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When I hear "Chick Flicks," I think of KFC cinema

I’m not fond of the term “chick flicks,” buta couple months ago, SamuraiFrog stole someone’s list called The Ten Chick Flick Guys Love But Refuse to Admit Watching. I haven’t done a list for a while, and it’s been a busy time. Like Frog, I don’t deny liking what I like, even if it’s not “cool” to enjoy certain things in popular culture.

Here’s the list with my comments:

Mean Girls
This is a “chick flick”? I saw it in the cinema and found this Tina Fey-penned film to be painfully true, and probably could watch again. I think I feel badly Continue reading When I hear "Chick Flicks," I think of KFC cinema

In a vain attempt to wake myself up

Here’s the deal: it is, as of this writing, September 26 at 4:30 p.m. I had root canal this morning – wasn’t bad! But I was desperately tired afterwards. Thought I’d watch JEOPARDY!, fell asleep before the TV at 11 a.m.. So I ate lunch, took a nap and feel even groggier. Need to blog something, because I haven’t in four days, and tomorrow night is choir night, so it won’t happen then either. But the things I WANT to blog about require a focus I simply don’t have.

Ah, I’ll do that Curious as a Cat blog. But I had to go from July 2007 to June 2009 to find questions I was willing to answer, AND I hadn’t answered recently.

1) When was the best time, or what was the best experience, you’ve had with a sibling?

With Leslie, it would have to be singing, either with our father, or by ourselves. With Marcia, it may have been playing Man from U.N.C.L.E. I was Napoleon, she was Ilya.

2) When do you feel the loneliest?
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Six Songs of Me

Dustbury did NOT insist I do this, so naturally, I did:

What was the first song you ever bought?

As I’ve noted, I belonged to the Capitol Record Club in 1965, where I was buying albums, so I’m hard pressed to figure out the first single. It may have been Eleanor Rigby/Yellow Submarine; I was then depressed by the release of the Revolver album a short time later, yet puzzled by the variation between the single version and the album version of Yellow Sub, as I noted recently. But the more I think about it, my first single was probably Soul And Inspiration by the Righteous Brothers (listen), which came out a few months earlier in 1966, as I remember that blue Verve label.

What song always gets you dancing?

Cliche that it might be, but it’s Celebration by Kool and the Gang (listen). A short-lived romance got me dragged to a local disco a few times in the day. Recently bought a greatest hits album by that group.

What song takes you back to your childhood?

As Dustbury wrote, “There are those who would argue that I never left.” That said, I’ll pick another song from my father’s singles collection, Bird Dog by the Everly Brothers (listen), on Cadence Records. I discovered that women should be referred to as poultry (quail, chick) – something I fortunately unlearned quickly; and that men were canines – is that still true?

What is your perfect love song?

Forever I have been a sucker for I Only Have Eyes for You by the Flamingoes (listen). Always makes me a bit misty.

What song would you want at your funeral?

I have been, for a long time, of the opinion that almost any song could be done in chicken. Bold songs, such as the 1812 Overture or the Ode to Joy from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony are particularly great. But the first song I heard which stimulated this proposition was In the Mood by Henhouse Five Plus Two (listen), the “group” actually being singer Ray Stevens. I first heard it on one of those Warner Brothers Loss leaders of the 1970s.

Time for an encore. One last song that makes you, you.

At bare minimum, the chorus of Don’t let me be misunderstood by The Animals (listen). “I’m just a soul whose intentions are good.” I think many of us feel that others don’t “get” us, and I certainly am not immune.
Both Mark Evanier and Dustbury are supporting the Kickstarter effort for Big Daddy’s Smashing Songs of Stage and Screen. I third that emotion.

The "Elvis Is Dead" 35th anniversary meme

When I first started this blog, I would periodically fill out this questionnaire, or one like it for various musicians. I remember specifically doing one for Frank Sinatra. Since it’s the 35th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death, and I’ve probably said all I have to say about him, I’ll do this piece which is actually somewhat similar to the one I did back in 2006, so I needed to find a few NEW titles! Thanks to SamuraiFrog who recently did this in honor of the Beach Boys.

Anyway: Answer the questions using only song titles from ONE artist.

Are you a man or a female?: Guitar Man
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Meow- random questions

For no good reason, I went to the April, May and June 2008 editions of Curious as a Cat, and picked random questions. I would have had a picture of a cat here, but goodness, I don’t want Chris H to go all apoplectic on me. So instead, I put a nice librarian’s card CATalog.

1) Of all the people you know, whose name suits them the best?

Some guy named Barber, who is well-groomed.

2) If you could control one aspect of your death–except the timing–what would you do?

Avoiding pain. I’m really surprised how long it has taken modern medicine to recognize the efficacy of minimizing pain.

