28 May 2010

5 On Friday - There Goes My Baby

Our buddy Travis of Trav's Thoughts has created a wonderful meme called "5 on Friday". The rules are simple:
1. Grab the banner, make your post title Five on Friday, and be sure to link back here.

2. Go to Playlist.com to make your play list of five songs. You may choose a particular theme to share with us, or post random tunes if that's your vibe for the day. You can simply post the play list, or you can add a little summary about what you are sharing.

2a. Don't feel restricted by the tracks listed on Playlist.com. You're welcome to use any type of media to share your Sets.

3. Be sure to sign Mr Linky so everyone can visit your Set.

4. No tags, but feel free to invite your friends to play along if they need a post topic on a Friday.

It was 1959.  I was 15 and had just had my heart broken for the first time.  If that must happen, then at least have a great song as Number One so that you can wallow in the misery with the replays at least once an hour.  For that summer in Hollywood it was "There Goes My Baby" and for the next several years, The Drifters provided a soundtrack for my life.  Thanks guys!!!

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25 May 2010

Queen's Meme #38

Queen's Meme #38 - The Let's Go To Dinner Meme

We all love to wine and dine with our families and those we care about. Some of us talk about it. Some of us don’t. Regardless, we all have stories to tell…. past and present. Take a trip down memory lane or unfold your fantasy night out on the blog for all to read. We’re all ears. Waiter! Waiter!

1. When is the last time you went out to dinner with someone special? Tell us about it. - If you count relatives then this would be the son taking me out to Dave's because he knew I was going on a diet the next day and he knew that it would be a long, long time before their Bread Pudding crossed my lips.

2. Show us a picture of your favorite cuisine. - I'll even tell you where to go to eat it if you happen to be in Los Angeles.

Dar Maghreb
7651 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 876-7651

The dining room of this Moroccan restaurant is a replica of a 15th century Moorish palace, with a courtyard, fountains, and other features of north African architecture. Guests sit on plush pillows around ornate ivory and wood tables. After the ceremonial pre-dinner hand washing, enjoy a seven course meal that could include such dishes as grilled quail, sweet lamb with honey sauce, and b'steeya which is phyllo pastry filled with chicken, almonds, and spices.

3. What is the funniest thing a man/woman has said to you lately? Same son watching me drink lemon water - "Do you want fries with that?"

4. What makes a gentleman a gentleman in today’s dating world? Are there any left? - He waits for the lady to ask.

5. Is there anything you won’t tolerate when out to dinner with your significant other? - I don't have an SO at present, but the one thing that would be verboten is being loudly obnoxious.

6. What type of ambiance do you enjoy in an eating establishment? - Either totally casual wear your bathing suit or jeans, or an alternative of casual elegance for an upscale venue.

7. Tell us about the worst public dining experience you ever had, whether it be a date or with your family. - You will have to email me for that story.

8. What is the lamest or rudest thing a man/woman has said to you lately? - I must be lucky.  No one has been lame or rude.

9. Are you a good tipper?  - Used to be a waitress.  I'm critical of performance,  minimum for adequate service, but overtip a really good server.

10. Do you ask for doggie bags when you leave food on your plate at a restaurant?  - As a one time singler working mother, how do you think I fed the kids?

11. What is your pet peeve about restaurants and dining out in general? - Huge portions.  I swear the amount of food offered has gotten horrendous.  Maybe they are justifying prices, but it is just so wasteful and unhealthy

12. Do you prefer to order yourself or do you ever let your significant other order for you? - It's old fashioned, but I always loved having the gentleman order.  Now I prefer to order for myself unless it is an unfamiliar cuisine, then I prefer to take suggestions and let him order.

13. Describe your most intimate romantic dinner ever. (fantasy or real) - Carnelian Room San Francisco which has unfortunately closed after 40 years in business.  Their website on the link does make suggestions for other romantic venues.  If you ever saw Funny Girl and the seduction scene of the private room, that is what you can get at the Carnelian in their room for two overlooking San Francisco to the sea.  This answer actually gives me a chance to post a video for the Queen

14. Do you enjoy piano bars? - I don't just enjoy them.  I love them and hunt them down.  I miss the dark ambiance of sitting around a piano while an excellent perform takes requests, sings and interacts with the crowd.  Did I mention I dated one of those talented gentlemen for eight years?

15. If you could go anywhere in the world for dinner, where would it be and who would you be with? - Why I just blogged about that with Bucket List Revision - Since it requires a party of 10, it would be nice if a gentleman who had brushed up on Shakespeare was one of my guests dressed as the Bard.

