My Kind of Christmas Song 4

To continue with my Christmas songs I must say I had a bit of a hard time picking a song from the album this is from because there are many good songs there.

My husband actually ran across this band somewhere. Maybe Pandora. He really liked them and since we are always on the lookout for our kind of Christmas music we ordered theirs.

This group always reminds me of ES because this song is by the Squirrel Nut Zippers. It’s from their album Christmas Caravan. It goes waaaaay back to 1998.  The group is made up of a lot of different types of musicians and singers. Some songs are bluegrass-y others are big band type songs others are ballads. They consider themselves a swing revival band. Let’s listen shall we?

 

I like all kinds of music, swing included. If you can call this swing. The album Christmas Caravan is always a hit with us for Christmas.

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My Kind of Christmas Song 2

So I was talking about the songs I like to listen to at Christmas time. This is something I feel a bit more comfortable writing about.

This song is by one of my favorites again and it was released in 1996 by Weird Al Yankovic.  Al has two Christmas songs. The one I hear more is Christmas at Ground Zero. I never did understand why it seemed more popular. The Night Santa Went Crazy is great. It’s a parody of a song I don’t know if I ever heard. Black Gold by Soul Asylum. Ha I never knew it was a parody at all. Al writes some great original songs so I stupidly assumed this was one of them. Here is the original song. I had to look it up and no I have never heard it before.

I have liked Weird Al since about 1996 when his album Bad Hair Day came out. My son loved Al and so we listened to a lot of cassettes in my car and I just loved him. He. Is. Hilarious. I took the kids to see him in concert that year and I have gone to every show since.

Let’s get in the Christmas mood, well for some of us, with The Night Santa Went Crazy:

I used the cartoon video version because I didn’t find any I thought were better. Sorry about the ad. Just skip it after 4 sec. Here are the lyrics in case anyone would like to know about anything missed.

“The Night Santa Went Crazy” by Weird Al Yankovic

Down in the workshop all the elves were makin’ toys
For the good Gentile girls and the good Gentile boys
When the boss busted in, nearly scared ’em half to death
Had a rifle in his hands and cheap whiskey on his breath
From his beard to his boots he was covered with ammo
Like a big fat drunk disgruntled Yuletide Rambo
And he smiled as he said with a twinkle in his eye,
“Merry Christmas to all – now you’re all gonna die!”The night Santa went crazy
The night St. Nick went insane
Realized he’d been gettin’ a raw deal
Something finally must have snapped in his brainWell, the workshop is gone now, he decided to bomb it
Everywhere you’ll find pieces of Cupid and Comet
And he tied up his helpers and he held the elves hostage
And he ground up poor Rudolph into reindeer sausage
He got Dancer and Prancer with an old German Luger
And he slashed up Dasher just like Freddy Krueger
And he picked up a flamethrower and he barbequed Blitzen
And he took a big bite and said, “It tastes just like chicken!”

The night Santa went crazy
The night Kris Kringle went nuts
Now you can’t hardly walk around the North Pole
Without steppin’ in reindeer guts

There’s the National Guard and the F.B.I.
There’s a van from the Eyewitness News
And helicopters circlin’ ’round in the sky
And the bullets are flyin’, the body count’s risin’
And everyone’s dyin’ to know, oh Santa, why?
My my my my my my
You used to be such a jolly guy

Yes, Virginia, now Santa’s doin’ time
In a federal prison for his infamous crime
Hey, little friend, now don’t you cry no more tears
He’ll be out with good behavior in 700 more years
But now Vixen’s in therapy and Donner’s still nervous
And the elves all got jobs working for the postal service
And they say Mrs. Clause, she’s on the phone every night
With her lawyer negotiating the movie rights

They’re talkin’ bout – the night Santa went crazy
The night St. Nicholas flipped
Broke his back for some milk and cookies
Sounds to me like he was tired of gettin’ gypped

Wo, the night Santa went crazy
The night St. Nick went insane
Realized he’s gettin’ a raw deal
Something finally must have snapped in his brain
Wo, something finally must have snapped in his brain
Tell ya, something finally must have snapped… in his brain

I listen to this song year around. I mean it’s Al after all. His songs are so clever and funny I almost always laugh. I think he’s gone all digital now and don’t think he’s going to issue cds? Not sure, something I heard. So he can get his music out faster. I am old. I want LPs or cds!
Now this is the kind of Christmas song I like!

