100 Reasons To Not Kill Yourself: #34.

There are those of us who feel an ordered existence is the key to true happiness.

Others thrive in a chaotic environment. I can only assume people like this are truly happy living in 2019.

#34: Chaos.

Personally, at 49 years of age I’ve had enough chaos to last me a lifetime. That said, my job as a Niagara Falls bellman is all about the unpredictability of life and travelers that drift in and out of my path. One day I’m forced to steer clear of rock stars like Pink in a bid to respect their ill-fated attempts at maintaining a private life, the next I’m feeding the need of someone who thrives on social interaction like O.J. Simpson.

Paul seems to have made the most of the chaos in his life.

The hotel issues a daily itinerary but I literally never know who or what I’m going to be dealing with from one minute to the next.

And at the end of the day, I have to admit that I prefer it that way. Granted, I entered the hospitality industry with a full head of hair that has since gone the way of the dodo, but what can you do?

Anarchy isn’t so great when it sweeps an entire country like Venezuela (to say the least) but it can help us feel alive when applied in small doses.

The pandemonium of a failed union will ravage your gut with an ulcer if you let it but the bedlam of a hundred and one dalmatians licking your face will have you laughing until you cry. If they don’t grind your bones to dust, that is.

I recently went in search of “Batcave GIFS” for a post about the importance of the concept of a home in our lives and stumbled upon this little nugget of chaos that inspired this post. I wanted to express my disappointment at not being able to turn my basement into a “Hook Cave” (wives, man) but this hidden gem of delicious chaos from my favorite Sixties television program made me forget all that. Instead I was reminded that on a TV production set, and life in general, anything can happen, and that’s a good thing.


 Nowadays Adam West would have to take series of classes before he’d be allowed back in the Batcave.

Embrace the chaos of your life, within reason of course, and the positive results may shock you.

See you in the lobby, friends, same Bat-time, same Bat-channel…

About The Hook

Husband. Father. Bellman. Author of The Bellman Chronicles. Reader of comic books and observer and chronicler of the human condition. And to my wife's eternal dismay, a mere mortal and non-vampire. I'm often told I look like your uncle, cousin, etc. If I wore a hat, I'd hang it on a hat rack in my home in Niagara Falls, Canada. You can call me The Hook, everyone else does.
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21 Responses to 100 Reasons To Not Kill Yourself: #34.

  1. Ah, the TV show reminds me of a German student we had. She didn’t want to go home as they didn’t have Batman!

  2. Mark Myers says:

    Don’t forget about KAOS as in Maxwell Smart’s nemesis. That’s also something to live for.

  3. Loved the GIF, Hook. You are right. Adam would be apologizing and hope to hell the lawyers would leave him enough to retire. Chaos builds character. 😁

  4. Love the Batman… and Robin. Michael Keaton will forever be my favorite. No one ever brought the same humor and darkness to the character. Chaos is what makes the world go round. But sometimes.. what looks like chaos is God putting things in place you have been praying for. You have to break the pieces apart to line them up the right way. 😉

  5. Doug in Oakland says:

    I used to like chaos more than I do now, but I still like it in measured doses…wait, can it still be chaos if it comes in measured doses? I hope so, because that’s the way I like it these days.

  6. There’s the impermanence of things that we learn to accept. But when pollution fills the oceans with plastic and the land is silent because everything has been killed off – that causes a discontent in the face of which the greatest optimism is needed.

  7. Jennie says:

    Chaos is akin to spontaneity, a welcome event in my classroom at any moment.

  8. List of X says:

    I think that it’s a pretty subjective notion whether chaos is a good thing. Personally, I’ve been trying to order chaos into neat numbered lists. 🙂

  9. Tara says:

    Chaos is what makes life NOT boring. On another note, imagine being so famous that a video of you stuffing your face endures for decades.

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