Party Like It's 1999

So, here’s the story on this:

I saw this on a Angie's blog today. You go to Music Outfitter's site, type in the year you graduated into the search box, and it will pull up the top 100 songs for that year. Strike out the ones you didn't like, bold the ones you did, ?? the ones you just don't remember.

Angie stole 1996, so I did the year I graduated from OSU the first time, 1999. Plus it was the summer I was in Europe. My only confusion is: “Where is “Blue (Da Ba Dee)” by Eiffel 65?

1. Believe, Cher
2. No Scrubs, TLC
3. Angel Of Mine, Monica
4. Heartbreak Hotel, Whitney Houston
5. ...Baby One More Time, Britney Spears
6. Kiss Me, Sixpence None The Richer
7. Genie In A Bottle, Christina Aguilera
8. Every Morning, Sugar Ray
9. Nobody's Supposed To Be Here, Deborah Cox
10. Livin' La Vida Loca, Ricky Martin
11. Where My Girls At?, 702
12. If You Had My Love, Jennifer Lopez
13. Slide, Goo Goo Dolls
14. Have You Ever?, Brandy
15. I Want It That Way, Backstreet Boys
16. I'm Your Angel, R. Kelly and Celine Dion ??
17. All Star, Smash Mouth
18. Angel, Sarah McLachlan
19. Smooth, Santana Featuring Rob Thomas
20. Unpretty, TLC
21. Bills, Bills, Bills, Destiny's Child --- Can you pay my automo-bills?
22. Save Tonight, Eagle-Eye Cherry

23. Last Kiss, Pearl Jam ??
24. Fortunate, Maxwell ??
25. All I Have To Give, Backstreet Boys
26. Bailamos, Enrique Iglesias
27. What's It Gonna Be?!, Busta Rhymes Featuring Janet

28. What It's Like, Everlast
29. Fly Away, Lenny Kravitz
30. Someday, Sugar Ray
31. Lately, Divine ??
32. That Don't Impress Me Much, Shania Twain
33. Wild Wild West, Will Smith Featuring Dru Hill and Kool Moe Dee
34. Scar Tissue, Red Hot Chili Peppers
35. Heartbreaker, Mariah Carey Featuring Jay-Z

36. I Still Believe, Mariah Carey
37. The Hardest Thing, 98 Degrees
38. Summer Girls, LFO
39. Can I Get A..., Jay-Z Featuring Amil (Of Major Coinz) and Ja
40. Jumper, Third Eye Blind
41. Doo Wop (That Thing), Lauryn Hill

42. Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of...), Lou Bega
43. Sweet Lady, Tyrese ??
44. It's Not Right But It's Okay, Whitney Houston
45. (God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time On You, 'N Sync
46. Lullaby, Shawn Mullins
47. Anywhere, 112 Featuring Lil'Z
48. Tell Me It's Real, K-Ci and JoJo
49. Back 2 Good, Matchbox 20
50. 808, Blaque – yeah, that’s Blaque spelled like plaque
51. She's So High, Tal Bachman
52. She's All I Ever Had, Ricky Martin
53. Miami, Will Smith
54. Hands, Jewel
55. Who Dat, JT Money Featuring Sole
56. Please Remember Me, Tim McGraw
57. From This Moment On, Shania Twain
58. Love Like This, Faith Evans
59. You, Jesse Powell ??
60. Trippin', Total Featuring Missy Elliott
61. If You (Lovin' Me), Silk ??
62. Ex-Factor, Lauryn Hill
63. Give It To You, Jordan Knight
64. Black Balloon, Goo Goo Dolls – Baby’s black balloon makes her fly…
65. Spend My Life With You, Eric Benet Featuring Tamia
66. These Are The Times, Dru Hill
67. I Don't Want To Miss A Thing, Mark Chesnutt
68. I Do (Cherish You), 98 Degrees
69. Because Of You, 98 Degrees
70. I Will Remember You (Live), Sarah McLachlan
71. Chante's Got A Man, Chante Moore ??
72. Happily Ever After, Case ??
73. My Love Is Your Love, Whitney Houston
74. All Night Long, Faith Evans Featuring Puff Daddy

75. Back That Thang Up, Juvenile Featuring Mannie Fresh and Lil' Wayne
76. Almost Doesn't Count, Brandy
77. Man! I Feel Like A Woman!, Shania Twain
78. Steal My Sunshine, Len
79. I Need To Know, Marc Anthony
80. So Anxious, Ginuwine ??
81. Faded Pictures, Case and Joe ??
82. Back At One, Brian McKnight
83. When A Woman's Fed Up, R. Kelly
84. How Forever Feels, Kenny Chesney
85. Amazed, Lonestar
86. Sometimes, Britney Spears
87. Ghetto Cowboy, Mo Thugs Family Featuring Bone Thugs-N-Harmony ??
88. Out Of My Head, Fastball
89. Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem), Jay-Z
90. Jamboree, Naughty By Nature Featuring Zhane ??
91. Take Me There, BLACKstreet and Mya Featuring Mase and Blinky Blink
92. Stay The Same, Joey McIntyre
93. Lesson In Leavin', Jo Dee Messina
94. Iris, Goo Goo Dolls
95. Satisfy You, Puff Daddy Featuring R. Kelly ??
96. Better Days (And The Bottom Drops Out), Citizen King
97. Music Of My Heart, 'N Sync and Gloria Estefan
98. Write This Down, George Strait
99. When You Believe, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey
100. God Must Have Spent A Little More Time On You, Alabama Featuring 'N Sync

And to complete the internet fun roundup for the holiday weekend:

I am only 25% geek and
I am only 16% nerd


He's Got the Crazy Eye

Did you know that you could wash your floor with a T-shirt-on-a-stick and Dove shampoo?

