Friday, December 19, 2008

Deserted Tropical Island Picks

Since Tuesday night it’s been snowing off and on so the snow accumulations are really starting to grow at our place. The Pacific Northwest basically comes to a standstill when it snows so I’ve been working from home since Wednesday morning.

I’m really starting to get cabin fever because the only time I’ve left the house since Wednesday was for a quick trip to Mecca for some refreshment.

Since I’ve spent so much time in cooped up in one place I’ve thought a lot of the Deserted Tropical Island game that people play. If you aren’t familiar with it here’s how you play. You imagine that you are stuck on a deserted tropical island all by yourself and there’s no way to get off. Basically, it’s a Gilligan’s Island without the Professor or Maryanne. Now that the situation is established you come up with a list of things you could live with for the rest of time on this deserted island. Namely, 3 CDs and 3 DVDs. This obviously takes into account that you will somehow have electricity on your island and are equipped with a TV, DVD, and CD player. OK, maybe the Professor is with you on the island.

The first list is a tough one. I love music, so coming up with a list of only 3 CDs for the rest of time was excruciating.

Bob Marley – Legend
Jackson Browne – Solo Acoustic Vol 2
Death Cab for Cutie – Narrow Stairs

First of all, you just can’t go wrong with Bob Marley and the Legend CD has all of the classics on it. Spending time on a deserted tropical island wouldn’t be complete without some Reggae music and Bob is the master of all Reggae. That was the easiest of the three CDs.

Next, the Jackson Browne Solo Acoustic CD is just plain good. I could listen to that CD over and over for years and not get tired of it. Thus, it should work just fine for my new tropical home.

Finally, Death Cab for Cutie. This was a tough one for me. My son bought this CD recently and I’ve listened to it a lot on my iPod. It’s a leap of faith to put this on the list over Rush – Moving Pictures because that one’s a certified classic in my mind but I’m going with some youth for my last pick.

Now for the DVDs. As you can see I’m a sucker for cheap slapstick humor.

Happy Gilmore
Tommy Boy
The Office Season 2

The first two choices are no brainers for me. I’m giggling right now just thinking about Adam Sandler duking it out with Bob Barker or The deer waking up in the back seat of David Spade and Chris Farley’s car. You just can’t go wrong with either of these movies. I could watch these movies over and over and not get tired of them.

My third choice is cheating a little because it’s comes with multiple discs but I don’t think there is an official set of rules for this game so I’m bending them. Basically, The Office rocks. This TV show just makes me laugh. It reminds me of people at work only in a really exaggerated way.

There you have it. My Deserted Tropical Island picks. It’s not an easy game to play but very fun. You should give this some thought and let me know what your picks would be. Of course, it’s OK to agree with my selections.

By the way, I watched on the news yesterday morning someone trying to get up a hill that had chains on their car. He was shooting at least 4 inches of sparks behind his car. That was some good entertainment. It happens every year never fail.


Jeff said...

I love Tommy Boy!

"I've seen a lot of things in my life, but... that... was... awesome! Sorry about your car, man. That sucks."

Anonymous said...

Pride and Prejudice (The version with Colin Firth)
Lord of the Rings Trilogy (yes I cheat too)
She's the Man (teeny bopper chick flick, but it's great)

I don't actually own CDs, I belong to the MP3 generation.

Jenny said...

I've thought about this a lot ever since I saw them play it on The Office. (Ryan started the fi-re)

I don't know if I can choose but I better be able to take 3 books as well:
A Single Shard (Linda Sue Park)
The Book of Mormon (Another testament of Christ)
Anne of Green Gables (also a cheat because this is a set of six, but I could go with only the first 3 if I had to)

Movies: Jim Halpert says you can't choose guilty pleasure movies and I'm not sure how to tell the difference but let's see...
Pride and Prejudice (Colin Firth version of course. besides this one lasts a good 6 hours...more time for the island)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (it's just so funny! there is one scene that Mike has never let me see so without that scene:)
Adventures in Babysitting (another total crackup.)

I wanted to think of one with wonderful lessons for life, but I think I took care of that with my books, so I'll stay with my romance and laughs.

Jack Johnson: Brushfire Fairytales
Jackson Brown: Solo Accoustic vol.2
Fiddler on the Roof. (just go with it okay.)