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October 27th, 2004


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05:28 pm - Wear. Sunscreen.
I was driving along on my way to the office with the radio on relatively low. Lost in thought, I found myself having to concentrate on the road when something caught my attention: "You are not. As fat. As you imagine."

I turned up the radio, and listened.

I turned it up louder.



The song was "Sunscreen," which actually sounds like a graduation speech set to a beat and some soft music. It may be one of the best speeches I've ever heard. I'd never heard it before, but it struck me.

"Do not read the beauty magazines. They will only make you feel UGLY."

"Get plenty of calcium."

"Floss."

It sounds silly, but these simple words, along with others in the song, just seemed plain and clear and true. I found myself getting choked up like I do sometimes while watching sappy movies or the last episode of Babylon 5.

Yeah, I get choked up sometimes. Bite me.

"Do one thing every day that scares you."

"Sing."

It was full of love, and respect, and irony, and compassion. If you haven't heard the song, find it. Or just read the lyrics Or don't.

"But trust me. On the sunscreen."
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: Baz Luhrmann, Sunscreen

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From:alberonn
Date:October 27th, 2004 06:14 pm (UTC)
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I love that one!

But, I have to say...you just heard it for the first time?

It's been around for awhile.

Were have you been?

*runs*
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From:mrsveteran
Date:October 27th, 2004 06:39 pm (UTC)
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Like Venus, I was created spontaneously a few weeks ago out of the brain of Zeus.

Or was that Athena?

Anyhoo ... all I remember is waking up naked in a giant clam shell with these little birds and cherubs fucking with my hair.

Song must've come out before that.
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From:alberonn
Date:October 27th, 2004 06:41 pm (UTC)
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Cherubs suck. >:(
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From:yourdemonlover
Date:October 28th, 2004 08:22 am (UTC)
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Venus came out of the ocean's foam. Athena came from Zeus' head.

I hope you saw that experience as a wake-up call, and learned always to spray your clamshell for cherubs. Nasty little buggers.
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From:histygirl
Date:October 28th, 2004 10:13 am (UTC)
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Is it wrong that i read that as: cherubs fucking IN my hair?

:: icky shivers ::
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From:mrsveteran
Date:October 28th, 2004 10:42 am (UTC)
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It would sure save money on hair gel, though.
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From:histygirl
Date:November 1st, 2004 09:22 am (UTC)
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Ew! You are so gross!

No wonder we get along. ;)
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From:mrsveteran
Date:November 1st, 2004 09:50 am (UTC)
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hahahaha!!!!
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From:mrsveteran
Date:October 27th, 2004 06:40 pm (UTC)
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You're welcome. :-)
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From:cookiegirlie
Date:October 27th, 2004 07:44 pm (UTC)
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Never let cherubs do your hair. * shivers *


I love that song.

I'm glad it finally found you.
From:citizen_gkar
Date:October 27th, 2004 08:10 pm (UTC)
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I've never heard that song. It sounds too true for me to handle in any way but cynically, though. I'll never excuse in myself what is perfectly reasonable and human in others. Yippee.

The last episode of Babylon 5 makes me sob so hard I can barely breathe. I should come out your way, and we can have a Weepy Party!

And pie.
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From:mrsveteran
Date:October 27th, 2004 08:24 pm (UTC)
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The song IS cynical too, though. That's part of what's so cool about it.

You're welcome to come out any time. If the guest room is taken, there's a fairly comfortable pull-out sofa bed and this one poofy leather couch that is OMFG comfortable. I spent a week on it this last March when I was really ill. It was niiiiiiice.

Dad has all the B5's. And all the Star Treks/Gates/Wars. Well, the good Star Wars. Not the latest ones.

The other B5 that killed me was the one with "My shoes are too tight, but it doesn't matter, because I have forgotten how to dance."

Shit, that chokes me up just typing it.
From:citizen_gkar
Date:October 28th, 2004 07:11 am (UTC)
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I miss B5. Has anyone seen Jeremiah? If so, is it any good? I really need a JMS fix.
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From:mrsveteran
Date:October 28th, 2004 09:16 am (UTC)
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Dad has all the Jeremiah's too.

The episodes written by JMS are very good.

First season rocked. Haven't seen second season yet. Still have to catch up on first.

Like B5, tho', you REALLY need to start watching from episode 1.
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From:ktkatrina
Date:October 27th, 2004 09:00 pm (UTC)
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I have the CD, actually. Baz Luhrmann kicks ass. Same guy that did romeo & juliet, moulin rouge, etc.

Funny thing, I actually randomly filled a CD pack for the trip to jersey since the honey's car doesn't take mpp3 cds like mine... and that one was in there. Listened to it a few times through. :oD I love pretty much the entire CD.
From:ipuhlot
Date:October 27th, 2004 09:15 pm (UTC)
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I remember when tht came out. The Boy was in 9th grade, I think. It's one of the ones that will totally hold up through time.

Same guy does a Christmas "song" with the group Celestial Navigation, about some guy on a train. It's one of those things that you hear on the radio and start off thinking "WTF?" but keep listening, and then wantto hear it again, right away.
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From:fabledbrewer
Date:October 28th, 2004 03:26 am (UTC)
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I don't think I'm familiar with the song, but the lyrics you posted sound failiar. If I recall they were spamming the internet a few years ago, being passed around as a graduation speech that had been written by George Carlin, something that Mr. Carlin denied.

Or maybe I'm confusing this with some other bit of internet lore. It all tends to blend togther.
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From:mrsveteran
Date:October 28th, 2004 09:59 am (UTC)
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It was written by a columnist for the Chicago Tribune, then erroneously credited to Kurt Vonnegut, to the point where most people believed it was Vonnegut who wrote it and gave the speech. (FWIW, I don't think anyone ever gave it as a speech.) Some student started sending it as a chain letter credited to Vonnegut, and it took off like so many Internet forwards do. It may also have been credited to George Carlin, and Dave Barry for all I know.

Kind of a funny story.
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From:otterprincess
Date:October 28th, 2004 04:10 am (UTC)
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I love that song. :D

There are all kinds of legends surrpounding it like who actually wrote it and all of that.

Kinda throws you for a loop when you first hear it like that. It's a good thing.

*HUGS*

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From:nephratari
Date:October 28th, 2004 06:00 am (UTC)
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You get sappy? :o

Just kidding. *ducks*

I will have to check that out.. I don't think I have ever heard it before either. :D

I love feel good music though. :)
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From:kungfubarbie
Date:October 28th, 2004 12:13 pm (UTC)
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that song came out right around when i graduated high school and i totally hate it. i just rubs me the wrong way.
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From:kungfubarbie
Date:October 28th, 2004 12:14 pm (UTC)
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*it
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From:princessluvie
Date:October 28th, 2004 11:38 pm (UTC)
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::snort::

You do your rubbing in your own journal, missy. ;)


I've never heard it before, but I've downloaded it. I'll give it a listen.

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