Monday, January 25, 2010

Simple Pleasures

I posted a delicious recipe on my food blog. Chicken Corn Chowder. This was really good, and really easy.

While cooking, I was listening to Tim's iPod, which usually puts the "ick" in eclectic. Sample of artists you might hear in shuffle mode: KD Lang, Luka Bloom, Wayne Newton, The Killers, Andy Williams. I did NOT make up any of that. But when Simple Minds came on, I was transported to the French Quarter. Don't you love how some songs can do that? Just take you back to a place and time?

The place the Melius Bar in the French Quarter on Conti Street. The time was probably about 1985'ish. And the song was "Don't You Forget About Me." 25 years ago, and I can remember who I was with, what I was wearing (oversized men's shirt with a giant belt and leggings), and how the entire dance floor bellowed "HEY HEY HEY HEY" when the song came on.

A far cry from my current reality, in which the only bellowing to be heard today is coming from Carlie, because SHE'S BORED. And SHE HATES HER LIFE. And OMG someone, please, send me back in time to 1985 for just a little while.

Anyway... while the chowder simmered, I decided to Google Jim Kerr, because, man, oh, man did I think he was hot back in the day. And he was married to Crissie Hynde, who was such a bad ass chick, that just made him all the cooler by association. And I've got to say, he's not looking too shabby. I mean, come on, none of us are quite as cool as we were back in the Eighties.

So now I have a delicious pot of chowder ready to chow, and a huge nostalgia ache in my chest. Maybe I'll force Carlie to watch The Breakfast Club with me. You know, so she won't be so bored.

NOTE: I have nothing against KD Lang, Luka Bloom, Wayne Newton, The Killers, Andy Williams individually. But collectively? Let's just say it makes for a bizarre playlist.

NOTE 2: Actually, I do kind of have something against Andy Williams and Wayne Newton in that, really? On your iPod? Not cool.


Cat said...

I would recommend not watching the Breakfast Club with your fifth grader. It had been 20 years since the last time saw it, when I thought I would share it with then 13 year old Hippie. There was a lot going on in that movie that wasn't in anyway appropriate for her.

Anna See said...

That song and movie take me back. I have to watch it at least once a year.

stephanie (bad mom) said...

Mmm, Simple Minds guy. And Bender.

Thank you for making my day two times now.

San Diego Momma said...

Jim Kerr is lookin' good in those jeans.

Was Simple Minds and the Breakfast Club and oversized men's shirts really from all those years ago?

I didn't feel a thing when the time passed me by.

Keetha said...

I know that nostalgia ache. It's why I rarely listen to music; everything calls up a memory!

Shana said...

Cat, I made the mistake of watching the Breakfast Club with my now 16-year-old a few years ago. Yeah. Why didn't I realize it was inappropriate back in the day? Oh, yeah, maybe because I LIVED FOR inappropriate.

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Fantastic Forrest said...

Now I have to go watch The Breakfast Club to assess my personal comfort level with showing it to my fifth grader. I didn't remember anything too bad, but I don't want to take a chance.