Sunday, May 22, 2005


Well, as Brad has already so eloquently stated, it seems that I owe Robert a very swift kick in the gonads. Anyway, I've been tagged for a meme that states, "List five things that people in your circle of friends or peer group are wild about, but you can’t really understand the fuss over."

So, without further ado, here goes.

1. Baseball. I live in a typical midwestern suburb...we have one soccer complex, with a total of 3 fields for high school aged kids to play on. We have 4 different baseball complexes, with a total of 7 fields for high school aged kids to play on, with another 3 or 4 smaller ones. Everyone here makes a big deal about the CWS; the baseball team is the second most popular team at school (see below for the first popular). I don't get it. What's the attraction to a supposed "sport" that involves good hand-eye coordination and the ability to run 90 feet at a time?

2. Wrestling. The wrestling team is the most popular at school. Everyone makes a big deal about making the trip down to watch state; I'd be willing to bet that the state wrestling tournament gets the most attendance from our school out of all the state tournaments. What's the attraction about dressing up in skimpy leotards and then rolling around on a mat with another scantily clad guy? To say nothing about cauliflower ear or staph infections. And yes, I know there's the obvious physical attraction for girls. But there's much more to it than that, at my school anyway. The wrestling team members are definitely the biggest "jocks," more so than the football and baseball teams, and MUCH more so than the basketball team.

3. The obsession with gansta rap noise so many people my age seem to have. How did this music get to be "cool?" Its not original, 90% of it doesn't require any talent, and most importantly, its not even music. Back in the day, R&B and rap used to be a much more expansive tent. Everything from Run-DMC to the Beastie Boys. Then, in between the Spice Girls and the Backstreet Boys, rap changed. What used to be an broad group that covered all kinds of topics, including social issues, turned into a gang driven no-talent group of guys who prance around on stage covered in gold chains, grabbing themselves and talking about how they're going to slap their bitches and pimp their "ho's."

4. Emo music. Music by groups like Dashboard Confessional, Keane, Coldplay (at times), and yes, even Conor Oberst/Bright Eyes (at times). All the girls I am friends with are absolutely wild and ga-ga about this style of music, but I don't understand. Any Joe Schmoe can sing with a warbled and falsetto voice that is filled with emotion, have some emotional piano riffs, and get the teeny-boppers to have the tears start streaming down their faces. What takes talent is to come up with something that is actually ORIGINAL. Something that hasn't been done before.

5. Well, since its 2:30 in the morning where I am, and I am getting kind of sleepy, #5 will have to wait...tune in next week for the exciting conclusion of: The Meme!!

Cue: fade-out music.

Anyway, I'll have that last one updated tomorrow or Monday; hate to leave you all in suspense, but I'm sure you'll at least be able to appreciate the first four.

And now, here are the unlucky 5 being tagged for the passing on of the meme. And yes, if you were wondering, I already do have my digital nutcup on.

High in the sky over dreary Oregon, on the wonderful wings of Marine Air, Major Mike!
Rockin' both the Free and Christian Worlds, The Banty Rooster!
Slaving away to blogofy the Air Force, one officer at a time, Air Force Voices!
Kickin' butt on the dance floor, Beth!
And last, but certainly not least, Bob, protecting our freedom in Afghanistan! Bob may not be able to respond to the meme, as he is currently deployed and has rather more important things to do than respond to a meme, but I figured hey, what the heck, invite him anyway!