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From Smart to Dumb & Dumber to Smarter

Everyone thinks they know ‘Dumb & Dumber.’ It was an absurdly goofy movie from the ’90s. Case closed.

But that masterpiece was so much more.

Without diving into my veritable dissertation on the aforementioned comedic classic, it’s best to briefly let Jeff Daniels (“Harry Dunne”) give us fresh insight into the very real barriers he faced for wanting to act in…a comedic movie.

In some strange way, we have to be dumb–or perhaps a more polite combination of being humble with an eagerness to learn and try things–before we can genuinely realize if we are indeed smart in some cases.

Acting Like We Know

The following experience is coming from dumb or dumber

but either way, it’s smart.

How do we remain calm while performing stressful tasks?

Jeff Daniels, seen in the recent interview above, highlighted the necessity of the process and not merely the end result. The expression goes, “Fake it until you make it.” To varying degrees and situations, this is true. In his world, the process literally dealt with the well-known and uncertain “acting process.” For us, the process is likely different in our daily lives, though still filled with comedy and drama. Not to mention unstructured dynamics that are frustratingly opaque. And yet, it’s not unusual for these moments that are absent of control to morph and provide, oddly enough, a surprising path toward control and certainty.

Just a random example of perseverance and perspective from 1/2 of the legendary duo of the 1994 cinematic gold standard in comedy¬†Dumb and Dumber. Take a stand on something (pick-up the perfect snowball) and give it everything you’ve got.

Maybe you’ll get stuck (to a ski lift), but it’ll only be temporary.

There’s Dumb & There’s, You Know…

Summer, like a right angle, is just around the corner.

With the sun shining and birds singing, the time for planning that wondrous vacation has arrived. Let’s face it, there are three ways to travel: By air, by sea or by automobile.

Luckily, a lantern is no longer necessary for making this critically important decision.

In order to see the real Americana, everybody knows the experience of getting there is half the fun. Does this mean traveling Griswold-style in a wood panel station wagon? Yes. And it also means spotting a nice, tall building in your downtown, tipping it on its side, strapping some wheels on it and driving that across the country.

If you’re daring enough to accept this challenge, then Jeff Daniels has a few tips, which includes counting to three.

My guess is Jeff Daniels got his kicks on Route 66…as in literal kicks from his wife.

BETter $2gether

$800 million for $2?

The ticket price for the Powerball Lottery seems like a clear sign to re-popularize the rarely seen (but real) two dollar bill featuring Thomas Jefferson, don’t you think?

This lottery and its eye-popping jackpot, now in its second round because of no initial winner from earlier this week, demands to be played. Not only is it affordable, but it’s fun and exciting.

Yes, the odds are sort of against us (1 in 292,201,338). Yes, $800 million is actually difficult to comprehend as being a real monetary value. And yes, remember during the drawing tomorrow to read and check your numbers very, very carefully…

The dumbest thing you can do is not risk your morning coffee money for the chance to win the $800 Powerball jackpot.

Unlike Lloyd, Christmas could come early for one of us this year!