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What was 2007

There is this guy in Buffalo whose blog I read regularly. He does this quiz he got from somewhere every year. I’m trying it on, seeing if it fits.

Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

If I made any for 2007, I don’t remember. Usually, I try to avoid meetings and I failed at that, which made me verklempt at times.
For 2008, I’ll try to be more “in the moment” rather than “in my head”. Whatever that means.

Did anyone close to you give birth?

I think my friend and former co-worker Mary Beth had her daughter this year. Time sometimes is fuzzy.

Did anyone close to you die?
My wife’s Aunt Vera, who I liked. A couple people from church, John Scott and Elizabeth Naismith, the latter from the choir. But there were two people who died this year that I was once very close to, back in high school, but I hadn’t seen in over 15 years, John Kinsley and George Hasbrouck.

What countries did you visit?

Barely visited this one (USA).

What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?

More rest. An office with walls.

What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Don’t know. Posted every day in 2007. Can’t tell if that’s a good thing or not; I do know that it is fueled in no small part by the thought that if I were to stop for any appreciable time, I might not come back to it, and THAT would disappoint me greatly. Sometimes, I feel that just putting one foot in front of the other was a major achievement.

What was your biggest failure?

Not following through on a couple tasks.

What was the best thing you bought?

The thing that brought me most joy is a Billboard book of top pop albums.

Whose behavior merited celebration?

Bill Moyers, Dennis Kucinich, Keith Olbermann, David Kacyzinski, the New Jersey legislature for banning the death penalty, the New Hampshire legislature for allowing civil unions, the city of Charlotte, NC for starting light rail in the past couple months.

Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

W and Cheney; the wuss Democratic Congress, especially Nancy Pelosi, who took impeachment off the table, and Harry Reid, who decided that he wasn’t even going to call a vote unless he had 60 votes – hey, let the Republicans actually filibuster rather than yielding to the threat of one; the AMPTP a/k/a the TV moguls; anyone who, in believing that there’s no global warming, or that it’s naturally occurring, has decided that we can be as wasteful as ever – and a few cold days in a row is not proof that global warming is a myth; the Republican candidates for President, but especially Mitt Romney, who seems to be able to say just about anything to get elected – but lost in Iowa – ha!; the New York State legislature, inefficient as ever, and Governor Spitzer, who wasted precious political capital to no good end.

Where did most of your money go?

Mortgage, increased taxes, day care, gas and food. I’m convinced that food won’t be relatively cheap again for some time, if ever.

What did you get really excited about?

Other than my daughter’s development, not that much.

What song will always remind you of 2007?

“Old Dan Tucker” by Springsteen.

Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder?

Not happier.

Thinner or fatter?

Well, I lost some weight but gained most of it back. So thinner, but not much.

Richer or poorer?

I feel poorer. My wife does the budget, and things were definitely tighter. In addition to the other stuff that went up, the co-pays on my health insurance were bumped up. That extra $5 on each Rx or doctor’s visit added up.

What do you wish you’d done more of?

Reading, seeing movies, getting massages, sleeping.

What do you wish you’d done less of?

Well, I should have taken more days off from work for ME, not just family vacations, but Roger days.

How will you be spending Christmas?

Well, Christmas is past, but it was at our house for the first time since before we were married.

Did you fall in love in 2007?

There’s a Supremes song, “Keep falling in and out of love.” More with my wife and daughter and some people, less with some others.

How many one-night stands?

I KNEW there was something I forgot to do.

What was your favorite TV program?

Returning: The Office. New: Pushing Daisies.

Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

As I’ve said, quoting Lyle Lovett, “I love everybody. Especially you.”

What was the best book you read?

Undoubtedly, it was The Genius of Impeachment: The Founders’ Cure for Royalism by John Nichols.

What was your greatest musical discovery?

Greg Burgas threw some obscure Supremes song on a mixed CD; that hmay have been a couple years ago, but I’m still digging it. Tosy had a song done by Audra McDonald that I like. I’m loving my Lennon anthology.

What did you want and get?

A Hess truck – big wheels! World Almanac. Lennon, Starr, Springsteen, other music.

What did you want and not get?

A thriving federal and/or state government that responds to the people.

