Wednesday, October 31, 2007


I was tagged by Tracy for this little gem....

List 5 things that certain people (who are not deserving of being your friend anyway) may consider to be “totally lame,” but you are, despite the possible stigma, totally proud of. Own it. Tag 5 others.

  1. I record and watch "The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Specials" every December. This is one of those specials run on local PBS stations during pledge drives. This thing is basically a time capsule of how holiday tunes were updated throughout the fifties, sixties and seventies. See the Osmonds as they serve hot chocolate to the Williams Brothers! As a kid, I used to daydream about being in a television program like it where I would be sitting on a bar stool in a ski lodge, spin to face the camera and sing a holiday favorite with others in matching sweaters. This started a trend in my mind which included singing "Endless Love" (circa 1981) with Anna Eddins as a duet and growing a mullet and handlebar mustache, wearing a duster and playing guitar for Heart (circa 1987). I'm not kidding.
  2. I was a card-carrying member of the Rocky Horror Picture Show fan club. Skywalk Cinemas in Cincinnati used to play this every Saturday night. When I was 15 years old I convinced my boss at summer camp to take as many staff as possible to see it. The Denton Affair cast was in its 8th year of performing live in front of the screen, there was a virgin auction, it was very cool for me to be there. Over the next 3 years, I'd grab everyone who would go to see it. I've never dressed as a character, but would consider it if the opportunity arose. Don't dream it. Be it.
  3. I offer answers to trivial questions being posed in total strangers' discussions. I figure it could help keep their conversations going. Why not?
  4. I've taken up comic book collecting again. In the '80's I collected G.I. Joe, X-Men and Avengers comics. In the '90's I picked up some graphic novels including "The Dark Night Returns". Two years ago I picked up "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen". Now I'm reading "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" Season 8 and The Walking Dead.
  5. If I think I've spotted a celebrity in public, I'll follow them around until I can confirm their identity. I once "stalked" Peter Cetera around the Dallas airport for several minutes. Finally I approached him in a bookstore and asked him if he was Peter Cetera. It went something like this:
Me: Mr. Cetera?
Peter Cetera: Yes?
Me: I'm a big fan.
(Totally wasn't.)
Peter Cetera: Thank you.
Uncomfortable silence.
Me: Thanks for the music.
Peter Cetera: Thank you.

I tag In Java, Mr. Social, Makkaio, Jenny and R (presuming the latter two haven't already done this and aren't too busy. Seriously, these ladies blog almost every day. In Java too!


3carnations said...

I'm surprised you didn't delve a little deeper with Peter Cetera: "Chicago never sounded the same without you" "A duet with Cher? Really?!?"

Galoot said...

Wow! That is so toxic! I wish I'd thought of it...

Galoot said...

And now I've realized that this account had been published in a previous entry. Slightly modified dialogue though. In a few years it will change to the Pittsburgh bus station and Chaka Khan.

-R- said...

I used to interrupt other people's conversations to answer our questions, but I have stopped doing that the last few years because I felt weird about it.

Galoot said...

When I was about 10, I did this to an adult in a toy store (trying to be helpful). He told me, "Nobody asked you." I was devastated.

Mama Drama Jenny said...

Okay, I might actually do this one. Very cool.

Also, I'm a big Rocky Horror Fan and that includes dressing up (Magenta, of course.)

And I assume you've read all the Sandman graphic novels, right? Because if you haven't OHMYGODYOUTOTALLYHAVETO!


Sorry. I just feel really strongly about that one.

Galoot said...

I read Sandman in college around the same time I read Watchmen. I wasn't ready for either of them at the time and didn't enjoy the experience. I did read Watchmen recently and got it. I'll put Sandman on my short list with American Splendor and The League of Gentlemen: The Black Dossier.

NickDean said...

How's Buffy Season 8 shaping up?

I started Sandman in High School and at some point over the years I purchased the complete hardcover collection... Just throwin' that out there if you ever need to borrow.

Galoot said...

Buffy is pretty entertaining so far. The show's dialogue rhythms translate well to the comic book page. I might take you up on that offer.