Wednesday, August 30, 2006

X is for...

Time for another WordPlay Personal Dictionary Entry! If you want to know more about how and why I started doing this series of posts, read my "A is for..." entry. If you want to see a list of more people doing the same thing, check out Laume's WordPlay site. Now here we go... X is for... X-ray vision - A super-power I'd like to have. I can't say it would be my very first choice (that would be the power to fly!) but it would be very useful sometimes as long as I had control over when I used it and could turn if off the rest of the time. Xander (Harris)- A character I really like in the Buffyverse. I think it's cool that in all seven seasons of the show he was the one character who never started out with or acquired any mystical or super-human powers or abilities. He was "just" Buffy's and Willow's best friend and hung in there with them through all the craziness, even when he got hurt. He even single-handedly saved the world once! "X marks the spot" - Who doesn't have a weakness for the romance and mystery of buried treasure (whether literal treasure or lost knowledge)? Who doesn't want to be the one to unravel the clues and find the spot marked by the mysterious "X?" Ok, maybe some people don't feel the lure of "x marks the spot", but I'm not one of those people. I love the idea - I'm always up for a puzzle! X-Men - Back in my misspent youth, long before the movie franchise came along, the X-Men comics were some of my favorites. I especially liked Kitty Pryde (aka Shadowcat), which is why I'm disappointed that she's gotten so little screen time in the movies and when they have showed her she's been, well...kind of lame-o. Bah! Xanadu - I would love to be all high-brow and literary and tell you that this made my X-list on the strength of the Coleridge poem but, um, no. This makes my list on the strength of the wonderfully awful movie by that name featuring Olivia Newton-John as a big-haired, leg-warmered, roller-skating Muse. As bad as the movie is, I really do like some of the music from it, plus it was Gene Kelly's last screen appearance and I love Gene Kelly. I'm sure the rumors that he died from shame over his role in "Xanadu" are greatly exaggerated. Ahem. "X is for..." (clickable if you want to see it larger in a new window)

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