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Today was a lovely little brunch at Quiet Storm. Sunday seems to be the day that everyone roams into Quiet Storm in a mood for leisurely conversation. Today was Peezy's 20th birthday (he's such a little puppy!) and I had made him a mix tape. Well, Peezy eventually ambled in, and, in a beautiful little moment, Ian, the owner, had everyone - and I mean EVERYONE - stop what they were doing and sing happy birthday. It was wonderful. Peezy had seemed a little sad up until that point, but it was just such a loving gesture ... it felt good to be a part of it.

I gave him his tape, and he was amused that I'd named Side A "I'm on Zoloft*." Another friendly acquaintance, Ricardo, said he wanted me to make him a tape, so now that will be my next project. It's hard to explain it, but it's a really good sign that I'm making tapes again. I stopped making tapes for a long time (and, in part, because I had no one to give them to - at least not anyone who'd appreciate them**). Now I've been making them for a handful of people and it's a good sign.

Then I came home and watched the Saturday Night Live rerun that I taped last night. Where do I start about that? At 3:30 am on Sunday morning, the local NBC affiliate airs an old SNL rerun. Until very recently, these had always been from either the 1970s (the Gilda years), or the early- to mid-1990s (the Mike Myers years). They would NEVER rerun SNLs from the 1980s***, however, and I suspected that this had something to do with the politics behind the fact that these were the years when Lorne Michaels was not affiliated with the show.

Then for some reason, about a month ago, they started randomly airing episodes from the 1980s. I was so excited I actually sent a thank you letter. 1980s Saturday Night Lives. Wow. These are the shows I remember watching as a kid.

Anyway, last night they reran the episode from February 11, 1984. Robin Williams hosted and Adam Ant was the musical guest. And get this: I remembered most of the sketches. Tim Kazurinsky in "Gandhi and the Bandit." Eddie Murphy as Clarence, the fifth Beatle. I had an almost visceral reaction to it: I remember this!

I wanted to end this post with a thank you to anarqueso. She sent me a package, which arrived yesterday, that was just chock full of, well, everything. Candy and a necklace and a scarf and a frog and a jellyfish, and the cheese ... Cheese pins, cheese stickers, and, of course, actual cheese. Yes, I must admit I am somewhat afraid of the cheese, but yes, I will be brave and ingest some. Perhaps later on this evening with my tofu noodle soup ...



* a quote from the Veruca Salt song "Disconnected"
** I dated this one man for about three years, my longest relationship ever. We had nothing in common. Nothing. I made him a tape once and he so didn't get it.
*** the early 1980s being the Joe Piscopo/Eddie Murphy years, and the late 1980s being the Billy Crystal years

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m00nshadow
Jan. 25th, 2004 06:24 pm (UTC)
Anarqueso's Box
I got a wonderful birthday box from anarqueso that contained scary looking cheese too. But.. it's amazing cheese. Roomano 3 Year Gouda .. wow... we've been nibbling it all weekend. So Hope if you got the same cheese and don't like it... send it up this way :)
hopita
Jan. 25th, 2004 06:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Anarqueso's Box
I got the same Gouda, and yes, I enjoyed it as well.

Sigh. I wish The East End Food Co-op had a Cheese Lady ...
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hopita
Jan. 26th, 2004 07:11 am (UTC)
Oh my gosh ... I so hadn't noticed that yet.
bishopjoey
Jan. 25th, 2004 11:35 pm (UTC)
SNL
wow, that's way weird - I was always bummed that the 2nd and 3rd casts never got reruns. Okay, Adam Ant 1984 would have been Strip-era. What, pray tell, did he sing? (my roomies rented a movie called Nomads recently that had Adam in a non-speaking roll. Was weird.
hopita
Jan. 26th, 2004 07:10 am (UTC)
Re: SNL
Why, he sang his new hit single "Strip," of course, along with "Goody Two Shoes." He was marvelous. Can't think if I ever saw him perform before, but now I'd really like to see him live.

"Subtle innuendos follow, must be something inside ..."
bishopjoey
Jan. 26th, 2004 08:09 am (UTC)
Re: SNL
I saw him live a bunch of times (81, 84, 89, 92, 94) - that's sort of weird. Aren't many bands I've seen 5 times, but he was also my first live show. Lately he's had some mental health issues - not sure if there will be another tour any time soon. The Prince Charming show (82 or so) was committed to videotape. Not sure if it's still available though.
hopita
Jan. 26th, 2004 08:15 am (UTC)
Re: SNL
I think I've seen Sonic-Youth about that many times (1988, 1990, 1992, 2003, and maybe 1994 - I feel like there was another one in there), but I can't think of anybody else (Billy Bragg? 1988, 1990, 1991 ... wow, has it been that long?).
beautifulday72
Jan. 26th, 2004 06:04 pm (UTC)
Dude, I remember that episode too!!

And I have indelible memories of Buckwheat getting shot.
hopita
Jan. 26th, 2004 06:11 pm (UTC)
I'll probably piss myself if they rebroadcast the "kil my landlord" episode.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 27th, 2004 04:19 am (UTC)
SNL
I loved those years too!

--Alan
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