I had an epiphany last week.
And just so you know, my epiphanies are not your ordinary epiphanies. I've had maybe, like, 3 of the kind of epiphanies people write home about, when something I've been struggling with becomes clearer, or God gives me some sort of nudge that helps me know what I need to do next, or all of algebra suddenly makes sense (it happened in calculus and it was awesome).
The rest are more along the lines of what happened last week. And last week it involved the hamster dance:
This is a popular song in our family. They play this techno-version often on the radio (KidsPlace Live, baby, yeah), but I learned about the original, slower one years ago. And it has always sounded vaguely familiar to me.
So one day last week I walked into the gym on base to do my 30 minutes of pregnant-lady-paced elliptical machining. The Littler One was with me, so we went to the parent-kid workout room, where they show the Disney Channel. And Robin Hood was just starting (it wasn't in Spanish like this clip is, but wouldn't that have been fantastic and multi-cultural?):
Did you hear it there, that last time thru? Exactly. I always felt they were related, but that has got to be THE 20 seconds or so which went into the 10 seconds or so that make up the Hamster Dance loop. I was pretty sure I wasn't the first to figure it out, and looking it up on YouTube I found there were plenty before me who made the connection. But I would bet that, out of 97% of my friends, family, and acquaintances, I am the first to identify the specific 20 seconds of film that correspond directly to the Hamster Dance. Mostly because out of 97% of my friends, family, and acquaintances, I am likely the only one to bother with noticing that there was even a connection to be made in the first place, but I will take it and be grateful to give that tiny corner of my brain a reason to move onto something else.
It's one of those loose ends in life that you don't necessarily think about. I mean, I knew it was there, but I promise it didn't plague me on a regular basis. And then out of nowhere, BAM! The connection is made, and things get tied up rather neatly.
So there you have it. You're welcome...