LJ Interests meme results
- cajun food:
Huh, I don't even remember putting this on my list, but I must have. Anyway, whether it's gumbo, jambalaya, or... that other dish whose name eludes me at the moment... I can't get enough Cajun dishes. I even like Popeye's chicken, even though it's more of a gimmicky fast food thing (I'm guessing).
- demented music:
Over the years I've had difficulty with people or things that take themselves too seriously, and music is no exception. Which is why I think that I've been interested in "novelty" or "humorous" music ever since I was a young squirt and my dad got me interested in perennial Dr. Demento favorites like "Fish Heads", "Dead Puppies Aren't Much Fun", and "The Cockroach That Ate Cincinnati". And of the songs I've written in the past decade or two, nearly half of them have been at least somewhat tongue-in-cheek (if not flat-out parodies.) Still, I occasionally find time to listen to an Eagles tune or a piece of classical music. But more often than not it'll be more like a TMBG tune, or something off a Simpsons soundtrack. (Yes, I am definitely a full-blooded nerd where music is concerned.)
Hmmm, I'm not sure I want to keep him on my list. There was a time when I really enjoyed the observational wordplay punctuated by whacked-out props and the occasional messy non-sequitur. But the last time we saw him in concert, he was merely a bitter, angry, sad little man. Not the best formula for comedy (unless you're Richard Lewis.)
- jim henson:
The guy invented the Muppets, for Pete's sake. What more do you need to know? He is one of just a few people in the world for whom I shed a tear upon news of their death, who was not a relative. The Muppets (and their movies and subsidiary knock-offs) haven't been the same since he left this mortal coily thing.
- monty python:
I used to be one of the pretentious Monty Python fans who'd look down on anyone who either A.) Got all of their only Monty Python experience from the "Holy Grail" movie, or B.) Thought Monty Python was an individual (i.e., "Monty Python? He's hilarious!") But nowadays I take a more relaxed stance about it. That is, I'll settle for someone even taking a passing interest in the group, or not rolling their eyes at random quotes. (But I still can't stomach amateur troupes who try to re-create the Python sketches. That's painful no matter who does it, I've found.)
- paul reiser:
Y'know, I didn't think I had put this many PEOPLE on my interests list; it must just be the luck of the draw (since it pulled every 14th item). For those of you who are unaware, before he was "Mad About" Helen Hunt, Mr. Reiser was a stand-up comedian, one who did some of my favorite routines (mainly because I could identify with them. Well, and because they made me laugh.) One of my favorite ones is still the bit about speed dial and how it ruins your ability to recall numbers. "It's sad - now my phone has memory, and I don't."
- robert asprin:
Robert Asprin is just one of several authors that I WISHED I could write like. He takes painful, groan-inducing scenarios, and makes them WORK in the context of his novels. He pulls of the nearly impossible task of making cliched, parody-like characters, and making you care about them. The only other person I can think of who's managed that is Terry Pratchett, and that doesn't quite count because his characters are often wholly unique unto themselves (but his name didn't come up in this random meme generation, so never mind about him.)
This is one of those interests that fluctuates wildly from time to time. I've been known to go entire weeks without uttering a tune (not usually good times), and then there are times when an hour doesn't go by when I don't burst into song. (Though perhaps "burst" is a bit melodramatic there. Maybe a better description of it is "mosey into song.")
- strategy games:
I won't go into detail on this one, lest I inadvertantly cause the last few remaining readers' eyes to glaze over permanently. I'll just say that I get a kick out of building little towns that generate little people that run around chopping wood, building farms, and more often than not, waging pixelated war against someone over the internet. Though I like the ability to win "peacefully" in the Civ games. Okay, enough of that.
- they might be giants:
I've already mentioned them under "demented songs", although there are undoubtedly TMBG fans out there who would consider it blasphemous to use the word "demented" in conjunction with their songs (though their song "Man, It's So Loud In Here", did air a few times on the Dr. Demento Show, as well as some of their others.) You can't help (and by that I mean "I" can't help) but admire someone who can write a stirring ballad about James K. Polk (our 11th president) or James Ensor (Belgium's famous painter). I think I retain more historical knowledge from their songs than I ever did from my high school history classes. Which is probably more of a condemnation of my study habits than anything else, but...
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