The Path of Awesome, Part 1


I consider it to be a moral imperative that in the course of fatherhood (note that I typo’d that originally as “farterhood”, which is pretty damn funny) I not only steer my child off the path of hoodlumitude, but onto the path of maximal awesome.

To know awesome is to be awesome. It is possible for an appreciation for awesome to go awry (see: frat douche), but I think it should be a pretty critical point of instruction for any child. My parents saw to it that I got a healthy dose of quality through my formative years and I have managed to become a pretty Rad Dudeā„¢.

I’ve been trying to think up a bit of a curriculum and figured I would bullet point some of it here. Feel free to contribute.

  • Episodes IV, V and VI are the only ones that matter.
  • Orcs are NOT something Blizzard Software came up with.
  • James Cameron may be kind of an a-hole, but dammit, he’s earned that right with Aliens alone.
  • You have to like James Brown.
  • Arsenic and Old Lace is funnier and wackier than most anything else out there, 70 years later.
  • It’s difficult to find a better way to pass 90 minutes with friends than by mocking a terrible film.
  • The Hunt for Red October should probably be something you’ve seen at least a dozen times before leaving for college.
  • Calvin and Hobbes is wonderful and Bill Watterson is a genius.
  • Nobody likes Nickelback.
  • It might be convenient to play games with people over a network, but you can never beat being able to flaunt your crushing victory face to face.

And if you ever wonder why there is such a preponderance of web articles that are just lists of things, I came up for this post Sunday night while fighting off the urge to sleep. Lists = easy. I am, however, serious about contributions to this list.

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  1. #1 by Renee on March 15, 2010 - 1:15 PM

    Although the movie might be damn good, the book is generally better.

  2. #2 by Badmoodman on March 15, 2010 - 5:57 PM

    – There is money to be made in duels. Animosity is temporary, residuals are forever.
    – Significance is a goal and a curse.
    – Whisper whatever you want remembered.
    – Read more, watch less.
    – Daring is especially appealing when the cause is lost.
    – Any sport that requires music, sequins or refueling is to be ignored at all costs.
    – Bullet dodging beats bullet catching.

    And famous people say…
    – “You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do.”- Henry Ford
    – “Do not let what you can not do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden.

  3. #3 by Michael on March 17, 2010 - 2:24 PM

    @Badmoodman
    Not bad at all. Looks like someone’s raised a kid before!

  4. #4 by Vic L on March 18, 2010 - 7:53 PM

    This about sums up how I try to live my life:

  5. #5 by Vic L on March 18, 2010 - 7:53 PM

    I guess html isn’t allowed oh well:

    http://i42.tinypic.com/jj8to0.jpg

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