Friday, October 12, 2007

The Great Friday Random Ten

Bloggers Lulu and Tenacious S, whom I know outside of the blogsphere, have frequently stated the belief that I know everybody. Lulu is convinced that even where she resides now, in Bangladesh, she'll run into someone who knows me. They may be right, it turns out. I'll explain in a moment. But first, hats off to both of them. When they discovered I was looking for a waitering job, they directed me to friends of theirs who own a restaurant, and Ten-S put in a good word for me. Bless their good hearts, for I start working there on Tuesday. In the words of Elton John in "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters," I thank god for the people I have found."

Here's the "Six Degrees of Johnny Yen Separation" moment: When I went into this restaurant to put in an application last week, I walked in the door and spoke to a server who was working. We started talking, when she stopped, said, "Wait, you look really familiar. Oh, I know-- Johnny-- it's me, Christina C." I suddenly recognized her. It was my friend Christine, whom I'd lost touch with a couple of years ago. Christine and I had become friends when I contacted her after reading an arts and politics publication she used to publish-- I'd been very impressed with it. Not only do I have a job, I reconnected with a friend. What a life this is.

In any event, I found out about the job Monday, but wanted to wait until I'd confirmed my schedule to post about it. Thanks again Lulu and TenS! You are the greatest!

Here's my Friday Random Ten:

1. She's A Fool- Leslie Gore
2. Crosstown Traffic- The Jimi Hendrix Experience
3. We Are The Normal- The Goo Goo Dolls
4. Cruisin' and Boozin'- Sammy Hagar
5. Neat Neat Neat- The Damned
6. Just One Of Those Affairs- Pete Shelley
7. Hey, Good Lookin'- Hank Williams
8. I'll Be Comin' Around- The Bottle Rockets
9. Country Girl- Faron Young
10. I'll Be Coming Home Next Year- The Foo Fighters



Notes:
1. I love Leslie Gore. My favorite song of hers is California Nights. I had a big crush on her since seeing her sing that song on the Batman television show as a youngster.
2. My son's a big Hendrix fan. We raised him right, didn't we?
3. Love the Goo Goo Dolls. Slide is one of the great wedding songs ever.
4. Okay, so Sammy Hagar is a dick, and no substitute for David Lee Roth (who is finally once again touring with Van Halen!). But I love this song.
5. From the great No Thanks! collection of '70's punk rock.
6. I loved Homosapien, Buzzcocks singer Pete Shelley's early eighties solo album. This is from that album.
7. There are two kinds of people: those who love Hank Williams' music, and those who haven't heard it yet.
8. When my friend Mark died last year, mutual friend Matt, who was Mark's closest friend, cited this song as explaining his feelings about the loss. It's a lovely little song.
9. From country legend Faron Young, whom folk singer Phil Ochs cited as a big influence.
10. This is as sweet a song as there is.

7 comments:

Enemy of the Republic said...

I do the random 10 on another site, but I will do them for you too:

1. Black Rain--Ben Harper
2. Tunnel of Love--Bruce Springsteen
3. Optimistic--Radiohead
4. Green Eyes--Coldplay
5. Jungle Boogie--Sly and the Family Stone
6. Kid A--Radiohead
7. Keep Ya Head Up--Tupac
8. The Guns of Brixton--Clash
9. I Love a Man in Uniform--Gang of Four
10. Dead Souls--Joy Division

red said...

Based on music, I might rather road trip with you than Grant Miller.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Congratulations on the job! Isn't the blogosphere filled with great folks?

Erik Donald France said...

Pete Shelley -- awesome. Love "Homosapien" and, of course, Buzzocks. "I Believe In" is epic.

Johnny Yen said...

Enemy of the Republic-
Welcome to Casa de Yen! Great list! The Clash song is one of my favorites.

Red-
Thanks! But let's take it easy on Grant-- you know my son has been bringing down Grant's blog empire...

Barbara-
It certainly is-- present company included!

Erik-
It's funny-- I actually worked my way backward, listening to Pete Shelley, then discovering the Buzzcocks.

lulu said...

You are welcome--just remember your mission to get the sticky toffee pudding recipe.

Tenacious S said...

You know I had my own motivation in this. I just wanted to be able to go to one of my favorite restaurants and have one more friendly face there! What shift do you work on Tuesday? Maybe I'll stop by for a pint. Congratulations!