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September 06, 2006

Bouncey Bounce

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

I have a theory that men need, absolutely need, to spend significant amounts of time perfecting some skill or other, the more useless the better. The drive, as far as I can tell, comes from deep inside: from the genes, the biology, the organism, whatever. Case in point:

Part of me watches this video thinking, Is he insane? But another part of me thinks: Hmm, I wonder if, with a little practice, I could ...

I suppose blogging might also qualify as one of these useless skills men love applying themselves to, come to think of it.



posted by Michael at September 6, 2006


The pogo sticks only cost $300.00.

Posted by: joe o on September 6, 2006 5:07 PM

You're not thinking of closing the shop, are you?

Posted by: Tat on September 6, 2006 5:11 PM

What's wrong with me? I watched that video and felt only that strange despair I feel when observing suburban architecture.

Maybe the bouncing, bouncing, bouncing highlighted it. Like an unopened container of plastic spoons sitting helplessly in a garbage can: "Somebody help...we don't belong here! We're better than this dismal place!"

Posted by: onetwothree on September 6, 2006 5:46 PM

Totally excellent.

Posted by: Jonathan on September 6, 2006 5:58 PM

It does have something to do with the way male brains work. People once noted the tendancy of guys to shoot baskets...over and over and over, while mulling something else (or not, perhaps!). The unconcious repetition of it which you don't see women do as wouldn't typically see any female bounce a golf ball on the end of a golf club the way that commercial shows Tiger Woods doing---that takes a huge amount of repetition and practice. Just over and over, same action.

Posted by: annette on September 7, 2006 11:43 AM

Maybe we guys are all near-autistic!

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on September 7, 2006 1:50 PM

Wow, if only I could bounce like that! Looks like the outcome would be worth the millions of hours of practice it would take!

Uh, what were we talking about again?

Posted by: Friedrich von Blowhard on September 7, 2006 3:32 PM

Blogging is at least less dangerous. Or maybe not.

Posted by: Neil on September 8, 2006 11:27 AM

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