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Whatever! Whatever! I do what I want!

Enough bitching about my dissertation. Let’s bitch about something else, shall we?

Actually, to hell with that, too. Bitching stops being fun after a while, especially when I find myself so gosh darn amusing. Amusing and odd, actually, in a non-threatening, no-serial-killer-here  kind of way. Also, I smell good. Oh yeah. I rock. Big ups to me.

OK, my daily affirmations aside. I was looking over my Facebook page this morning because I hadn’t updated it in ages and when you’re as cool as I am, that’s just a sin. Surely something new and interesting could be said about my life, right? I trawled through my various lists. Favorite music: only the best, of course. My man, Van, leading the way. Simon and Garfunkel. The Beatles, natch. Some ole Blue Eyes. Beethoven, Mozart. A little REM for when I’m feeling saucy. Good choices, indeed. How about books? Jane Austen, she’s always a good choice. PG Wodehouse. Dickens. Orwell. Twain. OK, sensing a theme here…moving on. Movies? It’s a Wonderful Life, my all-time favorite. Casablanca is close on its heels, though. Oh, Bogart, you sneaky scamp. A healthy dose of Pixar flicks. To Kill a Mockingbird. Mr Smith Goes to Washington. You can never have too much Jimmy Stewart in your life, right? Right. Huh. Huh.

Crap.

I really have the most pedestrian taste on earth, don’t I? Gimme the classics, nothing but, screw the rest. If it was made after I was born and it’s not a witty cartoon, it’s probably rubbish. Wow. I mean, even the quirky stuff on my list is utterly safe and sane in clever, life-affirming ways (Mystery Science Theater 3000, The Puppini Sisters). I have good taste, sure, and I’m damn proud of it. But where’s the wild streak, the seedy underbelly, the embarrassing and crazy interests and desires, the gigantic and stupid tattoo you got when you were drunk in Cancun and decided to prove your devotions to the Smurfs by having a vision of the Almighty Papa engraved on your bottom? I seem to be missing this. (Actually, I do have a Smurf bum tattoo. Long story.) Given how bizarre my personality can occasionally be, you’d think I’d have a penchant for some seriously messed-up stuff, like anime tentacle porn, or a burning desire to have a threesome with Eminem and Marilyn Manson, or even just a fondness for Hello Kitty. Yet I don’t. And I don’t want to. Because that would be gross and soul-destroying. No, really: it would.

Is this a problem? I can’t quite figure that part out. On the one hand, when you know something is good, when it’s got the critical reviews and the years and years of durability and, infinitely more important, the artistry and the grace to take your breath away, why screw with the principle of it and entertain lesser art? On the other hand, I can’t help but think that my rather mainstream, safe, middle-of-the-road tastes are setting me up for the grandest midlife crisis of all. No one can be good all of the time. I just know I’ll wake up one day twenty years from now with a raging desire to shave my head, dye my eyebrows magenta, pierce my eyeballs, snort some lines off the toilet bowl, and rock out to some Limp Bizkit.  (No offense to the multitudes of Limp Bizkit devotees out there, but, to put it diplomatically, they suck deep-fried, urine-coated, rotting, steaming cheese curds.)

So what’s a girl to do? Trash my classical music collection, throw away my collected works of Shakespeare, burn my Monty Python DVDs and slowly gorge myself on an unrelenting diet of pop culture trash? Hell no. If I’m going to sell out, it had better be for a massive amounts of cash or a pony. Preferably a pony. But perhaps I may want to consider injecting some less conventional, more controversial substances into my artistic interests. Suggestions are always welcome, provided they aren’t completely disgusting. Let’s not get crazy here.

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  1. * InsaneFan2 says:

    Two Words: Puff Daddy

    Posted 8 years, 2 months ago
  2. * WeeklyShocks says:

    Hello, InsaneFan. Good to see you back again. Thanks for your suggestion!

    One word, though: no.

    Posted 8 years, 2 months ago
  3. * YahooUSA says:

    Cool post, as always – is the title from South Park?

    Posted 8 years, 2 months ago
  4. * WeeklyShocks says:

    Thanks! And yes, it is. Cartmen on Maury – he do whatever he want.

    Posted 8 years, 2 months ago
  5. * Joe Raygor says:

    Ever see the UK show “Red Dwarf”? Great show, strongly recommend it.

    Posted 8 years, 2 months ago
  6. * WeeklyShocks says:

    Thanks, Joe! I’ve had many people recommend Red Dwarf to me (including several MSTies), so it’s a mystery as to why I’m dragging my feet on seeing it. I should hop to.

    Posted 8 years, 2 months ago
  7. * Joe Raygor says:

    Just to add: I also mostly watch “older” shows too, rarely going beyond anything made after 1995. (Sci-Fi era MST an exception, of course)

    The only new show I watch on a regular basis is “Law and Order”.

    Another classic show I’d recommended: Dallas! 🙂 (Yes, I’m 24 years old and I watch a show that’s been out of production since 1991.)

    Posted 8 years, 2 months ago
  8. * Joe Raygor says:

    And it’s why my screename on Satellite News and the forrestcrow board is “J.R. Ewing” 🙂

    Posted 8 years, 2 months ago
  9. * WeeklyShocks says:

    Hah, I’m afraid I’ll have to give Dallas a pass. My parents apparently named me after the character who shot your namesake and I’m still too annoyed and mildly creeped out by that fact to watch the show. Makes me wonder what kind of expectations they had for me while I was swimming around in the womb: “Let’s hope this one grows up to be a murderer!” Thanks, Mom and Dad!

    Posted 8 years, 2 months ago


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