Random Discussions with my Wife

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Austin Texas Homes, LLC 453249

I had a couple of random discussions with my wife Pam while we were out the other day, and I wanted to share this in order to give you an idea of the kind of things that we find funny.

I don't recall how we got on the subject of the phrase "footloose and fancy free", but there we were, discussing it.  I wondered out loud where that term came from originally, since it is so odd-sounding.  Footloose?  Did you break your ankles?  Pam said maybe it meant that your feet were not bound, but that seemed strange to both of us.  Is having loose feet a good thing?  It sounds a bit dangerous if you are trying to walk, or dance, or exist.

Fancy free?  Pam said that this sounds like someone with no imagination (free of fancy).  I agreed, but this doesn't jibe with the actual meaning of the phrase, which I have always taken to mean that someone doesn't have a care in the world.

I would care if my feet were loose and I had no imagination, wouldn't you?  Wouldn't anyone?  Also, why have I never questioned this in relation to the movie "Footloose".  Have you ever really thought about those lyrics to the theme song?

Tonight I gotta cut loose
Kick off your Sunday shoes
Please, Louise
Pull me offa my knees
Jack, get back
C'mon before we crack
Lose your blues
Everybody cut footloose

If you know me at all, you know that I didn't know all of these words without looking them up.  Reading them on the screen, however, I wonder now why Kenny Loggins wasn't institutionalized in the 80's.  What the heck does this chorus actually mean?  I am surprised that people werent' playing this one backwards on their turntables trying to interpret some secret meaning, like the Beatles' "Revolution #9".  By the way, I did that as a kid with the Beatles tune, and my friend and I could have sworn we heard John Lennon clearly state, "S**t undersea, huh", which is obviously a poke at "Yellow Submarine".  Ringo never was the talented one.

Sorry for the diversion....

As part of a completely different discussion, on our way home from church yesterday, I spotted a truck with several kayaks and paddles in the back (NOTE: Please do not take what I am about to say as a slight if you love kayaking). 

I said to Pam, "I cannot imagine owning a kayak." 

She replied, "I can't imagine owning ONE kayak, much less enough kayaks to necessitate an entire kayak rack!  I also cannot imagine ever seriously considering going kayaking." 

The next portion of her diatribe will give you some idea of her sense of humor, which I love:

"Let's see - I want to participate in a sport where I am not allowed to move my legs at all, because I want to depend entirely on my upper body strength.  I'm strong, see?  Perhaps if I were encased somehow in a fashion that would prevent me from using my lower body.  I need a boat that is easily capsized if I lose my balance.  Then, of course, I need to be placed in water, preferably fast-moving water.  Basically, I need a sport that will cause me to drown quickly if I can't somehow twist myself back above the surface without the use of my legs."

She also suggested that maybe a good new sport would be "extreme kayaking", which would take place on a river of sulfuric acid.  I think lava would be cool, too.

Thanks for reading!  Hope you enjoyed this glimpse into our odd sense of humor.

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Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)
Mary - As I indicated in the post, I think it means you don't have any cares at all, which is similar, I suppose.
Apr 21, 2008 08:13 AM #4
Melody Botting
Broker Associate PenFed Realty - San Antonio, TX
You Deserve The Best
Agree- Kinny is Krazy!
Apr 21, 2008 08:28 AM #5
Kay Perry
Kay Perry, Broker - College Station, TX
Jason, You never run out of topics to discuss.  You have such a great sense of humor.
Apr 21, 2008 10:46 AM #6
Terry Ledford
RE/MAX Town and Country - Blue Ridge, GA
Realtor - Ga. Mountain
Jason-I'm with both you and your wife on the kayaking thing...just don't get it. Too much like work. I'll stick with my pontoon boat and kick back.
Apr 21, 2008 10:54 AM #7
Amanda Evans
DFW Living - Fort Worth, TX
Real Estate Broker - Fort Worth Texas

How ironic that you post about being "footloose and fancy free". Not one for watching day time television, I caught a few minutes of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire this afternoon and one of the questions was about that very saying. 

Kayaking doesn't sound like much fun to me either--I'd rather float in a tube.

Apr 21, 2008 11:05 AM #8
Sandra Carlisle (Ayers)
Berkshire Hathaway California Properties - Newport Beach, CA
Real Estate Marketing & Sales
You all must live inland.  Kayaking is fun.   ;) 
Apr 21, 2008 11:15 AM #9
Jesse & Kathy Clifton
Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS® - Fairbanks, AK

Kayaking is a lot more fun (and easier) than a (*&)(@# canoe. I have tipped every canoe I've ever been in.  Kayak's are much more stable and if you do flip, it's incredibly easy to flip back over.  I don't think I want to go over Niagara Falls in one, but a meandering river is a lot of fun.  Now, getting out... that's always comical.  Imagine a watermelon stuffed into a thimble.  That's pretty much what I look like.

