July 18th, 2008


Writer's Block: Your First Record

What was the first music album you ever bought or owned? Do you still listen to it or have you moved on?

I inherited or acquired various records (33's) growing up w/o actually buying them or having them given to me. I had various favorites, including the soundtrack albums for The Muppet Movie and Walt Disney's Cinderella. I also loved my parents old 1950s stereo novelty albums.

I had some pop albums as well, which I got from siblings or at garage sales. I had Thriller and We Are the World. When I got to middle school I started collecting albums in earnest and had most of the Beatles, a totally wacked out Rolling Stones B-sides anthology, Simon and Garfunkel, and more. I also had a ton of cassettes.

I think I got my first CD player in 1988 and with it my parents gave me Schubert's "Trout" quintet. The first CD I bought for myself was TMBG's Flood -- after hearing a review on NPR. (Geekery!) I got that at a record store in Ithaca, NY, and at the time I was so torn in the between that and Sinead O'Connor's I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got (which I eventually got as well). I was so frustrated afterward because my sister, who I was staying with, didn't have a CD player so I had to wait two weeks to hear it! I *love* both those CDs still. Never got any other TMBG albums but I have like 7-8 Sinead albums.

And that fall for Christmas I remember Dee gave me Pump by Aerosmith. Which ROOLZ! For fun, here's "Love in an Elevator":

Casual Fridays

As I was leaving work today, snapped a couple of pics of myself in the ladies room. This is actually not my attempt at "Casual Friday" attire, but something I'd wear to the office any day of the week. I so love that I can get away with this, although I *am* careful not to go *too* far. Pics (click for larger):

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The shirt is one I tried on today for the first time in a couple of years. For a while it fell into the "too embarrassing category" because it showed off all the fat rolls on my back, but now it fits fine. Yay!