we are books and our covers are ridiculous

April 26, 2009 at 8:46 pm 7 comments

i must have had a bout of insanity the other afternoon because i bought a pair of sunglasses.

it is a well known fact that sunglasses are useless. first of all, all sunglasses eventually get sat on, crushed, or lost. the more expensive the sunglasses, the quicker they are to meet their demise. also, wearing sunglasses while it is sunny out will leave your face looking like panda bear’s. i really don’t see the point of wearing them. after all, our tribal mastodon-hunting, fire-inventing ancestors didn’t wear coverings over their eyes and they got along just fine, even while spending much more time than we do outdoors. but most importantly, wearing sunglasses makes you look like you belong the set of “the fast and the furious,” which is to say that you will look like an absolute cock.

this bothers me because it signifies a recent trend of people becoming more and more defined by increasingly insignificant things. for example, it used to be that the car you drove said a lot about who you were. for example, if you drove a porsche, then you were having a mid-life crisis. if you drove a lexus, then you played golf. if you drove a hummer, then you dined on bald eagle egg omelets and burned rain forests on free weekends.

nowadays, the program on your television says more about you than peoples’ cars ever did. think im wrong? consider this: when someone admits they absolutely are obsessed with “deal or no deal,” everyone within earshot automatically judges this person to either be clinically brain-dead or from the deep south. similarly, people who watch “american idol” have horrible taste in music, viewers of professional wrestling are illiterate, and fans of “the real housewives of nyc” have no friends.

this really is a shame because we end up judging people before we can even get to know them. despite my rather cynical entries on this blog, i do believe that the majority of people are not window licking mentals and a good number are worth getting to know. if you really think about, all of our closest friends were strangers to us at one point. so next time smile and say hello to the person behind you in line at the grocery store, even if they have bought only bean sprouts and recyclable tofu.


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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. k  |  April 27, 2009 at 3:35 am

    sunglasses help me play softball.
    sunglasses dictate whether i wear contacts or glasses for that day.
    transition lenses are even more ridiculous.
    i lick windows sometimes. do you still love me?

  • 2. caveman  |  April 27, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    our tribal mastodon-hunting, fire-inventing ancestors also had great teeth supposedly from gnawing on rocks… maybe that should be the next trendy thing to do

  • 3. panda no more  |  April 27, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    a find a combination of sunscreen applied to the face and sunglasses avoids the panda-fication process. I personally don’t like the idea of getting sunburned corneas.

  • 4. winnie  |  April 28, 2009 at 12:51 am

    editorial note — you should have brought your rant right back around and ended with a reference to sunglasses.

    hahah, i’m kidding. i’ve been editing too many student papers. i should become a copy editor!!!! sigh???

    this was a hilarious read. love the observations.

    your bean-sprout loving, tofu eating friend,

  • 5. Faith  |  April 28, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    I totally judge a book by its cover. I really like looking at book covers..i like the smooth ones..or ones with simple pictures / designs and clear/simple font..not the cursive-y font…and not the pictures of the author on the front.

  • 6. Lsquared  |  April 29, 2009 at 2:54 am

    uhhhhhhh i don’t think you and i can be friends anymore.

    TRASH TV RULES…and yes i just yelled that in your face.

  • 7. kate  |  May 13, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    i actually agree. I think generally we as a whole are quick to judge people for their appearance, something we overheard, something completely superficial and for what reason? it’s amazing the power of a simple smile in someone’s day.

    i enjoyed your read. thanks.


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