Dork-o-Rama: The Random Thoughts of a Total Goofball

Embracing the Dork Side....Because Life is Too Short to Take Yourself Too Seriously

Monday, September 29, 2008

Out of Office Auto Reply

Terry will be away from the office, away from email, and away from the mainland through October 7th.

If your message is urgent, too bad. There are mai tais waiting to be consumed.


Thursday, September 25, 2008

Revisiting the adolescent Dork...

I'm heading to the surprise sell-out of the summer concert season Saturday night: Cheap Trick! Heart! Journey! All on the same bill!

Oh my god, the 14-year old girl in me is so happy. I loved loved loved Heart in my youth. 70's Heart, not so much the 80's incarnation with the overly-sexed-up look and more hook-y songs (I know - that was largely because of record company pressure, yada yada yada). I soooo wanted to be Ann Wilson when I was a teenager... and was hot for most of the guys in the band (especially drummer Mike Derosier. I liked facial hair then*. Sue me). I just so admired these two female rock band leaders and the music they made.

I just realized it's been 30 years since I first saw them live, on the tour featured in this video. I keep saying it because it's true: the time, it flies. 30 years? Holy moly. And yet, I remember the show so well, and this video that used to play on shows like "Don Kirshner's Rock Concert" in the pre-MTV days. (Yes, young'uns... there was a time before MTV! We had to stay up really late on weekend nights and hope to catch a glimpse of our favorite bands in some shitty tour clip....).

Listening to this song still makes me smile (and if I could find video for "Love Alive" or "Kick It Out," I'd post them. Wait! Here's one! And the other! I'm dying. And staying up too late) And how can I still remember all the words to these songs when I don't remember half the things I did yesterday?

At that first show, in 1978, some stoned idiot made my whole night when he told me I looked like Ann. (I didn't. Not even a little.)

(I also love how Ann and Nancy have slammed the McCain - Palin crew for continuing to use "Barracuda" without permission. Also demonstrates that no one with the campaign is, you know, LISTENING TO THE LYRICS. Idiots.)

This is the best Cheap Trick song EVER:

Robin Zander: adorable! I still remember seeing them when I was 15, while they were on the rise. Good times.

And of course, Journey's responsible for this delightful tune about the city I have loved since I was a bored adolescent growing up in SoCal:

This should be a hilarious evening, especially since my friend Sherri, whom I've known since high school, is bringing her 16-year old daughter. And we'll no doubt embarrass her as we squeal and dance and sing along. At least I hope we do.

Isn't that the best part about getting older?

*I still think he's hot. Well, the 1970's version is. I've no idea how he looks today, and I prefer that!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Can't help but laugh...

I came across this song on the radio tonight.

This was "our" song. We got married 18 years ago today, and this was the last song that played at our reception.

Funny, no? I don't hear this song in ages, and I hear it tonight.

And today also happens to be the start of National Singles Week. Hooray for that! I can't even imagine being married now.

Love the way the universe works. Also funny that for awhile there, I couldn't listen to this song. Tonight? I turned it up and sang along at full voice.

Oh I want the truth to be said!

(If you're not familiar with the tale, click here.)

Thursday, September 04, 2008

See, here's the thing...

I miss blogging. I do.

I'm trying to keep up with all your blogs, but sometimes, I only have time to get through my blogroll once a week.

And Twitter makes it soooo easy to "micro blog" (which really means, blogging for those with short attention spans).

If you're not already there, you should be. It's really entertaining... especially now that Fake Sarah Palin is there, along with Fake John McCain, and all the characters from "Mad Men."

What, you don't follow things written by fictional characters??

Anyway. I haven't abandoned this space... I just haven't had time for it lately. And Twitter is just so easy! (No, they're not paying me to say that.)

I leave you with this.

EDITED TO ADD: I'm now seeing on other websites that that turned-down proposal was staged. Still... pretty funny.