Posts Tagged With: Eccentric

Six Words You Need to Know

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Obviously I’m a writer. I have a blog. I am currently putting words onto the page. I’m definitely don’t have logolepsy, but I am a big supporter of the written word. And because of this, I have a bit of a word fetish. Certain words, when dropped into a conversation, make me pause and glance at the speaker with a coy smile. Bonus points are thrown about wildly.

Okay, so maybe I’m getting a little too far ahead of myself with all the glory and bonus points. But seriously, some of these bad boys are like little orgasmic bursts when you read them in a sentence. Anywho, check them out!

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Tzuris, (noun) – a very aggragated and woeful feeling of sadnessElla sat feeling nothing but tzuris, silently tearing apart the bouquet of flowers she’d received from John the night before they broke up. Not only is tzuris a beautiful sounding word, but it’s also exquisitely formed. Bonus? It is a sneaky good play for scrabble, because the rest of the letters are pretty darn common.

Wifty, (adj.) – a form of flaky that describes a person who always thinks that the grass is greener at the other party. Brian is a wifty fuck. He was with me all night until Barney suggested foxy boxing, and then bam, gone. This word is a favorite because it’s definitive of my personality. I’m always bouncing around locations, especially when drinking, and I’ve often been classified as wifty by my friends.

Eccentric, (adj.) – the interesting combination of craziness and intelligence that makes you stop and think, hmmm, that’s strange. He’s an eccentric young chap with all of his customized gizmos and gadgets. Well, you’ll see what I mean when you meet him. I don’t think I need to explain why this word is amazing. Like wifty and a couple other words on this list, it’s a primary describer of my personality, and for that reason, I love it.

Ineffable, (adj.) – indescribable with words. Sometimes I see a woman, and even I, the writer of writers, stand in awe at the ineffable wonder. As a word that contradicts itself, it is a natural favorite. I’m a big fan of playing devil’s advocate, and for me this word is the devil’s advocate of words. It is also quite useful, because one typically busts it out when there no other words come to mind.

Quixotic, (adj.) – overly idealistic in the face of troubling life situations. Mom, I know I’m being quixotic, but I will eventually find a job that pays well, challenges me, and makes me happy. I’ve always lived as a quixotic soul, and the above sentence was more than just an example. It’s a fact. I will find that awesome job, and I won’t stop being idealistic about my expectations.

Callipygous, (adj.) – having a beautifully shaped tush. My hometown bff Jen is undeniably sexy; mostly because she’s the most callipygous woman I’ve ever laid eyes on. As an ass man (like Mr. Tribiani) I am drawn to this word. It is as wondrously constructed as the booties it describes.

Anyway, I love words. As I discover other new gems, I’ll try to let y’all know.

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I’m 24. My yearly To-Do list.

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So I recently turned 24. That puts me in my mid twenties, and I’m not going to lie, I feel no different. In general, I enjoy life, but I’m not getting as much out of it as I would like. Like most 20-somethings, I’m going to try to organize my life. Right here. Right now. And this is my public declaration. You’ll all be keeping me to these things without doing a thing, so thanks!

Finish a book a month. Go through 12 classics I’ve never read, but should. Moby Dick, Catcher in the Rye, Great Gatsby, and others are potentials. Write about it.

Start doing push-ups in the morning before showering. Start for 25, and up this number when possible. See where you can be by the end of the year.

Stop hitting the snooze button. It is lost time in life. Enjoy the snooze button on lazy Sundays.

Learn people’s names more often. Also, try to awkwardmomentask  these new people more questions about their own lives.

Start wearing nice shoes to work. To start, buy nice shoes. Re-work the whole wardrobe I suppose. My fashion sense is quite eccentric in my clothing choices, and often I get odd things that I should have been convinced to avoid, so find a shopping buddy.

Get brunch with a friend at least once a month. Your mother can count as a friend. I got this one checked off early this month with birthday brunch.

Eat a salad once a week. Try to do it more, but no less than once a week. Some of you may scoff at me having just one salad on the list, but I’m working on it.

Listen to a new album of music each week. Write about it.

Get to know a bartender. Their name. Where they are from. What they like to drink. Always tip well.

