Alright, back to the subject at hand. In a previous post, I made a comparison about bears and tops. I was chatting with a friend recently and the subject of Star Wars came up. Chewbacca is bear-ish looking, don't you think? He's always groaning about something and I can never understand him. Seems like a top to me.
He's also not easily persuaded and knows how to take matters into his own hands. And he's fuzzy and could probably give a good hug if he wanted to.
Does anyone remember the game SkiFree? Back in the Windows 95 days it was part of the game pack that was included with practically every new computer, along with Taipei and Solitaire. The premise of it is you control this little skiier guy, navigating yourself through several courses and trying to make jumps, avoid hitting trees, dogs, and the occasional snowboarder. You'd gain points for doing tricks and for not falling down.
The thing that was really frustrating with this game is that it was apparently unwinnable. Once you got to a certain point in the course, this bear/snowmonster dude would appear and eat you. (You knew I was going to get to the top comparison eventually.) Every freaking time. I can't even tell you how many times I used to play this game thinking I'd be able to make it to the end and win but no, here comes the bear and you are dead again. What's that quote? Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Damn Skifree.
It kind of reminds me of something else...