October 12, 2006

Pictures, And A Question

I'm very well aware that a quickly assembled series of pictures of my daughter does not make for the most brilliant or insightful post. But whatcha gonna do? She's damn cute and everyone needs cute in the morning, right?

Oh, and for those of you already asking the question, yes, that is a garter on her head. We think she looks like a 20's flapper.

I'm feeling a little better this morning, less like someone took a can of spray cheese and filled every cranial orifice with its contents. But still, not great. I've got a trash can full of spent tissues and I've been drinking so much water my coworkers probably think I have some bizarre early-onset bladder control issue. And I'm overworked. I know...bitch moan bitch moan. Bottom line? I'm wiped. So in lieu of any brilliant, cutting-edge content that makes you nose your morning coffee and ruin you monitor, I pose this question gleaned (and slightly altered) from the pages of Chuck Klosterman's latest book:

Today you have the power to increase your brainpower, your IQ to astronomical proportions. You could finally understand Proust, gain an understanding of the meaning of the universe and finally figure out the appeal of David Hasselhoff in Germany. But, should you choose to do this, everyone else will think you've actually gotten dumber. You will be perceived to be less intelligent than you already were. Not mentally challenged but not at all smart. So, do you get the IQ boost or do you leave well enough alone?

Posted by Chris at October 12, 2006 07:35 AM

Leave well enough alone and just keep grinning. It drives people crazy!!

Posted by: Wicked H at October 12, 2006 07:41 AM

You know..I'm already a pretty smart cookie, with the intelliegence to understand anything that interests me. I think I'll just stay where I am, because if there's any thing that's like a red bull to a flag, it's being treated like an idiot.

I understand that this is my flaw and that if I'm so smart, I should be able to ignore the idiots who treat me like an idiot, but I cannot.

So, I'll stay just exactly as smart as I am, thank you.

By the way, what an awesome, get you thinking early in the morning question. You may be sick, but you've still got it, dude.

Posted by: Contrary at October 12, 2006 07:48 AM

The jury's still out on that IQ thing. Although if I had an IQ boost, I could have figured out that Mia's headwear was a garter.

I hope you're feeling better. Yesterday was the first day in 2 weeks that I enjoyed any food. When you can't smell and are all stuffy (for me it was an allergy attack), eating is something to do to hold body and soul together.

Posted by: cas at October 12, 2006 08:02 AM

Leave well enough alone. There has to be some mystery in the universe. Also, thanks for ruining spray cheese for me.

Posted by: Jenn at October 12, 2006 08:06 AM

I love that she seems to always have a camera up to her face now. :o) Like father, like daughter...

Posted by: Emily at October 12, 2006 08:16 AM

I got for the boost. If I am perceived to be less smart (@ work) = LESS RESPONSIBLITY!!

Posted by: Josh at October 12, 2006 08:32 AM

I'm already perceived as dumber than I am, so I'll just leave well enough alone. If I already had the answers to life's little mysteries, what would I ponder when I'm supposed to be transcribing notes from my last conference call?

Posted by: MamaKaren at October 12, 2006 08:32 AM

If people assume you're dumb, what's the point of the IQ boost anyway? I mean, nobody's going to believe any of your great ideas. It's going to be hard to implement any theory you come up with.

Plus, you know how much I like Keeping It Fake.

Posted by: Fraulein N at October 12, 2006 08:33 AM

I think I would leave well enough alone. I can currently beat all my friends at Trivial Pursuit and my husband refuses to play Scrabble with me because I always win. That's smart enough for me.

Posted by: Jessie at October 12, 2006 08:49 AM

What good will this extra knowledge do you (aside from finally being able to get some sleep over the 'Hoff issue) if nobody thinks you're smart enough to care if/how you use it?

May as well delight in contentness.

Posted by: Adam at October 12, 2006 08:50 AM

Leave it alone I think. What's the use of being bright if no one knows it.

Posted by: ann adams at October 12, 2006 08:54 AM

i love the garter.
very nice.

Posted by: ali at October 12, 2006 09:20 AM

I'd take the boost. The point of the boost wouldn't be to LOOK smarter. Who cares about that? (For the record, it's dry enough here that I usually have two beverages going on at all times at work--a large bottle of water and a large tea or pop. Clearly since I go about my day clutching two beverages, I don't care what people think.) I'd like to understand the universe more, regardless of what people thought.

Posted by: kara marie at October 12, 2006 09:32 AM

I think I'd leave well enough alone.

Although I could use some extra intelligence this morning...

Posted by: Alissa at October 12, 2006 09:52 AM

Sorry to hear that you haven't been feeling good. :(

Posted by: Zandria at October 12, 2006 09:54 AM

I'd leave my IQ where it is. I already understand as much as I want to of most things, and a lot more than I want to of others.

