23 July 2007

The Random, Not the Mundane

I was tagged by Moxie to answer five random questions. I love random questions. My conversational style revolves around random questions. Hope you enjoy my random answers.

1. If you could be a type of chocolate, what kind would you be, and why?

A Hershey’s with almonds bar. Simple, perfect chocolate with those lovely toasted almonds.

2. What was your favorite song the year you graduated from high school?

I graduated from high school in June 1977 — just when music was getting interesting. I wish I could claim “Blitzkrieg Bop” or “Janie Jones,” but it was another three months before I began evolving musically. My musically naïve high-school senior self loved two wonderful songs:

For good ol’ seventies rock ‘n’ roll, there’s nothing better than Boston’s "Foreplay/Long Time." It’s still one of my favorite songs to listen to in the car, driving as fast as I can get away with. There was an all-night party our last quarter in high school — the soccer team, the sister and me, and our best friends — and the first Boston album and a KISS album were the soundtrack until dawn. Ah, good times.

Jackson Browne’s "Here Comes Those Tears Again" was my favorite girlie song. What lovely, heartbroken angst! I was working at Six Flags, on the Okefenokee Swamp ride, when my beau dumped me and broke my heart. Part of each work shift had me sitting in the dark, making sure kids didn’t hop off the boat … and I’d sit in that dark singing “Here Comes Those Tears” and crying over that wild boy, as only a high school girl can. Throw in Jackson Browne’s back story with his wife’s suicide, and you had the perfect song for a romantic, drama-queen teen.

That’s me, thirty years ago, in our class officer photo (yeah, I was one of those involved dorks in high school). Too bad you can’t see the detail of that fabulous outfit — that’s quality, pure 1970s patchwork denim vest and jeans, kids. The heartbreaker’s Mustang is in the background.

3. If you were running for president in 2008, what would be your platform?

— Get our troops out of Iraq.
— Legalize gay marriage throughout the nation.
— Make sure every child has healthcare coverage.
— Support research into alternate fuel sources.
— Declare your birthday a mandatory day off with pay.

4. What is your least favorite root vegetable?

The rutabaga and the turnip. I do, however, love the radish and the carrot.

5. What three historical figures would you like to have over for dinner and drinks?

If I’m going for an intellectual night around my dining table, I’d have these three over for a discourse on how this country began and where it is today: Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King Jr., and Bill Clinton. For a memorable night of drinking and carousing and witty banter, I’d invite Oscar Wilde, Truman Capote, and Cole Porter.

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Now it’s my turn: five random questions for five bloggers. I’m going all-chick this time:

Here are their questions:

1. Who was your Tiger Beat crush? Do you still find him cute?

2. You’re the new hot voice out there, and everyone wants to play with you. Who do you pick to play in your backup band?

3. What’s your favorite curse word? When do you use it?

4. What’s your guilty pleasure TV show, the one you’re almost embarrassed to admit you watch?

5. Which is your very favorite bauble?

Confess away, ladies.

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At 7/23/2007 07:39:00 PM, Blogger New and Used Records said...

Very interesting, and I have to say, you're my top presidential candidate for 08. Great platform. And thank you so, so, so much for placing God's Boat in your sidebar there. The support is greatly appreciated. If you have any thoughts at all (good or bad) - we just love feedback (newrecords@gmail.com). Thanks again.

At 7/23/2007 07:55:00 PM, Anonymous gifted typist said...

Yes, NAUR, I agree, we need a US president with an appreciation for problematic dangling modifiers

At 7/23/2007 10:04:00 PM, Blogger anandamide said...

I was ready to support your presidential ticket when you picked Foreplay/Longtime

At 7/23/2007 10:36:00 PM, Blogger chelene said...

I've been saying for years that my birthday should be a holiday. You'd totally get my vote, lady.

At 7/24/2007 12:04:00 AM, Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

"Legalize gay marriage throughout the nation."

Unfortunately we would need a mass exorcism. As otherwise, Jerry Falwell would haunt us until the end of eternity and don't think the Devil wouldn't welcome the respit, as he is certainly sick of his ass by now.

BTW, Dorothy Hamill called and she wants her hair back ; )

Hey, right around the time of that picture, I had a Hendrix 'fro that could eclipse the sun.

At 7/24/2007 12:09:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

NEW AND USED RECORDS: I am loving the album, Will, and will plug it as much as I can! Any chance they'll be playing near Atlanta?