 

50 Little Things

I am taking the advice of Mer and doing a list today for fun. Might be harder than I think. I am going to attempt to list 50 little things about me. I know many of these may be things already known, but let’s see if I can find some new ones.

  1. I like Yoko Ono.
  2. Today is my husband’s birthday.
  3. I am studying Spanish on the Duolingo app.
  4. I have a banjo.
  5. I own a scooter I am going to ride as soon as it’s fixed.
  6. I know how to solder.
  7. I like Eminem.
  8. I live around the block from my childhood home.
  9. I collect old phones and radios.
  10. I do not like Journey.
  11. I am an amateur radio operator, licensed for 20 years.
  12. I am a Dudeist Priestess able to perform weddings, funerals, etc. 
  13. I love Shakespeare plays.
  14. I love almost all vegetables.
  15. I like to follow Cleveland baseball.
  16. Surprisingly, I like tv shows such as: Wagon Train, The Rifleman, and Gunsmoke.
  17. I am distantly related to Dave Mustaine of Megadeth.
  18. I like Metallica
  19. There is a picture of me wearing a dashiki in my high school year book. I  love colorful clothes.
  20. I used to be on a golf league. I LOVED it. I was a terrible player, but really enjoyed playing. 
  21. I was arrested at 18 for disorderly conduct. The police had to wake me up to arrest me…..
  22. I had my first child when I was 19. He is going to be 34 this year and is a great person. 
  23. My husband says I can’t whistle, but I can.  A little. Badly. For a very short time. hahahaha
  24. I have seen Weird Al in concert almost every year since 1996.
  25. I taught Sunday school in the early 90s.
  26. I like square dancing even though I never do it anymore. Since junior high.
  27. I was a competitive swimmer for 6 years.
  28. OMG How is it not on the top of the list?? I LOVE THE BEATLES! I was in discussion about Yoko today so she was on my mind first. But the BEATLES are IT.
  29. I  LOVE Frank Zappa. He is fantastic. I hadn’t felt love for a musician like this since the Beatles. The Beatles are always first, but then FRANK.
  30. I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan. I have all the clothes to dress up, three wands, of course all the books, regular and large print for when I am older. Anything I can get my hands on Harry Potter makes me happy.
  31. I have three brothers, one a year and a half older than I, one a year and a half younger and one seven years younger.
  32. I stopped smoking 2 years ago this May on my birthday. 
  33. I didn’t care for the movie The Revenant.
  34. I am very afraid of spiders. They can just go to hell. Or away from me. Either one is okay.
  35. I like to fish.
  36. I love to read. Duh
  37. I can change a tire.
  38. I am almost 53 years old and I do not dye my hair. I have a little gray hair but I earned it. I am not going to dye it. It’s short anyway. 
  39. I have been to Alaska.
  40. I do not carry a purse. I haven’t since 1994.
  41. We have a clock in every room, including the bathroom. Do you guys, too?
  42. We use 24 hour time on our digital clocks. 
  43. I do not like bananas.
  44. I love donuts, but don’t eat them because I can’t stop. 
  45. I like to crochet, knit, and cross stitch.
  46. I do not smoke crack.
  47. I watch MeTv with my husband almost every night after he gets home from work.
  48. I like sparkly stuff.
  49. I have the ashes of my last two kitties on my coffee table.
  50. I think this was a fun post for me. Thanks Mer!

CRIMSONOWL63

C is the first letter in all the names of my siblings, parents and me: Chuck, Chris, Curt, Charles, Colleen and Cheryl

Reading is one of my favorite ways to spend time.

It’s fun to try new things.

My new kitten, Harrison, sure makes me happy.

Seen some crazy things in my time.

Oh man, the cold weather is here to stay for awhile. 

Not a fan of Journey

Oy, I don’t like them.

Why did I mention them?

Let’s change the subject.

6 years ago many people said two thousand nine. Now many people say twenty fifteen. Two thousand fifteen sounds awkward to me.

times married is the charm. This time I have the right guy!

