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Donald J. Trump Doesn’t Like Seth “Marbles in His Mouth” Meyers

My search through Donald Trump’s twitter account continues with this list of tweets about Seth Meyers:

Here are some responses to his followers about Meyers:

And finally this might be the meanest tweet of all-time:

If you’re wondering why Trump thinks Meyers is a “loser,” watch this clip from the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in 2011:

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I Listen To Music: Week of 2/28/16

Here’s a log of the music I listened to for the week of February 28, 2016:

Car Albums of the Week: Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly and Protomartyr – The Agent Intellect
To Pimp A Butterfly 
started this week in the CD player, but Detroit rockers Protomartyr made a return. Basically because it was the only other CD in the car, and I was looking for a change of pace.

Queen – “You’re My Best Friend”
Rush – “Limelight”
Double dose of quality rock from the local Detroit classic rock station. They probably followed this up with Phil Collins or Ted Nugent leading me to change the station, or play a CD.

Case/Lang/Veirs – “Atomic Number”
Neko Case, k.d. lang, and Laura Veirs announced their upcoming collaboration with this track. The album will be available June 17.

Neko Case – “Danny’s Song” (Loggins & Messina Cover from Vinyl)
This is the latest cover to be released from HBO’s Martin Scorsese/Mick Jagger produced Vinyl.

Explosions in the Sky – “Logic of A Dream”
Texan instrumental rock group, Explosions in the Sky, released the first single off their upcoming album, The Wilderness. The album will be available on April 1.

The Besnard Lakes – A Coliseum Complex Museum
A friend of mine’s band, Congress, will be opening for these Montreal rockers when they make a stop in Detroit next month, so I thought I would check out their latest album.

Robin Pecknold – “New Song” (Live)
The Fleet Foxes frontman has been opening for Joanna Newsom on her recent tour, and played a new song last week fueling speculaton that a new album from the band could be happening.

Beastie Boys – “A Year and A Day/Hello Brooklyn
Kendrick Lamar samples the same Isley Brothers song, “That Lady,” for “i” on To Pimp A Butterfly.

The Armed – “An Ode to No One” (Smashing Pumpkins Cover)
Smashing Pumpkins – “An Ode to No One” (Live)
The Pumpkins really rock out on this track from Mellon Collie during their “last show” in 2000 at the Metro in Chicago.

Kendrick Lamar – untitled unmastered
Apparently LeBron James convinced Lamar to release these tracks left off of To Pimp A Butterfly. Thanks LeBron!

Metallica – “Enter Sandman” (Smooth Jazz Version)
Rage Against the Machine – “Killing In The Name” (Less Angry Version)
A YouTuber named Andy Rehfeldt has been creating his own interpretations of popular rock songs for a few years now. His page is full of videos that will waste a lot of your time if you’re not careful.

Sturgill Simpson – “Brace for Impact (Live a Little)
The first track off Simpson’s upcoming A Sailor’s Guide to Earth that will be released on April 15.

The Replacements – Live at 7th Street Entry (1981)
An interview with author Bob Mehr about his new biography on the influential Minneapolis rockers led me to this gem on YouTube. When the Replacements weren’t wasted they could be an amazing live band.

Future – “Low Life” & “March Madness” (Live on Saturday Night Live)
The Atlanta rapper was joined on stage by The Weeknd during “Low Life”

Donald J. Trump: Movie Reviews

As we know Donald Trump has opinions (the best opinions, he would say) about a lot of different things. Here are some Twitter movie reviews from Trump:

Django Unchained (2012)

Lincoln (2012)

Breaking Dawn: Part 2 (2012)

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

Unbroken (2014)

 The Interview (2014)

The Dictator (2012)

2016: Obama’s America (2012)

Movies Released in 2013

Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

WWE: The History of Wrestlemania (2004)

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) & The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

 

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I Listen to Music: Week of 2/21/16

Here’s a log of the music I listened to for the week of February 21, 2016:

Car Album of the Week: Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
This album will most likely be in my car’s CD player for the next few weeks. This album is so brilliant, it really is shocking that it lost to Taylor Swift’s 1989 at the Grammys, but we are talking about an organization that once gave a Best Metal/Hard Rock Performance award to Jethro Tull.

