The random route has worked well for me here at Coach Daddy.
I choose the weekly Go Ask Daddy questions with the help of random.com. The questions list pushes 300 these days, and five make it each week. The combos have fit well; the timing has at times been impeccable.
The occasional Olympics question still makes it in non-Olympic seasons, too.
My idea list is around 50, and your posts have influenced many. Did you know every comment you leave on a post could become a post of its own? It’s true. Just remember that. Often, I do.
A post a while back on Marcia Doyle’s blog, Menopausal Mom, inspired the idea I’m going with today. At random of course. Not long ago, I stumbled around in comments about an antidepressant I recently began taking. I’ve not been diagnosed with anything.
My doctor just felt this might help me a little. I struggled with what people said about it. And I struggled with the reason I said anything at all.
But the post this week, picked at random, is “99 ways to beat the blues.” I don’t want to call it depression. I want to call it the blues because we can all relate to that. And nothing I list has any diagnostic power.
It’s more funk-busting techniques, and I don’t expect much more than 37% to work.
But 37% isn’t bad, if you think about it.
99 ways to beat the blues
1. Take a walk. Go slow and look around and take deep breaths.
2. Take a run. Try it without music.
3. Play catch. Pick someone who can throw worse than you if that helps.
4. Go outside. Even if it’s raining.
5. Stay inside. Even if it’s sunny.
6. Make cookies. Add an extra spoonful of sugar.
7. Call your mom. If that doesn’t work, call your dad.
8. If neither works, call a friend.
9. Dunk a basketball. Can’t? Dunk a donut.
10. Wear your favorite team’s shirt. It’s OK if they stink.
11. Make a paper airplane. Give it a fearsome paint job.
12. Listen to AC/DC. If that doesn’t do it for you, try Hayley Westerna.
13. Beat a drum. Don’t have a drum? A hubcap will do.
14. Pet a cat. Or scare a cat. Both are fun.
15. Pester someone. But for no more than 9 minutes.
16. Write yourself an email. Don’t use spellcheck.
17. Watch a bloopers show. Video of people falling is the best.
18. .Send a text that makes absolutely no sense.
19. Watch cartoons. Kids not required.
20. Clean out your closet. Donate an armful to charity.
21. Download a comic podcast. Ones with curse words are best.
22. Clean out your car. Treat yourself with the change you find.
23. Didn’t find change? Treat yourself anyway.
24. Go out for ice cream. Get the waffle cone.
25. Look at pictures of ugly uniforms. It’s ok to laugh.
26. Eat cookies in bed. Don’t worry about crumbs.
27. Go barefoot. Watch out for glass.
28. Put on cozy socks. Superhero or novelty socks are best.
29. Paint a room. Even if it’s just the bathroom.
30. Start a pillow fight.
31. Design a pair of Nikes online, but don’t buy them. Take a screen shot.
32. Buy the two-for-$1 apple pies at McDonald’s. Tell the cashier the second one is for the person behind you.
33. Write a letter to yourself in five years. Seal it up.
34. Watch Jackass.
35. Look up The Jerky Boys.
36. With 34 or 35, make sure the kids aren’t around.
37. Beep your horn at people in their yards as you drive by. 96% chance they’ll wave, but only if it’s two short, friendly beeps.
38. Wear a red polo and khakis to Target. I dare you.
39. Draw a caricature of the last president you voted against. Or last two if you’re on a roll.
40. Draw one of the spouse of your celebrity crush.
41. Change your desktop background. If seascapes make you grumpy, try a hamburger.
42. Call and request a song on the radio. I think you can still do that.
43. Eat lunch outside. Bring a book if it’s raining.
44. Rearrange your furniture. Feng shui be damned.
45. Got a kid? Cook something together – and pretend you’re on a cooking show.
46. Tell someone you love them.
47. Email someone you haven’t heard from in months.
48. Watch what your kids are watching. Even if it’s Disney.
49. If you have them around, pick a kids book and read it. Even to yourself.
50. Have breakfast – for dinner.
51. Pick three friends. Invite them to a potluck, but don’t cook anything.
52. Take a drive. Involve at least one wrong turn.
53. Go to the second-closest Target to your house for a change of pace. It’s like an alternate universe.
54. Do something unexpected and sweet for someone you’re crazy about. Don’t be offended if they’re cautious of your intentions.
55. Pray. If that’s not what you do, talk in your head to George Burns.
56. Meditate. If that’s not what you do, just concentrate on your breathing and clear your mind. (See what I did there? You just accidentally meditated).
57. Think of someone going through something difficult, and worry for them for a while. Pray if you want to. Even if you don’t tell them you thought of them, a call wouldn’t hurt.
58. Schedule a day off work, two weeks or so in advance, and do exactly what you want that day. Watch movies. Go for a day trip. Sleep. Make the day yours.
59. Volunteer at a nursing home. Just for half a day.
60. Color in a coloring book. No kid required.
61. Drop off donuts at a nurse’s desk at a local hospital.
62. Sing God Bless America. In the shower is fine. Not being American is fine, too.
63. While you’re warmed up – pick a song and sing it like the dude from Creed. Any song.
64. Make a prank call.
65. Bring a cup of coffee for your kid’s teacher. If it’s buy one get one free, don’t mention it.
66. Ask the cashier how she’s doing before she asks you.
67. Moonwalk. Or at least try.
68. Play disc golf. Works for me.
69. Find out your gansta name.
70. Keep a Pez dispenser in your bag for days just like today. Or even better days.
71. Try Zumba. Go to a studio across down, if confidence in your hip gyrations are less that optimal.
72. Tell you stylist, “do whatever you want.” And mean it.
73. Watch Jergens commercials with Leslie Mann in them on YouTube. Sigh. Wait, is that just me?
74. Thank someone. Now, thank two more.
75. Got kids? Tell them a story about something you did when you were their age.
76. Smile at someone.
77. Feed some geese. Watch your step.
78. Have Poptarts and popcorn for breakfast. (Be classy. Toast the poptarts.)
79. Pay off someone’s layaway. Not rich? Put a dollar in the Salvation Army bucket.
80. Watch three movies in a row. Apologize to no one.
81. Make sure one has Jennifer Lawrence. Or Amy Adams. Or whoever floats your boat.
82. Use a little blue language. Context not required.
83. Search Daily Odd Compliment until you find one that fits someone you know.
84. Send it to them.
85. Fire up the fire pit.
86. Order fries with that.
87. Make out, if you have the means. Or at least wrestle.
88. Write a post. Don’t have a blog? Start one.
89. Make a sandwich. A Dagwood sandwich.
90. Read a book.
91. Take a nap.
92. Administer just enough chocolate. Or wine.
93. List your favorite three books, three CDs and three quotes. Refer to them often.
94. Toss a fiver at a Kickstarter. Or more, if you’re feeling all Rockerfeller.
95. Dress up for work. Reason not required.
96. Dress way down. But not too far down.
97. Give a cat a bath. Or just read about it.
98. Do nothing. Remember that the blues are OK.
99. Leave a comment on this blog. There’s an 87% chance you’ll receive a blues-chasing reply if you do.
Did I miss anything?