Posts Tagged ‘i’ve got moves you’ve never seen’

5 days.

In just 5 days I’ll be participating in my second marathon – the Marine Corps Marathon. The closer it gets, the more excited (and nervous) I become. Logically, I know I can do this because I’ve done it before. But this is also a different course, a different crowd, and different weather, and anything can happen.

As I did last time, I would encourage all of you in the area to come out to the race. I know it’s on Halloween, so you might have been out late the night before, but that’s okay – come in costume! Spectating for this race is an experience in and of itself.

But aside from crowd support, I’m going to ask your help with one more thing: music.

Before the last marathon I asked for your suggestions and I filled my racing playlist with all of it. It was exactly what I needed.

Now, I’m looking to spice it up a little bit more and add some new sounds into the mix. So what new songs have you discovered over the summer? Or, what old ones have you rediscovered? What gets you going in the morning, before work, or excited for a night out?

Feel free to send your suggestions all week – I’ll be in the process of constantly updating my iPod until race day.

In between continuing to question my sanity, of course.

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I imagine that many of you have seen this relatively new study on what constitutes good and bad dancing (for men, as judged by women). Yes, now the quality of your dancing is determined by scientific measures, and how can you argue with science?

If you haven’t seen the brief videos of the “good” and the “bad” moves, please go here for just a minute and check them out. I’ll wait. I promise.

Now, I guess I understand the “bad” moves. After all, it’s really just glorified walking, potentially keeping with the rhythm, but we can’t tell that from the video. I’m less likely to label it “bad,” as I am “low risk.” Those moves probably won’t get you noticed on the dance floor, but that can be a good thing.

But the “good” moves…well, they kind of reminded me of Mac:

Most definitely high risk. But entertaining, nonetheless.

More importantly though:

1) How did they (i.e. those who conducted the study) get clearance for spending money on this type of research?

From what I can tell, they’ve found another way in which to aid guys in picking up women, so is the overall goal matchmaking? Because if it’s purely to study human behavior they could have done their research at a variety of bars.

2) How do I get chosen for a study like that?

Don’t get me wrong – I do actually think it’d be interesting to sit there and judge dance moves, in the name of science, of course. But it would be even more interesting to do it live. None of this avatar nonsense. And if live judging leads to bias (paying more attention to height, looks, outfit, etc.), then use it as a follow up to the avatar study. You can see if stellar dance moves really trump physical attractiveness. I have a hypothesis, but I’ll wait for the scientific results.

So, with all of this dancing talk, I’m curious: do you consider yourself a good dancer? And do you have a go-to move? Or, are you more likely to stay on the fringes, and engage solely in the low risk moves, if necessary?

And, because I couldn’t write a whole post about dancing and not show you this, I leave you with a video from camp this year – where we taught kids how to drop ‘bows, do the Jersey fist pump, and make it rain. Who says we’re not preparing them for the real world?

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I’m going to tell you a little secret, just because it’s Friday. And you can judge me if you want. OR you can join me. Your choice.

But, you see, there’s this movie coming out. I’ve seen – and enjoyed – the first two of the series (I use that term loosely), though not in theaters. And I’ll go so far as to say that I even loved the first one.

And now, I sorta kinda really want to see the third. Plus, it’s in 3D!

Listen you guys, I’m a total sucker for these dance movies.

1) I love the music. It’s your standard pop/hip-hop/remix compilation that you’ll hear at any bar and it’s fun. I’m also about the farthest thing that you’ll get from a music snob, so take my opinion as you will.

2) I go to the movies to be entertained, and this dancing? It fits the bill. Trust me, I’m not watching for the complex story line, which, if I had to guess, would run something like: boy and girl meet; there’s an attraction; they hook up; something pulls them apart; dance brings them back together. But that’s just a guess.

3) Not only is the dancing fun to watch, but it makes me want to/think I can dance, too. In fact, if you see the movie with me, you’ll probably catch me chair-dancing. That includes, but isn’t limited to, some head bobs, shoulder rolls, general torso shaking, and probably some foot taps. Because, you know, I’ve just got so much rhythm coursing through my body.

I swear I’m 25.

But really, if any of these items make you want to see the movie (or, it just sounds appealing even without my carefully laid out points), please let me know. Partners in crime are always welcome.

It’s just too bad Channing Tatum won’t be in it this time.

Happy Friday!

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Unsurprisingly, the story of the Russian spies has been dominating the recent news. It’s the kind of item that draws attention because, well, who really thinks about Russian spies anymore? We live in a post-Cold War era. Terrorism is a bigger threat than the former Soviet Union.

