Wednesday, October 01, 2008

I Do Have a Heart

There has been a running joke between me and my friend Jason that I'm not really human.  He's seen me interact with many folks and there are times when I can be quite an asshole.  I tend to be especially heartless with improvisers who pull the whole "everything is beautiful, everyone is right, hugs save the world, criticism is evil" act.  There have been many times when I've called out these people and tried to hold them responsible for their actions.  I never sugar coat it, and I don't usually realize that it comes off as very harsh in the moment.  Because Jason is a good and kind person, he does realize this.  Because Jason also has a delightfully twisted sense of humor, he also enjoys it.

One day as we were reveling one of my asshole moments Jason said something like, "I love when you try to help the humans."  Since that time I often refer to others as "the humans."  However, for all my assbaggery, I do still have a heart and there are some things that can tug at my emotions.  In fact, there are quite a few rather embarrassing things that make me cry or bring me to the brink of tears.  Below you will find a list of those items.  Proof that I am human - or at least that I've learned to mimic human behavior.
  • Those "We are the Fighting Irish" commercials they play during the ND games that feature a ND student, grad or faculty member that is doing something good for people.
  • Whistling the ND fight song after they score a touchdown.  I discovered this on Saturday during the ND-Purdue game.  My dad used to whistle the fight song after ND scored and it always reminds me of him.
  • This.
  • Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World"
  • Those wonderful little children at Birch Camp.
  • Extreme Home Makeover
I'm sure there's more, but that's all I can think of at the moment.  I'm going to to hug someone.

1 comment:

  1. Wow that Hugs video is oddly captivating and emotional.

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