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An odd trolley problem: for LJ Idol

This week's topic is "Trolley Problem."

Being a gay man of a certain age, I immediately thought of Judy Garland singing The Trolley Song when I read that.

And the song got stuck in my head all day on Friday, which was a problem because I was trying to accomplish things at work.

For example:

Me (to myself): Okay, I need to proofread this...
Subconscious: CLANG! CLANG! CLANG! WENT THE TROLLEY!
Me (to myself): Come on! It's a grant propos--
Sub: DING! DING! DING! WENT THE BELL!
Me: But this has to get d...
Sub: ZING! ZING! ZING! WENT MY HEARTSTRINGS!
Me: I hate you so much right now.

The song just kept running through my head on an endless loop. It was so frustrating. It got worse when I received a phone call from purchasing.

Me: Hello!
Purchasing Person: We have questions about the t-shirts.
Me: I thought we worked out the budget issues.
PP: We did, but...
Sub: CLANG! CLANG! CLANG! WENT THE TROLLEY!
Me: Could you repeat that?
PP: Did you get...
Sub: DING! DING! DING! WENT THE BELL!
PP: And we...
Sub: ZING! ZING! ZING! WENT MY HEARTSTRINGS!
Me (trying to fake it): I though I gave you all the documentation...
PP (a little annoyed, and at the same time as below): blahblahblah artwork blahblahblah
Sub: FROM THE MOMENT I SAW HIM I FELL!
Me: Wait. you need the artwork? Why?
PP: (sounds like Miss Othmar from the Charlie Brown cartoons)
Sub: CLANG! CLANG! CLANG! WENT THE TROLLEY!
Me (still trying to fake it): I don't have the artwork, but I'll get it and send it to you.
PP: (I'm sure he said something here.)
Sub: DING! DING! DING! WENT THE BELL!
Me: Do me a favor. Could you e-mail me your concerns, so I can pass them on to my boss?
PP: Sure.

At this point, I put my headphones on and hit shuffle, in an attempt to drive The Trolley Song out of my head with other music.

Sadly, this did not work. It just created some awfully strange mashups.

For instance, Head like a Hole by Nine Inch Nails and The Trolley Song, which went like this:

CLANG! CLANG! CLANG! WENT HEAD LIKE A HOLE!
BLACK AS YOU WENT THE BELL!

That was just confusing.

This was no better:

When you're WENT THE TROLLEY!
CLANG! CLANG! CLANG! Feeling small..

(Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge over Troubled Water)

Judy Garland completely overpowered Simon and/or Garfunkel and it made even less sense than the first mash-up.

Then, Queen's song, Killer Queen came on:

SHE KEEPS HER MOET AND CHANDON IN THE TROLLEY!
Zing! ZING! ZING! JUST LIKE MARIE ANTOINETTE!

Oddly, this mashup worked, though it still did not drive the song out of my brain.

So, I just gave up, and spent the rest of the day with that damned Trolley Song going through my head.
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Somewhere over the rainbow, there's a little silhouette of a man...
Different songs, but it works better than anything I wrote above.
Hahahaha-- the earworm conquers all!

Not that it's funny when it happens to me. All last Friday was "Dani California," though at least it's less aggressive than CLANG! CLANG! CLANG!

Asking for the points of that phone conversation in writing was genius. :)
Thank you. I knew I wasn't going to remember anything he said, so I figured I should.
I loved this! You do such fantastic humorous dialogs/monologs. This is such a common experience, and I hate it when it happens. Perhaps you should have stayed home from work: "I'm sorry Boss, I can't come in today. I have a song in my head."
Thank you!

I hate it when a song gets stuck in my head, too.
I hate it when i song gets stuck in my head and permeates the rest of my day no matter what I do. Wonderful take on this weeks topic.
Thank you so much! Despite the frustration of having the song stuck in my head, this was fun to write.
HAHAHA...This was hilarious. Amazing take on the prompt and very relate-able.The phone conversation was the best part. :)
thank you!
I had the same problem.
Hilarious! I sang! I laughed! I sang some more!

Thoroughly enjoyed this!
Thank you! It was fun to write.
I get where you're coming from. I face the same problems myself. This was fun.
It was fun to write, too.

Thank you!
Lol... this was such a fun read. I get that too ... song stuck in my head and in between my ears that nothing I do takes it away. Not that I do much to get it out either.

But this was so relatable. So well DOne.
Thank you!