Tuesday, 16 October 2007

The "stately pleasure-dome" of my virus-addled mind

I am going on Day 2 of my self-imposed terrible sickness quarantine. Already the days are beginning to blend together, with the exception of one standout event--today I left my house and spoke to another human being!

As I waited to purchase my Y2K-esque selection of Kleenex, toilet paper, dried pasta and that kind of cheddar cheese that can last for up to 2 years, I was struck by how much my isolation had affected me. Outside, a steady stream of buses and cars moved past on their way towards home. Families dined together at area restaurants. Already groups were congregating on the sidewalk, debating about where to spend the evening. I paid for my supplies and quickly hurried home through the brisk night air.

Once inside, I reflected upon my plans for the night. I figured I'd alternate between Gawker.com and Modern Radio for a few hours, with possible breaks to check my email and/or MySpace. That's when it hit me. In a different time (when not under attack from a horrendous virus), in a different place (pretty much anywhere), that would've been me standing outside, making plans to actually do fun stuff. And now, here I was, sitting in my kitchen for the second night in a row, isolated and under the influence of a heady combination of echinacea/vitamin C/zinc/Nasalcrom nasal spray. I had done nothing for the past 48 hours besides sneeze uncontrollably, read wikipedia, and write disturbing blog entries verging on fan fiction.

I was a wreck. I had been consistently taking more than the "recommended dosage" of several vitamin supplements, and was taking what seemed to be a suspiciously high allowed dosage of echinacea. Combined with the relentless boredom and time wasted in the backwaters of the internet, my consciousness was rapidly turning into some sort of latter-day, homeopathic Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Except, instead of S-Col's opium-induced visions of Xanadu, where

did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree :
where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man

the shades dancing through my head were more along the lines of the Pet Shop Boys in the video for "West End Girls" cavorting through London underground stations with no-account gunslingers while on the search for an actual piece of music news to post on their increasingly delusional and verbose vanity blog.

So, in the spirit of doing fuckall for the past two days, here's the best videos of the 80s and 90s that I've been watching on youtube!!!

Toni Braxton, "You're Making Me High"

Check out Toni's dating contest--looks like fun!

Duran Duran, "A View to a Kill"

Watch out for the super stealth Walkman/helicopter controller! Possibly the worst video ever!

2 Unlimited, "No Limit"

I kinda think the Mentos commercial with the ducks was better...except for the rap in the middle.

Hall and Oates, "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)"

There is absolutely nothing forced about the group dynamic in this video.

Snap! "The Power"

I love this song. So many great lyrics from "I'm the lyrical Jesse James" to "Or I will attack/and you don't want that". It's gettin', it's gettin', it's gettin' kinda hectic. Truly the best song to play when closing a record store up for the night. Believe it!


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