and Murray when “Mr. Chair” was reintroduced in the family room, underscores the 1986 classic, “The Glory of Love.”

The love of your family: Trust me, it’s good for you.

Happy Monday!

Warmth is (finally!) supposed to be ushered in by Mother Nature herself this afternoon with a forecast in the 60s in Columbus, Ohio. This could very well be the beginning of the much anticipated (and prayed for) Spring season! Accordingly, I began to think of a specific movie that features great weather and elements of sunny disposition juxtaposed with undeniable change sparked by bright splashes of color.

Ladies and gentleman, it’s time to start thinking about the pure pleasantness of Spring.

Happy Monday!

Rule #21: When Possible, Change the World

The United States of America is struggling. Among its many, many issues, the workforce is experiencing a paradigm shift. The world we live in today is collectively causing and forcing friction with the nation’s population by forcing 20th century norms and preconceived notions to crash, coincide and adapt to 21st century promise, mystery and reality. The debate of public vs. private extends beyond technology and is a dilemma that will long hang over our society like an overcast cloud for years to come.

“The Internship” is a buddy comedy starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn who star together in a movie for the first time since their 2005 smash hit and cult classic, “Wedding Crashers.” The opening sequence will undoubtedly get you psyched out of your mind for the long-awaited comeback!

It’s a film about great watch salesmen, Billy (Vince) and Nick (Owen), who discover during a pitch at a fancy restaurant that their company had recently folded. The time had arrived for two stellar salesmen of the 20th century to slowly walk into the strange playground of the 21st century.

The premise of the movie is that they are two individuals, who are not tech savvy, that apply for internships at technological giant Google.

Let the hilarity ensue.

Not only does the story contrast and expose generational differences between ’70s kids and Millennials, but it presents a pretty fantastic template for the immediate and far off future:

The competitive internship program.

“The Internship” has, without revealing any critical story or plot details, shown that a competitive internship program with a pool of 5-10 or even up to 100 people (depending on the company) could be the perfect test for employers to assess, judge and determine if an applicant or applicants are truly qualified for a job at their company. Individual and team exercises, plus voluntary employee interactions, would ultimately determine if an offer would be extended for employment.

Instead of relying so heavily on a résumé and a singular interview, an engaging competition of sorts could be the bridge between not only employers and hopeful applicants, but also the bridge between the 20th century and the increasingly interactive and connected 21st century.

Yes, it’s true that most companies do not have the free flowing cash for such an extravagant program like portrayed in “The Internship,” but it should be used as a template to varying degrees. It has been reported that companies are cutting back on training, which contributes to an applicant having to try to unrealistically meet 100% of the advertised skills for a job opening. Even with a great education, not everybody is perfectly fit for a job in most any industry on their first day. There is a learning curve. An important quality to consider is if the person applying is like a fine wine:  great core knowledge with exciting flavors/skills that only get better with each passing day.

Competitive internship programs, for certain industries, could provide the public with one of the most critical qualities missing from most of today’s employers: an opportunity. Just to give people a chance to try, learn and shine.

That’s really what most people are yearning for these days.

Correction: That’s what most Americans are yearning for these days.

After all, the concept of opportunity was part of the foundation of the United States of America. It’s time for a 21st century reboot of that brilliant idea.

It could work.