Song Meme and Six Things Meme
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
"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)....
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!