3) What is the largest amount of money you have earned in one day?
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Happiness runs in a circular motion

Dustbury, among others, has responded to the Happiness Project’s Want To Know Yourself Better? Ask Yourself These Questions.

If something is forbidden, do you want it less or more?

I suppose it depends on WHY it’s forbidden. If I think the reasoning is stupid and arbitrary, then I’ll want it more. If I understand the rationale for the prohibition, I’ll want it less. The way the world is, that would be a slight “more.”

Is there an area of your life where you feel out of control? Especially in control?

There are two ways I look at this. In my personal life, I have an eight-year-old, and that dictates a lot of my life. In the world, there are things (war, environmental catastrophes) being done, sometimes in my name, and it appears than I have absolutely nothing to do about it.

On the other hand, personally, I do love doing certain things the same way: my glasses go on the same place on my dresser every night; this is not obsessive behavior; this is the fact that I won’t FIND my glasses if I don’t put them in the same place every night.

What I do have some control over in the world is writing about it all.

If you unexpectedly had a completely free afternoon, what would you do with that time?
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R.E.M. meme: Agent Orange and Strawberry pie

There was this Rock and Roll Fridays: Questions from Lyrics meme that became defunct in 2011. One of the artists it covered was R.E.M., which also became defunct in 2011. And since Michael Stipe, the lead singer had a birthday this month, on January 4…

1. MAN IN THE MOON “If you believe, they put a man on the moon…”
What public scandal such as Roswell, Kennedy Shooting, Agent Orange, etc do you question?

I’m not familiar with what current scandal exists about Agent Orange. I know that while no one can sue the the government or the chemical companies anymore, the Department of Veterans Affairs has recognized certain cancers and other diseases related to Agent Orange exposure. I know there WAS denial in the past. Indeed, I knew a guy who was in constant and excruciating pain, almost certainly as a result of Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam, who died in January 1983, at a point when the powers that be were less forthcoming about it.

Not so incidentally, there are children in Fallujah, Iraq whose birth defects are being blamed on US weapons.

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The Marvel Comics Challenge

This was another meme from SamuraiFrog. But first, a big caveat; I was only buying Marvel comic books from 1972 to 1994, and while I have looked retrospectively, through reprints and items such as Marvel Masterworks, my knowledge post-1995 is anecdotal at best.

1. Your favorite character.
Clearly Spider-Man, mostly because of Peter Parker. In fact, when Todd McFarlane did that Spider-book in the early 1990s, I hated it so much that I, an otherwise Spidey completist (Amazing, Peter Parker, Marvel Team Up, guest appearances), refused to buy it.

2. Your favorite villain.
The Green Goblin.

3. Your favorite diva.

4. Your favorite royal.
Namor, the Sub-Mariner.

5. Your favorite team.
The Defenders. Such an unlikely grouping: Doctor Strange, Namor, Hulk, plus Valkyrie and the Silver Surfer?

6. Your favorite organization.
Merry Marvel Marching Society. Oh, you mean in a comic? Probably SHIELD, more by default.

7. Your favorite creature.
If Howard the Duck counts, then it’s Howard. Does Man-Thing count?

8. Your favorite movie.
Spider-Man 2.

9. Your favorite classic character.

10. Your favorite costume.
I always liked Thor’s outfit.

11. Your favorite power. Continue reading The Marvel Comics Challenge

5000 Questions, Part 4

76. Do you prefer Disney or Warner Brothers?

Well, WB for shorts, Disney for long form.

77. What is the first animal you would run to see if you went to the zoo?


78. Would you consider yourself to be romantic?

It waxes and wanes.

79. If the earth stopped rotating would we all fly off?

I’d think not.

80. What is the one thing that you love to do so much that you would make sacrifices to be able to do it?


81. If you (and everyone) had to lose one right or freedom, but you could pick which one everyone had to lose, what would you pick? Continue reading 5000 Questions, Part 4

5000 Questions, Part 3

51. Make up a definition for the following silly words…

Fruitgoogle: find a citrus.

Ambytime: sleep.

Asscactus: pain in the rumpus.

52. What was the last thing you made with your own hands?

Something with my daughter, no doubt.

53. What was your favorite toy as a child?

My Johnny Seven OMA – One Man Army

54. How many TVs are in your house?

Two, but only one is plugged in.

55. What is your favorite thing to do outside?

Riding the bicycle.

56. How do you feel when you see a rainbow?


57. Have you ever dreamt a dream that came true?

Not that I’m aware of.

58. Have you ever been to a psychic/tarot reader?

A couple times.

59. What is your idea of paradise?


60. Do you believe in god and if so what is he/she/it like? Continue reading 5000 Questions, Part 3