Sunday, February 12, 2012

Hand Over Your Keys

Various experts in such things will tell you that there are Keys To A Happy Marriage. Like it's something you drive.

Two of these Keys are:
 1. You and your spouse should share common interests.
 2. Your relationship should be occasionally fresh and exciting.

***Oddly, none of these expert "keys" include lengthy discussions about who did what with the keys the last time they drove the car and who was late to something because after an exhaustive search for the keys, found them in the refrigerator. But I digress.*** 


So it is only fitting that we should have been in the car this evening when we expertly exhibited these two particularly profound Keys To A Happy Marriage. Just keeping the love alive out here on the Periphery.

Tangled Lou: [General nattering about newly discovered knowledge of the possible existence of wild mountain hamsters]
Chief Lou: [Turning up the radio] Shh for a second.
TL: Did you just...? Oh, you did not just shush me so you could turn up Phil Collins.
Phil Collins: [Singing.] Su-su-ssssudio. I just sail away. Ohhhhhhh! Su-su-su-sudio. (Or some such nasal-ing about.)
CL: Oh wait! Is this Phil Collins?
TL: Uh, yeah.
CL & TL: [Insert brief discussion of the lameness of Phil Collins even though TL used to actually own No Jacket Required and thought it was rock music, but that can hardly be held against her because she was very young and grew up in rural Vermont and China for crying out loud and what was the deal with Genesis? And a very little more about wild mountain hamsters.]
TL: [Triumphantly.] Whatever. You're the one who turned up Phil Collins.
PC: [Still singing. Too loudly, still through his nose.]
CL: [Spluttering a bit.] But... I... I didn't....
TL: No. Did you, or did you not, just shush me and then turn up Phil Collins?
CL: Yes, I did but...
TL: Tut tut tut tut. I rest my case.
CL: No. I did but, I thought it was Gloria Estefan.
TL: !!!!!!!
PC: [No longer singing. Probably because he's hurt and confused.]

So, come on. Shake your body, baby. Can you do that conga? I know you can't control yourself any longer.

31 comments:

  1. So take,,,,take me home,,,,,cause I don't remember


    Or for the hearing impaired


    Steak,,,steak me home,,,cost I don't remember

    WordVeri: barohoo

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    1. I like the hearing impaired version! Barohoo is the sort of word to which I reply, "Exactly."

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  2. Just smiles here:) Lol you must have LOVED that one song I included in that post on songs that stir my soul. I quite enjoy Phil Collins, but it amuses me when people have such strong, and differing perspectives. This felt like a conversation Ian and I would have...

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    1. Honestly, I rather enjoy old Phil for nostalgic reasons, but I know that my husband doesn't, so I wanted to give him a very hard time. :)

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  3. You are too funny. I want to have as much fun as you have!

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  4. Gloria Estefan--Phil Collins. Same difference, eh?

    But, seriously, what are these wild mountain hamsters you speak of? And do they know any Phil Collins? 'Cuz I have a feeling they could out-nasal nasally old Phil.

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    1. That is the real question, isn't it?! I have to research this whole wild mountain hamster thing a little more. One of my students was telling me about them. The hubs thought that she might have been having a bit of a go at me.

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  5. PS--I see your keys in the refrigerator and raise you a diaphragm in the dish drainer. (Though I do confess that its placement there did not make anyone late for anything.)

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    1. Yeah, I just don't even know about all this. However, one could end up "late" for something if it was on the dish rack and not where it should be.

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    2. That's what I was thinking!

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    1. We've got a "Groovy Kind of Love". Ha ha ha!

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  7. That is hilarious! But I am still wondering someone can mistake Gloria Estefan for Phil Collins?! You do make me laugh :)

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  8. Oh boy. That video is just a tad scary.

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    1. Uh, yeah. That won't be on the SATs. ;)

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  9. that's one of my things -- getting shushed!

    i have a visceral reaction, a simultaneous bristling and hissing thing that i do when anyone shushes me. "did you just shush me?" i remember asking my college boyfriend once like he'd committed the kind of crime for which people go to jail.

    and for phil collins? insult to injury, my friend : )

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    1. In my husband's defense, he is not generally a shusher of me. Usually he is the anit-shusher and listens patiently while i prattle endlessly. We have an unspoken agreement, however, that we can shush each other for a good song on the radio. Hence, the mock outrage over Phil Collins.

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  10. Well, if he thought it was Gloria Estefan...

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  11. You are hilarious. Personally I think you're better off being shushed for Collins, but what do I know?

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    1. I'm honestly not sure which is worse. It is astounding to me that we've been married 14 & a half years and this is the first I've heard that Gloria freakin' Estefan is shush-worthy music.

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  12. Oddly, if you check my blog, you will see that I have written an essay on the wild mountain hamster.

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  13. 4,340 to 1. It is a hobby in Mexico and as a result the odds are low. My wife, who is a lawyer as well, enjoys books on the topic and is an afectionado of wild hamster trekking. A tourist ploy where you dont actually get to see these animals, but are forced to buy trinkets and water. She will not hear sense however.

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  14. I once watched my brother in law do a shushing motion with his hand to his wife, and she stopped talking. My husband looked at me with 'did you see that?' in his eyes and I looked back with a 'holy cow, yes' and my husband replied with a 'would that work for us?' and I widened my eyes to say 'don't try it if you value your hand.' But....if it was for a good song.....that's a different story!

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    1. Even for a good song, we don't do the dismissive wave thing. I have been known to end an argument with the "zip it fingers", though.

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  15. It's OK to have owned Phil Collins. Living in China is a valid excuse for pretty much everything pop culture related.

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  16. An old friend of mine sang - as loud as he could "she seems to have invisible tough sh!t ..."

    I had to get out of the car.

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