Roommates. Can’t live with ‘em … can’t Force choke ‘em before locking ‘em out of the apartment and throwing all their stuff through the window into the street when they leave dirty dishes piled in the sink — for the 843rd time.
I have a roommate horror story. Who doesn’t? Here’s the short version of mine:
It was spring time at the University of South Florida in Tampa. I had a fairly new girlfriend, and she and I drove down to Boca Raton one weekend to visit my folks. We took her car. I left mine parked safely in the lot at my apartment complex.
When I got back, I was stunned to find the right-front passenger window shattered, and the interior covered with a fine yellow powder. I went inside and found my roommates — brothers, each about 6-foot-4 and a bit younger than me — lounging on the sectional couch. The room was lit only by the TV.
“Did you guys see my car?” I asked. “What … what happened?”
The older brother sort of stirred, but never took his eyes off the TV.
“Oh, yeah,” he said. “Somebody broke into your car.”
The other brother chimed in.
Artist’s rendition of me and my former college roommate after I found out he and his brother ruined my car while I was away (that’s me, dressed in black). (Not really. Those are the guys from this week’s Pringles/Star Wars the Force For Fun video, Roommate.)
“Looks like they sprayed the inside with a fire extinguisher,” he said.
I called the police, reported the break-in, and spent the next week wondering who would shatter a car’s window and spray the inside of that (most definitely unignited) car with a fire extinguisher.
A week later, as I reached under a kitchen cabinet for a pot to boil some water for spaghetti, I saw our apartment fire extinguisher — with a fine layer of yellow powder around the nozel. A fine layer of yellow powder that hadn’t been there when I left for Boca. Turned out they’d had a few too many one night while I was gone, and one dare led to another …
Instead of reporting my roommates to the police and suing them for damages, I unleashed my inner Sith Lord and kicked them out then and there. Caught yellow-handed, they offered no resistance.
I wonder what the statute of limitations is for breaking and entering and malicious destruction of property. Ah, well. Bygones.
Why tell this story as the lead-in to my first sponsored post? Because, as the Pringles Force For Fun contest video below demonstrates, as bad as your roommate story might be — and mine is pretty bad — it could always be worse. And a lot funnier.
As a Force For Fun influencer for Pringles, I’ve been asked to share videos created as part of a contest to see who can make the best Star Wars-themed Pringles commercial. The seven finalists have been selected, and they’re all very well done. Go to www.YouTube.com/Pringles to check out the seven The Force For Fun videos. You can see 30-second versions of the commercials here.
Over the next six weeks, I’ll post a different video for your enjoyment. My first video is entitled “Roommate,” by David Brashear:
Very clever, I think. Brashear, like me, loves Pringles and grew up loving Star Wars. I like how he integrates the mundane roommate drama theme with the surprise appearance of Anakin Skywalker’s dark alter-ego. Funny stuff. I can see why his creation was chosen as one of the finalists.
In addition to displaying a new video each week, I’ll also provide a platform via the DadScribe Facebook page for a fun giveaway, also sponsored by Pringles. This week’s prize is a Star Wars-themed Mimobot Flash Drive like the one pictured, along with two cans of Pringles.
To enter, simply click this link to the DadScribe Facebook page and follow the instructions on the giveaway widget. The requirements aren’t too tough. You’ll be asked to complete tasks such as liking the Pringles Facebook page, tweeting things using #TheForceForFun as a hashtag, and leaving a comment on the selected video at YouTube. There are 10 Force For Fun influencers nationwide, but you’re only competing in a random drawing with those who enter here. I’ll contact the DadScribe winner and ask for a mailing address so that the prize can be sent directly to you. The other four giveaway prizes are pretty rad, too, so come back each week for more chances to win. Not for nothing, I could win some rad prizes from Pringles if the number of entries funneled through my social media efforts outnumber those of the other bloggers in the field. So, hey. I’ve got that going for me. Which is nice.
Mostly, though, I hope you enjoy the commercials as much as I and my family did. They really are funny, and they are sure to appeal to the Star Wars fans in your life.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Pringles, which partnered with Star Wars for The Force For Fun contest. DadScribe was compensated to provide a platform for The Force for Fun contest videos, as well as the giveaways. Opinions expressed are those of the author.