Thursday, April 29, 2010

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The Everyday Illusions of Stallone in Rocky IV

"He's worried! You Cut Him! You Hurt Him! You see? You see? He's not a machine, he's a MAN!!!"

You best believe when this scene pops in my head, the level of productivity sky rockets no matter the task at hand. The other day at work our system crashed so I was forced to re-create a daunting list of orders. I won't go into specifics but when that list began to shrink I couldn't help but hear Duke screaming NO PAIN in the back of my mind.

The only difference is I was literally battling technology (looking something more like this guy).  But it didn't matter because to that particular moment..I was Rocky Balboa putting an end to the Cold War.

On my run today the Rocky Soundtrack found its way to the play list and subconsciously start sprinting. For those of you who don't know me...I don't sprint. I do know one thing. I will sprint when I'm Stallone in a training montage blasting Hearts on Fire while climbing the mountains of Russia. Miles will turn into marathons.

Now switching gears to Balboa's potential influence to a night on the town. Witnessing the roller coaster ride of Rocky while slamming beers before going out could go either way. A few weeks ago we were finishing more drinks than Drago lines in the entire script. It's a weird transition going from Rocky IV to the dance floor, but somewhere along the lines the adrenaline will provide the necessary switch to the Ne-Yo within.

In any case, it's vital to maintain the illusion of Rocky in everyday life. It may not work in some situations (or at all really), but it certainly makes everything just a bit more entertaining.

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