Anyone who has seen the Peanuts cartoons will agree that Snoopy--pet dog of the main character, Charlie Brown--has always had an element of "coolness" to him. You see, Snoopy is so much more than a dog. He can surprise and delight the viewer by doing things that humans can do. He can walk on two feet. He can carry objects in his right and left front paws as-if they were hands. He can read, write, go to school, work in grocery stores as a checkout clerk, drive vehicles, play sports, conduct orchestras--pretty much anything. And he does these things so naturally. The only thing Snoopy cannot do is talk like humans. For this he more-or-less grunts his words the way a dog would if not barking.
But back to the "coolness" of Snoopy--a facet that Charles Schulz might have attempted to illustrate with Snoopy's Joe Cool persona. Joe Cool has made cameo appearances in various Peanuts cartoons throughout the years. Check out the You Tube video, below, in which Joe Cool is in school just doing his best to act cool. (Let the video play for some seconds as Lucy and Charlie Brown debate in the hallway about being class president.) As you will see, Snoopy puts on his Joe Cool sunglasses and hangs out at the drinking fountain. Then he goes to class.
Despite how popular Joe Cool might be, this isn't the only thing "cool" about Snoopy. Now this might be the first time the phrase has ever been used, but there is a state of being that we must all try to attain that I call "Snoopy-cool". It isn't easy, and it has nothing to do with the comical Joe Cool persona. I've actually been encouraging one of my daughters in recent weeks to be "Snoopy-cool".
So what is "Snoopy-cool"?--you might ask?
If you've ever watched your share of Peanuts cartoons, then surely you have noticed that Snoopy is the antithesis of his owner, Charlie Brown. Much of the Peanuts cartoons are about Charlie Brown and his struggle to finally reach happiness and success. But maybe he tries too hard. He seems to struggle to enjoy the simplest things.
Case in point: in the famous Charlie Brown Christmas special, Charlie Brown struggled to get into the holiday season, and couldn't even find the right Christmas tree for the school play. He bought some pathetic tree that toppled over when an ornament was placed on it.
But then we have snoopy who simply pulled out all of his holiday decorations from inside the doghouse and totally decked out his home for Christmas with lights, ornaments and all the works. And he did it so seemingly effortless--like badaboom badabing. And that's the art of "Snoopy-cool". He never really puts much thought into what needs to be done. It's as-if he puts the moment on cruise control, even goes about matters with his eyes closed like he were showing off. Whatever is happening at any given moment, Snoopy has it; he has everything under control and looks so natural while doing it.
If Snoopy were to go to the beach, he'd carry a huge bundle of beach necessities through the sand and then plop it down, somewhere which just so happened to be the perfect spot. Then, like badaboom badabing, he'd be all set up and lying on a blanket in the sand, rubbing tanning lotion in and reaching for a soda in his picnic basket.
Be like Snoopy; be Snoopy-cool.
Keep in mind that Snoopy-cool is definitely the highest state of mind that we should try to attain. But whatever you do, don't try to be like Joe Cool--especially at the office--where you might make yourself out to be a fool.
Joe Cool at the Drinking Fountain
Joe emerged from the large office conference room on a Tuesday morning at 9:45. It was definitely a stressful conference, and he could expect more some time later.
"Ugh... I need to step outside for some fresh air." thought Joe to himself while walking down the hallway and to the main exit out to the parking lot. Upon stepping outside, he reached for his sunglasses which happened to be in the inner coat pocket of his blazer.
"In and out... In and out..." Joe thought to himself while taking a little stroll around the parking lot. "Just keep it cool..." he reminded himself.
While passing one of the windows of the office building, Joe glanced at the reflection of himself and noticed how "cool" he looked. He looked like the Peanuts character, Snoopy, as one of his personas, Joe Cool.
"That's who I need to be." Joe thought to himself. "I need to be Joe Cool." And with that, Joe started to walk cool. He strolled through the main entrance of the office building and was sure to keep his sunglasses on. He continued strolling through the lobby and over to the drinking fountain where he took a nice, cool drink of water.
