Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The Vain Blindsided Ego

Time once more for Mama Kat's Writer's Challenge.
This week the prompts are:
1.) You’re so vain. You probably think this post is about you…don’t you?
2.) Tell us about your trip!
3.) A difficult conversation.
4.) Can you almost stop time with your words? Write about the fastest ride you ever had, but describe only a few seconds of it…as though it was happening to slow motion.

5.) Who blind-sided you? Write about a time someone caught you totally off guard.

I will cogitate and then scribe, scribble, set forth, type, etc. on #1 and #5 for the nonce.

#1 - I don't think the post is about me, I know it is! After all, there could be no more interesting subject for a post than the illustrious trio of me, myself, and I.

Your post is about women's feminine products - it is still about me. I just know it. Even if your post is about some horrible TV show I have never seen such as American Idol or Lost or The Bachelor or ... I still know it is about me, if for no other reason than to annoy me.

Every since the moment of my birth, I've known that it is all about me. There was never the slightest doubt in my mind. But I am glad that you are finally catching on, it is tiring to keep reminding everyone to stay on topic -ME!!!

Now if you don't mind, I have to get back to checking out what everyone is saying about me.

#5 - Blindside

Verb1.blindside - catch unawares, especially with harmful consequences;

2.blindside - attack or hit on or from the side where the attacked person's view is obstructed
So let's go with a combination of definitions 1 and 2.

Way back in the time of the dinosaurs, I played football. It was so long ago that it was in the first years of allowing freshman to play on the varsity teams. I was one of the fortunate (or unfortunate) persons selected to play on the varsity during my freshman year. Given that it was the first year that frosh were allowed to play varsity, there was a certain amount of animosity from the upperclassmen about the intrusion onto their turf.

One fine day we were practicing kickoff coverage. You know, where you run like mad at each other from great distances with the goal of killing each other and then tackling the guy with the ball. The whistle blew signaling the end of the drill and I started to relax when I heard my name shouted from behind me. I turned just in time to be blindsided by the person whose place I had taken. He had a 30 yard run to get up to speed and imparted all of his momentum to me. I must have flown 20 feet through the air to land on my butt. Of course, the perpetrator was laughing his rear end off. He thought it was pretty funny.

I filed his poor behavior away under the revenge area of my mind and continued on. The chance for revenge came the very next day during practice, but I didn't even get a chance to do anything. Seems that his behavior wasn't well accepted by his classmates (and my teammates) and they took turns blindsiding him in every drill we did that day. He wasn't real bright and didn't catch on until near the end of practice and so suffered a number of trips through the air. I actually felt a bit sorry for him.

I never had another bit of trouble with him. It was a great lesson to me about the power of teammates.

Now I come prepared for all blindsides, for in politics and fund raising, everything is allowed. {*grin*}


  1. LOL!! Loved the vain prompt! You actually sounded like my brother. He used to tell me all the time while looking in the mirror as we got ready for school, "You almost look as good as me". LOL!

    That's awesome about your teammates!! That's the way it should be done. Glad you never had a problem from then on out :O)

    Stopping by from Mama Kat's!

  2. I love that cartoon....very cool!

  3. lmbo came by from Mama Kat's to check out the competetion errr fellow participators lol.. lmbo love the cartoon.. and see I wouldn't have waited I would have got his self righteous tail i the locker room... seriously..

  4. How can all the posts be about you when I'm pretty sure they are about me. Came from Mama Kat's to check you out.

  5. And this is why I'm glad I don't have sons. Football scares the crap outta me. Why would anyone subject themselves to being pummeled on the field? I can’t even type that with a straight face! I’m a hockey fan myself and love a nice clean check into the boards! Nice teammates!

  6. I live with two males who think it's all about each of them - is this a male-oriented, Alpha male kinda thing?

    I'd actually prefer that everything NOT be about me...especially the ads about incontinence protection.

  7. You are so funny Dan :D That was nice of everyone to blindside him for you!

  8. if i say you sound like a politician today would you take it as the compliment intended? (loved this post, well done.)

  9. I enjoyed your football story. Teammates can take care of problems.

    On a side note (and hopefully not becoming vain), I remembering running kick coverage drills and our starting center, who was talented but a lazy cheat, used a similar tactic on me.

    I don't think my revenge came until years later. He is now a home builder, and when my friends discuss building, cheating lazy guy is a name that I never bring up. I doubt that he has changed much and his work likely reflects the same quailities he showed in sports.

  10. The vain prompt was funny and because this is your blog you KNOW this comment is all about YOU!

  11. If you think it's all about you, you'll never be blindsided again. It's a win-win.

  12. Thank you for posting this post about me.
    I love knowing that EVERYTHING is about me.
    It is a nice way to live : )

    Ouch with the football. Oh. My.

  13. What a posetively EXCELLENT story! I loved reading this! THanks for the chance. I'm here from MamaKat's.

  14. LOST is a terrible show? C'mon, you can't say that without giving it a chance. Only I'm allowed to do that ;)


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