The Art Of The Humble Brag

The Humble Brag by definition is simply this; A form self promotion where the promoter is, almost simultaneously, bragging about himself in the context of a humble statement or complaint. An example of this would be;

I love your new Chevy. I wish I could have a new car, maybe after I get done paying off my new boat.

For those of us that bares witness to this auspicious behavior, the definition is simply this…..ASSHOLE! Unless by occasion you are trying to apply the “Art” of the “Humble Brag” then of course its funny! Now if you are trying to apply this form of art, part of the task is getting the other person to know what you’re doing and truly appreciate what it takes to purposely work this art form into the conversation of everyday life. It’s just not fun if the other person thinks “you’re the asshole!

The Humble Brag can be a fun game to help you pass the day, if done correctly. So I thought I’d give you some more examples of just how this works.

Just like “ribbing” or “joking” with your buddy, the humble brag is used in the same manner. You may want to make fun of the fact that your friend couldn’t go to the big game last night , so you might say this;

Man my shoulder still hurts from that football player running into me while I was on the sideline at the game last night.

The “humility” of the statement is the fact that he got hurt. The “Brag” is the fact that he got to stand on the sideline. Be careful though, your buddy might respond with;

I had a bad steak last night, your wife is a terrible cook

What I did there is two things….the “Humble Brag” and got a little payback with some “Ribbing”…Always good to get some payback ūüôā I was listening to the radio the other day and they were talking about the band Coldplay.¬† Then they started talking about a “Tweet” of¬† Gwyneth Paltrow….by the way….Gwyneth Paltrow….HOT!!!

Her “Tweet” was this;

Who do I have to bang around here to get a copy of the new Coldplay album

If you don’t know this, Gwyneth Paltrow is married to the lead singer of Coldplay. I say to Gwyneth Paltrow….Good Humble Brag!

So the next time you get bored and you want to stray from everyday life, do something different ….Try the “Humble Brag”….just don’t be an ASSHOLE!

Tim

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Vintage Cafe Racers

I’m becoming obsessed with wanting an early 70’s Honda 350/360 Cafe Racer….My ideal one would look like this;

I’m not sure why….I think they look cool and for some reason I think I can build one. Either way it would keep me busy. To top it iff though….someone in my neighborhood has been driving past my house with one….not a racer but a scrambler (the sister bike)

It’s not hard to make a Cafe Racer out of this bike….Scrambler. It is virtually the same bike with a few modifications. Drop down handle bars, change the mirrors and add a cafe seat, and reposition the break and shifter on both sides back.

I’ve talked myself into believing I can do it. I’m sure I’d have fun building one… So if you see one that’s intact and the motor turns over….let me know

 

Tim

My New Definition Of Beautiful!

That’s right…I watched another movie and fell in love. I’m not sure why I liked this movie…its not the kind of movie I usually watch. Maybe I watched it because the people in my office talked about it maybe I was curious. What I found was the more I watched the more I couldn’t turn away. The mystery did draw me in but it was her that kept me watching.¬†She drew me in and I couldn’t take my eyes off her. The movie was pretty bad in spots, but the way she fault back her determination drive conviction for¬†being¬†who she is….her eyes!

How can the person above be the same as the two below? My friend Dave Foos would say”Conditioning”

I had an alternative name for this post…I thought about;

I Got A Tattoo Kicked The Nest And Played With Fire 

¬†Either way…can’t wait for the rest!

Tim

30 Spectators 4 Teams 3 Office Chairs….Success!

That’s right! we only had 3 race chairs but the 1st Un-Official Fremont 4th of July Downhill Office Chair Race was a Success!!!!

The morning started off like any other…with my alarm going off. This was not going to be like any other day though. The¬†forecast¬†according to Danny DeMoss (from here on referred to Double D or simply DD), HOT!!! with temperatures reaching into the mid 90’s by lunch. Race time forecast…DD…HOT! 80¬†degrees and humid. I start my day off with a protein shake bottle of water and 4¬†Ibuprofen…to calm the hang-over from the night before. I shower dress and load my Nate Brahier 797 Franks Kraut Depot Pizza Razor Executive Office Chair Racer into the Official Transportation Vehicle. Then the waiting begins…so does the pre-race butterflies…is my race chair good enough will it work will it crash will I get hurt…is anyone gonna show up!

9:00 comes 1 hour til race time….people start to show up at the CSYC. Its Bloody Mary time.

One Bloody Mary two Bloody Mary Whoooooh!!!! 9:45 we head over to Memorial Parkway for the start. We park and I walk to the start line, I am¬†surprised that someone had decorated the course with American Flags just for us! The other surprise is…there were people…lots of them. I was taken back to a time when I heard….Build it they will come….they did.

People came dressed in their 4th of July best, they brought families lawn chairs cameras and Bloody Mary’s…DD.

The came by car they came by foot they came by motorcycle and they came by bike. They cheered jeered and laughed. They along with me were surprised at the turnout. It was a somewhat unorganized mess of mayhem.

As it turned out, the day was filled full of fun entertainment and excitement. No injuries have been reported to the race committee..except a few scratches (me). All in all it was a Success!!!!

Watch the Official videos filmed by the Official Videotographer ¬†of the¬†Inaugural Fremont 4th of July Office Chair Race….Mr. Douglas Ash;

1st Race;

2nd Race

3rd and Final Race

And the winners are;

To see all photos from the Inaugural Fremont 4th of July Office Chair Race click this link; http://timhon2.wordpress.com/2012/07/05/photos-from-the-1st-fremont-4th-of-july-office-chair-races/

I only hope that our Brethren; San Clemente Office Chair Downhill Race West AKA The Half Mile of Horror http://officechairrace.com/ had as much fun!

 Until next year my friends fans and one night stands, live free drink plenty and have fun!

Tim

Update: 1st Ever Fremont 4th of July Downhill Office Chair Races

Well we are one day away and the excitement is building. I don’t know how many people will be racing…4-6 maybe more…I myself can’t wait. It’s as if I am acting like a child filled with giddy and joy. Who knows why I’m acting this way…maybe because I am a¬†man-child¬†or maybe I’m just looking for some¬†excitement¬†out of the ordinary…maybe I’m¬†fulfilling¬†my childhood dream of being a¬†race-car driver…<<<its just I’m looking to have fun…and make other people have fun too…thats all.

The Nate Brahier 797 Franks Kraut Depot Pizza Razor Executive Chair

Anyway…I’ve built my office chair racer according to the rules (more like guidelines than rules) and I’m going to roll it to the top of the hill on Memorial Parkway at 10am tomorrow (4th of July) morning…after a few Bloody Mary’s at the CSYC…don my German replica Punisher sticker’d non-DOT with chin strap helmet and take my chances with gravity. My hope is that …well I make it to the bottom…but 2nd that somehow for at least a while we (I) entertain myself and those who show up to see this¬†spectacle of mass¬†hysteria….or¬†embarrassment.

To those of you who participate and to all who show up to watch…I thank you. Hopefully this will be fun enough to carry on the tradition next year. I’ll be at the CSYC getting ready in the morning…stop by for a Bloody and come watch.

July 4th 10am Memorial Parkway (next to hospital) and take pictures…we might need it to remember!

Tim