Tuesday, July 07, 2009


In merging our extensive CD collections when we got married, BT and I created a mega collection, and quite a few duplicates. It was a music style match made in heaven.

Some stand alone CDs on the fringe were obvious as to who contributed them (Andrea Bocelli - me). Some, however, were a surprise to those perusing our collection when they found out who the original owner was (Alanis Morisette - BT)

This is the woman who wrote her passionate You Oughta Know song about friggin' Dave Coulier, right? Sorry - can't see keyboard through my laugh induced crying.

Ok - I've composed myself. Alanis is a long-standing joke around these parts, and comes up every so often. I am subjected to her masterpieces, then BT starts playing gems from my musical archives that I begin defending whole-heartedly (does anyone remember the flash in the pan "classical crossover group Bond?)

Anyway, my challenge to you is to "make ironic" the situations described in the song "Ironic." Here are the lyrics

An old man turned ninety-eight
He won the lottery and died the next day
It's a black fly in your Chardonnay
It's a death row pardon two minutes too late
Isn't it ironic ... don't you think

It's like rain on your wedding day
It's a free ride when you've already paid
It's the good advice that you just didn't take
Who would've thought ... it figures

Mr. Play It Safe was afraid to fly
He packed his suitcase and kissed his kids good-bye
He waited his whole damn life to take that flight
And as the plane crashed down he thought 'Well isn't this nice...'
And isn't it ironic ... don't you think

Well life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
When you think everything's okay and everything's going right
And life has a funny way of helping you out when
You think everything's gone wrong and everything blows up
In your face

It's a traffic jam when you're already late
It's a no-smoking sign on your cigarette break
It's like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife
It's meeting the man of my dreams
And then meeting his beautiful wife
And isn't it ironic... don't you think
A little too ironic... and yeah I really do think...

Life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
Life has a funny, funny way of helping you out
Helping you out

If you need a cheat sheet, here is a funny tally of ironic situations described in the song versus bad timing, coincidence, etc. And of course, the ambiguous definition of what irony is. Is it ironic that it is difficult to define irony...? Hmmm...

My contribution: It's like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife

You needed the knife to open a new package of spoons you bought. Because, you know, it's obvious with 10,000 spoons that you have a spoon fetish or something.

Your turn!


Favorite of the day (actually from a few days ago): The person who maintains this blog is God IMHO (via Neatorama)

Working on: New tastes and textures for Hank to enjoy


Deirdre said...

Wait. I don't think I get the game. But let me try. It's a black fly in your Chardonnay.

There's nothing ironic about that.

What would be ironic is if you had been outside in the garden working hard killing insects, then when you came inside and set up a lovely dinner, a black fly shows up in your Chardonnay.

Or, you move from Alaska to New York City to completely change your lifestyle from country girl to city girl, and a black fly shows up in your Chardonnay.

Am I playing right? :)

mascanlon said...

I'm not sure I get it but here's my try..."It's the good advice you just didn't take" your BFs told you he was not who you thought and NOT to marry him...and then 13 yrs in with 3 kids you find out about the girlfriend on the side....
or... the teacher told you to be careful with the rotary cutter but you just had to get to the sewing quickly...