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Bob Ross

Many of us, bored on the couch, will have the fleeting thought: “I should really take up a productive hobby. Something ceative. Maybe painting or… ooh a new Law & Order is starting.” In the time it took you to watch that episode (which you had to watch because it featured your favorite detective pairing – Lennie Briscoe and Ed Green), Bob Ross could have made four new oil paintings.

Like Heroin to the PBS CrowdThe guy must have painted thousands of landscapes with whispy clouds and “happy” towering evergreens over the years on public television. His gentle afro and soft, soothing voice were like heroin to the PBS crowd. He was Mr. Rogers for grown-ups.

He believed, perhaps naively, that everyone had inherent artistic talent and that all it took to become an accomplished artist was practice and encouragement. That was very Pollyanna of him, but depending on your definition of “accomplished,” he may have been right. His paintings weren’t exactly “profound,” or “creative,” or “good,” but he just loved painting them so damned much. It was infectious. And that was an accomplishment in itself.

Every once in a while, you can buy an original Bob Ross on Ebay. If you’re a rich hipster doofus, you might want to own one ironically. But if you have any sort of a soul, you might want one hanging in your home as a reminder of how awesome is feels to do something you just really love doing.

Bob Ross was effing awesome.


 

Rick Steves

In the Lap of Luxury

We should all love living in a country where a man like Rick Steves, in all of this nasal-voiced glory, can talk through his nose, get haircuts at Greatclips and innocuous polo shirts at JCPenney, and still manage to build a thriving corporate empire simply by traveling to the most beautiful locales in the world and eating at the most fabulous restaurants on the planet.

It’s the America that every average Joe dreams of conquering. It’s an America where the Statue of Liberty might instead declare:

Only in America“Give me your Muppet-voiced, your ten-dollar haircuts,

Your huddled masses in your pleated tan pants yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse in your comfortable white tennies,

Send these, the lacking of any distinctive personality, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door and… who wants to be a MILLIONAIRE?

They guy gives hope to us all. He had the courage to name his company “Back Door Productions” with utter lack of irony. The guy even supports the decriminalization of marijuana. Plus, his travel books are generally spot on and his TV show is hypnotic.

Rick Steves, and other people who couldn’t give less of a shit what people think about them, are effing awesome.


 

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