Examples from Austin's Life...WAYS TO NOT TAKE LIFE TOO SERIOUSLY...with your family, friends, and strangers...
"DO THE CLICK"
While standing in the NY Subway terminal, if the feeling moves you to jump in the air and click your feet together, go ahead and do it.
Warning: Don't be surprised if many join you - just ask Austin.
HEY! HOW ARE YOU?
Answer your uncle's phone, when his girlfriend calls.
Since you sound just like him, she'll think it's him.
DUCT TAPE ANYONE?
Let yourself be duct-taped to a chair... Why? Just because you can...
SHALL WE DANCE?
Decide on the day of the Senior Ball that you're going to go, after all. Borrow your uncle's clothes, that make you look like someone from Miami's Vice. After all, life's a dance...
DO YOU LIKE MY TATTOO?
Draw a replica of your uncle's tattoo on your back, in the exact location as his, knowing that he doesn't want anyone to copy it. Then casually walk by him, with your shirt off, so he can see it... WARNING: Make sure you're wearing your running shoes...
PLAYING IN THE WOODS
Put twigs in your hair and approach your friend, who is flirting with girls at the neighboring campsite, and say to him, "Johnny, do you want to play wilderness boy with me again?"
YOGA - IT'S SO RELAXING
(and entertaining... for the neighbors)
Do yoga with your uncles, at night, with the lights on and window blinds open, so the entire neighborhood can see right in and watch you... FACT: This is especially a great idea if your family has just moved into the neighborhood...
WILL YOU HIRE ME?...please!
Dress goofy and apply for a job (at a place you would not want to work at)... You never know, you may be offered a job - Austin was.
ELIPTICAL RACE - beat you to the finish!
Race your mom on the Elliptical Trainer at the health club... Warning: Lots of laughter may occur.
Looking for a prank to pull on your friends, the last night of a missions trip you're on? Remove the batteries from all their cell phones, and take one of each of their shoes. The next morning they'll hobble down to the lobby, late, with one shoe on and one shoe off, all frazzled because their cell phone alarm clocks didn't go off... GOOD THING - This is your last year on the trip, because you're a senior... but they'll remember you for years to come.
Thanks Austin for the GREAT Memories... and for helping us all lighten up...