Mia makes the cutest little flapper ever!

Sorry you're still sick. I'm feeling vaguely guilty, as if I've passed it along to you over the Internets, but really, isn't that the stuff Norton is supposed to stop? ;)

Posted by: Kate the Shrew at October 12, 2006 10:06 AM

I don't think that I would take the boost. If nobody thought that I was smart, then people wouldn't take my ideas seriously. It would be so unbelievably frustrating to know the answer to solving world hunger and not being able to do anything about it.

Although I suppose that it would come in handy in a field, like politics, where it can actually be helpful to have people underestimate you. But, there is too much photographic evidence of my college escapades to even CONTEMPLATE a career as a politician. So I'll leave well enough alone.

Posted by: Hope at October 12, 2006 10:07 AM

You know me, I'm happy with a cute Mia post anyday!
Love the Cyber Granny!

Posted by: Maribeth at October 12, 2006 10:13 AM

david hasselhoff has forever been an enigma to me.

i think i'll keep it that way, even though secretly i am dying to figure out why kit would hang with him when across the country, angus macgyver is waiting and is obviously much, much more awesome.

oh god, maybe i do need that boost. would it make me less of a dork?

Posted by: meg at October 12, 2006 10:34 AM

So would people still perceive me as not the smartest cookie in the jar once I've expounded my hypothesis on the Hof? Or would they bow down to my brilliance and make me (rightful) Ruler Of All? If the former, nah, I'll keep my IQ right where it is, thank you very much. If the latter, hells yeah! Sign me up!

Posted by: candace at October 12, 2006 10:36 AM

Mia made me giggle........following in dad's footsteps with that skill I see.

I'm in on the IQ boost and who cares what the rest of them think. "Knowledge is power." (Sounds like a 1987 after school special)....

Posted by: Rachel at October 12, 2006 11:19 AM

You people have SPRAY cheese? This is what is wrong with the world! I mean, seriously, spray cheese, I can't even imagine it.

Posted by: starrynite at October 12, 2006 11:45 AM

Yeah, your monitor's color (black) doesn't match your keyboard color (white). That bothers me for some reason. Can you fix that?

Posted by: E at October 12, 2006 11:49 AM

i hear you about the spent kleenex and sray cheese. My issue today is sleep... i don't think i have had any in days!

have a great weekend. she is adorable!

Posted by: melanie at October 12, 2006 11:57 AM

I'd stay with the brainpower I have, thanks.

Very flapper-esque! ;)

Posted by: Lisa at October 12, 2006 12:01 PM

Leave well enough alone. I don't need to know anything that makes David Hasselhoff more appealing! Yuck! Thanks tho!

Posted by: CJ at October 12, 2006 12:20 PM

I say leave well enough alone. I say enough stupid things as it is. It's purely pregnancy brain though.

Posted by: donna at October 12, 2006 12:26 PM

Man, you are lucky I'm a sucker for a cute baby donning a garter on her head or you would so not be excused! And I'm sorry I refuse to answer the question on the grounds that it may incriminate me :)

Posted by: Kate at October 12, 2006 12:44 PM

leave well enough alone. although I am intrigued at David Hasselhoffs popularity in Germany.....forget, I aint got no brain cells to spare

Posted by: Mad Mom at October 12, 2006 12:44 PM

Oh, I'd go for the brainpower, and I'll tell you why.

1) People already think I'm stupid for opting out of corporate techno-America, even though they didn't have to take the support calls for two data centers all night long, every night, for years. Though I think, bless their hearts, that it's about the $,$$$,$$$ I haven't made over these past ten years. Or maybe jealousy. I'd need that brainpower to figure it out.

2) People already think I"m stupid for putting my kayak out on 45-dgree water in the middle of winter, when survival time, should I ditch, would be about 15 minutes. Frankly, I don't see a problem. I'm away from people, out there with the porpoises, and freezing to death sounds pretty nice, compared to what might be ahead of me in #4 below.

3) I want to be able to figure out how my Razr phone works. Which would require rtfming, of course, but hell.

4) There is Alzheimer's disease on BOTH sides of my family. So I'll take the brainpower now, thank you very much.

I do think there'd be a small problem with me walking around blissed-out all day, saying to no one in particular, "Right! Yes! I get it now!" I'd probably have to carry around a brown paper bag and wear my scruffiest clothes to pull that one off. Which should be a snap, actually.

Posted by: bhd at October 12, 2006 12:45 PM

I'll take the IQ. Screw what other people think! I'm already weird anyway. What do I care?

BTW - Garter on her head, eh? Did Beth leave her lingerie drawer open? ;-)

Posted by: Oakley at October 12, 2006 01:06 PM

Let's just say, being stupid can sometimes have it's advantages. Ignorance is bliss they say.

