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Is Life Just Sorta Dull?

While watching yesterday’s Super Bowl halftime show, it hit me, “Fuck, life sure is boring.”

I mean, there I was, supposedly witnessing THE GREATEST SUPERBOWL HALFTIME SHOW OF ALL TIME!!!!!!!—thinking, “Ho-hum.” I mean, there was Beyonce, gorgeous and sexy and scantily dressed, rolling around a stage, watched by millions—and I’m thinking, “Ho-hum.” It’s the REUNION OF DESTINY’S CHILD! DESTINY’S CHILD IS BACK! YES!!! BACK!—and I’m thinking, “Ho-hum.”

So is life just sorta dull?

When I ponder this deeper, I actually flip it over. Yes, I found the whole thing awfully dull (plastic songs, plastic vocals, plastic moves). But what does it say about humanity that so many didn’t? What does it say that, in the days leading up to Super Bowl Sunday, Beyonce and Destiny’s Child were all over the dang news? What does it say that so many debated the halftime show choice? Well, Madonna was pretty good. Well, we can’t have a Janet-nipple thing again. Well …

Are we this bored … this in need of our time to be occupied? I mean, craps, one can watch thousands of hours of Beyonce with a simple YouTube visit. Not one of the performed songs was new; none of the dance steps were original. We all know the people rushing the stage had already rehearsed rushing the stage. We all know the gig had been practiced and practiced.

So why do we care?

Because we’re bored out of our fucking minds.


  • Agree. Gouge-out-your-eyes-skull-fucked bored.

  • Andrew

    Or, people like seeing their favorite musicians/performers perform live? Either one. Not sure.

  • Eric H.

    Jeff: It sounds like you are projecting your boredom onto the rest of the population. I could honestly take it or leave it when it comes to halftime (I ended up socializing with my friends and hardly paying attention) but it doesn’t bother me. It’s a show, it’s a spectacle, it’s uniquely American… in other words, it is what it is. I wouldn’t try to read too much into it.

  • michael

    i think it could have at least been slightly more interesting had any of the camera shots lasted more than a half second. even if i had been into the music there’s no way that cinematography could have kept my brain engaged.

  • The Mighty Quinn

    Boredom is the correct response to Beyonce. She couldn’t be assed to sing the national anthem? She deserves to lip-sync to an audience made entirely of mannequins.

  • Duncan Idaho

    I’d expected you to be a little less grouchy on a day you miraculously found your beloved missing glove.

  • Disagree. Not bored. Highly distracted. Like George Carlin said, sports and TV are used by the upper 1 percent to distract us from how badly we’re getting screwed and how quickly the proverbial pie is shrinking for the masses. People focusing on Beyonce’s gyrating rear end have less time to protest.

  • Steve s

    I think it may just be you(you are the guy whose favorite gloves look like the belong to the bums in coming to America )

  • Carl

    I agree with you. The halftime show was weak, I was thinking WGAF about this and wanted those 30 minutes of my life back.

  • Asherdan

    Life is as dull and insipid or as exuberant and inspiring as what you choose to fill it with.

    Don’t blame the rest of the world if you choose to shovel turds into your life. Conversely, if others like those same road apples you reject what skin off your nose is it?

  • Scott

    Yeah it’s such a shame you were given no other options on how else to spend your thirty minutes. Oh wait.

    Seriously you’d think after like five minutes of being bored you would find something else to do.

  • earl boykins

    so u hate beyonce’s halftime show and humanity’s bored? get a blowjob/climb a mountain/both at the same time, mate

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