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Several years ago, a friend of mine had to construct a list of personal songs for a grad school class.  Her assignment was to select ten or fifteen songs from her life that either represented monumental moments, or through their lyrics somehow identified with her history.  Though I have not been in grad school,  nor was I a psychology major, I thought this assignment was awesome, and my friend Regan and I both began making our own song lists as well.

I was reminded of this list again today as I was surprised by one of the songs from my “playlist” on the radio. My brain started trying to put together all of the songs from my Life’s Soundtrack, and as I did so, I began to smile with each song’s memory.  I would LOVE to know the songs from everyone’s Soundtrack, so I begin today with my first Volume in hopes that I am able to discover the Playlists from you, my friends.

Allison the Soundtrack

Volume 1: The Early Years

1. The Kids Incorporated Theme Song.  How I cried when this show moved to cable!

2. “Good Enough” by Cyndi Lauper (from the movie The Goonies. I still have this entire film memorized.)

3. “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins.  Though I don’t think I ever knew the actual words, it never stopped me from singing along. I’m pretty sure my opening line was “I’m washing my car” rather than “I’m punching my card”…

4. “Thriller” by Michael Jackson—or any song from this album. This was my first cassette!

5. “Only in My Dreams” by Debbie Gibson.  At this point in my life, she was the epitome of cool.  Those fantastic hats!!

6. “Please Don’t Go Girl” by New Kids On the Block.  I could just see Joey McIntyre singing this song to me.

7. “Opposite’s Attract” by Paula Abdul.  I actually asked for this tape because I knew all of the other girls had it. This song was my favorite because of the cartoon cat in the video.

8. “Hold On” by Wilson Phillips.  I know I was probably the only female under the age of 40 with this tape, but I loved this group.  I really loved the idea of having a girl group just like this one.

This is probably it before middle school.  Honorable Mentions for “U Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer, “Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks (my first taste of country music), “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins (we always had to run to this in Elementary School P.E.), “Jump” by Kris Kross, and “Ice, Ice, Baby” by Vanilla Ice.

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Many months ago I resolved that I wanted to spend more time reading and writing. I decided to create a blog so that I could chronicle my reads and get a little practice putting my thoughts in to words. Since then I have been reading, but I have not been very consistent with my story summaries and reviews.

Enter my genius friend, Jenny. Jenny is a wonderful book enthusiast who currently works in a very fitting profession; she and my buddy Jeremy are tied for the best librarians in the world. Several months ago, Jenny invited me to join an online Book Club, and I think (I hope!), this will help me catalog a book list a bit better, as well as give me an opportunity to see what my other friends are reading. For those of you interested in sharing some great book titles, please consider this my informal invitation to get in on the fun.

http://www.goodreads.com

Happy reading, everyone!

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Previously…on LOST

Dear J. J. Abrams and Co.,

First of all, thanks for your show. The past four seasons of LOST have been delightfully confusing, and my husband and I are quite literally counting down the days to the frustrating, mind-bending stalemate that we are confident to find in Season 5.

As has become our annual tradition, the husband and I rushed to our DVD player with our new complete Season 4 set (thanks, Mom and Dad for the Christmas present!), put the baby to bed, unplugged the phones, and proceeded to marathon last year’s show. Once again it was fantastic (such talent–really!), and we began our futile follow-up of scenarios, “Did-you-see-that?”s, and unanswered questions. It is the latter that has prompted this letter to you and your fellow writers.

You do realize you have only 2 seasons left, right?

Not that I’m in any rush to see this show come to a close; quite the opposite actually. But the fact remains that you guys have opened an abundant number of doors, and I feel it my duty to remind you of these so that we may avoid the pain of our unanswered questions after your series ends. I created this simple list of reminders for you, and I must warn you—it’s a lot!

1. Jacob. Who is he? Where did he come from? What does he look like? What does he want? And none of this “He’s really Christian Shepherd” junk. Not buying that. And while we’re on the subject…

2. Christian Shepherd. How is he connected to the island?

3. Locke. He’s dead?! How did that happen? How is he OFF the island? And who is “The Chosen One” now? And while we’re on THAT subject…

4. Walt. Don’t think just because you offed Michael at the end of last season that we’ve forgotten about Walt. He’s “special”, remember? Just what are those hidden talents of his? Does the island want in on any of that?

5. The Smoke Monster. My husband has tried to advise me that the Smoke Monster questions have all been answered, but I must tell you, I’m not satisfied with that. How does that thing work?

6. Charles Widmore. Now that there are survivors out in the open, what’s he going to do? Desmond’s back in the picture now—is he going to just give up this whole “conquer the island” plan?

7. The Man Who Doesn’t Age. Really good LOST fans can probably provide for you a name, but I’m sure you know who I’m talking about. The guy who’s like the Island Recruiter who has spoken with several different folks over several different generations about joining his Others Troupe (Juliet, Ben, LOCKE). Who is that guy? And, seriously, why doesn’t he age??

8. Significance of the Numbers. Why those numbers? What do they mean?

9. The Fate of the Island. Where did it go? What happened to the people who were on it? And how did Locke get off?

10. The Paradox of Time. Why does time move differently on the island? Is it just so you could have a plausible scenario for Walt growing up while the rest of the survivors move one painful day at a time?

11. Fairaday’s Boat. So Season 4 ends with Fairaday taking a group of extras on a raft to the freighter when it explodes—seconds before the island disappears. With no obvious place to go, what happens to all of those people?

12. Sawyer’s Favor. Sawyer asked Kate to do something for him, which apparently, to the chagrin of then-fiance Jack, she does. What was it?

And these are probably considered lesser questions, but still, I’m rather curious:

13. Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Juliet…who ends up with whom?

14. Libby. Why was Libby in the booby hatch with Hurley? You killed her off before we found out the rest of her story! Not all of us were able to just let that go.

Now I don’t expect you to answer all of these questions at once; by all means, pace yourself. But please remember, you have just a little bit of time left to answer to all of this confusion you created. I mean, 14 questions—that’s more than the number of episodes you provided last season. I’m just saying…

Thank you very much for your time, and please keep up the good work! I really enjoyed Cloverfield, and I’m doing my best to get in to this other new show of yours. Looking forward to Season 5!

Allison

P.S. Please don’t think that I don’t like Fringe. It definitely has it’s merits, but I’m a bit puzzled as to why you chose Pacey as one of your main characters. Do you really think die-hard LOST fans and avid Dawson’s Creek viewers have a whole lot in common?

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