My Life Changing Year – Day 15

Today’s assignment wasn’t really mine to do, but my friends and family. I was instructed to ask them to complete the following sentence:

What I don’t like about you, my friend/son, _________________. I hereby promise to disinherit/drop you by the end of the year if this hasn’t changed.

Let’s see what people see wrong with me:

  • … is that you didn’t call me when I got engaged; I thought you would.
  • … is how you always borrow my pink leather panties without asking.
  • … is that you are painfully romantic and it is excruciating to see you give your heart to those who are not deserving. I hereby promise to smack you upside the head by the end of the year if your pattern of choosing the wrong ones and getting hurt doesn’t change.
  • … is your tendency to be stubborn.
  • … is the fact that you cannot possibly be an asshole, no matter how hard you try.
  • … is that you tend to ignore reality for the sake of romance.

And finally, courtesy of my own mother:

  • What I don’t like about you, my son, is you are demanding, lazy, stupid and don’t love your mom. I hereby promise to disinherit you by the end of the year if this hasn’t changed.

So there you have it. A stubborn, leather panty wearing Romantic, who’s a complete and utter disappointment to his parents. In other words – a catch. Tell your friends.

Tomorrow: Give Yourself Up Day


My Life Changing Year – Day 14

Today’s assignment involved going through the entire day without your sense of sight. Scattered throughout the book are days like this one dedicated to each one of the senses.

The loss sense of sight is one which I understand well as, while I am not blind, I have had glasses since the third grade and have a very high number, making me very close to blindness. I can’t function without my glasses, as anything further than several inches away becomes a blur.

Luckily, I never broke my glasses without a spare handy, so I never had to face the option of being grounded and imprisoned. But it’s a fear I live with – what happens if they fall and I lose them? What if I happen to be driving at the time? It’s not on my mind 24/7, but it is something I need to take into account.

Sight is important, probably the most important sense. And when you lost it, or part of it, you only appreciate it more.

I also didn’t gain a radar-sense or abnormally acute hearing, which kind of sucks.

Tomorrow: List Your Bad Points Day

My Life Changing Year – Day 13

Transmission starts…

Validating…. validating…. validating…. Identity validated: Agent 174-2

Designation: Eyes only

The world is wrong today. Someone, somewhere, somewhen has changed something. You are tasked with finding out who, what, when, where and how and then restoring things to their natural order.

Mission paramaters are as follows:

  • Subterfuge – Granted.
  • Fraud – Granted.
  • Property Damage – Granted.
  • Lethal Force – Self-defense only.
  • Chronal Manipulations – Granted.

Beware blue t-shirts, they are not to be trusted.

This message will be revealed as mock “Act Like a Spy Day” within 457 cycles.

Tomorrow: No Sense of Sight Day

My Life Changing Year – Day 12

Dear Mr. Cage,

I have long admired your work, and in trying to signal one out, I struggle. I’ve written about my adoration for your work, and never miss an opportunity to praise your limitless acting acumen which just blows me away like that time you played a misunderstood guy on the run in Pick any one of Cage’s movies.

I’m no one in particular, just a time agent for Temporal Inc. from Neo-Boston XVII, but I thought I’d send you a link to this book. It’s none of my business really, but I read in the press recently you had problems because of people saying you’re a talentless hack who just keeps playing the same schtick over and over again. They obviously make all this up, but still, it sounds like you could use a radical life-changer. Follow this book’s instruction every day and you’ll get much more positive publicity, let me assure you!

Anyways, I don’t want to bother you any longer, as I have my own problems such as chronal infestation of Zombie Pharaohs all across the timeline and a mosquito that will simply refuse to die.

I urge you to visit and join us for your own sake. Good Luck.

Itai Rosenbaum

P.S. Hit me up on Facebook if you need to discuss.

Tomorrow: Act Like a Spy Day

My Life Changing Year – Day 11


Yes, you – you tentacled monstrosities. I am a human being – that’s those monkey-like creatures you slimey, green, googley eyed morons keep invading and losing to.

If our unadvanced asses keep beating you back (Doctor or no Doctor) – that doesn’t say much about you lot, does it?

So here I’m saying it – you all are morons. Complete and utter imbecils. You probably couldn’t teleport your way out of a biflorian carriage spacecube if you wanted to. I bet your spaceships can barely interlace an unreticulated ion-sphere. Yeah – I went there. Your progenesis lifeblood is probably no smarter than a three legged Curisaxitone. You guys are so stupid, that when you arrive at a trans-temporal flux gate, you don’t even bother checking the quantum probability matrix for possible divergent alterzones.

