Thursday, January 24, 2008

It's the end of the world as we know it...

and I feel fine!

Songs that have been stuck in my head recently:
-Seven Nation Army by the White Stripes
-There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly (like the children's song/poem that starts: There was an old woman that swallowed a fly, I don't know why she swallowed a fly. Perhaps she'll die. If you want to see the whole thing you can go here: )

That was one of my favorite songs as a kid. Two of my favorite books back then were Go, Dog. Go!

and Hooper Humperdink? Not him!

(which was written by Dr. Seuss under a different pen name- since his real name is Theodore Geisel, the different name is a variation on that: Theo LeSieg... neat, huh?). Go, Dog. Go! was a random montage of anthropomorphic dog scenes, culminating in a huge dog party on the top of a blue tree. The common thread running through the book is two dogs that keep running into each other and having the exchange:

"Do you like my hat?"
"I do not."
Until the end when, at the party, he does like her hat, and they get in a car and drive away into the sunset together. Which is actually a little odd, now that I think about that as an adult... Oh, well!

Hooper Humperdink was about a kid that didn't get invited to the biggest party of the year, but then in the end he does. Simple, I know. But it turns into this elaborate exploration of the birthday kid's exotic range of friends from A-Z. My favorite line (that I will never forget) is:

"No one wants to play with Hooper, Humperdink's a party pooper!"

I think I liked it because it introduced the concept of a "party pooper" into my life and vernacular.

Anywho, now I'm in college and reading a book of ancient erotic poetry for a comparative literature class. To pull a line from the title song in the musical "Anything Goes":
"Times have changed!"

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