Surprise Surprise

This is classic proof of any number of things.  First nothing dies on the internet.  Second that despite failures, I have good taste in men.  And third, some surprises are really pleasant.

While surfing around looking for genealogy information and concentrating on my ex husband's line since that is important for half of the children's lineage, I came across the picture above in response to one of the search terms.  As soon as I saw the bike's name, the light bulb lit up as I muttered, "It has to be his.".   I sent an email to the daughter with the picture attached and asked, "Did your dad build this.".  The answer back, "Yes, dad designed and built that bike about ten years ago."

So how did I know it had to be his?  The name of the bike is The Clifford Climax.

22 May 2010

Bucket List Revision

One item made my Bucket List from the instant I heard that it was being built:  Attend a Shakespeare play at the recreated Globe Theater in London.  I love Shakespeare.  I love theater.  I've always wanted to go to London.  That makes it an automatic something to do.  It was easy to envision sitting in the ring or at worst cheering with the groundlings.  Now I have found the ultimate bells and whistles way to join the Lords and Ladies of the Court.  Move over Lizzie I.  He may have written the plays for you, but I'm all for doing the Globe in style. 

Requirements:  Round trip airfare & hotel.  Nine of my dearest friends (they can pay their own way) or complete strangers picked up off the street to make up a party of ten.  A mere £1,870 + gratuities.  (Round it all off to say $3,500 for the night).  Now what do you get for about $350 per person:
■Private seated box
■Theatre information pack with play synopsis with tickets

■Three-course meal in the Brasserie

■Champagne and petits fours

■Theatre programmes

■Knee blankets

Suggested Itinerary:

6.00pm: You and your guests arrive at the Globe’s Brasserie where you are greeted by a dedicated host and offered your first glass of champagne.

6.15pm: Your party enjoys a three-course seated meal with wine in the Brasserie.

7.15pm: Your party is escorted up to your private Gentlemen’s Room where you can enjoy further champagne.

7.30pm: Performance begins.

Interval: Further drinks and petits fours served in your box.

Most of the time being a member of the jet set just strikes me as an awful bore, but this is one of those things where I really wouldn't mind having chosen the right parents in order to become a trust fund baby.  Oh well, I do have David Tennant's Hamlet recorded.  A good bottle of champagne will set me back about $40, and a baker uncle taught me how to make petit fours .... and I can brush up my Shakespeare to do it all in my jammies.

21 May 2010

5 On Friday - Crimes of the Heart

Our buddy Travis of Trav's Thoughts has created a wonderful meme called "5 on Friday". The rules are simple:

1. Grab the banner, make your post title Five on Friday, and be sure to link back here.
2. Go to Playlist.com to make your play list of five songs. You may choose a particular theme to share with us, or post random tunes if that's your vibe for the day. You can simply post the play list, or you can add a little summary about what you are sharing.
2a. Don't feel restricted by the tracks listed on Playlist.com. You're welcome to use any type of media to share your Sets.
3. Be sure to sign Mr Linky so everyone can visit your Set.
4. No tags, but feel free to invite your friends to play along if they need a post topic on a Friday.

Unfortunately, Playlist failed me again .... How can they not have a single song by Amanda McBroom.  I hope it is a matter of copywrite because otherwise they are NUTS!  I assume everyone and their cousin knows of Bette Midler's version of "The Rose".  Then there is Barbara Cook on her Live From London CD singing several of Amanda's best. My favorites on that CD: Make Me A Kite, Sweet Dreams, and Ship In A Bottle.

I'll kick this off with the Title Song.  The ladies are meeting for cocktails and the over 40 is confiding about her newest love:  Crimes of the Heart

Amanda at her empowered if once disillusioned womanly best with "I Loved"

Daddy's and daughters do have their problems. This is her composition about her B +++ actor father and the toll his career took on their relationship:   Errol Flynn  (There is a lot of truth here even if you daddy wasn't an actor).

Near the beginning of her career, Amanda McBroom was in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in New York. Here she is with Brel's "Chanson De Vieux Amants".

Lest you think she is all tears and angst, I'll close the set with her comedic, "Martha"

It almost doesn't matter which of her CDs you buy or songs you download from ITunes.  Something about Amanda McBroom will stay with you.

17 May 2010

The Queen's Meme #37 - Under The Covers

Her majesty is under the weather, but has risen from her bed of pain to post the latest Queen's Meme while granting a temporary pardon to the dungeon denizens.  To join in on the fun head on over to the Queen's Meme for instruction and sign in.

