But I digress...  

travelingintexas 42M
5/8/2006 10:09 pm
But I digress...

What was I saying?

I am sure I had a point...

Ya know... I watched that David Blaine thing... for two hours... Ummmm... The bastard didn't make it 9 minutes... FFS!

For those of you unaware... David Blaine was under water 9 days, then came up for air, then went back under and was supposed to break a world record, holding his breath for 9 minutes.

He missed it by a minute and a half or so. Funny, we have become so used to a neat and orderly tied up with a bow ending to a story that for him NOT to make the whole 9 minutes resulted in me being pissed that I sat there for two hours watching him sit in a giant goldfish bowl. Like I am not the real dumbass with the sudden need to buy tampons because the advertisers said so?

Am I that spoiled that I need my TV wrapped up in a nice little climatic moment? What does it say about me that I am cynical enough to beleive that he WOULD make it the whole 9 minutes and then was shocked when he didn't? Odd... part of me knew he could miss the mark, assumed he might not, but somewhere inside I just knew that since it was TV he would make it in the end. Damn humans... All fragile and everything....

Funny thoughts I guess but how true. Most of us, caught up in the every day ups and downs of life, would rather sit on a couch and scoff at someone that tries the unbelievable. The impossible. Sad really. I don't want to be that guy, but hey, it was TV.

Sound stupid to you? Him trying something bizarre? When is the last time you tried anything so out of this world bizarre that people looked at you funny? Raised an eyebrow at you? Don't you think it is time? Did those of you that did watch the special see Evil Keneval? (Sp?) Did you see how he spoke about "most" people? Almost with disdain he spoke of those that wouldn't break out of their every day lives, find some guts and do something crazy in their life? (Search Bunzzys blog for a great article on Evil K. )

If you read nothing else tonight, read the next paragraph and let it roll around in your head for a bit.

How would your life be different if you could live your life in a quiet indifference to those that will not attempt greatness, rather than the other way around? See... most of us live our lives indifferenct to greatness and are satisfied to stay that way, while raising an eyebrow at those that dare to dream. So I ask you again...

How would your life be different if you could live your life in quiet indifference to those that will not attempt greatness?

Just a thought my friends, just a thought...


rm_1hotwahine 64F
21091 posts
5/8/2006 10:33 pm

Fill up that page, yeah?

Yeah, I'm still [blog 1hotwahine]

Nightguy_1961 56M
4866 posts
5/8/2006 11:31 pm


I learned that there are three types of people in this world:

Those who make things happen....

Those who watch things happen....

Those who stand around & say, "What the hell just happened?"

Which one you decide to be is key....

NG61...fading back into the shadows....

elysianpleasure 48M

5/8/2006 11:40 pm

I feel better I thought I was the only dumb ass watching that...

Well at least I only watched the last 20 minutes...

I figured... the guy is in a fish bowl... I can skip the first 1 1/2 hours of this one...


EyeCandy33333 45F
761 posts
5/8/2006 11:49 pm

I watched it too.I loved how he was brought to tears by everyone appreciating what he had attempted.
I think everyone should live grasping and attaining their dreams-achieving all they can while here-Pink Floyd had a song about that-thought you'd have more time but you won't.
Not everyone will go for it though-but I can't imagine missing that excitement-that wonderment-yeah god-feel like I am taking an English exam and you want 8 pages-lol!

rm_saintlianna 46F
15466 posts
5/9/2006 5:56 am

You are right and now is the time I make my mark in the history books!!! Now where is my rifle.........

jadedbabe78 107F

5/9/2006 7:32 am

Hmmm, I am so glad I did not watch that crap....

What the hell was I watching...probably some other piece of mundane crap.


EyeCandy33333 45F
761 posts
5/9/2006 11:14 am

well-I was drying my hair...

GoddessOfTheDawn 106F
11240 posts
5/9/2006 12:24 pm

I think I was asleep during that....

or creating sum new dawn sumwhere....

TTigerAtty 63M

5/9/2006 1:20 pm

I was doing something much more important. Wasn't that the night Barry Bond #713? If so, I was watching the Giants vs. Phillies game. If not, I was probably blogging or drinking! (or maybe both)

rm_macallan4u 47M
968 posts
5/9/2006 2:57 pm

Great thought-provoking post! I wouldn't want to live in quiet indifference. Seeing others attempt greatness, in success or failure always inspires me to dream big and go after it. What is life if not a pursuit, a journey. Life as a bystander would be dull and boring, perhaps without heartache but without passion either...

rm_jackie40503 71T
1323 posts
5/9/2006 4:01 pm

Trav since I don't watch television anymore so I didn't even know he was attempting to hold his breath for 9 minutes. But being a scuba diver, and knowing a little about the subject, I would have been more surprised if he had made it. There is greatness in all of us if we would just let it out.


rm_cockmerollme 46F
1223 posts
5/9/2006 5:28 pm

Wait wait wait...hold the fucking phone....

People just assume that there isn't a quite hero-ship in living a good life. Working hard, paying bills, keeping your family together...

These are rare and dangerous things to do these days...not living for yourself..giving of your time and energy to others..for no personal gain..

That is why love St. Teresa the little flower.

Great things are little things done with great love.

Not all of us want to para-sail or extreme ski. Some of think that's just not us.

I think people just talking to people honestly, with no ego or pretension is dangerous.

