Today I would like to introduce you to my favorite game. Eric and I made it up, and we play it quite often — whenever the perfect situation strikes us, it provides the great jumping-off point for a lengthy discussion. The game is simple and based on our shared belief that there are some things in life that just walk a very, very fine line.
Are you ready to play?
This amazing game started after a conversation regarding being That Guy who shows up a tipsy to his kid’s Little League game. Now, when we were kids, this was seen as terrible behavior, discussed in disapproving tones by our parents. But as we grow closer to that age, Eric and I started to wonder….is it really so bad? Is going to happy hour with your buddies and then watching your kid play baseball on a beautiful summer day the worst thing ever? Or is it…Totally Awesome?
Here’s another one: Getting kicked out of the National Honor Society in high school. Rock Bottom…or Totally Awesome?
Try this: Getting caught having sex in your sorority house a week before graduation by the House Mom. Seriously Rock Bottom? Or a Totally Awesome way to finish your career as a sorostitute?
Totally Awesome vs. Rock Bottom is, of course, one of those things like art vs. pornography — it’s so hard to define, but you know it when you see it.
Sometimes the answer is obvious. One of us will present a situation and the other says, “Rock Bottom! How could you even think there would be anything Totally Awesome about meeting your future husband or wife at Wal-Mart?!” (On the other hand, I consider meeting on Craigslist Totally Awesome.)
Other times, the answer is more complicated. I’ve found that what was Rock Bottom a year ago might now be Totally Awesome because it’s “ironic.” I mean…consider the mustache. I’m not saying I personally think it’s Totally Awesome, but it’s worth debating.
Since I know you guys will totally get this game, I’d like to now turn it over to you. I’m sure you have witnessed or experienced some of those fine-line Totally Awesome vs. Rock Bottom situations, so I’d love to hear about them in the comments — and if you’re not feeling particularly creative, I’d love for you to just weigh in on the situations other people propose in the comments. You guys never fail to be Totally Awesome in the comments, but I have a feeling today is going to be particularly special.