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Well, wasn’t that fun? I’ve decided to keep up with the musical references for February. We’ll see where March takes us. So, every time you see a new post, check out the title and try to guess the reference. (hint, start with this one!) Maybe you too can get a gold star.

And the correct answers are…

January 3: “Pride”….”Pride (In the Name of Love) by U2

January 4: “I Predict a Riot”…”I Predict a Riot” by Kaiser Chiefs

January 7: “And What’s New Pussycat is You Were Once a Lioness”…”Plus Ones” by Okkervil River

January 9: “Maps”…”Maps” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

January 10: “I Had a Brain That Felt Like Pancake Batter”…”The Hardest Button to Button” by the White Stripes

January 14: “It’s Just a Life Story, So There’s No Climax”…”Our Life is Not a Move or Maybe” by Okkervil River

January 17: “We Have the Facts and We’re Voting Yes”…Album from Death Cab for Cutie

January 22: “Do I Stay or Run Away and Leave It All Behind?”…”Times Like These” by Foo Fighters

January 25: “I’ve Been Down and I’m Wondering Why These Little Black Clouds Keep Walking Around With Me”…”Maybe Tomorrow” by Stereophonics

January 29: “And Our Bruises Are Coming, But We Will Never Fold.”…”Silver Lining” by Rilo Kiley

The coveted gold star goes too…Scott cause he got seven right and I have no way of knowing how much his answers informed Daniel. Daniel you can have a silver star for filling in Scott’s unknowns.


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Things that I am not: blonde, a daddy’s girl, extravagant, a lover of nature. And it is that last one that brings me to write this post today, that made my friend C exclaim she wished she’d had a camera last week. She knew it was the only time she’d ever see me in a flannel, outdoorsy look. Sorry C, that ship has sailed.

It all began with our final projects in one of my magazine classes. We were supposed to analyze a genre of magazines and my group got “adventure.” Assigning me adventure magazines that center on backpacking, surfing and nature is like assigning Paris Hilton The Economist. And so, I read, I researched, I analyzed. Then I met with my group at which point someone suggested dressing up like our readers. Hey, it was a great idea and in the end it helped us get an “A.” My only concern was that I didn’t have any of the required gear.

First, it was decided I should be a backpacker. “I don’t have a backpack,” I countered…and I should wear hiking boots (don’t have those either). Then we thought maybe I could be a birdwatcher. But I had to borrow some binoculars. Someone suggested I could wear a flannel shirt. “I don’t have a flannel shirt either,” I said. Whereupon the other girls in my group just kind of stared at me. They had in their number a rock climber and a backpacker.

I simply shrugged my shoulders and said “You don’t understand how utterly, completely removed from this my reality is.” And it’s true. My ideal weekend includes restaurants, parties, movies, music and/or shopping. It means manicures and tea, Michigan Avenue and a wine bar. It means people, cars, noise and action. It does not include camping, hiking, nature, animals or dirt. It does include indoor plumbing. ALWAYS AND EVERYDAY THERE SHALL BE INDOOR PLUMBING.

Which reminds me of the following conversation I had on a recent first date. Me: “I don’t camp.” Him:”You’d like my kind of camping. We sit around the fire and drink…” Me, hopefully thinking there may be cabins involved:”Does your camping have indoor plumbing?” Him:”No.” Me:”Oh.” End of conversation because neither of us really knew where to go from there.

So, in the end I borrowed a hat, a flannel and binoculars, made myself a bird-watching button and called myself “Cathy” the bird-watcher. And as soon as the presentation was over I switched from the flannel to a cardigan and Cathy is gone forever. Never to return.

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