1. Name 2 things you have done under the covers in the last week.

     I may have kissed my pillow.  It looked awfully happy this morning.

2. Do you know what a woobie is? Do you have a special one?

     Mine was "The Tickle Blanket".  It must be around here somewhere.

3. What prompts you to pull the covers over your head and hide from the world?

     Too much running around.  It gangs up on me and I need to hide away from people.

4. Firm or soft?
     Hard, hard, hard or did you mean the mattress?

5. Silk or flannel?


6. Lights on or off?


7. Fan or no air?

    Window slightly open for air. (Don't worry, they lock in that position)

8. Completely dark or nite light?


9. Windows open or shut

     Oops answered this one earlier - Open

10. Sweet dreams or nightmares?

     Sweet dreams.  Since I put myself to sleep with meditation, almost never have a bad dream.

11. PJ's or……

     Another one where I jumped the gun.  Wear nothing unless it is really really cold, then PJ's

12. Set bedtime?

     Between 9 and 10 unless going to the theater.

13. What do sheep count when they can't sleep?

     10 Lords a Leaping

14. What does your alarm clock sound like?

     I don't know.  I've never used it.  Wake up automatically between 4 and 5.

15. White noise or music

     Used to be music, but now silence.

16. TV or IPod?

     I'm addicted to my IPod, but use both during the day. 

17. Can you recall a pleasant dream you'd like to share?

     I love ones where I can go flying.

18. Under the covers or outside the covers

     I don't have a beard

19. Insomniac or sleep angel?

     Go to sleep easy, wake up easy

20. What is your favorite sleep aid for those tossin' and turnin' nights?

     Almost never happens, but if it does:  Calcium, Melatonin, and Sleepy Time Tea

21. Morning person or night person

     Normally morning person unless living alone then both with a nap during the day.

22. Bedtime snack?

     No never.  Bad idea if you really want to sleep

23. Hot or cold room


24. Bedtime ritual?

     Yoga stretches, hop in bed, out like the lights

25. Twin, Queen, King, Bunk or Futon


26. Socks or naked feet


27. Bedroom door locked or unlocked?

28. Tent or hotel room

     Both depending on destination

29. If you could be bored to sleep, what would bore you?

     Politicians reciting talking points

30. Prayers or mantra?


31. What was the worst nightmare you ever had?

     Trapped in burning building

32. Please share any ideas on how to stop a person from snoring.

I'm all ears.

     First go the medical route.  Do you have a deviated septum.  Have sleep study done.  Do you need oxygen during the night.  Sometimes just the breathe right strips are enough.  There are chin straps that can hold you mouth shut and forcing you to breath through your nose. 

33. If one purely pleasant thought could ensure fast and sound deep sleep for you every night, what would your one thought be?

     I mentally say goodnight to everyone I have ever loved.

34. How many hours do you normally sleep?

      Between six and seven hours.  Wish I could sleep longer, but that's it.

35. Thunderstorms or quiet starry night?

     I love thunderstorms, but stay away to enjoy them.  For sleeping:  Twinkle twinkle litte stars.

36. Warm bath or hot shower?

     Both:  Shower first then soak for awhile.

37. What is the craziest thing that ever happened in your bed?

     Oh I already told the leaking ceiling story.

38. Name a song you could fall asleep to.
      Norwegian Wood

39. Who last told you a bedtime story?

My mother when I was four.  She would recite poems with my favorite being Wynkin, Blynkin, and Nod and ended with a kiss on each eyelid and a kiss on the forehead with the last line.

16 May 2010

Get Over It

This week's Take This Tune is the Eagles "Get Over It".  That choice was semi inspired by Willie Nelson's, There's Nothing I can Do About It Now., and both were chosen as a reflection on life that is summed up with some version of "Stuff Happens".  I am the first to admit that I have no patience with "No Whine served before its time". Give me a break. Do you want to compare horror stories? Sorry about that I win and what's more I don't care that I won. If we ever get into a game of "Truth or Dare", you may know all. In the mean time, I live by my motto of "It's never tooo late to have a happy childhood!" and I've been giggling ever since adopting that as a way of life. Bring on the swings and jungle gyms..

There is one type of TV show that I will not watch from the instant someone starts whinging and whining about some injustice, slight, or tragedy ... not because I'm unsympathetic with trials and tribulations, but because I know that hanging on to the baggage is harder on you than it will ever be on anyone who may have done you wrong.  Now if it is regret over something you have done, take responsibility, then make amends as well as you can.  Clean up as much of the spilled milk as possibile and then try your best to learn from the error of your ways while finding some new sin to commit rather than repeating yourself.