What were your favorite films of this year?

Requires a separate post, so I have time to figure out the paucity of films I actually saw in 2007.

What did you do on your birthday?

Took off from work, per usual.

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?


What kept you sane?

That assumes facts not in evidence. Assuming this is true: racquetball. Perhaps, the blog, and the people I know through it.

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Jenna Fischer (born March 7), Judd Apatow.

What political issue stirred you the most?

Oh, it varied. Probably the death penalty, though global warming was up there.

Who did you miss?

Mr. Rogers.

Who was the best new person you met?

There’s a couple folks in my work building who make a dreadful place slightly less so.

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007

There is no privacy. Sometimes bugging city hall DOES work. Collectively, the national Democrats are not as evil as the national Republicans, but they’re far more lame. Prayer works sometimes, so be careful what you ask for. A diet without ice cream is pointless. I am a tactile person (actually, I knew that last one already).

Quote a song lyric that sums up your year

In the clearing stands a boxer and a fighter by his trade,
And he carries the reminders of every glove that laid him down,
Or cut him ’til he cried out in his anger and his shame,
“I am leaving, I am leaving.”
But the fighter still remains, still remains.

So there’s always next year. Wait, this IS “next year”.
Mark Evanier was looking for this article in the New York Times which I couldn’t find. Because it was in the Wall
Street Journal
. Any librarian will tell you that happens a lot: a request for info with just one piece of the puzzle off.


Wacky Noodles and Other Things

The mom blogger quiz from MamaBlogga
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One of those quiz things from Jaquandor; some numbers were missing, and then I dropped two questions I’d answered before recently, while keeping a couple repeats I could answer differently.

1. You have $5 and need to buy snacks at a gas station. What do you buy?

It would depend how much water I’d already consumed – if enough for the day, probably get a cranberry juice. The rest is pure rationalization: fruit pie or fig bars, because they have fruit; light popcorn, pretzels or Snackwell cookies, because it could have been worse; a soft oatmeal raisin cookie, because it has oatmeal; and something chocolate, such as Mounds or M&Ms , because I’ve said, “Oh, to heck with it.”

2. If you were reincarnated as a sea creature, what would you want to be?


3. Who’s your favorite redhead?

I once had a very weird dream featuring Julianne Moore.

4. What do you order when you’re at IHOP?

Probably go to IHOP once a year, always on the road. Rooty Tooty Fresh and Fruity strawberry, because my wife likes the way I say it.

5. Last book you read?

The Genius of Impeachment.

6. Describe your favorite pair of underwear.

If by underwear, one counts T-shirts, then it’s this blue U.S. Congress one that my friend Mary gave me.

7. Describe the last time you were injured.

Crashed bike into a curb on Everett Road in Albany, described vividly here.

8. Rock concert or symphony?

It would depend. Have probably been to a near equal number of each.

9. What is the wallpaper of your mobile phone?

No idea.

11. Favorite drink?

Long Island iced tea. Haven’t drunk it in years. But this is wrong; it was served way before the late 1970s.

12. What type of top/teeshirt are you wearing?

As of this writing, one I got from the Red Cross.

13. If you could only use one form of transportation for the rest of your life what would it be?

The train, assuming that there is really light rail around here.

14. Most recent movie you’ve watched at the movies?

The Simpsons Movie.

16. What’s your favorite kind of cake?

Carrot cake. Usually have it once a year, on my birthday.

17. What did you have for dinner last night?

As of this writing: spinach quiche; I’m a real man.

18. Look to your right what do you see?

Books, some of my wife’s papers, a portable CD player, a garbage can.

19. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?

I could not tie my shoes until I was nine, so I only wore loafers. Which doesn’t answer the question, does it? Well, I’ve answered it before.

20. Favorite toy as a child?

A teddy bear, probably three feet tall.

21. Do you buy your own food?

Or my wife does.

22. Do you think people talk about you behind your back?

I encourage it. (“Did you hear what Roger just did?”)

23. When’s the last time you had a sour gummy worm?

A long time ago. Don’t like them.

24. What’s your favorite fruit?

Apples (especially Macs), pears, strawberries, blueberries.

