You know what really grinds my gears?
Hypothetical questions with no real answer.
For example, recently one if my cronies asked me which network had a better lineup: A&E, The History Channel, or The Discovery Channel.This inevitably evolved into a discussion as to who would win in a fight, the Duck Dynasty crew, the Pawn Stars crew, or Todd Hoffman’s “miners” on Gold Rush Alaska. Thirty minutes and many hyperbolic statements later, it was decided that the Pawn Stars boys would win. Right before the battle, Chumlee would call up the motorcycle gang from Count’s Kustoms and they would so severely outnumber the other axes of power that the fight would not even commence. The Duck
Dynasty team grabbed a close second, but it was determined that Si would switch teams after a sweet tea bribe and sell out his family members. He would also likely employ his Vietnam era war tactics, which didn’t even work back then.
Essentially, this conversation wasted 30 minutes where possible constructive activity could have occurred. There was no tangible
result, no intellectual progression, and no positive outcome.
You know what else grinds my gears?
Manti Te’o’s ghostly significant other.
I do not care that he may or may not have fabricated her existence. I do not even care about his sob story with this fake girl’s fake malignant disease. I do care that this is consistently national news. The headline should have read: “Hawaiian Heisman Trophy Candidate Reveals Fake Significant Other.” That’s it, end of story, no need to follow up. Instead, we are stuck hearing every reporter from ESPN to E! talk about this. This is overshadowing the real news, like the state of Snooki’s child and what Angelina Jolie is naming her next adopted refugee.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what grinds my gears.