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Friday, February 13, 2009

INXS

Now to a subject I know I love! INXS! Especially Tim!!!! Anna and I were talking last night about how we got into music in the first place and I was reminiscing about my very first encounter with INXS. Well, it was an indirect encounter. But I was in my first year in middle school and I'd heard about how kids in middle school are more interested in rock n roll. Well, I was in my first period desk, and the person who had sat there the day before wrote all their favorite rock groups on the surface of the desk. There was U2, Van Halen, Duran Duran, Motley Crue, but the one name that caught my attention more than any other was INXS. For some reason, that word fascinated me. But at first I thought it was pronounced "inks", LOL! I never heard of INXS back then, so I didn't know. Anyway, I just went about my day.

Most people believe that because I am an INXS fan, that I must be a fan of U2 and Duran Duran. I like a few songs of U2's, but only a very few. And most of those are from the 80s. Particularly from their Joshua Tree album. I have some of their songs on my little player here. I won't say I dislike U2, not in any way, shape or form. I like them, I just don't love them like I do INXS. And Duran Duran is exactly the opposite of U2. I only liked Duran in the 90s, I don't like any of their 80s stuff at all! They totally sucked in the 80s. But I do have a couple of their 90s songs on my little MP3 player. And the men in those bands are no where near as attractive as the men of INXS. INXS is the only band so far that I've ever known where almost all the members are so handsome! Well, all but Kirk, poor guy! Most people went for Michael, and I confess I did too at one time. I even saw Michael perform in concert once in Seattle and that is where I kissed him. hehe! So yeah, I can understand other peoples' affections for Michael. I even loved that man a lot for a long time after he died. I admit then he was not that attractive to me anymore, I didn't like his hair, I preferred the long, curly hair on him. That slicked-out look well, he just didn't look like himself anymore. That took a lot of getting used to.

Well, for a long time after Michael died, I felt bad about that. But aside from kissing him at a concert, I never formally met the man. I could tell he was a good man though, I have a natural knack for that! You can imagine my shock when I found out he had killed himself. There are many rumors surrounding the circumstances of his death. The most popular rumor is that he died of auto-erotic asphyxiation, but a lot of people believe that was not true. Many people believe, as I do, that he just got burned out in life's problems and couldn't handle it anymore. It is sad when someone feels that there is no way out of such situations and take their own lives like Michael did, very sad! When I heard the news, well, I could sit here and punch out a novel describing that horrifying 6 seconds when I heard the news. I had so many things go through my mind, and one of the biggest things was how much I loved that man when I was younger. LOL! I loved him so much back then I used to fantasize about marrying him. Of course I knew it was nothing but a fantasy, even back then I knew that rock stars never marry the fans. But it was fun to dream. I grieved for a long time after that. I went through a neutral period with INXS between 2000 and 2005, then early in 2005 something happened. I was up early one morning because I was nervous about going in for a second surgery in less than a year. I don't know why but I was thinking about INXS and I started looking for INXS forums. After some amount of searching, I found one, but it took a while.

Well, to make a long story short, I had turned my attention away from Michael and started eye-balling Tim, the band's guitarist. I saw one pic of him that someone had posted on the forum and he was so handsome in that pic, made me fall head-over-heals in love with him!! That wasn't an entirely new concept though. Even though for the most part my love for the band leered more towards Michael, Tim was always a second choice. I always thought that if anything happened to Michael, there is still Tim, who is just as handsome (and now in my eyes, even more handsome) as Michael, plus, Tim always had a way of making me laugh. He has a cute sense of humor, and he can make anything funny. One fan, who'd met him long before I did, suggested sometime when I meet him to ask him to do his impersonation of Al Pacino in Scarface. Well, I have since met Tim several times, and never got around to asking him that. When I see him, I just get so excited like a puppy dog, all I can think about is he is there standing right in front of me. Not in front of me standing in an album cover, but the real thing, in the flesh!! Yeah, I may get a wee bit star-struck but when it comes to Tim, well, let's just say he is even more handsome in person than he is in pictures. Some day I may get up enough gumption to ask him to do his impersonations, but for now no soap. I'd like to get to know him as a person first. But I can imagine he would be just as successful at making me laugh with him doing those impersonations as anything he's done in the past.

I was extremely lucky at a concert in Seattle to have met him in a dark alley. I'll tell you all right now, I hate Seattle!! I hate the city with a burning passion!! I hate city people too! When I was there all alone, I was scared to death walking up that dark alley on my way to the concert. Then all of a sudden, out pops Tim, my favorite band member! I know that is hard to believe me just happening to be in the right place at the right time to see him, but there it was. I'd say it was a plan created by the Almighty HIM self!!! Before leaving my car on that little walk, I said a prayer to GOD that if I happened to bump into Tim to give me the courage to ask him for a photo op, and in that case, HE responded in my favor. Believe me, I never would have been able to do it without GOD's help. The end result of that night is the pic in my profile. And whether you like how I look or not, it is a pic I am particularly proud of! It was a great moment in my life and I was walking on air!

The only thing I find frustrating about being an INXS fan in today's world is that most other INXS fans are cat-people! I'm not a cat person! I don't dislike house cats in general, but I don't like having them in my house at all. I wish I had become a fan of the band when I was 5 years old! I loved cats back then. But INXS was not even heard of back then. Not in this country anyways. Funny thing, when I was 5 years old, and heavily into cats, I was hard-pressed to find another person who actually liked them at all. Everyone else but me liked dogs, even other girls my age or close to my age. Now, I feel like I am the only INXS fan who is not into cats. I like dogs, but I only like tiny dogs like chihuahuas and papillons. I don't like big dogs like golden retrievers or irish setters and stuff like that. I like a few herding breeds like shepherds, but that's all. The thing that turned me off to dogs was their butt-sniffing behavior, but really, cats are no better! They're just daintier when they do it. Anyway, I feel out of place. But then at the same time, I know I am who I am--a very individual person. But then I am also turned off by cat people. Not INXS fans, necessarily, but the cat-people I used to encounter on the YouTube site. Most of them said the reason they hated dogs was because dogs kill people, yet they somehow seemed to forget about the many people who have been killed by wild felines, especially children. And dogs don't kill people, only people kill people! Hate the message, not the messenger!! Those dogs that kill people are only doing what they were trained by their owners to do. Or lack of training by their owners. Lack of love as well! My dogs are loved, and they wouldn't attack anyone unless I told them to. My pa's got a retired police dog and she is sweet as pie until he gives her the attack command. Then she does what she was originally trained to do. But that's all a totally different story. LOL!
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