What more could you need?
Yesterday was my 27th birthday, which I decided to celebrate in the usual fashion by completing another birthday list. Because there aren’t 27 letters in our alphabet and 27 isn’t a quarter of a hundred, I had to get a little more creative this year. I decided to befriend my old enemy, math. 27 is 3 x 3 x 3 or 3³ or three cubed. So I decided to have a cube themed birthday based around 3 x 3 x 3 being 27. Here is my list:
1- Work out for 27 minutes
2- Beat level 27 of Candy Crush (new high score!)
3- Complete a Rubic’s Cube in under 3:33 (I beat it in under 2.7 minutes)
4- Melt an ice cube in my mouth (no chewing)
5- Play Rummikub
6- Eat 3 sugar cubes (straight sugar is hard to take)
7- Play Kickle Cubicle
8- Order #27 for lunch (lucked out that it wasn’t something weird/gross)
9- Shoot a bb gun 27 times
10- Shoot 3 targets 3 times each
11- Make a birthday wish at 3:33 (it came true)
12- Look up ’27 Dresses’ on IMDB (not worth watching the movie)
13- Make 3 3-Pointers from 3 positions
14- Drink Dr Pepper with 4 added flavors
15- Win a Texas Hold’em hand with a 2 &7 (took a while, I had the only diamond)
16- Buy 3 things for $3
17- Juggle 3 cubes
18- Ride a bus for 27 minutes (bus route ended at exactly 27 minutes)
19- Do nothing for 3 minutes, 3 times
20- Eat 2-7 meals (I had 3)
21- Roll 3 3s with 3 dice (I got it on my 4th roll!)
22- Get 27 points with 3 darts (My first try I hit the triple 19, second try I hit the 15, 9 & 3)
23- Hit 27 golf balls
24- Play a game of Bocce to 27 (I lost)
25- Play a GameCube game (Twilight Princess)
27- Tell 27 people that it is my birthday (mostly shouted from my car)
27- Participate in a 27 Party Popper solute (my personal favorite)
At a previous job, I had the opportunity to sit next to our sales team. I would hear them talking on the phone all day long. After a couple of years of doing this, I had heard quite a few things that made me laugh, scratch my head, roll my eyes, etc. Luckily, I had the foresight to write down a lot of these quotes. Here they are, for your enjoyment:
If you have a pretty good quote from a salesman that you have heard, please post it in the comments. Enjoy!
Today is the day, the National Day of Unplugging. This holiday was created to get people to take a break from their new smart phone devices, tablets, computers, TVs, watches, pacemakers, integrated home automation systems, gameboys, robotic surrogates, GPS systems, house arrest anklets and air conditioning units. It might as well be called the Nation Day of Spitting in the Faces of Modern Innovators and Inventors Day. Or maybe I went too far.
Although it is against my nature, as an experiment, I have decided to embrace this day of unplugging. I have gone to great lengths to ensure that I stay unplugged. I turned off all the lights, took the batteries out of the smoke detector, blew out two pilot lights, turned off the filter and air bubbles for the fish tank and disabled our security system. In further preparation, I bought a butter churn, wheat grinder, cow bell and one of those small framed motorcycles with pedals instead of a motor.
Even after only trying it for…15 minutes so far, I feel so free. Being unplugged is liberating. It has freed up so much time and I have learned so much. I was so excited about it I decided to shout my excitement from the rooftops. Shouting was liberating as well and helped me learn about police response times and noise ordinances decibel allowances, both of which were surprisingly low numbers.
So, do you see how much opposition there is to unplugging? We need to spread the word about unplugging and fight all those who are constantly plugged….that could have come out better….that could have as well.
I did have to take a brief pause from being unplugged to make this plug for the National Day of Unplugging, but I’m sure you understand. How else are people going to know? (side note: plug is a funny word. plug. plug.)
Join me, and possibly dozens of others, in taking the unplug pledge. You can find out more about the National Day of Unplugging on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Groupon, Google+, about.me, MySpace, esurance, Pinterest and match.com. You can also live tweet your progress with #unplug