One: "The ABCs of Dead Russian Leaders". I heard this song exactly one time, in the mid eighties. I can't locate the lyrics, but have found that it was written and performed by Tim Cavanagh. It was all about the deaths of Andropov, Brezhnev and Chernenko, along with speculation that Gorbachev must be feeling fairly safe, as his name did not begin with "D". Heard once, stuck in my head ever since.
Two: The word "No". Need I explain this one? For maximum effectiveness, say it out loud.
Three: "When you get to the Spanish looking buildings on the left, turn right". This direction, given by a passenger in my car, is something I tend to repeat whenever giving or receiving directions under similar circumstances. Somehow, this dropped from its specific place down to the "template" level for general driving directions. It seems to alleviate some of the anxiety of not knowing exactly where I'm going.
Four: From the album Echolalia, I repeat (!) here for clarification, "Which Bobby Watson do you mean?" This line from Ionesco's The Bald Soprano got stuck way back in high school and is a general indicator of confusion upon hearing words or names. It is his wife that I mean. She is called Bobby Watson, too.
Five: General Cinema's theme song. Sublime. Perfect. Serve with extra salty popcorn.
Six: "Maxwell Smart is going to be the chief. But first the chief has to be the chief". This line was spoken in a dream had by my best friend in 1978. It means, things are going to work out, but you must be patient. I had this line engraved on a Zippo lighter. I don't smoke anymore, but a Zippo is a nice thing to have.
Seven: "There is a bigger one down the road". Similar in meaning to number six, but more about serendipity than success. This was stated by my brother on vacation in Florida (early 70s) about a Piggly Wiggly store. He thought we should shop at the bigger one; we never found the bigger one. We were quite hungry when we got back to the small one. "There is a bigger one down the road" applies not only to businesses, but to anything in life which has temporarily eluded.
Eight: "Ticket!" Left over from my days of restaurant work. Accompanies the sound of a ticket (order) coming out of the printer. More generally, used to indicate something which needs urgent attention. Tiiiicket!!!!
Note: The ticket pictured here is courtesy of says-it.com ticket generator. You can make your own! Fun and easy.