Basically – bite me, alien boys.

This has been Insult an Alien day.

Tomorrow: Recruit a Celebrity Day

My Life Changing Year – Day 10

Double digits!

Today’s mission was to do a “runner” or, as I know it, a “dine and dash”. For those unfamiliar – a dine and dash is when you go to a restaurant, eat, and leave without paying.

One of my running jokes is when I go to a restaurant with family/friends, we finish eating and I look at everyone, make as if I’m about to get up and say “so, dine and dash?” The book wants to deprive me of that joke. I won’t let it.

Also, I was at work all day long, and the only way we can eat is if we bring our food or order a delivery. I didn’t feel like starving today.

Tomorrow: Insult an Alien Day

My Life Changing Year – Day 9

So, today’s mission involved accepting my mortality by checking off things I’ve done on a HUGE list. I guess the point was to realize that there are some things you will just never get around to. Reading the list however, has just motivated me to get it all done. And I’m well on my way. The following is the items I have already completed, or well on my way to completing:

  • Learn Italian (not done yet, but only because the class conflicted with my schedule. Will be accomplished within 3 years)
  • Write that novel/screenplay (I am a writer, after all)
  • Compromise
  • Pretend that everything is all right
  • Follow this book rigorously (Exhibit A…)
  • Learn how to drive
  • Call your mother “Ma” (It’s how I answer the phone when she calls…)
  • Become an artist (see item #2)
  • Bite the dust (will do it at least once)
  • Move to Japan (April 2012, it’s in the plan)
  • Invent a cookie (you just don’t want to eat it)
  • Become grumpy when old (a likely possibility)
  • Ride a camel
  • Use a semicolon (again with the being a writer)
  • Speak in tongues
  • Become a fanatic
  • Save the world (there was an incident involving time traveling Pharaoh zombies…)
  • Be heterosexual
  • Stand and speak up for your rights (Ok, I may have been sitting down)
  • Talk to strangers
  • Start a fire
  • Order tap water
  • Grow a beard
  • Be on TV (was an audience member, but still)
  • Feel like Batman (Every. Single. Day.)
  • Become a Rock Star (I beat Rock Band’s Career Mode, so…)
  • Be drunk during office hours
  • Contemplate suicide
  • Break a promise
  • Get a tattoo (Iron Fist dragon on my right shoulder, second on the way…)
  • Go on a field trip
  • Take part in a brainstorming (how best to defeat Pharaoh zombies)
  • Ride a donkey
  • Proclaim yourself Emperor (the French refuse to recognize it, for some reason…)
  • Live within your means
  • See your face on banknote (I see things sometimes, have I mentioned?)
  • Start your own religion (Fictionism. Says so on my business card)
  • Experience an earthquake
  • Hibernate
  • Take a vow of silence (failed.)
  • Take a vow of chastity (failed.)
  • Move someone to tears
  • Tie the perfect shoelace knot (daily)
  • Reject society (daily)
  • Meet your great-great grandchildren (again, time traveling Pharaoh zombies…)
  • Suffer a fool gladly (otherwise it’s just double-standards, really)
  • Think up a new swear word (you’re floozle right I would)
  • Escape your past (you know the drill by now… Pharaoh zombies…)
  • Master the remote control (I pwn that bee-atch)
  • Make a pact with the devil (my soul for immortality)
  • Wish upon a star (to get out of my pact with the devil)
  • Tell your deepest secret
  • Feel ugly
  • Feel pretty (and witty)
  • Sniff superglue (possibly once too many)
  • Whistle while you work
  • Become a superhero (see: Batman)
  • Make a leap of faith (trip, fall)
  • Live to tell the tale (see, above)
  • Forgive and Forget
  • Crush grapes with your bare feet (and bear feet, too)
  • Sup with Satan (you don’t sign away your soul without dinner first)
  • Travel back in time (do I really need to say it? starts with ‘Pha”, ends with ‘ombies’)
  • Think the unthinkable
  • Come out of a black hole alive (cheapest way to time travel)
  • Predict an eclipse (it just didn’t come true)
  • Wear a cape (no self-respecting superhero goes out without one)
  • Spot the Invisible Man (he’s behind you)
  • Do the Rubik’s Cube
  • Acquire a hard-ass nickname (Itai “Princess Margarine” Rosenbaum)
  • Ooze charm (please…)
  • Howl at the full moon
  • Find your self
  • Other (I’ve done plenty of ‘other’)

Tomorrow: Dine and Dash Day