There have been many songs in the history of songs which include the instructions on how to do the dance…from the twist to timewarp (which is a parody on action/word songs). These songs make everyone happy because everyone can join in and everyone looks as silly as everyone else.
I remember going to a youth club where some guests came and we all did the cha cha slide together. It was awesome.
And so now we have ‘Watch me! (Whip/Nae Nae)‘
The song is basically ‘watch me’ followed by a dance move such as ‘whip’ ‘naenae’ ‘superman’ and ‘bop’.
This has inspired me to invent a game/compose a song.
For the game, stand group in a circle and give the group a topic eg bible characters; superheroes; animals. Each person then has to say ‘watch me’ followed by something from the topic eg Samson, Thor, Frog. They then have to do a dance move to represent that thing – Samson running his hands through his hair and then pushing over the temple columns, Thor calling lightning from the sky and aiming it at something, Frog…self explanatory. Then everyone has to join in with the dance move before moving onto the next person.
For the song, take the best ideas from the game and put them into a preformed order.
I can’t see any reason why this shouldn’t be the best game/song ever created
1) You could hit them with a stick. They wouldn’t like it and you might get some joy out of it. However, they are unlikely to become likeable just because you’ve beaten them up a bit.
2) Positive reinforcement tactics as seen in The Big Bang Theory and from Science. Whenever the person does something you like you reward them with say some chocolate. This should link the good behaviour with the treat and make them more likely to continue the good behaviours. However, the rewards need to be given quickly and often in order to reinforce the behaviour. This could be difficult if you are not always around the person. Perhaps, starting a positive reinforcement group to help to continue the rewards system.
3) Fight them, realise you are really quite similar, team up to destroy a bigger enemy as seen in Star Trek. Spock and Kirk hated each other and could not get on at all but after much, much fighting, they soon became the bestest of friends and fought together to destroy many space evils. However, if you fight in a public place you may just get into a lot of trouble before you can team up to destroy the bigger enemy. Also, you have to make sure that there is a bigger enemy in order to unite you.
4) Ignore them. Attempt to have absolutely nothing to do with them. Cut them out of your life. This works best when the person is voluntarily in your life. This is more difficult if the person is a work colleague or a neighbour.
5) Attempt to kill them with kindness. Everything they do, every horrible or dislikeable thing they do, just smile and be super overly friendly to them. Hopefully, this will lead to them realising that they are not getting you down and that when they act horribly they just look stupid. This is a long term method and may not lead to the person realising how sucky they are. However, it could lead to other people thinking you’re a really cool person and buying you chocolate.
6) Explain that they are acting inappropriately and that you really feel that they should stop it. Often the horrible person will not realise that what they have done is inappropriate. They may change. They may not but at least they know that you think they suck.
7) Dance to the music of Nsync. This always works.
Language can be a very confusing thing, especially English apparently.
At work, we had a lady from Spain who spoke English pretty well but was still confused about many of the things we said. For example, the difference between lunch and dinner. Depending on who she was working with the mid-day meal was either described as lunch or dinner, or she’d be invited out for an evening meal and it would be described as dinner.
But it’s not just non-native speakers who get confused over English and word meanings. Where I come from, in the Black Country (which is a part of the UK that not everyone in the UK knows exists) we have a word to describe silly things or people which is ‘Saft’ which auto-correct always tries to change to ‘daft’. It seems saft is not a recognised word outside a very small geographical area in the middle of England. (It totally is a real word though because it has been in print and is in common usage. There’s a joke about a foreigner (a Londoner) being called ‘saft’ by a small child and thinking it was a compliment).
Recently, the nursery rhyme Incy Wincy Spider caused confusion for someone I know. Incy famously climbs up a water spout. However, what is a water spout? The only spout this person knew of was on a teapot which is not what Incy was climbing. Incy was climbing up a drain pipe, which doesn’t fit in the song at all.
Language changes, word meanings change, things that were acceptable to say at one point are no longer acceptable to say, things that were not acceptable to say are now acceptable to say.
There are some churches that when people go there they are required to learn a whole new way of speaking, learn new words and apply different meanings to words they thought they knew. I have a tattoo which says ‘Redeemed’ and my next tattoo will say ‘Sanctified’. These are words that I know and I know how they relate to me and my spirituality. I am always well aware that there is a good chance that I will have to explain the meanings and/or reasons why I would want them on my skin to a lot of the people who see them.
When Jesus spoke, he spoke in ways people could understand. There is a reason why Jesus spent a lot of time talking about farming. The people he was speaking to understood about farming. There is a story Jesus tells about a man who is holding a wedding and all the important people he invited don’t turn up so he sends out his servants to invite anyone who is just hanging out on the street. These people come and the wedding party is full of happy guests. The man notices that one of these men that he’s just dragged in off the street isn’t wearing appropriate clothes and throws the man out of the party.
I never really understood this story until the wedding traditions at the time were explained to me, apparently the man would’ve provided appropriate clothes to the people he invited and this man had decided not to wear them. Suddenly, the story makes a lot more sense. But Jesus didn’t need to explain this point to his first audience, they would’ve understood it!
When I sing songs saying that I have been sanctified, that’s ok for me, I understand it.
I think it is very important for churches, for people who claim to follow Jesus to make sure that the language they are using makes sense to the people who are hearing it. Which may actually involve getting out of our comfort zones and talking with people.
There is a Star Trek: The Next Generation episode which explores language awesomely. Darmok is an episode where the crew meet up with an alien race who only speak in metaphors or references to stories. The problem is that without knowing the stories, the references are meaningless. Like saying ‘I feel like Elijah on the mountain top’, unless you know why Elijah is on the mountain top you don’t know how I am feeling.
In Star Trek, the way the two crews learnt how to communicate with each other was through shared experiences, sharing stories, making new stories.
The beginning of this saga was me not wanting to talk about it. You can read that here.
Now, since there is more to add, I will tell the entire story.
The table is question is red and has yellow legs. The legs are attached to the table with screws and such mechanism. When fixing the table together it was obviously important to make sure that one placed the ‘gap’ in the table leg over the ‘ridge’ in the bracket linking it to the table.
This had not been done. Instead, the ‘gap’ had been placed facing outwards. This led to two issues – first, there was a gap, second, this gap was mad bigger by the fact that the ‘ridge’ which should have fitted into the ‘gap’ was now pushing against a straight plastic bit which had no space for a ‘ridge’.
This increased ‘gap’ in the table leg meant that whenever was spilled from the table such as milk, water, cereal, other food products, etc, they all went down into the table leg. Where they formed an icky smelling gunk which over time made the table smell.
Today, we removed all four table legs, cleaned them and then tried to fix the legs to the correct sides of the table.
Unfortunately, only three of the legs corresponded correctly to the ‘gap’/’ridge’ principal.
So, I went on a hunt for our missing table leg, and found it, attached to another table, in another room. I removed it and found that it contained a few dead spiders, some raisins, bits of biscuit and some glitter. After, cleaning, it is now proudly attached to it’s table and hopefully my table leg smelling issues are over!
What have I learnt from this table saga?
Well, sometimes, a smelly table leg is a symptom of something larger than just gunk in a table leg. Sometimes, it’s proof that the whole table is messed up!