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On high culture and low humor - Variations on a Theme
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On high culture and low humor
I feel all cultured now, it's been a great weekend.

Yesterday Devin, a good friend of mine from high school, came into town with his girlfriend Kaht and a friend of theirs, Charity. We had lunch, went to see

I've known the music to Rent for years now, but I'd never seen the show, so I wasn't as hard on it as 3ng1i5hn3rd was. There were some faults, but I generally thought it was great. I noticed that Angel was twirling an awful lot, but I chalked it up to bad choreography more than his not knowing the steps. And the actress for Mimi was not nearly a good enough singer. She all but butchered "Out Tonight". And Roger wasn't nearly expressive enough, to the point where, if I hadn't known the show as well as I did, there would have been times when I wouldn't have been able to tell who was talking. But there were more good parts, though. Like, realizing that Maureen's performance was comic relief. I'd just been annoyed with it, for the most part. Once I was able to see it, and see how rediculous it was (which the movie didn't show), I enjoyed it immensely more. And I thought Collins was spectacular. I can't say why, exactly. I think part of it is that I just love the character so much. (Also part of the reason why I was forgiving of Angel's missteps.) And any faults I had were generally out of mind by the second act. It was too powerful, at least the first time, to notice any bad details. Anyway, back to the story.

(which was why they were in town) and then had dinner at an Ethiopian restaurant. They had to get back to school shortly afterward, but Devin and Kaht'll be coming back next weekend, to see another friend (Austria) whose choir is playing at Loyola.

Then, later that night Andie called me and invited me to a concert tonight. It was three folk artists that I'd never heard of before,

Harvey Reid and Joyce Andersen were the reason Andie wanted to go in the first place. She's known about them for some time, apparently. They were great, and introduced me to a number of songs that I'm quickly falling in love with, such as "Jack of Diamonds" (is a hard card to play) and another one whose name I never found out, about a couple who are falling apart. The chorus of it was "The only good years we had were the tires on our car." And they named their son Otto Zeus Reid. How cool is that? The kid's going to hate them for that for a while, but still.

and

Dan Crary looked like my high school latin teacher and sounded like Gordon Lightfoot, and had some of the most amazing fingerwork on a guitar that I've ever seen. And even cooler than that, he knew the entire history of the guitar, and would lecture about it, talking about its ancestors in the middle east (and museums in Ankara and Tehran) to a whole 5 minute speech on the Roman historian Boetheus and the Cithera (which was what Nero was actually supposed to be playing during the burning of Rome. "And Nero is hardly the last person to be accused of pickin' and singin' when he had something better he shoulda been doin'") to the women playing the guitar in Victorian parlors, to the death of the guitar in the '20s and '30s up to Elvis, who brought it back from obscurity. And he wouldn't just tell these stories between songs, he'd break off in the middle of a song (still strumming, of course) and give this oration. It worked great, because he had such a smooth, narrator's voice.

at the Old Town School. I'll have to pay more attention to that place, it's great. Andie took banjo lessons there last year, and she's doing African dance lessons there this year.

Now, I'm just going to be silly. Many of you know that yes/no only meme that's still going around but has mostly died out by now. I'm gonna do that, but not as myself. That would be too simple. A few years ago I did a similar meme as Agamemnon. Now I'm going to do this one as Venus/Aphrodite, a high school cheerleader of the gods.


Taken a picture naked? Yes.
Made out with a member of the same sex? Yes.
Danced in front of your mirror? Yes.
Told a lie? Yes.
Gotten in a car with people you just met? Yes.
Been in a fist fight? No.
Had feelings for someone who didn't have them back? Yes.
Been arrested? Yes.
Left your house without telling your parents? Yes.
Ditched school to do something more fun? Yes.
Slept in a bed with a member of the same sex? Yes.
Seen someone die? Yes.
Kissed a picture? Yes.
Slept in until 3? Yes.
Laid on your back and watched cloud shapes go by? No.
Played dress up? Yes.
Fallen asleep at work/school? Yes.
Felt an earthquake? Yes.
Touched a snake? Yes.
Ran a red light? Yes.
Had detention? Yes.
Been in a car accident? Yes.
Pole danced? Yes.
Been lost? No.
Sang karaoke? Yes.
Done something you told yourself you wouldn't? Yes.
Laughed until something you were drinking came out your nose? Yes.
Caught a snowflake on your tongue? Yes.
Kissed in the rain? Yes.
Sang in the shower? Yes.
Got your tongue stuck to a pole? Yes.
Ever gone to school partially naked? Yes.
Sat on a roof top? Yes.
Played chicken? Yes.
Been pushed into a pool with all your clothes on? No.
Been told you're hot by a complete stranger? Yes.
Broken a bone? Yes.
Mooned/flashed someone? Yes.
Forgotten someone's name? No.
Slept naked? Yes.
Blacked out from drinking? Yes.
Played a prank on someone? Yes.
Felt like killing someone? Yes.
Made a parent cry? No.
Cried over someone? Yes.
Had sex more than 5 times in one day? Yes.
Had/Have a dog? Yes.
Been in a band? No.
Drank 25 sodas in a day....aka POP? No.
Shot a gun? No. as per the rules.

