January 11, 2007

I Don't Get Boys

My brother-in-law made this video of himself a few days ago. According to every other guy who has seen it, it's "freakin' awesome." Men, what am I missing? Is this your equal and opposite reaction to our shoe shopping?




Troy, you know I love ya, baby! I just don't know why...


- CAUTION -
Things are getting pretty nasty in the comments section -
Go easy on him, girls! I promise he's a great guy!

70 comments:

Molly said...

Yeah... I don't get it. Seems kind of dangerous and scary. Shopping for shoes is nothing like that. Weird that my husband probably gets equal pleasure from shooting guns AND shopping for shoes. For real.

Bex said...

Guys are weird. The times I've gone out to try out the shooting guns thing, I've only come home with a sore shoulder. Not my kind of fun...but whatever floats your boat.

Rachel said...

Is that how you decided to dispose of Adam's TV?

Heather O. said...

Wow, that is just so wrong, on so many levels.

Janell said...

You hit the nail on the head. Blowing a tv to bits with a rifle is the male equivilent of finding the perfect teal pumps for $12.99.

tracy m said...

I don't get boys either

The Editor said...

Classy! And he's still single?

Silly Marie said...

Am I SERIOUSLY the only girl who thinks this is totally awesome?!?!?!?

Troy, that was some great you tube action. I mean it.

livin' large in lehi said...

my 2 year old watched this with me and was very concerned that a TV was broken in the making of this video. Television is very important to her.

stupidramblings said...

With a two (2) year old, you should have stopped the video when you saw the plaid shirt. It is just too alarming. That way she wouldn't have had to see the TV.

Anyway, I found it dumb too, ladies. And I LIKE guns. I think it was a poor piece of video by any standards. And adding a soundtrack doesn't exactly "class it up."

Sarah said...

Troy, you better jump in here and defend yourself before you decide to just settle it with your guns...

Catherine said...

I hate that movie and it seems like the author was venting a disgusting part of himself. Its scary and gross and stupid and disturbing and inane and awful. What is to like about it?

Silly Marie said...

Goodness! It's YOU TUBE for heavens sake! It's not like he was aiming for an acadamy award or anything. You people are mean.

And why do guns have to be disgusting and gross and stupid and disturbing? He was not endangering the people around him. I don't understand why people think that guns and/or everyone who uses a gun is of the devil. lighten up a little. sheesh.

(I don't want to start any girl fights, really I don't.)

The Wiz said...

That was just wrong. And loud. And my 3 year old boy wants to see it again and again.

Diana said...

There is something called editing. We do it in print, and we should do it with our lives, and how we present ourselves. It's one thing to have some destructive, inane, senseless fun with a gun, quite another to post it. To POST it? But there is the question. Was this ever posted or did you just pick it up from your family passing it around? If he didn't post it anywhere, there may be some shred of redemption on the horizon. Otherwise, very very scary. I wouldn't want this person attending my school or working at my business. What was that that happened at the very end of the film clip? Did he shoot himself in the foot? If not literally, then metaphorically, he did indeed shoot himself in the foot. Sorry to sound judgemental, but honestly!

Melinda said...

diana, catherine,stupidramblings, bex, and heatherO., do any of you come from homes where women didnt completely outnumber men? do you have any brothers at ALL? not trying to be witchy (that's been done) just trying to figure out why you're so HORRIFIED. I mean, he didnt shoot people. I didnt even see him shooting any animals, but perhaps i should watch again.

Carlos said...

Diana, I would not want YOU working anywhere near ME, trying to get other people to edit thier lives to your feminazi man-hating liking. EWWW...get away from me! Quick.

You are hundreds of times more irritating than a person using a TV for target practice. DO YOU GET THAT AT ALL??? The sad thing is I bet you don't have any frineds good enough to let you know this, either, so you'll go on forever....

Dalene said...

That's rather tame, really. I grew up with four brothers, several of whom had a predeliction for major explosives.

(But maybe it's kind of like knocking out a wall. I really like the feeling behind knocking out a wall...)

Silly Marie said...

Sarah, I love the caution.

Troy said...

