Thursday, July 23, 2009

Psst... Part II

Yup, still your turn.

If you're tuning in for the first time today, there's lots to know. The light bulb is Ray - our HLA friend. He's snarky, but lovable, a little direct, a lot sarcastic, and on a mission to spread his message around the globe... Shine (dammit).

Ray shines. With two feet, he jumps into whatever he is doing. Celebrating National Ice Cream Month? He transforms into StrawberRay. National Friendship Day... CompadRay. Thanksgiving... Rayflower. Writer... HemminRay. Baker... Sugar Ray. Surgeon... Ray's Anatomy. And the list goes on. Don't believe me? Click on the link to GalleRay.

AnyRay, his birthday was earlier this week and in true Ray form, we're still celebrating. Yesterday twenty of you "whacked" your thinking and took a crack at using the picture posted above to create your own name for Ray.

Impressive work. He'd be proud. GuadalupRay; SunRays; Summer VaRayation; MerRayly, MeRayly, MeRayly...; Rayver Rat; Sitting on the Dock of the Ray; Raysin in the Sun; and yes... even Anonymous's snarky suggestion of OveRayted... to name a few.

Today you get to embrace your inner Ray. Be the Ray you love to hate. Wordsmith one paragraph narrating the above picture - Ray style. We want to see your inner snark. Let your sarcasm and twisted sense of humor all hang out.

Start your paragraph off by restating the name you generated for Ray yesterday. None other than Ray himself will be judging which of you has the best overall entry (name + paragraph) and he's impatient. If he has to do the matchmaking, your entry will suffer. Sad but true.

Didn't submit an entry yesterday? Take a crack at both today.

As if we're not having enough fun here, we've thrown prizes into the mix. Complete challenges from yesterday and today and you will automatically earn a patch for your patchwork denim. Have Ray select your entry (name + paragraph) and win a limited edition t-shirt printed with the image and your winning name.

Fun, right?

Signing off until tomorrow...

27 comments:

Chaotic said...

GuadaluRAY : you all spend WAY too much time analyzing inane stuff when you could be doing more important work... like me. Here I am, getting burnt to a crisp (which is HARD for me, lemme tell ya!) just so I can be out in the public, spreading my message of SHINE. Here I am, sacrificing myself for HLA while you people are typing at keyboards all day and arguin' over what? A NAME. Come on, get outta chairs, tell your boss you have more important things to do and get out in the world...tell the world about ME, GuadaluRAY. And, get a life, would ya?

cassie p said...

Take is easRAY...paragraph to come later, after I actually wake up this time!!!

Heather said...

this is a hard one...I have a feeling it will take everyone some time to channel their inner Ray...

Anonymous said...

OverRAYted: I just can not seem to take myself too seriously, definitely not as serious as this whole SHINE campaign. Of course I shine...I am a damn LIGHT BULB! So poor anonymous, my friend gets a bad wrap, for sharing one of my multi-personalities. I didn't here any of you complaining about STINGRAY and he was much much much worse than me. I am exactly as my name alludes: OverRAYted. Now get out there kids and focus on something more beneficial and helpful than a lightbulb. How about brainstorming ways you can shine as how many of you are made of glass and small metal parts?

Anonymous said...

P.S. Meant as good fun!
Have a most excellent day HLA's!

Anonymous said...

Hi, it is me. Summer bRAYk. I’m Ray’s twin sister. You’ll have to excuse my overRAYted brother. He’s been getting all of the attention our whole lives. He’s been acting out and making our parents (Edision and Artemis) cRAYzy since we were kids. He can’t help it, I have always SHINEd brighter, and it made him bitter. See, we aren’t identical twins, I was born with a higher wattage. And even though he bullied me when we were mere filaments of whom we are today, I love him and would do anything for him.

We balance each other out, Ray and I. Sometimes I SHINE a little too RAYdiantly…it hurts peoples eyes. Some find me too positive, too perky. Ray says I am perky to the point of perturbance (some of you HLAers have been catagoRAYzed this way before, I am sure). That’s when Ray steps in and grounds us. As harsh as it may come across, we have the same goal in mind, to SHINE.

Yesterday was my birthRAY too, of course. And I love a good soiRAY! Especially one where my favorite RAYlative is the guest of honor. Happy Birthday, brother! I am so proud of you! I am spending our birthRAY soaking up the uvRAYS…like we used to do when together when we were kids. Hopefully next year we can partRAY together. You look great bro, simply RAYsplendent.

Singing off with the harmomRAY of the day…

This little light of mine…I’m gonna let it SHINE…This little light of mine….I’m gonna let it shine…

Your fRAYnd,
Summer

Cheryl said...

It's a Raycation on the Rayver. Yeah. I got my floating cooler packed with my favorite beverage and I'm going to be RAYging down the RAYver checking out the hotties. Maybe not RAYging because man is this Rayver ever slow but the good thing is it's packed with fun peeps! There's a party of about 60 celebrating some chicks "21st" birthday. Yeah right, lady. Who you foolin'? This one guy has a frenching water gun filled with Margarita's. I was laughing so hard when he gave me a shot I nearly choked to death. Yeah, I know Anonymous. You wouldn't miss me. But, my float goes on, just like life. You gotta stop and enjoy this world or you'll get cRAYnky, like me. But, it's all good because I know we all SHINE at something. I've been busy writing a RAYsaurus and that takes a lot of imagiRAYtion but you hla peeps are great to help out. OW! Damn rocks! Good thing I'm wearing my lucky purple boots or that would be excrutiRAYting.

