[M.A.P.L.E. VI-29] Quadruple Bogey

The good news: this is not a post about bad golfers like myself who routinely score quadruple bogeys on any particular hole (i.e. take 4 more strokes than par).

However, it sort of is, as three of the “Bogeys” are related to golf. Let me explain: five pictures will be worth a total of the order of a thousand words.

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[M.M.X.I.V. 282 / O.C.T.O.B.E.R. III-9] Yakety Sax Etc.

It’s another story of fiction, with a different perspective than I usually take.  The story is based off an extension of the label of a certain product in my house.  The following songs may enhance your reading experience, as well!  The post is loosely based on earlier this summer, and the things involving eight are boldfaced.

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[M.M.X.I.V. 34] Musical memories shuffle XVI

Maybe I’ll try to make posts every Monday relating to something with music.  Yes, it’s probably something that’s been done on other blogs, but having some structure in my posts might be helpful to keep me on task.  But, without further ado, the shuffle is on!

Links to the songs are provided when possible.  If this is problematic, I can remove them.

1) Eye of the Tiger by Survivor.  When I was on the Wrigley Field Road Tour, I, and a few of my fellow riders, had just gotten back on the road after a quick rest stop on the south side of Milwaukee.  There was a somewhat difficult hill along the lakeside.  Throughout the ride, I was singing songs, sometimes in my head, and sometimes aloud.  Well, this song was my idea for this hill, but I was quickly shushed by one of my teammates who had heard enough.

2) Greensleeves arr. by Mason Williams/Mannheim Steamroller.  There’s nothing in particular that stands out about this song, but it does remind me of Classical Gas from the same compilation.

3) והאר עינינו מאשת חיל (“And Enlighten Our Eyes” by Eishet Chayil): It’s a “house-ified” version of the prayer אהבה רבה that is said in the morning just before the שמע (ex. on page 98 of the 1985 edition of Siddur Sim Shalom).  I heard it, naturally, on Radio Lev Hamedina.  The tune is the same as what I normally sing in services, but with the differences in being a pumped-up version. The song reminds me, obviously, of Hebrew school.  (It’s one of my favorite tunes of the morning service.)

4) That’s All by Genesis.  This was one of the first songs that I heard by Genesis, as well as one of my “starter set” of MP3s.  However, there’s no specific memory of when it came into my head or was particularly salient otherwise.

5) Sarah Says by Falldown.  Clearly, hearing this song reminds me of all the Falldown concerts that I have attended.  In particular, the first one that I attended was on February 25, 2012, in the sense of a mini-mini Shorashim reunion–Jared and Sarah were the only ones who I saw there that night.  But it was good to see them again, and I didn’t realize immediately that the song was dedicated to her until after the show.

6) Right Now by Van Halen.  This was often a staple canned song at the Husker sporting events.  One particular instance that stuck out to me was the Nebraska-Texas football game in 2006.  Texas had taken a timeout, flurries were flying, and they had to punt.  Unfortunately, a fumble on the punt gave Texas the ball back, as they went on to kick the game-winning field goal.  The Huskers football team never could get over the hump against the Longhorns…

7) September by Earth Wind & Fire.  My main memory from this song is in the tenth post, but I have also heard the song in movies (if I remember correctly, Night at the Museum), which was one of my favorite Christmas movies of which my family has attended.

8) Fantastic Voyage by Lakeside.  I always liked the funky sounds of this song, but the band’s name means that I sometimes sing it when riding on the Lakefront Trail, and/or when I do Bike The Drive each year.  After all, what’s more fantastic than riding your bike carefree on the lakeside?

9) Loves Me Like A Rock by Paul Simon.  This song played on my radio en route to home before my family left for Arnie and Julie’s wedding in 2005.  Is that coincidental, or was there more to it? :p

10) Gold Dust Woman by Fleetwood Mac.  This song is memorable because of a personal Mondegreen (misheard lyric).  The actual line: “Shatter your illusions of love,” and I thought it said “Shadow your illusions alone.”  Thinking about that now, what would that even mean…?

11) Cold and Gloomy from Dragon Quest VIII.  This is the theme that plays in cave and dungeon areas.  It is very apt, and I like how the music gets more threatening the deeper in the dungeon that you go.  It is an orchestrated version, and I wonder what went through the minds of the performers as they played the song?  (Oh, and the percussion that resembles water drips are also perfect for the area.)

12) Rainbow Seeker by Joe Sample.  This is from the Weather Channel II CD.  It sometimes plays in my head, not after rainstorms, but the peaceful nature of it tends to play when I am riding my bike in nice weather.  My favorite part of the song is the staccato-legato at about the 3:10 mark.

