Important Rule in Life: When someone asks you “what’s up?”, it’s good to have something cool or funny to say.
A good thing to ask yourself at the end of each day is “What happened today that makes this day different from every other day I’ve lived?” So many of the days of our lives seem normal and insignificant. As a way of making them seem more meaningful, I like to observe what makes each day special. It makes future conversations more interesting.
Like today, I jumped in my Honda Element for the drive to work, and immediately I was taken back to the smell of the boys’ locker room from my high school in 1996. But there are never dirty clothes in my car and I never leave the windows down (in the event it had rained during the night) and there’s no carpet in my car at all. So why did my car smell like a sour milk sock? I endured the odor for 22 minutes until I arrived at work when I took a minute to sniff around, but to no avail.
Six hours pass and I’m getting my mountain bike out for my lunch break ride. And near the front of the bike tire, underneath my emergency hoodie, was a black-and-brown banana, wrapped up in a clear plastic grocery bag from Publix. And then I thought to myself, “So that’s where left that banana!” I’m thinking it had been there for around 16 days. It was so rotten that it was liquefying and running out of the bag. Good thing I keep emergency Wet Wipes handy.
That mildly entertaining story will become the copyrighted material of today. It’s why today is different than any other day of my life. Nothing too dramatic or life-changing. At best, just a reference I can make at some point in the future in a conversation with a group of friends where the conversation topic is “smelly things”. This day will live in infamy. And comedy.