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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Learning to Love My Dysfunctions - The Titus Way

Hello Internet People!  How is everyone doing today?  I am starting to actually feel almost human again.  Still weak, but getting stronger everyday.  I have just been sitting here listening to some Podcasts  from Christopher Titus, one of my all-time favorite Comedians.  If you have never heard of him, I am so very sorry for you, but you can follow the links and make up for some lost time.  I absolutely LOVE the man, he is even more fucked-up in the head than I am, and he makes a living from it!  That to me is genius in itself!  He is rude, crude, and even more socially unacceptable than I am, and even though I may not agree with him on every topic, I find him to be one of the funniest men of my generation.

I have never really taken the time to listen to any podcasts from anybody before.  I get so burnt out from the noise the TV makes all day that I have a hard time subjecting myself to more noise, I just want quiet.  I don't even listen to music very much anymore, for the same reason.  For some reason, today, I needed a distraction.  I tried watching TV, there were a couple of decent geological themed shows on, and then, there was crap.  I tried playing on Facebook, but they are so fucked-up this weekend they just piss me off.  Sure Facebook, none of the 5,000+ pages that I like posted a single thing for hours at a time, and then I get three whole new posts.  Even having 50 different special Newsfeed lists, I can't get them to show me fucking anything new!  It is so frustrating!

So when I am mad, and bored, and not up to doing shit, I turn to Titus.  The man is a nut!  I only listened to the beginning monologue on a few of his Podcasts, most of them are like over an hour long, and I don't have that much time right now.  But his monologues are the fucking best!  He calls them "The Armageddon Updates".  Dude is so pissed off, and happy at the same time, I cannot help but get drawn in until I am laughing my ass off wishing I could remember how to breathe!  Now I know not everyone appreciates the same type of humor that I do, but I figure if you enjoy my humor, we can't be too far off in what we find funny.  By the way, his tagline for the Podcasts? - "Never Unbiased and Always Unbalanced" - sounds a lot like me doesn't it?

The more I think about it, I think he played a big part in my learning to accept and enjoy my own dysfunctions.   I have written before about the influences that George Carlin and "Weird Al" Yankovic had on my formative years, Titus didn't come into my life until much later.   But, where George and Al helped me see that being different from everyone else was okay, Titus helped me learn that my dysfunctions could be fun too.  They didn't have to be something I was ashamed of, if other people can't understand them, that's their problem.  My dysfunctions are part of who I am, I earned them, and I might as well get something out of them.                            
Everyone has their own dysfunctions.  Some people deal with theirs better than others, Some people try to pretend they don't exist.  Everyone has their own way of coping with the fact that they are human.  Of course the vast majority of most people's dysfunctions are figments of the imaginations of marketing experts whose careers depend upon making everyone feel less than what they really are in order to sell them what they need to be better.  It is a completely ridiculous cycle that most people seem unable to resist, even when they know it is all bullshit.   

I don't want to play that game anymore.  I will just stick with the dysfunctions that I enjoy, and let everyone else do the living up to somebody else's manufactured ideas of what they should or should not be.  I couldn't do that shit when I was a kid, and I sure as hell don't have any interest in doing it now.  


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