Sunday, December 11, 2011

OMG Perspective

My teen son and I went on road trip last week so the orthodontist could tighten his braces for five minutes and charge me $250. My optometrist appointment, although cheaper, was also somewhat painful considering that Dr. Win taught me all about ocular migraines.

Yup, fun road trip.

Actually it was fun. My son and I share the same off-kilter sense of humour so we found a way not to fret about his teeth pain and my self-diagnosed impending blindness/impending stoke/[insert some other impending worst-case scenario here]. How did we do that? With the help of Scotland of course....

Before we left on our road trip yesterday, someone tweeted the "OMG trampoline" video and I was immediately hooked. Firstly, I apologize to Scotland. This is not a funny situation but something about the combination of imminent disaster and sheer lunacy engaged that immature 12 year old in my brain, the same one who would shove an entire toffee bar in his mouth just so he could a. maximize the sugar rush and b. glue his jaws together to impress his buddies. (Suddenly I recall the time I ate an entire tube of toothpaste, but I digress.) Anyway, I really do apologize to the Scots. Psychologically speaking, I guess my main coping mechanism with anything is to laugh first, ask questions later, and then wallow in my regret and shame indefinitely. I knew my son would cope in a similar way so I quickly shared it with him. His reaction? Ditto.

That's why I recommend this video as a sort of stress therapy for other pea-brains out there. How so? Well, as we learn from circumstances surrounding the man who shot the video, one's day could always be much much worse. Thus "OMG trampoline" has become my new catchphrase for much needed perspective.

I used it at McDonalds after our appointments. While ordering our food my debit card was repeatedly declined (apparently it expired last month). At the same time, I had a little reunion at the counter with a group of people I hadn't seen for years who suddenly found themselves about to pay for our lunch. Awkward. But my son paid instead. Later, we sat down, made eye contact, shook our heads at that embarrassment and had the same thought, "OMG Trampoline."
Yes folks, things can always be worse.

17 comments:

Alittlesprite said...

you've gotta watch those rogue trampolines.....
I know all about coping mechanisms..

Rubye Jack said...

WHAT! That was so funny! OMG Trampoline.

hcgboost said...

LOL! that was so dang funnnny!!!! OMG TROMP O LEEN!!!

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Sub-Radar-Mike said...

Oh the joys of orthodontics...

G said...

$250! wow...no wonder us brits have bad teeth

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Hahahahahaha! Random, man.

A Lady Reveals Nothing said...

Oh My God.

PokerLawyer said...

New motto, FTW!!

karensomethingorother said...

OMG did you know that totally happened in my own backyard? I think that's exactly what I said too as I looked out the window just in time to see the trampoline who swirling past.

Al Penwasser said...

That OMG trampoline video was frikkin' hysterical! Apparently, Aberdeen has a Wild Trampoline Safari Park and one of their inmates took the opportunity of a storm t make its escape.
I was first going to ask...you went on a ROAD TRIP to go to the optometrist and orthodontist???? How far from civilization do you live?

Mrs. Tuna said...

I am not a fan of Ocular Migraines, chugging Dr. Pepper on the onset seems like its done the ticket.

Nubian said...

Biting lip. Trying not to laugh. hee hee.

Nicole said...

I'm dying! Actual tears. I love OMG Trampoline as a metaphor for life. You complete me.

Ashley and Stephanie said...

I'm an American living in Scotland here to tell you that Hurricane Bawbag (which is Scottish slang for scrotum ... no really that's what they called it due to its irritating nature) was a serious, serious matter ... Nah just kidding it was a joke. I actually tried to go Christmas shopping in it — mind you the winds were up to 165 mph. I told my family they better effing appreciate their gd christmas presents. Haha great blog

-ash

Tom G. said...

I love it! I'm going to make "OMG Trampoline" my new catch phrase. So I can finally retire my last catch phrase; "Dirty Fucking Velociraptors"

The Chicken's Consigliere said...

Wow, the Scots seem to be experienceing what we here in the Northeast experienced during Hurricane Irene last summer. There were rogue lawn chairs and everything. I think a garden gnome might have tipped over in Massachusetts. Those poor people!

Teachinfourth said...

Man, all the best comments have already been taken.

I'll just say that I smiled then...

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