September 07, 2008

Sunday Night Slamfest

Been a while since I just let the mouse and keyboard meander so let's see what we come up with. In the background Mott The Hoople is singing All The Young Dudes. I have always liked this song. I think that it was one of the first videos that I saw on MTV.

I feel like I have been through the wringer the last couple of weeks. In some ways it feels like I walked through a tunnel and came out into a world that I didn't recognize, but that is all too familiar.

Met a guy yesterday who has never seen Blazing Saddles. It is hard to believe that the guy has never seen Blazing Saddles. I suppose that it is clear that I kind of enjoy Blazing Saddles. So we spent a few moments reviewing movies. He has seen the Princess Bride, The Blues Brothers and Caddyshack. Reminds me that Tiger Woods showed that he has a decent sense of humor or maybe just likes a good payday.

My daughter asks me to play this video every day. And I do. It is a hell of a lot of fun to dance with her and I even sing along. She thinks that it is really funny that they sing "I want candy." Speaking of her I found out that she learned bits and pieces of Lou Reed's Walk on the Wild Side. Fortunately I confirmed that she doesn't know all of the lyrics. The kid is real good at singing Doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo.....

Her brother and his friends are in love with superheros and all things associated with it. Ben 10 is real big in this house. Lately he wants to know who I can beat up and how much I can lift. Fortunately the Numa Numa guy still distracts him. Ok, I still kind of like it too. It is hard not dance a little in the chair, but only if the room is empty.

I am reminded me of my maternal grandfather who would sing and dance to Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen, (the clip is from Swing Kids and has nothing to do with my grandfather, just like the movie).

Of course I have to mention my other grandfather who would sing Molly Malone. I can't hear it without smiling. I can still hear him say "I don't sing well, but I sing loud." He was a topic of conversation recently.

My oldest nephew spent some time going through some old pictures at my parent's house. There is a spot on a wall on which two pictures are hung. The first is a picture of my great-grandfather, grandfather, father and me at about two. Right next to it is the modern version with my grandfather, father, myself and my son, also around two years-old.

As I write this post iTunes has been running in the background, the songs a reminder that I wish that I could play an instrument. I don't just mean play, I mean PLAY. I'd want to be a master. Here is a snapshot of what I have been listening to:

Devil in Blue Dress- Mitch Ryder
Cherry Cherry- Neil Diamond
Closer To The Heart- Rush
Tom Sawyer-Rush
Hold On Loosely- .38 Special
Brothers In Arms- Dire Straits
Sir Duke- Stevie Wonder

Saw an article on CNN about a burglar who smacked a guy with a sausage. Can't tell you why but that cracks me up.

Flipping back to the big kid, we have an ongoing discussion about the Wii. His friends have one and he is desperate to get one. I have been dragging my feet, not the least of which is because I don't have the spare cash for it. I need to make a note not to let him read about my interest in Guitar Hero.

Ok, it is a bit after midnight so I should wrap this up. See you all in the A.M.


Rafi G said...

somebody never saw Blazing Saddles? Man, he does not know what he is missing!

The Misanthrope said...

Now that daughter is adult, she has asked why I let her listen to all those Rolling Stones songs because the lyrics promote drug use and sex? I asked a question in return, did you know that when you were singing and dancing to the songs? No she did not. And, she learned how to analyze or deconstruct a song or argument as we figured out what "Sympathy for the Devil" was about, skills that come in handy as she makes her way through law school.

I'll have my attorney with me next time I get hauled into court for blogging.

One Wink at a Time said...

Love this post, Jack. So much to comment on!
I know that wringer feeling well. Leaves me feeling, well... wrung.
Blazing Saddles is on my list of movies to re-watch, there are too many references that come up in everyday conversation that go over my head cause I've forgotten too much of it.
Remember Mickey Gilley and Johnny Lee? They were pretty famous country performers in the early '80s, I'd say. I watched Caddy Shack on their tour bus with The Urban Cowboy Band. Totally useless trivia, that is.
Loves me some Jake and Elwood!
Lou Reed, ditto.
I love to hear stories of your grandparents.
All excellent iTunes choices you posted.
Sausage and smack in the same sentence, let alone burglar, are hilarious.

Jack said...


I know, I told him.


Try not to get hauled in again. ;)


Mickey Gilley, there is a name I haven't heard in a while.