Tuesday, October 09, 2007

"You say it's your birthday. It's my birthday, too, yeah."

No, it's not my birthday. But it would be his, were he still with us. Happy birthday, John.

He was a giant, and his career cast a long shadow over music, over his generation, and over me personally. John was never one of those artists who was afraid to let his world view inform his art. He was aware that there were those out there who just wanted him to stay a "mop top" forever, to do fun music that didn't make them think. But he understood that the role of the artist always has been to challenge the status quo. I loved him for his uncompromising courage in this area.

Just because he knew how to articulate what he saw around him and set it to music doesn't mean that's all he did. Not by a long shot. Now that I've given him his props for his message music, I want to shine a spotlight on one of my favorite (and lesser known) Lennon CDs, Rock'n Roll. If this CD has a message, it's simply that early rock can fill us all with joy. I still miss the old boy, but I'm grateful I can still hear these 13 songs through my iPod headphones whenever I feel like celebrating his life.

1. Be-Bop-A-Lula
2. Stand by Me
3. Medley: Rip it up/Ready Teddy
4. You Can't Catch Me
5. Ain't That a Shame
6. Do You Want to Dance?
7. Sweet Little Sixteen
8. Slippin' and Slidin'
9. Peggy Sue
10. Medley: Bring It on Home to Me/Send Me Some Lovin'
11. Bony Maronie
12. Ya Ya
13. Just Because

I'm not moving from this spot. Ever.

Left work at 12:30 today. Stopped for snacks and coughdrops and juice on the way home and now I'm settled in. For the duration. My throat is sore and I'm weak and my thought processes are fuzzy (OK, fuzzier than usual). I'm grateful I don't have a fever, and that I do have a cat. My very own Miss Thing, Charlotte, is fascinated that I'm home this early and is happy to keep me company.

A sinfully snatched quiz

Check out Kwizgiver's original "7 deadly sins" post


Who did you last get angry with?
My boss

What is your weapon of choice?
Words. The pen is mightier than the sword.

Would you hit a member of the opposite sex?
Only if I had to

How about the same sex?
See above

Who was the last person who got really angry at you?
My best friend

What is your pet peeve?
Commuters who take up two seats on the train. If you didn't pay a separate fare for that tote bag, it shouldn't get its own seat.

Do you keep grudges, or can you let them go easily?
If grudge carrying were an Olympic event, I could win the Gold for the old US of A

What is one thing you're supposed to do daily that you haven't?
Straighten up my livingroom

What is the latest you've ever woken up?

Name a person you've been meaning to contact, but haven't?

What is the last lame excuse that you made?
Truly, I can't think of any

Have you ever watched an infomercial all the way through?
Yes! Love them.

How many times did you hit the snooze button on your alarm clock this morning?
Three times

What is your overpriced yuppie beverage of choice?
Bottled water

Are you a meat eater?

What is the greatest amount of alcohol you've had in one sitting -outing -event?
Three appletinis and a beer. Yes, I knew better. And yes, I got sick.

Are you comfortable with your drinking and eating habits?

Do you enjoy candy and sweets?

Which do you prefer: sweets, salty foods or spicy food?
Always, sweets. Salty is wonderful when I'm PMS-ing. Don't like spicy foods.

Have you ever looked at a small house pet or child and thought, "lunch"?
No, Silly!

How many credit cards do you own?
OMG! Too many to count!

If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?
Redo my condo, begin a foundation, take care of my mom

Would you rather be rich or famous?

Would you accept a boring job if it meant that you would make megabucks?
Yes. And if anyone out there has a boring job that pays megabucks, feel free to call me.

What's one thing that you have done that you're most proud of?
I have a way with critters.

What's one thing you have done that your parents are most proud of?
My mom is proud of my toughness.

What thing would you like to accomplish late in your life?
I'd like to be as organized personally as I am professionally

Do you get annoyed by coming in second place?
No. I'm not that competitive.

Have you ever entered a contest of skill, knowing you were of much higher skill than all the other competitors?
See above

Have you ever cheated to get a better score?

What did you do today that you're proud of?
I came up with a clever tagline

How many people have you seen naked (not counting movies, family, strippers, locker rooms)?

How many people have seen you naked (not counting physicians, doctors, family, locker rooms, or when you were a young child)?
The same 5

Have you ever caught yourself staring at the chest/crotch of a person of your chosen sex during a normal conversation?

What is your favorite body part of a person of your gender choice?

Have you ever had sexual encounters (including kissing/making out) with multiple persons?

Have you ever been propositioned by a prostitute?

What item of your friends would you most want to have for your own?
Barb's Steve Madden bag

Who would you want to go on "Trading Spaces" with?
No one. Decorating is rather intimate and I wouldn't trust anyone with it.

If you could be anyone who existed in the world, who would you be?
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Have you ever been cheated on?

Have you ever wished you had a physical feature different from your own?

What inborn trait do you see in others that you wish you had for yourself?

What deadly sin...
Do you do the most often?
Lust, sloth, pride, envy and even more lust

Do you do the least often?
Wrath, greed, gluttony