PS... you guys are quite funny. :)

Apr 21, 2008 02:59 PM #10
Mara Hawks
First Realty Auburn - Auburn, AL
Inactive-2012 REALTOR - Homes for Sale Auburn Real Estate, AL
Conversations about nothing is such wonderful companionship. thanks for the post Jason.
Apr 21, 2008 03:08 PM #11
Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX

Well Jason, Pam, There's not much going on in the world right now. I can see how this would necessitate topics such as these. Dissecting music is something I had a bit of interest in also. That is if you count listening to Louie, Louie 1200 times and writing all the naughty (oops) words down on paper! The words were really radical then. I got into trouble.

Hey I have a great idea for Pam that will allow her to ENJOY Kayaking! Yeah, really! This is the perfect fashion that will bind her legs with just the right flair and might even save her life! pam


I can see it can't you?

Just a suggestion.












Later in the rain~Deb

Apr 21, 2008 04:35 PM #12
Elaine Hanson
Compass - Topanga, CA
REALTOR - Topanga, CA Real Estate Agent


I love Footloose and I'm the proud owner of two kayaks AND a kayak rack.


P.S.  I love nonsense conversations!

Apr 21, 2008 05:06 PM #13
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info
Kayaks are here to stay... lookout, they're coming at you.  So, is this your movie song post?  hahaha
Apr 21, 2008 05:43 PM #14
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services
Jason- Your wife looks too serious to have a sense of humor, she sure has a good one. I like her humor and wit!
Apr 21, 2008 05:46 PM #15
Audrey Hoffman
VoteAudrey blog - Columbia, SC
It's funny sitting back sometimes and contemplating the origins of sayings....I'm also big on etymology. 
Apr 22, 2008 04:21 AM #16
Audrey Hoffman
VoteAudrey blog - Columbia, SC
It's funny sitting back sometimes and contemplating the origins of sayings....I'm also big on etymology. 
Apr 22, 2008 04:21 AM #17
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

MELODY - Kenny is crazy, huh?

KAY - Thanks!  I appreciate that. 

TERRY - Pontoon boats are certainly less work, and less stressful!

AMANDA - That is really weird, isn't it?  I have found that happens to me a lot - I will hear a new word or phrase or something I haven't thought about in ages, only to hear it repeated several times in succession from different sources.

SANDRA - Proudly living inland here, and loving it!

JESSE - I think I am simply too claustrophobic to get into a kayak.  I am not really big on small boats in general, I suppose.  Can I call you Tippecanoe?

MARA - Many of our discussions run along these lines, it would seem.  It has been that way for almost 17 years now.  :-)

DEB - Looks like a great plan, as long as the fin part of the costume is removable at some point.

ELAINE - I didn't say that I didn't like Footloose - I used to love that movie when I was a kid.  I just don't really understand the phrase or the weird lyrics.  As for kayaking, I am judging something that I have never experienced firsthand, which is a hobby of mine.  I may soon write a post on how much I hate surfing, although I have never done it, either.  I know you like nonsense conversations - that's why we're friends.  ;)

GEORGINA - I have no doubt that kayaking will continue to grow in popularity, but you will never catch me in a kayak.  I am too claustrophobic.

KATERINA - Where did you see my wife looking serious?  Her sense of humor is one of the reasons I married her (plus the fact that she laughs at my juvenile humor).  Glad you liked this one -

AUDREY - I enjoy etymology as well.  I am thinking of doing a series of posts on funny phrases and my interpretation of the origin.  You may have already looked it up, but "footloose" actually refers to a sailing term, when the foot of the sail is not attached, and it is impossible to control.

Apr 22, 2008 04:38 AM #18
Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate

So I'm wondering if doing the bootie-shake could be called "butt loose".  Oh wait! How about butt loose and bootie free!?! 

Now we know who's sense of humor is more warped. =P 

Apr 22, 2008 10:55 AM #19
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager
Jason, you made me laugh tonight and I thank you!  Your wife sounds like my kinda girl...I share her opinion of the whole kayak thing.  My husband had one for a couple of summers, and I just didn't get it.  Your bottom half bound up inside it, your butt on an uncomfortable seat and your upper half baking in the sun... He ended up selling it last year and then got a Harley.  You think I disliked the Kayak?  Don't even get me started on the bike!  Anyways, loved the post!
Apr 22, 2008 01:30 PM #20
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
Jason, all I can say is Pam has a wild imagination. A river of sulphuric acid? Wow she must have some pretty wild dreams.
Apr 22, 2008 02:30 PM #21
Benjamin Clark
Homebuyer Representation, Inc. - Salt Lake City, UT
Buyer's Agent - Certified Negotiation Expert
Maybe she would like to kick off her shoes and jetski...
Apr 22, 2008 06:24 PM #22
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

LISA - Perhaps you are the winner, or perhaps I don't share the most warped parts of my sense of humor here.  :-)

SHARON - Good stuff.  Thanks for your funny comments.  I don't think I would like kayaking or having a Harley.  Glad you liked this one -

GARY - We are always coming up with stuff like this.  My wife says my sense of humor is "what if this happened?".

BEN - Perhaps you're right.  Why not?

Apr 23, 2008 03:21 AM #23
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