Here are a few various and sundry things I was thinking about just now:
1. Why don't I just buy candy for myself when I'm at the store? Because inevitably the next day as I am rummaging around for something to eat I will wish I had.
2. How do fancy singers make their mouths vibrate so fast when they sing? I can make my mouth do that but not as fast as I have seen Beyonce do it on high notes. Does it affect the sound of the music coming out? Does it happen involuntarily to people or do they control it? What does vibrato mean?
3. Were the musicals I loved as a child as lame as High School Musical is? Don't get me wrong, I like Disney's made- for-TV-movie High School Musical (especially when I hear Ben alone in his room singing along with Gabriella, "I thought you were my fairy tale. . ."). In order to answer this question I demanded West Side Story and Newsies (we have On Demand TV now). I really love West Side Story. There is some choreography that is seizure-like and I don't understand the irregular diction in phrases such as "I and Graziella ain't dumb" but I just chalk it up to beatnik influence, and I can live with it (like black turtle necks). Would you think it was stupid for someone and their friend in high school to love West Side Story so much that they thought it was cool to say things like "right, daddio!" and "womb to tomb!" I'm just wondering.
Now, regarding Newsies: I was never on the bandwagon per se and did in fact delight in making fun of people who were (unlike people who loved West Side Story so much that they and their high school friend thought it was cool to say things like "right, daddio!" and "womb to tomb," the Newsies zealots were super lame). But at least it dealt with serious issues like child labor, cripples, and the unionization of child laborers and cripples. Some of the choreography makes me want to look away and I feel that the set would be a very stinky place to visit but it did spawn Batman.
And so I have concluded that 1) West Side Story=Awesome. 2) Rita Moreno+ Kacy=True Love Forever. (But Troy is not half bad either and I am definitely dressing up like Ryan or Sharpay for Halloween.) Don't forget--High School Musical was filmed at East High in Salt Lake City, Utah. You know what they say: East High is the Provo High of rich people who live in Salt Lake City! Go Wildcats!
4. How could Cameron Diaz like Justin Timberlake? I mean, she does have some bimbo-esque qualities but she is pretty and seems kind of fun (a LOT more fun than Gwyneth Paltrow--don't get me started). Surely there are a lot of men who would be interested in her and while I think Justin Timberlake a fine young man, I just hate the way he dresses. And looks. And dances. It's not that I think Cameron Diaz deserves better--I'd just like to see her start acting her age (which is my age, incidentally).
5. We just switched from Direct TV back to cable. (Happily, satellite and cable are now in a bidding war over us. . . exciting!) Going back to good old cable was an easy transition for me (except for their crappy dvr with cheap-looking font that doesn't even come close to competing with our beloved Tivo.) I remember when we first got cable when I was a child. I am surprised and a little embarrassed that I can still recall my favorite channel--3 flip. If you had one of those old brown cable boxes that went up to 15 and then you pushed the flip and there were channels on the bottom--you know what I'm talking about. That's right! 3 flip=18 which equaled MTV. Which I watched A LOT. P.S. I am surprised and a little embarrassed that my 8 year old son almost started to cry over the news that we no longer had Tivo. How did he get like that?