I got tagged by my buddy Seb so here goes:
1. I love the band The Decemberists. I love Colin Meloy’s melancholy vocals and the different time periods their songs are set in. OK, some of the lyrics are rather erudite and would appeal to history buffs, and the band may be an acquired taste, but once appreciated, always enjoyed. This band occupies a permanent spot in my mp3 player. When I am having a severely insomniac night, I plug in and listen to “California One / Youth and Beauty Brigade”, “Grace Cathedral Hill”, “For My Own True Love (Lost at Sea)”, “On the Bus Mall” and other Decemberists songs.
2. I also like “weird” music. This means music that uses unexpected or strange combinations of instruments. For example, banjo and sitar on the same song. That’s what I like about my other favorite band The Eels. I get tired of the same old electric guitar riffs, and with the Eels, you never know what bandleader Mark Oliver Everett will put together. Many of his songs are a little depressing however, as certain of the albums were catharsis for him after his mother died of cancer, sister committed suicide, and father died of causes I have forgotten. So he sings a lot about his recovery from all that grief (mainly found on the “Electro-Shock Blues” cd). More upbeat songs can be heard on “Daisies of the Galaxy”. I highly recommend The Eels for adventurous listeners.
3. Of all domestic chores, I like doing laundry the best. Sort, throw in machine, add soap, walk away. I love the sound of the washing machine as it does its job (I’m not so enamored as to sit on top of the machine and savor the vibrations, LOL!) I love the smell of clean clothes.
4. I have Raynaud’s Phenomenon. It’s a disorder that causes the blood vessels in my hands and feet to constrict when they get cold or if I have a lot of stress. First my fingers turn white, then blue, then go numb. In my case, it has damaged my fingers and they are kinda bent (although perfectly bent for typing, whew!). I can’t make a fist or straighten my fingers completely. I have to wear gloves outside if the temperature falls much below 65 degrees. Extreme air conditioning (which is common in California even on cold days) sets it off badly. I’m not even supposed to hold glasses that contain cold beverages because that can set off an attack!
5. My favorite TV program at the moment is “Dexter” (on Showtime).
6. I love kimchi. It’s a Korean fermented cabbage dish that’s very garlicky. I heard it’s traditionally buried in a container underground until sufficiently pungent. Many people can’t stand the smell of it. I worked for a Taiwanese doctor for several years, and he used to buy us office dinners that featured kimchi, that’s how THAT got started.