Get at least one picture taken a month, with someone. Look good. At least try to look good.

Call family more often. Everyone says they won’t be around forever and to get to know your parents now, especially. I’m going to work on calling them more often.

Plan a Budget. Stick to it. Once a month. Do it.

Twelve things. That might be too much to tackle as a 24-year-old. But I’m going to try.

(Also, after publishing this, I noticed it was my 24th official post… I like the irony).

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Cruising USA

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First off, I apologize for not getting this post out on Friday when it was scheduled to be out, but my lack of internetwebs throughout the weekend pushed it back until now. So, here comes the first of the Eclectic of the Eccentric! Enjoy!

A few months back, I ventured out of the Podunk backyard of my Wisconsin home and I hit the open road with two buddies on our way to California. We had a trunk full of snacks and Gatorades. We had music picked out for the first couple key destinations and we had a lot of enthusiasm. We drove for about 72 total hours, and let me tell you, there are some crazy things that happen on the highways when you’re hanging out for such a long time.

So here are 22 things that you encounter on any good roadtrip.

1. Crossing Landmarks for the first time is always exhilarating. For us, we had one rider who had never been west of Wisconsin. His first sighting of the Mississippi river was full of excitement. As three guys, we didn’t take a lot of pictures, but he did make us stop at the Mississippi River and up in the peaks of the Rockies.

2. Glimpsing all the picturesque scenery that our great nation has to offer. Sure, the fields of Nebraska were pretty darn boring, but seeing the majestic woods and mountains was breath-taking in Colorado.

3. If you truly want to get a good night of sleep, bring a feather pillow. They’re much more malleable and in car sleeping, you need to have some maneuverability.

4. Keeping track of all the interesting vanity plates you see on the drive. It’s one of the many games that keeps a long trip interesting.

5. Speaking of games, some of the classics like Padiddle and the ABC game are continuous over the course of the trip, and you even get to bring in your favorites from other things, like the HIMYM classic ZitchDog.

fogged6. Drawing on the windows at night when they get all fogged up. It’s childish, but it’s another little thing that takes your mind off the 30 hours to go.

7. As much as you plan your trip, you’ll still be at the mercy of Mother Nature. You might encounter a freak storm while you’re crossing the Rockies that slows your vehicle to a snail-like pace of 5 MPH.

8. Passing all of the interesting signs along the way, that when you’re driving, brighten your spirits. We were just coming back into Wisconsin and this big barn had “On Wisconsin” painted on it, and we all got super excited to be on the home stretch.

9. That moment when you come up over a hill and are barraged with a field of blinking lights! These fields of windmills surprised the bejeezes out of me the first time.

10. As cliché as it is, driving barefoot really is the best.

11. At the beginning of a trip, everyone tends to attempt to hold in their flatulence, but as soon as that first little stinker squeaks out, all hell breaks loose and the windows need to go down.

12. Deciphering the terminology of a road trip party is very difficult. Random words replace common things, like Sammies being Semi-trucks. It’s almost as if a mini language is being created.

13. This may not be a rule, but I think it should be -> On the highway, from 2-4 AM, you should be allowed to keep your brights on.

14. Simultaneously seeing a shooting star at 2:33 AM with your driver and making early morning wishes… My wish of a safe journey did indeed come true.images

15. Taking the occasional whiz in a bottle to save time, especially in the wee hours of the morning.

16. Contorting your body into an unimaginable variety of positions to get comfortable. And failing every time.

17. The constant analysis of how much time is left before you get home, and what percentage of the drive already over.

18. Sometimes, people get car sick… and they need to throw up… on I-80… with their head out the window… going 85 MPH… Sometimes, people is me.

19. Enjoying the tiny interactions between your car and other people on the road. Waves, faces, mini races, and anything in between helps make the ride a little shorter.

20. Releasing the pee that you’ve been holding for a good 75 miles, and feeling like the Hoover damn just broke free.

21. Stargazing from the passenger seat at four in the morning in the middle of nowhere. It’s amazing to get away from the polluting city lights and being able to look up and feel infinite.

22. The final home stretch run.

There’s nothing quite like a good road trip. It’s part journey, part adventure, and it’s a blast with good friends, no matter the reason or the destination.

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