As the Bill of Rights protects my right to own an AK-47 AND to post iconic video of myself shooting it on the internet, I don't think I need to defend myself to any of the hysterical naysayers. But…

Woah! Calm down people! Nobody died. Or got hurt. Or broke any laws. Or really did anything bad at all. Sheesh. I am not “venting a disgusting part of [my]self.” I’m a twenty-something year old guy. We like shooting stuff. That’s why they sold about a trillion X-boxes this Christmas. I just shoot TV’s instead of people ON TV. You tell me which is more hateful and disgusting and disturbing. I’ve been out shooting with some of your husbands and wives and brothers and sisters and friends and we all had a great time. Shooting is fun. It’s one of America’s most popular and fastest growing sports.

I go to one of the most liberal universities in the country, so the shrill sound of a visceral reaction to guns is nothing new to me. I had fun making that video. I had fun posting it. I am having fun reading humorless responses.

So while you’re sitting there smugly touting your progressive anti-gun ideals with tolerant and enlightened phrases like “…very very scary. I wouldn't want this person attending my school or working at my business.” I’ll just keep my forty-five and my sense of humor handy and enjoy myself while not caring what you think.

You can take my gun, my camera, and my computer from me when you pry them from my cold dead hands.

Sarah said...

Thanks, Troy! But I wouldn't be brave enough to try and take your gun even if you were dead.

Anyone else feel like venting? Looks like today is the day to to it.

Brooke Jean said...

Well I have five things to say:

1. I am a girl.
2. I own a 12 gauge shotgun.
3. I live with a girl who owns a .22 hand gun.
4. We think our guns are cute
and
5. We love to blow the crap out of crap, especially after a long week of finals or mid-terms and we don’t think there is anything wrong with that.

p.s. I don't think you should throw out your liberal sardonicism against guns until you have actually gone with someone who enjoys the activity and done it yourself. As of yet, I still haven't taken any of my girl or guy friends shooting and had them tell me they never wanted to do it again. In fact, they all call me up begging to go as soon as the snow melts. (How can you say something as cute as a 12 gauge shot gun is "scary and gross and stupid and disturbing and inane and awful" ... Ouch! I think you hit a nerve.)

drainey said...

rainey said: I heard the real reason that psycho uptight women don't want guns around is that they are afraid that if there are guns available, they themselves will cut loose and blow away their annoying husbands, kids or most likely, selves. And I respect that. If I were like that, I wouldn't want guns around either.

Adrienne said...

I'll have you know, my ultra-liberal PI (the scientist I work for) AND her EXTREMELY famous and respected evolutionary biologist husband are both gun nuts. In fact, her husband spends a lot of time shooting appliances. Although, not so much with the TV... Dangerous stuff in the tubes. HOwever, I know first hand that an old and busted VCR will BURST INTO FLAMES if you shoot with enough fire power.

Atleast they're not pot-shotting squirrels or kittens or something.

Ricky said...

I love the recent comments in support of the video! Brooke Jean, whoever you are, if you are single I'm marrying you.

Rosie O'Diane, you brought that on yourself with your "edit yourself or I won't go to school with you" whine. I know it's frustrating to be "you" Rosie, but don't take it out on anything with testosterone.

Catherine, Diane, if you types are married I feel sorry for your husbands. You are mean, you have no understanding of men, and you have NO SENSE OF HUMOR. That is death to a fun happy marriage.

Tell your whimp husband to come home from drama club, or knitting club, pick up a gun and learn to be male again. If he doesn't want to shoot, at least get him to chop some wood or something....

Heather O. said...

Yeah, I grew up with brothers, but they weren't into guns. Well, not that I know of, anyway.

Actually, most of it seemed kind of silly, like shooting into the snow just to see what would happen. (I told my DH about it, and he said, "That sounds awesome!) Silliness I can handle--it was actually the double barreled gun toting that sort of freaked me out. It seemed a little violent. And no, they weren't shooting at harmless animals, but there definitely was some footage that seemed to go beyond just showing shooting as a hobby. Or as a science experiment (what's the point of shooting into a body of water, anyway?) And that's what was a little disturbing.

But blowing up the TV with a rifle--yeah, my brothers would probably do that.

Suzie Petunia said...

"YOU'LL SHOOT YOUR EYE OUT!"

Seriously, a little scary.

Melinda said...

bex, i accidentally put you on the list of people who were "horrified." at least you tried it, etc.

Mark said...

