As much as I enjoy keeping this site a going concern the time it takes to do so has made The Tanner Ba’ my only creative outlet when it comes to writing and, well, that’s just not enough me. You see, sometimes I want to write but I neither want to write about football nor want to search for something football-related to write about when the choices leave a me a bit cold. Or, to put it in perhaps a more positive light, sometimes I’m excited to write about other things!! So, this- “Off Topic with WeeFuse” is going to be a thing at The Tanner Ba’ going forward- probably on a weekly basis. Topics will vary, length will vary, tone will vary. Today I’m going with brief, mischievous, and musical.
In my workplace there is a very simple rule, he/she who arrives first controls the music until such time as he/she cedes control or leaves for the day. While there are grave social consequences for violating this rule (good old-fashioned Amish-style shunning being a popular choice), that does not mean that those not in control of the music on a given day have to hold back their opinions. In fact, pointing out a colleague’s questionable choices is de rigueur in most cases. Knowing that there will be almost constant scrutiny of ones choices means that one must choose their playlist wisely and keep track of those upon whom they must seek revenge for their criticisms. For example, there was a day last week when one of my colleagues expressed a dislike for the Black Keys. My response at the time was, “Duly noted.” The next time I was in control of the music I started the day by playing 87 Black Keys songs in a row (no, I’m not joking), because that- as the kids say these days- is “how I roll.”
If you’ve made it this far you’re probably asking yourself, “Where is this going?!” Well, I’ll tell you. My favorite strategy when somebody else is in control of the music is to make sweeping- though generally true, in my opinion- negative statements about the artist(s) in question. My goal is not to anger my colleague, but to leave him/her sputtering, exasperated, and generally unable to formulate a logical or coherent rebuttal due to the the enormity of my critique. Today I’d like to share a few of my favorite “verbal hand grenades” with you and I invite you to use the comments section to sputter away. Be forewarned, some of these are COLD!
Now, before you think I hold myself above the musical fray, here’s what I’ve been listening to recently- mock away!!*
*This may be difficult as my musical taste is impeccable.