As hard as you can try, eventually you will find yourself in a position where you look like a weenie, or feel like a weenie, or are just acting like a total weenie. It can creep up on you and come at you unexpectedly, or, at times, you can see it coming from a mile away. Some people are just total weenies all the time, and to those people, I apologize. There is little that I can do for you. For the rest of us occasional weenies, I will try and help you navigate the road of life avoiding the obstacles that can obstruct your overall coolness and make you feel like a weenie. Some of these obstacles can’t be avoided, and in those cases, I’ll try and help you cope.
According to the dictionary, a weenie either means a frankfurter, a penis, or a nerd. According to me, however, a weenie is not so much being a nerd, which can have certain positive connotations, so much as just being totally lame.
I guess that for me, it can still mean frankfurter or penis as well.
When it comes to looking like a weenie, obvious examples would be faux-pas’ like ‘socks and sandals’, the ‘bowlcut’, wearing snowpants or those awful hats with the big ear flaps. I won’t go off on a hat tangent at any point, as I have already done that once before (see: Accessory Before and After the Fact). Obvious examples of feeling like a weenie could include losing at dodgeball, having your credit card denied or failing a driving test. Obvious examples of acting like a total weenie should include mispronouncing easy words, confidently shouting the wrong answer in a game of Trivial Pursuit or singing in your car with the windows down (see: Turn it Up, Man).
Are you starting to understand?
In short, sometimes you can avoid being a weenie, but sometimes you just can’t. The best that we can do is deal with the risk factors that we can control. I can’t cover everything, but these basic examples should help (one for each kind of weenie moment).
On looking like a weenie...
One of the easiest ways to look like a total weenie is to wear a backpack. Now, before you get all in a tizzy and tie up your panties into infinity knots, yes, I do recognize the usefulness of backpacks. And it’s not everyone that needs to avoid them altogether. But it’s kind of like how some guys put on a suit and look like they’re wearing their dad’s pyjamas, and other guys put on a suit and look quite dapper and shit. In turn, some people rock the backpack just fine. They look like a casual businessperson on the go. But you know the type of backpackin’ weenie I mean. You know how some people put one on and instantly look five years old and just begging to have their lunch money stolen?
If you absolutely must employ a backpack, then there are some things that you should know. This can help reduce your wienieness.
Don’t tighten the straps all the way to the max. It’s like when you see a guitarist with the strap all tight and the guitar is up at his chest. He doesn’t look like a rock God anymore. He looks like a member of the wiener patrol. Another example is someone with their shoelaces tied real tight.
“Look how tight my laces are, these babies will never come off.”
What a weenie. If the backpack straps are that tight, you may as well just bite the bullet and sport the fanny pack, taking you into ultimate weenie territory.
Don’t fill the backpack to capacity either. There’s no way that you need to be carrying around enough stuff to fill a whole backpack. What’s in there, a basketball? Honestly, now you look like a lil’ kid on their way to the basketball court to shoot some hoops with his pals. Except you don’t actually have any pals. All you have is a backpack full of shit and a weenie aura that alienates all of those around you. You don’t make friends with backpacks.
A full backpack just makes you look small and weird, like when people wear exceedingly large sunglasses. Seriously, don’t wear gigantic sunglasses unless you are:
a) Elton John
b) A pilot in the movie Top Gun
c) Dead with both eyeballs missing
d) A clown
e) All of the above
Moving right along… The worst thing you can do is have a full backpack with the straps tightened all the way. Even if you’re hiking, you should try and avoid this, because you’ll just look like a granola weenie. And isn’t that just the worst kind of weenie?
Also, put both shoulder straps on. The backpack slung over one shoulder doesn’t look casual after the age of twelve. It looks ultra lame, and thus, quite weenieful.
I have a backpack that I bring to work, and every day, when I go out to the car, I feel slightly less cool then I did before. Still, it seems better than paying money for a more adult looking bag. At least my backpack is black, and truth be told, that’s another thing that can help. Don’t have a bright ass backpack that looks like it has all sorts of nifty pockets made to hold your pencil case, calculator and retainer / headgear.
On feeling like a weenie...
Bringing the car in for maintenance at a garage is a surefire way to make yourself feel like a weenie. Most of the time, I don’t even understand what I am asking them to do to my car. I just read what needs to be done off of my vehicle’s maintenance schedule thingy they gave me when I drove it off the lot. When I am reading it off to the guy at the garage I just try and mumble it, or cough while saying it, in the hopes that he will correct me, and guess what I am talking about.
It’s like ordering off of an Italian restaurant’s menu, when they obnoxiously put the stupid fucking menu items in Italian.
“Yeah I’ll have the … ummm… panooni… giupallda… pancechia.. bruschegnochi?”
The mechanics tend to worsen the situation, by asking you questions that you don’t really know the answer to.
“Yes, I need my breaks serviced.”
“What’s wrong with them?”
“Umm... nothing I think, just according to my maintenance schedule, they require servicing.”
“You been having problems or… what is it exactly you need done?”
“Would you like to see the maintenance schedule?”
“No, that’s ok.”
“You know, I’m not normally such a weenie.”
This is much like how an overall lack of sports knowledge can get you into similar weenie waters with sports superfans, but I believe I tackled that already (see: Color Commentator). There are two ways to not feel wienerific in front of the mechanic. Either educate yourself about the inner workings of your automobile (not happening), or just fake that you know what they are talking about (that’s the one).
“There’s a problem with your Flarnder Rodenspiel.”
“Oh yeah, I totally noticed that last week, just you know, give it the usual.”
“Proceed with the tune-up.”
The mechanic will still know that you’re a weenie, but you’ll walk away with your head held high, a proud weenie.
On acting like a weenie...
“I bike to work every day on my banana seat bicycle. Kneel before me, the king of all weenies.”
They take up an entire lane as if they are a car, but then go through red lights. They have pants tucked into socks, or are wearing one of those elastics to stop their good work khakis from clogging up the gears. They ride the elevator up to their floor while still wearing their helmet, as well as the previously mentioned pants elastic. They have super aerodynamic sunglasses. They are the weeniecycles.
“Of course I’m turning, did you not see my hand signal?”
Riding a bike in the city does not automatically make you a weenie, but it doesn’t help. If you have a bell, horn, basket or tassels on your bike, please close your computer and go set fire to your bicycle immediately.
With these three examples you have the blueprint for what makes a true weenie. Try your best to extrapolate from this guide other situations during which you may look, feel or act like a weenie, and avoid them forever.
That’s it. These snowpants are really making my balls itch and chafing my groin.