Jun 30, 2012

Best Michael Jackson songs radio forgot?

While trolling the interwebs, I came across an article listing the top 10 Michael songs radio rarely (if ever) plays (link at end of this post).  Here's my take on their list:

"Maybe Tomorrow" - I can see why radio forgot it. Sorry, not a fan of this one.

"I wanna be where you are" - I hear this every once in a while. It would be nice to hear more, but when you have an artist with the sheer volume of Jackson's output, some songs are going to take a back seat.

"She's out of my life" - Here, I agree fully. I love this song and wish it would be played more on the air.

"Can you feel it" - UGH. Sorry, but I think the Jacksons as a group got stuck in the 70's and never let go. I hate this song.

"Say, say, say" - Again, I agree. Why is this not played more on the air? I love it, and have several remix versions to keep me singing along.

"I just can't stop loving you" - Agreed. More airtime deserved for this one. This is one of his best ballad-esque songs ever.

"In the closet" - While I would like to hear it on the air more, it is not "safe" for radio to play this one. Then again, what is "safe" anymore? Alas, like George Michael's "I want your sex," "closet" will have to remain, er, in the closet.

"Who is it" - This is one catchy tune. I'd like to see more airplay here, too. Granted, most folks won't catch the lyrics, but who cares about that anyway? I didn't know half the lyrics of the songs I grew up listening to.

"Will you be there" - I like the song okay, but with all the other ballads, I can see why this has faded from the airwaves. I think it got some more airplay after Jennifer's rendition, but that didn't last long. It would be nice to hear every now and then.

"They don't care about us" - Oh, I would love to hear this come on the radio. I'm not sure I've ever heard it on air.

Whats your take?

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Jun 21, 2012

Not doing a good job. Well, I am on vacation...

I had planned to post on my blog every day during vacation to let my non-Facebook friends keep up with our happenings. I have thus far not been very good at that. Allow me to catch you up (there will be a flood of photos at the end of this post, thanks to the weirdness of the Blogger app).

Sunday, we spent the day at my Uncle Bill and Aunt Patty's house with friends, family, and food! We had a great time catching up, eating, playing pinball, eating, talking, eating, laughing, eating... You get the idea.

Monday, me, Shan, and the kids headed for Cleveland to watch the Indians play! Along the way, we stopped at Lucky's Cafe (if u go, get the mac n cheese. Period. Try the other stuff on your next visit, but start with the mac n cheese. Holy smokes!). We then drove around to the house featured in "A Christmas Story!" That was cool! Once we took a few pics, we headed to the Port of Cleveland to snap pics of Lake Erie and visit the Rock and Roll HOF!

The RRHOF is worth the trip and the admission fee. I loved it! Lots of memories, learning, and music!

After that, we found ourselves in a downpour as we headed to the game. We stood in the rain taking pictures in and around the stadium. I have a wonderful family to go through all that. The rain delayed the game by about ten minutes, so that was not bad! Our seats were covered under the overhear bleachers, so we were good either way. During the game, I met up with Jack, a fellow Indians card collector. I would venture to say that we are two of the single-largest individual Indians card collectors out there. Jack tried to find the woman that works for STO to interview us, but she was working elsewhere during the game. The Indians won the game in a great back-and-forth match-up against the Reds.

On Tuesday, we headed to Kennywood amusement park. Man, we had a blast! Tyler, Bill and I rode coasters. Everyone rode the Log Jammer. We all rode the Paratroopers (goes in circle in the air, Emily's favorite ride). The road race ride was closed for repair though. Bummer. But we found games to play, food to eat (if you go, you gotta get Potato Patch fries), and rides to ride! Watch out for Noah's Ark. It is more of a haunted house than anything else. Poor Emily has the wits scared out of her.

Wednesday, we headed for the Carnegie Science Center. We stopped at Red Robin for lunch beforehand! Good eats there. The Science Center was full of cool displays and almost everything was jnteractive and hands-on. We played the world's largest playable guitar, hung out with C3PO and R2D2 among other robots, watched fish play in a coral reef, toured a submarine, and sat in a diner during s 7.8 magnitude earthquake (er, simulated). Afterward, we chilled at my uncle's place and told stories about driving, getting lost, and having fun. It was a wonderful day!

Here are some pics from the past few days:

Jun 17, 2012

Henderson vacation Day 2

For those tagging along on this year's trip, yesterday was day two. We
crossed into Kentucky from Tennessee then into Ohio, West Virginia,
and ended the day at our hotel in Pittsburgh!

We haven't actually seen the Steel City yet, will probably catch a
glimpse on our way to today's family Father's Day cookout/get
together. My aunt says she expects 40 people or so! What a warm
welcome home!

We snapped lots of pics, so here are a few for you to enjoy:

Jun 15, 2012

Henderson vacation!

We are heading to Pittsburgh for vacation and to visit family. I am taking along all my Facebook friends with random, usually silly, photos, comments, and observations. For those not on FB, though, I wanted to share some random pics from our first day's adventures. The roughest part hit us around Nashville. We landed in rush hour traffic in the middle of a summer downpour!

Popped in Chicago

I recently took a trip with a colleague to Chicago.  We stayed far enough outside of town that we had to take the trains each day to get where we were going.  I had never ridden a mass transit train before. I was shocked they still use live conductors.  I was in 2012 and 1940 all at the same time.  I snapped a couple pics while I was there:

Jun 2, 2012

Well, since we're all eating each other, why not a parody? "People Eat People"

People Eat People
a parody based on "People Are People"

People eat people so why should it be
Your hand and eye should taste altogether awfully

So we're different colors
But it's all red when we bleed
And different people have different needs
It's obvious you ate me
Though I'm making this song
I know that I just met you
So do you like me well-done?

I can't understand
What makes a man
Eat another man
Help me understand

People eat people so why should it be
You like 'em fried with a side of jelly

Help me understand

Now you're punching and you're kicking
And you just can't get free
I was hoping I could have your toes fricasseed
So far I've eaten your face
But I'm sure with a twist
It'll just take a while to eat you
From your head to your wrist

I can't understand
What makes a man
Eat another man

Help me understand...

Jun 1, 2012

Distracted Driving - The Real Cause

(image from http://wheelwatcherpro.wordpress.com/safe-driving-blog/)

Experts say that technology has dramatically increased incidents of distracted driving.  I propose a different theory.  Come with me and I'll explain.

When I was a kid, "distracted driving" meant my Dad was straddled between the front and back seats trying to grab hold of one of us kids as we jumped around the back seat.  All the while, he drove the car with three fingers and one foot.  Now, THAT was distracted driving.

Of course, sometimes, food is involved with distracted driving.  For example, the youngin' in the back sat wants his or her chicken nuggets, so the parent has to try to hand fries, drinks, and nuggets back to the child while keeping the car between lines.  Spilling hot coffee?  Yes, while trying to soothe the kids, the driver sneaks a drink only to have the lid pop off and spill molten hot liquid into the lap.

Often, drivers are distracted by objects flying around the vehicle.  What kinds of objects? Papers, art projects, balls, yo-yos, action figures, siblings, shoes, used tissues...  These often originate from the rear of the vehicle.  Who is in the back? Usually, the children.

What about technology?  Drivers often have to deal with shuffling DVDs, changing music stations, connecting iPods, etc to keep the kiddos entertained, all while driving down the road.What about talking and/or texting?  How many times does that involve talking to/texting to/yelling at a child on the other end?

Do you see a common denominator here?  Children are the root of distracted driving.  It's a theory. I'm still ironing out the kinks.