25. Do you have a picture of yourself doing a cartwheel?


26. Have you ever eaten snow?

At least once every year.

27. What color are your bedsheets?

Right now, yellow.

28. What’s your mom’s favorite flower?

I’ll ask her.

29. Do you listen to classical music?


30. Do you have a wacky noodle?

My daughter has two, and she plays with them even when she’s not in the pool. One of these days, the noodle is literally going to hit the (ceiling) fan, and chaos will ensue.

31. Do you watch Spongebob?

When we first discovered it, quite often. Actually not much in the last three-and-a-half years, ironically.

32. Last food you ate?

Cheerios and Shredded Wheat.

33. Do people consider you intelligent?

Seriously, there are people who think I’m brilliant, just because I was on some game show.

35. Is your away message on?

No. You know what I hate? When I send a message to a listserv and I receive 37 out-of-office messages.

36. Have you ever tried gluing your fingers together?

Something to do NEXT lifetime.

37. What curse word do you use the most?

I really do try not to. It’s probably s***, although a****** is my favorite.

38. What time is your alarm clock set for?

5:30 on the weekdays; blame my wife.

42. What CD is currently in your CD player?

Actually nothing. I’m really into playing vinyl right now. That would be a Star Wars album, not the soundtrack, but the actual story, with scenes from the movie, narrated by the late Roscoe Lee Browne.

43. What movie do you know every line to?

Nada. But Annie Hall is probably the movie I know the most lines to. That or the Wizard of Oz.

46. Do you sleep in the same bed with your pets?

No pets.

47. Do you enjoy giving hugs?

And getting. Probably not getting nearly enough.

48. What part of your name do people mis-pronounce?

Occasionally, maybe to be funny, people say Rogger, sorta rhyming with Frogger.

50. If you were to become famous, would you drop your last name?

Nah, it’s too colorful.


A Couple Interrogatives

There was an article in the Wall Street Journal this week that I found quite disturbing, but true. Here’s the abstract:

Moving On: Are We Teaching Our Kids To Be Fearful of Men?
Jeffrey Zaslow. Wall Street Journal. (Eastern edition). New York, N.Y.: Aug 23, 2007. pg. D.1

When children get lost in a mall, they’re supposed to find a “low- risk adult” to help them. Guidelines issued by police departments and child-safety groups often encourage them to look for “a pregnant woman,” “a mother pushing a stroller” or “a grandmother.”

People assume that all men “have the potential for violence and sexual aggressiveness,” says Peter Stearns, a George Mason University professor who studies fear and anxiety. Kids end up viewing every male stranger “as a potential evildoer,” he says, and as a byproduct, “there’s an overconfidence in female virtues.”

TV shows, including the Dateline NBC series “To Catch a Predator,” hype stories about male abusers. Now social-service agencies are also using controversial tactics to spread the word about abuse. This summer, Virginia’s Department of Health mounted an ad campaign for its sex-abuse hotline. Billboards featured photos of a man holding a child’s hand. The caption: “It doesn’t feel right when I see them together.”

So, as the article notes: The implied message: Men, even dads pushing strollers, are “high-risk.” “Very sad” doesn’t begin to cover it. What are your thoughts? Anyone wanting the whole article, please let me know.
On a much lighter note, Jaquandor tagged me with 7 Things, but added a twist; one of these is false. Which one?

1. I had a nosebleed so bad that I was hospitalized.

2. I enjoy sushi.

3. I’ve talked with a Supreme Court justice.

4. I was terrible as a percussionist in my junior high school orchestra.

5. One of my favorite books is “Growing Up” by Russell Baker.

6. I’m cited in two books.

7. I’ve never read, never even started, the Lord of the Rings trilogy.


My Fortune Cookie told me:
You will risk becoming eternally dependent upon misguided bishops.
Get a cookie from Miss Fortune

Amazon has on sale a Mel Brooks box set. It features one of my favorite films of all time, Young Frankenstein, and one of my least favorite movies of all time, History of the World, Part 1.
I own only about a half dozen Lyle Lovett albums. He has a new one, which he describes here.
I thought there were only eight candidates running for the Democratic nomination for President. I was wrong.
Oh, yeah: according to my previous poll question, 13 of you have already seen the Simpsons movie, 3 will in theaters, 3 will on DVD.
Albanians: listen to WMHT-FM (89.7) tomorrow, Sunday, Aug. 26 at 6:00 p.m. — they are broadcasting Albany Pro Musica’s ‘s March 2007 concert, “From Holocaust to Hope.”


