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Song Meme and Six Things Meme

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"About as much fun as a bag of weasels"...when I first saw this Irish adage, it made me think of the life of a writer: sometimes perilous, sometimes painful, certainly interesting. My paper journal has always been called "The Bag of Weasels." This is the Bag of Weasels' online home.

Song Meme and Six Things Meme

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The way the meme works: Leave a comment and ask me for a letter. Using the letter I give, list ten songs that begin with that letter.

isil_elensar gave me "R" since we both love rollerskating. (And I managed to mention rollerskating in my comment to her...big surprise!)

I'm putting the answers behind a cut since it's me and I know I'm going to ramble at length about the personal meaning of each.

"Roam," by the B52s. Bobby and I often joke that this should be our theme song since we can rarely sit home for more than a few days at a time without undertaking some form of excursion.

"Rock Lobster," also by the B52s. Whenever I hear this song, I think of a particular afternoon, driving through Ellicott City. There is a stretch of residential road with speed humps, and as you come up on them, there is a sign that says, "HUMP." So Bobby and I...well, hump. Not each other, as that would not be safe driving, but we do various humping-related pantomimes. It's most interesting when there are drivers also crossing the hump on the other side of the road. On this particular afternoon, we were both full of energy and "Rock Lobster" was on the radio, and so we humped quite boisterously. Now I can't hear that song without thinking of that.

"Raindrops + Sunshowers," by the Smashing Pumpkins. I love '90s rock music, and the Smashing Pumpkins are my favorites. This song has lived on my iPod since I got the thing.

"Rhyme and Reason," by the Dave Matthews Band. DMB has always been a favorite of mine, yet I stopped knowing their songs somehow after Crash. Bobby made my last iPod playlist for me, and he put lots of new DMB on it, and I have enjoyed it immensely. While running warrants today, "Rhyme and Reason" came on, which caught my attention since it mentions drug use a good bit and I was 1) running warrants (self explanatory) and 2) have been working on a series of drabbles about Maglor's many possible fates, and one involves drug use. It made me think of that.

"Reflex," by Duran Duran. Growing up, my parents had a mix-tape that they would play in the car. My parents listen to some of the worst music, but this mix-tape actually had a decent collection of decent '80s pop and rock music. "Reflex" was one of the songs, and has always remained one of my favorite Duran Duran songs. I was mad when one year my skating class did a number about pop idols and my teacher chose bloody N'Sync instead of Duran Duran. WTF?! "Reflex" would have been an awesome skating number.

The Rose," by Bette Midler. Okay, I'm admitting it. Growing up hearing little in terms of music but my parents' easy listening, I developed quite a liking for this song. You know what else? I also like the Spice Girls, and I went to a Backstreet Boys concert. There. Now all of the skeletons are out of my musical closet.

"Renegades of Funk," by Rage against the Machine. If that's not a 360 from the song before, I don't know what is. Perhaps I would like to prove that I can be a teensy bit hardcore with regards to music (although one who is astute might note that I don't even own this album. I just like to sing it loudly when it comes on the radio to annoy amuse Bobby.)

"Runaway Train," by Soul Asylum. Another of my favorite '90s rock songs that bring back the heady days of middle school, of flannel shirts and puffy bangs, of writing your favorite bands on your binder and everyone had Nirvana. (Well, except me....)

"Roxanne," by The Police. I am including this one because I think this might be my least favorite song ever. Incidentally, my cowoker Brian sings it constantly as he roams around our office. Also, Bobby's and my opinions of The Police are some of our most fervent disagreements, though he tends to agree with me on this particular song.

"Rock Me Amadeus," by Falco. Yep, after '90s rock, I am a shameless sucker for '80s pop! When I was in high school and early university, there was a pop station in Baltimore that did remixes of old songs on Saturday nights. They had an awesome remix of "Rock Me Amadeus" (and also Laid Back's "White Horse," which--the first time Bobby heard it--prompted him to say, "Did they just say, 'Ride the white whore?" No, Bobby, not that kind of song.)