Taken a picture naked? Yes. Damn Rubens and that whole papparazzi gang! Can't I get any fucking privacy?
Made out with a member of the same sex? Yes. Everybody else wonders why Athena never dates. *snicker*
Danced in front of your mirror? Yes. How can I look at something this hot, and not feel like dancing?
Told a lie? Yes. Daily, at least. I'm a freaking goddess, what do you expect?
Gotten in a car with people you just met? Yes. Man, when Apollo showed up with those muscles and curly blond locks and the pitch black Firebird Chariot with flames, how could I not hop in?
Been in a fist fight? No. But for some reason, they keep happening around me...
Had feelings for someone who didn't have them back? Yes. Fucking Hippolytus. Who does Artemis think she is, just toying around with this guy while he trots after her like a freaking lapdog? Then I try to make him see reason, and what do I get? Well, Artemis gets one less devotee, I'll tell you that much!
Been arrested? Yes. I'll bet you're wondering what it takes to get a goddess arrested, eh? *wink*
Left your house without telling your parents? Yes. Like they could stop me?
Ditched school to do something more fun? Yes. I think I can count on one hand the number of times I've been to school for something other than a dance, cheerleader practice or a football game.
Slept in a bed with a member of the same sex?</b> Yes. I wasn't letting a little thing like Helen go to Troy without getting my share of takings, as it were.
Seen someone die? Duh.
Kissed a picture? Yes. Sometimes a girl can't help herself. Especially when she's got a brat like Cupid hanging around. I need to send him to boarding school or something.
Slept in until 3? Yes. There are perks to Olympus...
Laid on your back and watched cloud shapes go by? No. Maybe it's just me, but Aeolus is an old fart, and nothing he does with his winds is all that interesting.
Played dress up? Yes. I've got to pretend to be a mortal a lot. Don't want to kill the mortals til after I've screwed 'em, ya know? I'm not into that necrophilia thing that Persephone likes so much. OOPS! Did I just say that out loud? Drat. She's not gonna be happy. Oh well. Bitch.
Fallen asleep at work/school? Yes. Do you really think I would have screwed up that Orestes/Hermione/Neoptolemus thing so badly if I'd been paying attention?
Felt an earthquake? Yes. Been the cause of a few, too. Posiedon hates it when I give him blue balls. And I do mean blue.
Touched a snake? *snort* I'm sorry, are you really asking *me* this question?
Ran a red light? Yes. hehehe. Oh, I ran Helios alright...
Had detention? Yes. Bacchus totally got the orgy started, but who gets blamed? The Sex Goddess. Of course.
Been in a car accident? Yes. For some reason, nobody can seem to keep their eyes on the road when I'm in the chariot.
Pole danced? Yes. Hell, I invented pole dancing...
Been lost? No. I AM a goddess, after all.
Sang karaoke? Yes. There are somethings even I'm not proud of.
Done something you told yourself you wouldn't? Yes. I left Adonis alone. Pigheaded fool. I miss him...
Laughed until something you were drinking came out your nose? Yes. Nectar burns!
Caught a snowflake on your tongue? Yes. I was up visiting Odin and his Valkyries. *wink*
Kissed in the rain? Yes. It was just Zeus trying to get me to quit kissing a mortal. Hypocrite.
Sang in the shower? Yes. Broke the mirror, too. It's a shame, 'cause I really liked that mirror.
Got your tongue stuck to a pole? Yes. *guffaw* I'm sorry, this is just too much...
Ever gone to school partially naked? Yes. I LIVE naked. C'mon.
Sat on a roof top? Yes. I've sat on the roof of the world. After that, the roof of a building isn't all that impressive, now is it?
Played chicken? Yes. But not like that. Ares is into some pretty kinky things, if you know what I mean. ;)
Been pushed into a pool with all your clothes on? No. Clothes? I only ever wear clothes when I'm pretending to be a mortal, and I NEVER go to pool parties as a mortal. You just miss out on too much!
Been told you're hot by a complete stranger? Yes. Every single day! Why can't someone worship me for my brains, just for once?
Broken a bone? Yes. Not my own, mind you. ;)
Mooned/flashed someone? Yes. Just like that, and Hephaistos was wrapped around my pinky for eternity.
Forgotten someone's name? No. Yet another advantage to being a goddess.
Slept naked? Yes.
Blacked out from drinking? Yes. You wouldn't think Nectar would do that to a girl...
Played a prank on someone? Yes. Hehehehe. TROY! HAH! I been a baaad girl. Spank me?
Felt like killing someone? Yes. Do I really need to still explain this?
Made a parent cry? No. C'mon. Everyone knows the Ocean is unforgiving.
Cried over someone? Yes. I really didn't like killing Hippolytus. Really.
Had sex more than 5 times in one day? Yes. Why do you think it was so easy for Hephaistos to trap Ares and me?
Had/Have a dog? Yes. *coughAnchisescough*
Been in a band? No. I've got minions to play for me. :)
Drank 25 sodas in a day....aka POP? No. Can you imagine if they made a Nectar pop? I'd be in heaven! Oh, wait...
Shot a gun? No. I've got Cupid's arrows. So much better, don't you think? because it's much more fun.



