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I got tagged!

In Play on June 5, 2008 by Queue

Cheryl just tagged me on this one, so here are my answers to the current meme:

The Rules – Each player answers the questions about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5-6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.
Since I don’t do this very often, here goes:

1. What I was doing 10 years ago:

I was finishing up my sophomore year of high school, starting another summer of swim team practices and lifeguarding.

2. What 5 things are on on my to-do list for today (not in any particular order):

Coffee, breakfast, feed the kitten, pack my dinner, go to work

3. Snacks I enjoy:

Snap peas, sun chips, oatmeal cookies, cheese, fruit

4. Things I would do if I was a billionaire:

Go and find a small development of McMansions somewhere in farming country, buy them all along with some more land, knock them all down and build a smaller house and a barn and start raising sheep and goats. Might even build the mostly in ground “hobbit” house I’ve always wanted.

5. Places I have lived:

Norfolk, VA; Wilmore, KY; Los Angeles, CA . . . lather rinse repeat

I’m not going to tag anyone with this – if you wanted a chance to do it and no-one’s tagged you yet – consider yourself invited.

And yes Cheryl, I have another post coming, but I need a few more pictures. So maybe tomorrow, when I have a day off, I’ll get that knocked out.

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The answers

In Play on June 11, 2007 by Queue

1. “Under a lover’s sky, gonna be with you and no one’s gonna be around. . .”
(Can’t Fight the Moonlight, Leanne Rimes) Galen who even knew the soundtrack it was from

2. “Time to let the rain fall, without the help of man, time to let the trees grow tall, now if they only can . . .”
(Ally Ally Oxen Free, Kingston Trio)

3. “She’s got a way about her, don’t know what it is, but I know that I can’t live without her . . .”
(She’s Got a Way, Billy Joel) Stephanie

4. “Pages filled with a holy message, sealed with kiss from heaven on a scroll long ago . . .”
(Red Letters, DC Talk)Galen

5. “I will never underestimate what can be done, don’t be fooled, someone is listenin’ or watchin'”
(Mind What You Say, Buppy)

6. “She was walkin’ in the garden one day, when a snake slipped around her feet . . .”
(The Devil is Bad, The W’s) Beth

7. “Pardon me, your epidermis is showing sir, I couldn’t help but notice . . .”
(Color People, DC Talk) Kari

8. “Strangely out of place, and there’s a light filling this room where none would follow before . . . “
(I Need You, Jars of Clay)

9. “Yesterday, all my troubles seems so far away . . .”
(Yesterday, The Beatles) Beth

10. “This a song for the brokenhearted, a silent prayer for a faith departed . . .”
(It’s My Life, Bon Jovi) Kari

11. “A lonely child, alone and wild, a cabinet maker’s son, his hands were made for different work, and his heart was known to none . . .”
(The Leader of the Band, Dan Fogelberg)

12. “You can play the game, and you can act out the part, but you know it wasn’t written for you . . .” (Shower the People, James Taylor) Stephanie

13. “I was sittin’, waitin’, wishin’ you believed in superstitions, then maybe you’d see the signs . . .”
(Sitting, Waiting, Wishing, Jack Johnson)Galen

14. “All our tears have reached the sea, part of you will live in me, way down deep inside my heart . . .”
(Please Remember Me, Tim McGraw)

15. “The Jordan was waiting for me to cross through, my heart is aging I can tell . . .”
(Elijah, Rich Mullins)

16. “I met a guy on a red eye, he spotted my guitar and said ‘What do you do?’ . . .”
(Songs About Me, Trace Adkins) Curly

17. “Let me be for I am now free and I can feel so let the children be born . . .”
(Broken, 3rd Root)

18. “This thing called love, I just can’t handle it . . .”
(Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Queen) Beth

19. “It’s a saturday afternoon romance between a cowboy and a full moon . . .”
(Cowboy Romance, Natalie Merchant)

20. “I’m strange, and you’re strange, don’t want you to change, no way . . .”
(You’re So True, Joseph Arthur) Ben

Way to go kids! This was really fun!

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I totally stole this

In Play on June 8, 2007 by Queue

from Ben.

