Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Why I Should Never Be Allowed To Invent ANYTHING.

When I woke up this morning, I saw the news. The news said it was 11 degrees outside with a wind chill of -5. For starters, and I know this has been beaten to death, but why don't they just say it's -5? If that's what it feels like, that's what it is. That would be like me walking up to you and saying, here's 50 cents, but in my mind I feel like I'm giving you $20. "Hey everyone, I just gave John $20! Aren't I generous?" Or maybe a midget walks up to you and says, "Boy, I feel like I'm 6 feet tall today!" and then you list him on your basketball roster as 6 feet tall because he feels like it. I really don't see how that helps make my point, but you're a basketball coach, and you should know better than to be bringing in midgets for any position other than mascot, and that's only if you are the Leprechauns or the...well, never mind.

"We can hoop, coach. For realsies."
Photo credit.

So anyway, I have this thought. I think, "Dude. There should totally already be something called "Personalized Climate Zones" where you just have the kind of weather you want in your personal space all the time. If you want it to be 75 and sunny, you can press a button, BAM, you've got it. Anytime. Genius, right? Then I start thinking about how it can be done. You'd need to manipulate atoms and electrons and positrons and Decepticons and what not, swirl em all together, get some sort of high tech blow dryer to pump them all out of, and then get sort of a force field type thing to hold them all in. You'd of course need a way to get fresh air in, but hey, I'm not a scientist, let them figure it out. 

On a side note, could we not make that force field have sort of an "anti-rape" setting? I'm really thinking that might help out the world a bit. You see? I should get the Nobel for this folks, and that's exactly what I was thinking when I figured this whole thing up. I was about halfway through my acceptance speech when I realized this:

"Warm moist air shoots upward meeting colder, dryer air.  Warm moist air is lighter than the cold dry air making for a strong updraft within the thunderstorm. As the warm moist air rises, it may meet varying wind directions at different altitudes. If these varying winds are staggered in just the right manner with sufficient speed, they will act on the upward rising air, spinning it like a top." -taken from here

You see, say I liked it warm and moist. I think most men do. I'll leave that alone and just continue making my other point. I like it warm and moist. The Missus might like it cold and dry. (again, this is not in any way representative of our relationship) So we wake up in the morning and we go about our business, set up our climate zones, and then we decide to have a good-bye kiss before heading off to work. Let's say we get excited about this kiss and start running towards each other. I don't think my wife has ever been that excited about kissing me, but I imagine it might happen if I won the lottery. Anyway, she's running at me, I'm running at her, and then lets say I jump to meet her, she stays on the ground, and aside from all the damage to her person I'm going to do by landing on her, boom, we just made a tornado.

All our possessions gone, for the sake of one good-bye kiss. The neighbors would be beyond pissed I'm sure, and we'd be banished from towns forever. Especially small towns in Oklahoma, Nebraska, Kansas, Texas, both Dakotas, and Arkansas.

Also, what happens if SHE jumps? I'll catch her, sure, but what about the ensuing microburst? I can't afford new furniture, y'all. I'm saving up for an iPad. What if we're near a lake or ocean when our excited yet deadly embrace of passion takes place? That's a hurricane. At the very least, we'd cause some sort of thunderstorm, and someone in the room would get struck by lightning, and that's not a good way to make and/or keep friends.

Then you have to go on and try to figure out all the other natural disasters that occur from two opposite or same climates hitting each other. What if Kid Funk liked it rainy and I liked windy? If we ever met up for a game of golf, we'd be ostracized from the golfing community faster than someone not as talented as Tiger cheating on his wife. What if we both liked it rainy? That's a tidal wave, and in all seriousness, I think we've learned from Indonesia that those are really bad. Was it Indonesia or India? Or was it Haiti? That was an earthquake I think. All I know is that I texted about $600 worth of donations to something or other completely by accident. "Hello, customer service? Yeah, I need to take some of that money back and apply to my bill instead...yeah, I'm aware that I'm an ass."

The moral of the story here folks is that I should never be allowed to invent anything at all. Ever. So if I come to you with an idea for anything at all, just give me a hug, pat me on the back lovingly and tell me that you love me and everything will be alright. I might act mad at first, I may even squeeze too hard on the hug, but at least we hugged without sending the state we're in running to the White House with cries of needing emergency funding.

"Hello, FEMA? Yeah, we've got this problem down here...I hugged someone." 


And that's the story of most of my mornings, and may or may not be the cause of why I'm constantly late for work.

P.S. Stacy, if you're reading this, I'm NEVER late for work. Ever. I exaggerate for the fans. Swear. Please stop reading.


P.P.S. If you're a fan, I'm late for work almost always. I have to tell my boss I'm not so I can keep my job. Swear.

7 comments:

  1. I think the Missus and I would get along great b/c we both like it cold and dry. Likewise, you and my husband would hit it off w/ the warm and moist. A-hem. And now I'll leave that thought alone and not take it any further.

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  2. You crack me up and God I have missed you horribly in the blogging world.. I need ya man like a fat kid needs cake..
    Umm I would need it warm and not moist cause I don't want ya thinking that. I am a cold blooded woman I tell ya, except when the hot flashes come and then I would start my own damn weather phenomena so you have to take PMS and menopause into that equation as well Travis darling

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  3. Trav,

    They have already invented the invention that you were thinking of inventing, then decided not to invent it because You inventing anything would ultimately lead to the destruction of the Earth.
    This invention which I speak of (that has already been invented) is called "Central Heat & Air" You see.... if you are cold, then with the push of a button you can make your immediate environment within the comforts of your own home warm again. On the flip side, if you get too hot, with the push of a button, you can make it cool down.
    Another invention has already been invented to take care of the sunny portion of the invention that you wanted to invent but then decided it best not to invent because it would ultimately result in the destruction of the world is - Indoor lighting. See... if you feel it is getting too dark in the comforts of your own home, you simply flip a switch and will have an abundance of light by which you can read, or write, or see the buttons on that heat & air unit which you are using to control the temperature.
    Oh, and one other thing.... the "Anti-rape" setting... well, a loaded shotgun placed neatly next to your front door should suffice. In the near future if you need any advice on inventions that should be invented, but you think might have already been invented by some inventor who went to inventor's school, just send me a message and I will be glad to help.

    Sincerely,

    Mr. Mateo.2000

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  4. Geez.

    Following up that last comment is like putting a post-script on War & Peace.

    Seriously, I've had posts that weren't as long as that dude's comment.

    Anyway, good stuff Trav. Doubt you get the funding for it in the middle of a recession, but good idea.

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  5. ...and BOOM! We make a tornado.

    I can picture this, and it's awesome. So long as you keep it betwixt your own two personal biospheres.

    Cannot quit staring at that ball players hair...

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  6. Travis, if you want to invent stuff like that, go right ahead, cuz in the words of my mama, "I'm still waitin' for my flyin car. They promised us flyin cars!" Until flying cars become the norm, I don't think we have to worry about personalized climates. ;)

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  7. Wow. Just, wow.

    It's a good thing you DIDN'T invent this because, man, I'd have to be changing mine all the time with my hot flashes. First I'd want it warm and sunny, then, boom!, I'd have a flash, and I'd have to have it cool, then, okay, it's gone, back to warm. How many times could I change it in a day I wonder?

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