April 20th, 2011


Puff the Magic Dragon

Man, I was listening to "Puff the Magic Dragon" today while out running errands, and I was all nostalgic and stuff, because "Puff" was my very first favorite song when I was 3 or 4 years old, and I used to beg my Aunt Bev to play it for me on her guitar as often as she would oblige.

But when I was listening to it today, and the song went on, and it neared its end, and I realized, "Holy cow! This song is terribly depressing!" Like majorly! I'm 41, and I was walking down a crowded street in Oakland, and the song's ending nearly made me cry. What kind of sadist plays and sings this song for small children? Maybe Aunt Bev discreetly ended the song while Puff and Jacky were still sailing the ocean and having adventures, and left out all that abandonment/rejection/obsolescence stuff.

Oh ... wait ... did I spoil you for the end of "Puff the Magic Dragon"? Hint: Puff and Jacky do not skip off into the sunset holding hands. (Do dragons even have hands?)
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Where stuff comes from, looking back

For some reason, I got to thinking today about the things various people have introduced into my life ... for better or for worse. Some of these things became long-term interests ... and some not so much.

my mom: too many to list, but including fine art (esp. Monet, van Gogh, Picasso, Canaletto, Alma-Tadema, etc.), The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Stephen King, Shakespeare, museums (of all sorts), Europe and Great Britain, libraries, true crime, independent film, mythology, Celtic music

my dad: too many to list, but including many vegetables (esp. summer squash), Kurt Vonnegut, the Sword of Shannara series, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Kris Kristofferson, Brian Froud, Cribbage (card game),

John (junior high and high school neighbor and close friend): Depeche Mode

Lisa (high school best friend): historical romance novels

Bethany (college roommate): "Days of Our Lives," Disney's The Little Mermaid, "The Cat in the Hat" (cartoon), "What's Opera, Doc?"

Donald (one-time boyfriend and long-time close friend): Monty Python, Umberto Eco, Zachary's Pizza, Spike and Mike's Festival of Animation (incl. Wallace and Grommet, and that little dog who always popped the balloons on stage), The Blues Brothers

Michelle (friend): The House Jacks

Dave (momentary boyfriendish thing and long-time friend): Jonathan Richman, Liz Phair, The Pogues, Daniel Pinkwater

Ross (asshole and briefly non-boyfriend): Loudon Wainwright III

Katherine (close friend and sometime housemate): dim sum, Crowded House, Dar Williams, Ryan Adams, Manu Chao, Jonathan Coulton, Mark Helprin's Winter's Tale, Trader Joe's, tapas, "tao hou tod" (and perhaps tofu in general), jook (rice porridge), eggplant, The East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse, hummus

Jay (boyfriend for a while, but close friend for many more years since): meteor showers, Jackie Chan, Blondie's Pizza, Macintosh computers

Zed (boyfriend for a while): Rebecca Riots

Janet (close friend): latkes, bulgur wheat, Greens restaurant

Andrew (close friend): High Tech Burrito, Baja Fresh

Lisa (close friend): borscht, gazpacho, The Chronicles of Narnia, lots and lots of anime (esp. "Paradise Kiss," "Fruits Basket," etc.), xkcd, lots of unfamiliar food (nothing comes to mind at the moment)

Lisa (sister-in-law): "Project Runway," "Top Chef"

Shannon (duh): too many to list, but including "Doctor Who," "The Prisoner," Joss Whedon, Neil Gaiman, Gene Wolfe, Robin Hobb, many many many games (esp. Dominion), swimming in the ocean, Rumiko Takahashi