I Have Been Tosyed AND Coshed

“Here you are Roger,” said Tosy and Cosh. Questions carefully crafted for my consumption.

1. Which of your daughter’s innumerable wondrous traits and abilities makes you smile the most?

Her desire to be helpful. It’ll serve her well in life for her to be outwardly thinking. That picture of her bringing the newspaper from last week – she does that all the time, even the heavy Sunday version; this week, she helped with the garbage.

2. Where stand you on the question of libraries filtering the Internet on their public computers, to protect kids?

I prefer actual people doing it. So many of those software programs filter useful information: BREAST cancer, SEX education, ASS (as in donkey)…well, you get the idea. (Hey, if I put those words in my labels, what bizarro traffic will I get?)

3. You must (not can, but are forced to) eliminate one musical genre from the face of the earth. Which is it?

I don’t really hate it, but I heard way too much of it growing up in Binghamton, NY. So, reluctantly, it’d have to be polka music.

4. Who is the most underrated actor working today?

I never know how to answer that question, because its definition is so sketchy.
The first person who came to mind was Tobey Maguire, who had a good, varied career, but will probably be best best known as a human arachnid.
But I guess I’ll say Jeffrey Wright on the theory that anyone who’s primarily a stage actor will be largely overlooked by the general public. I’ve liked him in everything I’ve seen him in: “Basquiat”, “Broken Flowers”, “The Manchurian Candidate” remake, and the TV version of “Angels in America”.

5. What job do you wish you had?

I heard about a job just this week in the MPAA library that I’d love. Of course, that would mean moving across the country. I’d like to write questions for JEOPARDY!, but that’s on the other coast as well. More likely, working at the Baseball Hall of Fame. However, if Gladys Knight needs another Pip, I’m there.

Oh, and I’m supposed to offer to do questions for your blogs again.
When Jaquandor was busy dissing Albany, more or less at my request, he did say nice things about the band Hair of the Dog. In this Times Union article, Rick Bedrosian, the founding bassist of Hair of the Dog, “the popular Irish band that has been packing houses around the Capital Region and beyond for 15 years” is asked five questions. He is leading a Magical Mystery Tour of Beatles’ historical sites November 10-16; it costs around $2K. He also has a movie podcast that I think is worth listening to, and I discovered he used to go out with the ubiquitous Rachael Ray, and still thinks of her fondly.


I AM the Iron Lady

Dennis, are you at the gin again?
Which Annoying B-list Celebrity Are You?
Brought to you by Rum and Monkey.

It’s the librarian in me. Cartoonist Doug Marlette died recently, but he’s not showing up in Dead or Alive. The Pulitzer Prize winner was as least as significant as Kerwin Mathews, who “starred in the movie ‘The 7th Voyage of Sinbad’ and “had other swashbuckling film roles in the 1950s and 1960s”, who died on July 5; or Claudia Cohen, the “high-profile gossip reporter often seen on ‘Live with Regis & Kelly'”, who passed away on June 15. So, I’ve submitted Marlette’s name, so far unsuccessfully. Maybe if enough folks do it, they’ll change their minds. They’ve done it before with singer Ruth Brown, who they initially ignored.
In this worrisome article, an argument against the (mere) censure of the President suggested by Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) is made, whereas this piece says that censure is an appropriate “senatorial compliment to the burgeoning movement for impeachment.” I would support the censure.
But the main thrust of the former article is that there will be some self-generated trigger to send a population already primed for an attack on the “homeland” to war: Chertoff’s “gut feeling”, followed by a more stark “national intelligence estimate” (NIE) of the situation, compared with 15 months ago, to show that the intelligence community was “correct”. So, say, San Francisco is secretly attacked by our own government and this will justify an attack on, e.g., Iran? Very paranoid, I hope.
In any case, Mark Evanier, who linked to this article nailed it: “If [the new NIE is] right, we’re in for more terrorist attacks. Isn’t it comforting to know that either that’s true or the entire U.S. intelligence community doesn’t know what they’re talking about?”
A YouTube video called Led Zeppelin – Rip-off Artists. I like LZ, yet this, admittedly, is a hardly exhaustive examination of the appropriation of songs by the band.
ADD linked to a wonderful reminiscence of the glory days of local TV news in Albany by former anchor Ed Dague (the best news anchor Albany, New York ever had). This is almost certainly true. He justified the link in his mostly comic-related blog because I have a comment.

