Monday, April 12, 2010

Chillin' Out

In a typical domestic war most -> all women accuse their husbands of being stuck to the laptop and not paying attention to proceedings. The common charge is "there you go again.. with that laptop, doing that useless browsing with that stupid empty smile on your face. I don't know what you see in that laptop everyday".

Firstly, if so many men are doing it there must be something very important in the laptop that warrants our attention. Therefore women should recognize the importance of us having to pay attention to non-trivial matters of the laptop. Secondly, the opportunity cost of being on the laptop is negligible. There is no guarantee that we won't get yelled at while doing the thing we devote our attention to after we close the laptop. Thirdly, I don't think men are reading what they are browsing. I am assuming net surfing is like TV channel surfing. You do it for pretense but are actually lost in some parallel world. Teenagers call it 'chillin out'.

Lastly, that empty smile - thats the light indicator telling you that the 'chillin out' process is still cooking.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

bingo.. bulls eye

MLC said...

LOL!! yellaa pondaattis-um paavum dhaan!;-)

Manasa said...

Maybe it is a generation gap thing. I'm a 22 year old female, and I can relate to exactly what you say. I 'chill out' all the time too with my laptop. Coming to think of it now, I have seen my older (male) cousin do it too, but not his wife. I don't see such discrepancies in my generation - we are all equally eye-glued to our monitors :D

blackaccord said...

dheivame engayo poittenga...
Idhellam appadiye vardhu thaan la?
Fwd-ing to wife :)

Anonymous said...

It's not abt male vs female, but individual differences. I'm a 25 yrs old female and my husband just can't stand me chilling out on net.

Hawkeye said...

manasa,

remember the scene where janakaraj's heart blasts in 'kanni raasi'. thats what happened to me when you repeatedly hit me with the 'generation gap' theory.

I yam youth too :-(

p.s: i hope you know this movie called 'kanni raasi'. please say 'yes' even if you don't.

Anonymous said...

As long as no one calls you 'Perusu', you are still youth..

I said...

30-a cross panna youth illa.

Manasa said...

@Hawkeye anna (or wouldst thou prefer mama? :D),

Kanni rasi...Pandiarajan padam, illiyo? Funny you should mention that because I remember a scene from the movie where Goundamani declares himself dead after being anniyaayama henpecked. :D

Anonymous said...

manasa,

looks like you are new here. check out kanni raasi post by hawkeye. cult status post adhu. still doing rounds as email fwds. he has already played the goundamani role in real life.

Venkat said...

I disagree with you Bharath. When i am on my laptop, i am doing nothing and i mean it. Literally. There is nothing going on in my head. Just empty space.

Hawkeye said...

venkat, not sure how that amounts to disagreeing.

Anonymous said...

just read your popular kanni rasi post...
ithe vishayam nee on thangaiko ammako panni than paaraen...
mavane setha da nee...

Hawkeye said...

but wouldnt my thangai or amma be showing partiality that favors me.. such a post would never be necessary in those cases. no?

neha vish said...

I am still youth, and vexing others.
My fingers have suffered damage as various people insist on just banging the laptop monitor shut on my hands.

Such is my sodhanai.

Anonymous said...

if they show it to you, you better pretend that you dont care. and if you show priority you better do it in hiding. also dont go to kitchen(which you usually wont do) to "check on" whether the wife and mother are getting along well. you may become the cause for the problem. once they leave nee gaali. no talk no moochu and no saapaadu.

Hawkeye said...

Nega,

Interesting. typically trying to bang laptop shut results in conversations like

"hey.. wait 1 minute.. let me read this last paragraph.."

"no.. no.. this is what you have been saying for last 1 hour"

anon,

if they show it to you, you better pretend that you dont care. and if you show priority you better do it in hiding. also dont go to kitchen(which you usually wont do) to "check on" whether the wife and mother are getting along well. you may become the cause for the problem.

idhu enna Tuesday 7:30 - 8:30 dramavaa... whose real life is like this nowadays?

is your life like this? Kekkave bayangrama irukke.

Anonymous said...

lol this was funny..

but still, doesn't the same apply to your opinion on people tweeting?

If sooo many people are on twitter and the numbers continue to grow, then isn't there a chance, that something substantial going on??

i dunno, i have been following your blog for quite a bit of time, but too lazy to comment, but this sure warrants to be pointed out..

-indolent

Anonymous said...

vazhkaye drama than. dramave vazhkathan.

RamMmm said...

After waltzing through the post, [bling] lights, smile, more smiles.

Absolutely relate to it. I get a 'enna pannara, useless blogging or commenting on some random blog!' look from missus from a distance when she sniffs a faint hint of a smile when I am at the laptop. [I am awed at the feamale's instincts. I can never figure that out]

Ignore Manasa for now, she isn't in the league yet, maybe she'll graduate to be the accuser later. :-D

MaySan said...

I am chillin out right now :P but I hate it when my husband reads India glitz, Sify movies, rediff movies, thatstamil and brings those things into conversation with others...even if I look at those sites, I am not able to remember any of those things! Parallel processing seems like a good theory for me.

LOL - abt generation gap!

rads said...

The same logic should apply when the roles are reversed right? I mean, am a wife, am allowed to 'chill' with my laptop with a stupid grin on my face without having to explain myself.
or is this a number game?

Wish more women sat around vegging like me. Very unfair I tell you. *in a very serious ernest tone*

Anonymous said...

Manasa: I am assuming you are not married/have kids yet!! I love to 'chill out' with my laptop (or iPhone) too but my 2-yr just doesn't let me do it. And at that point when I see my husband in front of the laptop enjoying the simple pleasures in life (such as browsing) and grinning...appadiye pathittu eriyum..