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Something Good Bears Repeating

I think I'm going to go see Peter Pan again tomorrow. It's like crack.

Shannon thinks I'm insane for seeing a movie this many times. I've tried to explain to him that I just don't get tired of stuff. I could eat the same thing every day, bike the same route, play the same card game with him each evening, listen to the same album on iTunes, and watch the same movie. Every. Single. Day. Yes, eventually I tire of whatever it is, but it takes me a while.

In college, I went through a phase during which I ate nothing but spaghetti. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Nothing but spaghetti, for weeks. I was poor, so it was spaghetti with just a faint pinkish tinge of sauce. But I never got tired of it. Until I started eating corn for every meal, instead.

During the same period of time when I was dining exclusively on spaghetti, my roommates and I watched Disney's The Little Mermaid every single day. We knew not only the songs but the dialogue by heart. Notice, it was not just me. Two other grown women were involved.

When I was working at Wilsted & Taylor and had an hour-long walk to work, I would listen to the same album on my Walkman during my walk there and my walk home, every single day, for weeks, until I found another album that appealed to me more. I remember listening to Queen's Greatest Hits for months with no break. I would also listen to the same tape over and over all day in my office, until the guy in the next office (his name was J.M.) would come in and scream at me that I was driving him insane. He particularly disliked Paul Simon's Graceland, probably because I played it so many days in a row.

I've seen the movie A Room With A View more than a dozen times. I've seen Casablanca at least 10 times. I've seen Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet at least a dozen times, as well. Truly, Madly, Deeply: more like 8 times. The Sound of Music: probably 20 times (most of them when I was under the age of 10). Ferris Bueller's Day Off: perhaps 8 times. The Princess Bride: at least 10 (how else could I quote the entire speech given by the Impressive Clergyman? Mawiage ... mawiage is what bwings us togevvah today. Mawiage, dat bwessed awangement, dat dweam wivvin a dweam...). I think I've probably seen So I Married An Axe-Murderer half a dozen times, too (how else could I recite so much of Charlie's atrocious poetry? Harriet, Harri-et, hard-hearted harbinger of haggis...).

So, basically, what I'm saying is that when I love something, I loooooooooooooove it.

It does not seem at all strange to me to go see Peter Pan for the fourth time.

Part of this, I'm sure, is that my mom feels the same way. I grew up going to see The Sound of Music with her in the theatres repeatedly, over and over and over again. We bought movies on video disc (before the age of VCRs) and watched them, as a family, over and over and over again. So I've been doing this my whole life. Doesn't seem strange to me.

Shannon thinks it's weird. That's okay. He's weird, too. Just in different ways than I am.


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Jan. 20th, 2004 07:32 pm (UTC)
It's not weird! I listened to Alanis Morrisette's 'Jagged Little Pill' every day when I got home this past semester. The only reason I stopped is because now people are home and they are stereo nazis who only listen to the White Stripes (over and over and over).

So... repetition is normal, how else would we know the words to the songs?
Jan. 21st, 2004 02:47 pm (UTC)
So... repetition is normal, how else would we know the words to the songs?

Good point. :)
Jan. 20th, 2004 08:03 pm (UTC)
So I've been doing this my whole life. Doesn't seem strange to me.

Shannon thinks it's weird. That's okay. He's weird, too. Just in different ways than I am.

Not weird at all! Lots of folks are wired that way. I do that too ... I was on a bubble tea kick for months recently and I'd have one every day without fail and never get tired of it. Ditto with seeing movies over and over again (Raising Arizona, Groundhog Day, The Matrix ... ;-)
Jan. 21st, 2004 01:09 am (UTC)
I have a bit of an obsessive personality, too, but not to quite that extent. For instance, I've been eating oatmeal with brown sugar and milk every day for breakfast or lunch the past two months (except when I was at Arisia). I like it (cooked to almost a solid and then with milk added) and I found out it's SO good for you. It binds to the cholesterol and helps remove that from your body if you have it for at least 30 days straight. Woohoo! And plain oatmeal has zero sodium.

In the past I have had other food obsessions, people obsessions, and crafting obsessions. Oh.. and then there's livejournal. Yeah.
Jan. 21st, 2004 11:16 am (UTC)
I can (and do) eat the same food every day, and I get into binges of listening to the same music over and over, but I can't stand seeing movies more than once, no matter how much I like them. I know what's coming and I get bored and restless.

I do like to see movies again after a lot of time has passed, to see how differently I feel about them and perceive things.

Some of this may be my age: when I was growing up (pounding cane on the floor) there were no VCRs or DVDs. If you missed a TV show, you might see it again in summer reruns, but otherwise you were out of luck. You either caught a movie in the theater or you'd missed it. When these things came along I didn't really get why anyone would want them - I still don't, I guess.
Jan. 21st, 2004 02:21 pm (UTC)
Ah, sweet nostalgia:

"Would ya look at the size of that kid's head! It's the size of a planetoid and it has it's own weather system! Looks like an orange on a toothpick!"

"I'm not kidding, that boy's head is like Sputnik; spherical but quite pointy at parts! Aye, now that was offsides, now wasn't it? He'll be crying himself to sleep tonight, on his huge pillow."

"Heid, mooooooove!"

Stuart Mackenzie has to go down as one of the best comic creations, ever.

Oh, and when I was a teen, I watched Top Gun over and over. I can honestly say I've seen it well over fifty times....
Jan. 21st, 2004 02:46 pm (UTC)
Also, "Heid, pants, now!" Hee hee hee.

webmacher and I were also always rather fond of the wedding reception, when Stuart Mackenzie dances next to the piper and sings, "If you want my body, and you think I'm sexy..." until the piper collapses. "We have a piper down! I repeat, the piper is down!" Heh.

webmacher and I can recite a lot of the dialogue and poetry from So I Married An Axe-Murderer in near-perfect unison.

It makes me smile that a Scot such as yourself appreciates Mike Meyers' character with the broad fake Scottish accent. :)
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