Saturday, October 30, 2010

Memories from Massapequa

Some pix I took when my parents and I re-converged on Long Island (for the first time in thirty years) for my brother Andy's wedding to Angela.

The corner of our childhood

10 Tanwood Drive, Massapequa, NY 11758

Toby at Tackapausha


Jerry at White Castle

Adventureland on Route 110

Michael with his Mommy and Daddy

The Teger Men

The younger Teger Men although it's all relative now

Dancing with the Stars

Who knew?

Add Ava, Billy and Stephanie

Um - where's Lisa?

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Musical Moments from I Love Lucy: LP to MP3

Musical Moments from I Love Lucy was Desi Arnaz's last project before his death. The album was originally intended for mail order only so had a very limited pressing. It was released in 1982 to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the premiere of I Love Lucy

Desi introduces each cut. The performances are taken directly from the I Love Lucy television series soundtrack and will be most familiar to those who know the series well. Personally, I was pleased to hear Lucy tell us about the friends of the friendless and to imagine Lucy listening to Babalu as the Maharincess of Franistan.

The medley that closes side one is, as Ethel says when introducing another song on the recording, the pièce de résistance of this soundtrack. Desi pulled a performance of There's A Brand New Baby At Our House (a song he wrote when Lucie was born) from a radio broadcast and created a medley with We're Having a Baby, the song he wrote for Little Ricky/Desi, Jr. and sang on I Love Lucy. Seemingly, there is now a song for both of his children on this record. Here is the track listing.

Side One
  1. I Love Lucy Theme
  2. Cuban Pete & Sally Sweet
  3. El Cumbanchero
  4. Straw Hat Song
  5. Guadalajara
  6. Medley: There's A Brand New Baby In Our House/We're Having a Baby

Side Two
  1. I Love Lucy Theme
  2. We'll Build A Bungalow
  3. Granada
  4. Mama Inez
  5. Babalu
  6. I Love Lucy Theme - Vocal

I've ripped these tracks with a turntable and Audacity and compressed them into a ZIP. As a 21st century extra, I've added a ringtone of the I Love Lucy theme so you can love the redhead when you answer your phone. Download the ZIP by right-clicking the album name in the first sentence and saving.

Since I posted the MP3s for download four years ago, the tracks have become available on YouTube in four videos. The LP is recorded using a video camera as the record plays so you'll get the best audio quality by downloading the MP3 files here.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Megie Megie Megie: An ABBAesque Ode

Although I wrote the lyrics to refer specifically to Meg Whitman, her greed, and the $140 million she is spending to become California's next governor because she thinks she's great, the theme can refer to any of the politically-new and wealthy candidates who are using their own money because they will do such great things when in office: like removing the capital gains tax so they can keep more of their money, like extending the Bush tax cuts so they can keep more of their money, and making sure we have to cut funding to public schools and services.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Soylent Pink Is Chicken!

Although it looks like a pink Lock Ness Monster, the paste in this image is the meat scraped from chicken bones using a machine. After manual cutting, leftover chicken bones are passed under a high pressure blade to scrape them 100% clean of meat. This paste goes on to become the main ingredient in hot dogs, bologna, chicken nuggets, pepperoni, salami and jerky. (This is also done with turkey and pig bones although they stopped using beef bones when testing showed that parts of the bovine central nervous system - which is where Mad Cow germs are - ended up in the meat.)

I ain't typing anymore. For more information, see Fooducate...or not.