GIFTED TYPIST: I thought about mandatory grammar refreshers every five years, but I think I'll hold that for my second term.

ANANDAMIDE: It rocks, doesn't it? I hope your head banged as you read the rest of the post.

CHELENE: In twenty years, I've worked just once on my birthday, and it was miserable. I just don't, and I don't think anyone should.

WRITE PROCRASTINATOR: I have a feeling that mass exorcism is comin', doll. Or praying, anyway. That was a fab 'do, wasn't it? What can I pay you for a glimpse at Jimi Procrastinator?

At 7/24/2007 07:04:00 AM, Blogger Marni said...

I didn't know you worked at Six Flags! Isn't it ironic that a few short years later, I would work at The Monster Plantation which was the replacement ride for Okeefenokee Swamp?

And I spent a few days in the dark mending a broken heart as well.

Oh yes.

At 7/24/2007 08:17:00 AM, Blogger kate said...

lol... I love your platform... after watching last nights debate, I think the democratic group is pretty full, but you may have a chance if you run as a republican! lol ohhhhhhhhhhhh I have an Idea... send in a youtube tape for the republican debate with the birthday day off option! (be sure to say hi to all your blogging buddies too! lol)

Its interesting that the 5 ? thing has been going around in my neck of the woods as well, just a bit different. I just sent Dale a set of ?'s (in the meme thing I did you have to ask to be interviewed and get a set of 5 random ?'s sent to you) Your questions were WAY more fun than mine! lol Its still good fun though!

Have a great day!

At 7/24/2007 11:24:00 AM, Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

"What can I pay you for a glimpse at Jimi Procrastinator?"

Mmmmmnnnnn, one of these years...

At 7/24/2007 11:27:00 AM, Blogger Barbara Bruederlin said...

Oh hey! I love random conversations as well, so this should be a blast.

Girl, you totally rock those 70's stripes! I have to admit it gave me quite a start to see them appear in the stores again, but they are mere imitators without the vest and the jeans. Imitators!

I had that Jackson Browne album but I don't think that one was the soundtrack to any of my heartbreaks.

And for the record, given the chance, I would vote for you in a heartbeat.

At 7/24/2007 12:53:00 PM, Blogger Dan said...

Oh my God! You look so cute in that photo!!

Beth for President!

I can't believe you named one of my favorite Ramones songs and one of my favorite Clash songs.

Beth for President!

At 7/24/2007 01:08:00 PM, Blogger Michael K said...

That is some outfit, lady. Kind of surprised by the Boston choice. So many great performers put out records that year. Stevie Wonder, Boz Scaggs, Steve Miller, Supertramp, ELO, Fleetwood Mac, Queen, etc... I am the son of a musician so I spent most of my young life in my room with those big clunky headphones on rocking out and reading liner notes.

At 7/24/2007 01:48:00 PM, Blogger Bubs said...

Your outfit in that photo looks very much like the girl version of the VERY COOL 3-piece denim suit I had in 1976/77.

I love your questions and answers.

At 7/24/2007 02:32:00 PM, Blogger New and Used Records said...

I don't think they'll be playing a whole lot outside of California this year, though a national tour is being planned for sometime next year. However, if the record catches on, then, well, you may see them sooner.

At 7/24/2007 02:42:00 PM, Blogger Moxie said...

Thanks for being so quick to respond! Your answers are quite fascinating, too, I might add. And I am in full agreement with having birthdays be a mandatory holiday. I'm voting the Coffey ticket in '08!

One of these days I need to sit down and go through all your music links. I need some new and new-to-me music to amuse me.

I decided to go with very quirky questions, because, well, that's just how I roll. I actually know someone that was asked the chocolate question in a job interview. Um, what?

At 7/24/2007 02:59:00 PM, Blogger jo(e) said...

Well, given that platform, you have my vote too.

At 7/24/2007 03:09:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

MARNI: Short Six Flags spurts. Cool that we worked the same ground! That dark was good for heartache tears, wasn't it?

KATE: I could never run as a Republican. Anne Coulter would rip me apart, knowing what a defection that would be. I'll have to pop over and read your five questions.

WRITE PROCRASTINATOR: You tease me so, doll.