We fear so much more than bodily harm.
Don't we??


rm_LilBlondeNZ 41F
1028 posts
5/9/2006 5:49 pm

Yeah, but everyone's definition of "greatness" is different.

My definition of greatness at one point was having money and a high profile career, chauferred car, a corner office and a D&G suit, being the best young commercial real estate attorney at my firm. Bigger deals, more billable hours, better clients, bonuses...

Now I have tiny moments of greatness...Getting stopped in the hall at the hospital by some old lady who remembered that I didn't hurt her too bad when I pulled off her EKG electrodes. That time I *didn't* collpse the souffle. Remembering how old Bulge's eldest daughter's tamagotchi is, and having her notice that I remembered. Passing a physics test I studied 5 days for. Raising a perfect batch of tomatoes.

Being paid a ton of money to sit in a fish bowl for a few days and not breath for a few minutes? That's easy.

Finding a career you love and are good at, living a positive existance, and having family and friends?

That's greatness to me.

Because when I die, I want to be remembered in people's hearts, not in the record books.


mangomamiCT 43F

5/9/2006 9:12 pm

How would your life be different if you could live your life in quiet indifference to those that will not attempt greatness?

Um quiet is the hard part

personal greatness can only be defined by the individual , I know I am offended by people who hang around and wait for life to "happen" to them

AGNJoe1 48M

5/9/2006 9:19 pm

Evil Keneval? Dude! That brings back HUGE memories! I remember as a little kid watching ABC's Wide World of Sports and watching him jump cars and the Snake Canyon. Wow! What a awesome flashback! He was da man back then brother!

Anyway, just stopped by to say hello, and let you know I reached my 180th day blogging here! How wild is that! Anyway, I hope you are doing well, and things are going good for you.



benibluetwo 48F

5/9/2006 11:22 pm


We are NOT supposed to look at others who don't achieve greatness with indifference? When did this happen?

I may live in a trailer park but it is the best one and I have the best trailer....and ALL my cats are the cleanest and nicest around. My 8 tracks are far superior to your stupid CD's and waiting in the welfare line just gives me time to network....pfffffffft....I am the greatest....who cares about athletes and movie stars and Bill Gates and the woman who will someday cure cancer....

Money and fame is nice but it doesn't make YOU nice by default. Athletic prowess is nice if you can also get that sweet multi million dollar endorsement deal after your knee blows out.

But the real question is: Is greatness measured in bank accounts or how many people weep that you are no longer with them?




barbiebunny 37F
5597 posts
5/10/2006 2:32 am

dude, i bet you watched "Al Capones Vaults 2-hr special" with Geraldo too


Its good to be...ME

rm_PurryKitty2 49M/51F
9753 posts
5/10/2006 3:54 am

I would have more time for sex!

Purry {=}


Peche85 32F

5/10/2006 4:40 am

I agree with the others, that to some people living in a fish tank for 9 days is nothing compared to what they face in their day to day lives.

I thought that since he is a 'magician' he had handcuffs which locked him in which he had to undo in 9 minutes and then he could get to the top? Or did they just pull him out so he didn't drown?

(Princess Lips)

5/10/2006 8:36 am

moral of the story-

tune in for the last 10 minutes..

*ducks the deep thoughts*


LadytoPleaseYou 65F
5447 posts
5/10/2006 8:48 pm

Well ...I didn't watch it, but from the way it sounds, I got a bigger kick from watching Chris Bliss..is that his name? juggle three yellow balls to the tune of "Carry That Weight", by the Beatles....it was awesome.....I don't know if they were actually his balls or not and if so, I don't know who ball the third one was.
btw...I have the link if anyone wants it just send me your addy and I will forward it...

PENIS CHARMING....where are you?

ThumbChickStool 34F

5/10/2006 11:35 pm

Ok, you texan freak. Your favorite Las Vegas native had no clue about the whold Blaine thing. speaking of having no clues, what happened to DTOX?

EyeCandy33333 45F
761 posts
5/10/2006 11:58 pm

personally -I liked the "ketsup effect"-luke sent to me-laffed my arse off!
I think-Just grip it and rip it!Sometimes you just have to go with it-whatever that is-whether it is in a record book or not(But someone has to break records and I think that is good.).The "quiet greatness"-I don't have to worry about-my Mom taught me long ago to have a good heart and somewhat I think it is just in you-the want to help others and care about them.
When you sit behind a desk and thinking I've gotta I've gotta(get this done quickly) and you look up and see tears streaming down their face-then, you put your pen down and apologize-then you listen and start trying to help anyway you can.Screw the deadlines!

wickedeasy 68F  
31113 posts
5/12/2006 9:49 am

there's an old saying

the people who say it cannot be done, need to get out of the way
of the people who are doing it

greatness is a broad term - and defined differently by each of us - what strikes some as pathetic, may strike others as magnificent

and i do believe that there is in each of us something instrinsically "great" that with the right nurturing will grow

You cannot conceive the many without the one.

FeistySyn 53F

5/12/2006 7:14 pm

In my best fake New Zealand-ish accent:

FFS!!... you are clearly watching too much damn TV!!! I didn't have a clue what you were talking about, had to Google it, ya spakker!! (though not sure I am entirely clear yet on the concept of what a "spakker" is, oooops)....

Apparently the depth of depravity here is bottomless... don't you feel right at home?

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