Thursday, October 18, 2007

In which I discover that my former Chinese study buddy has a band featured on blogs and stuff

I am obsessed with near celebrity. Completely and absolutely. Where most people have places in their brains to remember birthdays and car keys, I remember the time I was on the same ferry back from Martha's Vineyard as Steven Tyler or that Lacey is flipping off Ben Folds on his DVD cover and that C-tina was once on Lingo and won a bunch of stuff and that the exbf met Clinton and Holly Hunter on the same day. So, color me shocked and pleased when I open up trusty stereogum to find that the Quit Your Day Job feature focuses on one of my college classmates! Chances are, she doesn't remember me all that well, but we spent probably 20 hours a week together divising, memorizing and then performing Chinese dialogues for Zhao Laoshi at the alma mater during sophomore year. We had several sleepless nights downing chicken nuggets (actually, that was just me) and guzzling stolen soda in the dining hall. We had massive paper cut injuries from thousands of flash cards. I think we also took a class about How Poems Mean in East and West with possibly the best professor I ever had, but I probably didn't go. I doubt she did either. In any case, best of luck to Elisa and Pete of the Magik Markers. Check 'em out! However, it's not my kind of music, per se, but I'm open minded. Sometimes.

4 comments:

Tilly said...

In 5th grade I met Bob Saget on the ferry boat back from Alcatraz! I got his autograph on a post-it note that I hung on my awesome bulletin board until I went to college. (FINE, until my parents moved after I had graduated. WHATEVER.) I remember asking where Michelle was. Little did I know there were TWO Michelle's.

Mr. Shain said...

i'll be honest. i was a little crushed when the topic of near-celebrity came up and i was never even mentioned. since the only reason you pretend to be friends with me is because i am a near-celebrity, i thought i would be an obvious choice of reference. just going to add this to my list of things today contributing to my worst-day-ever and then cry a little.

Michael5000 said...

Hmm, I could like the Magik Markers. Behind all that fuzzy guitar there's a nice clean drum sound.....

Matt A said...

Which Ben Folds DVD?