Scott answers my questions about God and baseball.

I provided 5 questions to a bunch of folks. Here are the replies from ADD and Greg and Johnny B and the person who gave me questions in the first place, Jaq.

Also, I did a meme, and at my request, Mrs. Lefty and Edwin and Gordon responded to it.

Those relationships I get, people I mostly don’t know, but I’ve read their stuff, and they mine. But I was looking at my Technorati thingy, and found that I got picked up by a couple aggregators, including this one. The Internet continues to fascinate and confound me.

Oh, speaking of Gordon, something I did a while ago and forgot about:









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Fave rave tunes

I stole this from Tosy, who stole it from someone named Jaquandor. I got into a holiday mode, so subsequently at least three others have done it. Ah, well.

“My favorite songs by these artists (I’ve left blanks for artists I know pretty much nothing of).”

Favorite Beatles song: “Drive My Car” – An extraordinary chord progression.

Favorite solo song by a former Beatle: “Maybe I’m Amazed” by Macca, from that very first solo album.

Favorite Bob Dylan song: You mean today? “Like a Rolling Stone.”

Favorite Pixies song: I’ll have to pull out my Doolittle album sometime.

Favorite Prince song: “I Would Die for You/Baby I’m a Star” – they’re segued, so I cheated. If I can’t cheat, “Delirious”.

Favorite Michael Jackson song: “Wanna Be Startin’ Something” – like the groove.

Favorite Metallica song: “One” – Tosy’s choice.

Favorite Public Enemy song: “Welcome to the Terrordome” – I’ve used it on a mixed CD.

Favorite Depeche Mode song: “Route 66/Behind the Wheel” – I have a remix of this on one of those Just Say Yes compilations that Sire Records put out a dozen years ago or so

Favorite Cure song: “Hot! Hot Hot!” – the remix

Favorite song that most of your friends haven’t heard: “Cellar Door” by Laura Cantrell on Hello Records, countryish tune.

Favorite Beastie Boys song: ? (I mean, I could say “Fight for Your Right”, but that would be too easy)

Favorite Police song: “Roxanne”, a song of redemption.
Tosy likes “Synchronicity II”, which does have one of my favorite lyrics ever, about the evil boss I used to have, and who I mentioned yesterday: “Every single meeting with his so-called superior is a humiliating kick in the crotch.”

Favorite Sex Pistols song: ? Don’t really know except “Anarchy in the U.K.” and a live “U.S.A.” variation

Favorite song from a movie: “Ma ‘Til Fille” by Buckwheat Zydeco. A six-minute groove. (But I agree with Tosy that “Philadelphia” is “Neil Young’s so-superior-to-the-Springsteen-Oscar-winner contribution.” I think Bruce might even agree, if I discerned the subtext of his acceptance speech correctly.)

Favorite Blondie song: “Tide is High”, for the fun of the vocals in the last verse

Favorite Genesis song: “The Lamb Dies Down on Broadway”- Tosy’s choice. A Q-104 song.

Favorite Led Zeppelin song: “How Many More Times” from the first album. The album said this song was 3:30, when it was more like 8:30. The day I heard the first LZ deserves its own post. Maybe in 2009, for the fortieth anniversary (or sooner).

Favorite INXS song: “Never Tear Us Apart” – again, Tosy’s choice.

Favorite Weird Al song: “I Lost on JEOPARDY!” -it’s the Don Pardo middle section.

Favorite Pink Floyd song: “Another Brick in the Wall” – when I worked at FantaCo, Mark McGovern came up with new lyrics: “We don’t need sex education, we don’t need no birth control.” It gets worse.