SomebodyElse10: Alternately, I think you're pretty radiant.
*** Auto-response from *******: currently, i think we have lots of potential.
*******: yeah, when i put up resistance i can get that way
SomebodyElse10: thank goodness you've got an electric personality.
*******: i'm shocked! you really think so?
SomebodyElse10: yep, even when you're speaking with gravitas.
*******: well good thing you were finally able to field that question
SomebodyElse10: I had a hard time coming up with a real joule of an answer.
*******: youre almost as funny as kelvin and hobbes
SomebodyElse10: And really, that's all that matters.
*******: i really have to concentrate here
*******: i'm trying to come up with an ideal solution to my homework
SomebodyElse10: This probably isn't conducive to studying.
*******: no...my brain's running in a circuit
SomebodyElse10: I kinet ic-scuse that! get back to work!
*******: i'm running low on energy trying to keep up with you
SomebodyElse10: It helps that I've got a lot of momentum right now.
*******: i feel like im just going on inertia
SomebodyElse10: I don't know why... did you remember to go to mass today?
*******: well its ash wednesday...the material is just too dense
SomebodyElse10: It must have been a lot of pressure on you.
*******: yeah...and the sheer volume of emotion was overwhelming
SomebodyElse10: feeling the heat, weren't you?
*******: yeah...and i kept getting really sharp signals from the pastor
SomebodyElse10: Was he giving you the evil i?
*******: not exactly, but i felt like i needed a buffer
SomebodyElse10: Did it function like you thought?
*******: yeah, but then i just felt like one part per million
SomebodyElse10: Wouldn't even a Harry, Dick or S-am pere at you?
*******: nope. it was terrible, but i just chalked it up to a deus volt
SomebodyElse10: you must have felt like a newt on a redwood tree.
*******: ohm ygosh it was terrible
SomebodyElse10: if you were so distressed, did you remember to sine the cross at the appropriate time?
*******: of cosine did
SomebodyElse10: *whew* I was worried for a secant
*******: the sine of the cross is an integral part of my life
SomebodyElse10: That's good. I just find it derivative...
*******: i wish you could differentiate between true religion and foolishness
SomebodyElse10: I look at 'em-ole the same way.
*******: but look...now we're off on a tangent. how are you doing?
SomebodyElse10: Yeah, let's Leib niz religion stuff alone. I'm doing well, and yourself?
*******: especially well, since i had a ride on a ferrous wheel this afternoon
SomebodyElse10: I see how Eu clid enjoy that.
*******: yeah we enjoyed the whole spectrum of entertainment at the fair
SomebodyElse10: You rhod-de-umusements, but what else did you do?
*******: well we ran over a squirrel in the parking lot, so we had to barium
SomebodyElse10: Has the car bon damaged?
*******: not the honda, but the dodge neon was sideswiped a week ago
SomebodyElse10: hopefully it wasn't any more than the chromium getting scratched.
*******: it wasnt bad, but it was enough Fermi and i traded it in
SomebodyElse10: yeah, be glad y'iridium, they're no good.
*******: it was a pretty boron ride anyway, i might get a corvette now
SomebodyElse10: If it were up to me, bro, mine would be a jag.
*******: i'll tell u rium are nice
SomebodyElse10: well you go out and caesium while you can.
*******: though i might go for a Europium one, a BMW or something
SomebodyElse10: You looked around before manganese decisions, right?
*******: of course...i'm radium as i go and comparing at the end
SomebodyElse10: I'm glad you're doing this well. Being silicon ruin your finances for years to come.
*******: yeah and i want to do it without radon my piggy bank
SomebodyElse10: Just hope the car dealer isn't an arse, en ic-ky too.
*******: if she is i'll just have to copper a plea
SomebodyElse10: Just don't try to copper a feel, that'd be indium-cent
*******: it would be a sad chain of events that would lead me to an action like that
SomebodyElse10: on the old car, if you sulfur a good price, that'll help a lot with the new one.
*******: you know i could consider just platinum with some more chrome
SomebodyElse10: the only problem with that is that mechanics take forever, because they ar gon for lunch three hours a day, from what I hear.
*******: boy if it took that long, it would send me into orbital
SomebodyElse10: heheh, do you think you could reach umm... germani, um... or poland?
*******: hell i could probably reach uranium
SomebodyElse10: be careful! there's a lot of stuff out there, like the Asteroid & co. balt.
*******: either way, i'd want to get it done before i co balt :)
SomebodyElse10: Auuuu, is it starting already?
*******: yeah but i'odide before i'd be caught in a wig
SomebodyElse10: especially if you put it on wrong and there's a halo generated. that'd be embarrassing.
*******: indeed. but why all this hassle with cars? i'd rather be saline
SomebodyElse10: I know! I ast a tine of my life sailing!
*******: but of course boats cost money, and all money is vanadi...um, what does ecclesiastes say about that?
SomebodyElse10: You zinc I would know that?
*******: given the periodics you've studied, i could only guess
SomebodyElse10: I know about galli, umbria, iberia, etc. but not ancient israel, sorry.

