Everything Is Catching on Fire

Have you ever heard that They Might Be Giants song, “Fingertips Pt. 1?”  It’s a mish mosh of a bunch of different song styles, but beginning says “everything is catching yes, everything is catching on fire.”

Whenever there’s a lot going on, I say to myself, “everything is catching on fire.”  It can be good lots of stuff going on, or bad, but either way, I say “everything is catching on fire.”  It’s not good to say in an airport, or near a big pile of flammable stuff, but sometimes it just comes out.

Do you ever do that?  Have songs or movie quotes that you incorporate into your personal lexicon?  Sure you do.  What are they?  I’d be interested to know.  I’ll give you another example.  Whenever I’m fake-relieved about something I say, “Thank God for the model trains.”  It’s from A Mighty Wind, and Jennifer Coolidge’s character is talking to someone about their model train obsession and she says, over-enthusiastically, “Thank God for the model trains, you know? If they didn’t have the model trains they wouldn’t have gotten the idea for the big trains.”

My next post was totally going to be about offbeat and weird actors that I like a lot, but I have this whole list, and the thing is that Crispin Glover doesn’t fit on it.  He’s offbeat and I like him a lot, but everybody knows who he is, and he doesn’t fit with the rest of the list, which is made up of all the guys you recognize, but probably don’t know their names.  So I’m having this hard time with leaving Crispin Glover off the list and am realizing that he probably needs a whole post of his own.  If creepy Jeremy Sisto gets his own post, why shouldn’t creepy (but awesome) Crispin Hellion Glover get his own post?  Stand back.

crispin gloverNext post goes out to you.

Anyway, if you guys have any verbal or colloquial quirks you’d like to share in the comments, I promise to approve them in a timely manner and you can totally link to your own website, as long as you’re not a porn monger or trying to sell insurance.  Well, it depends on the type of insurance, because I need some life insurance.  That was probably a really dumbo thing to say.  Oh well!  Time to go revise a 52-page thesis!

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2 Responses to Everything Is Catching on Fire

  1. Karl Hindle says:

    On how I met my wife, “She was working as a waitress in a cocktail bar…”

    On being confounded by non-paying clients, “I am the anti-Christ!”

    On being hassled by my kids, “Bad Dad, Bad Dad, what u gonna do when they come for you 🙂 “

  2. Jebbica says:

    Haha, I do that a lot too. There’s probably a whole book we could write on TMBG song phrases. But lately, life has been kind of depressing, and the only thing that seems to get me out of it is this line from the IT Crowd…”I’m Disabled!” That makes me laugh every time. But I guess it’s one of those things where if you didn’t watch that particular episode, you probably just think I’m being a douche.

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