Archive for February 29th, 2012

Davy Jones has died.

He was the second person I planned to marry, when I was a kid (the first being, as I’ve noted before, Speed Racer).  I fell “in love” with Davy Jones through watching the Monkees on TV, and his appearance on the Brady Bunch, and listening to their songs ad nauseum. And by then I had figured out that marriage to a cartoon character wasn’t all that likely, and Davy Jones seemed like the next best thing. (We’re not going to mention Keith Partridge, aka David Cassidy, who was, at best, a distant third. I think I love you! um, where was I? oh, yeah. Not mentioning David Cassidy.)

Davy Jones was just so damned cute. That irrepressible grin, moppet head–reminded me a bit of Donny Osmond (oh, no, we’re so not going there. Not mentioning the Donny Osmond posters plastered on my walls, because he was a distinctly distant fourth after David Cassidy, whom we’re also not mentioning). Only cuter. He was. Donny Osmond had those teeth. Well, I suppose he still has them. He did the last time I saw him. Davy Jones’s teeth were just the right size.

So farewell, Davy. You made a lot of kids and teenagers happy with your smile and your songs and your stupid little tambourine that you played with such joy and vitality.

DISCLAIMER: When I say that my childhood has officially ended, that does NOT mean that I’m not still a 12-year-old boy. I am, at heart. I still burp and laugh at fart jokes and snort sometimes when I laugh. So don’t despair, those of you who love my inner 12-year-old boy. He’s still here, and is staying put. That’s why I don’t need to put up poems about wearing purple when I grow old, and spitting on the sidewalk. Because I already wear purple, and I think spitting is kinda disgusting. But I promise to laugh–inwardly, if I think a hearty outward laugh would embarrass you–if you make a loud fart. And I’ll continue to score your burps, but just know the highest I’ve ever given was a 9, and it was impressive.  In fact, I’ll never give a 10, because that unreachable 10 belongs to Chase, and I fully anticipate that by the time I meet him again, in whatever life lies beyond this one, he will have mastered that 10 and will regale me with it as soon as he sees me. (Love you, Chase, and miss you like crazy!)

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For years and years and years and years and years, my favourite colour was purple. No ifs, ands, or buts. Purple. Purple, purple, purple. When I was a kid I wanted a purple bedroom, but my mother refused, saying it would be too dark. Piffle. I didn’t care. I wanted a purple bedroom. 

I wanted purple hair, so in my 40s I got purple streaks in my hair. It made me happy.  I have a lovely purple amethyst cluster sitting on my desk. I have plenty of purple shirts.

And then all of a sudden something happened, and I realised my favourite colour is no longer purple. It’s red. Rich, vibrant, energetic red. I’ve been buying red and black jewelry, red and black shirts, red and black accessories for the living/dining/kitchen area of my home. Red fills me with excitement.

Don’t get me wrong. I still love purple. It’s just moved back a notch.  I wonder if the change has anything to do with all the changes I’ve been making in my life. Whatever the reason, I have been rejoicing and glorying in red.

This morning I remembered the Color Quiz and decided to take it.  Here are my results. What say you?

Your Existing Situation

Needs excitement and constant stimulation. Willingly participates in activities that are thrilling and offer adventure.

Your Stress Sources

“Needs to meet people who have the same high principals and values as herself, but finds the need unfulfilled. her need to feel dominate and superior leaves her feeling isolated and does not allow for her to give freely of herself. She would like to surrender and let go, but sees that as a weakness she must not give in to. Holding back will allow her to stand out for the crowd and earn a higher status, recognized by others as unique and important.”

Your Restrained Characteristics

Current events leave her feeling forced into compromise in order to avoid being cut off from affection or future cooperation.

Giving more than she is getting back and feels misunderstood and unappreciated. Feels she is being forced into compromising and even her close relationships leave her feeling emotionally distant.

“Believes her hopes and dreams are realistic, but needs reassurance from others. Has strict standards when looking for a partner and wants guarantees that she will not be disappointed or lose.”

Current events leave her feeling forced into compromise in order to avoid being cut off from affection or future cooperation.


Your Desired Objective

“If motivated, she will easily and quickly learn new skills. Is very intense person who seeks excitement and sexual stimulation. Wants others to see her as an exciting and interesting person, who is also charming and can easily influence others. Uses her charm to increase her chances of success and gain other people’s trust.”

Your Actual Problem

“Impressed by unique and one of a kind things, and by people with exceptional personalities. Tries to takes the characteristics she likes in other people and apply it to herself as well as coming across as a unique individual.”

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