October 1st, 2004


I am stunned

I just turned on VH1 Classics and saw a video of the Beach Boys singing "California Dreamin'." You know, all these years I've been thinking the Dead Milkmen made a mistake in "Punk Rock Girl," the third verse of which features these lyrics:

And someone played a Beach Boys song
On the jukebox
It was "California Dreamin'"
So we started screamin'
"On such a winter's day"

But now I find it was I who was mistaken. My world has been turned upside down.

Speaking of cover songs, I was inspired to change over to VH1 Classics when VH1 Mega Hits started playing that new Britney Spears cover of "My Prerogative." Man, what a terrible song. The Bobby Brown original was no prize pig, but the Spears version... oy with the poodles already. Britney, what did we do to make you want to punish us so?

  • Current Music
    Barnes and Barnes - "Fish Heads"
count, ten, 10-A

Ten random things: Reader Request Month, day 31

Ten acts of vengeance performed by Anyanka while she was a demon:

  1. Cursed an unfaithful shepherd whose wife had wished his sheep would lie with him
  2. Caused a man to fall in love with President McKinley
  3. Fomented the Russian Revolution
  4. Turned a Californian into a foul-smelling Frenchman
  5. Forced a man to cannibalize himself
  6. Transformed a young man into a Sluggoth demon
  7. Inflicted various putrefying diseases
  8. Summoned a Grimslaw demon that killed several members of Gamma Kappa Tau
  9. Changed history so that Buffy Summers never moved to Sunnydale
  10. Made a man's head explode

I have failed. pidgehuss wanted to see a list of people who are afraid of bunnies. And I tried to help her out, but I couldn't. I couldn't even think of a way to cheat, like I did when brooding_soul asked for a list that contained a non-existent bird. *sob* So I e-mailed her and explained my predicament, and she kindly made some alternate suggestions. I hope this is good enough, pidge!

  • Current Music
    The Dick Van Dyke Show - "Where You Been, Fassbinder?

Today at the fair

Geez, I'm exhausted tonight.  I spent the day at the Waterford Fair, working at my church's apple butter stand.  Making apple buttter in the traditional manner is a labor-intensive process; it has to be stirred constantly while it's on the fire, and when you're making 306 pints, it has to stay on the fire a long time.  I had to stand by the fire stirring for seven hours!  Well, it was more like 90 minutes, spaced out in 15- to 20-minute minute increments over seven hours.  Nevertheless, I'm always surprised by how much it tires me out.

At least it was a nice day.  Temps were up in the mid-70s, the humidity was low, the sun was shining, there was a light breeze… what's not to like?  Tomorrow is iffy; they're calling for showers early, with thunderstorms late in the day.  I'm not on apple butter duty tomorrow—I'm greeting at the church in the morning, then singing with the Loudoun Chorale in the afternoon—so I won't have to spend much time outside.  But the fair is always more fun with the crowds are large, and they're not likely to be so if it's raining.  Bah.  Sunday should be good, though.

I saw many people walking around Waterford today sporting Kerry/Edwards stickers and buttons, thanks to a clever exploitation of a loophole in the fair's rules.  The Waterford Foundation, which sponsors the fair, doesn't allow political booths, but the Loudoun County Democratic Committee's Catoctin District Chairman just happens to live in Waterford.  So he's just hanging around his yard all weekend giving away Kerry/Edwards stuff.  Heh.  I wonder if the Loudoun County GOP will find a Bush supported who lives in the village to do the same thing on Saturday and Sunday, because it appeared to be an extremely effective strategy; the ratio of Democratic political paraphernalia to Republican was approximately all of it to none.
  • Current Music
    Futurama - "Xmas Story"