Bag of Randomness for Wednesday, August 28, 2019

  • My first three CDs, which I purchased all at the time time, were Wilson Phillips’ self-titled debut album, Bell Biv DeVoe’s debut album Poison, and Amy Grant’s Heart in Motion.
  • BoyGeeding had his first baseball practice of the season yesterday. The last time he played organized ball was two years ago in a Tball league. The boy is okay, but a little rusty, he could use some help from Tom Emanski and “Atlanta Braves superstar Fred McGriff”, whose instructional series is now available in its entirety on YouTube. I’m sure SportsCenter fan of the ’90s can quote the commercial from heart.
  • This was a pretty compelling read and the photos are something else – The Sarcophagus: Photographing the Most Radioactive Places in Chernobyl
    • I was taking advantage of the fact that in July of this year the French contractor transferred the Arch to its owner, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, and so I sought permission to enter and photograph this gigantic structure.
  • When Americans Dined (and Dated) in Cemeteries
    • But 150 years ago, parks were still a privilege for the upper-class in America, if they even existed at all. So folks flocked to the next best thing: the cemetery.
  • I watched Meatloaf’s epic music video I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That) recently with BoyGeeding in the room. He watched the whole thing without saying a word, and as soon as it finished he said, “Dad, I think I know what he means when he says ‘that’. I think he’s telling her he won’t go to jail for her.”
        • In case you are wondering what “that” actually it, well, it depends on the preceding lyric.
          • Each verse mentions two things that the man would do for love, followed by one thing that he will not do. The title phrase repetition reasserts that he “won’t do that.” Each mention of “that” is a reference to the particular promise that he made earlier in the same verse. The four things he says he will never do are:
            • “forget the way you feel right now”
            • “forgive myself if we don’t go all the way tonight”
            • “do it better than I do it with you”
            • “stop dreaming of you every night of my life”

            At the song’s conclusion, the woman predicts two things that he will do: “You’ll see that it’s time to move on”, and “You’ll be screwing around.” To both of these, the male emphatically responds, “I won’t do that!”

        • The vocals don’t begin until the one minute and fifty seconds of the song.
  • Surely, surely this will bring a smile to your face.
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