Take a look. It’s in my book. My Top Gun notebook.

Fighter jet in the sky…

I’ve got a disease, and it’s called Top Gun. Here are my notes on its symptoms during week three of the sickness (ooh-wah-ah-ah-ah).

Jan. 14th, 2012
11:27pm EST – Whistled “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’.” Office was in good mood after the Pats win. Felt strangely appropriate.

Jan. 15th, 2012
3:54pm EST – YLTLF stuck in head.

4:07pm EST – YLTLF stuck in head.

4:57pm EST – YLTLF stuck in head. Attempted to combat with turntable vids on YouTube.

6:57pm EST - “Playing With the Boys” stuck in head.

7:15pm EST – Whistled PWTB.

10:27pm EST – During sports block: “Kenny Phillips takes it to the red zone.” Kenny + Zone = Top Gun = Shit.

Jan. 16, 2012
6:30pm EST – Intro to PWTB stuck in my head. Thinking of sampling it. It’s weird and all over the place. Very swoopy and absurd.

8:20pm EST – PWTB stuck in head. Attempted to fix with Daft Punk’s “Robot Rock.”

9:38pm EST – Saw footage of an aircraft factory. Thought of Top Gun, especially the Blu-Ray menu.

Jan. 17, 2012
12:28am EST - Friend sent me a link about a sweet aerial battle photo. Article specifically mentions Maverick and Goose. Almost didn’t even count it.

10:20am EST – “Danger Zone” stuck in head. Administered “Robot Rock.”

3:10pm EST - PWTB stuck in head. No access to video of “Robot Rock.” Used ringtone of it. Song is repetitive enough not to matter.

3:14pm EST - PWTB came right back after RR. Too busy at work to devise a new solution.

3:20pm EST – PWTB stuck in head still. Tried to fix with Dillon Francis’s “I.D.G.A.F.O.S.” on YouTube. Replayed 5x. Seems to have done the trick.

6:32pm EST – YLTLF stuck in head. Mentally replaced with IDGAFOS.

9:53pm EST – Hummed PWTB. No opportunity to replace.

Jan. 18, 2012
5:05pm EST – Beatboxed “Top Gun Anthem” in shower. Didn’t care. Kept it up for rest of shower.

Jan. 19, 2012
1:48pm EST – John called; his ringtone is YLTLF. Was listening to music at the time and couldn’t find my phone. Thought I was going insane.

6:01pm EST – Watching High Fidelity. Saw “Touch and Go” written on the cash register. Thought of “Danger Zone.”

6:03pm EST – Still watching High Fidelity. Characters fight about The Righteous Brothers. Thought of the bar scene from Top Gun.

There are better fights in High Fidelity.


Now, I’ve been doing a few side experiments as well. First of all, I changed the ringtones of my fellow Cinemanauts to songs from the Top Gun soundtrack. This way, I can conduct randomized Pavlov-style tests. So far, no phone call has mentally triggered a scene from Top Gun, but I did think I had finally snapped, as noted above.

For the record:

John = “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'”

Nancy = “Take My Breath Away”

Ty = “Danger Zone”

Also, the dashing Robert Fure, our reason for being, tweeted this tweet at our tweetpile.

Since absolutely everything he says is something we do, I set my alarm to play “Danger Zone” all this week. Here are the results of that experiment.

I woke up before my alarm went off every single day.

So there’s some data for you! I even set it earlier halfway through the week (from 10am to 9am) and still managed to pop out of bed completely devoid of Kenny Loggins. Though one time was because a drunk rang my doorbell. At 8:58 in the morning.

Can I gets a dollars? S’for the bus, I swear to bus.

Also, I had my very first dream related to Top Gun on January 17th. I dreamed a little girl won an award for Cinema 52 and I was in the audience, frantically crying out that it was my idea. And the trophy looked like the plaque from Top Gun. No, my dreams aren’t symbolic. Don’t even try to analyze that.

Tell me more about this volleyball scene.