- Host: Name something that follows the word "pork"...
- Contestant: -CUPINE!
- Host: Huh?
- Host: Pork? He said, CUPINE. CUPINE! What?! What is CUPINE? This is the greatest answer I've ever heard!
- Contestant: It's #1!
- Host: Oh, I feel you! It's gonna be #1... on YouTube!
- Host: I bet every dollar I got that you're the only person that said, "CUPINE"!
No, I am not posting a video of myself getting soaked by a bucket of ice water.
This whole internet fad has gone a little out of control. I mean, okay, yes it has spread the word about ALS, but beyond that, what else? Do half the people out there that are doing the ice bucket challenge even know what ALS is? I feel that although this challenge has done SOME good in that people are talking about ALS, I feel that this idea/project has a couple of inherent problems.
- The California Drought: Ok, this one is the most obvious and probably the most talked about, at least on this side of the country. We’re already going through a drought. Our plants are dying. Crops and farming have not flourished, making food even more expensive. Instead of wasting a bucket of water and passing on the responsibility of donating to 3 other people, who will most likely do the same, I say forgo the challenge and just make your donation.
- ALS Awareness: Like I said, do these challenge accepters know really know what ALS is? I feel that the point of making these videos is to entice people to watch them and spread awareness about the disease. However, not one video that I watched (and granted, I only did watch about 20) said anything about what causes the problem, how it affects people, the percentage of people with the disease, etc. The only thing I’ve learned with the ice bucket challenge are the letters ALS and that some people have it.
- Passing Your Responsibility: So, if I understand correctly, if you are nominated, you have 24 hours to do the challenge or you must donate to ALS. Therefore, if people follow this model, then every single ALS ice bucket challenge video is someone else who is NOT donating (although I’m sure that some of them still are, regardless of doing the video, which is great) and giving that responsibility to someone else. That’s something I would definitely NOT be proud of nor something I would want to post for the internet world to see.
I’m not saying this challenge was a terrible idea. It’s probably done a great job and raised millions for the cause, which is great! I’m just saying that in hindsight, things are much clearer and maybe this could have been done a little differently.
So what else could have been done instead? The whole idea of a spreading internet fad is great because it does have a worldwide reach. If I were on the ALS fundraising marketing team, I probably would have nixed the water idea. ALS is a disease of degeneration of nerves that innervate muscles, causing loss of muscle use and atrophy. So maybe an arm wrestling challenge would’ve been another way to kick off this fad. One person challenges another to an arm wrestling battle and the loser would agree to donate a certain amount to the ALS foundation. That way, 1. there is no waste of resources, 2. every single video/challenge results in a donation, and 3. it raises awareness for ALS. Because, well, what on earth does getting soaked with ice water have to do with ALS? And let’s face it, who DOESN’T want to see an arm wrestling match between Blake Shelton and Adam Levine? Or Carson Daly and Ryan Seacrest? Or Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez? Or Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake? :)
P.S. No, I am not a complete db and yes, I despite my feelings against the ice bucket challenge, I did make a donation to a great cause.
I’m super excited, I can’t even contain myself. I hope that I don’t build up the hype tooooo much and then become disappointed, but I really can’t help it…I’m sooo excited for this vacation! So much so, in fact, that it’s still 18 days away and I already want to start packing. LOL.
Hawaii, here I come!
A drunken night out really brings out my true colors! Hawt damn. I really didn’t know how much I still love that guy! Boo.
So my ENT, whom I have the BIGGEST crush on, just joined Instagram. He is also now following me.
I can’t even function from my kilig-ness.
Ok, I understand that I haven’t been completely…oh, I don’t know? Accessible? But I thought we were cool, man. Why is it that I haven’t heard about a girl you’ve been dating for the last FIVE YEARS?!?!?
"…Even if I had the power to pull the moon from the sky and place it in the Pacific, I wouldn’t have the same power to make you laugh like he does. I wish you can give me that same kid of love at least but I’ll just be happy with what I got, I guess, ‘cuz anything with you is special in the first place…Remember, my caring for you will never diminish, no matter the time passed. I will miss you for you were a part of my family in Davis and a good friend. I hope the only tears that come from your kind eyes are tears of joy. Goodbye J."
KM. R.I.P. 2011.
Let me just say that I am crying and they’re definitely not tears of joy. I’m sorry for being such a terrible friend. And I thank you for all the little things that you did for me, even if I clearly didn’t deserve it.
The upside of being a pack rat is finding little momentos and pictures from years ago and reminiscing happily about events of the past.
The downside of being a pack rat is what happened to me this weekend. So, we were cleaning out the garage and I was throwing out a bunch of things from Davis, when I came across an email letter print out from a friend I met freshman year. Now, I don’t mean to dredge out things from the past, but reading it now, at this point in my life, has given me a new perspective on the situation. I know what you’re thinking, “Oh, that’s great!” Well, sadly, it’s not. There are some things that I would like to say to this friend and no matter how much I want to re-connect with him, I can’t. Apparently, he died of heart problems three years ago.
So now, what do I do? I thought that maybe I could go to his grave and talk to him that way, but my friend told me that he was cremated and urned…probably at his parents’ or brother’s house. Well, that’s quite awkward. It’s been a good 10+ years.
I am so lost, I don’t even know where to begin and who I can talk to.