Music Monday: Necessary Airplane Song

I love the feeling when we liftoff, watching the world so small below

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No travel bug escape is complete without music. I don’t want anything else in my ear as I wait on the runway, feeling the plane come to life beneath and around me while discretely staking a claim on the armrest. Sorry, Person Next to Me, it’s going to be a long flight! And White Lies is along for the ride! The lyrics suit the experience almost too well, it’s a bit too obvious, but the way the song builds in tandem with a departing plane and mirrors that exhilaration has been one of my staples of summer.

Summer 2014: From 30,000 Feet Up

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My first time on an airplane was when I was a little more than a year old. I can’t confirm or deny, but I strongly suspect I was that baby on that five-hour flight from LAX to Honolulu International who made someone two rows back turn up the volume on their Discman and swear to never have kids. I’ve flown nearly every year since and that’s how my indifference toward flight and my travel addiction took root.

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Q&A: Best of the Best

What was your best birthday?

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The day I turned fourteen is the one that comes to mind. My cousins and I spent the entire day at Disneyland and at the end of the night, while riding the tram back to the parking lot everyone sang happy birthday to me, including the Disney cast member over the tram speaker system and a good portion of the passengers. My eighteenth birthday was a milestone and my twenty-first was a fun blur, but my fourteenth is the one that stands out most in my memory.  I was saying goodbye to adolescence and teetering on the fringe of  young adulthood and I got to spend the day with people I love in the happiest place on earth.

What was your best vacation?

Summer 2009. Instead of having a big, extravagant graduation party after high school I wanted to go to Europe and I did. I saw Van Gogh’s Sunflowers in the National Museum in London and stood at the top of the Eiffel Tower overlooking Paris.

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 I got lost in the Louvre (and wasn’t very impressed with the Mona Lisa, if we’re being honest.)
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I was charmed by the streets of Barcelona, the incredible architecture, the gorgeous outdoor marketplaces and the colorful people, who were especially so when we accidentally found ourselves amidst a gay pride parade. I tried different types of food for the first time, including gelato, macarons, quiche and the one that left the longest lasting impression on me, Orangina.
I hopped from place to place around Italy. Posed alongside the Leaning Tower of Pisa, ate the most amazing pizza just down the street from the Trevi Fountain and even watched the Pope ride in a little car and wave to adoring worshipers on a jumbo screen.
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I saw the Colosseum, Amphitheatre in Rome. Well, actually, we just took pictures outside because you had to pay to take a tour inside, but I did see it with my own two eyes!
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I took in some breathtaking sights, standing atop cliffs and on little docks, looking out at the gorgeous expense of deep blue ocean.
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I closed out the high school chapters of my life by leaving my life entirely and going out and seeing the world. Not many people have the opportunity to do so in their entire lives and I know how fortunate I am to have that experience.

What is the best movie(quality) you’ve seen?

This is the worst question. Asking a film nerd with a degree as proof of her film nerdiness to choose the best quality movie I’ve ever seen is pure torture. There are just so many amazing movies I’ve seen and so many amazing movies I haven’t seen and how does one choose exactly? Not to mention my ability to find a high point in any movie regardless of how high or low the quality. My first reaction to this question is to laugh nervously, say I’ll get back to you and then in a few months you’ll get my answer in the form of an eight-page analytical essay.
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That being said, Singin’ in the Rain is perfect to me. Conceptually, it depicts Hollywood’s transition between silent films and the discovery of synchronized sound, something I can nerd out about for days. I’m a sucker for musicals and musical numbers and the one in Singin’ in the Rain are classics for a reason. Factor in the amazing cast and it’s just quality, feelgood entertainment.
If you’re looking for something more modern, I’m really into the Marvel Cinematic Universe right now. This might be just because I recently saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier and loved it. I wouldn’t say the movie Screen shot 2014-04-12 at 11.21.37 PMwas perfect or that any of the Marvel movies are, but they push quality product. I’m a fan of Marvel’s ability to balance actor, drama and humor in a single film and I like that I can watch the fight scenes and heavy CGI scenes without feeling nauseous from the camera movement. With the ridiculous prices of movie theater tickets and snacks, I can be choosy about what I pay to see, but I can never say no to a Marvel superhero movie.

What is the best TV show ending of all time?

No contest with this one. Breaking Bad. Breaking Bad. Breaking Bad!
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If you didn’t know, I like Breaking Bad. It’s as close to a perfectly crafted television show as I have ever seen. I read the pilot over and over again when I first learned to write for television and I absolutely adored the finale. It felt very necessary and satisfying. Walter White spends the last episode of the series tying up loose ends and then (SPOILER) he dies a slow death where he was most content and happiest — back in the lab one last time, reflecting on the love and pride he has for his signature blue product. Badfinger’s “Baby Blue” plays in those final moments, featuring lyrics such as I guess I got what I deserved and I would show the special love I have for you, my baby blue. Such a thoughtful way to cap off an intelligent, captivating series.
And that ends this week’s dose of me oversharing. Until next week!