Oh, and one last thing to share: Abbey Road, Side 2, in juggling. [Video, work-safe, but needs sound]

Well, I think that should make up for a month or so of not posting. I don't know when I'll make up the rest of the time I've missed, though. ;p

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hitchhiker From: hitchhiker Date: April 10th, 2006 12:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Now I'm going to do this one as Venus/Aphrodite, a high school cheerleader of the gods.

I love it :)
somebodyelse From: somebodyelse Date: April 10th, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. :)
somebodyelse From: somebodyelse Date: April 10th, 2006 04:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
By the by, you'd be the person to know this, if any on my flist does. I've been thinking about filking "When I Was A Lad" from HMS Pinafore, about president Bush. But it seems such a good and obvious fit that I think someone must've done before. Have you heard of any?
hitchhiker From: hitchhiker Date: April 10th, 2006 06:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not that I've heard of - go for it :)
afropunk629 From: afropunk629 Date: April 10th, 2006 03:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Andrew, that conversation with Devin is just ridiculous. I am almost ashamed I've ever known you.
somebodyelse From: somebodyelse Date: April 10th, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Almost? Damn, I thought I might be able to completely alienate you. ;p
afropunk629 From: afropunk629 Date: April 11th, 2006 03:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Nope, sorry, you're still not rid of me that easily.


How are you, buddy? It's been a long time...
somebodyelse From: somebodyelse Date: April 11th, 2006 06:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm well. I don't know that I've mentioned it here, but I'm taking a year off of school (so I'll be going back in the fall.) Also, saw the musical a couple weekends ago. How about yourself?
afropunk629 From: afropunk629 Date: April 12th, 2006 01:27 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm slightly (to be read: extremely) overwhelmed by school right now, considering it is my first year and all. I'm at U of M, and I've been doing theatre and so on and so forth (which is why I didn't get a chance to see the musical; I had a show that same weekend, Equus, it was good). Otherwise, I think I'm doing alright...I guess.
From: dexsmadmonkey Date: April 11th, 2006 04:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh. my. goodness.

The meme and your conversation cracked me up. I'm considering printing our your conversation (and getting rid of you name) and giving it to my pchem professor because I think he might find it very amuzing.

Although, that'd require some work on my part, and well, I'm too lazy right now to convince myself to do it.

Thanks for the laughs!

How are you by the way? I haven't talked/heard from you in ages.
somebodyelse From: somebodyelse Date: April 11th, 2006 06:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad you liked it! :) I'm doing just fine. Hey, we're thinking about doing another picnic in a couple or three weekends. You think you might be able to make it up for that?
From: dexsmadmonkey Date: April 11th, 2006 08:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I should be able to, provided I don't have to work.

Also, I think that we should have another game night. I haven't played so many of my games in the longest time because nobody ever wants to play with me or nobody knows how to play them.
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