Thursday, August 21, 2008

More Friday (through Sunday) Randomocity

It’s finally the end of the week. NASCAR is at Bristol Motor Speedway under the lights and beef ribs are in the freezer. Before we start the randomness today though, I’d like to introduce you to the man on the left there. His name is Marty Robbins. A few of the visitor’s here had never heard of him when I mentioned him yesterday. I am aware that the picture does nothing to help you realize that you have indeed heard his work before, but I can’t figure out how to post a song on my blog and most of you would probably not appreciate my emailing you his most recognized song, El Paso. Perhaps I should sing it on my next podcast. Yep, that was a joke…

* Does anyone else find it odd that female Olympic runners wear what is practically a bikini bottom when running, but wear full body suits when they swim? Do you think they ever feel overdressed?

* When going to a completely unnecessary demonstration off work property for more than half a day, never, under any circumstance, say not one, but five times how you can’t believe you are getting paid for it, unless you are special and DO remember that your boss is standing right behind you.

* You know you are pretty much ‘over’ (as in done with, not being physical above your job, even though you may be above other employees, but not in the literal sense because then HR would have to be involved) your job situation when you actually look up and realize that you drove right past your office because you were grooving to a song that you liked. Some of you may prefer to call that (get out the air quotes in your best Chris Farley impersonation!) ‘not paying attention to driving’ or ‘unsafe driver’ or ‘should be uninsurable,’ but I call it ‘being in the zone musically.’

* I am officially taking up beach volleyball, marathoning, swimming, diving, javelin, hurdles and possibly gymnastics. I have no idea what’s come over me.

* Has anyone else had this experience- You have a song that seems like you’ve been hearing and singing along to your entire life (for me Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Downbound Train) but there is a little part somewhere in it that is basically unintelligible to an English speaker, so you just mumble that part, even though it completely renders the song meaningless? And then comes the day where you FINALLY see the real lyrics somewhere, but you have been mumbling it so long that you realize you will never be able to sing it correctly. Nope, hasn’t happened to me either.

* We have been busy decorating our coworker’s cubicles with every company promotional posterboard that is in our department. We have also been taking pictures of us standing in front of our accomplishments. There are two problems with this. We took pictures, which is like filming our crime and I realized in the middle of my redecorating giddiness today that mine is now the ONLY cubicle that hasn’t been done, which means now do I not only need to get in early to prevent my cube from being attacked, but I have to start staying late too. Damn. Double Damn!

* When our newest coworker heard that another of our coworkers was seeing Tom Petty tomorrow night, she responded by saying she thought Tom Petty was dead. Not wanting to create a riff with the newest employee, I explained to her that yes, Tom Petty was indeed dead after suffering a ‘free fall’ while parachuting and that our coworker was actually seeing the Tom Petty Tribute Group, Tom Pity and the Heartbrokers.


Hannah said...

That "Free Fall" thing was do damn funny.

Hannah said...

I have typo issues today. "So" not "Do". It's been a long week :)

Eva said...

I was at an outdoor concert tonight and the band played "Lyin' Eyes", by the Eagles. And this is THE SONG that I have sung incorrectly since birth. Behold: "You can't hide your lyin' eyes. And your smile IS UP IN THE SKIES." Wrong. To this day, I still find it difficult to sing it correctly.

Yesterday morning, I drove Boog and myself to my office, completely skipping the stop at his daycare where I am supposed to drop him off.

And I am in awe of your observation about the bikini runners vs. bodysuit swimmers. What an excellent point you have! And yes, it is incredibly odd!

Eva said...

p.s. Thanks again for visiting my blog the other day!

cmk said...

Not only do I know who Marty Robbins is--and probably could sing along with you to El Paso--but I also know who Ernest Tubbs and Jimmy Dickens are/were. Yes, I was held captive in a home that ONLY listened to country music while I was growing up. By the way, I have listened to the greatest hits of Slim Whitman--just so you know.

If you were ever interested, DOES list a bunch of song lyrics. I think they are a little heavy on the newer stuff. Lyrics World is a MUCH better place for older music.

You mean the Olympics are STILL going on? Good grief, I thought time dragged waiting for the hockey season to start, but I never expected the Olympics to drag on this long! They WILL be over before the start of the season, right? ;)

Patti said...

Good name for a Tom Petty Tribute Band, Michael!

That driving and not remembering where one is going only increases with age. I often start out and can't remember if I'm turning right or left onto the main road. In other words, where am I going again?

It's scary.

Patti said...

Oh, and I did know who Marty Robbins was.

meleah rebeccah said...

Im still laughing at the overdressed Olympic swimmers....

And Im really cracking up at the Chris Farley / reference.

Bennet Brauer was the name of that charcter. HA HA HA I have to get the REAL QUOTES out of my system:

Well, maybe I'm not "the norm". I'm not "camera friendly". I don't "wear clothes that fit me". I'm not a "heartbreaker". I haven't "had sex with a woman"; I don't know "how that works". I guess I don't "fall in line". I'm not "hygenic". I don't "wipe properly". I lack "style". I don't have "charisma" or "self esteem". I don't "own a toothbrush" or "let my scabs heal". I can't "reach all the parts of my body". When I sleep, I "sweat profusely".

But I guess the "powers that be" will keep signing my paycheck, at least until John and Jane Q. Viewer start to go for the remote so they can get back to watching commentators who don't "frighten children" and don't "eat their own dandruff" and don't "pop their white heads with a compass they used in highschool"."


Thanks for starting of fmy weekend on such a high note!

Employee No. 3699 said...

I haven't decorated a cubicle or chained a toilet seat to a chair in ages. Unfortunately, the people at my current place of employment don't have much of a sense of humor.

Hope your co-worker has fun seeing Tom Pity!

Have a great weekend, Michael.

magickat said...

The Olympics make me feel like I can take on any sport and make achievements!

But I will say - is there anything more wrong than watching the triathalon from your couch, critiquing the nations, while eating nachos and drinking a beer? So wrong, yet so so right.

JustRun said...

I think just about everyone has had a Springsteen song in their head for years. You don't really know why, but you don't really mind, either.

Also, the love of NASCAR that you don't try to deny just further proves my Long Lost Sibling theory.

Patti said...

Wouldn't it be spelled randomicity?

sari said...

OK I'm not going to go through every little thing that made me laugh about this post because it would pretty much just be recapping the whole post.

Let's just leave it at I'm laughing in agreement and have a good weekend!

Eva said...

Oh, and I forgot to ask you: Who's Tom Petty?

Selma said...

I used to mishear 'Bad Moon Rising.' I thought it was 'I see a bathroom rising.' Now that I have written it I see how insane I was to think that was the actual lyric. Poor Tom Pity. I think it was all that dragging his heart around that did it.

Ralph said...

If you take beach volleyball, can you even follow the ball in motion??

If you take up javelin, and were good at it, could you finally receive as an aim the respect of your co-workers?

Does this mean that your newest co-worker a 'Refuge' from the real
Tom Petty? Or is she a real 'American Girl'? Perhaps she 'Won't Back Down'

Stacey said...

Tom Petty's not dead, just old. After his SuperBowl half-time performance we starting calling his band Tom Petty and the Pacemakers.

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