Hevisaurus – “Juranoid,” “Saurusarmeija,” and “Viimeinen mammutti”
Heavy metal + Dinosaurs + Finland = Awesome. This band has released six albums, selling over 170,000 copies, and winning a Finnish Grammy for Best Children’s Album.

Goo Goo Dolls – “Long Way Down” and “Ain’t That Unusual” from A Boy Named Goo
The Goos are touring this summer with Collective Soul which led to a discussion at work about how they once kind of sounded like The Replacements, and these two tracks as examples.

John Carpenter – “Distant Dream” from Lost Themes II
Director John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing) is also doing a small tour in support of his upcoming album. This song is pretty awesome with an 80’s horror/Kraftwerk vibe to it.

Glitterbust – “The Highline” from Glitterbust
Kim Gordon from Sonic Youth has a new band, and they released the first track from their upcoming album this week. 

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New Zealander Marlon Williams will be opening for Sam Beam (from Iron and Wine) and Jesca Hoop on their spring tour, and since I’ll be catching that show in Ann Arbor, I thought I would check out the opener. I’m really glad I did, because this guy is hugely talented. I’m really looking forward to seeing him in May.

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Julien Baker is one of the reasons I decided to make this list because I completely forgot about her great debut album from last year when writing some of my year-end posts for The AP Party. She was recently on the Chicago based Audiotree where she performed one of that show’s best sessions ever.

Sturgill Simpson – “The Promise” (When in Rome Cover) from Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
If it wasn’t pointed out to me that this was a cover by CBC Radio 2 this week, I would have never found out.

Kathleen Edwards – “Empty Threat” from Voyageur
Probably my favorite Canadian musician who has never “made” it in the States. This comes from her great Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) produced album from 2012. She quit music and opened a coffee shop in an Ottawa suburb in 2014.

The Jayhawks – “Waiting for the Sun” from Hollywood Town Hall
The Jayhawks have been doing this for 30 years. This track is off their breakout album from 1992.

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This week I read an article about Millie Lovelock who is working on a Master’s in English with a focus on fandom, and One Direction in particular. She is also the lead singer of the New Zealand band, Astro Children.

Chris Stapleton – NPR Tiny Desk Concert
Stapleton’s Traveller was one of my favorite albums from last year, and the Tiny Desk series from NPR is usually very entertaining. This performance from Stapleton is no different.

When in Rome  – “The Promise” from When in Rome
After hearing the Sturgill Simpson cover I had to seek out the original.

Tancred – “Sell My Head” from Out of the Garden
Tancred is the solo project of Now, Now’s guitarist Jess Abbott. This track off her upcoming album, and has a very 90’s power pop sound to it. 

Neko Case – “Man” from The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
I love this song (and Neko Case) so much. She’s super cool.

Noisey Forever Vacation: Converse Rubber Tracks video featuring Water Rats
This short film follows the Brazilian punk group Water Rats as they travel to Seattle to record with legendary producer Jack Endino (Nirvana, Mudhoney). Also, Thurston Moore shows up for some reason.

John Mellencamp – “Jack and Diane” from American Fool
It was on the radio, and I didn’t change stations…and, yes, I sang along.

Shovels & Rope with Preservation Hall Jazz Band – “Perfect Day” (Lou Reed Cover) from Busted Jukebox, Vol. 1
Not a huge fan of this cover, but Shovels & Rope are a neat country duo from South Carolina.

Iggy Pop – “Sunday” from Post Pop Depression
The latest track released from Pop’s upcoming album with Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme. This might be my favorite of the three tracks released so far.

The Rentals – “Friends of P” from The Return of the Rentals
Who knew that The Rentals biggest hit was named after model Paulina Porizkova? According to AV Club’s Hear This!, Porizkova told Rentals frontman Matt Sharp that she had never had a song named after her, and Sharp went out and named this song after her.

If you want to listen to a playlist on Spotify click here.

Root Beer Film Festival: The Steel Helmet

Samuel Fuller’s The Steel Helmet is more than a war film. It’s a film about America in the early 1950’s, about race relations, and our changing viewpoints on war itself after the end of World War II. The Steel Helmet was the first film about the Korean War released only eight months after that conflict began. It was also Fuller’s first foray into war a subject he would return to several times during his career.

