Thursday, July 12, 2007

Very Important Business

Mike has hidden my camera somewhere. This means a few things.

Firstly, you can't see anything that I've finished recently.

Also, I have a really great excuse for not having proof of said finished items.

The Harry Potter fun was also not documented. Alas, that was just a bunch of knitting in a theatre waiting for a movie to start. This was the only time Mike has not looked at me with his crazy eyes (which indicate my insanity, not his) because I purchased the bucket of soda that comes with free refills. We got there at 7pm, which gave me many soda drinking hours. The photo oppurtunities were plentiful, and we missed all of them.

So, in place of photos ... actual words. The horror! Don't worry, I'll try to keep it short.

In June of 2008 Mike and I will have been together in one way or another for 10 years. That's nuts! We decided that to celebrate the nuts we should have a party of some sort. Something fun and special. I immediately focused on the first order of business - the music. In the process of thinking about what will be our smashing good song list it occurred to me that such an event will require a first song. You know the first song. That one that's your song. That first song you have to sort of dance to all alone up there before everybody is apalled and finally joins you to hide you on your special day.

Right, so I turned to Mike and asked, "do we have a song?" Maybe the fact that I had to ask him should have prepared me for his response of, "why would we have a song?"

I was not prepared. I was really sad. I started playing every song that has ever reminded me of him or that we have sung together. It was looking bleak for a while. We've sung a lot of songs together, and still we couldn't find that one song.

Then I realized something ... we don't have a song. We have a lot of songs. So I changed my plan. I started making a list. The problem with having more than one song is that you only have one that you can do the first dance to. I've decided to get your input.

Moonage Daydream - David Bowie
The Origin of Love - Hedwig & The Angry Inch
Chariot's Rise - Lizzie West
Downeaster Alexa - Billy Joel
Romeo & Juliet - Dire Straits
Take Me to the Hospital - The Faint
Each Coming Night - Iron & Wine
Thank You - Led Zeppelin
Fool in the Rain - Led Zeppelin

I know it's a motley list of songs, but we've narrowed it down to these. Where Billy Joel is concerned, I'd like to note that neither Mike nor myself have ever been fishermen or "worked with the rod and the reel" in the way that Billy Joel means, but we still really love this song. I'm convinced that if anybody had sung Downeaster Alexa on American Idol during Billy Joel week they would have won.

Mike made me take Fine Young Cannibals off of the list as well as Mr. Vain by Culture Beat and Rhythm is a Dancer by Snap. I may never forgive him. I think he's just afraid to get funky in front of others.

Any comments you have are welcome. I'll even accept jokes about our terrible taste in music. This will be a very do it yourself event, so I'll also gladly accept any recipes for feeding large groups of people and classy decorating on the cheap. As it stands all of my plans include giant bowls of olives and snowflakes cut out of the scrap paper from work. The knitters who read this will be able to back me up when I say, I may know how to knit, but it doesn't mean I have any sense of style. This anniversary thing could be a disaster. Luckily I'm giving us 11 months to plan it.

I promise more photos of Mike in tight pants are to come. I can't have my most favorite reader disappointed.


Aidan said...


I had the pleasure of getting to know Quentin Crisp when I lived in New York in the 80's. Quentin taught me NEVER to confuse style with fashion. He had his own, very distinctive style which was never in fashion. He never, ever wavered from his style -- even when it meant ridicule and scorn.

You have a LOT of style. Your style is playful and unexpected and thoughtful. Don't knock yourself. I love your style.

Congratulations on 10 years. Myfanwe and I are at 16! (And they said it wouldn't last!) "Our" song is "Losing My Religion". Ironic, huh?

As for the camera, knowing you two, did you look in the bedroom?


Aidan said...

Ahem. I'm waiting.

Aidan said...

Hey. Are you guys ok? You haven't responded to my rude e-mail. I'm worried. Hugs.

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