The point of it all comes down to simple cause and effect. Men like to cause things to see the effect. There is action and a reaction. Shoot the ice and satisfy visual curiosity with what happens. There is nothing disturbing by this at all. Anyone who can't appreciate this is rejecting life processes and is in denial. We all did this as children to learn - and we still do this now to further learn. Therefore, shooting guns is really just learning about cause and effect and experiential process.

Mark said...

by the way, shooting animals is also a very good way to see cause and effect in action. they're not so harmless as many of you think. troy.. I think its time to post video 2

rachelle said...

wow, not only was that awesome footage, music, and editing (I've watched it about 10 times now and loved it every time), but if that is troy in the video(which I assume it is), he is HOT!

seriously, some of you wenchy women need to apologize for being an embarrassment to our gender.

i'm going to go watch that sweet phone book shot again.

MP3 said...

Troy, just don't forget to wear ear protection! Last semester I did a huge paper on noise-induced hearing loss...

Anonymous said...

I thought it was pretty awesome, but, if this were my friend or my son I would probably tell him to be careful of a couple things that seem pretty dangerous. The auto handguns that get pulled out of the side holsters must have some kind of safety on them, yet it doesn't appear that the shooter goes through the motion of undoing the safety. That must mean that he is carrying a loaded handgun in his holster with the safety off. I could be wrong, but if not, that is more danger than I would want a loved one to be in. I guess it could also be that it is a single action gun and has to be cocked before it can fire. Anyway, finishing off the TV execution style was a little over the top for my taste, but that is more of an opinion. I really love guns but I really love them safely.

Rachel said...

Tennis anyone?

Shiloah said...

OMG that is just hilarious! It looks like he likes his guns! ;)

Kendra Keller said...

I'll be honest--that was awesome! I am Brooke's roommate with the .22 pistol(and Troy will know how important it is that I'm being supportive here) Shooting guns is fun! I am an NRA certified rifle instructor--for which I completed a 26 hour training course with both a written and practical test.

For those who have tried it and been hurt--it's a problem of holding the gun incorrectly or having just too large a charge. I helped my daddy teach a 4-H shotgun class this past summer. We had 10 year-olds shooting shotguns. My Daddy loaded special light loads for them, and put an extra short stock on one gun so these kids didn't have that experience--I suggest trying again with lighter loads.
On another note, I LOVE shopping for shoes as well--I say expand your horizons!!! Try something new once in a while girls--you might like it!

doug said...

Long live Troy! There's a man who'd appreciate a WD40 Supersoaker flamethrower:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJX-ty0nhpU

stupidramblings said...

So I bet you're all wondering why I asked Sarah to start this discussion today.

If you'll all step into my office, I've got some pamphlets that explain why they're trying to take away our guns. So, if you'll all just follow me in here...meet my friend Charlton...

Anonymous said...

Hello people. This was for a movie. Ear protection and carefully undoing the safety to make you mommies out there feel better about the safety issues in the video clip would negate all coolness.

Can't you people be cool for once?

Troy said...

For the safety record, during the two handed shooting clip:

The handgun on the left was a Glock 17 which features an integral trigger/safety mechanisim that makes accidental discharge nearly impossible. One of the many reasons that it (or it's .40 caliber variant) is standard issue for thousands of American law enforcement agencies.

The gun on the right is the venerable Governemnt Model 1911A1 .45 pistol invented by Utah native John Moses Browning. It has a very effective grip safety system. The 1911 (adopted in that year) was standard issue for the US Millitary through both world wars, Vietnam, and all the way into the 1980's before it was replaced. It is making a comeback and has been adopted by several special forces units.

So yeah, I'm safe. But thanks for the concern.

And yes, I wear earplugs. If any of the husbands of the harpies out there want a pair let me know.

Mumsy in the Big D said...

Did someone say "tennis?"

Yikes, emotions are runnin' high today! The Blogosphere can be a dangerous place. Sarah, you must be in hog heaven to get all these comments. Just think of all the people you're saving from death!

Troy, btw, you look great these days.

Janell said...

Talk about comment o' mania from one youtube post!

For the record, almost everyone who has never handled a gun before has a slightly skewed perspective on firearms. Take a class (or find a buddy) and shoot a few targets. You won't want one, but you'll hate guns less once you understand them better.

Paul said...

Freakin' awesome!

Rachelle Black said...

