I will be peeing in my disposable adult underwear when I read this book — In Fifty Years We’ll All Be Chicks… And Other Complaints from an Angry Middle-Aged White Guy. The book is written by my not brother from a hippy mother Adam Carolla.
Carolla is the kind of guy people seem to love or hate. I can understand why people hate him. Yes, I don’t agree with everything he says, but I quite enjoy his “passion” with everything he says. He loves to complain and one tangent leads to another. If he has one gift, it is the gift of gab.
As a long-time listener of his (I first heard him on Loveline the radio show, watched him on “The Man Show,” and listened to him on the Adam Carolla Show when he replaced Howard Stern on the Los Angeles airwaves. And today I listen to him religiously on his #1 podcast.
So, it was only natural that I would buy his book. I abhor reading, but Carolla made it enjoyable. In Fifty Years We’ll All Be Chicks is almost like my Bible. I’d say I agree with about 85% of the things Carolla complains about. And I laugh at nearly 100% of everything.
In fact, as I was reading this book, there were so many times I laughed out loud and couldn’t stop laughing. There is so much truth to what Carolla spouts. When I was reading, I could hear his voice in my head. Then I went even further and got the audiobook so I could listen to it while I am on long drives or walks.
One of the most memorable lines from the book is when Carolla discusses women’s hair. He goes into a diatribe about the crazy things women do with their hair as far as style. He talks about women with short haircuts and how to each other’s faces, women will compliment each other. However, on the inside, they’re thinking about how women with short hair just means there’s less competition. Then he ends the paragraph with this gem: “I’ve never heard one of my male friends say, ‘That girl would be hot if only her hair looked like Moe Howard’s.'”
One of the reasons I love Carolla, aside from his sarcastic humor, is that he is a hard worker. This guy grew up in a family that makes the Bundys look like the Bradys. He has earned every millionth penny in his bank account. Some people sink in hard times; Carolla battled back.
Carolla took chances. He picked up a hammer instead of picking up a book. I went to school and got my degree. I’m now a desk jockey. Carolla dug graves. He’s now a multi-millionaire.
The moment I knew I admired Carolla was on his last day on the air at KLSX, an FM talk station based in Los Angeles. He talked about change, and as someone who detests it, I found Carolla’s words of wisdom inspiring. He reiterated it briefly in his book, and here’s one line that I need to remind myself: “When you think about the lives where there is no change, they are the most unlived… Lots of change makes for a very rich, vivid, and colorful life.”
Carolla has written a second book — Not Taco Bell Material. I have just started reading it (and downloaded the audio version as well), and it’s more biographical in nature, but still hilarious. I will post a review once I’m done with it (which could take a while because I’m so slow when it comes to reading).
For Carolla fans who haven’t yet picked up this book, please support him and get your hands on this book! It’s the kind of book that you can read over and over and still get a kick out of.
Bottom Line: In fifty years, I predict this NY Times Bestseller will be looked back on as a classic.