Sunday, June 22, 2008

Posters


Before I actually start writing what I am about to write about, I would just like to point out that this is extremely embarrassing for me!

I was out at an LA beach with Tyler today. He and I were planning on catching some waves and then hanging at the beach for awhile with some buddies of ours. After we were all sufficiently surfed out, we decided to grab some eats at this local restaurant that is known for the ridiculous amount of surfer/skater paraphernalia they have strewn about their establishment. The food is decent and the prices are cheap, and they have a pretty lenient shirt/shoes optional policy, so basically the place is kinda awesome.

Anywho, I guess its time I get to the crux of my drama. As I have stated, this place is full of surfer/skater shit. One of the things in this establishment that has EMBARASSED me for years is this poster of yours truly! It’s not really featured in a prominent location, but I have always known it was there, and I signed it for the owner blah blah blah, and so forth. This poster has been there for years, and I guess that even though I acted like it as stupid and embarrassing there was a small part of me that was also a little proud of it. I liked walking into this place on occasion and seeing myself emblazoned on the wall! It’s an extremely surreal experience and it always gives me this awesome internal smiley feeling seeing it.

I am not sure which one of my friends pointed it out while we were eating, but my poster had been unceremoniously removed and replaced with one of Ryan Sheckler. As if having my poster removed wasn’t bad enough, it had to be replaced by an 18yr old MTV reality star, and a pro-skater on top of it just to add that extra sting! So of course the entire meal was dedicated to giving me a hard time about how, “the mighty have fallen”. I tried to play it off like I didn’t care, but for some reason, I REALLY DID CARE! Then of course I felt ridiculous for getting even a little worked up about something as trivial as this, but I still couldn’t shake being a little upset about it!

I honestly had this total diva moment in my head where I had an internal monologue totally going off on the people that worked there! Something like, “I am a local boy at my local eatery and I want my GOD DAMN poster on the mother fucking wall as I enjoy my meal! Is that to much to ask!?” After thinking this in my head I was finally able to laugh it off a little and let it go for the most part. Nothing lasts forever, and I have given up competing so this was bound to happen eventually. I feel like such the drama queen for even letting the affect me a little. There are people starving in Africa and dying in the Middle East, but for 10 minutes during my meal today I was completely crushed because somebody took my poster down! Sometimes I can be so irrationally emotional I kind of feel like a chick PMS’ing.

This Jack song kind of took on a new meaning for me today...

4 comments:

John said...

You had an honest response to an unusual situation. It is okay to feel pride for your accomplishments especially when you have achieved as much as you have. If I had a poster of myself hanging in public, I would drag everybody I know to see it and I would talk about it to the point where everybody would be annoyed by me. You are a humble guy so you can cut yourself some slack and allow this indulgence of feeling indignant over the removal of your poster. In your shoes, I most likely would have cried.

Darren said...

lol That's undoubtedly hilarious :) I would have definitely done the same thing. And Ryan Sheckler, of all people! That sucks so much...

Trevor said...

Look at you in the pic you are so friggin cute! You look so tall [and *ahem* blond] in that poster of yourself! But seriously that's AMAZING! I know the exact restaurant you are talking about. I want to feel bad for you, but it does all seem a bit silly. I am surprised with you I had no idea you were so full of yourself! I guess RGB is a lot more human than I thought...

Jason said...

hahah! Ryan Sheckler! that's sooo funny that I can't stop laughing and it actually hurts! pobrecito! Part of me feels semi bad for you because the situation really does suck. But mostly I just want to make fun of you because that Ryan Sheckler deal is just soo embarassing!