And, to boot, everyone seems so shocked that one of the spies was attractive! And she took naked photos! Gasp! But maybe her idol is Mata Hari, and then it isn’t so unusual. Think about that.

Aside from people googling Anna Chapman to see just what her ex-husband put out there, and Joe Biden’s, “Let me be clear, it wasn’t my idea to send her back,” comment, I’m betting that we’ll see a few other unexpected results from this bust.

1) I’d guess that D.C.’s International Spy Museum has seen an uptick, however slight, in ticket sales.

It’s always busy in the summer (as well it should be – it’s awesome), but just being reminded that spies are still relevant makes me want to go – and I’ve been twice already. The second time I went, we participated in Operation Spy, where you choose a code name and have to go on missions. Don’t laugh – everyone in the group was late 20s and early 30s and so into it. And now it’s even more appropriate than before. You know, as training, just in case the government contacts you and asks you to go to Russia. Or North Korea or something.

Operation Spy - I didn't get a cool hat when I did it. Guess I'll just have to go back...

2) And speaking of the government sending you places, I have to wonder if there’s been an increase in applications to the FBI and CIA.

It’s not that being a spy, based on this ring, seems so glamorous – especially when you consider that several lived in the Jersey suburbs, had kids (which I have a HUGE problem with, by the way, bringing children into the world just to keep your cover), and lived “normal” lives. But, on the other hand, it also makes it seem like anyone could do it. So why not you? Want to travel? Lie for a living? Live on the edge? Then this is the job for you!

(Side note: I very seriously considered going into an intelligence field. I was deterred by the reminders that I a) am a terrible liar, and b) wouldn’t be able to tell anyone [my mom…or a significant other] about my job. Sigh.)

3) I truly think that more people will go see Salt than would have before.

They probably won’t do it consciously, but based on all the previews I’ve seen there are some pretty big similarities. Hot chick accused of being a Russian spy. Okay, maybe only two similarities (that we [I] know of), but I think that the fact that this spy ring bust was in the news just a month before the movie’s release will affect ticket sales. I doubt I’ll be able to prove that I’m right, so to save time, let’s just assume I am.

What are your thoughts on the story overall? Think it’ll be out of the news as quickly as it appeared? Or are you already thinking, hmm, I could be a spy…?

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A while ago, I was talking to a friend about the classic group dance songs that are always played at weddings and what not. I can’t even imagine how it came up, but we each reminisced about our experiences with the Macarena and the Chicken Dance. Then I asked him:

“What about the Electric Slide?”

“I mean, I’ve done it, but I’m always the guy that’s about a step behind everyone else.”

“What about…the Cha Cha Slide?” [Because it’s *so* different than the electric. Duh.]

[beat] I’m pretty sure that’s the song they play when you’re in line for hell. That’s what I imagine. The Cha Cha Slide playing over and over and over and over.”

I burst out laughing, but then thought that he might have a point. And while the Cha Cha Slide may not be on my waiting-line-for-hell playlist, I can think of at least five others that would definitely make the cut:hey-mickey

5. Hey Mickey!

I have a mini-confession first: I actually enjoy this song – in extremely small doses. (I’ll even, on occasion, bust out my best “Bring It On” moves. Sorry, no videos.) But, if it were playing in a waiting line, over and over and over and over…well, I might just want to shoot myself.

4. Milkshake

Damn right it’s better than yours. Wait, what?

3. Pretty much any Hannah Montana song

This may be a cop out not choosing just one, but they all sound the same to me. And they’re all annoying after, oh, I don’t know, 5 seconds? Ten, maybe, if I haven’t heard it before. I’ll even give them a minute, if I’m feeling particularly “tween”-y that day. But on a continuous loop? No dice, Miley/Hannah.

2. The Song That Never Ends

I suppose by its very nature, this couldn’t actually be on a playlist. It would be its own playlist. And it would be a sufficient enough hell all by itself. I remember singing it on road trips and at camp, as a kid, and I’m really not sure how my parents and counselors maintained their sanity. Stupid Lambchop.

1. Chicken Noodle Soup

This song truly drives me crazy. I see no merit in lyrics that go, “chicken noodle soup, chicken noodle soup, chicken noodle soup with a soda on the side.” Are you ordering a meal or did I miss the hidden meaning? (Which is entirely possible.) Regardless, if I hear this song multiple times in a row, or even once, all the way through, I will expect to see a man with a red pointy tail and a pitchfork. There’s no way that Satan won’t be involved if “Chicken Noodle Soup” is on repeat.

But hey, that’s just me. I’m sure there are some I’m forgetting…or have blocked from my memory. So, what songs would be on your hell playlist?

Please tell me I’m not alone with “Chicken Noodle Soup.”

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