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My grandparents' house, on Realtor.com. Want to see where I spent a lot of time growing up?

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No matter how many times I watch Carlito's Way, I never get tired of it. It's been one of my favorite movies since I first saw it way back in 1993.
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I'll give a little context, because otherwise this won't make any sense. Behind the cut is an email letter I wrote to my friend Kim, who's the mother of my first girlfriend in HS. The relationship between myself and Kim and her husband Mark was odd at the time I was dating their daughter for a few reasons, but we became very good friends a few years later.

They live in a truly amazing house just off of Corey Road in Brookline. It's a truly beautiful 3-floor house with a lovely tree-shaded back yard, a fish pond, a 2-level stone patio with outdoor grill, numerous huge rooms inside, and a cavernous basement. It was always a place of mystery to me, probably because of the rather imperious nature of Mark and Kim at the time I first met them and when I was dating their daughter, where he was a fairly prominent lawyer, she a fairly strict, highly-educated mother, and both of them so far above me in social status, education and etiquette and demeanor that it was hard not to view them and the house in a somewhat skewed manner. Nonetheless, they were always very nice to me, and I found behind the appearance were two genuinely wonderful, kind and funny people who welcomed myself and my family as friends of their entire family.

Now that all their children have moved out, had their own children, and bought their own houses, and now that they are becoming older and no longer need or want such a huge house, they are moving out. They invited us over to see the house before they sold it, because they knew the house was special to me as well as to their children. I and my daughter visited, and got to meet their new grandchild in the process, which was nice. Recently, Kim emailed me a link to the virtual tour of their house created by their realtor. I watched it a few times, and then I wrote her this email. Why am I posting it here? These are my thoughts, you might be interested.

Oh, and P.S.: I manufactured the Music field for this post because, well, it fits.

Email under here. )
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I had an... "experience" this weekend. Widget and I visited [livejournal.com profile] whuffle's parents in Brookline (we go WAY back) this weekend, as they love seeing Widget, and I can talk cars and music with Whuffle's Dad.
this got kinda long )

Wow, this rambled. Summary? I saw some girls. I wished I could be like them.
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Note, I added a piece to the rules, the "People it reminds you of most" aspect.

Rules: List 5 albums that are pivotal to you. Write about a special memory for one song from each album. Tell us who the albums make you think of. Tag 5 friends to do the same.

In no particular order:

Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
I had HEARD music before this, but I had never really LISTENED to music. Pink Floyd, and this album, gave me that. It changed my musical appreciation from the musical to the lyrical, which still tends to be where it runs today. This album was me and my friends in HS going to the Laser show, hiding out in my friends' apartments late at night and listening to this in the Dark, talking about Quantum physics, Computers, Role Playing Games and any crazy thing that came to our heads. (People it reminds me of: Leland, Emily)

Prince - Purple Rain
More than any other music, this reminds me of good times with my mother, because we'd play this album ALL THE TIME, and SCREECH along to it. When I was younger, I had the same vocal range as Prince, and no shame or self-awareness, and we'd BOTH sing all of the songs everywhere. It reminds me of vacations driving, our overseas trips to places like San Juan and Martinique, and just being totally comfortable with my mother. (People it reminds me of: MOM)

Ani DiFranco - Little Plastic Castles
[livejournal.com profile] siercia had listened to Ani for a long time, but when I tried to listen to it when we were in College and after we graduated, all I heard was an angry young woman who I thought hated men and played weird chords. I KNEW there had to be something good about her, though, and when I heard "Little Plastic Castles", I'd matured enough to understand what it was. She was a poet who sang, and a damn good one. Her music expressed the intent of the lyrics, without just being music for its own sake, which makes it music I can really appreciate. (People it reminds me of: [livejournal.com profile] siercia)

The Cure - Japanese Whispers
This album and its songs to be means only one thing, and that's the summer of 1990, and the most intense experience I had ever known up until that point, my girlfriend at the time. Ironically, it was also the shortest time I ever had a girlfriend, which probably has helped my mind to romanticize it. Every time I hear any song from this album, I immediately feel like I'm 17 again, sitting on the shore of a lake in Chestnut Hill, or napping in the deep grass of the Seminary under the hot sun next to her, or walking down through Boston and being caught in a rainstorm. (People it reminds me of: Julia)

Depeche Mode - People are People
I was a huge DM fan in grade school and H.S., and even now, I still listen to a LOT of their stuff from time to time. This was probably the first album I listened to that had what would now be called "Emo" music. Many late nights were also spent listening to this, drinking, writing bad poetry and pining for various girls either in or NOT in my life. (People it reminds me of: Eric D.)

I tag [livejournal.com profile] nemomori [livejournal.com profile] biophile6 [livejournal.com profile] liddle_oldman [livejournal.com profile] navraze [livejournal.com profile] siercia
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Go to http://www.musicOutfitters.com
In the Search box, enter the year you graduated high school.
**The first item returned should be the 100 songs from that year. Cut and paste them into your journal.**

Bold those you like
Strike those you loathe.
Italicise those you don't know.
Underline your favorites.

Ooh, Milli Vanilli AND Vanilla Ice! )


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