13) Overkill by Ministry.  I heard this song on Pandora, and I enjoyed the guitar and somewhat shrill background sound that plays throughout the song to imply the danger within the lyrics.  However, I didn’t realize until much later how nasty the lyrics of the song are.  But, of course, it’s usually the melody and sounds that makes a song pleasing to me.

14) The Next Time I Fall by Peter Cetera/Amy Grant.  Like a Chicago song, the background melody is soft and pleasing to me.  I particularly like the duet of this song, although there is no particular memory that is associated with the song… yet.  Who knows–if at some point infatuation overtakes me, I would not be surprised if this song plays in my head.

15) Popcorn by Hot Butter.  My siblings mentioned and played this song, in a-cappella style one night when we were driving to eat at the Great China Buffet (which is now Sakura China just south of Gateway Mall).  However, that evening my stomach was feeling a little weird (it was November 9, 2002).  I didn’t have any ill effects, but was definitely suffering from irregularity-induced anorexia.  (Thankfully, that did not provoke a Garcia effect with hearing this song!)

An interesting mix that came up today.  Hope you enjoyed it, with the links when possible!

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Today is the thirty-fourth day of M.M.X.I.V.  That makes four weeks and six days.

(OCTOBER XXVIII) Biking for groceries

Ever since I have lived in Evanston, my main method of going to get groceries has been on the bike.  The other ways that I could do it, though, are carpooling, public transit, walking, or taking out a Zipcar.  (Personal vehicles are excluded from this discussion, since I don’t own one!  Similarly, this discussion is based off my personal possession of items that would facilitate grocery shopping.)  Each has advantages and disadvantages, of which I enumerate (no, make that itemize) and occasionally expand on below:

Biking.

Advantages:

* You can only carry a limited number of items, compared to when a car is available. This is a positive since it reduces the likelihood of adding impulse items to the cart.

* If the bike isn’t equipped with panniers, it encourages the cyclist to use reusable bags and/or a backpack.  Go green!

–> Corollary: It provides not only some leg exercise, but some resistance exercise for the upper body as well.  (Granted, this might not be so much exercise as it is dangerous strain.  With how I shop, will I need to eventually put a chiropractor on speed dial?)

* With a bike, unlike public transit, carpooling, or Zipcar, you have total freedom with when to go shopping.  Zipcar is mostly independent of time, but there’s a chance that the nearby car(s) are all taken during the time that you really want to go to the store.

Disadvantages:

* Cycling is more dangerous than the other modes of transportation, especially if the return ride is an awkward carry.

–> This is particularly true in the winter, if ice or snow is on the ground.

* Not only is there limited space to carry items, but some heavy and/or awkward items would be difficult or impossible to carry on a bike.

Public transit

Advantages:

* Since I use my rolling suitcase when shopping via public transit, it allows me to buy items that would not be practical to buy on bike.  This includes, for example, multi-packs of pop or big bags of rice.

* There may be some amount of walking involved, although this is usually trivial.

* Again, only a limited number of items can be bought.

Disadvantages:

* You are at the mercy of the schedule of the bus and/or L, and all the disadvantages of public transit on any other type of trip.

* The bus/train may be crowded on your return trip, leading to difficulty if you bought a lot of items.

Zipcar

Advantages:

* You can buy more items than you could when using public transit, biking, or walking.

* Similarly, it is the way to go when there are items that are “impossible” to take on bike, train, or bus.  (Canonical example: larger items from Target, like when I got the drawers).

Disadvantages:

* The most expensive alternative that I have listed here.

* The car may not be available at the time that you need it.

Carpooling

Advantages:

* Same as Zipcar.

* The person you are carpooling with is going to the store anyway, right?

Disadvantages:

* Might be the most inflexible of the alternatives.  You and your carpool comrade must agree on a time, which can be difficult.

* You might have to pay for gas.  (Not a major deal, of course).

Walking.

Advantages:

* Many of the same “green” and “exercise” advantages as what I itemized on biking.

* More practical to use a rolling suitcase here than when biking.

Disadvantages:

* The most time-consuming alternative.

* Although there are several stores within walking distance (i.e. <2 miles) of Engelhart, the sidewalks are not always great.  (Furthermore, I would rather bike!)

Of course, no matter what method you use to get groceries, it pays to know that there are often multiple ways to get around.   Though I love biking, there are times where it is better to use another method.

Today is the twenty-eighth day of O.C.T.O.B.E.R.  That makes four weeks.  (Three days to go!)