And if you knew me, you would know, that I'm not as stupid as I look... wait, that's not what I meant. I meant to say that I don't look as stupid as... wait. Forget it. I ain't no idiot. I be smart. :) And does anyone really want to know why David Hasselhoff is popular in Germany? Ok... enough rambling. Cute kid, feel better.

Posted by: Karen at October 12, 2006 01:28 PM

Hey man, nothing wrong with posting a bunch of "isn't my daughter cute?" pictures.

Glad you're feelin' better. This is a rough time of year for all of us snotty-nosed-folk.

Posted by: Jonathon at October 12, 2006 01:40 PM

I'd leave it all alone. Two reasons: 1) The more I know, the less happy I am. 2) People perceive me as smart, and I'm too vain to give that up.

Posted by: Brad at October 12, 2006 02:25 PM

Some may say that I have already partaken ;)

Posted by: Nanette at October 12, 2006 03:06 PM

I'd have to go with leaving well enough alone. What I don't know can't hurt me.

Mia photos are always welcome.

Posted by: Melissa at October 12, 2006 03:29 PM

cute baby pictures work for me. Cute is an invention of God--it is a defense mechanism so that I don't beat the tar out of those kids.

Hmm...IQ? I like to think i'm a smart girl, but i have this propensity of f*%&&=%ing with the not-so-smart. It truly is no fun playing mind games with an unarmed opponent.

Posted by: kristen at October 12, 2006 04:04 PM

I love seeing pictures of your adorable little daughter! Part of me misses the toddler stage and then part of me is sooo very glad to be past it.

I need a happy medium ;) Feel better!

Posted by: Chrissie at October 12, 2006 04:28 PM

I am perfectly happy with my stupidity thank you. In fact the more in the dark the better.

Hope you feel better soon!

Posted by: BID at October 12, 2006 04:32 PM

I'm takin the boost and screw what people think. I thirst for knowledge and don't think I could ever get enough. On the other hand, once you learned everything there was to know boredom would set in. But that would be OK cuz I could play the dumb guy and get on Hollywood Squares or hit Vegas and clean up ... then? The chicks ... Yeah Baby! Feel better friend.

Posted by: Tommy at October 12, 2006 04:41 PM

Hmm...I think I'd take the IQ boost. Mine's already up there, and it makes it hard to date when men THINK you're 'too smart,' so having people think I wasn't that bright might be nice for a change. I'd still know I was intelligent, right? Besides, with the boost, I'm sure I could figure out a way to get people to think I was brilliant if I wanted to...hehe.

Feel better!

Posted by: Jaycie at October 12, 2006 06:09 PM

I'd take the IQ boost. I could do all kinds of stuff, and I don't generally care what anyone thinks.

Posted by: Heather at October 12, 2006 08:09 PM

I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people like me.

Feel better soon!

Posted by: Beth in StL at October 12, 2006 09:31 PM

Also I love your sweetheart of a chubby wittle baby!

Posted by: Dee at October 12, 2006 11:03 PM

As much as I'd like to figure out the Hoff love, I think I'd leave well enough alone. I've done okay so far, so why ruin it.

Hope you're feeling better. Fresh ginger in hot tea with lots of lemon juice and honey. My favorite feel good drink, other than Corona of course.

Posted by: Nila at October 13, 2006 06:55 AM

Glad you're feeling better!

Mia's cute, as always :)

Posted by: Nadine at October 13, 2006 08:32 AM

I'd leave it alone. Being smart is too much work.


Posted by: Evil Genious at October 13, 2006 08:39 AM

I'd probably choose to get the IQ boost if I didn't have to work for a living at a place where I absolutely must be seen as smart.

Posted by: Ava at October 13, 2006 06:38 PM

Came here by suggestion of another blogger. I haven't read tons yet, but what I have read, I like.

And, yes, your daughter is extremely cute.

It's funny, late last week I did a similar post, but mine was dynamic instead of static:

See you around.

Posted by: Jeff at October 13, 2006 06:53 PM

Hahahaha! That's awesome, Chris!

I think leave well enough alone. Especially since I already understand Proust and the Hasselhoff mystery. ;)

Mia's double chin is INSANELY adorable. ;) It gets me every time. The monkey cannot get enough of my computer. Her new enjoyment of standing has cut down my computer time by HALF....

Posted by: haley-o at October 15, 2006 11:00 PM

Give me the brain boost - I live in my head anyway I could use the upgrade. Not a lot of people worry about how smart I am - they usually have lives. If I were smarter I might be able to make the world a nicer place, I could stand having a legacy.

Posted by: Gillian at October 16, 2006 05:00 AM