January 22nd, 2007

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When I Was A Lad

This song got in my head while I was cleaning tonight... and it does remind me of Dubya, so what the heck, for those of you not familiar...

"When I Was A Lad"
H.M.S. Pinafore
Gilbert & Sullivan

When I was a lad I served a term
As office boy to an Attorney's firm.
I cleaned the windows and I swept the floor,
And I polished up the handle of the big front door.
I polished up that handle so carefullee
That now I am the Ruler of the Queen's Navee!

As office boy I made such a mark
That they gave me the post of a junior clerk.
I served the writs with a smile so bland,
And I copied all the letters in a big round hand.
I copied all the letters in a hand so free,
That now I am the Ruler of the Queen's Navee!

In serving writs I made such a name
That an articled clerk I soon became;
I wore clean collars and a brand-new suit
For the pass examination at the Institute.
That pass examination did so well for me,
That now I am the Ruler of the Queen's Navee!

Of legal knowledge I acquired such a grip
That they took me into the partnership.
And that junior partnership, I ween,
Was the only ship that I ever had seen.
But that kind of ship so suited me,
That now I am the ruler of the Queen's Navee!

I grew so rich that I was sent
By a pocket borough into Parliament.
I always voted at my party's call,
And I never thought of thinking for myself at all.
I thought so little, they rewarded me
By making me the Ruler of the Queen's Navee!

Now landsmen all, whoever you may be,
If you want to rise to the top of the tree,
If your soul isn't fettered to an office stool,
Be careful to be guided by this golden rule.
Stick close to your desks and never go to sea,
And you all may be rulers of the Queen's Navee!

Incidentally, growing up I think I saw this operetta at least three times, Pirates of Penzance also 2-3 times, and the Mikado a couple of times. Plus I used to borrow the records or CDs from the library over and over... to the point where I was like one of those people who know all the lines to Holy Grail.

Fun with Puns

Today's NYT crossword puzzle -- which I got 95% done, amazingly -- was full of hilariously bad puns. Then tonight I was cleaning my bedroom and, talking to myself, made some insane pun without even trying. Wish I could remember it, but because I can't, I'll repeat this one from a few years back:

I was at GTRI helping to set up a conference room for a baby shower or something. We were hanging streamers from the ceiling and my job was to hand the person hanging streamers as he needed it. We were doing well, so well I could not help but say, "I'm delivering high-speed streaming media." To which all occupants of the room groaned loudly.

My mom, who gave me a book called Pun Fun just about as soon as I could read, would be so pleased.
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So the other day I was watching The Further Adventures of Heidi, a bit of a joke Xmas present from Daniel, and realized that true to Daniel's teasing, I really *was* a little "Heidi" as a young girl. My mom and grandmother really went for that with me because I had thick blond hair. I remember being dressed up in gingham and checkered dresses, having my hair in braids, helping Oma clean her kitchen or bake cookies and then dancing to Strauss waltzes around her living room. Oma fed me sour cream and cream cheese as snacks. Heidi and Grandfather in that movie are just like me and Oma.

Another think that Oma liked to do with me? Make me into Shirley Temple. She couldn't do it in the 30s when my mom was little because Mom has very dark, straight brown hair, but she could do it with me because my hair was blond and I loved having it in curlers. So I'd run around with my hair in ringlets but could not tapdance.


I just had a terrific nap. It was kind of optional, as I was not falling-off-my-feet tired, but it was very refreshing, as a 2 1/2 hour nap should be!

And the dreams I had... whoah, whoah, whoah! It was long and complicated but the last bit I remember had to do with fussy produce vendors. It was something like they were new in the market and had all these complaints about the produce supply they were getting, like the collards were too "hairy." On the one hand, I was a little annoyed because vendors stock their own stuff, the market doesn't supply it, but on the other hand, I was happy somebody was showing some actual standards!
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I Got The Feelin'!

My James Brown: 20 All Time Greatest Hits CD came in the mail today. There is no possible way I can feel down. Should put this on my MP3 player for emergencies!
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    "Sex Machine" -James Brown
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