Friday, January 08, 2010

Q is for QUITTERS


For the letter Q, let’s focus on....

QUITTERS

Sorry, Quirkyloon, I know you were hoping for a focus but then I’d have every other reader whining and wanting their own post and puppies and rainbows and yodeling gnomes and such…

This one comes timely since I “quit” my gig as the entertainment director for the old folk’s home down the street. I sight “difference of philosophy” as my reason. Seems they weren’t too thrilled with my monthly program:

Weekly “Guess the skin blemishes” contest. We’ll pick a guest resident each week and let everyone guess how many skin tags, moles, and other blemishes they have. Closest contestant wins a hearing aide upgrade!

Seek and Find. Similar to hide and seek but instead we round up all the dementia and Alzheimer residents and set them loose on the facility with the rest of the residents in the cafeteria. After 20 minutes we then set everyone loose to see who can round up the most.

Old Diaper. Sort of like Old Maid where you try and avoid guessing who has the filled diaper…

Pimp My Walker. A wonderful craft event…have the snappiest walker this side of Florida!

Why When I was Young. Join in on the fun. A participatory story telling event based on the theme of “why when I was young we had to walk 5 miles through mayonnaise filled streets” and other such nonsensical tales.

Name that Med. Try and name the med in the least amount of side effects as your opponents.

Still…quitters are celebrities too. Let’s take a look at some famous quitters…


That's right, Sarah Palin quit her governor job (before they kicked her out no doubt)

Former American Idol judge Paula Abduhl apprently wasn't being idolized enough on that show...

Dave Chappelle quit his Comedy Central show and walked away from 55 million (he could have at least called me to fill in)

Richard Nixon famously quit his presidency after Watergate

NBA coach Pat Riley quit three different NBA teams

David Lee Roth left Van Halen to go solo (yeah...that worked well, Dave)

Gary Larson quit his beloved "Far Side" cartoon at its peak in popularity because he didn't want to get repetitive.

Shelly Long left "Cheers" to seek movie opportunites. Two failed comedies later and she went to obscureville...

Boxer Roberto Duran famously said "No mas" after a rematch fight with Sugar Ray Leonard.

68 comments:

Mrsupole said...

Good thing I never quit at trying to be first. Yippee.

Roy Scribner said...

40 minutes - I quit! lol

Jacki said...

Good old Farside...I love those cartoons. That one is one of my favorites, because I have done that before!

Petra a.k.a The Wise (*Young*) Mommy said...

I quit trying to be awesome at life. It sucks so far. I might have to rethink this plan...

Mama Zen said...

"Pimp My Walker." That's hilarious!

subby said...

I miss The Far Side....and say what you want but Paula Abdul is still smokin'! What?

And I did quit trying to be first. If it happens...it happens...!

monica said...

Happy new year Ve. As long as YOU never quit the blog world!!
Cheers!

angie said...

I actually really loved reading out your highlighted celebrity losers. Very informational. :)

Mrs. R said...

I had to laugh at your list of "differences of philosophy" at the nursing home with my husband working in management at one. I might suggest some of these activities to him, see what he thinks.

Quirkyloon said...

What? And here I thought I was your most favorite blogger! Harumph.

Well that's okay. I guess.

And I love your idea of Pimp My Walker. I bet they could even make that into a tv show. Have you contacted MTV yet?

Oh and thanks for the shout-out!

sybil law said...

My friend worked at a retirement home. I loved watching those people! One man was running around with some lady's prosthetic boob, playing with it like it was a football.
Good times. :)

AngelMay said...

You could have mentioned Bill Watterson, the creator of my favorite cartoon in the entire universe: Calvin and Hobbes.

I still miss it.

Kanrei said...

I seem to have all but quit blogging. I was robbed too, this is my second post of the new year.

Happy New Year VE!

Gladys said...

Hey would you come be the activities coordinator at the old folks home I end up in? Remember be nice to your children they choose your nursing home. :)

Phfrankie Bondo said...