Also, the lovely isil_elensar tagged me to tell six things about myself and tag six people to do the same. Ai. I can never outrun Isil....

1. Unless I am hiking or skating, I am wearing a dress or skirt 90% of the time. For me, it is a comfort thing. I have a tiny lil' waist, a big ol' backside, and long long legs. Those don't make fitting pants very easy.

2. On the subject of fashion (or my lack thereof), the one fashion item that annoys me greatly is capri or flood pants. Now I know that 90% of you probably wear these. 40% of you are probably wearing these now. I am braving a tomato storm in admitting my aversion to this trend, I know. It's just that in my day, a kid got made fun of for wearing clothes that didn't fit. "Is the flood coming, Dawn?" I was asked. (See #1 about long long legs.) And they tend to make all but the tallest and skinniest women look dumpy, imho.

3. To prove that I am not entirely frivolous: Over the course of my nearly twenty-five circuits around the Sun, I have considered the following careers: entomologist (that's the study of insects), ichthyologist (that's the study of fish), dog trainer, veterinarian, genetic counsellor, microbiologist, writer, confectioner, restauranteur, teacher, clinical psychologist, and ecologist. (Ecologist, of course, is the latest, up-to-the-minute dream du jour and hopefully one that may actually prove to be attainable, unlike many of the others--i.e. writer and confectioner--that are at the moment out of reach.) And, you ask, what is my actual job? Research analyst/statistician for a warrant team, which, yes, is just as boring as it sounds. And adamantly not on the list.

4. Until today, I am embarrassed to say, I had never tried to peel an orange. I always ate them cut into sixths or got someone else to peel them for me or ate mandarin oranges out of a can. It was...quite an experience. I made quite a mess too. But it was fun, in a way, like a project that you can eat when it's all over.

5. When I was thirteen, my girlfriends and I were obsessed with the movie The Lion King and we all had Lion King names. I was "Ed," the crazy hyena who only laughs and rolls around on the ground because I was the eccentric one in the group.

6. Halloween is my favorite holiday, and Bobby and I observe a month-long celebration starting the first of October. First of all, we watch nothing but horror movies. We are quite the horror connoisseurs, but at Halloween, we really overdo it. We decorate our apartment with really cheesy decorations, buy candy that no kids ever come trick-or-treating for, and take a trip to the pumpkin farm and buy more cheesy decorations or ornamentation of a gourd-like nature. We carve pumpkins and bake the seeds. (I have big plans this year for carving a nazgul pumpkin. If you see it posted here, it turned out well. If not, it either sucked or I never got around to designing it.) And we even listen to the "Sounds of the Seasons" channel on digital cable. We are true Halloween maniacs.

And I tag (this is the fun part)....
callirhoe
french_pony
aramel_calawen
sinneahtes
allie_meril (this is your "welcome back" tag!)
rinnor (this is your "welcome to my LJ" tag!)

Per usual, I have tried not to tag people who I've already seen tagged. Sorry if I've messed this up. And if you don't want to play, you are welcome to ignore me. My cast-iron feelings certainly won't be hurt over a meme. And if I don't tag you and you want to play, consider yourself It!
  • I knew #1, and I agree with #2(although Brandon says he actually likes capris on me), #6-we're very much alike in the horror thing, lol. I have a Texas Chainsaw Massacre T-shirt from Hot Topic:)

    I'm not much into trends, but the whole leggings/straight leg thing is coming back with long tunic type shirts-I think that would flatter you with your height and all. Of course I might give it a shot myself, lol, after I have Cupcake....gotta look decent sometimes and I could go with the whole "dark" thing(even with this particualr trend) that everyone seems to like on me.

