Blogging 365, Day 10: 20 Completely Random Songs On My iPod

I’m going to hit Shuffle on my iPod and see what plays. No skipping for a better (or less embarrassing) song; you will get the real deal.

I will embed the videos if they are on YouTube and if they cannot be embedded then I will link to them, or hyperlink as we used to say back in the early ‘90s.

Then again, we also used the term cyber a lot back then too. Hey it sounded cool.

And here we go. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll kiss about an hour of your life goodbye!

1. Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles (The Big Lebowski soundtrack) – Captain Beefheart

2. All Time High – Rita Collidge (Octopussy soundtrack)

3. Putting on the Ritz (extended version on iPod; not on YouTube) – Taco

4. Left of Center (Pretty in Pink soundtrack) – Suzanne Vega

5. Look Out, There’s A Monster Coming – The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band (Craig Ferguson cold intro version shown here; found while searching and I couldn’t stop laughing)

6. Fantasy Overture (Romeo and Juliet) – Tchaikovsky

7. Wie Glauben (The Big Lebowski soundtrack) – Carter Burwell

8. Love Me Two Times – The Doors

9. Misunderstanding – Genesis

10. Gemini Dream – The Moody Blues

11. Glycerine – Bush

12. Christmas Eve Montage (The Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack) – Danny Elfman

13. Never Tear Us Apart – INXS

14. Black Head Chinaman – Prince Buster

15. Blue Tango – Leroy Anderson

16. Come Back – Depeche Mode

17. Birth (Super Mario Galaxy soundtrack)

18. Silver Things – Limbeck (Note: I used to work with lead singer Robb MacLean at a photo lab and their song “Stop Internet Romance” was featured in a 2000 iMac commercial. The money earned allowed them to buy their tour van.)

19. How Can You Expect To Be Taken Seriously? – Pet Shop Boys

And finally…

20. Sugar on My Tongue – Talking Heads

There you have it. Watch for another post tomorrow!

There Are No Words…

Just watch the video.

Proof that YouTube Has Everything

Wow, what an amazingly horrible picture that is. But alas, it is part of my history and a reminder of those two years when I worked at Knott’s Berry Farm, America’s Oldest Themed Amusement Park (or so the recording outside the ticket booths spewed every two minutes).

Even though it was a part-time job, I had a blast working there. I was part of the Admissions Department who possibly had the easiest of jobs anywhere in the park: selling tickets and occasionally working at the admission/re-entry gates. It sure beat working as a food monkey or ride operator – especially on hot summer days when we had the A/C cranked to Max in the ticket booths. They could always tell who worked in Admissions in the Crew’s Nest, our local cafeteria: despite our rather warm and uncomfortable costumes, we were the only ones not sweating in summer.

And summer, naturally, is when amusement parks thrive and when employees need to shine their brightest by giving the best guest experience possible. As such, the Knott family – truly a class act every time I interacted with any of them – made it a point to have a Summer Kick-Off Meeting just before the busy season began.

The meetings we held in the Good Time Theater which is still there but now called the Charles M. Schulz Theater. With so many employees, they had to split the meeting up into two.

Anyway, the meetings were meant to rile up the troops and get them ready for the eventual summer blitzkrieg of tourists and locals alike. They gave us the scoop on the latest rides (usually scheduled to open that summer), got a t-shirt featuring said ride, and overall had a good time.

They also showed a few videos, one of which was the newest, not-yet-released commercial. And then there was the annual Employee Music Video since, well, it was the ‘80s and that’s what everybody seemed to do back then.

The videos featured selected employees from each department around the Farm and was shot in what seemed like a matter of days…possibly one day. To look at it now it’s safe to say that they were quite possibly the worst videos ever made but for a group of 20-somethings making $6.06 an hour, there was nothing better than to see yourself on a big screen in front of all of your co-workers.

And keeping with the title of this post, here’s my proof that YouTube does indeed have everything. (Well, except Prince videos. He doesn’t like this whole Internet thing.) This is the video shot my first year at Knott’s and honestly, I don’t remember the ones for 1990 and 1991. I honestly thought I’d never see this video ever again yet here I am posting a link to it some 22 years later.

Technology is a wonderful thing, methinks. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the horrific quality and lack of technology presented in this thing.

