Compartment3 - February 2004

Wednesday, February 25, 2004


Busy, busy, busy.  At home and work.  I know, I know.  You don't care.  Okay.  What else has been going on, you ask?

Well, for one thing, I've now gotten six free songs from Pepsi and Apple.  Diet Pepsi, or as I sometimes refer to it, sweet nectar of the gods is my drink at work.  It's just the thing for getting me through the work day.  And now, bonus!  Free songs.  The ads claim one in three is a winner, but my luck has been better: six of twelve.

I thought it would be interesting to post the songs I've downloaded through iTunes—which works pretty darn well, actually.  Okay, maybe it's not interesting to you, but it gives me, in my mind at least, a chance to travel back in time....  

Well back to the '80's anyway.  'Cause I'm old!  I'm now working with guys at work that were born in 1982!  Ouch!  Recently, I've been bit by the nostalgia bug and have been buying a bunch of those '80's compilation CD's you might see in Best Buy or at the Target, and have a lot of the songs I might have downloaded.

In 1983, She's A Beauty by The Tubes reached 53 on the Billboard Charts.  (iTunes provided this info.)  I can remember driving around Bowie in Hashimoto, my Dodge Colt, (that's another story) listening to this song.  I'm pretty sure the song made me think about one of the girls I worked with at Hardees.  I can't quite remember which girl it was, but man did she look good dressed in that brown and orange polyester.

My first serious girlfriend was a Chicago fan.  She gave me a 45 of You're the Inspiration.  I kept that record for years, until I got rid of it due to fears that one of my wives would find it.  (Not sure which one.)  The song I downloaded was Along Comes a Woman, which I like better.  It helped me realize, after I broke up with First Girlfriend, that there was a good possibility of Second Girlfriend.

I guess I was worried a lot about women back then—all these songs date from my late teens.  If I only knew then what I know now.  Would I be more or less worried?  Is She Really Going Out With Him? by Joe Jackson is a great song, especially the a capella version.  Every guy knows the feeling of that special girl who dated some schmuck instead of him.  This song still makes me think of a girl that I went to college with.  She was a great person, beautiful on the inside and out, as they say.  We were "just friends" while she dated a bunch of different guys.  I was mad at her when she finally wanted to date me.  What took her so long?  Would I just be another guy to her?  She wasn't just another girl to me.  I dated someone else instead.  That was twenty years ago.  A great song.

The other songs don't quite have the same memories involved.  Midnight Blue was just a good song, a solo hit from Lou Gramm, the frontman of Foreigner.  Remember when Phil Collins made hits instead of Disney movies?  Well he did.  I still enjoy listening to his duet with Philip Bailey, Easy Lover.  The last one I got was Hey Ya! by OutKast.  I really can't explain, but I like it, and this I know fo' sho'.

Musically yours.

Sunday, February 15, 2004

Family Picture

Another busy week both at home and work.  Time flies when you're having fun, doesn't it?  The Missus and I attended our nephew Aidan's second birthday in Fredneck, uh, I mean, Frederick, Maryland.  My sister's house and neighborhood are very nice, but on the trip there, we did see some elements of Fredneck-ism, like the guy in the pickup truck with the "FREE DICK RIDES" bumper-sticker.  How subtle.

Here's a picture of the Missus and I taken by Ray Flanagan.  Check out his website, for some pictures of the ever-cute birthday boy too.

Sunday, February 8, 2004

Family Links

My brother wrote an article for an informal Republican website called GOPNation.  Sean's article is called, "Will the Real John Kerry Please Stand Up?"  Check it out.

My dad sent along a link to a really neat Baltimore Sun website with pictures from the 1904 fire that devastated a portion of the city.  Dad assures me that he has no personal knowledge of this event.