Bringing Elton Back

Elton John, “Madman across the Water”
Justin Timberlake, “What Goes Around”

I’d say this is one of the more subtle ripoffs, but the more I listen, the more I hear it. Elton is worthy of ripping off, and Justin made a better choice than what you’d expect from the Mouseketeer. But all in all, I still think music might be the weakest of Justin’s talents. I just don’t get the music from him. He’s funny. He can dance. And he’s got that charisma that just makes people forgive him for whatever shlock he puts on a record . . . as opposed to Sir Elton who gets away with everything about himself because his music is that good.

Anyway, check out the ripoff and see what you think.

Oh No You Didn’t

Okay, it’s been awhile, but the “As Bad As Brian” comparisons are below the belt. The truth is, I’ve really enjoyed the summer blog break. I can’t promise that I’ll resume full tilt, as I’m trying to maintain some semblance of an “away from technology” rhythm.

The main reason I haven’t been on though is an absolute shock to me. Here in the sunshining, sweltering swing of summer, I have found myself free of routines. I’m routineless. None. Nada. zilch. It’s bizarre. I am a routine freak, as I’ve said before. But now, I’ve got nothing. Addison’s out of school. Heather’s off of work. Outside of church on Sunday, there are no more activities programmed into the schedule. I’ve had to resort to, gulp, planning my days on my own.

I don’t know if I’m happy about this or unsettled. I’m leaning toward happy.
Also, Colin is one year old. It is really hard to believe. His first year was jam packed with major life happenings, more than I ever really want to see crammed into one year again. But Colin has smiled through it all (except for the part about getting one-year molars). I think he’s going to be our keep-smiling kid, which you really need to have. I thank God for him and all the joy he brings to (and seems to receive from) every day of life.

July 18, 2008 question

I will tell you the name of the pitcher in “Who’s on First?” . . . Tomorrow. Why don’t you tell us now? I just did. When? Just now. Well tell us again! Okay, Tomorrow. Don’t tell us tomorrow! Why not, you just asked me to? We just want to know the name of the pitcher, so tel us today! That’s the catcher. Who’s the catcher? No, Who’s on first.

And so on. Here’s who knew:

Paul C (the C stands for Catching Today, Pitching Tomorrow)


Way to sift through the confusing pronouns! Of course, today you’ll have to solve the trivia mystery Batman style as we go from comedic duos to the Dynamic Duo. Here’s the question:

What was the true identity of Batman’s first Robin sidekick?

July 17, 2008 question

Stanley or Stan Laurel is the massively challenged (i.e. skinny) member of the Laurel & (Oliver) Hardy comedy team. Congratulations on another fine trivia performance from:

Paul C (the C stands for Chum)
Karen M (the M stands for Make ‘Em Laugh)
Heather M (the M stands for Make ‘Em Breakfast)
Steve J (the J stands for Jazzy Jeff)
Karen H (the H stands for Humorous Not Humongous)

Wow. That’s a whole lot of smarts. Let’s see who can maintain trivial supremacy as we move to yet another comedic duo. Here’s the question:

In the Abbott & Costello routine “Who’s on First?” what was the name of the pitcher? I mean, What was the name of the second baseman, but who was the pitcher? No, wait, Who was the first baseman. I don’t know . . . THIRD BASE. Anyway, fill in the blank. The pitcher’s name was ________?

July 16, 2008 question

I’m so sorry to keep you waiting for the lung-draining answer to Friday’s question. The past couple mornings have been rough . . . who gets a cold in the middle of July?

Anyway, that’s not important. What is important, nay, crucial, nay, trivial is that I give a threshing floor full of credit to Konrad, Maridee, Charles, Heidi, Karen M (the M stands for Mucho Longo Waito) and Karen H stands for Hors D’oeuvre Des Fibres) for knowing that bran is the fibrous hard outer shell of cereal grains. I’m sure they also knew that the germ is the tasty fiber-free part.

But we’re moving on. Instead of taking time to bask in the glow of trivial correctness, you want to challenge yourself once again, I’m sure, to new levels of brain activity and pointless recall. So here you go, the first in a series of famous duo trivia questions:

In the Laurel and Hardy comedy team, what was the first name of the skinny one?

July 11, 2008 question

After his first term as governor of Arkansas, Bill Clinton lost the 1980 gubernatorial election to Frank D. White, only to reclaim his spot in the Governor’s Mansion by winning the 1982 runoff and spending the next 10 years in that spot before moving into a bigger house. (And after he left office, Mike Huckabee became the Lt. Governor, then the Governor four years later.)

Steve J (the J stands for Just For The Record, Heidi, Bill Actually Won The Election To Become The Next Ronald McDonald) was the only winner and is currently moving his things into the Trivia Mansion. Hopefully he’ll have time to answer this question:

What is bran? Seriously, what is it?

July 10, 2008 question

Hillary Clinton was 45 when she became First Lady of the United States, but she was 31 when she first became First Lady . . . of Arkansas. And since everyone’s guesses ranged from 41 to 43, I don’t know whether to give credit to people closer to 45 or closer to 31. As a result, no credit! That’s right. I’m hurt that as a group you have tossed Ms. Clinton to the side of the road and forgotten all about her illustrious history as a lawmaker and mover & shaker in Arkansas. You’re all in time out.

Okay. Time out’s over. I hope you’ve learned your lesson, cuz here comes some more Clintonian trivia:

What was the last election that Bill Clinton lost?

July 9, 2008 question

Dana Torres is 41 and still one of the best swimmers in the world. By way of comparison, here’s today’s question:

How old was Hillary Clinton when she first became First Lady?

And here’s who knew about Dana’s age:

H. E. (H E stands for How Elderly?)
Steve J (the J stands for Joints Ache)
Karen M (the M stands for Making History)
Paul K (the K stands for Kicking, Still)
Heather M (the M stands for Man, I Feel Like A Woman)

Way to go. I said, WAY TO GO!

July 8, 2008 question

The theme to Sanford and Son was written and composed by Quincy Jones, the guy with more Grammy’s on his shelves than anyone else in history. Islem was the only one to get it right, although I’ll give partial credit to Karen H (the H stands for How Can I Not Give Credit For Somebody Quincy?).

Well, the Summer Olympics is just one month away, and I’m finding myself extremely excited for it. This is the first time son #1 will be old enough to really understand what is going on, and I think he’ll absolutely eat it up. It should be a slightly better influence on him than American Gladiators is. My only fear is that his favorite event will be javelin or the hammer throw.

So now I have a few topics for possible trivia questions . . . but I’m finally settled on this one:

How old is Dana Torres, slated to become the oldest American swimmer ever to compete in the Olympics?

July 7, 2008 question

Garfield died a few months after he was shot. His shooter, Charles Guiteau, died the following July. Here’s who knew:

Steve T (the T stands for The Fourth Rocks)
Nancy K (the K stands for Kid Rock)

Now, on to today’s trivia, which was revealed to me as by a dream. Except it wasn’t a dream, it was the closing credits to Hancock. Here’s the question:

Who wrote and performed, “Streetbeater,” also known as the theme to Sanford and Son, also known as the greatest wordless song ever?