I am often happily stunned by the creativity of the human mind. Especially the creativity of the bored human mind.

If you don’t really know what I mean, you must check out the video entitled “Extreme Sheep LED Art.”

These guys have really gone outer-limits. I really hope you watch it, because I’m not going to describe it. Just know that it’s genius: the bored kind of genius. It makes me want to coin a new phrase, which I’ll get to in a moment.

Soldiers and students know this: There is something electrically stimulating about boredom.

That’s how so many bizarre and folkorish games get created. Some schools and some military units have odd little games that have become tradition. I’m pretty sure that’s how highlander games started, along with most Scottish food traditions.

I remember two games that some MS/HS friends and I created. I still look fondly on those games.

One was a roller skating game (yes, I said roller skates. I am that old). We put roller skates on, placed a five gallon bucket against my parents’ garage door and played a form of full-contact roller skating basketball: we used a tennis ball and no helmets or pads.

We also had a game that we called Pillow Toss (don’t let your mind go there). We would stand with our feet apart, holding two corners of a pillow, swinging it between our legs. then we would toss the pillow into the air. We attempted to make the pillow land as flat as possible — all four corners at the same time. We had wild variations: distance tosses, multiple flips.

A teaching friend and I would play a bizarre handball game in the halls of the school after hours. We actually began naming the shots. Hitting the confluence of the floor and the wall, making the ball bounce directly back to you was The Bumper. Banking the ball off the confluenced corner between two walls and the floor, then bouncing off lockers 3453-3443, hitting the floor again, bouncing off the lockers 3432 -3422, then catching the ball was called The Sword of Cthulu.

Creativity inspired through boredom.

I would like to coin it “lighting up the sheep.”

But that has become a problem for me. Because I have been so swamped with projects that I haven’t really had the time to get bored. And what that really means is that I haven’t gotten my creative batteries recharged.

I’m a bit spent.

So I am looking for a little boredom.


I have a play beginning rehearsal this week.

I have a pregnant wife due this week.

I have a two-year old boy.

I’m not sure those sheep will get lit.