Ten on Tuesday

10 Favorite Horror Movies…?

This “Ten for Tuesday” doesn’t work for me…….I seriously dislike horror films.  I could actually get up on my soapbox and rail against a society that uses violence for enteratinment, but today I won’t ‘cos I’m still on the mend (Thanks for asking).  I get nightmares when I watch scary stuff, so I generally don’t.

So here is the list of films that I like that might possibly fit the meme o’ the day:

  1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer – the “dying scene” with Paul Reubens is one of my favorites…EVER.
  2. Blood Sucking Freaks – this is so campy and silly, not worthing watching twice but worth watching once
  3. Frankenthumb – Steve Oedekirk uses animated thumbs and sends up Frankenstein in a seriously funny way.
  4. The Blair Thumb Project – Steve Oedekirk spoofs the Blair Witch Project to great and silly effect.
  5. Rocky Horror Picture Show
  6. Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein
  7. Beetlejuice
  8. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – The Johnny Depp/Christina Ricci version.  I saw this in a bar in black and white with the sound off, closed captioned with a rockabilly band playing in the background.  I really liked it, I’m not sure I would watch it by myself though.
  9. The Nightmare Before Christmas – Tim Burton’s Masterpiece in my view
  10. Young Frankenstein – The Big Grandaddy of them all!  An absolute “must see”; can you say ‘schwanzstukker’ without laughing? Go watch it right now!

Music from the past

10 Bands/Artists that Remind You of High School

  1. Tears for Fears
  2. Ray Parker Jr.
  3. Bon Jovi
  4. the Doors
  5. Def Leppard
  6. Hall & Oates
  7. the Police
  8. Bruce Springsteen
  9. Journey
  10. Lionel Richie
  11. ZZ Top   ….I can’t stop at just TEN
  12. Mr. Mister
  13. Night Ranger
  14. Whitney Houston
  15. Prince
  16. Michael Jackson
  17. Cyndi Lauper
  18. the Hooters
  19. Eurythmics
  20. Peter Gabriel

These aren’t all necessarily bands I enjoy listening to…they just remind me of high school.

Time for a blog contest!  If you can guess what year I graduated from high school in, I’ll give you a really nice skein of fingering weight yarn (I’m not sure which one yet; I have to go out into the stash and see).

Leave your guess in the comments; here’s the rules:  you get ONE guess, you cannot guess the same year that anyone else already has, and the contest ends in 5 days (Saturday, October 18th at 11:59 pm). Of course if someone gets it sooner, I’ll post it before then.

I will give you a hint: it was during the last 30 years of the 20th Century.

Ten Most Favorite Movie Songs

I thought, “This will be easy….”  and that was 3 hours ago.  I’ma have to divide this into several categories and call these:

10 (OR SO) FAVORITE MOVIE SONGS…TODAY

First I was thinking in this direction:

MOVIE SONGS

  1. Institutionalized – Suicidal Tendencies – “Repo Man”….Talk about capturing the zeitgeist of the moment!
  2. Ain’t Nobody – Chaka Khan – “Breakin'”….This was a sort of a forgettable breakdancing movie – tho’ the dancing was mostly terrific and Ice T is in it, the acting and the story weren’t fab.  What folks DON’T remember is that this monster tour de force of Chaka’s came from the rather excellent soundtrack. Almost this whole song is in the movie and it accompanies a rather tedious “teaching Kelly to dance” sequence.
  3. Try A Little Tenderness – Otis Redding – “Pretty in Pink”….watch the video and feel the love.
  4. Fight the Power – Public Enemy – “Do the Right Thing”….Another zeitgeist moment.
  5. The Banana Boat Song – Harry Belafonte – “Beetlejuice”
  6. His Eye Is On the Sparrow – Tanya Blount & Lauryn Hill – “Sister Act 2″…They totally blew the top of this song; a just-before-the-Fugees-hit Lauryn Hill has a big part in the movie.
  7. You got a friend in me – Randy Newman – “Toy Story”
  8. I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow – Dan Tyminski -“O Brother Where Are Thou”
  9. Boys Are Back In Town – Thin Lizzy – “A Knight’s Tale”…I started to laugh when I watched the film – I just couldn’t believe they put it in there…it was perfect.    Slide to 1:39 for the clip
  10. Bright Side of Life – Eric Idle – “The Life of Brian”
  11. Tequila – The Champs – “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure”…His last request before the bikers kill him…
  12. As Time Goes By – Dooley Wilson – “Casablanca”
  13. Why – Annie Lennox – “Boys on the Side”…This song is a masterpiece – the whole soundtrack is pretty good and so was the movie…but it could have been great.  It had such potential. :::sigh:::
  14. Oh Yeah – Yello – “The Secret of My Success” & “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”
  15. Slide to 1:40 miss the set-up and just hear the song.

