Monday, November 21, 2005

I'd like to teach the world to sing


and then again, maybe not. I have this rare talent for memorizing show tunes as they unfold in a movie and recently have been singing the little diddy sung by Steve Martin and Martin Short in "The Three Amigos". Chevy Chase banged out the tune on the piano....my little buttercup (note, note) has the sweetest smile, do do do do do de do, and on it goes. I wouldn't mind the tune with the exception that I find it irksome to know a song I've heard once 20 years ago. That movie came out the year I graduated from high school. Add that to the list of reasons for doing an Ironman. I moved my senior year of high school, so I've never made an issue of reunions etc. My best friend died of a brain tumor before the five year, his funeral was reunion enough. Funny how songs can drive thoughts. Three days before we left for different universities this friend asked me to marry him. I turned him down-then and on three other occasions. We were like two peas in a pod, and I loved him, but we wouldn't have made for a good marriage-call it instinct. I would have been a 21 year old widow-makes me thankful for instinct.

So, what are you doing now? Well I'm training for an Ironman in November. And I can sing old, obscure songs.

As long as I can remember I've generally had a song of some kind meandering through my head-a song for every occasion-and it drives my kids nuts. ("I'm turning Japanese"-in case you're wondering and I have no idea what "turning Japanese and going nuts have in common other than that the song has a frenetic pace.)What exactly do they mean anyhow? And what exactly were Hyphen Girl and Soapinator thinking while I was away? Yellow isn't your brother's color! They have to act out their torment somewhere...Christmas is coming...BUT NOT YET!!!!!!!!!

We have a Christmas moratorium in efffect-the official first day of Christmas is the Friday following Thanksgiving-until 12:01 a.m. there is no music, no lights, no candy, no Christmas. I have to stand tough in my resolve against the unrelenting barage of requests for Christmas music-but I will stand firm-there is more to this iron training than just swim/bike/run you know.

11 comments:

Keryn said...

We have the same rule in our house. Duncan keeps asking if it's Christmas yet. Ugh. Just a few more days, kid...

Comm's said...

The local fm station is already playing its yearly 24 hours of Christmas music through New years. Its not so bad, except you never realized just how many bad Christmas songs there are and how their sang.

By the way Three Amigos is great. And turning Japanese is about men um you know doing something in the bathroom that they dont want to talk about. I saw that on VH1.

Flatman said...

Comm is right...I've heard that too...

That picture is priceless. My sister still has one of me in a pea-green tutu that still haunts me to this day. So tell him not to worry about it!

trifit said...

What was that about Turning Japanese? I quess I need to watch VH1.

"Kung Fu Fighting" gets stuck in my head surprisingly often.

The Spandex-King said...

I'm with Flatman. Those pictures always come back to haunt a young lad.

boiledpnut said...

I spoke on the radio this morning on behalf of a charity with which I'm involved, and my lead-in was "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch". The station is owned by a conglomerate, and the play list was predetermined. They've been playing holiday tunes for the past few weeks.

I almost lost it.

Susan said...

what a sweet pic

Bolder said...

um, ... um -- me eyes!

thank god i didn't have older sisters!!

Oooookkkklahooomaaaa where the winds blow softly on the plains, and ....

E-Dub said...

Well, NOW I DO have a song in my head! ... "I think I'm turning Japanese..."

Thanks! ;-)

Fe-lady said...

My nephews favorite color of tutu was pink! Save this to shoe to his girlfriends when he gets older.
As for the music...just as long as you aren't singing..."I'm a loser baby...so why don't you kill me!" I can't remember who that one is by, but sometimes I find myself singing that (to other drivers) as I am trying to make it across town by bike or by car..

Ellie said...

It's that time of year again, for sure.

Are you still doing RNR Arizona/P.F. Chang on Jan. 15? How do I email you? Mine is ehmltn@hotmail.com Get in touch, 'K?