It’s a game, the rules of which are pretty simple. I have let iTunes play through my entire collection of music at random. I have listed the first lines of 20 songs (a test of my transcription ability). I skipped any tracks that weren’t in English, and any from Carbon Leaf, since I’m usually the only one who knows those. Your job is to guess the artist and song title of each one. As you get them correct, I’ll cross them off. And since this is going on both blogs, I’ll post the correct answers after 48 hours or so along with credit for any correct answers. In the mean time I may post any humorous guesses I receive.

Now, googling the lyrics is definitely illegal, but searching through your own iTunes or CD collection is acceptable (as it “hey, that’s a John Denver song, I just don’t know which one), though deeply frowned upon. Making guesses when you don’t know is also acceptable, since that makes it more fun.

Here goes . . .

1. “Under a lover’s sky, gonna be with you and no one’s gonna be around. . .”

2. “Time to let the rain fall, without the help of man, time to let the trees grow tall, now if they only can . . .”

3. “She’s got a way about her, don’t know what it is, but I know that I can’t live without her . . .”

4. “Pages filled with a holy message, sealed with kiss from heaven on a scroll long ago . . .”

5. “I will never underestimate what can be done, don’t be fooled, someone is listenin’ or watchin'”

6. “She was walkin’ in the garden one day, when a snake slipped around her feet . . .”

7. “Pardon me, your epidermis is showing sir, I couldn’t help but notice . . .”

8. “Strangely out of place, and there’s a light filling this room where none would follow before . . . “

9. “Yesterday, all my troubles seems so far away . . .”

10. “It’s a song for the brokenhearted, a silent prayer for a faith departed . . .”

11. “A lonely child, alone and wild, a cabinet maker’s son, his hands were made for different work, and his heart was known to none . . .”

12. “You can play the game, and you can act out the part, but you know it wasn’t written for you . . .”

13. “I was sittin’, waitin’, wishin’ you believed in superstitions, then maybe you’d see the signs . . .”

14. “All our tears have reached the sea, part of you will live in me, way down deep inside my heart . . .”

15. “The Jordan was waiting for me to cross through, my heart is aging I can tell . . .”

16. “I met a guy on a red eye, he spotted my guitar and said ‘What do you do?’ . . .”

17. “Let me be for I am now free and I can feel so let the children be born . . .”

18. “This thing called love, I just can’t handle it . . .”

19. “It’s a saturday afternoon romance between a cowboy and a full moon . . .”

20. “I’m strange, and you’re strange, don’t want you to change, no way . . .”

** just a note, I let iTunes keep playing while I edited and formatted the post . . . and it played a lot of my “better” music . . . oh well!

** also, the reference from the last post – “You spin me right round baby, right round, like a record baby, right round, round, round.” [/BIG DORK MOMENT]

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Playtime

In Life,Play on October 13, 2006 by Queue

We do not stop playing because we grow old.
We grow old because we stop playing.
– Anon.

Besides my impatience in waiting to play with some of the new features offered by Blogger in Beta, my goal with this blog re-design was to make the site more conversational – to tie together a community of blogs and comments. So to start things off, I’m branching off of a friend’s blog.

Sure, at a certain age, our bodies get too old for certain activities, but somehow, I don’t think we were made to stop playing in some fashion.Hanski

And she certainly has a point.

When do we reach an age where we are too important for play? And perhaps more importantly, why does the thought possess us that we’re too old to play anymore? I believe it must occur around the same time that we lose all of our youthful bravado and confidence in ourselves. So, for most of us, middle school. We are suddenly caught up in trying to fit into someone else’s mold of coolness or perfection, and we let go of anything that stands in the way of our fitting in. There’s an element of depression to it, as we cast aside parts of ourselves, parts we loved and valued, and feel embarrassed that we ever loved them. It kills the spirit.

And with that our sense of fun, our love of play is gone. Sometimes forgotten. We can look back and wax nostalgic about the joys of our childhood. We can deny that which we find embarassing (I used to own Barbies, for example, don’t die of shock).

Or perhaps we can latch back into our playful side – and start having fun again. We can start up regular games of ultimate frizbee. We can indulge our imagination with books that are far below our reading level, but have the kind of innocent creativity lacking in most adult fiction. We can spend as much time as possible playing with children – inspire our inner child. We can try hard not to squash the imaginative fun of future generations.

Or we can shamelessly watch old episodes of the Muppet Show – it still makes me giggle. Yes, I giggle.