A flaming bag of poop

by RhodesTer on May 11, 2009

This is Alex Fayle.


He lives in Spain, and I’m not clear on exactly what he does there other than jump up and down, but I know he’s a cool guy.

I also know that he teaches English and encourages people to be better than they are. I don’t mean like those fly-by-night “life coaches” who stand around on street corners in raincoats saying, “Psst..” when you walk by and then they flash pamphlets at you. Alex has this blog – Someday Syndrome – the premise of which is that we all say things like, “Someday I’ll have a cool, profitable business” and “Someday I’ll meet the man, woman or possibly both of my dreams” and “Someday I’ll win five gold medals in the triathlon, after losing 400 pounds first and kicking my cocaine addiction.”

Alex is all about not sitting on your butt, but getting your “somedays” to happen sooner than later, before you’re rendered into a heap of ashes encased in an urn buried at Forest Lawn. For most of us, it’s too late at that point.

He knows what he’s talking about, because my understanding is that before moving to Spain, Alex was a hedgehog who always dreamed of someday becoming human, moving to Europe, teaching English and mentoring other hedgehogs (and yes, people too) so that they can someday move to Europe and teach English.

Of course, the main thing that stands in our way – hedgehogs and humans alike – is procrastination, so a part of what Alex does is get everyone to stuff their procrastination into a paper bag and set it on fire and then leave it on the world’s doorstep, kind of like a flaming bag of poop. I’m speaking metaphorically, of course, so I probably need to explain that the bag he provides is in the form of questions he asks on his blog, and when he asks someone these questions, the answers are the poop. Then, when he puts the poop in the bag and hits “PUBLISH,” that’s the setting it on fire and leaving it on the doorstep part.

He does this once a week, four times a month, twelve months out of the year, and so far no one has reported him to the bad-metaphor police. That’s good, because this week, Alex asked me to poop in the bag.

The questions are always the same – “Name one moment in your life when you threw a pity party..”  “Can you look back on that moment and tell us how you felt..” “What variety of the Someday Syndrome do you currently harbor?” ETC, blah blah blah – it’s kind of like one of those MySpace memes that my friend’s 16-year-old daughter Jessica likes to post, only there are no questions asking what kind of animal would you be if you could be any kind and who has dreamier eyes,  Zac Efron or Joe Jonas? (Obviously Joe.. I mean, come ON.)


So today, I, Rhodester.. aka DAVE.. lay myself bare for all of you to see (don’t worry, that’s just another metaphor.) I don’t generally like answering personal questions online because of the whole “witness protection” thing (how do you think it is we came to live in Palm Springs, yet we’re broke and don’t even have a car?) But I decided to poop in Alex’s bag because he’s intelligent, articulate, helpful, classy, cool and more importantly, he’s even dreamier than Joe Jonas..


So, here you go.. the RhodesTer Interview.

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1 Positively Present May 11, 2009 at 5:49 am

I just came across your site from Someday Syndrome and I’ve really enjoyed looking around. The first line of this post had me laughing because I’m in contact with quite a few bloggers from around the world but I really have no idea what they do in their daily lives. Perhaps their all just jumping up and down…haha.

Positively Present´s brilliant babbling..the power of adversity: a book review


2 RhodesTer May 11, 2009 at 5:53 am

That’s what — I’m doing — right now — after reading — your comment!

Thanks for dropping in *whew*


3 Alex Fayle | Someday Syndrome May 11, 2009 at 11:23 am

Thanks for pooping in my bag – I had lots of fun setting it on fire. I like setting things on fire… ;)

Alex Fayle | Someday Syndrome´s brilliant babbling..Creativity & Paying the Bills: Dave Rhodes Interview


4 Alex Fayle | Someday Syndrome May 11, 2009 at 11:23 am

Metaphorical fires that is…


5 RhodesTer May 12, 2009 at 1:15 am

Gotcha. *relieved*


6 Patricia May 12, 2009 at 5:47 pm

Very funny and I signed on for some more….thank you…

Alex is rather dreamy and his sister is beautiful.

Patricia´s brilliant babbling..I Love Flowers


7 RhodesTer May 12, 2009 at 5:49 pm

Ooh, a lady bug! Is it true they eat flies or something?


8 Patricia May 12, 2009 at 6:47 pm

Symbol of woman recreating herself…is the ladybird or lady bug…
they eat aphids….lots and lots of aphids….

I am old, heavy and rather funny looking as a tumor has been removed off my lip and cheek…until that heals I am afraid a true picture would scare away my readers…it surly does scare away children right now.. My kids think I looked like Demi Moore in my 20s….I think I am getting more beautiful every year…
Happy 50 I will be 60 in August

Patricia´s brilliant babbling..I Love Flowers


9 RhodesTer May 13, 2009 at 3:30 am

Patricia, beauty is subjective – a boy warthog thinks a girl warthog is the hottest thing around, and wouldn’t glance twice at Demi Moore (unless he was hungry and she couldn’t run very fast because of her high heels.)

I think you’re kind of hot, in an intellectually sophisticated yet snarky sort of way.


10 Patricia May 13, 2009 at 11:31 am

Takes one to know one….I am so hot my Friday post is about SEX..

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