Yesterday I was presented with a few YouTube gems that I just can’t keep to myself and though they have nothing to do with anything nor anything to do with each other, I thought it only right that I share.
First up is another one of those ‘this kid had dental surgery and now is rambling like an idiot’ videos that I tend to feel awful about watching, except that I think this one accounts for five of the most brilliant minutes of my life. There is something so genuinely touching about how engaging this kid is and how he speaks to and about his parents (riddled with hilarity, of course, including a touching moment when the medicated teen is denied Panda Express and offered ice cream) which makes you think this is just an elevated improv comedy version of the real person. But in all honesty, it’s worth the watch if just to hear a teen guy say ‘oh, I don’t know how I’m doing, I’m just crying and watching soccer’.
Next up is probably one of the greatest and most effective commercials I have ever seen…so effective, in fact, that I went to visit the website it is promoting even though it is for men’s razors. There is some word bleeping, a samurai sword, a jab at Roger Federer and a dance party with a bear, leaf blower and dollar bills, ya’ll.
I am still holding out for pictures from the big party that I flew out to San Francisco for this past week but it isn’t the only thing I got up to while in town. The night after the big event, we still found some energy to go out to dinner and to a Christmas party at a friend’s house. It should be admitted that by my last night, we were so exhausted that we watched The Birdcage, ate Whole Foods and had passed out by 9:30pm.
But getting back to the moment when we were ‘cool’. As our first choice for dinner that night had over an hour wait, we decided to take a stroll in the Mission and were lured into Etcetera Wine Bar by a very handsome waiter who was on a break outside. And it turns out that he paled in comparison to the food and wines that waited for us inside. It was more of a French tapas style selection, as opposed to proper meals, but oh my goodness. Allow it to be an indication of great food that I could only get a picture of it all after it was half eaten.
And then we continued to the party which featured a puppy named Grits (I had no idea that red labs ever existed, but I guess you can always learn something new even when you’re knee-deep in wine).
And I think it’s safe to say that I really loved returning to the birthplace of this blog, almost exactly 7 months after it first started. The last time I was at YouTube HQ for a visit, I had just quit my job, flown back to the States with no plan in mind other than to go out to San Francisco to see one of my best friends and was really just a hot mess of uncertainty. And in that moment, sitting at my pretend desk for the day at YouTube, I started Thrill of the Chaise. Now, I am still a hot mess of uncertainty but have moved to NYC, started school at Parsons and am enjoying the journey. But enough about that! YouTube this time, for me, was all slides and puppies.
SPOTTED: Geena Davis at the YouTube offices. Star of one of my favourite films of all time.
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