I miss the show. And Chicken Boo.
I miss the show. And Chicken Boo.
I wanted to elaborate a bit on the #100HappyDays challenge.
There’s been an increasing negativity in Singapore with regards to standard of living. We’re currently the most expensive city in the world to live in which is terrible because wages aren’t increasing…at least not for locals. As a nation, we’ve always had some sort of foreign envy, perhaps due to our colonial past but I feel too that it’s due to a lack of self-confidence. As a country, our best assets are our people because we have no natural resources and at only 49 years into our independence, I think we’ve come a long way.
I’ve been meaning to do the 100 Happy Days challenge so today’s as good as any other day to start!
For Day 1, I’d like to declare that I’m happy to be a unicyclist.
I’ve met a lot of people who unicycle and I think the main trait that all of us share is that we’ve probably got a streak of masochism and OCD going on. I don’t know if I like cycling that much but I like unicycling because it’s very technical (we’re also very geeky people). There’s no ready mechanic you can consult and if anything goes wrong, you’re forced to learn to maintain your own vehicle and to seek help from others. I absolutely love having to read about gear/wheel size ratios and pushing my limits for speed and endurance. On a bike, the world blazes by but on a uni, even at your fastest, you’re slow enough to be able to take in the sights of the surroundings.
I think unicycling is a good philosophy for life. There’s plenty of things that seem impossible but you’ll just have to be patient and persevere and you’ll get results. If you can learn something as impossible as what unicycling seems, how can anything else be tougher? There will be people who’d point and laugh and mutter about how silly and stupid your endeavor is but ultimately, it’s about humility. If you set out to do something, why bother what anyone else thinks? It’s about broadening your mind and realising that there’s a lot more to life than just settling for the constants and the norms. I think that’s what I really like about unicycling and I’m happy to have sought out and helped build a community that loves the sport as much as I do.
(Edit: I’ll be adding the rest of #100happydays on Twitter because it’s easier to get photos in!)
Everyone and their Pokemon these days are sharing these ‘geek love’ posts on Facebook proclaiming why they love geeks. Because I’m a jerk, I’m going to dispel all these fantastic, romantic notions. Before you accuse me of sour grapes, I’m probably as big a geek as you can imagine for the following reasons -
Anyway, the point is, I KNOW YOU GEEK LOVERS ARE ALL FILTHY LIARS BECAUSE I’VE NEVER RECEIVED THAT KIND OF LOVE FROM YOU GEEKS. Being geeky is cool? Bullshit. I’ve never been told how I should be the mother of anyone’s 42 children because I, like, know how to work my TI-82 calculator and all of a sudden, the internet spills over with 12938934 reasons why you should date/marry/copulate/be BFFs with geeks?
Dear Internet, I hate to break it to you but hey, here’s 5 reasons why you’re wrong about geeks.
You like geeks because you’re trying to tell the world you see beyond the surface. Tough. Let’s be honest here. Most of us ARE superficial. I’ll tell you that I am in a lot of ways superficial. It’s harsh but at least I’m not a filthy liar. You think that geeks look like this -
Or maybe they wear these cute little specs like I used to and got zero utility from because they’d steam up when you start eating and then I can’t see where you are and would look into the distance where I think you are and you’d think I’m weird because I’m staring into nothingness. Weirdo.
Fact is, we ALL would love people who look like these regardless of how geeky they are. Unfortunately, reality is a bit harsh and hey, these guys are legit geeks too. Come give them a hug.
Cool, geeks are problem solvers so hey, it’s an easy ride out. WRONG. Look, if I’m so smart, then what can YOU offer me that I can’t get elsewhere? It sounds perfect (to dumb people) – date a geek and he/she will solve all your life’s problems. No, it doesn’t work that way. If you aren’t pulling your weight, why the hell would I stick with you? There’s no such thing as a free lunch and that’s why Wendi Deng is still playing the field and why Hugh Hefner got all those playmates, although I have to say that Mr Hefner IS pretty damn hot in his youth.
See this guy?
You think it’s funny when you watch Big Bang Theory and you feel all soft and gooey cos he’s a big geek and you think it’s cute. Imagine that in your life. When you aren’t sitting on a couch with your ditzy friends to laugh at the situational comedy that’s unfolding. Involving you. As the butt of the joke.
Not so funny now eh?
Well on the bright side, you probably won’t understand half the jokes so maybe you won’t be so annoyed… although everyone would still be laughing at you.
I remember reading one of these reasons to love geeks pages and nearly died when one of the reasons was that geeks weren’t into sports nights. REALLY. I can list off the top of my head at least 10 people I know personally who can regale you with the stats on the latest sport of their choice. Remember, geeks hate people who stereotype and if you’re one of these people who think geeks can better relate to your hobbies because you’re too lazy to get some sun, well, remember, geeks realise too that we’re stereotyped as these people who’re low on EQ and we have no qualms about just leaving you at home for our soccer sessions because we know you’ll expect that from us. Statistics work both ways.
It’s cool to be friends with geeks because you can steal their notes for the next big exam or you can learn oh-so-much from them. Uhm, well no because if that’s true, you’d be learning tons from your compulsory education as it is. If you’re stupid, you’re stupid, period. There might be some mileage from association provided you’re hanging out with the right geeks but take me for instance. If you’re hanging out with me for smarts, well hey, at least you have me for company, no?
VICE has some pretty damn cool shock-umentaries and this is a feature on Kingdom of the Little People, a theme park staffed by dwarves in China. It interviews some of the staff who speak about how they actually like their working conditions because it’s a stark contrast to their rural, poor upbringing where they’re despised and mocked. Some of them have found love and the interviewees generally express fulfilment in bringing happiness to the visitors as legit entertainers.
It’s interesting for me because this is exactly what I’ve been arguing about various hot-topics. It’s easy to get caught up in the political correctness of the developed world and proclaim that everyone should be treated as equals or it equates exploitation. In most parts of the world though, it’s just a way of life and a better alternative than the situations of their birth. I don’t think it’s right for a bunch of enthusiastic activists to campaign for this-or-that without listening to the people involved.
Child labor for instance. If my family was struggling, I know for sure that I want to be out there playing a part in making our lives better instead of sitting around at home waiting for an education that’s never going to arrive at my doorstep. Education isn’t just about going to school and reading books. The argument against this of course is that if you don’t start somewhere to put a stop to exploitation, conditions are never going to improve but why are we forcing such grand ambitions on a bunch of common folk who are more worried about making it from day to day instead of saving the world? If child labor was a necessity, perhaps the solution should be to promote fair payment and work conditions instead of forcing an underground market where they can be further exploited.
Not everyone dreams of being the hero and sometimes, it’s okay.