Fuller, an infantryman during World War II, used his own experiences and those of returning GI’s from the Korean Peninsula to craft the tale of Sergeant Zack and a group of soldiers given the task of occupying a Buddhist temple as an observation post. The film was made for less than $200,000, but was a box-office success establishing Fuller has a legitimate director in Hollywood.

The Steel Helmet like many of Fuller films does not shy away from controversy, and it centers on two main themes race relations and the horrors of war that stay with our soldiers. At the time it was considered by some to be “pro-Communist.” Scenes involving a North Korean POW asking an African-American and Japanese-American how they could fight alongside the white man borrows from Communist propaganda used during the Cold War. Both soldiers dismiss the POW, and the average American might agree with the soldiers, but it is clear Fuller is using the POW to bring up topics rarely seen in theaters in 1951.

By the end of The Steel Helmet the soldiers we have been following are either dead, injured, or in shock. For those remaining nothing will be the same, they’ve all seen death too many times. It’s not a happy ending, but it shouldn’t be.

The Steel Helmet is not just a great war film, but a great film in general. It is tense and filled with action while making the viewer think. It is a credit to Fuller as a writer and director that he is able to combine the two without letting one overtake the other.

Root Beer Film Festival: The Stuff

The Stuff has most of the classic elements of a 1980’s horror film: bad special effects, a terrible script, awful editing, a kid in danger, a bunch of bad acting, and it’s not all that scary. The Stuff isn’t so bad it’s good on the level of a classic like Night of the Creeps, but it has its moments.

Michael Moriarty is pretty entertaining as Mo Rutherford, an industrial saboteur who is investigating a mysterious dessert called The Stuff. He very quickly starts dating the ad executive who created the campaign that makes The Stuff so popular, and soon they rescue the only boy in America who knows The Stuff is bad. The three of them along with a militia group led by Colonel Spears (Paul Sorvino) end the menace of The Stuff. A bunch of random other things happen involving “Chocolate Chip” Charlie (Garrett Morris), a few creepy Southern towns, and Danny Aiello being killed by his dog.

Every Saturday afternoon when I was a kid one of our local channels would show a double feature of horror films, and The Stuff was a staple of their line-up. I probably have seen the entire movie, but I don’t think I ever sat and watched the whole thing in one sitting. Outside of using “Whole Lotta Love” for their theme music the only other thing I remember about the “Thriller Double Feature” is The Stuff and Troll.

I love corny horror movies, and The Stuff is really close to making that list, but it’s missing the whole classic element to put it over the edge. It doesn’t have a great one-liner from anyone. Moriarty doesn’t have a great line, and outside of “Chocolate Chip” Charlie repeatedly saying his fists are “deadly weapons” nothing comes close. I need that line that just makes you laugh when you really shouldn’t be. The Stuff sadly doesn’t deliver it.

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Root Beer Film Festival

My wife will be camping this weekend, and my son will be with my parents. Which means I will have the house to myself for about 36 hours. So what will I be doing with this 36 hours of glorious freedom? Will I be throwing a party that will eventually involve the police saying something like, “Aren’t you a little too old for this?” No. I will be watching a ton of movies, and drinking a ton of root beer.

I fully planned on having some people over at least one night, but for the past week I’ve been fighting pink eye. This has led to a fever, a sore throat, gunky icky eyes, and even now while I recover I sound like I could fill-in as host of your favorite local NPR jazz show. I have come to face the fact that I am an adult with a job, a family, and bills…so many bills. Which means that instead of being stupid and not recovering I will sit on the couch, watch movies and drink root beer.

