His Favorite Things

Physics and math jokes and CPU towers,

open source software, and wizards with powers,

hobbits named Bilbo who chase after rings …

these are a few of his favorite things.

Linux and “Star Trek: The Next Generation,”

that rolly-polies are landbound crustaceans,

Lannisters fighting so they can be kings …

these are a few of his favorite things.

Cool 3-D printing, Joss Whedon, and Slashdot,

all pyrotechnics and building a flash pot,

knowing the reasons a pendulum swings …

these are a few of his favorite things.

When the code fails, when the part dings,

he is not deterred …

he simply revisits his favorite things,

and carries on like … a nerd!

Lyrics ©2015 Bridget Ayres

Set to Rodgers’ and Hammerstein’s “My Favorite Things”

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The Edge of 40

I know the reason all my clothes are feeling tight.

They’re tight, yeah, baby! So tight, yeah, baby!

I’m gaining inches ’round my thighs, my butt and waist each night.

I’m wearing miniskirts but at my age it’s wrong.

They’re tight, yeah, baby! So tight, yeah, baby!

The plus size section’s where my pocketbook belongs tonight.

[Bridge:]

It’s hard to suck it in, to hide my double chin.

I’ve let my body go, let my back fat show;

it’s something I’m not frightened of!

[Chorus:]

I’m on the edge of 40, and it’s time that I should look at the truth.

Out on the edge of 40 and I’m now admitting I’m past my youth.

I’m on the edge, the edge, the edge, the edge, the edge, the edge, the edge,

I’m on the edge of 40 and I’m hanging on my last scrap of youth.

I’m on the edge of youth.

 

I’ll purchase modest clothes to eat food that is fried.

They’re tight, yeah, baby! So tight, yeah, baby!

I’m on the edge of buying larger underwear tonight.

Put on a girdle so my jeans will fit the same.

They’re tight, yeah, baby! So tight, yeah, baby!

Metabolism and earth’s gravity are what I blame.

Alright! Alright!

[Bridge:]

It’s hard to suck it in, to hide my double chin.

I’ve let my body go, let my back fat show;

it’s something I’m not frightened of!

[Chorus:]

I’m on the edge of 40, and it’s time that I should look at the truth.

Out on the edge of 40 and I’m now admitting I’m past my youth.

I’m on the edge, the edge, the edge, the edge, the edge, the edge, the edge,

I’m on the edge of 40 and I’m hanging on my last scrap of youth.

 

I’m on the edge of youth.

I’m on the edge of youth.

I’m on the edge of youth.

I’m on the edge of youth.

[Chorus:]

I’m on the edge of 40, and it’s time that I should look at the truth.

Out on the edge of 40 and I’m now admitting I’m past my youth.

I’m on the edge, the edge, the edge, the edge, the edge, the edge, the edge,

I’m on the edge of 40 and I’m hanging on my last scrap of youth.

I’m on the edge of youth.

 

Lyrics ©Bridget Ayres

Set to Lady Gaga’s “The Edge of Glory”

I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major Side Effect

I am the very model of a modern major side effect.

I bring you many problems that could give your children birth defects.

I interfere with how the neural pathways in your brain connect.

I pile on top of other nasty health issues you now collect.

You don’t know if I’m symptoms of your illness or I’m indirect.

You’re worse than any time in recent history you recollect,

but need to take your medicine or your new organ you’ll reject …

so suffer through the problems that it’s caused that you cannot deflect.

If you don’t take meds everyday you’ll find you can’t get out of bed,

or possibly one day you’ll wake to find out you’re already dead!

In short, you’re feeling much worse than the last time that your doctor checked.

I am the very model of a modern major side effect.

There’s aches and pains, a bleeding stomach, restless legs that make you cry,

edema, headaches, rashes, weird behavior, or your eyes are dry,

strong allergies that make the muscles quiver in your upper thigh.

If you don’t swallow quickly it tastes like you have ingested lye.

You know if you don’t take it you have health on which you can’t rely.

Sometimes it’s so bad you decide today you will not even try.

You take the drugs but often when it’s bad, you cannot figure why …

with all these side effects, to medicine you’d like to say goodbye.

You hope that someday you’ll be well so you no longer feel this sick.

But once you discontinue your bad health returns so lightening quick!

In short, you’re feeling much worse than the last time that your doctor checked.

I am the very model of a modern major side effect.

Sometimes I cancel out the benefits, but you’ll put up with me.

You hear a buzzing in your ears that sounds just like a bumblebee.

To keep from falling down you’ll tolerate the shaking of your knee.

You’ll live with some results that mimic thrush or hepatitis B.

You pay a lot to feel this way. Your medicine is never free.

You’re real depressed ’cause this might be the healthiest you’ll ever be.

Your doctor says you’re doing well, though sometimes you may disagree …

and anyone who had these side effects would, but of course, agree.

I give you hunger so you’ll break your diet and gain lots of weight.

Your mirror shows you images you look at and then start to hate.

In short, you are much fatter than last time that your doctor checked.

I am the very model of a modern major side effect.

 By now you have diseases that were caused by taking medicine.

It makes you feel just like you fight a battle you can never win.

You want to heal, but with your problems you don’t know where to begin.

You wonder why you’ve been struck down, like you’ve been punished for a sin.

The time rolls on. These days you’re not sure how long it has really been.

You curse the situations that your illnesses have put you in.

It never ends, the cycle goes on, stealing every urge to grin …

the smile you try to fake in public each day’s wearing very thin.

You wish you had a choice but you can’t stop your meds or you’ll expire.

You need these stupid chemicals. Your situation’s rather dire.

But still, you’re feeling much worse than the last time that your doctor checked.

I am the very model of a modern major side effect.

Lyrics ©2014 Bridget Ayres

Set to Gilbert & Sullivan’s “I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major General”

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