  16. Canned Heat – Jamiroquai – “Napoleon Dynamite”
  17. Lose Yourself – Eminem – “8 Mile”

Then I started thinking about:

MOVIE THEME SONGS

  1. The Entertainer – “the Sting”
  2. Rock ‘n’ Roll High School – the Ramones – “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School”
  3. Rock Around the Clock – Bill Haley & the Comets – “Blackboard Jungle”
  4. Born To Be Wild – Steppenwolf – “Easy Rider”
  5. Do You Know Where You’re Going To? -Diana Ross -“Mahogany”
  6. Ode to Billie Joe – Bobbie Gentry – “Ode to Billie Joe”
  7. Evergreen -Barbra Streisand – “A Star Is Born”
  8. Live and Let Die – Paul McCartney,  Goldfinger- Shirley Bassey, Nobody Does It Better – Carly Simon – James Bond 007 movies
  9. Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr. – “Ghostbusters”
  10. Up Where We Belong – Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes – “An Officer & A Gentleman”

But then I said, “Wait a minute.  What about…?”

MOVIE MUSICALS

  1. THE SOUND OF MUSIC -“Edelweiss”, Do Re Mi”, “So Long, Farewell”
  2. THE WIZARD OF OZ -“Over the Rainbow”, “If I Only Had A Brain”
  3. SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN – “Singin’ In the Rain”, “Good Morning”
  4. THE WIZ- “Ease On Down the Road”, “Don’t Give Me No Bad News”
  5. SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER
  6. ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW – “Sweet Transvestite”,”Time Warp”
  7. ALADDIN – “I Can Show You The World”, “One Jump Ahead” (and THE LITTLE MERMAID & THE LION KING)
  8. THE MUPPET MOVIE – “Rainbow Connection” (and THE MUPPETS TREASURE ISLAND & A MUPPETS’ CHRISTMAS CAROL)
  9. TOMMY – “Pinball Wizard”
  10. JAILHOUSE ROCK & BLUE HAWAII & KING CREOLE
  11. HAIR – “Three Five Zero Zero”, “Easy to Be Hard”, “Frank Mills”
  12. MOULIN ROUGE

Which led me to:

INSTRUMENTAL ORCHESTRAL SCORES

  1. Star Wars
  2. The Good the Bad & the Ugly
  3. Life as a House – Mark Isham is a bloomin’ genius.
  4. The Pianist
  5. Amadeus – How can you go wrong with Mozart?
  6. Harry Potter
  7. 2001: A Space Odyssey – Not only was Strauss a genius, so was Stanley Kubrick.  I still get chills every time I hear the main theme.
  8. Pink Panther – Henry Mancini – I cannot think of any piece of music that evokes as immediate a mood as this does.
  9. Life Is Beautiful – Not as well known, but truly lovely.
  10. Schindler’s List
  11. Shakespeare In Love

SOME HONORABLE MENTIONS (or stuff that doesn’t fit into the above categories)

  • BLUE VELVET – Angelo Badlamenti at his weird best.  Throw in Bobby Vinton and the most surreal placement of Roy Orbison’s “In Dreams”, it’s simply unnerving.
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas – Both Danny Elfman’s and Tim Burton’s masterwork IMO.
  • 10 Things I Hate About You – Pure fun.
  • Dr. Zhivago – “Somewhere My Love” definitely evokes a mood, but the costumes and the musical arrangments appear very dated to me now.
  • Purple Rain & Batman – Prince is beyond a genius; he’s from another galaxy.
  • The Decline Of Western Civilization – American punk from way before Nirvana.
  • Chariots of Fire & Axel F both win for overexposure.

The Guitar Man is gone

Jerry Reed, one of my favorite voices from my childhood, passed away yesterday at the age of 71.  Probably just a month ago, I got a cd of his greatest hits and the husband asked if he was still living and I said yes.  My kids all know who he is; “Smokey and the Bandit” is available on DVD y’all.  He was such a good songwriter and guitar player.  He released his latest album, a live one, in 2005.

Guitar Man

Rest easy, Jerry.  You  and Chet can get back to pickin’ together.

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Ten for Tuesday

10 People I’d Love to Meet

This is very hard for me!  So many many choices…I’m gonna limit it to the famous and still living-in no particular order.

  1. Lalah Hathaway
  2. Stevie Wonder
  3. Lindsey Davis
  4. Sheri S. Tepper
  5. Tamora Pierce
  6. Sting
  7. Fred Hammond
  8. Herbie Hancock
  9. India Arie
  10. Prince

Various musings

The daughter woke us up about 20 minutes after 4 this morning because of a nightmare.  She was in tears and had dreamed that I’d put the dogs to “sleep”  just to be mean.  I promised her that I would never do such a thing – the only reason I would ever put an animal to death would be to remove suffering if I could not do it any other way.

She hasn’t woken us up like this in a long, long time and, tho’ I wish nightmares on NO ONE, it was a sweet taste of her childhood.  She’s 10 and our youngest and tho’ I’m not terribly nostalgic, it’s very nice to be able to soothe some small person.  As they get bigger, the problems get bigger and more complex and sometimes a hug and kiss isn’t anywhere near enough….if they’ll allow you to do even that.

