I am very big on the catchphrases. Maybe it’s because I was a wrestling fan growing up. Maybe I’m just nuts. Maybe it all applies.
You’ll remember back a few months, I unleashed one of the greatest catchphrases this blog has ever seen: THIS IS THE WORST DAY OF MY LIEEEEEEEEFE!!! Some of you, actually more of you than I would have ever expected, bought the corresponding t-shirt, and that t-shirt also went on to win second place in Darth’s t-shirt contest.
Just in time for Christmas, I’ve been working on the next big thing. (Sure, you can scroll to the bottom and get to the punchline, but I can assure you, you’re going to miss a lot of good shit)
But first, I need to start at the beginning.
You’re probably wondering, “who the hell is Skip?”
Well, so am I. But to ease your curiosity, here’s everything I know about him.
My father used to take us to his friend’s Italian restaurant in Wurtsboro, NY a lot. There, I became friends with the restaurateur’s son who freelanced as a DJ. There were many regular customers to the restaurant including a middle aged family with a son (Skip) who seemed a little younger than I.
Around the time when I was 18, we went to the restaurant for a New Years Eve celebration. My friend was the DJ for the evening. The only problem was that the area in which he set up his surprisingly professional DJ equipment, which also was adjacent to and at the same height as the dance floor, was weak. Not weak enough that you’d fall through it, but weak enough that as you walked over it, you could feel the wood boards sink. You can imagine how it would be with a sold out restaurant (capacity approximately 65) dancing all over it.
That evening, Skip got his name. He was dancing so hard and so fast and so hard that he was making the CDs skip.
Also on that evening (it could have been another evening, but for the purposes of keeping the story simple, play along), Skip gave me some unexpected and odd words of encouragement. You see, there was a time (just before college) where my dream was to one day become an orthodontist. Having had some strange orthodontic problems worked out, it seemed like the best way to make thousands of dollars for doing milliseconds worth of work. We all know how that turned out; I almost immediately majored in chemistry in college, went on to kick ass in graduate school, and now make a passable living doing chemistry.
All I can say is “Ohh kids!”
Well, that night, for some weird reason, this came up in a conversation with Skip and his mother. While I was explaining my grand plan, Skip stopped me. He put his hand in my face and said, “you wanna do something, nothing gonna stop you.”
And here’s how ridiculous it sounded:
So, in honor of Skip and his constant need to motivate people and break audio equipment and media, I present the next derryX.com catchphrase!
If you’d like to win one (and I’ll mail it to you so it hopefully arrives before Christmas so you can hang it on your tree or menorah), leave a comment with the best motivational quote you’ve ever heard. I will decide who wins based on an algorithm that I come up with in my brain, and will consider all responses submitted before 12:00am on 12/10/2011.
Get creative, but don’t look far (if you know what I mean).
I will announce the winner and winning quote in the week that follows.