    Joey wears those huge pants called Tripp pants from Hot Topic....they annoy me and Brandon both....that and I can't stand how the "rapper" guys wear their pants halfway down their asses. Those are male trends that annoy me to no end. Thankfully the worst I have to deal with is Brandon putting spikes in his shoes, lol.....and he has a few shirts I dislike, but otherwise he knows how to dress:)
    • I really like the longish, medieval-like shirts. Actually, back in college, I was fond of wearing short dresses over long pants. My best-fitting pants were usually from skating costumes, but they were a bit too tight in the bum for me to be comfortable wearing them as is, so I put my short little dresses over them. And I got teased loads for it. Then--a year later--I'm walking down the mallway, and what do I see? A mannequin with a little dress over long pants.

      *throws up hands*

      I'd never stopped wearing my skirts over pants and don't intend to! :^P

      I think you'd look good in that too, post-Cupcake. And you're right about you looking good in dark colors; you do. For senior prom, the trend was light-colored gowns. Not me; I wore red. Heck, I know what works with my washed-out complexion and what doesn't!

      But especially with your hair colored the way it is now (and it looks really good, which I meant to mention on Saturday and forgot), darks suit you well. Brandon must have an eye for fashion (at least on his wife) ;)

      The half-mast pants annoy me too. Heck, I can't show my knickers! But worse than that is when I see a guy tinier than me and he's wearing a 5XL white Tshirt that fits him like a dress. WTF?! And trucker caps with the brims not bent and visors of any kind....

      Okay, I'm stopping while I'm ahead. ;)
  • So which am I tagged for? The one about song titles, or the one with six things about me?
  • "Reflex," by Duran Duran.

    I *knew* you would pick this one!! *does happy dance* And I totally agree with you... "Reflex" would make an awesome skating song. Along with "Wild Boys", "A View To A Kill", and quite a few others that I could name, but won't just for the sake of savin' space with my fan-girlishness... ;-)

    5. When I was thirteen, my girlfriends and I were obsessed with the movie The Lion King and we all had Lion King names.

    I keep forgetting you're younger than me... LOL! I was just out of high school when this came out, and I went to see it 5 times in the theater. I couldn't get enough of it! And I practically wore out my VHS copy of the movie when I got it. It *lived* in my VCR.

    Ah, Disney... animated Disney. How I love thee...
    • I *knew* you would pick this one!! *does happy dance*

      Yay! GMTA!

      And "Wild Boys"...yes, I have thought this so many times when listening to that song! I would love to choreograph that...but I'd never be allowed to perform it, since every group I've skated for has been too concerned with performing too "sexily." I mean, one year a friend of mine wore big long silky gloves and was to do a cartwheel at the end of her number, and she asked to tear off the gloves, you know, so she wouldn't slip on the floor and break her neck. Oh, no no no...it looked like she was stripping. *rolls eyes*

      And "Wild Boys" just begs for sexy choreography, imho. ;)

      I keep forgetting you're younger than me... LOL!

      Five years or so. ;) Though I feel much older sometimes, with my tendency toward aches and pains lately!

      I was just out of high school when this came out, and I went to see it 5 times in the theater. I couldn't get enough of it! And I practically wore out my VHS copy of the movie when I got it. It *lived* in my VCR.

      Me too! The summer of eighth grade, I think that I watched it every day. I have the soundtrack too, laying around on cassette tape somewhere. I used to skate to "The Circle of Life" in my garage everyday. Aaahhh...the memories. :)

      I would love to see the musical version someday. Now I have an itching to watch it again!
  • (no subject) - callirhoe
  • Me = waiting for letter :P
  • I have to agree with you on capris. I've spent my life trying to find pants that are long enough, I still haven't convinced myself that I should intentionally buy pants that are too short.

    Though they do look nice on many women.

    Six things?
    1. I still have my teddy bear, beat up and one eyed, she resides in my guest room.

    2. I have spent the last couple years trying various hair color dyes to achieve what I think Maedhros' hair color would be. Colour Experte Cherry Cordial always got a lot of compliments, but Feria Copper came closest to what I think it should be. Except the first couple days it is blindingly bright and I swore I would never buy it again. But once it washes out after a couple days, it looks really great.

