Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Words To Live By

I have a friend...yes, it's true, I have a friend. He's from California and he personifies the "surfer dude" image we see in so many movies. He makes me laugh almost more than anyone else does, and he's one of the nicest people I have ever known. He would do anything for anyone.

A few weeks ago he stopped by my work to say hi. At some point in the conversation he came up with this gem:

"If I didn't think about things, I'd have time for so much more stuff."

I tried not to laugh too hard because he was serious, but I did write it down, and now on occasion I ponder his words. There must be a deeper meaning somewhere...I'll keep looking for it.


David G. Woolley said...

Let me see. Javier was the nicest person you've ever known. Walfred was also the nicest person you've ever known. Then, of course, there was Santiago who made the list of the nicest of the nice people. But maybe you just meant nicest Guatemalans which would compete with Javier and Walfred and turn all of them into competitive nasties.

Your father and mother made the nicest list twice which I think is a slap in the face for those two saints who raised you. Tiff, Becka, the nephews and nieces were on the list multiple times. But they're too nice to point out that fact that they should be declared winners over their cousins and sibblings. Sufer dude made the California dreaming nicest list, but with an asterisk (*%$!@) which is Californian for dude. Daniel and Laura were definitely on the list, but now that they're in the US do they still compete for nicest with Javier, Walfred and Santiago or is there an imigration list I don't know about? Kimber isn't on any list. She brought the snake.

The only problem I see is grammar. Isn't there only room for one on a nicest list, gramatically speaking, of course?

I think you better find another comparitive. Some one is going to figure you out sooner or later. You just can't go around telling everyone what they want to hear. Its going to catch up with you. I know. I used to have a nicest list and then no one liked me anymore. Which, I suppose, is a really good test of niceness. Put 'em all on the list and see how many friends you have left at the end of the day. And you can bah humbug that one all the way to Macey's.

How, exactly, does one get on your nicest list? Maybe you should post a job requirements on the side bar so people know.

There's a pattern here. You have a nicest list. You have a nice blog. What's next? Nicest cat contest? Nicest wrapping paper job? Nicest hair color? You can't lose any friends over wrapping paper. But I know some people who will kill for their cat. Just ask AnnaLee.

David G. Woolley said...

They will also kill over hair color. Just ask my mom. The light brown was a few shades too light. Is there a color category for pinkish red?

Noelle said...

I laugh...I just laugh. Dave, you can have as many 'one of the nicest people' as you want. There is no limit.

YOU are one of the funniest people I know...see how that works? Doesn't leave anyone out...doesn't make anyone else feel like they were slighted...

David G. Woolley said...

You still have that competitive problem. One of the nicest? One of the funniest? You've still got two groups. The funny ones and the not funny ones. And who wants to be in the not funny group? Don't everyone raise your hand at the same time. Who wants to be in the not nice group with me? There's hardly any room left. Its a big group, especially this time of year. Bah Humbug.

Just say Becca a really nice girl. Or surfer dude is a really funny guy. Vwalah! No competitive groups. Everyone is happy. Unless, of course, there is a happy group and a not happy group. Which would affirm that you are right and life isn't fair and that there is indeed a group of happy people and a group of not happy people. Too bad for all those not happies.

They get a chunk of coal.

Tiff said...

Astounding! Do you two not have anything to do? I am very impressed with how much 'stuff' you seem to come up with. If you are looking for something productive, I have papers that need to be graded. It is lots of fun...but you do have to speak Spanish. Any takers?

David G. Woolley said...


Sandra said...

Ahem, I am going to interupt here, ok? Back to your original point, Noelle, words with deeper meaning.

My first thought when I read this was how Jessica so often says things like this. She is a natural blonde and so often says the silly, flighty things that blonde jokes are made of and it is easy to brush her off as an airhead. But once I stopped to really listen to her and ponder some of the things she said, I realized that she has a firm grasp on reality and life and most of what she says is deep and meaningful.

But I still laugh at first hearing.

Manda said...

:( I'm a sister...why aren't I included on the nice list?????

David G. Woolley said...

No. It's not "Why aren't I included," It's "Why am I not included" on the nice list.

No nice list for you. Poor grammar.

Manda said...

Hey :p Be nice :p I speak in Spanish in my head so :pppppp