It’s been almost one year since I graduated college. And while there are many many things that I definitely do not miss (homework, packing up all my belongings every 9 months, a capella), I sometimes wonder if my brain is getting mushy. You know, like an under-used muscle or a cucumber past its expiration date or a pretty big pile of poo. So one day on the R/W, after a totally brainless day at my entry level 9-5, I used my mushy brain to think about its mushyness and ended up with at least one decent solution. I call this game “what would my ipod do?” and here’s how it works:
1. Turn on iPod
2. Play songs in Shuffle Mode
3. Spend an entire day doing things based solely on the randomly selected song
4. Length of the activity/decision should also be inspired by the length of the song
5. No skipping songs. Use your imagination, okay?
6. Game ends when the day ends
For instance, if I followed these rules based on what was playing on my walk to work this morning, my day would probably start off like this:
“Your Song” – Elton John (4:05)
I don’t have much money… = something cheap
Yours are the sweetest eyes I’ve ever seen… = something sweet that starts with the letter “i” or is kinda Asian or both
Activity: Get ice cream from the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory!
Length: 40 min and 50 sec (includes travel time)
“Michael” – Franz Ferdinand (3:21)
Activity: Go to the children’s section of a bookstore and read “The Story of Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf to whomever will listen. Afterwards, quiz the children about the story, but only address them as “Michael” or “Franz.”
Length: 32 min and 10 sec (does not include travel time)
“Goodnight and Go” – Imogen Heap (3:52)
Activity: Steal “Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown and go.
Length: 3 min and 52 sec
and so on.
and so forth.