Things I’ve found while not looking

Every once and awhile I find myself pondering the aspects of life.
The Ups.
The Downs.
The Achievements.
The Disappointments.
The Just Plain Ridiculous.
The negatives sometimes outweigh the positives. At times Life has more inconveniences then we think we can handle. There’s going to be low points and goals not achieved, but life wouldn’t be life without those setbacks. There’s not much I can do to prevent outside negative influences from happening, but I CAN control the ridiculous things in life I expose myself to.

I sit here a sore and broken man, for you see, last night I had an opportunity to prevent yet another ridiculous act from taking place in my life. I failed…MISERABLY.

“What is this huge mistake you speak of Josh?”
Well I’ll tell you inquisitive reader of Parker Live.

Two words: DANCE CENTRAL.


This is a game that undoubtedly would have been a favorite of mine when I was “a kid”. The technology that allows this game to even exist is in itself amazing. It’s part of the XBox 360 Kinect System. It is a game system that actually reads your body’s movements and translates them to gameplay on the screen. If the dance character moves right and you move to the right in the same fashion you score points.
Simple enough, but that’s not dancing, that’s just moving to the right.
So here’s a sample level all of which is set to a popular song you have “danced to” in the past:

 

“Shake Your Groove and Show ‘Em What’s Up on the Dance Floor!
cue music: Crank That by Soulja Boy
(Dance moves performed are listed below)
Lean & Rock
Lean & Rock
Lean & Rock
Knee Slapper
Supah Man
Crank Dat
Crank Dat
Crank Dat
Punch Out
Punch Out
Punch Out
Don’t Hate
Show ‘Em Up
Show ‘Em Up
Robocop
Robocop
Crank Dat
Crank Dat
Crank Dat
Supah Man
Knee Slapper
Crank Dat
Robocop
Crank That
(repeat 1.7 million times)
Finishing Move”

 

It’s at this point that you either pass the level and advance to the next song or drop dead from physical exhaustion.

I did the latter…okay I didn’t die, but a part of me did. Until last night there was still a part of me that believed I could “Shake My Groove” and “Show ‘Em What’s Up”. That part of me is now dead. No longer am I the guy that can “Robocop”, “Lean & Rock”, and “Crank Dat”. Instead, now I’m the guy that wishes there was a power outage that would make the game shut off.

Yes, the ridiculous things in life are sometimes avoidable.

Then again, what else would provide years of entertaining memories for us?

Lean & Rock my friends.

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