...Quality post, sir!...

The Incredible Woody said...

Maybe you could get Chapelle to fill in on the blog while you travel.

The Incredible Woody said...

Didn't you say you had some trips planned? Or am I just making that up?

Janna said...

Wow... deja vu.
After I finished college, I had to complete a 6-month internship before I could become a music therapist.
My internship was at a psychiatric hospital, and one of my duties was to spend time doing things with the geriatric unit. There was Alzheimers, Dementia, and an M&M-like assortment of other various mental aberrations as well.
If only I'd had this post back then; I wouldn't have had to work so hard thinking of activities for the group!

I finished the internship successfully, and became a music therapist.

It's a wonderful field, but hard to find work in today's economy.
For this and a variety of other factors, I now work in a hair salon instead.

I can only imagine how many gray hairs I would have if I'd stayed there at the psych unit. (These days, after I get enough gray hair, I can just get them colored! :)

Ronda Laveen said...

Oh yeah! Pimp my walker! That's my game.

Brian o vretanos said...

It's the old folk's loss. If you get another such post you might want to try a "teesh hunt", where all the teeth and other false body parts are hidden around the local area. Like an Easter Egg Hunt except you don't have to wait till Easter.

JennyMac said...

old diaper....

I will quietly retreat to vomit now.


LOL.

VE said...

mrsupole - You are definitely dominating it...I think most have given up...

roy - It's tough to beat her!

jacki - Haven't we all! Well, not me, of course...

petra - Strive in the mediocre, like me, you'll be very happy!

mama zen - You know it! They rock...

subby - Yes...she does. I miss Far Side too...I'd love to do a Far Side like cartoon but I cannot draw...

monica - Ah, there you are. Hope you had good holidays. No...I'm still around...

angie - Kind of interesting, isn't it...we forget about some of them. Not VE...

mrs r - Yes, get his opinion!

quirkyloon - MTV...ha! Good idea...

sybil - Ha! That beats most of those reality shows!

angelmay - True...very true. Another one was the guy that did Bloom County...

kanrei - Buck up there buddy! According to the gnomes, you did leave a comment on 12/31 but not on the 1/1 post...they're anal that way...

gladys - Sure...I'll think up something "special"...

phfrankie - I was hoping your little spinning photo was the type that went clockwise or counter-clockwise depending on when/how you looked at it. Alas, all I got was dizzy staring at it...

incredible woody - Is he funny enough to post here? I do have trips planned. First up is Sun Valley! Next up is San Francisco. Let me know if anyone lives nearby and wants to prove VE really is a real person. Don't worry...I never bring the gnomes (they hate that too because they love travelling)...

janna - Music therapy eh? I didn't even know music got all stressed out!

ronda - I knew it would be!

brian - Ha! Good one. I'll retain you for consultations should I run out of bizarre activities to subject them to...

Baino said...

Haha Pimp my Walker! I'd so be up for that. When I'm wheelchair and catheter bound, there will be pimpage! And an air horn, and tinsel and one of those little orange flags to warn people I'm on my way . . . I miss Gary Larson.

VE said...

jennymac - Probably not your game of choice...stick with the musical bedroom game they play when they can't remember where they sleep...

VE said...

baino - Go for big shag interior on the wheel chair too!

Dee said...

not as funny at your Polka Dot Post LOL

Dee said...

as*

lime said...

oh how i'd love to quit my job....

ReformingGeek said...

I don't know how the old folks will survive without you, VE!

I think the governor of Alaska was replaced by one of your gnomes.

Megan said...

Shelly has had a lot more than 2 failed comedies.

Uncivil said...
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Uncivil said...

I quit that earlier comment?

I am Arizona; a person, not a place. said...

I worked at an old folks home when I was 18 and my favorite resident was also my Euchre partner (I don't think they were happy about paying me to play Euchre all afternoon, but I was young and fabulous). Well, my Euchre partner also had flashbacks from WWII and would march up and down the hall in the middle of the night. He was really sleepwalking. I used to get next to him and shout, "Back to your bunk, private!" It was hilarious because it worked. What fun. I got fired shortly thereafter.