With two disasters happening recently with the flood in Tennessee that wiped out the homes and history of thousands of people and musicians and the British Petroleum oil spew, it is easy to see the difference.  In Tennessee people were helping people clean up while the famous got together for a telethon to provide as much money and support as possible.  Some tears but no whine.  Just rolling up their sleeves and getting it done.  Then there were the gazillionaire BP execs pointing fingers at anybody and everybody they could name and whining about why it wasn't their fault and why is everyone so mad at them, just look at all the oil they produced before things went very very wrong and why should they pay more than "all legitimate claims".  My attitude towards them is not only should they be paying reparations for decades, but that they should consider themselves lucky if they don't end up behind bars.

Maybe they need to take a lesson from Warren Zevon on how to face up to horrible and laugh about it because life isn't for sissies.  It was included on his last album, "Enjoy Every Sandwich", while he knew he was dying from Mesothelioma. and still laughing by including "Poor Pitiful Me"

14 May 2010

Five on Friday - Up In One

Peter Allen

Our buddy Travis of Trav's Thoughts has created a wonderful meme called "5 on Friday".  The rules are simple:

1. Grab the banner, make your post title Five on Friday, and be sure to link back here.

2. Go to Playlist.com to make your play list of five songs. You may choose a particular theme to share with us, or post random tunes if that's your vibe for the day. You can simply post the play list, or you can add a little summary about what you are sharing.

2a. Don't feel restricted by the tracks listed on Playlist.com. You're welcome to use any type of media to share your Sets.

3. Be sure to sign Mr Linky so everyone can visit your Set.

4. No tags, but feel free to invite your friends to play along if they need a post topic on a Friday.


In 1980, I had the pleasure of seeing Peter Allen perform live in his  show, "Up In One" in Los Angeles.  If you are not familiar with the term, "Up In One" refers to the star being forward in a single spotlight.  That was where Allen always wanted to be and where he seemed most at home.   It was an interesting evening given that a large percentage of the attendees were truly celebrating being Gay and taking the rest of us along for the ride.  With Allen up on stage and that group of admirers, break out your maracas because  flamboyant was an understatement.  He kept perfect control of an unusually wild and appreciative audience, and throughout the show, my date kept leaning over and saying, "He wrote that?" .... "He wrote that?" ... "He wrote that?"

As hard as it is for me to believe, many people at the time simply didn't know the name of the creator of the music even though many of the songs had become huge hits sung by virtually every major vocalist of the late '70s simply because his career was so New York and International rather than on radio and TV.   Thanks to the musical, The Boy From Oz, Allen may actually be better known now than he was alive.  He was an amazing showman and we lost this huge talent to AIDS way too young, but fortunately we have the music.

The only real problem I had was that Playlist.com failed me completely, and You Tube had the popular songs of the period but few of the intensely personal and beautiful songs such as "Where The Sun Never Shines" or "5 O'Clock In LA", so you might want to visit ITunes to get a true feel of the breadth of his work.

I'd Rather Leave While I'm In Love - Rita Coolidge

Don't Cry Out Loud - Melissa Manchester

One Step Over The Borderline - Peter Allen

I Go To Rio - Muppets

The autobiographical "Tenterfield Saddler" sung first by Hugh Jackman and then Peter Allen

Hugh Jackman as Peter Allen
Boy From Oz

12 May 2010

Lazarus Effect - Forty Cents

What a very little money will buy. Good message if you haven't seen the video before.

10 May 2010

Lena Horne - A Woman For All Ages

June 30, 1917 – May 9, 2010)

The Bear's Going Down

This week's Take This Tune is Mark Knopfler's biographical tribute  "Song For Sonny Liston".  I had never heard it until finding it as one of the songs on an album purchased recently.  Boxing has never had a particular appeal, but I remembered the 1964 and 1965 fights simply because of all the publicity around them.  Sonny was the champ.  While people admired the sheer strength and brutality of the man, they didn't like Sonny.  It was a time when boxing was trying to clean up its image.  Sonny's rumored mob connections and flamboyant lifestyle marked him as just the type no one wanted at the top.  Cassius Clay (eventually Muhammad Ali) became the top contender for Sonny Liston's title. He had been the lightweight Olympic Gold Medalist and had wracked up an impressive record professionally.