Yeah, me neither, but you totally can. I learned that from D-Dog today when I noticed a familiar smell in the office. I thought, "Certainly she's not using my shampoo to clean the floor..."

But she was. Last week, she took my soap out of the shower to wash her hands in the kitchen, which wouldn't have been so bad except she hid it in an old can and I had to search for it so I could bathe myself. And, today it's my shampoo. I told Lucy that I was charging my next bottle of shampoo to the office.

Last week, I went to Hewler, the capital of this crazy land and took the picture posted here. I know that it has nothing to do with D-Dog and my shampoo, but I liked the picture of Mr. Crazy Eyes, so I posted it.

I'm not sure who Mr. Crazy Eyes is, though. I think he may be an important poet or historian or something like that. There was a sign posted in the Kurdish script, so who know. I've gotten pretty good at reading Kurdish script, but I still don't know what any of the words actually mean, so I have to just make up most of the information....

Oh, and on a different note: Thanks for nothing everybody! I had to find out on my own that the "New Casey" was only a stand-in Casey and not a replacement Casey. You act as if you have better things to do than to keep me up-to-date on ATWT when I know that can't possibly be true...



Make that, Big Brother news.

I just read that the next season of Big Brother begins on June 21 with a casting special and the series begins airing July 6. That means that I will only miss two weeks of the season!!!

Of course, that's not counting the casting special. But who counts a casting special, right? Not that I don't fully expect it to be recorded, Sis.

I have been worried since December that my stay here in Iraq would somehow hamper my access to BB 7 much like my experience with American Idol 5 (and, yes, I know Taylor Hicks won, but who is this Taylor Hicks? I will never know him like I know Kelly, Reuben, Fantasia and Carrie...) was ruined. But, I have nothing to worry about!

The only downside is that season 7 will be an "all-star" competition which has potential to be exceedingly lame, but I can hope for the best. And, I guess Julie Chen will still be the host, so there's that drawback...



So, I’m listening to my As the World Turns podcast and thinking…

In 8 weeks I’ll be home watching this on TV. Live!

Well, not live. I like to DVR it and then fast-forward through the commercials, but that’s neither here nor there

The point is that I’ll be home. And that’s a lot to think about. I mean, am I looking forward to going home? Of course I am. But, am I a little sad to leave Kurdistan? Yes.

But more importantly, as I told Angie earlier, I have 8 weeks of work left here and 5 people to whom I’ve committed that time. 5 people who have become very important to me, too (as much as I’ve tried to stop them!!) I can’t just spend the next two months thinking about home and give up on my life here. It’s not like everything ends when I leave. Certainly not here in this city, or even this office! And not for me…I don’t really know what my future holds, but the ending of this is just the beginning of things. The first day of the rest of my life, so to speak….

And I can’t spend the next eight weeks wishing for the beginning of new things! These things now are important.

Not to mention the Kurds. And those relationships are the tricky ones. Will I ever see these people again, or is it eight weeks and then never again?

I’m tempted to ask myself: “what would Paul Ryan do?”

PS to those in the know – what’s up with the new Casey? Replacement or stand-in? I’m a couple of weeks behind…

And the Survey Says...

the Cutting Edge

(57% dark, 46% spontaneous, 21% vulgar)

your humor style:

Your humor's mostly innocent and off-the-cuff, but somehow there's something slightly menacing about you. Part of your humor is making people a little uncomfortable, even if the things you say aren't themselves confrontational. You probably have a very dry delivery, or are seriously over-the-top.

Your type is the most likely to appreciate a good insult and/or broken bone and/or very very fat person dancing.

PEOPLE LIKE YOU: David Letterman - John Belushi

The 3-Variable Funny Test!
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A Couple to Start

Connection is too slow tonight to add more.

Back from the TKY

Here's a list of reasons to visit Turkey:

  1. It's gorgeous
  2. They have a "riviera"
  3. Olympos
  4. The Chimeara (but don't touch the rocks - they're hot)
  5. The Turks have a latinate alphabet - that's right, Kurdistan, I'm looking at you
  6. Lemon Tutku!
  7. Fig Biskrem...at least I hear they have them, Joan ate all of mine...
  8. Speaking of Joan: Sea Kayaking
  9. Russians like it so it must be good
  10. Trendy Jeans
  11. Turkish "pizza"
  12. Did I mention it was beautiful?
  13. Turkish airlines
  14. It's close to Iraq
  15. Johnny Cash

Those aren't the only reasons but, it's a start.

Hopefully, I will have a faster Internet connection tomorrow and I can add more pictures.

Oh, and congrats to Kate for the great ACT scores!!!!

I expect to see prom pictures in the next 48 hours. Or else...