Archive for March, 2009

Singing along with the radio
March 25, 2009

Have you ever been singing along to a song and realized that what you just belted out doesn’t make any sense?  Happens to me way more often than it should.  Either it’s the poor diction in pop songs or I just don’t listen closely.  (probably the latter; wouldn’t be the first time I’ve been accused of that)

Here are a few of my more notable mis-croonings

“My Kind of Lover”  (Billy Squier)
The chorus (and song title apparently) “My kind of lover”  sounds a lot like “My candelabra.”  Um, why would you sing about a lighting fixture?  Then again he’s the same one who sang “Stroke.”

“Carry On My Wayward Son”  (Kansas)
One day, while driving across the state, I was singing along and realized that that it made no sense to “carry on like an evil suspender.”  Er…I mean “carry on, nothing equals the splendor.”

“That’s All”  (Genesis)
I initially posted this one, because I always misquoted the chorus. “You turning me on, turning me off. Making me feel like I want to MUNCH. Living with you is putting me PHOOEY all of the time.”  Oops!  That should be “like I want too much” and “putting me through it all of the time.”  Munch and phooey in one chorus of a song?  Hey, I was a kid when this song came out.  However, I only realized the phooey part when I looked this up.  But I also just realized that I always thought the song title and oft repeated lyric was “That Song” not “That’s All.”

And one more, just because it still makes me laugh, courtesy of my law school buddy, RayRay.

“Rhythm Is Gonna Get You”  (Gloria Estefan)
After explaining my “munch” lyrics above, RayRay shared that as a child he thought the song warned that “Grimace is gonna get you.”  You know, that giant purple blob promoting fast food to kids was kinda scary.

So, what songs have you consistently mis-sung?

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Sunday’s spring
March 23, 2009

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This weekend I not only enjoyed a beautiful first weekend in spring, but I also got to enjoy a free admission to the local botanical gardens.  Here are some of the highlights of my visit after I browsed the new art exhibits inside.

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Freshness Fail
March 15, 2009

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Courtesy of Barbie and and the Canadian grocery store.  Apparently Loblaws A&P hasn’t fully thought through their new marketing campaign and its application to toilet plungers.  Fail.

Tuesday has sprung
March 10, 2009

Spring doesn’t officially start until next week, but today was starting to look a lot like spring.  And with temperatures hovering around the 80 degrees mark, the trees and flowers were forced to brighten my day.  And I needed it today.

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So, instead of fuming and going to class, I decided that it was better to go outside and enjoy the sun, and air, and pre-spring.

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So I took a long walk on the greenway to get fresh air and clear my head.  Before the temperatures drop again tomorrow.  Unfortunately, the greenway is more of a brownish-way right now.

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And at every bridge, these signs are posted that kinda make me want to be in an 80’s music video.  Or is that just me?

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My kind of day
March 4, 2009

I won’t deny it, I (proudly) have a bit of a reputation as the grammar police.  Well, turns out there is one day dedicated just to my nerdy enforcement.  (okay, maybe not just to mine)  Yay, I celebrate National Grammar Day everyday!

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If nothing else, check out the website.  There are recipes and directions to make a Grammartini.  Is this for real?  The Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar?  Is it just me or does that sound a little like “Derek Zoolander Center for Kids Who Can’t Read Good and Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too?”

March Movie Madness
March 3, 2009

I have often paid homage here to the brilliant entertainment value of Free Movie Mondays.  But this month is Free Movie March Madness!  Now, you not only get Free Movie Mondays, but there are Free Movie Wednesdays this month as well!

How, you ask?  Simple, just visit the Redbox blog every Wednesday in March and get a free code for another free movie!  It’s really that simple.  So, if you’re not really into the signing up and getting text messages thing for the free Mondays, just visit the blog on Wednesday to get your gratis-film on.  Frugal Sally strikes again.

Why not wine?
March 1, 2009

One of the most frequent things complaints I hear from people who move here from other states (besides the infernal summers) is the fact that you can’t buy wine in a grocery store.  Or any store other than a liquor store for that matter.  On a related note, yes people complain that you can’t buy liquor on Sundays, but we have blue laws and this is bible belt, and like the infernal summers, it’s something we can’t change and you just get used to it.

But we have been working on changing the wine in grocery stores issue.  And one group in particular has been working very hard on it.  Red, White, And Food is a group that is working on changing the law so you can purchase wine in Tennessee grocery stores.  I know it would simplify my life to purchase my supplies for dinner (including libations) all in one store, or to show up at a Sunday party with that ever-so-crucial nice bottle of wine that I forgot to pick up the night before when the liquor stores were actually open.  It’s a wonderful thing, in fact.  You can buy beer, but that’s not always the best gift to a Sunday afternoon house warming or girls’ night.  Why not wine?  That’s their slogan and I certainly hope it sticks.

March 2nd is the Red, White, And Food Blog Day, and I’m gladly participating.  So click over to their website and see what it’s all about.  Read the fact sheet.  Visit their blog.  Write a letter.  Join them.  Refer a friend.  Or send your support in some other way.  Why not wine?

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