Wednesday, October 13, 2004

So I have a blog now ..... what the heck am I supposed to do ?

Oh ya write stuff that is insightful, poignant, witty and entertaining....hmmmm lemmie think about that ..................uhhhh ........no.

Spew mindless clap-trap hiter and yon?........................yes

Well here we go .. time to take the plunge.

My main impetus for creating this speck of computer dust in the Internet Universe is a documentary I just finished watching on A and E entitled "Zen and the Art of Competitive Eating". The subject of said flick is one Crazy Legs Conti, a one time entertainement industry employee, he got tired of the 14-18 hour days, who appears adrift in the sea of life, bouncing around from job to job with no real mission. That is until one day he eats......oysters.......not just one or two or ten dozen for that matter, no, Crazy Legs eats an astounding 32 dozen oysters, ... yes you read right 32 dozen oysters in one night. It is from this humble springboard that Crazy Legs launches himself into the world of competitive eating. We are privy to the mental and physical rigors that a competitve eater must master as he journeys from amateur eater to professional eater. The climax of the movie is Crazy Legs appearance at the World International Federation of Competitive Eating's (IFOCE), web site www.ifoce.com, Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest on Coney Island. Regretably Crazy Legs does not win said contest, he does set a personal best of eating 14 hot dogs in 12 minutes, Takeru Kobayashi of Japan is the victor , eating a mind numbing and gut busting 50.5 hotdogs, buns included, over the same 12 minutes. I'm sorry that is just plain revolting. After this we learn that Crazy Legs' newfound profession is ... well eating, he is set to travel the world eating a wild array of items, check of the IFOCE web site for the world records. Now he has purpose, now his life has meaning........

The thing that stuck me about this movie was the idea that even though few of us will ever win a major professional sporting championship, if you were given the chance to become one of the best eaters in the world, and were able to make a living at it, would you do it ? Would you eat for your living? I was amazed at the dedication that Crazy Legs had to his craft, the analysis of technique, the mental preparation and the accounting for different foods, and so on...... for some reason it just struck me. I guess I was mostly amazed by how almost anyone can go from a "normal" job and "normal" life into a new world and a new life , one that is removed from the traditional ideas, one that is outside the normals of society, and more importantly one that makes oneself happy. And how easy this transition can be.

Crazy Legs Conti, I salute you.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice site joe! I disagree with everything you said though. J/K. When are you bringing out the guitar next for some Flaminco tunes? I missed your last concert!

October 22, 2004 at 8:36 PM  
Blogger frankium said...

Gees peer pressure....

http://frankium.blogspot.com/

October 22, 2004 at 9:45 PM  

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