I think most of my friends – on Facebook, primarily, since I’ve yet to be able to procure a pair of Google Glasses and therefore am not (yet) able to
pester share my profound wisdom (you know what, even I think that that’s laying it on a bit thick), I mean, share what I’m sure will be part of the golden search history related to my name in the future – are starting to tire of me and my fanaticism.
(Though I do think that as far as “fanaticism” goes, mine is tolerable.)
Anyway, my current obsession is the ALS IBC, or “the Ice Bucket Challenge”, simply put. By now, I doubt there’s anyone unaware of what the ALS IBC is (with the possible exception of my parents who’s primary source of social media hype is my blog and as I have yet to post about it, they’ve probably not seen or heard anything related to it; that will change), but to recap – because, as my all of my high school teachers discovered not too long into my first semester, and thereafter chided me oft’ times for, I have a flare for writing long sentences with an infinite amount of subordinate clauses and parentheses – it’s, kind of, a gimmick created by the ALS Association to help spread awareness of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease).
In itself, it is a worthy cause. I have been fortunate to have been spared any personal experience of many of the life-taking diseases that still exist, but I’m not unaware of them, nor of what they do to those affected directly or indirectly by them.
(Forgive me): An oh-so-shallow but “nice” side-effect (that felt awkward typing) of the ALS stratagem, is that a lot of celebrities have picked up on it, posting videos all over the great world wide web showing them being drenched in bucket of ice cold water by their “loved ones”.
A lot of my favorite celebrities have already accepted the challenge and even better, they keep challenging each other. I’ve already had the pleasure of watching Tom Hiddleston, on an admittedly unhealthy loop, “taking the bucket”. Earlier today I also saw Chris Hemsworth getting iced and as if that wasn’t as close to Mount Olympus/Nirvana/Middle Earth and Hogwarts as I’ve ever been, he then challenged CHRIS EVANS (yes, that’s all bolded caps, that’s how excited I am!) and Jeremy Renner! Tom also challenged Benedict Cumberbatch and Luke Evans, so you can obviously see why I’m enjoying this side-effect, right?
The newest ALS IBC I’ve seen is that of Misha Collins (again, forgive me for I am about to take another plunge into the shallow end of the pool), and I have always enjoyed his tweetisms, but this was one of the few non-SPN related videos with him I’ve seen and I can’t get over how different his voice sounds from that of Castiel.
It’s like watching a poorly dubbed, foreign movie…
And as far as “gimmicks” goes, this one has been really succesful: the last I saw, it had raised $15 million in donations!!