Monday, July 12, 2004

People = Total Rock

These past few days have really made me realize how much I love the people in my life. Yes, I'm that corny, shut up.

For instance: I called this friend of my father's who I've known since I was a teen. He's a pretty serious poker player and I wanted to talk and to ask about his girlfriend, who plays poker professionally. He called me back today and we talked for 1/2 hour, he emailed me about places to play, and then called at 6:30 to invite me to go over with him and his girlfriend to play tonight. Obviously, I didn't go. But seriously, how nice.

Anyway, everyone has been so excited and helpful about this book (and other things) that I have just spent a few minutes dancing madly around the apartment dancing to a mix I've simply titled, Yay!

Included on it are the following songs:

Viva Las Vegas -- Elvis. At his best. It makes me want to start throwing shiny coins in the air and yell wheeee!

The Gambler -- Kenny Rogers. The classic gambling song, no question. Now every gambler knows, the secret to surviving: Is knowin' what to throw away, and knowing what to keep.

My Favourite Game -- Cardigans. Not really about gambling, but it has the word game in it and a good beat. It's one of those songs that always makes me smile, despite the fact I associate it with my ex. I think that makes it clearly an empirical favorite.

Luck be a Lady -- Guys and Dolls. It's one of my favorite musicals and I loved seeing Nathan Lane sing it on Broadway. But more than that, I love that a friend of mine was once in a video store looking at the box of On the Waterfront and the video clerk asked him, "So you a Brando fan?" and my friend of course he said he was, to which the clerk said, "Me too. Hey, you want to hear my Brando impression?" Of course he did. To which, as you might have guessed, the clerk made a big production of getting into character and then launching into Brando's movie rendition of this song. Classic. And probably true!

The Gambler -- Madonna. Yeah, so I've bothered to find a digital copy of this song, so what? I know it not her best, but it's better than her latest.

Not That Social -- The Von Bondies. Here's where poker leaves the music room. I just really like that the hook of this song is, "You're not that social, just a good drinker." There's a lot of these guys in the music that follows -- it's my album du week.

While I'm on the subject of cataloguing musing, some gambling related songs that didn't make the mix for one reason or another: Casino Queen by Wilco, Have a Lucky Day by Morphine, That Was a Crazy Game of Poker by OAR... and a lot of songs I've never, as far as I can remember, heard.

Now if you'll excuse me, I believe my cream cheese poppers are done.


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