what would my ipod do?


RESPECT – Aretha Franklin (2:29)

sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me…

Activity:  Make sock puppets and then mail them to myself or someone with the initials ME.  or both!  with a note!  about RESPECT!  zing!  I wonder what Matt Edwards is doing right now…

Length:  2 hrs and 29 min


phil-collins-a-groovy-kind-of-2792424A Groovy Kind of Love – Phil Collins (3:28)

Wikipedia says that Collins recorded this song for the film “Buster.”

Activity:  Come up with a DIY recipe for Dairy Queen’s totally awesome Buster Bars.  Use a fruity, Tom Collins-esque ice cream as the Buster Bar “philling.”

Length:  3 hrs and 28 min


benfolds1Trusted – Ben Folds (3:36)

It seems to me if you can’t trust, you can’t be trusted.

Activity:  Obvs – trust falls with boys named Ben.  Depending on how many Bens I know, it might be necessary to make a folded finger box thingy to help me decide which ones to invite to Trust Fall 2009.

Length:  34 min

what would my ipod do?

img_0043It’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“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“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“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.