Uncivil said...

Looks like the letter "R" is next, and we all know what that stands for!!!!!! ...."REPUBLICAN".....Yeah
Of course it could stand for recession??????

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

You could of put Kurts picture up there too!

Ewww to the old people activities.

They (the nursing home) had the my Grandmother and the other old people play indoor basketball (I kid you not!) Well, at 96, that was a bad idea and she lost her balance and broke her hip.

unfinishedrambler said...

When I first saw the title, I thought you were quitting, but then I realized that no, you weren't talking about that. What a disappointment...

...if you had quit. ;) I'm glad you're not a quitter and keep keeping on. :)

VE said...

dee - Are you saying I'm passed my peak? Nothing will be any funnier than that? If I could just find some time to really write but that stupid blog roll needs updating a lot during this time of the year. Uggh...

VE said...

lime - It's better when you get laid off and have 18 years worth of severance...

reforminggeek - Old people should run away when they see me coming. Oh that's right, they can't run...haha

megan - True, but it only took two to land her roles in crap from that point on...

uncivil - I saw it though...I still have it in my 'evidence' folder...

arizona - Great story! I don't see why they fired you; damn people with no sense of humor...

uncivil - Didn't I just do republicans? Refer to the old home activities... ;) No, you'll never guess what my R topic is...

perpetual chocoholic - Ha! Now that would have been tempting...but he's not a quitter on my blog; he's still THE MAN when it comes to the most comments ever here and you don't shoot your big supporters (mess with them, but don't shoot them)

unfinishedrambler - You came over here thinking the unthinkable had happened, didn't you? Oh no, instead I'm going to be unpredictable and keep on blogging...buck the trend...

CatLadyLarew said...

I'm a quitter! Join the party!

Maureen said...

Oh, I agree with AngelMay; Bill Watterson left far too early...

Jaime said...

guess the skin blemishes? ewww!

Brian Miller said...

lol. there will come a time to pimp my walker and guess th skin blemishes..until then no quitting...

Elizabeth said...

I forgot David Lee Roth was so pretty.

Serena said...

The day I pimp my walker, I guess I'll have to quit and take up quilting. What?!:)

The Mistress said...

I've gotta get in on that Pimp My Walker thing:)

nursemyra said...

Love the games you played at the old folk's home. If I weren't a pretend nurse I'd tell you about the ones we play at the gimcrack ;-)

Chris C said...

One more to add to the list...

Alcoholics Anonymous. Quitters. hehe

On a side note there is actually a book called "Pimp My Walker". It's a collection of haikus about aging.

How the hell that thing got published is beyond me. Don't tell Diesel lol.

Dalton J. Fox said...

Seek and Find sounds like a blast.

And Shelly Long's career wasn't that bad. Remember, she had that one movie. You know the one. It was about ... ah hell, forget it. She completely disappeared.

Uncivil said...

"I wish I knew how to QUIT you." Jack Twist!!!!!!!LOL!!!!!
I pulled this out of the evidence locker!!!!!!

carlae said...

What if they put Sarah Palin on a judge for Idol? I bet you'd have a lot of quitters for that show.

Janna said...

Eagerly waiting to see what "R" will stand for.
Possibilities:

1. Rubble (as in Barney Rubble)
2. Rabbits (Bugs Bunny, The Trix Rabbit, Playboy Bunny, etc)
3. Road Signs
4. Rafting (Also known as "How to have fun floating away from your loved ones toward a big waterfall you were previously unaware of") (Bonus: It's also an anagram of "Farting")

G-Man said...

I've always loved the word QUIM!!

