3.2.1 Quote Me! — Good Health

09EDADA0-4EFE-478C-B498-4AA539CA7DCDSadje, at Keep It Alive, tagged me for this thing called “3.2.1 Quote Me!” I’m apparently supposed to:

  1. Thank the selector
  2. Post 2 quotes for the dedicated Topic of the Day (which is “Good Health”)
  3. Select 3 bloggers to take part in “3.2.1 Quote Me!”

Now I have to admit that I haven’t been following these 3.2.1 Quote Me! posts, So it’s quite possible that my two quotes could be duplicates of what others have posted. If that’s the case, I apologize.

So first to thank the blogger who selected me. Thank you Sadje.

Now here are my quotes on good health:

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Quote Number 2C461C653-AF4B-4835-B4F0-EFBD75D7FC17Alrighty then. It’s time to select 3 bloggers to do their own 3.2.1 Quote Me! posts. Are you ready?

I choose:

Have fun with this, you three.

Share Your World — Irony, Turkey, and Odd Smells

SYWMonday is Share Your World time and Melanie, from Sparks From a Combustible Mind, has, once again, posed her SYW questions.

What’s the most ironic thing you’ve ever witnessed?

Aside from just about everything Donald Trump says that is obviously laughable, like  “I’ve kept more promises than I made,” it would be seeing Trump’s loyal fans talking about how Trump supports the “little” people and how honest he is.43A7A463-FDE3-4D80-A722-F6AF25075D06

Let’s talk turkey. Pro or con? If pro, which part do you enjoy most? Is it for Thanksgiving (American Style any way) only?

Turkey is okay, so I’m neutral about it. I typically prefer white meat (the breast) to dark meat (the thigh or leg). No, it’s not necessarily just for Thanksgiving, but other than enjoying an occasional club sandwich, Thanksgiving is about the only time we roast a turkey.AF229211-5673-4B0A-948A-03EFD1E1AC3E

If you’d like, share one thing you wish you’d said to someone else, but now you’ll never have the chance.

“Don’t worry, be happy,” to my mother, who was a world class worrier. Of course, back in the day I may have given her plenty of things to worry about.

What odd smell do you really enjoy?

Have you ever walked by a commercial laundry and dry cleaning establishment and caught the smell of wet laundry drying in the drying machine? I love that smell. Well, you said “odd,” right?

Thankful November…share a story or time when someone did something really great for you. Alternatively, share your gratitude moments during this past week.

I am grateful that enough voters showed up at last Tuesday’s midterm elections to enable Democrats to take back the House of Representatives, which I hope will derail the Trump train…or at least slow it down.7671FF6E-15BE-475B-8317-AF584418FA3E

Parody of a President

In response to my one-word challenge, “parody,” Ruth wrote this excellent post in which she asked, “But how do you create a parody of a president who is already so wholly exaggerated in his bullish mannerisms and attitudes?” Great question.

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My personal notion of a parody is taking something or someone and exaggerating those little things that make them instantly recognisable, exposing and poking fun at their most common mannerisms and attitudes and in highlighting them in an over-the-top cartoonish caraciture of reality, holding them up for playful ridicule in a highly amusing way.

But how do you create a parody of a president who is already so wholly exaggerated in his bullish mannerisms and attitudes? How do you highlight as funny someone whose personal reality is so distorted that they live in a constant state of self-righteous delusion, especially when their perceived self-importance is channelled into playing out a truly important role they clearly have no real understanding of?

President Trump reminds me very much of the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland, in that:

‘The Queen had only one way of settling all difficulties, great or small…

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Weird Al

4AAE093D-B5F6-41E8-A5C5-EFC3A56825ECWeird Al Yankovic is one of my favorite performers. He takes popular songs and creates fantastic parody videos of those songs. One of his most popular is “Eat It,” a takeoff of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.”

But being the word nerd that I am, my favorite Weird Al parody is “Word Crimes,” his parody of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.”

So, for your enjoyment, “Word Crimes.”

Also, as a bonus, here’s “Eat It.”

What’s your favorite Weird Al Yankovic parody song? Maybe you can post it in the comments.

Written for my one-word challenge, “parody.”

Song Lyric Monday — Breakup Song

No, this isn’t a ripoff of Helen Vahdati’s popular Song Lyric Sunday prompt. Yesterday I was searching for something and I came across an old scrapbook that brought a flood of memories of my high school days. One page in particular was a feeble attempt to write the lyrics to a song.

Yes, at one point in the distant past I fancied myself to be a potential popular song lyricist. And what you see below is one of my early attempts at writing a song. I titled it “I’ve Got a Reason to Cry,” and it was to be sung in sort of a Del Shannon style along the lines of his hit song “Runaway.” Note that the words “CRY CRY CRY CRY CRY” in the chorus were intended to be sung in falsetto.26293467-57A8-44E7-AE05-3F2766B9B3F0The notation in my scrapbook indicated that I wrote the lyrics in September 1963, when I was still in high school. Another notation said “After Vicky broke up with me,” but even though she apparently devastated me at the time, damn if I can remember who Vicky was.

Just in case you can’t read the lyrics on the typed page, I’ll repeat them here.

She called me up at work one day
And she said that we were through
She said she didn’t love me anymore
But she didn’t wanna make me blue

Oh well now


I’ve got a reason to
I’ve got a reason to
I’ve got a reason to
But I don’t know why
No I don’t know why
Oh I don’t know why-y-y-y-y

She told me that she loved me
Least a dozen times just the other night
I need her, I want her, I love her so
She’s the only girl that I’d hold tight

Let me tell you now

[Repeat Chorus]

We were getting along so fine
And I guess I’ll know
Exactly who or what it was
That made her decide to go

Oh oh oh

[Repeat Chorus]

I guess I’m just a fool in love
But I’d take her back if I could
Even though she hurt me oh so bad
Her lovin’ was oh so good

People hear me talking now

[Repeat Chorus]

I don’t know why I’ve got a reason to cry
I’ve got a reason but I don’t know why


[Music Fade]

Hey, don’t judge me.