Monday, May 26, 2008

The Alien Song

A couple of weeks ago, I was at a piano bar with a group of my friends. Desirous of putting in a successful request, I tried to think of a song that everyone knows and loves. This can be a difficult thing after a few spirits. I had a particular song in my mind, but I couldn't think of the name or the exact lyrics. So, I petitioned my cronies for help.

"What's that song that's played at dance receptions all the time? The one about the guy who comes home, and he can't get in because the doors are locked?"

That clue was no help. In fact it was terribly misleading as that sounds more like Barenaked Ladies' "Old Apartment" than the song I was actually trying to come up with. Try again....

"You know it's that alien song."

The countenances of my dear friends were twisted with confusion at this bizzare hint, and they did not hold the laughter. Finally, after failing to get any better hints from me and mulling over what could possibly be going on in my childish mind, Bryan correctly deduced that I was referring to "I Will Survive."

Well...who has a boyfriend that comes back "from outer space"? An alien!

I did a Google search because I wanted to see if anyone else thought the song was about an alien. For search words I typed "I will survive alien," and the results indicated I'm not alone in this idea. In fact, Victor Navone produced this animation:

Don't see the video? Try this YouTube link.

If you're interested, check out Mr. Navone's Alien Song website. He sells some alien merch too! I am seriously pondering the "Death by Disco" t-shirt.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

My Last Weekend in DC

Rick and Kirsten
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This weekend I'll be driving the Mini Cooper back to Kansas City and moving home. I was fortunate to spend my last weekend in DC with two of my favorite people, Rick and Kirsten. On Saturday, we revisted the major monuments for the benefit of Rick, and Kirsten introduced me to a monument I had never seen, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial. The Korean War Memorial used to be my favorite, but I now think the FDR Memorial holds that spot. In addition to seeing the monuments, we went to a Leg Warmers concert at the State Theatre. The Leg Warmers is a phenomenal 80's music tribute band. On Sunday, we braved the rain and went to Baltimore to see the Orioles and the Nationals play. We closed out the evening with dinner at Papa Razzi in Georgetown.

Rick and Kirsten, thanks for making it such a wonderful weekend.

Monday, May 5, 2008

I love Spring.

My outlook improves so much when Spring arrives. This is a photo of a bleeding heart. Bryan gets the credit for the photo. We planted the bleeding heart last fall, and the bloom has returned this spring. This is one of my favorite flowers, as it reminds me of my Grandma. There was a bleeding heart in front of the porch of my grandparent's house, and I could count on seeing a bloom every spring. I miss my Grandma, but it helps to have these little reminders of her. Here also is a photo of a little family of geese that I saw at Great Falls Park, Maryland.

Here's a 30 second clip - listen to the little squeak the goslings make.


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