 

Shoes, Glorious Shoes

I bought four pairs of shoes today. Odd for me since I didn’t even own four pairs of shoes for most of my life. I was never into clothes or shoes. I was into T-shirts with pictures of concerts, music, baseball and football and jeans. That was about it. I might have one outfit for any event I might have to attend, which hopefully fit when it was needed. I felt two pairs of shoes were enough. Tennis shoes for everyday wear and some kind of black dress shoes for events were all I needed. Where I worked at the time had a casual dress code so jeans, T-shirt and tennis shoes were fine

A few years back, okay probably 10 years ago, some of my friends took me out to give me a makeover. They had decided I needed to have a more updated look and more than two pairs of shoes. I rejected their idea of me carrying a purse since I haven’t carried one since 1994 and wasn’t about to start again, but agreed to let them pick things out and even to try things on. I hate trying things on. Mostly because they never fit. Every store and every brand has different ideas about what women’s sizes are so my friends insisted on a trip to the dressing room after so many garments were picked out.

It was like torture. I was complaining after the fourth outfit. Nothing fit at the first store. We went all day from store to store to store collecting different parts for outfits. I thought I was going to pass out. I really don’t like shopping at stores.

This makeover did not last long and I went back to my regular T-shirts and jeans with tennis shoes.

I decided to work on losing weight last year and have lost 50 pounds so far. I was still wearing my clothes from my bigger size. I loved those concert T-shirts! Who cares if they are two sizes too large! My friends again began to encourage me to wear other types of clothes, too. One of them gave me an entire wardrobe of tops, shorts, pants and T-shirts that were not covered with a band, Harry Potter, the Beatles or anything like that.

I didn’t think any of these clothes would fit. I couldn’t accept my size difference after the weight loss. Once again my friend made me try everything on. I was amazed when almost all of it fit!

My tennis shoes all of a sudden just didn’t seem right with my new wardrobe. I first got a pair of black flats. Then some sandals; I now have three pair. One black, one beige and one white. I got a couple more pairs of flats, too. So many shoes!

Now I wear a mixed bag of things. I still wear my Zappa shirts, but not as often. I think this would be called dressing like a grown up. It still feels kind of strange. Things like Capri pants and I took forever to get along. They just felt too weird wearing them at first.

Somewhere along this path I found I enjoyed having more of a variety in the way of shoes. Today I bought four pairs at one time! I don’t feel guilty at all since all were on sale or clearance and were each under $20.

I haven’t gotten an EXPENSIVE taste in shoes. I’m a little too frugal still for that.

All I need now is a couple of pairs of boots for winter. Winter is Coming.

The Republicans are coming, the Republicans are coming!

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For a lot of us, summer means orange barrels and construction here and there throughout our cities. For those of us in Cleveland this year it means orange barrels EVERYWHERE.

The Republicans are coming to town. First it was the convention next year. Now it’s the debates this Thursday AND the convention next year.

It seems that every area of the city has decided to spruce itself up. The roads, the airport, the Q (aka Quicken Loans Arena) are all undergoing facelifts. It makes getting around a challenge. Our detours have detours at the moment.

My husband and I just traveled to Florida for a week. We had to get to the airport over two hours before our flight. The construction on the outside of the airport had spilled into the inside and there was now only one security line for everyone.  On our return home we remembered that there is only one exit open to get outside to meet my aunt who picked us up to take us home.

We made it home, of course.  I’m getting very tired of all the construction, however. And all because the Republicans are coming. I will be staying inside while they are loose about the city. I might accidentally run into one. I hope they bring a lot of their money and spend it downtown.

I think the barrels will come down for the few days around the debate. At least that will be nice.

Enjoy Cleveland, Republicans. I know my brother is thrilled you are here.

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Schoolhouse Rock

This morning, as I was finishing my second cup of coffee and browsing through my Facebook news feed, I came across an
article stating that ABC is showing a special of some of the most popular Schoolhouse Rock episodes. This special is on Sunday, September 7, at 7:00 pm.

My friend and I were chatting and I mentioned the article. We both started naming our favorite episodes. I always love the exclamation point episode!

I started thinking about the Preamble episode. You know the one. We all sang it in government or civics class. We the people, in order to form a more perfect union….

It’s a great message I think a lot of people need to remember about the common good and promoting the general welfare.

Anyway, off my soapbox, here is the Preamble, it’s fun to see how much of it we remember.