Monday, October 27, 2008

That Guy Looks...um, Jesusy

They say that everyone has an exact double out there somewhere; a doppelgänger. Do you think Jesus had one? I'll bet he did. I see guys now who look like Jesus...or what we assume Jesus looked like.

That's another thing, what if Jesus looks nothing like the bearded guy we've become so familiar with over the years? What if we get to Heaven and it's like, "Who the crap is this guy?!" That would be embarrassing. Why do we think he looked like that anyway? There's no verse in the Bible about Jesus' appearance. They didn't have cameras or anything. Just word of mouth, so everything we think we know about Jesus' appearance could be heresay. Even if we did get the long hair, beard and sandals right, I'd bet a lot of money that he wasn't as white as people tend to depict him. It always amuses me to see people give Jesus really Aryan features; like he's related to the Swiss Miss girl or something. That will never stop being funny.

But back to the Jesus stunt double. Do you think he ever got questioned by soldiers, or if people ever followed him looking for miracles? I bet that got annoying. If I had been him, I would've totally shaved off my beard and figured out a way to dye my hair. I'd get tired of everybody saying, "You probably get this all the time--but has anyone ever told you that you look like that one guy..."

Occasionally, I see guys who look like Jesus. Don't ask me why, but I get nervous around them. It's kind of like how I have a hard time trusting really, really tall people...why are they so tall and what are they doing up there? When I see a Jesus-look-alike I find myself saying, "Why does he look so much like Jesus? Does he do that on purpose?"

I have a Jesus Action Figure. He has posable arms and gliding action. The gliding action is just some wheels on the bottom. I've always wished they were like the wheels on some matchbox cars--you know the ones where you'd pull it back and then let go and (through the magic of science, etc.) the car would zoom off? Those probably have a name, but I don't know what it is. Anyway, I wanted Jesus to have those so that I could just launch him at people.

I'll end with a Simpsons quote: "Ralph, Jesus did not have wheels." ~Sunday School Teacher

Thursday, October 23, 2008

How to be on Maury

During college, I developed a fondness for a fantastic piece of television called Maury. My roommates and I rarely missed one of his "Paternity Test Tuesdays." A few weeks ago, I got my car detailed and was lucky enough to kill some time in the Jeff's Car Wash lounge. Before the cashier's favorite soap opera came on, we caught an episode of Maury. It was the elusive "Caught on Video!" episode. Once in a blue moon, Maury will show nothing but a series of grainy clips in which unbelievable things happen. I found myself thinking, "how pissed would I be if I had gotten tickets to the Maury show only to show up and find that I was just going to sit there and watch videos?!" Answer: Muy pissed.

To the untrained eye, all Maury episodes appear to be the same--I assure you, this is not the case. There are a few standard show premises to choose from. Allow me to elaborate.
  1. Sexy Makeover Show: In this one, guys are complaining that now ever since their wife/girlfriend had a baby she has completely let herself go. These women will emerge from backstage more unkempt than you can imagine. It takes work to look this bad. Clothes that are 27 times to big (as my 2nd Biology teacher explained, she wore her husband's pre-Weight Watcher clothes because "they were still perfectly fine"), some sort of rats' nest excuse for hair, not to mention stains on the clothes. So then the women get sexy makeovers and burst through a "before" picture and their husbands are happy.

  2. Used to be a Nerd Show: It's the sexy makeover show, with a twist! People who used to be nerds have come on the show because now they're sexy and they want to rub it in the faces of all the haters. They hide backstage while Maury describes them to said hater and then they burst through the same "before" photo all hot and whatnot.

  3. Troubled Teen Show: Parents of bad ass teens come to plead their case to Maury because they're at their wits' end! The mom is going to cry and explain to Maury that their teen drinks, does drugs, has sex, gets in fights, etc. Then the kid comes out and curses out the booing audience. Then Maury asks them to confirm the rumors: Do they have a goal to be pregnant before graduating middle school? Have they had more than 8,000 sexual partners? Have they traded sex for drugs? Yes, to all. Once all the teens are out there, they find out they're either going to boot camp or prison. An intimidating individual such as Mad Dog proceeds to break them down until they're crying and swearing to change their ways.
And, my personal favorite: Paternity Test!! This is the most popular Maury show, they used to just be on Tuesdays but have since expanded. Women with Baby Daddy issues come to tell Maury that some deadbeat claims he isn't the father of her baby and is therefore not helping out financially. I have developed a formula for this particular show:

  1. Tell Maury that the man in question is most definitely the father.

  2. Split screen photos of the baby and the guy, then point out all the physical similarities.

  3. Next, the guy will come out and everyone will boo him while he shakes his head, etc. However, everyone will clap for him when he says that he will step up and be a dad if he is, in fact, the father.

  4. Now comes the moment in which Maury opens the envelope and reveals the results of the paternity test. This can obviously go one of two ways. Option One: You Are the Father. In this option, the women jump up and dance around and the guy acts excited to find out the news. The more awesome option is Option Two: You Are NOT the Father. Both guy and girl will jump up simultaneously, the guy will begin dancing his "I Told You So" dance while the girl runs backstage and flings herself on a couch, screaming and crying. Maury (and a camera) will follow her backstage and ask if she thinks she knows who the father is. She nods and says yes. Then Maury assures her that they will do this test as many times as she wants.

I can't believe I've forgotten the Lie Detector Test Show! It's pretty self-explanitory, people have suspicions (mainly surrounding adultery) and their signifigant others [stupidly] agree to take a lie detector test. Once, this super white trash woman (the bread and butter of daytime talk shows) explained to Maury what she would do if her suspicions of a cheating man were confirmed. Now, to get the full effect of this, imagine it being said in a super-Redneck voice (if you know me, ask me to imitate it). "Well you know what they say, Maury. 'To the left, to the left'." Of course, referencing Beyonce's then popular song "Irreplaceable."

While Maury lacks the complete shock value and hilarity (not to mention fist fights and chair throwing) of Jerry Springer, it does seem slightly more believable. But if you're interested in seeing Uncle Stosh (a man who allegedly shot the Easter Bunny during one drunken Easter celebration) explain that he once bet on a horse race and he "would've won, if the horses had been racing backwards," then you're going to want to tune in to Jerry Springer.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Here's the Dealio

I have been thinking about going back to school to get my Master's/Secondary Education Certification (although, according to John McCain, if I was in the military I wouldn't need that certification to teach).
It took a few more career disappointments to push me all the way, but I signed up to take the Praxis test on November 15th. It's the Spanish Content Knowledge test, and I've been told that it's hard, so I'm studying a lot.
That being said, my blogs may be a bit less frequent, which disappoints me...but I'm also really excited about these new possibilities! What really sucks is that I have lots of great ideas for entries and I don't seem to have the time to write them!! So, when I do return, expect a landslide of entries.
Wish me luck, and hopefully I'll be able to write soon!