Ah, how I love hearing that phrase, dear reader. It reminds me how very far under the radar I run, how very subversive, how delightful and entertaining I can be when the mood strikes!
I am reminded of this phrase because I just purchased a little gem of a CD, The Replacements' When the Shit Hits the Fans (WTSHTF from now on). It's a real blast from the past, a favorite from high school. Real ATM (Angry Teenage Music). It's just as horrible as it ever was, and I love it.
It also was the reason for the first time I ever heard The Phrase.
Freshman year at Georgia Tech (where, by the way, simple femaleness precludes any assumption of brains or talent, so I sure surprised A LOT of guys there, to use a polite term for it), I was hanging out with this guy, let's call him Scott, because that was his name, in his dorm room, listening to his tape of WTSHTF. SCANDAL! But not nearly as scandalous, apparently, as the fact that not only could I sing along with every half remembered badly played song, but I also knew the in-between banter by heart ("Jumping Jack FLASK?").
"WOW!" said Scott, obviously seeing me in a new and girlfriend-worthy light, "I NEVER met a girl who could sing along with WTSHTF!"
"Oh, I love The 'Mats" I said.
"You call them The 'Mats..." he whispered, as he passed out from "I never met a girl who could" shock.
Scott, by the way, was also my first "wow, I really messed up when I dumped you, what a mistake!" phone call about 4 years later. Bet he could never find another girl who loves The 'Mats as much as I do! ASS.
But I digress.
Another favorite episode with The Phrase happened when I was working at Manex Visual Effects (no longer extant, I was hired by mvfx right when they stopped paying people... good plan, manex).
At the time, we were working on a test for Matrix Reloaded (don't complain to me, I didn't write it, I just worked on it a tiny bit, okay?) called Burly Brawl, which is basically the fight scene between Neo and the hundreds of Agents Smith (AGAIN, it's not my fault). A bunch of us were gathered around a monitor, watching the full sequence cut together, to see how it was shaping up (NOT MY FAULT!). Naturally, I was the only girl there.
So, we were watching it, and one of the guys asked, "I wonder what kind of music The Brothers will put on this?" At which point, I reflexively started humming the fight music from Star Trek.
Five heads snapped around in my direction. I could hear the tendons popping, I swear. There was a moment of reverent silence... and then:
"WOW! I have NEVER met a girl who knew the Star Trek fight music!"
It never, ever gets old, dear reader.
Until next time, I'll be flying under the radar...