When TV and Movies Rule Your Brain
I'm even known to quote sounds that people make. A John Candy scream from, "Splash". A Jeff Goldblum giggle from, "Jurassic Park". It just happens...
But it really can't be helped. My neural pathways have been formed and there's not a thing I can do about it. For example, before I was even a cognizant human being this morning, it happened. My alarm clock went off around 5:30, and guess what song it was playing? Sonny and Cher's "I Got You Babe". So naturally, I thought of the often unsung classic, "Groundhog Day".
I mean, that had to be a purposeful move by the DJ right? It just had to be to choose that song at that time of day. But then again, not everyone has a brain as relentlessly wired to pop culture as mine.
It's just that as I'm getting older and I find that all these automatic associations aren't going away, it's getting a bit troublesome. I think to myself, "Self, you should be able to relate to people just because they're people and not always through movie quotes, nostalgia, analogies, etc."
But my self isn't listening.
A scale model of the entire mall!" (A lot of my quotes involve yelling...weird...)
I could go on and on, and I wonder, am I the only one with a looping record of pop culture happening in my brain that I constantly compare to reality? Little things that make me giggle all day long? Is this just a symptom of being a child of the eighties, or does each generation have a collection of quotes roaming their collective brains? My theory is that it involves being the first generation with access to a VCR, the ability to rewind and re-watch over and over again. But I'm not sure that's all there is to it.
What movie and TV quotes pop into your head on a regular basis? Do you fight it or embrace it? How often do you say your references out loud?