Life hacks for average joes

The first panel is something I have recently discovered. I used to watch smallville while I walked on the elliptical, but I ran out of that. Then I was watching YouTube, but the ads are the worst. Then we set the tv up in the garage again, so I put the switch on that and it’s PERFECT. I can have half of the controller in each hand and walk for 30 mins straight without even looking at the watch. I might just play breath of the wild and walk on the elliptical forever.

the second panel is something I discovered about 6 months ago. I’ve already made a comic about how much I love using one travel mug at work, but here are few more reasons I love it: 1) it always feels like you’re going somewhere 2) less prone to spill on my clothes 3) when I do knock it over, it leaks and spills slower than a mug

the third panel is outside of my experience, but I thought it was funny. Well, sort of. I don’t think gun violence is funny, but I do think the idea of robbing a bank as being a life hack is funny.

life hack! Make your very own drill from SCRATCH using cardboard, hot glue, and a drill you’ve taken apart.

Cumulative case argumentation

It’s true- being bad at something doesn’t mean you’re a failure! Not inherently. There is no need to be great at everything, and being bad at one thing does not mean you are bad at all things. I mean, at a certain point, with failures mounting left and right, it’s easy to start thinking that maybe failure is a defining factor of your life.
For example, I’ve worked at no less then 5 businesses that went out of business shortly after I worked there. Once or twice, and it feels coincidental, but 5 times? Was I to blame? Meh.

Anyways, I just thought this comic out as I was driving home from work, In response to those positive thinking “success memes” which are omnipresent in my social media feeds these days.

Making friends

Making friends is a bit difficult as an adult, but it doesn’t have to be. People like music or movies or books or whatever. Maybe I’m being naive, but if you get to know someone long enough and you can usually find something you have in common. Not with everyone, but thankfully, there are usually more than one person, and you don’t have to be hang-out buddies with everybody.

We were at the park yesterday afternoon and the first two panels of this comic happened almost verbatim. Pretty funny stuff!

Success metrics

I was going to post a long blog write up expounding on this thought, but I think the comic strip expresses my sentiments adequately (and you are free to agree or disagree!). I think in comic strips, and so that’s the medium I invest in. I’ve tried my hand at writing longer form comics and graphic novels, but this is my sweet spot. No point being sad about the fact that the stuff I’m good at making isn’t the stuff that tends to be remembered for a long time- it’s good enough to bring joy in a moment (or it should be, anyways!).

Obviously-uh!

My daughters are a constant source of comedy. My youngest adds a ‘uh’ or an “ugh!” At the end of ‘daddy’ when she recognizes I’m making a dumb dad joke (which I’ve Finally come to understand the purpose of, more on that below). She was so disgusted that I’d think that mermaids were in universities. She said it so matter-of-factly that I knew I had to remember it in comic form.

now, on to dad jokes! I always thought they were either feeble attempts to be funny or regurgitated jokes that at one time were funny, but the truth is, they’re meant to get the type of reaction this comic illustrates. There’s nothing better then trolling your own daughters with a bad joke. ‘DADDY-UH’ is as sweet to my ears as laughter.

You bow to no one

I really do love the lord of the rings. I watched the movies before I read the books, and I think the movies are excellent. The nice thing about the movies is that, with care, they really help to point out and demonstrate themes that are in the books that I never caught when I read the books because, well, I read them when I was young and frankly they were long and thick and I wasn’t a good reader at the time. It’s nice that the movies bring such beautiful ideas to re-expression, faithful to both the medium of film and the themes in the books.

As I was drawing this in my local Starbucks, I actually teared up. I do that from time to time, when a story hits me in an unexpected way and I see how the themes from it work their way out in every day life. Of course Aragorn bowed to the hobbits, he was the only king who would ever think to, because he was a reluctant king, aware of his fear but unconquered by it, noble, who embraced his destiny and rose only to lay it down and (and o Frick I’m crying in a Starbucks again).

the reason it hits me so hard is because this theme is central to my faith, so it works it’s way into everything I see in life.

now a lady has noticed I am a bit teary.

A week of snow days

True story. A week of snow days means we worked our way through quite a bit of the Disney catalogue, caught up on new seasons of old classics, and somehow managed to obliterate our data cap (which, if I’m not mistaken, is 500 gigs a month). We got faster internet a while back, which came with a bump in data (from 300 gigs to 500 gigs) for ten dollars cheaper a month without a contract (go figure!), but it looks like even that isn’t enough if we’re all stuck inside streaming our own thing on different devices. Luckily for me, it’s definitely the odd month out, we don’t typically spend that much time watching tv.

that being said, we are prone to binge watching stuff. This week, it was some cheerleading reality show on Netflix. SO MUCH DRAMA! It sucks me in.