Thursday, June 12, 2008

Accessorize Me

While the rest of you were busy maturing and becoming adults, I managed to stay true to my roots. I haven't progressed even a little bit in the last 15 years. I will unabashedly admit that I still think it's hysterical when someone publicly flatulates, takes one in the shorts, or eats it while roller blading. Therefore, if I'm having trouble recalling why I put so much value and emotion into action figures as a kid, I can't imagine the mental anguish you're going to put yourself through to try and figure it out!

My primary toy obsessions growing up revolved around He-Man, (which is by far-and-away the best name ever in the history of names, because the symbolism makes, if I can use his own terminology, Arnold Schwarzenegger look like a "girly man") and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. By the way, if you liked Michelangelo the and I can not be friends. Everyone who's everyone knows that Raphael was the most tubular turtle.

All this got me thinking...I deserve my own action figure. Undoubtedly, you could just use the same body mold used with He-Man (pictured above). The similarities are unnerving. Of course, we'd have to put my dashing mug on top. And since I'm a little more modest...some clothes. This is where I need your help. Every action figure has an accessory...what should mine be?

PBR Tall Boys
PBR me ASAP. Just writing that phrase makes my mouth water. You say they haven't won a brewing medal since 1893? First of all, it's only been 105 years since then. Secondly, that's only because some people like their beer to have flavor! For the rest of us...this is the beer to drink.

A Chuck Klosterman Book
If you haven't already read Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, drop everything right now and go to the nearest library. Chuck expounds upon everything from MTV's The Real World to internet porn. He also offers a series of ridiculous scenarios to ponder. Here's one to think about:

Someone invents "the dream VCR." The machine allows you to tape an evening's worth of your own dreams, which you can then watch. However, the inventor will only allow you to use this device if you agree to a strange caveat: When you watch your dreams, you must do so with your family and your closest friends in the same room. They get to watch your dreams along with you. And if you don't agree to this, you can't use the dream VCR. Would you still do this?

Stack of Snobby CDs
The collection would consist of old soul greats like Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson, original punk rockers like The Clash and Stiff Little Fingers, moody post-punk artists like David Bowie and Echo & The Bunnymen, some recent indie pop and electronic music like CSS and Tough Alliance, and of course in order to counter balance all of that snootiness I would have to include a guilty pleasure like MC Hammer's Too Legit To Quit.

Nooka Watch
I know this is a really lame choice. But sadly people seem to notice it more than my wit and charm. Although it seems intuitive to me, it apparently is difficult to read. I've had several people ask me if it's a phone/watch which I guess isn't the dumbest thing you could think, because one conspiracy theorist thought it was a detonating device.

Hair Gel
Have you noticed how many people like to compare others' appearance to a celebrity that they resemble? Yeah...I get compared to Nickelodeon's Jimmy Neutron (pictured left). Apparently I have a problem with using too much hair gel. That kid's hair is out of control.

On a side note: I was relaying my disappointment with this comparison to a co-worker in college, and she told me I shouldn't be embarrassed at all. "Jimmy Neutron is cute." I couldn't tell if she was hitting on me, or if she just had a thing for little boys...creepy!

Final Verdict: Hair Gel


Lil Nill said...

You're right, you are hilarious! Can't we just make you like barbie and you have a slew of accessories... you just choose which is most appropriate depending on the day's activities. Kinda like barbie & shoes.

But when forced to choose, I gotta put a word in for hair gel. For those who don't know, looking like Jimmy is so important to Erik that he keeps an extra stash in his car. Ha!

Erik Bacardi Chang said...

ha ha eriks your 2 funnys

y wont u b my frend eriks!

Captain Jeffrey T. Spaulding said...

Dagnabbit, Erik Bacardi Chang—you freaking imbecile. Why must you subject the urbane perusers of this blog with your incessant infantile remarks? I swear, people lose at least some brain cells after reading your juvenile posts. Why cannot you let poor Erik Herberg be? It should be as CLEAR AS DAY that he wants no affiliation with the likes of you. Are we clear, chum?

Herberg, you have really outdone yourself with this latest entry my friend. What a pure delight it was to read this selection! I recall owning this TMNT accessory:, and subsequently being the envy of countless greasy-fingered and unsanitary douches on the block. Oh how they soiled my beautiful Turtle Party Wagon! The mere thought of it makes me sad inside. Anyway, if only I could possess something nowadays that would have a similar effect on people, such as a larger penis that could help me get laid once in a while.

Finally, Herberg, you must be wondering why Erik Bacardi Chang's posts always conincide with some other person's posts. Well, let me assure you, it is merely a coincidence. I am not impersonating Erik Bacardi Chang.

Welp, bye.

Matthew "Guru" Nelson said...


Oh my God! Is that you Erik! It's been so long! We had so much fun back in the day! What are you doing these days?!?!??!


Anonymous said...

LOvelyu blog! I can realy relate!!