Wow! Makes me wish I could actually see the video, but since every kb delivered to my server is delivered by carrier pigeon, alas, twas not to be.

Troy! Now I wish I actually was a single mom (sighs.... flutters eyelashes... ack! They're stuck together,... too old for this) You own an AK *and* a Glock?!?! Cool beans methinks.

Personally I own a totally awesome, basic black, Bennelli pump action shot gun- for predator control- of course. And I have an old tv that makes everything look green that would make great target practice.
Thanks for the idea!!
Slainte~
Rachelle

Anonymous said...

The video was all boy, that is for sure!!! Nothing wrong about it... if it isn't your taste... FINE... that is what you tube is for! Personally even though I am okay with guns, I didn't find it awesome, but know my husband would!

My bigger question is why anyone would want to show their 2 and 3 year olds this video... as well as most videos off of you tube. Do you have nothing better to do then sit at your computer with your kids watching these?!?! Maybe you should worry about that more than what Troy does (*safely*) in his spare time!!!

Tyler said...

I think everyone is missing the point here. Which is that this clip shows destructive behavior to glaciers. This may be an "inconvenient truth" for most of you, but if we shoot up all our glaciers they will not regenerate themselves. Plus, it could be harmful to glacier worms.

http://www.nichols.edu/departments/Glacier/iceworm.htm



I don't know what kind of a sick person would find pleasure in that. Troy, there is no good in you at all. I have been around you and you reek of greenhouse gasses. Perhaps some day global warming will "pop a cap in you" figuratively speaking.

J-Rod said...

All I know is that ammunition is expensive. How can you so senselessly burn money when you can feed a starving child in Africa for less than $1 a day?

Ang said...

I can't wait to get home to watch the video--MySpace and YouTube are blocked in my office--wonder why?

Hey, if nothing good comes from this debate at least brook jean and ricky might have made a love connection! Wouldn't that be a cool way to tell people how you met?

Anonymous said...

Oh Troy. This is nothing new. I thought you shot something different. (There was talk of hippies) If only you cooked like you fire a .45.

I think it's about time to post your "feminist gun theory". Not that I want anyone to hurt you just because I currently have nothing better to do.

I know you don't need me to defend you but I'll say this: I love being your classmate, even if you destroy the curve and the occasional TV.

(So I guess I did care a little.)

Laura said...

i want to be the 50th commenter.

Sarah said...

And Laura has just won herself her very own Hollywood Flakes fridge magnet! Let's give her a hand, folks!

Seriously, Laura - I have a bunch left over from last year's failed promo - I'm sticking one in the mail tomorrow :)

Samantha said...

I don't feel like writing everything I could write about this, but I once did go "shooting" with a group of people, and it was an AK-47, and the guy who owned it was gun crazy, I mean crazy. He loved it, his fiancee loved it, my husband was fine with it, but I hated it. I don't want to ever do it again. It wasn't fun, it was loud and I felt like I was in danger the entire time, and I was so terrified I almost cried. And again, the guy who owned the gun was CA-RAZY. So I personally don't have a very good impression of gun owners, I guess. I've met and talked about guns with too many of them and I just hate their viewpoints about it. And I don't like how gun-lovers like to put down gun-haters by saying they are "liberal" whatevers. Come up with something better, people. It's not all about politics anyway.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Samantha for fueling the fire. Now we can let the liberal/ conservative debate rage. Come on. You know you all want to.

bill said...

ricky, won't you reconsider this? "Tell your whimp husband to come home from drama club, or knitting club..."

What's wrong with knitting? When I was single, a bunch of girls i was friends with had a knitting club. and i went, and i learned to knit. there was this cool guy there who was a very advanced knitter, and a great athlete too. knitting is actually pretty cool. i know it doesn't make as much noise as a rifle, but it still brings people together, is fun, is timeless, etc.

if anything, the message of this very funny string of comments is that we need to relax a little and let people pursue their own interests and in fact we might even encourage them to diversify their interests. you ought to try knitting. and based on your come-on to brooke jean, it sounds like you'd do well to join a knitting club to meet some chicks.

and wow, sarah. way to get a lot of comments. this is a good way to collect metrics about how many readers you have...

Ouch said...

Samatha,

OK fine, you aren't a liberal. Just a coward and a moron.