Clay was not widely expected to win. The fight was scheduled for February 25, 1964 in Miami, Florida.  The promoter, Bill Faversham, was concerned about Clay's association with Malcolm X.  Faversham convinced Clay not to announce his conversion to Islam until after the fight to prevent a loss in ticket sales.  Still, no one expected the fresh faced younger man to defeat Sonny given Liston's overwhelming status as the favorite to win (7–1 odds) despite his bragging, and to Sonny infuriating, poetry recital at weigh in.

Float like a butterfly
Sting like a bee.
Your hands can't hit
What your eyes can't see.

When Sonny failed to return to the ring at the beginning of the seventh round, history was made and Clay was named champion with a TKO and the angry Bear was scheduled for a rematch.   The ending of the 1965 second fight remains one of the most controversial in boxing history.  The "phantom punch" never appeared to have landed yet Sonny went down in the first round and took longer than 10 seconds to stand.  As stated in the Wiki about the fight
There were claims that Liston had bet against himself and "took a dive" because he owed money to the Mafia. Others believe that he feared for his safety from Nation of Islam extremists who supported Ali. The latter theory was supported by Mark Kram's book Ghosts of Manila, which included an interview with Liston conducted years after the fight. Liston claimed to have intentionally lost because of his fear of retaliation from the Black Muslims. No independent substantiation of this claim has come to light.
The mystery over Liston's death in 1971 has never been resolved as his body was discovered several days after he died making cause of death difficult to determine as well as accusations of police cover up with their declaration of a drug overdose.  A friend of Liston's also told "Unsolved Mysteries" that Liston had been in a car accident a few weeks prior to his death. Liston was hospitalized with minor injuries, and received intravenous medicine. This is believed to be the source of the puncture wound that authorities found upon discovering Liston's body not the signs of drug addiction as no drug paraphernalia was found at the site despite and Sonny was known to be a heavy drinker but not a drug user given his fear of needles.

Whatever the true story, Sonny Liston, was a man who survived a hellish childhood, had a successful if brutal career, and may or may not have been murdered.  Knopfler's song brings all that feeling to life.

"Some day they're gonna write a Blues for fighters.
It'll just be for Slow guitar, soft trumpet and a bell."

09 May 2010

The Sisters

Happy Mothers Day

Love & Kisses
From The Cousins

Wanda, Janet, Claudia, Helen Jeanette, Frances, Beverly, Donna Ruth, & Duane

07 May 2010

Globe Trotting

It's been a while since I've done an "Only The Good" post for Shelly over at This Eclectic Life.  One of the things about being retired that hasn't been "good" is having less money to share with those who are in need.  One of my greatest pleasures has always been travel and going to or reading about other places and people.  In order to achieve two goals, I've made it a point to look for charities around the world where there is a great deal of bang for the buck.  Below are several that I have found where the amounts you give can be small but the totals really add up to make the best use of the funds as close to those in need as possible.

If you do nothing else, read about each one and keep them in mind when your circumstances might make it possible to get involved later.

Use Solar, Save Lives - provides solar lamps for villages in Kenya so that there is light once the sun goes down.

Charity Water - a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. 100% of public donations directly fund water projects.

Kiva - Micro Loans around the world to provide careers for those in poverty circumstances

Give A Goat - Gifts of livestock to provide food and income.

Shelter Box -  Provides housing and equipment in areas of crisis such as Haiti, China, and Sumatra earthquakes.

Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation - Help for families dealing with the crisis of a child's illness

5 ON FRIDAY - Fats Waller

Trav at Trav's Thoughts has a Five on Friday meme on his blog where you pick five songs to share with your friends. You can choose a theme or just pick random songs. Create a playlist at Playlist.com or use any type of media.

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I've limited this list to five of the most well known compositions and performances by Fats waller, but do yourself a favor and look for some of the more obscure pieces.  Here is a short bio on Waller for those not familiar with his work.

Broadway gave a fitting tribute to Waller with the musical "Ain't Misbehavin'". Here is the great Nell Carter singing Cash for your Trash

05 May 2010



Forever Hold Your Peace

Queen Mimi's most recent meme included the fact that the Speaker of the House of Commons doesn't speak. This isn't specifically true as the Speaker doesn't speak about issues but rather represents the whole of the Parliament. He or she has functions that would be similar to combining our Vice President breaking tie votes in the Senate with the Parliamentarian who rules on procedure plus speaking to the Crown on behalf of the whole of Parliament. As you can see we even got our office title Parliamentarian from Parliament.

