God only knows why they chose that song

During the myriad of basketball we watched last week, we kept seeing ads for the new special edition of Hoosiers. The ads quoted ESPN, which named Hoosiers the best sports movie of the past 25 years. Mike kept asking me, “Is it really the best sports movie? Better than Rudy?” I don’t like to make claims like “better” and “best,” but I assured him that I could completely understand why they would say that. Since we actually own a copy of it, we watched it last night. Ultimately, I think he wasn’t convinced that it’s better than Rudy, but he did seem to enjoy it. (If he hadn’t, I would know that he has a heart of stone!)

Speaking of lists, a few weeks ago Entertainment Weekly put out a list of the 50 greatest love songs of all time. Per Mike’s request, I made a copy of the list and brought it home to him. His response? “I have never even heard “God Only Knows [which came in first].”

“But it’s the Beach Boys. How can you not have heard it?”

Last week, as you might imagine, we heard quite a lot of the Beach Boys. Every time we’d hear a song, I’d say, “Have you heard this one before?” and Mike would roll his eyes and usually say that he had. It got to be quite a fun game – fun for me, at least. I just couldn’t understand how he’d never heard “God Only Knows.” I’m not saying that I agree it should be the number one song . . . just that I’ve heard it.

On Tuesday night, we went to the Philharmonic to see The Ten Tenors. I will go ahead and admit that we weren’t thrilled about it, but we were given the tickets and they were box seats and it would have been rude not to go. As it turned out, we were the only ones in our box, which meant we could crack little jokes. Like when the Tenors were singing “Funiculi, Funicula,” I quietly told Mike of the Slim Goodbody song to that same tune. The words were, “From tiny holes called follicles, hair grows on your head!” Then we had to keep from looking at each other so that we didn’t get the giggles.

During the intermission, we acquired a pair of binoculars, which made the second half much more interesting. We played games like, “How many of the Ten Tenors are gay?” and, “Which of the Ten Tenors is the cutest?” and, “Which Ten Tenor looks the most like Art Garfunkel?”

The highlight of the evening was when they did a Beach Boys medley, which did in fact include “God Only Knows.” Much like my final acceptance of Fun Dip, Mike could no longer deny the existence of the song. (In fact, we heard it again on Saturday just before we left Florida, so it was quite an exciting week for him!) (And, if we’re discussing the 50 greatest love songs, I am quite partial to EW‘s choice for number two: “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You.”)

Overall, The Ten Tenors really won the crowd over, and by the end we enjoyed ourselves a little more than we’d expected to. Whether that’s because of the game or the music, I’m really not prepared to say. hehe.

This morning I’m back to work, and I did think off and on this week about the things I’d have to do when I got back. Not in a bad way, mind you, but I knew my office would be overflowing with gift books and requests and lease books that came in while I was gone. I didn’t sleep well last night, but when I got out of bed this morning, Mike said, “I hope you have a good day at work,” and I responded, “I am sure I will.” I am glad I like my job.

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