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Pop Trinity

I found an odd thing in Michael Jackson’s death this week. I found that I was thinking as much, or even more about Madonna and Prince. I’ve always had this loose trinity of 80s pop in my head comprising of the three of them. I’ve always found them interesting as a group, particularly since they all started to become embarrassing at about the same point. I mean really, had someone bombed the Grammy Awards in 1991 and wiped them all out, how differently we’d think of them now. No renaming debacle, no sex book, and we wouldn’t have had that ending to the Black or White video. In short, we’d have been spared seeing each of them go off the rails. Not that they didn’t do good work after, but we really watched each of them crack up in big ways during the 90s.

Madonna didn’t go off the rails as badly as the boys did, but that’s just another interesting thing about this group, the 2-1 distinctions. Madonna and Prince both had feature film careers, while Michael never managed that far. Michael and Madonna both were media accepted figures, while Prince has always been on the outside looking in. And of course Prince and Michael were given credit for their artistic merit while Madonna has greatly been dismissed for only being good at PR. There is also the fact that two of them went by on name and one went by a first and last name and a few other 2-1 distinctions but why keep hammering? Besides, you’ll always find things that two people did and the third didn’t when you’re talking about three people. I just find it interesting what things have worked out and how they have worked out.

During the 80s though, these three pretty much were pop music. Not only were they big at the time, but they and their music have endured into the present. Even when Michael was becoming frankly scary to look at and Invincible only (only he says) went to be a double platinum album, he was still packing them in because he never stopped being a great performer. No matter how many comment about Madonna’s scary arms or wacky life keep popping up, people still want to see her perform and her albums keep hitting number one. Prince is currently selling better than he did during his heyday, his last four albums all got into the top three so I guess the whole comeback thing worked for him.

Michael Jackson was always the least of the three for me though. I liked his music, but it never compelled me like the works of the other two did. Even then, Madonna is more or less just okay as far as I’m concerned. Honestly, I prefer Prince over the other two, so when one of them comes up in a big way I find myself thinking of him again. I suppose that’s why I decided to buy his new album, and snagged a copy of Purple Rain on DVD.

Well that and Holly has never seen it, which only confirms my whole prejudice against her parents who clearly kept her handcuffed to a radiator in the basement and only fed her through a slot in the door. You have never met anyone who was not only alive, but a kid during the 80s and yet seems to know nothing about that decade. If she were a brainwashed CIA plant all MK Ultra style she would have done what she was going to do by now.

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Anyone keeping count?

So did Billy Mays start up a new group of three? Is that why Mollie Sugden had to die? Is there one more person still in the pipeline? I always hear “These things come in threes” from people. Well, now they’re in fives, how do we mark this on the old wives bullshit-o-meter? Is this above or below going out with wet hair gives you leprosy? Or is is pneumonia that you’re supposed to get? I can never keep this shit straight.

At least John Inman will have someone to keep him company now besides Wendy Richard. At least Frank Thornton is still going strong.

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Pt 7 Fancy & Vienna in “Nap Time”

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Now everybody say “Awww!” like the the thoughtless automatons you are.

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She’s trying to sleep, go away.

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I said GO AWAY! You’ll wake the baby! And then she’ll start jumping on things. Things like me.

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Artsy Folly Shot!

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Artsy sleepy kitten shot!

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Artsy kitten on a table shot!

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Artsy kitten under a blanket shot!

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Tell me a story?

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Rare moment when this cat isn’t moving.

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And Folly is being Folly.

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Can’t you just tell Al went to her “happy place” in this one?

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Pt 6 Fancy and some ducks

Fancy’s favorite toy is something we call “The Octopus” because it sort of resembles that animal.
She likes to have it on her head. I come to this conclusion because when I put it there, she makes no attempt to shake it off like she will with any other thing on her head.
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Don’t let the expression fool you, she will sit with that thing on her head for hours if we let her.

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Here she is all classy in Black & White

DUCKS!
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Little ducks
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Bigger Duck
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Heron!
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Not a duck

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Pt 5 The Many Moods of Vienna

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HEY! WHAT’S THAT?

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HEY! WHAT’S THAT?

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HEY! WHAT’S THAT?

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HEY! WHAT’S THAT?

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HEY AL? WHAT’S THAT?

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I BET I CAN EAT THIS!

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Silence you fool! Be quiet and stealthy. Like Ninja.

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RIGHT! QUIET! STEALTHY! NINJA!

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I BET I CAN EAT THIS!

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And the purple wheel keeps turning.

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Pt 4 The Many Moods of Fancy

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Dude! Sort of trying to catch, eat and rule over wildlife here.

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Hehehehehe! That one always cracks me up.

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And furthmore thththtptptptptp!

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Fuck OOOOOFFFF!!!

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Shut up. Grass is healthy.

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SHhh, am stealthy like ninja.

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Pt 3 Things that are red.

My netbook, Little Red, is red. And little.

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These first two were taken the day it arrived.
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That’s the DVD drive attached.

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This mouse is TINY. So small, and the plastic so thin, you might notice that the light from the optical mouse part shines through the back. If I move the mouse around the whole thing lights up.

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Little keyboard, I don’t mind though.

Thin little speakers that nest together.
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Strawberries are also red.
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How grown strawberries. They are red like the communism that will eat this nation away from the inside… or some bullshit. I understand these strawberries are Obama’s fault, I just don’t understand why.
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Pt 2 “Damnit, Vienna. Sit still!”

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I can’t help but feel this first one was from a different group…
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Ah well
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Pt 1 Vienna & The Strawberry

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