Favorite cover song: Way too tough a question. The answer is NOT anything done by Pat Boone. I could give you an album’s worth of Beatle covers alone. “Hurt” – John R. Cash’s cover of NIN. When I saw the video again after Johnny died, I wept.

Favorite dance song: Without looking something up, “Dancing Machine” by the Jackson 5.

Favorite U2 song: “When Love Comes to Town”, with B.B. King.

Favorite disco song: “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor.

Favorite The Who song: “My Generation” – even though some of them got old before they died.

Favorite Elton John song: It varies so. “Burn Down the Mission” today.

Favorite Clash song: “Police on My Back”- screaming siren guitar line.

Favorite David Bowie song: “Panic in Detroit” -“sounds a lot like Che Guevara” song.

Favorite Nirvana song: “In Bloom”.

Favorite Snoop Dogg song: ?

Favorite Ice Cube song: ?

Favorite Johnny Cash song: “The Mercy Seat”, from the third American album. The piano by Benmont Tench, I believe. (And if it’s not, I’m sure SOMEONE will tell me.)

Favorite R.E.M. song: “Drive”, don’t know why.

Favorite Elvis song: “Little Sister”, the first one I heard, I believe.

Favorite cheesy-ass country song: ?

Favorite Billy Joel song: “Lullabye”, for his daughter

Favorite Bruce Springsteen song: “Darkness on the Edge of Town”

Favorite Big Audio Dynamite song: ? I have the BAD II album The Globe; I’ll have listen again

Favorite New Order song: ? I have some early vinyl I’ll need to pull out.

Favorite Neil Diamond song: “Thank the Lord for the Nightime”

Favorite Squeeze song: “Tempted”

Favorite Smiths song: ?

Favorite Tragically Hip Song: ? One album I play every July 1, Canada Day

Tosy added:

Favorite Beach Boys song: “God Only Knows”, Tosy’s choice

Favorite Dave Matthews Band song” ?

Favorite Dire Straits song: “Industrial Disease” – “two men say they’re Jesus”

Favorite Elvis Costello song: “What’s So Funny? (About Peace, Love, and Understanding)” -Tosy’s choice. I also hear this song as an a cappella doo wop. Yes, really.

Favorite Guns ‘N Roses song: “Civil War”, if only for the Cool Hand Luke dialogue.

Favorite Jimi Hendrix song: “Voodoo Chile Blues”- anyone chastising Hendrix for doing that rock and/or roll didn’t hear this or “Red House”

Favorite John Mellencamp song: “Jack and Diane” – my wife’s cousin’s named Diane and she married a guy named Jack.

Favorite Living Colour song: “Information Overload” – the bane of a librarian’s life.

Favorite Neil Young song: “Harvest Moon” or “When You Dance”, both about lost loves.

Favorite Paul Simon song: Oh, so many. “Boy in the Bubble” – there is a 12″ version that’s never appeared on a CD, as far as I can tell.

Favorite Simon & Garfunkel song: “The Boxer”. I know this song by heart, except for the verse Paul added later on a live show, which doesn’t enhance the song, so I never learned it.

Favorite Queen song: “Another One Bites the Dust”

Favorite Radiohead song: ?

Favorite Sting song: “I Hung My Head”, though John R. Cash’s version is better.

Favorite Tracy Chapman song: “Fast Car”

Favorite Van Morrison song: “Wild Night”

Favorite XTC song: “Generals and Majors” -loopy


Favorite Allman Brothers song: “Elizabeth Reed”

Favorite Grateful Dead song: “Friend of the Devil”

Favorite Green Day song: “American Idiot” (Lefty’s choice); thanks, ADD

Favorite The Band song: “Jemima Surrender”

Favorite White Stripes song: ?

Favorite Willie Nelson song: “Graceland”

Favorite Indigo Girls song: “Closer to Fine”

Favorite They Might Be Giants Song: “They Might Be Giants” (from Flood)

And now my THREE additions:

Favorite Frank Sinatra song: “That’s Life”

Favorite Supremes song: “Love Is Like an Itchin’ in My Heart”

Favorite Temptations song: “I Can’t Get Next to You”

Any other masochists out there?