Versus: Part Two

Hello Flysters! It has been a hot minute, right? Well, I promise I have a good excuse. Probably the best, most relevant excuse in the history of 25toFly. I MOVED.

backseat tetris

I can finally add “experienced in backseat Tetris” to my resume.

A whole month before the deadline I set for myself a year and three months ago, I finally moved. In light of the exciting news, I have revamped my about page, lined up some surprises, and launched the Boost YOUR Ideas page. Thank you for coming along this journey with me. I couldn’t have done it without your encouragement. Now on with the stuff that kept you reading in the first place…

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If you aren’t up to speed with my versus experiment, you can check out Part One here. Basically, I have discovered that humans have absolutely no idea what we like or don’t like or why. My first set of versus observations involved food and beverage. Today, I have a few other categories to explore. Get a napkin before I blow your mind.

Broadcast Entertainment Vs. Owned Entertainment

My DVD collection isn’t exactly vast, and I cringe every time I see the face of Kristen Stewart blankly staring up at me from the special edition case of Twilight that my mom gave to me as a gift three years ago. Out of the few movies I do own, 99% of them were given to me or accidentally stolen mysteriously manifested themselves on my DVD rack. This is because I do not buy movies. The only movie I have ever purchased in my life is Bridesmaids. This is because I do not watch movies more than once. And you can’t beat Maya Rudolph shitting in the street.

I don’t watch a movie more than once, unless of course it has carefully been selected by network television and airs back to back over a weekend. I’ve seen the movies Ghost and Dirty Dancing approximately 1,456 times… each.   The Notebook is on FX you say? Get the fuck out of my chair and don’t touch my popcorn or else you will be the one with memory loss after a swift elbow to the noggin. If any Adam Sandler movie is on, you can basically assume that the TV has absorbed me like that little girl from Poltergeist. Oh yeah, poltergeist, that’s another one.

poltergeist

Jack is obsessed with Tom and Jerry. How adorable.

Had I owned any of these movies they would be collecting cat nip dust on a shelf. I guess I just can’t enjoy my movies without the painful interference of bad commercials and censored words like “BLEEP” and “BLEEP”.

Radio Vs. Ipod

Here we have a similar phenomenon. With an Ipod and Pandora Radio app on my Iphone, you would think I’d never run out of something to jam, right? Wrong. About a minute after I urgently cough up 99 cents for a must-have song that I will out play to the point of nausea, I am just as soon shuffling to the next crappy song to avoid puking on my steering wheel. Repeat cycle.

Pandora is a whole other beast. Whoever decided that you only get five skips within the hour is obviously the type of person who eats the same bowl of cereal for every meal. Gross.

Recently I bought and downloaded that song by Mumford & Sons and accidentally fell asleep with it on repeat. When I woke up, I felt as though the hemispheres of my brain had fused together and every time I tried to form a sentence all that would come out was, “I will wait, I will wait, I will wait”. Needless to say, I swore off the song forever. Ten minutes later, as I was driving to grab a smoothie, I realized I was beaming rays of kitten kisses out of my ears as I giddily sang along with the very song I had just banished from my life.

What gives?

Your Cat Vs. My Cat

Speaking if kitten kisses, I will leave you with this last enigma. As everyone must know, I have a cat. He is quite famous actually…

DWIGHT CAT MEME

Cat and snake = cake

Sure, I enjoy petting my cat (shut up), but for some reason it never compares to petting someone else’s cat (shut up!). Maybe it is the uncertainty of whether or not the unknown cat will enjoy my advances or try to slit my wrist with its claws. Maybe it is the excitement of newness and the unknown. Maybe I am just secretly resentful of Jack’s fame.

What kind of weird versus situations do you find yourself in?

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Becca Cord is a twenty-something year old southern ballerina turned humor writer and video editor. Having lived in Louisiana her entire life, she is now perusing her travel dreams while starting her own free-lance Web Marketing business and organizing a nation wide blogging event, Blogger Interactive. She believes one of her callings is making people laugh, and she intends to do so. You can find Becca on her personal blog, Facebook page, or Twitter @becca25tofly.

Posted on June 26, 2013, in Humor and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 53 Comments.

  1. Go radio.

    You might be too young to understand the “shared experience.” When we were kids, once a year we would see something on television like Winnie the Pooh or Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Also throw in The Wizard of Oz and the 10 commandments. The shows were not just special because they were special, but they were special because we knew half of the country was watching at the same time. So to be put in a DVD of a great movie doesn’t mean the same as what it did when we all watched it on television together.

    At one time I had roughly 1,000 movies in my collection. First thing I did was run out for classics like Animal House and jaws. Then I started on collections like Steven Spielberg films and trilogies like back to the future. But I have not played them very much , some never played at all, because it just isn’t the same. Kind of like sitting in a movie theater all by yourself.

    With things like Netflix and Redbox, owning movies only wastes both space and money. Unless it is a film that I know I will throw in at least three times a year, like Monty Python and the Holy Grail , I don’t see much sense in buying them.

    Same goes for radio and iPod. I like knowing other people are listening to the song at the same time, even if it is not one of my favorite songs. Having ten thousand songs at my fingertips makes them less special. I kind of like the randomness of what might pop up after the next commercial. And I don’t mind the commercials either because there is always another station to switch to. And when you reach my age, or half of it, You might spend more time listening to talk radio and an exchange of thoughts and ideas instead of Music, which is more of an exchange of things that we either hate ( Like all of the songs about a girl who dumped a guy) or will never have ( Like all of the rest of the songs that are about a girl who did not dump a guy.)