Here are the movies I hope to watch this weekend:

The Hit (1984)
Starring: Terence Stamp, John Hurt and Tim Roth
Director: Stephen Frears

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Starring: Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Quirkiness
Director: Wes Anderson

The Wrestler (2008)
Starring: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood
Director: Darren Aronofsky

Gentlemen Broncos (2009)
Starring: Michael Argarano and Jemaine Clement
Director: Jared Hess

A Band Called Death (2012)
Starring: Death (band), Detroit
Directors: Mark Covino and Jeff Howlett

Bronson (2008)
Starring: Tom Hardy, Matt King and James Lance
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn

The Monkey Hu$tle (1976)
Starring: Yaphet Kotto, Rudy Ray Moore and Rosalind Cash
Director: Arthur Marks

Stander (2003)
Starring: Thomas Jane, Dexter Fletcher and David O’Hara
Director: Bronwen Hughes

The Stuff (1985)
Starring: Michael Moriarty, Paul Sorvino and Danny Aiello
Director: Larry Cohen

Louie Bluie (1984)
Starring: Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong
Director: Terry Zwigoff

The Death of Andy Kaufman
(2008)
Starring: Andy Kaufman
Director: Christopher Maloney

The Steel Helmet (1951)
Starring: Gene Evans, Robert Hutton and Steve Brodie
Director: Samuel Fuller

X-Men: Days of Future Past
(2014)
Starring: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender
Director: Bryan Singer

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Starring: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johannson, and Samuel L. Jackson
Directors: Anthony Russo and Joe Russo

I’ll be posting updates and “reviews” here. You can also follow me @Klumpp13

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Needs Firepower

marvels-agents-of-shieldMarvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is now five episodes old, and the jury is still out on whether the show will last past its first season. ABC was confident enough to order 22 episodes, but ratings have dipped from about 12 million viewers for the pilot episode to just over seven million for last week’s episode, “Girl in the Flower Dress.” Honestly, the first five episodes have left a bit to be desired, but it does not mean that we should give up on Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his group of agents (plus one mysterious hacker).

There are numerous reasons that Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is not working from production values to unlikable characters, but the reason that five million people decided to stop watching this show is simple…star power. The average fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was expecting to see Iron Man or Captain America to occasionally show up on board the team’s headquarters/Firefly-esque plane “The Bus.” The likelihood of that actually happening is quite slim, and outside of the cameos from Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) I would be surprised if any of the big guns from the MCU appear on the small screen.

Of course, this does not mean we should have a Marvel show completely devoid of superheroes and supervillains because this show is supposed to take place in a world with both walking around. There are literally thousands of Marvel characters that could appear on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. without ruining the character on a lesser-known actor or even for the films. Here are five characters, both good and bad, who could help this show broaden its appeal:

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Background: Dugan (Neil McDonough) appeared in Captain America:The First Avenger and the recent short Agent Carter. With the rumors of a possible show based on the exploits of Agent Carter, Dugan could be a possible bridge to the next show produced by Marvel Television.

Episode Idea: Dugan has been appearing alongside Nick Fury in the comic books first as a member of The Howling Commandos, and then an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. for the past 50 years, and like his eye-patch wearing counterpart has not aged much over those five decades. In the MCU, it would seem that an older Dugan would have to appear on S.H.I.E.L.D., maybe as an experienced consultant to the organization.

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Background: Taskmaster has teetered the thin line between good guy and bad guy since he was introduced as an enemy of The Avengers in 1980. In recent years he has trained S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, and has assembled alongside his former foes in battle.

Episode Idea: Introducing Taskmaster as an enemy with ties to S.H.I.E.L.D.’s training program, maybe he trained Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), might add a bit of intrigue to the supposedly shadowy S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Background: If an Asgardian is not going to make an appearance how about an Olympian? Hercules was introduced in the mid-1960’s, and has been a fixture within the Marvel Universe since.

Episode Idea: In an episode reminiscent of goofy The X-Files episodes like, “Jose Chung’s From Outer Space,” the team stumbles upon a man calling himself Hercules. Is he truly a god, or is he crazy? Find out this Tuesday at 8pm.

Damage-Control-Vol.-1-1-1989-1DAMAGE CONTROL
Background: Ever wonder who cleans up after the destruction caused during a super battle? Damage Control is the best in the business, and has cleaned up after superheroes since 1989.

Episode Idea: While Damage Control is attempting to clean up a super battle, a “gifted” stands in their way. Agent Coulson and his team are sent to help Damage Control finish the clean-up, and find the new supervillain.

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Background: Destroyer aka Keen Marlow has been appearing in comics since 1941, and is another recipient of the “super soldier serum” given to Steve Rogers. He has fought alongside Captain America and has been a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.

