Yeah! Notebook!


Sorry, my mom called. It usually takes me an hour to think of that first sentence, and that is an hour you can’t get back.

I’m a man on the go, and I go forth with a head that’s trying to drown itself in Top Gun‘s sweaty juices. (Because I watch it every week as part of a science experiment. Welcome to the site, latecomers!) Here’s how the film shook me to my core during Week #21 of this year.

May 20, 2012
8:17am EST – “Under the Boardwalk” playing at Hannaford. Thought of “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay.” Thought of Charlie and Mav’s date.

May 21, 2012
Morning - Had a dream about a dead Tom Cruise.

May 22, 2012
5:53pm EST - Saw a story on the news about an ejector seat found in the woods. Thought of Goose grabbing the ejection handle.

May 23, 2012
11:17am EST - Watching Jem and the Holograms, “Adventure in China.” A guard says, “If he trusts them, I think we can.” Thought of Maverick saying, “If the government trusts me, maybe you could.”

I only watch it when Becca watches it…

3:09pm EST - Watching Stripes. During the haircut scene, wondered why the pilots in Top Gun get to keep their gorgeous hair.

3:57pm EST - Still watching Stripes. As Bill Murray doles out the Aunt Jemima treatment, I thought of what a creepy flirt Maverick is.

Yes, Top Gun makes this seem normal.

May 24, 2012
7:02pm EST - In a text message, typed the word “maverick” instead of the word “master.”

 May 25, 2012
12:15pm EST – “Radar Radio” stuck in head. Just the one damn line from the movie!

2:15pm EST – “Heaven in Your Eyes” stuck in head.

4:57pm EST – Thought someone at work was humming “Take My Breath Away.” Thought of Maverick and Charlie licking each other.

Go away, picture I consciously added to this entry!

6:17pm EST – Read the headline “Sub on Fire” and heard Goose wailing “Great balls of fire!”

May 26, 2012
12:07pm EST – Becca said, “My mom’s comin’!” Heard Viper saying, “Keep comin’! KEEP COMIN’!”

2:00pm EST – Saw an ice cream ad for Triple Joy. Heard Viper talking about calling “no joy.”


My adventures with Jem aside, you know what result disturbs me the most? Typing “maverick” unintentionally. This feels like a level-up in Crazy. We’re in Freudian territory here.

Me again.

Am I going to start calling John “Jester” by mistake? Will I invite someone to volleyball instead of dinner? During sex, am I… NO.



Since watching Hot Shots!, I’ve gotten “Dream Lover” stuck in my head a few dozen times. Whenever it happens, I start to reach for my notebook.