Note: Background images in December 2002 and January 2003 journal entries are selected from Frances Ku's collection of her original watercolours.
Conversation with a DJ
Ever since I joined my local health club six months ago, I've been wanting to attend one of the parties. I missed the summer barbeque and halloween due to schedule conflict.
After an hour of pilates, 45 minutes of weights and studio exercises, and 30 minutes of swimming, I was as hungery as a wolf. But the food would not be served until more people arrived. So I gulped down a cup of hot chocolate while trying to make conversation with a couple.
The wife joined the club in September. Her husband, a high school science teacher, said that most people work in what they were trained professionally. Then one day, their hobbies take over. I totally agreed with that - as that's happening to me!
The DJ, a rather good looking fellow, was playing all those tunes that I've never heard before. I went up to him and requested Opus - "Life is live."
How old is that? he asked incredulously.
I shrugged my shoulders. About 20 years? How about SuperTramp.
He looked up at me as if I came from another planet. How old is THAT?
Slightly ashamed, I replied, about 30 years? Okay, how about the Spice Girls? What do they sound like?
He stared at me. What do you listen to normally?
Classical music, I replied.
He did play one tune I've heard before - in aerobics class. It was Kylie Minogue. But I didn't know how to pronounce her surname.
In any case, I liked all the tunes he played. My friend, who is at least ten years older than me, knew the names of all the singers and songs he played. She makes a point of watching Top of the Pops every Friday. I was impressed. But I don't have a TV and I don't have time to listen to pop music as I'm either practising or playing piano all day long!
14 December 2002 Saturday
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