1989 Knott’s Berry Farm Employee/Summer Kick-Off Video – “Dancin’ in the Street”

The dancing, the acting, the everything is just so bad. But for some reason I find myself watching it over and over again, possibly to see if I can recall any of the people in it. And if you think this one’s bad, watch the one from 1988.

Or better yet, 1986.

Notes on the video:

  • At 0:42 – the guy with his back against girl’s back is Darryl Lester in a rare moment when you saw him smiling. Other than that, dude never did. The Main Gate is where I spent my two years.
  • At 0:50 – Gasoline Alley is long gone.
  • People with the red name tags were Leads.
  • At 1:46 – the XK-1 opened in 1990 but was always down for maintenance. It lasted only 8 years.
  • At 1:57 – “The CDR” refers to the Chicken Dinner Restaurant, much in the same way that Disney Cast Members refer to Disney’s California Adventure as DCA. The CDR, by the way, makes some amazing chicken.
  • At 2:23 – The Corkscrew rollercoaster was removed in 1989.
  • At 2:40 – Studio K was Knott’s answer to Disneyland’s Videopolis.

That video, while cheesy, brings me such sweet memories of my time working there and the friends I made there, only one of which I have kept in contact with since then. It’s also a reminder of when Knott’s Berry Farm was still a small, simple, family owned venture chock full of innocent rides, simple fun, and crappy souvenirs.

Sadly, once Cedar Fair took over, it was turned into a corporate business venture with little or no redeeming qualities or, for that matter, heart left. There are many people who, despite its lack of thrill rides, would love to have the old KBF back — cheesiness and all.

I am definitely one of them.

For a rather lengthy history of Knott’s, check out the Wikipedia page.

Going Social

Whilst spending what seems like an eternity roaming around this vast Series of Tubes, I suddenly had an epiphany: I’m all over the place.

No, not so much in they way that I just described but leaning more towards social networking sites. And being that I haven’t had too much to blog about recently, I thought I’d post links to all of them so that my loyal readers–all 3 of you–can stalk me and mumble nonsensical remarks about Jodie Foster if you so desire. So here they are, complete with clickable icon links to the appropriate profile page. Note that these are also in the new Social page above, which replaces the old Media page, and will be updated should I become a member of yet another social networking site.

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Ozzie the Cat

We’ve had our cat Ozzie since we rescued him from a shelter as a little pup back in 1998. Now I say “pup” because when Ozzie was still a cute, lovable little kitten and not the hellion he is today, he used to act like a dog.

I kid you not. He would fetch, his meows seemed more like little barks, and overall he just didn’t act like a cat. Oh, and he didn’t—and still doesn’t have—reverse in his genes.

Ozzie, who also goes by Nozzie, Ozziekat, Pups, Ozzie D. Katt, Shithead and Dumb Cat, just to name a few, has a tendency to get himself into uncompromising positions in which backing out would be the only way to escape. But since he’s got no reverse, we usually have to rescue his dumb ass or he’ll just stand or sit there wondering what to do next.

But regardless of what we call him or how evil this little shit is, I continually tell Ann that she’s going to miss him when he finally goes to Kitty Hell. And there’s no doubt—that’s exactly where Ozzie’s going when he uses up that ninth live which by rights should have been exhausted years ago.

Now back to the dog thing. While most cats like to be gently stroked on the back, Ozzie will not eat his food until I aggressively and repeatedly pat his back area just before his tail. He also likes to lick—my chin, to be exact. Maybe not so much anymore since I’ve grown the goatee but before that, he’d sit there and lick it and then try to nibble it. Yeah, I know he’s a turd.

I now offer you video proof of his doglike behavior. Check out the Flip Video:

While Ozzie does like his cat toys, the one thing that brings him great joy is the twist-off ring from a gallon of milk or, as we call them, “milk twisties.” For some strange reason he loves to fetch them and as you can see on the video, chew. He never used to chew on them until his innocent sister Cindy—six years his senior and the “good cat”—started to do it. Shame on her.

Ozzie’s also a bit reclusive when he wants to be. While Cindy will gladly lay on or near somebody, Ozzie prefers to sleep someplace odd like on the cutting board, the catbox, or a bag. Yeah, I know cats are strange to begin with but some of the things he does are just a little…unexpected.

But despite it all, we love that little shit and that’s what makes Ozzie, Ozzie.

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