BARBARA: Don't you wish we'd kept those clothes? And could still fit into them? I was totally into Jackson and Dan Fogelberg in those days; cute men who sang wussy songs. Glad I have your vote.

DAN: Thanks, cuteness!

At 7/24/2007 03:12:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

MICHAEL K: Well, the Boston won out due to the great memory of that party with the soccer team. Half of music love comes from the moment it reminds you of. Boz Scaggs was my first concert; does that earn me points? You'll ahve to tell me about your musical parent!

BUBS: We should have a 1970s denim-off and see who was the coolest back in the day1

NEW AND USED RECORDS: If you send 'em out here, let me know. I'll be cheering up front.

MOXIE: Seriously? A job interview? Glad I have your vote — and your tumbus-up on my answers.

JO(E): Excellent! I guess I need to YouTube myself ...

At 7/24/2007 03:18:00 PM, Blogger Blowing Shit Up With Gas said...

"I was working at Six Flags, on the Okefenokee Swamp ride..."

Oh, yeah. We called you guys "ops" people. I was in "games" (a.k.a. "attractions"). I've got a couple chapters in my memoir devoted to my "amusement park summer." There isn't much in there about the park per se, except for one lengthy piece on how we skimmed money from the till on a daily basis. But, we appreciated the ops people -- spent a lot of time on the roller coasters on our off days.

At 7/24/2007 05:54:00 PM, Blogger Michael K said...

Having a musician for a father is quite odd. I have a pretty unique background and am actually thinking of writing a book about it. It's just trying to get the courage to write something honest and true can be hard when all those people you grew up with are still alive.

At 7/24/2007 11:23:00 PM, Blogger Zed said...

Your liking Hershey’s with almonds bars gets my vote. Period.


At 7/24/2007 11:48:00 PM, Blogger jewgirl said...

I love these meemish and I love your answers.

you are too hip and cool. would kill to be at both of those dinner parties, ya big 70s diva.

At 7/25/2007 12:48:00 AM, Blogger lulu said...

I had that vest in middle school, only I wore it with demin gauchos. God I was a dork.

At 7/25/2007 06:44:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

BLOWING SHIT UP WITH GAS: I feel appreciated. Would love to read the memoir, too.

MICHAEL K: That would be a fascinating book! I'd read it. What did your dad play?

ZED: I love getting votes based on my addictions. This is gonna be sweet!

JEWGIRL: Consider yourself invited. I need a colorful diva for balance.

LULU: With gauchos? No, my dear; you were a fashion plate!

At 7/25/2007 11:29:00 AM, Anonymous gifted typist said...

That girl with you in the picture - it looks EXACTLY like Lady Diana in the old days before she became Princess Diana, and then Dead Diana...

At 7/25/2007 11:31:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

Oh, Gifted Typist, she was so NOT Princess Diana. I've hated her since the fourth grade, when she invited every girl in the class but me to her birthday party. She's one of those overbearing, bossy types.

Not that I'm bitter ...

At 7/25/2007 12:04:00 PM, Blogger Bob Zukerman said...

great story! enjoyed every word of it!

At 7/26/2007 11:43:00 AM, Blogger Artful Dodger said...

Beth for Prez!!! I'd vote for ya in a heartbeat. I can rig the election if you want. :P Nice post I loved it. And my word you were a hottie back then. Wait, STILL are. Don't tell MTG I said that m'kay.

At 7/26/2007 01:01:00 PM, Anonymous john said...

Dinner parties sound great. How about a side table for witless wonders and intellectual lightweights? Can I reserve a spot?

Good platform. A day and a half for the birthday would really secure my vote!

At 7/26/2007 08:39:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fun. I will get to it...my Internet is finally working again but now somehow the time has reverted back to 1969, and the dumb ass computer won't recognize any website certificates. I can't sign in to anything. It's my roommate's computer, and for some reason he has all the computer settings locked so I have to wait for him to go in and change it. I must seem like someone who is likely to sabotage a computer that I use on a daily basis.

-- BeckEye

At 7/27/2007 09:41:00 PM, Anonymous m said...

was jackson browne crying over his wife .....or nico?

At 7/28/2007 11:22:00 AM, Blogger Coaster Punchman said...

OMG that picture is so cute! And such a classic. With your curly do and high cheekbones you remind me of a young Diana Scarwid.

At 7/31/2007 07:03:00 PM, Blogger Jacy said...

I am getting right on this!


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