After writing about Halloween costumes for finding your new best friend, it got me thinking about all the weird things that I love, that make me love you, if you love them. Make sense? There are so many times I hear someone mention something and I immediately know we’ll be fast friends. Perhaps that’s a quick judge of character but hello, if you’ve seen Welcome to the Dollhouse more than ten times then yes, I am positive we will get along swimmingly. Just the other day my friend Piper mentioned The ‘Burbs (that old Tom Hanks movie) on Twitter, and my love for her grew immediately. I never meet people who like The ‘Burbs, let alone throw it into a casual conversation via the internet, so it was absolutely friend love at first mention.
So, here are a few things from my weird list of things that will make me love you:
1. Welcome to the Dollhouse. No, not the Danity Kane album (sigh), the life-changing film! I can’t even begin to explain how much I love this movie. And I love you if you love it, as well. In a nutshell, it’s about Dawn, who is a super awkward 7th grader living in New Jersey and the movie follows along as she navigates through the crazy world she lives in. I’m talking garage bands, missing children, and first loves. I told you: crazy. I don’t want to give too much of the story away because I feel like part of the beauty of this film is not knowing what you’re even getting yourself into. All I’ll tell you is that by the end, you will have fallen in love with all things Dawn Wiener (her glasses! her barrettes! her bossy yet lovable attitude!) and you’ll be humming the theme song for days.
2. The Last Unicorn. Okay, so this movie is one of those films that you either love or hate. You either find it amazing and magical or creepy and weird. I happen to be on the amazing and magical side, and if you’re there too, then we should totally hang out. Have you seen it? So many of my childhood movie memories come from this particular film. The quotes, the music, the awkward buzzard with breasts…it’s all a magical little snippet from my younger years that I view as a bonding point when someone else is into it too.
3. Jets to Brazil. Orange Rhyming Dictionary is one of my most beloved albums, but rarely do I meet people who even know what I’m talking about. I believe it was released in 1998, although I didn’t discover it until I found myself listening to Jawbreaker in 1999. It was love at first listen, though, and I still tear up any time I hear ‘Sweet Avenue’. When I met my husband, I discovered he was of the “who the hell is Jets to Brazil?” majority, but now luckily he’s a believer (and listener). And thank God, right? Because if any husband of mine was opposed to those emotional nights listening to ‘Sea Anemone’ over and over again he wouldn’t last too long. Just kidding. Kind of.
4. Any or all of the following shows: Small Wonder, Out of This World, or The Golden Girls. True story – at a Halloween party in college, I noticed a gal wearing a red dress and white pinafore and talking in a strangely robotic voice. I ran up to her and said “OH MY GOD, VICKI!” I think she had a tear in her eye when I recognized her as the robot daughter from Small Wonder, and it was the start of a fun friendship. Pretty amazing, right?
So how about you? What weird little things are you into that would be a total bonding point for a new friend? I’m curious, so feel free to discuss below. Maybe you’ll even find your new instant-BFF in the comments!