Hey, hey- yeah you. You little cutie. Wanna float?

Cheryl said...

Alright Anonymous! I love it!

Peggy said...

RAYsin in the sun...down by the RAY-zy river ... have you looked at yourself lately? Yeah, you!! Really looked at yourself??? Come on over here, look closer, closer, closer.... look here down in the water...at yourself in the river....~splash~ suka-A!!

Don't be some frickin' day dream believer! Put those big girl panties on and suck it up! (if you are a guy... go figure it out!) Being snarky (snide + remark)is the blunt irony used to stun & amuse those who need a little kick in the pants. Wake up! Smell the coffee people!!! In the cynical affirming words of Dennis Miller...It's ironic that in our culture everyone's biggest complaint is about not having enough time; yet nothing terrifies us more than the thought of eternity!!!

Lighten up people...I'm a light bulb for Godsake ... whoever thought I could get so many reactions.

I rant, therefore I am!

heather said...

This bride and groom know how to shine...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-94JhLEiN0

Cheryl said...

I'm surprised the church let them do that! Obviously not Catholic. ;)

If my girlfriend asked me to do that... I would say, "Hi. My name is Party. Party Pooper." HA!

Robin said...

RaYving down the river on this lazy last day of summer Raycation. I don't want to go back to school where it's rayning with homework. I want to soak up the Rays of sunshine and or at least play in the rayn.

I was hoping that this would be a good break from writing about nursing an older baby. I think I was more successful over there. LOL

cassie p said...

Take is easRAY. Thats my motto... Nothing is more relaxing than floatin down the river and enjoyin the sunshine. Y'all want me to SHINE my best shine; but I needed a vacation first. Hope I dont get water-logged though. If I do, I'm blaming all of you HLA people for forcing me to take a vacation. I think all of you need to Take It EasRAY too!

Cheryl said...

Cassie- when you read "Take it easRAY" do you hear the Eagle's song Take It Easy or do you hear Foghat's "Slow Ride, Take it Easy"?

Or do you have a hipper newer version? Or is there no music involved at all?

Katie K said...

Cheryl- I hear the Eagles. (and now I'm singing it in my head, thanks!)

Sitting on the Dock of the Ray- Y'all want to talk about shining? I'm just sitting here on the dock of the RAY, watching the time float aRAY. I'm going to SHINE all day while I float here with my SHINEr beer and soak up some RAYs. You cRAYzy women and your outRAYgeous whirlwind trips to other towns- you've got it all wrong. You need to SHINE, shine at soaking in the dock of the RAY and watching the time float aRAY. Time for me to go find my super soaker and quirt down that Sting Ray....he needs a good squirt and RAYke up call.

heather said...

gRAYte times: UV Rays are all the cRAYze

Geez...I take a short break, a little hiatus from the madness in the Beeny household and suddenly you guys start farming out my job. Can't a guy just take a few days off to celebrate his birthday?
Here's a tip for you, stop trying so freakin' hard, just let your inner snark flow. Pretend you just went to San Antonio with the Beeny boys for the weekend that'll get you in the mood. Ay yi yi! So glad I stayed down here for the rest of the week to rest my weary head. They just kept asking me to shine, shine, shine...all I can say is whine, whine, whine. You want me to shine? I got shine comin out my a$$!
Alright, I'm wasting my vacation on you suckers stuck in the office and I got beer to drink and tubes to ride...here's hoping I run into that bikini clad fluorescent again.

Anonymous said...

Too bad that anonymouses are not allowed to win. They don’t want tshirts or patchwork but the think of great RAYliases.

Chaotic said...

heather...awesome video!

Heather said...

Anonymous, you are right...great RAYliases...love it!

You might just have to come out of anonymity long enough to claim your prize should you win!

Melanie said...

RAYging River here...Gee, a bulb can't even get a bRAYke around here. I just wanted to float away a few days without worrying about any goal fish or any other Taste of USA seafood, but you all tracked me down. Incidentally, did you all know that Louisville, KY is one of the largest inland consumers of seafood? Of course not – because you all rely on me to SHINE. Well, shine I will after catching all these UV RAYs – don’t tell my dermatologist!

Melanie said...

Heather - I sent the video to my brother and his fiance - wedding is Saturday - Thanks for sharing a laugh.

Kat said...

Summer VaRAYtion here, wondering what this ruckus is all about. I'm trying to RAYlax! Not that any of you would care, you're more concerned with trying to get work outs done, books read, houses cleaned... My old friend StingRAY is on to you to get your goals accomplished, but I am here telling you to kick back! What else is summer for? Why don't ya'll just call in sick to life, grab your inner tube and come float with me. How can you SHINE when you are running yourself ragged trying to get it all done? So I say, take a bRAYke!

Cheryl said...

Today is one of my very favorite posts because you all are so gRAYt to participate with giving voice to Ray. :) It's been fun reading them all!

cassie p said...

oh, cheryl! Rays motto would definitely be the EAGLES "take it easRay"...

"come on baby...dont say mayyyybe...take it eaaaaaasraayyyy"

Everyone has done great RAY impressions today...I think it'll be tough to choose a winner!

cassie p said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPospvRqP_s

Claudia said...

Nice going, Cassie. The video the perfect stroll down memory lane.

Cheryl said...

OMG! They are so 70's! I love it! And you know all the girls were crazy about them!!! HA!