Don’t Yuck My Yum!!!



I throw out there that I rock at Trivia Crack, now everyone wants a piece of me.  Do you know how difficult it is to catch up on all of my games I have going?  It doesn’t make it any easier when my wife is now hooked.  Instead of reviewing our day, and mapping out the next, we lay in bed, a foot apart, challenging each other.

It also doesn’t help that I’ve figured out I’m not as good as I thought.

But I digress…

Operation Skinny Hatler took a shot to the gut last week as the Little Debbie “Be My Valentine” red velvet snack cakes appeared, out of nowhere, on the grocery store shelves.  I’ll take those over Christmas Tree cakes any day….and I have….a lot……

But I digress….

A week or so ago we were eating lunch with some dear friends and their children who are roughly the same age as ours.  The young’uns were at another table, talking about food.  One child said they liked something, and one of the children said, “EWWWWW!!!”  Immediately, the parent whipped around and said, “Don’t yuck somebody’s yum!”

We are constantly looking for “yums”, aren’t we?  Whether it be for us, our family, our children, significant other, or just quality of life in general, we’re always looking for the good, not bad.  Everyone’s tastes are different, and what makes us happy, may not get your motor turning.

The question then becomes, why are we so intent on yucking someone else’s yum?

Now, in the spirit of full disclosure, I tend to be that “yuck” guy from time to time…..probably more than time to time.

The truth of the matter is that we are so caught up in our own lives and goals, that we fail to see other people’s happiness for what it is….their happiness.

Does it really matter if you like Pineapple and ham pizza, and I don’t?  I can promise you I’m not going to eat that awful combination.  There’s a meat lovers coming out right behind your Hawaiian pizza anyway.

Does it really matter if you’re a vegan, and I like meat?  So what.  As long as I understand that you will have nothing to eat but tofu and hummus when I come over to your Super Bowl party.  However, this does not apply if you drag a McDonalds  bag into Wendy’s…that’s just rude.

You don’t like the way your child’s youth league coach conducts practice and games, yet you’re sitting on the sidelines?  Check the box.  You had every chance to do it yourself, and you didn’t.  I can also promise you that you’re no busier than the people that are out there.

And when the opportunity arises for you to get involved, don’t let it pass you by, and sure as heck don’t worry about those people that are “yucking” your decision.

And does it really matter what a person decides to do when it comes to bettering themselves?  Do those choices and activities REALLY matter to others in the grand scheme of things?

Start focusing on the “yums” and eliminate/get away from the “yucks”.

I’m going to focus on two of my “yums” right now, whole milk and Little Debbies.



What are you looking at? What am I looking at?


I know you never come here to read about my life, but all I can say is that I’m a lucky guy.  Very few are fortunate to have multiple “sets” of friends.  I moved to Tennessee from Texas 22 years ago this June.  Somehow, I’ve been able to keep some very strong relationships with the Red Oak High School Class of 1993.  My Tennessee circle and Texas circle collided last week, as four life long buddies came to the Volunteer State to duck hunt.  I’m a blessed man.

But I digress….

How are those resolutions coming? I blew mine on January 2nd, thanks to that stupid social media site Facebook.  I was going to be “less combative” in all phases of my life.

Facebook- 1

Resolution- 0

As my good buddy Bart Belew says, “Facebook is the middle class version of Topix.”

It sucked me right in….again

But I digress…..

If given one wish to be granted in all the world, and I couldn’t use the standard ones like world peace, end illness, and eliminate hunger, I’d have a pretty good one.

I would wish that everyone in the entire world would be self aware. 

More than likely,  you’ve reached this page through a Facebook link.  We all pretty much have a page.  With those pages, come the obnoxious, constant stream of game requests.

Whether we like it or not, having a Facebook page opens us up to the world.  It doesn’t matter if you don’t post at all, or too much like I do.  The simple fact that we engage in social media, such as Facebook, opens our lives up to the scrutiny of our peers.

It also opens us up to game requests.

There was a spike in Facebook gaming as my phone was dinging with requests for Candy Crush, Candy Crush Saga, Farmville, and Trivia Crack over the holidays.

By the way, I rock at Trivia Crack. Outside of two of my “rivals”, I’m pretty much crushing everyone.

With this spike in gaming, and the subsequent requests, so too came the obligatory posts of “Quit sending me game requests” and “I don’t play these stupid Facebook games” and the ever popular “I’ll defriend the next person who sends me a game request!!!!”

But the funny thing is, these are the same people who talk about how crappy their life is, how their ex is treating them, how their kids disrespect them, and enlighten us on the color and texture of their last bowel movement.

Really???  You’re upset at a simple game request that you can discreetly ignore, yet expose us to your issue of the day?

It’s like my friend, we’ll call him “Jim.”  Jim thinks he’s clever.  He throws out the most asinine comments about a variety of issues.  When he gets punked, and the receives the wrath Facebook, Jim tells us to scroll on by if it offends us because it’s his page.  Jim wants to make a statement that will illicit a response, then gets upset when people destroy is shallow thought process.

Jim is also the guy that is your best buddy one minute, and his mortal enemy the next because he is trying to impress a different audience.

Jim lacks self-awareness.

In order to help spread my mission of a world full of self aware individuals, here are a few of my suggestions that I struggle/don’t apply to my life.  These will be in the book that my wife says I need to pen, “How to Live Life the Right Way, the John Hatler Way.”  If you need to insert sarcasm like my sweet wife does when you say that, feel free to:

  1. If someone stinks, don’t say anything because it might be you.
  2. Smile.  As the old saying goes, you’re never fully dressed without one.
  3. Never be afraid to fall on your face, at least you will be falling forward.
  4. If you’re surrounded by jerks/racists/miserable people every where you go, you’re probably the jerk/racist or making them miserable.
  5. It’s only a secret between two people when one of them is dead.
  6. Measure your words, you never know who is one aisle over.
  7. If you don’t want confrontation, keep you mouth shut.
  8. Tolerance is an attribute, being tolerant is work.
  9. If you get mad about social issues and the game requests on Facebook, you’re probably the one who posts too much on Facebook.
  10. It’s a real talent to be able to “tell it like it is”, it’s a bigger trait to accept being told how it is.

Now I’m not going to claim that I came up with all of those,  but I will for #9.