Got wireless today! It’s totally new to me, but not to most other people, so I won’t dwell on it. Anyway, I’m in bed, which means Penelope is in the chair and Alison’s got her arms all over my pillows. This laptop has a very loud hard drive, which I already knew, but which is a bit more of a problem in this context.
I just finished watching Armageddon and it reminds me of an issue I have with the grammar of the Aerosmith/Dianne Warren song “Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.” The lyrics go “…don’t want to fall asleep / ’cause I miss you babe / and I don’t want to miss a thing.”
I can’t help but hear this the wrong way — it’s my contrary nature. My interpretation is that he’s singing “I miss you. You’re an object. I don’t want to miss an object, so I don’t want to miss you.” It’s analogous to saying “’cause I miss you babe / and I don’t want to miss a blockhead.”
Anyway, I know he isn’t saying anything of the kind, but the proximity of two uses of “thing” makes this an automatic alternative my brain entertains.