And now…a gratuitous Boris the dog picture:

I’ve begun walking again with my partner, Michelle – thanks be to God.  My asthma has hit an all-time high (or low I guess you might say) and I haven’t slept well for several weeks because every time I lay down, my lungs start to bubble and wheeze.  I’m fine if I’m upright…..which makes it hard to sleep.  I’ve been to Dr. and I may be making a trip to the sleep clinic to help things out….fine by me.  So after the daughter woke us up, I just stayed up and then went walking at 5 am.  The stars were very beautiful and clear and there was just a silver of a crescent moon in the eastern sky…just beautiful.

Once I got back, the daughter was still awake so we spent some really nice time together this morning.  I went looking for a specific yarn online, and she was really getting into it; she has expensive taste just like her mother does.  There were so many she wanted….it gives me some good ideas for gifts for her in the coming months.  I told her I wasn’t gonna buy any *really* nice yarn for her until she completed another project.

After a good long while of drooling over yarn pr0n, she went over to the couch to lie down for a while.  I thought she was going to snooze for a little while, but pretty soon she asked me, “How do we start the heel?”  She was working on her sock!  I guess seeing all that yummy yarn online inspired her… Hmmm I’ll have to remember that. 

So now she’s working on her first heel flap….I’m really happy about that. She’s such an intense person (where oh where could she have gotten THAT from I wonder….) and knitting can be wonderfully relaxing – I’m so glad that she’s into it.  She’s also signed up for the last photo shoot of Frankin Habit’s 1000 knitters project happening at Yarn Expressions in October.  She’s very photogenic and I think it would be very cool for her to take part.

I’m looking forward to meeting Mr. Habit as well.  I adore his blog: The Panopticon.  He was talking about how he’s bored with all of his winter hats, so I was thinking of making him one – hats being rather a specialty of mine.  He lives in Chicago and has no hair so hats are very necessary.  So tell me: should I make him something really lovely and useful that he’ll use all the time?   OR should I make something outrageous that will make him laugh?  I just got this pattern and I’m seriously tempted to make it for him……

Post yer vote in the comments section!

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Some us local folks are going to do a Shetland Triangle KAL (Knit A Long)  starting in mid-September.  I had started it a few times this summer but was not happy with what I was doing.  I have 4 skeins of Malabrigo Silky Merino for this project; unfortunately 3 skeins are of one colorway (Indiecita) and the last is of another much brighter colorway (Caribueno).  The two colorways are complimentary, generally speaking, but all the various ways I tried to combine the two colorways just looked wrong.  SO this morning I bit the bullet and ordered 3 skeins of the Caribueno and it should be here in time for the KAL.  Some of the other knitters in the KAL, like Sarah and Laura, are much faster knitters than I am….maybe we slower knitters should all gang up on them and make them knit two Shetland Triangles to our single ones.  I bet if we ponied up the cash to buy the yarn, they’d probably do it without much complaining…..  Maybe if we gave the money for the yarn and they knit the shawls, we could give them to charity or something.

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Boobs, Injuries & Dr. Pepper is one of my favorite blogs to read – that woman is seriously funny!  Not for the children’s eyes I’m afraid, but very funny!  Right now though, she’s doing something seriously cool and wonderful.  To get the whole story, you have to start reading her posts beginning with this one, and then go forward from there.  Here’s the quick n’ dirty:  Her 3rd grader got her GameBoy stolen plus Mom had to borrow some of the $ she’d been saving for a Nintendo DS to buy milk for the family.  Then, one of the blogs’ faithful reader’s decided to ship a Nintendo DS as a gift.  The third grader decided to give it away to some other child who really needed one, so Mom asked on her blog for people to nominate children in need.  There was such a response that really Mom wished she had 10 Nintendo DSes to give away….and then her faithful readership started sending her $ so that she could give 10.  Now, several thousand $ has been raised and something like 50 Nintendo DSes are going out to kids who could really use a boost; you can read some of the nominating emails on the blog.   Friends and neighbors, THIS is GOOD NEWS.  A win-win-win situation for everybody.  If you’d like to donate and feel like a million bucks, go here; you’ll find the “Donate” button on the left hand side…

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Starting a new thing this week: Ten on Tuesday. Inspired (again) by Sarah (she has no idea how highly I think of her!)

So even tho’ it’s Thursday, here my Tuesday 10:

10 things I didn’t like about school

  1. classes after lunch (I would be so sleepy I could not concentrate)
  2. Frank D. – he teased me mercilessly until he graduated a couple of years ahead of me.  I don’t know why; I never did anything at all to him ever.
  3. bells
  4. bells
  5. bells
  6. 3 minutes bewteen classes – not enough time to go to the bathroom
  7. Almost the entire Math department – everybody (except for Mr. Palmeri) was friggin’ incompetent.  I took the minimum required to graduate – 2 years of Algebra, but I didn’t know what a variable really was til I took Computer Programming my senior year.  Ugh.
  8. How stupid all the girls would act around the boys as we all got older and boys became more important
  9. Mr. Richer (English teacher) such a @#$^^&%*&^(*&(*&)_(_)(&(*^&*%&^$. A lousy teacher too.
  10. How every time we got a decent teacher, some of the ignorant folks in my town would run them out on a rail.
So there ya go.