Episode Idea: When “The Calvary” does not have enough firepower to extract the team from a bad situation, Agent May decides it is time to call in Destroyer.

Will any of these appearances actually happen? Probably not…unless Joss Whedon decides to stumble upon this blog, or Skye decides to hack my computer. Until then I’ll keep hoping that the show stops creating characters, and starts using characters already available in the Marvel Universe.

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Saturday Night Live Dream Cast

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Yesterday, Grantland writer Andy Greenwald answered a question in his mailbag column about Saturday Night Live. Wade B. asked Greenwald, “Who would be your All Time SNL cast including head writer? Considering that if you include Belushi his drug problems come with him, Eddie Murphy would have to work with Lorne Michaels, and Chevy Chase is a asshole?”

Greenwald took Wade’s restrictions into consideration, based his cast size of seven on the original cast from 1975 (guess he forgot about George Coe who lasted three episodes), and made his dream cast: Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Bill Murray, Eddie Murphy, Phil Hartman, Bill Hader, and Amy Poehler with Tina Fey as head writer. He would also have Fey anchoring the Weekend Update desk. It is a strong cast, and it got me thinking about my dream SNL cast.

I have written on this blog about SNL before. It is my favorite television show of all-time, and I have watched it almost religiously for 23 years. I watched Sinead O’Connor rip up a picture of Pope John Paul II, saw Chris Farley’s ass (probably more than once), and heard Jenny Slate drop an f-bomb during her first sketch. I have also (thanks to Comedy Central and Netflix) watched episodes from the 1970’s and 80’s, so I feel like I can put together a pretty good cast.

Greenwald had four locks on his cast: Ferrell, Wiig, Murray and Murphy. I only have two locks: Ferrell and Hartman. These two are my locks not just because I consider them the best cast members since I started watching in 1990, but also because their fellow cast members talk about them making everyone else in the cast better. These guys are like the Michael Jordan and Peyton Manning of SNL. You can almost guarantee a laugh if either Ferrell or Hartman appear in a sketch whether it’s through their delivery, facial expressions, or movements.

Murphy would be my next cast member. Without Eddie Murphy in the 1980’s SNL might have been cancelled. The show was awful, ratings were down, and Lorne Michaels left due to “exhaustion.” It was not a good time for the show. Could Michaels and Murphy get along? Murphy’s sketches were funny from Gumby to Buckwheat to James Brown, and Michaels knows that his show needs to be funny for people to watch. It also needs an edge, and Murphy would bring that as well.

Greenwald’s female lock, Wiig, is not on my dream cast. I know, blasphemy. If this cast could include 10 members Wiig would make it, but my one concern about Wiig is versatility. I always felt that Wiig was playing a slightly different version of the same character. I do not dislike Wiig, but if you are limiting me to seven cast members, she does not break into that seven. To fill this fourth spot I am going with Poehler. As a fan of Upright Citizen’s Brigade I knew of Poehler before she joined the cast in 2001 (her first episode was the season premiere which aired 18 days after 9/11), and over her eight seasons on the show she became, in my opinion, the greatest female cast member in the history of SNL. Poehler would also be my lone Weekend Update anchor.

Murray also makes my list, but I really wondered if it was because of his post-SNL work, and not so much for his time on the show. I went back, and watched some sketches, and realized that Murray is a really, really great sketch comedian. With all the craziness that John Belushi or Dan Akyroyd brought, or the smugness of Chevy Chase, Murray was the guy next door. A Midwestern sensibility really shines through Murray, and maybe because I am from Michigan it speaks to me more than Belushi, Akyroyd and Chase. On this cast, Murray would be the Bobby Moynihan or Chris Parnell. Someone who is solid everytime they appear, maybe a little under the radar, but they seem to be completely fine with that.

