If Aziz Ansari ever asks you out over text and uses a few too many exclamation points for your liking, do him a favor and just tell him you’re busy. As he told Jimmy Fallon in this awesome clip about his dating life, when it comes to one-sided textual chemistry, silence is THE WORST.
Aziz, as usual, gets me. Silence is awful. Just say something.
I made this.
One thing I’ve just more or less decided (I’ll just take this from my facebook):
I’ve always liked Anthony Boudain. After spending today reading about him, he’s become one of my heros. One day, I’m going to write a book like this. Well, no, more like Bourdain’s TV show Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. Go for the adventure, seek out the food, and learn about everything else. There’s my tagline, more or less. And I’m being totally serious.
The book I’m referring to is A Cook’s Tour, Bourdain’s second book.
When I was in high school, as a Junior, I didn’t know what I wanted in life. What I wanted to do, what I wanted to be like, or really what I liked at all other than sports. But I loved international relations, liked the idea of working for the State Department, and loved everything about Washington DC. I spent some time, a week or so, at Georgetown for an international relations program. It was hard to get in to, and I loved it. I almost went there. I applied to the School of Foreign Service. I was wait listed, though based on classmates who got into the College and the Business school (not SFS, it’s a separate department - you must pick one to apply to off the bat, unlike most schools I have experience with), I’m fairly certain I would have had I not applied to SFS. Anyways, I always had it in my mind I’d go there for grad school, and then… do something. But, after four years at IU, I didn’t want to do anything that the money Georgetown requires really was worth. So, I never went and have no plans to. But I have thought, from time to time, that a graduate degree from SFS, or some program like it, could have some merit to my grand, high arching plan of somehow applying sports to culture in it’s many forms, and using it as a tool to bring people together, somehow. I know that sounds corny and cheesy and you hear it all the time, but I do believe it’s true. I also believe the opposite is true: sports brings out our worst, rips us apart, and incites anger and mistrust. In short: sports is a reflection of ourselves. It can bring out the best and the worst. Could I learn something, or would I benefit from spending a few years studying international studies and focusing on this? Maybe, but I’ve decided that at the moment, no, probably not.
But what if food was involved? And travel? And sports? American ballpark food has had some great items lately. But man, we could do so much better, if American’s weren’t such shy little people. Except you know, not little, because we’re fat. And this doesn’t need a graduate degree. It just takes some interest. I’m just saying, the wheels in my head are turning right now. Everyone, all over the world, we all like food. We all like sports. At the very least, I just need to get out there sometime. And write, even if it’s just on here. Not even write. Just… share. Try and excite and encourage others to do the same. The more you explore, the more you learn and understand.
Able and adventurous. Be that, and we’ll be better off.
Anthony Bourdain: Burma farewell -
With the slight relaxation of control by the government of Myanmar, Tony is finally able to explore one of the most fabled and beautiful areas of Asia.
Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown is a great series on CNN. All episodes are available online. This is a link to the first episode, on Myanmar.
The show begins with a Bourdain voiceover saying:
Chances are, you haven’t been to this place. Chances are this a place you’ve never seen. Other than blurry cell phone videos, or black and white news reels from World War II. Chances are, bad things were happening in the footage you saw. Myanmar: after 50 years of nightmare, something unexpected is happening here, and it’s pretty incredible.
I give big credit to CNN for seeking out Anthony Bourdain to make this show and bring it to their network. CNN’s mission to bring us the news of the world has a limit: the degree to which we can understand those on the other side of the camera. The only way to truly appreciate and understand them, their perspective, and their lives is by digging in and experiencing what they experience. First hand experience is unlikely for most viewers, and even for the most able and adventurous, impossible to do so for every country. This show can help there.
About the show specifically: it’s a travel and food show. It’s what Anthony Bourdain does and loves. And it’s why I’m such a huge fan, because I’m the same way. Burmese food is simply delicious, if you’ve never had it. But there’s nothing simple about it. It’s so complex, and just great. Try it, and after seeing the food in this episode, I’m sure you’ll want to.
Just adding to what I said above: I’ve actually never watched the show before today. Boudain’s tumblr is one of my favorites, for both content and how it looks, and he’s been talking about how great tonight’s episode on Libya is for a while. So I set a series recording on the DVR, and sought out the previous episodes online. Luckily, they’re all there on CNN.com. I watched episode one, and man did I love it. The interviews with different locals, the perspective they try and give you on local history and politics, the food, the summer nights in a different country, the FOOD (it must be mentioned again), I loved it all. I can’t wait to watch the rest of the episodes.
Summer nights with good friends and good food are my favorite things ever. I love the fall, the spring is nice, and walking around in the snow is lovely. I truly don’t mind any type of weather or temperature. But warm summer nights with clear skies and a slight breeze, nothing beats that. All I want right now is some spicy Southeast Asian dish, a nice light import beer from the area, and a girl to take there. Two things that are important to me: able and adventurous. I don’t care if you’ve never tried something or know nothing about it. But please don’t tell me you can’t, won’t, or don’t trust new things because they seem foreign. Let me show you some new things, teach me some new things, and let’s try new things together. That’s what I want. Like, now, please. Please? Yes. And yes, I have someone in mind. Blah.
I really do want spicy Southeast Asian dishes with beer right now. How great does that sound? And a sweet smile. Yes. It’s 77 degrees outside, no clouds, it’s perfect. I just wish late night eating was more common here.
NCAA Lacrosse quarterfinals at Lucas Oil Stadium - UNC vs Denver
Pacers beat Knicks to win trip to the Eastern Conference Finals, IU Baseball wins first Big Ten Championship since 1932, and Indy native Ed Carpenter wins the pole for the Indy 500. Pretty great sports Saturday.
Go get it #BorgWarnerTrophy #Indy500orBust #Indy (at Indianapolis Motor Speedway)
James Hinchcliff signed my shoe. Right colors, it was basically a must. (at Indianapolis Motor Speedway)
Indy is just the pits. Pole Day! (at Indianapolis Motor Speedway)
I am such a nerd. Star Trek Into Darkness in IMAX 3D! (at AMC Indianapolis 17 with IMAX)
Field trip to @indyeleven!
Don’t spend time making yourself sound important. You won’t fool anyone who matters.
Playing in fountains never gets old (at Fountain Square Fountain)
oh god this is what heaven must be like
“I think I overcommitted with 9”