VE said...

catladylarew - It's such an easy thing to do...

maureen - Yes he did. Quitter!

jaime - "ewwww" checked off for the day. Wohooo!

brian - Jack LaLanne said "Anyone can quit at life...that's easy. Living is what's tough..."

elizabeth - He's not my type. I preferred a Heather Locklear around that time...

serena - You could pimp your quilting needles too!

the mistress - Seems like the popular activity...better shuffle over there early!

nursemyra - Ooh, ooh, I want to hear about those!

chris c - Ha! Yes, what a bunch of pansies. You don't see Keith Richards quitting!

dalton - Yeah...it's not so easy trying to be optimistic looking at her career...

uncivil - Quit me? I'm like an invisible splinter...I'll always be there festering...

carlae - If they did that, I bet the singing moose would win...

janna - All wrong I'm afraid. You're going to have to wait until Wednesday to know because I've some other things in store first. I do have some good rafting stories though. I have one rabbit story and one road sign story. Come to think of it...how do all these ridiculous stories occur in my life? Somehow something always happens no matter what I do...

g-man - I have no idea what that word means other than to use it in Scrabble and Boggle! Maybe I shouldn't have picked my nose in English class...

Kurt said...

Don't do what Perp Choc said.

Tom said...

the ft wayne newspaper--where Shelly Long is from btw--QUIT printing Farside because they said they didn't 'get it'. They substituted Frank & Ethyl.

????!!!

great post today!

VE said...

kurt - Don't worry...I've already defended you!

tom - Ha! Ridiculous...

Collette said...

Seek & Find must've been a blast. I can just see all those alzheimer/dementia patients wandering about not knowing where they were. You could really get them lost if you told them to find themselves...lol. (was that mean?)

Todd Camplin said...

To quit at the top of your game is better than quitting before the game starts.

Carla said...

Seek and find, I'm putting that one on my list. Could be a blast.

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

I'm just leaving a comment here to make it an even 60.

VE said...

collette - Maybe that's the cure! Maybe nobody has ever thought to ask them to find themselves. Brilliant...

todd - Good to see you here in the comments after all this time. Hope all is well. Yes, what you say is true and yet in sports we find so many that struggle to do that. Lance Armstrong almost did...then he had to come back again...just like over the hill boxers do...

carla - Real popular down in Florida, I hear

perpetual - Awww...that was mighty nice of you. Maybe if I comment back and forth to myself I will hit 100 for the first time!

MJ said...

I quit my job too! Oh wait, I was laid off.... dang economy.

VE said...

mj - Join the club...it sounds like its a big club...

freetheunicorns said...

I love quitters. I even quit blogging for 2 months to prove it.

I almost think find and seek is one of the greatest games I've ever heard of.

JenJen said...

I quit my new year's resolutions faster than, well I made any.

The Far Side cartoon made me snort.

And that Abdul bitch needs a new project that puts her behind the camera, instead of in front of it. She bugs the hell out of me.

VE said...

freetheunicorns - The gnomes will not allow another long break from blogging unless you are in some tropical locale. Plus, I just secretly knew you'd want to try a game of seek and find...

jenjen - She does bug the hell out of people, doesn't she?

The Silver Fox said...

I didn't read beyond the first 20 or so comments, so if I'm repeating anyone else's... sorry.

Besides Watterson, there's always McLean Stevenson & Gary Burghoff (who both quit M*A*S*H), Herve Villechaize (who quit Fantasy Island), and -- stay tuned, sports fans -- maybe Conan O'Brien?

"Colonel Blake" Stevenson went on to a lackluster career, then he died (strangely enough, on the same day that Roger Bowen, Colonel Blake in the M*A*S*H movie, died).

Burghoff went on to obscurity.

Villechaize was rumored to have planned a chain of hotels designed for little people like himself. In fact, if you were a little person, the fee for your stay would be waived. It was tentatively called the "Stayfree Mini Pad." But that's only a rumor. Then he died.

I hope Conan realizes that his own chances for survival aren't good, if he quits the Tonight Show.

VE said...

silver fox - Good call...and I didn't know the timing was the same...interesting...