In this paragraph – What a bummer! A study by the British Medical Journal reveals that although the Wii game console offers more activity than passive videogames, it is no replacement for real exercise – what does "What a bummer" mean?
What a disappointment! How sad!
A bummer, as in "that's a bummer", means a frustrating experience, something disappointing happening, especially when you have not expected it coming.
Here's a real bummer – Yao Ming will not play another game for the rest of the season because of a stress fracture in his left foot.
At any rate, that's a major bummer for me, a Yao fan. I was on my way to have dinner with a few friends on Wednesday when one of them asked me to pick a restaurant. "Any will do," I blurted. "Yao Ming's injured again and I don't have an appetite."
One friend, who plays basketball also, murmured: "I understand." His wife, though, was less sympathetic. "Ah well," she said, "just another fanatic!" Apparently, she thought it was a poor joke – how could Yao's injury, or healthy, affect our dinner?
It was no joke to me. I ate that dinner without relish. You see, the Rockets have just won 13 games in a row – the longest winning streak by any team in the NBA right now and the Rockets' longest winning streak since their championship years in the mid-1990s.
Not that I mind that much about the Rockets winning a championship this year, although nobody would be more deserving than Yao if they did. You see, Yao is tall but never lets his height stop him from becoming better. The guy works hard and cares about his team. The Houston Chronicle calls him "a role model in every sense of the word". Upon hearing the injury, Tracy McGrady, the other superstar on the team, wrote Yao a poem titled Broken Wall...
I ask you to pull a chair, Wall
Stretch and lighten
and peel away your frustration
Create a window
and walk thru to me
They tell me, Wall
that the rings have blinded you
That a red ring chokes you
while the black ring consumes your soul
They tell me, Wall
that the torch weighs heavy
upon your mighty frame
That your corners ache
not the trembling floor
All they want to demolish us, Wall
I see it, feel it
They take Great pleasure in
cracking our foundation
But one nail can.t break us, Wall
One chip can.t stop 'chips
We will build you again, Wall
But until then I shall hold you
We will rise again, Wall
Oh, indeed, what a bummer, for me, other Yao fans, his teammates, Rockets fans, the Rockets organization and ultimately Yao himself even though Yao has been putting himself last here, which only makes his injury more difficult to take. Upon hearing the injury, which came totally out of the blue for everyone, the first thing that came to Yao's mind was his teammates and his country – he doesn't want to miss the Olympics.
"I'm sorry," Yao kept saying. "I'm so sorry. I'm sorry to the franchise. I'm sorry to the city. I'm sorry to (Rockets owner) Mr. (Leslie) Alexander. I'm so sorry."
The guy's so tall and yet he is so touching.
He felt sorry for his teammates when he broke them the news, as though he had committed a flagrant foul.
Then he said he is most afraid to miss the upcoming Olympics in Beijing, calling that – should it happen – the greatest loss of his career.
As though getting injured were a flaw in his character.
Not that Yao is flawless – he does commercials for McDonald's and Coca Cola, but (then, who are we to nitpick? I myself drink the bubbly once in a while and I'm not totally immune to eating junk food either. Besides, if the money's too big to refuse for Yao, I'm sure it must be too big to refuse for anyone. So there) if that's his biggest flaw, then you can't help but love the guy even more.
Alright, let's quit Yao now – any more talk about his injury threatens to make me blurry-eyed.
And I shall quit this column here now also without giving more media examples on the term in question – oh (sigh), what a bummer – as I usually give. Today, no more examples are necessary.