If you are scared, stupid, and uniformed about something, be embarrased and try to hide it from everyone until you get over it. Don't post it for everyone to see.

I am sorry that you almost cried when you went shooting. Not sorry that it happened, but sorry for you, that you are that emotionally weak. And then you called HIM crazy.

If you ever get some brains, you could always try growing a spine after that so that loud noises don't make you cry. You must be a real burden for those who have to hang out with you. But hey, at least you aren't a liberal.

Ricky said...

Oh Samantha, you set yourself up for that one.

Bill, if things don't work out with me and Brooke Jean, I may have to take your advice and try the knitting club thing. I never thought about it as a way to meet women, but it makes sense.

If you were trying to meet grandmas, it would REALLY make sense :)

Th. said...

.

Ah, so that's what a gun is!

Th. said...

.

(But seriously--wouldn't a snow shovel be more efficient?)

Laura said...

woohooooooo!!!!!!! thanks sarah!

Troy said...

I want to be #60 so maybe I get a prize.

First of all, if you watch the video closely you'll see it's not snow, but ICE. We were standing on a frozen lake. So let the safety mavens go to work on that one...

Second. Brooke Jean is spoken for so back off. And if you're looking for trouble, I'll accomodate you.

Third. Sarah, it's obvious that you're posting like a mad woman so you can put my video further down your blog so that I don't take away your greatness and glory. Come on, this blog isn't only about YOU. Well, actually...

TKF

Sarah said...

Troy, you can have the Hollywood Flakes Trucker Hat! It's in the mail. Anyone for #70?

Anonymous said...

Wow Sarah, you're a veritable Oprah Winfrey, giving away stuff left and right. So who gets the Hollywood Flakes minivan?

The tennis competitor of Dallas said...

Hey Troy, when we click on your link, your blogger page is unavailable. Come into the open, man! Since you have provoked the biggest firestorm in Hollywood Flake history, why remain under wraps? The world is at your feet!

Adam, was that you behind the camera on that video, by the way? Sounded like your chortle. You don't have to answer that; you may wish to remain disassociated with this particular work of filmography...

Adam said...

WILL SOMEONE PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN??

Read said...

OK, so I'm a little late to the debate. I think guns are no worse than any other semi-dangerous, adrenaline-pumping hobby (paragliding anyone?). Sure, you have the occasional nut-job who shoots up a Burger King for kicks, but crazy people can't be accounted for. A psycho hobbyist might just as well try to stab victims with...say knitting needles. Some, including the blog mistress herself, don't understand the attraction of shooting...which is fine. Chances are we'll never see Sarah expressing her aggressions at the expense of helpless appliances on the business-end of a Chinese assault rifle. But the bizzare phenom to me is the visceral reaction of people who want to prevent others from using guns solely because of fear, unfamiliarity and a complete lack of understanding. In the famous words of Dave Windsor, "Guns don't kill people...bullets do!"

(Sarah, I'm #65 and a first time poster. Hint, hint...)

Wisconsin Dreamer said...

This post thread doesn't look like a gun ownership debate to me. It looks more lilke a protest against what many readers consider an irresponsible use of a serious weapon. Gun ownership is an important right. The responsible use of guns is an obligation attached to that right. This seems to be the thing that gets peoples' goats. The vid was disturbing because it showed a gun owner being silly with his guns. Lots of people didn't like that. Maybe if he were being silly about something other than life and death weaponry, there wouldn't be so many posts. The really surprising thing, more than any other, was the rapid escalation of nastiness between people of conflicting views. Chill out, people! You want something to really suffer about? Come to Wisconsin.

Steven said...

Wisconsin Dreamer:

You said:
"The vid was disturbing because it showed a gun owner being silly with his guns."

Does living in Wisconsin gives you special perogative to define silly? As mentioned, no one was hurt. No one was in danger. No laws were broken. It's not like he was shooting apples off of people's heads. I know -plenty- about guns and how to use them in a responsible and enjoyable way. Nothing in that video seemed anything but fun.

By the way how are those Socialists up in Milwaukee doing?

Bartimaeus said...

dumb...but really cool. I mean who has never wanted to see beyond the glass front of a TV?

Rachelle Black said...

69.....

Rachelle Black said...

70... Woo-hoo!!! What do I get??
The minivan??? The mouse pad??
:))
Slainte~
Rachelle