17 September 2004
Things I learned this week
Convalescence has its drawbacks, but it did enable me to catch up on the world around me, so to speak. And here's some of what I discovered:
- John Kerry is doomed.
- Unless California moves now to cut auto emissions even further, thousands of San Franciscans will die by 2100.
- The Constutional amendment proposed by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), which would allow 20-year naturalized citizens to serve as President, is widely seen as a step to get California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger into the White House. However, it could just as easily work for Governor Jennifer Granholm of Michigan.
- It is apparently possible, almost, to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" to the tune of "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald." (I have lost the link to the source; if you know it, please advise.)
- Of the two major parties, the Republicans are generally seen as the more religious and/or sanctimonious. And the 2004 GOP platform invokes the name of God four times. The Democratic platform, however, has seven references to God.
- Even if you trade motor vehicles even up, with no money exchanged, Rhode Island will still charge you sales tax.
I feel so much brighter now.
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I think I heard Steinbrenner say something about cod liver oil, too.
And he said it last night.
Bullet item #4 was demonstrated on the air during the 1980s by one Bob Nathan, at the time part of the morning-drive team on KFBK radio in Sacramento. I've since taught the "Wreck" version to my wife.
And yes, some of the words do have to be dropped to make it fit.
As for bullet item #2, I'll bet even more San Franciscans will be dead by 2200. We gotta do sump'n!
That is true of most songs with the same meter.
Back in seminary, we often did familiar hymns to alternate tunes -- and often went to great lengths to find some "unauthorized" ones as well.
For example, try "Amazing Grace" to the tune of the theme from "Gilligan's Island".
The retro band Big Daddy specialized in that sort of thing, which is how I learned that "Yakety Yak" and "Help Me Make It Through The Night" were the same song.