I love recommending good web-sites, particularly home-grown blogs that put their own creative mark on the world. 1,000 Awesome Things was immediately added to my RSS reader (more on a later date) when I found out about it, and they never cease to put a smile on my face.
The premise is simple: take commonplace things that we might experience fairly often and remind us of how awesome they are. Here are some examples of what you can expect:
#211 When you’re walking next to a fence or railing and you stick your finger or a stick in there so it clangs over and over.
It’s like playing a harp with only one note.
Even those of you over the age of 50 must admit that you do this when no one is looking.
Another of my favorites:
#216 Putting your ear on someone’s stomach and hearing all the gurgling.
It’s the sound of life.
Listening to the sound of a stomach chowing down on a greasy hot dog is listening to the sound of a body filling up with energy. Ketchup, mustard, pickles — they’re all magically getting transmogrified into molecules of you and molecules of poo. Amen, sing it to your mama.
Putting your ear on someone’s stomach and hearing all the tiny fizzpops and spin-gurgles having a blast on the inside is a strangely beautiful moment of intimacy and an ear-twinkling moment of
#221 Using your keyless entry remote to find your car in a big parking lot.
First, there’s nothing.
You mindlessly walk into the Sea of Cars from the mall and start tapping your remote over and over and over again into quiet and silent night. Foggy memories of parking near the pizza smell by the back slowly hit you and you groggily stumble forward like a zombie … deeper and deeper into the concrete bowels of the lot. Yes, wedged between the door handles and tailpipes you’re a Parking Lot Disaster until — suddenly! You hear it! Getting closer!
If I’m not mistaken, Matt from Mattflies.com introduced me to the site, so hopefully I’m paying it forward a bit by letting some of you know about it.