While it has not always been the case, over the last 30 years the SNL cast always seemed to include a great impressionist. Hader and Darrell Hammond held down this role over the past 18 seasons, but neither make my cast. If you give me the eighth “George Coe” spot I would fill it with Hader, but for my impressionist I am going with Dana Carvey. From 1986-1993, Carvey brought to life George H. W. Bush, Casey Kasem, Ross Perot, Woody Allen, and Paul McCartney. His impressions may not have the polish of Hader’s, but this is a comedy show, so the polish does not necessarily need to be there. Carvey also has a nice repertoire of “original” characters that includes; Lyle the Effeminate Heterosexual, Grumpy Old Man, and his most famous character, Garth Algar. Unfortunately, Mike Myers does not make my cast, so Garth would most likely be shelved.

My final pick for my dream cast is Gilda Radner. Of all the original cast members, Radner is my favorite. Her portrayals of Lisa the nerd, Roseanne Roseannadanna, and Baba Wawa were always spot-on and funny. Radner projected a sweetness and innocence during her performances on SNL that is needed at times, and anyone who can hold their own with Belushi, Akyroyd and Murray is a much needed addition with the likes of Ferrell and Murphy on the cast.

The first head writer for SNL was Michael O’Donoghue, and he would be a solid pick if he didn’t seem to have been slightly insane. He refused to write for The Muppets when they appeared on the show, scared Catherine O’Hara so much she quit before she ever appeared, and essentially pissed everyone off. I also thought about Fey, Seth Meyers, or even Adam McKay, but my pick for head writer is Jim Downey. Downey joined SNL as a writer in 1976, and was the head writer from 1986 to 1995. I consider this stretch to be the greatest in SNL history, and the writing is as much a part of it as the cast. Writers like Robert Smigel, Conan O’Brien, Jack Handey and Bob Odenkirk were all present during this time. Fey might bring the double threat of head writer and Weekend Update anchor, but Downey’s crew wrote some of the greatest sketches ever. Downey may not be the sexy pick, but the man who stood with Norm MacDonald after he was fired is the man I want in the writer’s room.

So there they are: Will Ferrell, Phil Hartman, Eddie Murphy, Amy Poehler, Bill Murray, Dana Carvey, Gilda Radner and Jim Downey as head writer with Bill Hader in the “George Coe” spot. John Belushi and Chris Farley have too many issues for me to consider with the restrictions given by Wade, Kristen Wiig is in the top 10, and somewhere, someone has put Jeff Richards on their list.

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The Mistake M&M

Every once in awhile something happens that in the global scale of everything (i.e. wars, famine, ice caps melting, baseball) is inconsequential, but amazing to you. Over the weekend I was running errands with my toddler, and bought a bag of peanut M&M’s. I had been feeling pretty rundown and depressed for the past week, which usually leads to me not eating, trying to live off of coffee and candy, and moping like a teenage who isn’t allowed to play video games. Essentially I suck to be around. So I bought these M&M’s because they would get me through the morning until my son wanted to eat, and then I would also eat. As I am eating my M&M’s I get one that is completely full of chocolate with no peanut, and it was amazing. For some reason that little extra bit of chocolate was like the end of all wars to my brain. I know I could just buy regular M&M’s, or just some chocolate but the fact that I was expecting a peanut and there wasn’t one was the greatest thing to happen in days to me. It was great because I wasn’t expecting it, so naturally I ate the rest of the bag hoping, praying that I would get one more M&M full of chocolate…but it didn’t happen. I only got that one, beautiful, majestic M&M.

I have been thinking about that lone M&M for a couple of days now. Is my life really all that bad that an out of place M&M makes the clouds open, and the sun shine brighter? No. Not at all. That one M&M was just what I needed at that time. My life is filled with great things, but sometimes I forget about them, and focus on the things that really don’t matter (money, material objects, baseball) to my happiness. That solitary M&M was amazing because it jumpstarted my brain, and knocked me out of a funk. It was what I needed as I was driving home from Target, my son now asleep, alone with my thoughts. Before the M&M I was thinking about bills and bank accounts, but after I was thinking about finding another full of chocolate M&M, and what we would eat for lunch (macaroni and cheese).

It sounds stupid, but that M&M broke my train of thought. We all have things that help us bust through the fog, and see the bigger picture. Movies, music, books, and sports are all great distractions that can help us re-focus and see things differently. For me on that Saturday morning all it took was a tiny piece of incorrect candy. Maybe something as insignificant as a piece of candy will do that for you as well, or maybe I’m just crazy.

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