#133 – Squeezing The Remaining Battery Life Out Of Something Before You Can Re-Charge

Let’s do this one in reverse.

Polar Opposite of This Feeling?: Getting on to the train or in your car or anywhere else and you know it’s going to be a while before you can charge again. For most people, the device we’re probably talking about here is a cell phone, but for me it’s my iPod (Yes, I still use one of those old school, big charging port, no-WiFi-just-music iPods… sue me).

I’m starting off like this because this feeling always is dangerously close to careening off the edge and into disaster. But, when you are able to skate the line and wind up in the clear, that’s a glorious win.

Imagine: you pop on down the stairs and into the subway, blissfully listening to whatever new Bruno Mars song has caught your fancy. For whatever reason, you take the device out of your pocket to check something and are stunned to discover how low your battery is… You panic, initially, wondering how on Earth you’ll be able to survive the rest of the journey without music to block out your fellow human travelers. Then, you start thinking of ways to minimize the damage… What if I don’t hit the volume or ‘next song’ buttons? How about lowering the screen brightness or volume in general?… Ultimately, you decide to press on, realizing you have no choice, but desperately fearing the dark side of this reality.

It doesn’t happen often, but when you do make it to the other side unscathed and in the good graces of your battery, that’s got to be as good as cheating death.

#57 – Getting A Retweet From Someone (You Think Of As) Important

It should be pointed out, this is a very superficial feeling. I mean, let’s be fair here: it’s not like we’re talking about this person (be it a girl you think is hot, a minor or major celebrity, someone that can help your career, whatever) actually doing something for you. They’re simply hitting a button which relays what you said, to the people that listen to what they say. Realistically, there isn’t much less they could do to show support.

But, in the world of twitter, it means a lot. Many of us have gotten that retweet from someone that made you say, “Holy shit, (someone) just retweeted me!” And yes, as I’m sure you’re wondering, it’s happened to me. Twice, actually.

His name is Edward Burns. I’ve detailed my fandom of him before (here and here), so we don’t need to get into that again. I’m a fan, big time—this we know. And as such, it comes as no surprise that, after watching Newlyweds and Fitzgerald Family Christmas, I tweeted out something positive both times.

Now, I realize it makes sense he’d retweet something good about a movie of his, but the fact is he has a lot of followers and couldn’t possibly do that for every single tweet. That I happened to be a random selection out of the thousands—well, that’s just good fortune.

And while I don’t think it makes me a better guy, it certainly made me feel better at that moment.

Polar Opposite of this Feeling?: Reaching out to someone on twitter, especially someone you know, and getting nothing in response. A public ignore.