Here is some basic historical and present form information:

The office was first held by Sir Peter de la Mare, knight for Herefordshire, in the 'Good Parliament' of 1376 when the Commons refused to grant the crown any new taxes until its grievances had been acknowledged.  Sir Peter acted as spokesman for the Commons as a whole, and the Commons was successful in the dispute.

De La Mare Coat of Arms

However: as soon as parliament was dissolved John of Gaunt, son of Edward III had Sir Peter imprisoned and the next speaker, elected in 1377, was Sir Thomas Hungerford, John of Gaunt's steward. He presided over what came to be known as the 'Bad Parliament' which reversed most of the gains of the previous year and introduced a 'poll-tax'.

John of Gaunt

Shakespeare was kinder to John of Gaunt than the above history might indicate he deserved.  In Richard II, old Will gives him a love poem to England that is still quoted in all sorts of circumstances today:
This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall,
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands,
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm this England....

The office of Speaker continued to be fought over by Crown and Commons for many centuries. In 1629, Speaker Finch took the king's line as he declared "I am not less the king's servant for being yours". In 1642 Speaker Lenthall placed the interests of the Commons to the fore, proclaiming "I have neither eyes to see, nor tongue to speak in this place, but as the House is pleased to direct me".

The Speaker today is expected to act as a non partisan in their actions as the presiding officer or spokesperson of the Commons. He or she rules on procedure, has the power to limit debate and to call members to speak, acting always to protect the interests of the House. Other functions are to maintain order, sign warrants of committal for contempt, reprimand members when necessary, and sign warrants for by-election writs. The Speaker doesn't vote unless a vote is tied.

Watching debates in the House of Commons can be great fun and my favorite of all the Speakers was Betty Boothroyd. the first and so far only woman to hold the positions.  Betty definitely wasn't silent.

Below is Betty giving the squabbling boys of the Commons a piece of her mind and speaking very forcibly.

03 May 2010

The Queen's Meme #36 ~ The Weird, Unusual and Amusing Meme

Queen Mimi of Bloggingham has produced another challenging meme.  To join in, click on the link for instructions.

Sometimes silly. Sometimes serious. Always fun!  Step out of the box.  Be creative.  Use your imagination.
No one's answers are quite like yours!

#36 The Weird, Unusual and Amusing Meme

The following statements are true. Your job is to explain why you think they are true. Just offer up your usual amusing quips! I'm betting we'll have some hysterical responses. Remember that somewhere somebody in the world needs to know these things and your tax dollars probably paid for the research that went into proving them true.

1. More people are killed by donkeys annually than are killed in plane crashes.

Donkeys are truly asses.

2. Donald Duck comics were banned in Finland because he doesn't wear pants.

They were worried he hadn't finish or flush

3. If you keep a Goldfish in the dark room, it will eventually turn white.

Everyone knows you need sunlight to make gold shine

4. The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar and England in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes. Why were they fighting in the first place?

England was sans a bar and zans had one.

5. Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

They are fanning their mascara.  Adam Lambert blinks four times as much.

6. The ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.

Holding liquor with left hand and doesn't want to spill any,

7. An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

Lives in Australia.  More to see than think about.

8. In England, the Speaker of The House is not allowed to speak.

The prime minister won't stop talking long enough to let it happen.

9. By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you cannot sink into quicksand.

But you could get a surprise from your significant other

10. On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily.

Thereby gifting their parents with a nice hefty settlement for baby's college costs.

12. The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
See that drill isn't all that scary now is it.

02 May 2010

The Things We Do For Love

This week's Take This Tune as suggested by Linda of Are We There Yet is "The Things We Do For Love" by 10 CC.  It is from their album Deceptive Bends whose cover is shown below.  This sent me off on a wild tangent.

The Deceptive Bends cover art immediately reminded me of The Creature From The Black Lagoon. and all the early 3D movies of the early 50s and as the fad faded all of the apocolyptic monster movies of the era.  Whoever the monster happened to be, they just couldn't seem to keep their hands off the leading lady. 

Robby the Robot of Forbidden Planet

Now Forbidden Planet was based on Shakespeare's "The Tempest" so naturally I leap frogged to a new movie currently getting ready for release.  The lead character Prospero will get a sex change and become Prospera with Dame Helen Mirren playing the role as directed by Julie Taymor.  During the filming in Hawaii, the cast took advantage of the surroundings and the 63 year old leading lady showed that she could still be something any self respecting monster would be glad to grab.

Does anyone have a way to dam the stream of consciousness?