  2. I think Jack got into the laundry detergent again. Bubbles are coming out of his mouth when he meows. He’s licking his nose and lips right now. Oh shit, he’s doing the techno kitty dance thing! No! Oh no…

  3. Becca,
    At work, I have to be careful not to get drawn into the age old hospitality battle of “Us vs. Them”.
    At home, the old “Super Heroes vs. Vampires” battle wages on…

  4. The only DVDs that I own that I ever watch are my Law & Order box sets. Yep, I’m that much of a loser that I can’t get enough of it even AFTER the unending marathons on USA.

    Also, if I woke up to that Mumford & Sons song, I would need some serious therapy. On the upside, you’ve probably really learned how to wait for someone.

  5. Great blog, really like your writing style

  6. OMG. I am totally the same on owned and broadcast movies. I can’t believe the sh*t I’m able to watch on TV – often repeatedly. And why, why?!
    Maybe it’s because it *seems* that TV is fleeting and it might never be on again, contrary to your DVD version. And yet, you know it’s gonna be on again. You just know it.

    • Pixie you explained it better than I did! It is definitely one of those feelings like you just stumbled upon a once in a life time viewing or something. So ridiculous!

      • Talking of which, saw Hurt Locker for the fifth time last night. Well, at least I love that movie. But the fact it’s always there in my instant LoveFilm subscription and I never played it is a different matter…

  7. Great post – if you’ve never done it listen to tennis on the radio – bit like the bowling scene in The Big Lebowski but very rewarding

  8. I just discovered Pandora (late bloomer) and was giddily skipping and thumbs downing songs on my “Destiny’s Child” radio station when it told me I had passed my limit for this hour (15 minutes into listening) I was so upset and am now wary of potentially skipping a so-so song and having to sit through 3 excrutiating minutes of a song i hate.

  9. Outside in the sun v. inside on the couch. Inside on the couch almost always wins.

  10. Mr. Weebles and I have a bunch of DVDs that may as well just be drink coasters. We never watch them. But at the time, WE HAD TO HAVE THEM.

    When you’re petting someone else’s cat (hee), do you find yourself comparing the softness of that cat to Jack? I do. I think “He’s softer than Cupcake” or “She’s fluffier than Slinky.” Why is the cat always softer on the other side? Will you please tell me?

  11. I am also your polar opposite in the broadcast versus owned category. I don’t even have cable, and I can’t remember the last time I listened to any music that wasn’t owned by me in physical form. My favorite movies and albums (of which there are hundreds) I will watch or listen to over and over. I guess I’m kind of a hoarder, but I am an organized and tidy hoarder.

    I love cats though. ANY cats. Cats are awesome!

  12. I don’t have a huge collection of DVDs, but do own a few. I don’t have cable or satellite anymore, so I end up watching them over and over again. I have Netflix, but hate watching movies on my computer. If I was more tech savvy, I would be able to watch the Netflix on my TV, but alas I am not. When I had satellite, I would do the same thing, sit through the same thing over and over again, ad nauseum. I think it might indicate a touch of insanity!! lol

  13. There is a bit of futility to buying DVD’s. At least, it is in our house. We buy it, watch it, then it goes on the shelf. One Xmas passes, then another. Eventually, it ends up being reconsidered when we’re doing Spring cleaning and needing more space. 9 times out of 10, it gets digitized, then sold. I think you should digitize Jack, then sell him for a few bucks.

  14. I teach film and students often say something like, “Oh, man, your movie collection must be HUGE.” But I don’t really see the point of owning a movie just to show that you like it and must therefore possess it.

    Ads on radio drive me insane. I do love hearing new things, though. Aaaaand, on the flip-side of that, sometimes it’s nice to put the iPod on shuffle and think, “Hey I like this song. I like THIS song, too! Wow, another good one! I have such great taste!”

  15. WHERE DID YOU MOVE TO??????

    I love to watch movies a zazillion times – so we own a TON of DVDs – and I love to re-read books and listen to the same CD for months on end. We are polar opposites on our tolerance for repetition…tolerance for repetition…tolerance for …

    Pete & Repeat were on a boat,
    Pete fell off and who was left?

    Hee hee…

  16. Try iHeart radio instead of Pandora. You’re welcome.

  17. I definitely think you’re on to something here. I almost NEVER watch anything we own — been there, done that. LOL.

  18. As promised, my mind is BLOWN. You are so right, especially about TV/movied. Here’s one: me saying I take public transportation and other people saying they take public transportation. …They’re gross, but I’m pragmatic.

  19. Cat petting….lol.

    I was lamenting just yesterday how I always have to skip like 57 songs on my iPhone before I find one I want to listen to. I put all the songs there!!

    I don’t know if this counts, but when faced with a cake versus cupcake decision, I’ll always choose a cake. My wife insists its the same thing, but they’re not. They’re different, and cake is better.

  20. Totally agree about the broadcast vs owned entertainment. Your DVD collection sounds like mine, and if I feel like watching a movie, I’ll look through my DVDs like “Seen that…seen that…seen that…seen that…there’s NOTHING here for me to watch!”, but if something comes on TV I’ll be like “Oh yay! Pretty Woman again!”.

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