    3. I'm eagerly awaiting Talk Like a Pirate Day on Sept 19 when I'm sure I will spend the day emailing my fellow pirates at work.

    4. The best thing about having nephews that are 2 1/2 and 5 is playing with their toys. One has a birthday this weekend, so I he will have new toys.

    5. On my first day of kindergarten, I was chosen "Best Rester." I have been living up to those high expectations ever since.

    6. My first real career ambition was to be an astronomer. Then I realized that that meant staying awake all night.
    • I have to agree with you on capris. I've spent my life trying to find pants that are long enough, I still haven't convinced myself that I should intentionally buy pants that are too short.

      You know, I honestly thought that I was going to get a slew of replies along the lines of "I where capris all of the time" or "I am wearing capris right now." It seems that I am not alone in my feelings though. Hmmm. You all are encouraging me in my frivolity!

      I have spent the last couple years trying various hair color dyes to achieve what I think Maedhros' hair color would be. Colour Experte Cherry Cordial always got a lot of compliments, but Feria Copper came closest to what I think it should be.

      Next time, I will be checking out samples at RiteAid to see if they match my own idea!

      On my first day of kindergarten, I was chosen "Best Rester." I have been living up to those high expectations ever since.

      *snerk* That's hilarious. It's funny what is remembered from that early in life. I remember getting in trouble in Fit By 5 when I was three years old and being made to sit underneath the parallel bars as punishment during playtime. :^P

      Thanks for playing! Your answers made me grin like a goof!
    • (no subject) - dawn_felagund - Expand
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  • Nothing wrong with looking dumpy, my husband would say... "then I got at least something to wrap my arms around" - but I agree, I don't like capris either. I want elegant, flowing lines.

    And... hmmm... okay, I'll play. Gimme a letter?
    • I was going to say "E" for "Elrond," but a perusal of my iPod seems to reveal that that is not a popular letter.

      So then I thought "C"; lots of songs start with "C". And I thought "C for Celebrian," but I thought you might smack me.... :^P
  • Hmm the B52's :) I am sometimes a bit surprised to find someone else liking them too :c) The same applies for Soul Asylum, never got swept away by Nirvana (hubby likes them). Oh and Falco, I think I like Jeannie is my favourite. Basically since I love German, it is such a beautiful and elegant language, very expressive. I often hear how people dislike this language, being very gluttural, but not for me.

    Sie kommen
    Sie kommen, dich zu holen
    Sie werden dich nicht finden
    Niemand wird dich finden, du bist bei mir!


    Hmmmm

    On the subject of fashion (or my lack thereof), the one fashion item that annoys me greatly is capri or flood pants.

    I dislike them too. I have long legs and they never ever look good on me, so yeah I hear you :)


    And we don't have Halloween over here, but I think you'll like Sinterklaas :)
    • Hmm the B52's :) I am sometimes a bit surprised to find someone else liking them too :c)

      The way I see it, they're good, fun music. I like good, fun, upbeat music. (Though I like my fair share of dark and dramatic stuff too.)

      The same applies for Soul Asylum, never got swept away by Nirvana (hubby likes them).

      Here I had wondered if anyone else would have even heard of Soul Asylum!

      Nirvana really doesn't impress me. I was growing up in the "Seattle grunge" era and should have been socially influenced into them at least. But I think that so many more bands came out of that movement that were superior. Three-chord power chord riffs just don't impress me.

      I often hear how people dislike this language, being very gluttural, but not for me.

      Bobby took a bit of German in uni. I wouldn't even know where to begin. I do know, however, that ranting sounds very cool in German. :^P

      I dislike them too. I have long legs and they never ever look good on me, so yeah I hear you :)

      I am really surprised to see so many agreeing with me. All I see on women in our age group these days are capris, so I was beginning to think that I was the weirdo.

      And we don't have Halloween over here, but I think you'll like Sinterklaas :)

      What (and when) is Sinterklaas?
  • Whee! I wanna play! Give me a letter?
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