Wednesday, February 14, 2007


So I was at a party t'other day (as is my wont) and a young fellow pointed out a problem with the Sunkist(tm) brand beverage, more specifically, their packaging to whit:

The label doesn't actually say "Sunkist" it says "Sinkist". Really, he was right, it says SINkist right on the can. I dare you to find a "u" therein. The "i" is even dotted (by an errant splash of deliciousness). Before any of you righteous get oe'r offended (as is your wont betimes). I thought I would point out that we are perfectly okay with the last part spelling "kissed" as "kist". We have been accepting this for years and have said naught but "neh".

Then I walk into Taco Bell (I know, I know) and notice that you can get some sort of extreme "stuft" burrito. With all of this text msg-ingI think we are slowly evolving towards a race of people with naught but opposable thumbs. How ironic, those same phalanges that separate us from the beast will soon be our only finger.

thumbs up.

So I don't know where to take the rest of this joke. I thought I could take it to a diatribe about how it is Valentime again and I don't got nobody to love. But this is not really a depressing thought, not as depressing as the textual illiteracy that is besetting our nation.

Actually, this has not been that great of a month for a lot of reasons. How can I count the ways? Well, it started off with my Mother's cancer diagnosis, and progressed through my hearing loss and subsequent MRI where there was a chance that I had a tumor in my brain that caused some permanent hearing loss. I spent an hour alone in a large magnetic tube with no one to hold my ankle. Then my good friend's brother was kidnapped in Iraq, then just last week I was robbed in Guatemala where they not only stole my laptop, my camera and my ipod, but they also got my sketchbook, all of my personal photos from last year, and my notes from the documentary I am currently working on. Oh yeah, they also stole about $50,000 worth of Camera and gear for our documentary. So it has kind of been a crummy month. But here is the thing.

Are you ready for the thing?

Okay here is the thing (as promised)
It looks like the insurance should cover our camera. My homeowners insurance is going to cover most of my personal possessions that were stolen. My buddy's brother, Will, is now safe and sound with family and I didn't have a tumor. My mother's tumor is responding incredibly well to chemo and has very good outlook for a long term recovery. On top of that there are easily half-dozens of people that love me, or at least like me. PLUS with my job I get to go to places like Guatemala. I have a job doing the type of stuff I like to do. I have (more than) plenty to eat, a house, fine roommates who are both pleasant, enjoyable as well as much more tidy than I am. Also, my friend Emily made me a fantastic scarf as consolation. I am wearing it right now (while I write this, not while you read this, at least probably not while you read this).

On top of that, I have eaten some really delicious cookies this month.

So on top of all of that I have been to third world countries where I have been able to see and meet people, who in their best year can only envy my worst.

So to sum this up in the most saccharine way possible. I have plenty to complain about, but really I have no business complaining that this Valentine's day I haven't been kist, especially since all year long I have already been so thoroughly blest.


Dainon said...

I want to say something intelligent, but I'm more prone to giving a thumbs up to the monitor. Feel the love. Feel the thumb.

Manfoom said...

okay, but I won't "smell the glove".

Cameron said...

Thanks for sharing that, brother. You are not only blest, you are lovd.

sugarcube said...

Gd blg, dood.

You should also be proud that your own text message skills are such:
"Where my shorties at?"

k8 said...

u r a qt damian.


Emily said...

well done guy.

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Manfoom said...

Well I think it was your party, so there.

aporitic said...

I'd like to bear testimony of the awesomness of that scarf as I saw it over lunch where we discussed many things which, in hindsight, now seem quite inane compared to the other stuff the manf-meister was pondering that day, but nevertheless made for an enjoyable lunch and a difinite highpoint for MY week at any rate. (whew)

Krispy said...

Are you sure it doesn't say "Suikist?"

Manfoom said...

good point, one that I hadn't considered.

Krispy, you are wise beyond your creme.

arob said...

You just made my Valentine's Day (belated). Glad to hear that everything is looking up, Sugar.