"Ah!" exclaimed Joe Cool out loud. "That was nice!"
Just then, Joe Cool happened to glance over to the main entrance and noticed that one of his coworkers, Sally, had entered. She strutted through the lobby with her pretty face, high heels, sexy dress, and--wow--breasts bobbing up and down as she walked.
Joe Cool remained by the drinking fountain until Sally came near. "Hi Sally!" greeted Joe Cool with his cool sunglasses on and a big smile on his face.
"Hi Joe!" returned Sally. "What's with the sunglasses?"
"I guess I'm Joe cool." he answered while pressing the button on the drinking fountain. "You want a nice drink of water?" he offered.
Sally shrugged her shoulders, "Sure..." Then she bent over to take a drink.
Joe Cool watched in amazement as Sally remained bent down and slurped up the water with her sexy lips. "Ah, that's nice, isn't it?" asked Joe Cool. "You like slurping up all that water with your lips, don't you?"
Sally happened to glance up towards the drinking fountain button and could see that the crotch of Joe Cool's pants were quite close. The crotch was close enough that she could see his zipper. It was then that Sally stood up.
"You sure you don't want some more of that?" asked Joe Cool.
"No, I'm fine." answered Sally while strutting away in her high heels and ass twitching.
Joe Cool continued to hang around the drinking fountain. He was just being Joe Cool like he was back in school and acting cool.
Another woman, Jill, walked through the main entrance.
Joe Cool hung around the drinking fountain until Jill was close. "Hey there, Jill!" he greeted.
"Hi..." cautiously returned Jill. "Are you just hanging out around the drinking fountain?"
"Yeah, I'm Joe Cool today." he answered. "Then he pressed the button on the fountain. "You want a drink?"
Jill shrugged her shoulders, "Sure..." and then bent over.
Just like with Sally, Joe Cool watched in delight as Jill slurped up the water with her sexy lips and bent over low enough to display more than a view of cleavage.
Jill could see Joe Cool's zipper, and immediately pushed away from the fountain. "What the...?" She gave Joe Cool a weird look and walked away.
"Well let me know if you want some more." called out Joe Cool.
Jill said nothing, just went back to the office.
Moments later, Joe Cool's boss walked through the main entrance. He, too, stepped out after the meeting to get some fresh air. But what was this? His employee, Joe, was standing near the drinking fountain with sunglasses on and resting his hand against the wall.
"Are you going to have that report for me by 11:00 this morning?" asked Joe Cool's boss.
"Yes Sir!" reassured Joe Cool.
The boss gave Joe Cool a strange look, "Is it bright in here or something?"
"No, Sir, I guess I forgot to take my sunglasses off." With that Joe Cool removed his sunglasses and remained near the drinking fountain.
The boss reminded Joe Cool, "I need that by 11:00." which was actually code for, "Can you do something else besides stand by the drinking fountain?"
Joe Cool ignored it all and watched as his boss returned to the office. When he felt it was safe, Joe Cool put his sunglasses back on.
In walked Julie, a curvaceous blond who definitely dressed in such a way to show off her goods. And might I add that she was well-endowed.
"Hi Julie!" greeted Joe Cool in his sunglasses and resting his hand against the wall. "You're looking good today."
Julie stopped walking for a second and contemplated if Joe Cool meant anything inappropriate with that comment. She cautiously answered. "Thank you...?"
Joe Cool pressed the button on the drinking fountain. "You want a drink?"
Cautiously, Julie approached the drinking fountain and bent over to take a drink. Her large hanging breasts and cleavage nearly burst through her blouse as she slurped up the water with her voluptuous lips.
"Mmmmm... Ahhhhh... Isn't that good?" asked Joe Cool.
Julie looked up and could see a bulge forming in the crotch of Joe Cool's pants. He was apparently getting off on something. "What the hell???" exclaimed Julie. She stormed off with her curvaceous body
By 10:30 that morning, Joe Cool was called down to the HR office and written up on three accounts of sexual harassment.
Lesson to be learned: It's okay to be Joe Cool at work, but don't take Joe Cool too far!