[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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(OCTOBER XXIV) Musical memories shuffle XI

This will work better now than if I had tried it the last few days, as this is the first time in almost a week that I made my post on the computer rather than on a mobile phone.  It’s the traditional music memories shuffle, so I’ll get right into it.  As a reminder, if a song has been listed before and has no other significance, I will list it but skip to the next one.

1) Get Ready For This by 2 Unlimited.  As might be expected, this was a song early in my career of sports fandom that I frequently heard at games, and the horns (or whatever is making the sounds in the refrain) are there for the pump-up effect.

2) Brother Louie by The Stories. During one of my late high school years (I think it was senior), we went to Omaha for one of the Passover seders.  This was a late night at Aunt Pam’s house, and therefore I fell asleep in the car heading home.  We stopped at a gas station along the way, and this song was on the radio.  Thus this song has become associated with late night car rides.

3) סיגל מאריס סאן (Segal by Aris San).  This song has an enjoyable combination of instruments, and of course I don’t pay too much attention to the lyrics (since I don’t understand them in Hebrew yet!)  However, this song came to mind since I have several friends with the last name of Sigel, Siegal, or any other transliteration of that Hebrew word.

4) The Horse by Cliff Nobles.  (Repeat, and there’s nothing else that I can immediately apply to this song.)

4b) The Chain by Fleetwood Mac.  In my junior year of high school, I had a day off work during one of the days of spring break.  Thus, I decided to go golfing at the North Forty, which has since been torn down 😦 .  On the way back, I heard this song on The Eagle, and it got stuck in my head all day.

5) Hard To Say I’m Sorry/Get Away by Chicago.  A few times that I biked to work at Runza, this song came up as I got to 7100S/2800E in Lincoln.  The “Get Away” part was a great way to get me into the work mood.

6) הגשמה עצמית מאריק ברמן (Hagshamah Atzmit by Erik Berman): Repeat!

6b) Sidewayz by Najee.  As mentioned in Post 1 of this series, I had no specific memories of this song, although it actually strongly resembles another Weather Channel song that I heard on the Local Forecast in Fort Dodge.  I was in the doctor’s lounge of the Fort Dodge hospital while Dad was at work, and naturally I kept myself entertained with The Weather Channel!

7) lose3 from Bridge Base.  It’s a buzzer.  Enough said!  (Turns out that it is the same buzzer sound effect that B107.3 uses on Battle of the Sexes!)

8) מגן אבות ממרדכי לוין (Magen Avot arr. by Mordecai Levin): The tune is mostly the same as the “traditional” tune that is used in Conservative services, but has a more upbeat feel to it, and is further accompanied by flutes and pianos.  Clearly, that is something that can be done outside of services, but it is a nice addition to hear it in a different way than I normally do.

9) Brown Eyed Girl arr. by Catatonics.  As usual, I seem to like the a-cappella version of songs better than the originals.  The solo went very well in this arrangement.  Granted, other than the concert itself, I have no particular memories that stand out of this arrangement of the song.

10) Haunted Hall from Donkey Kong Country 2.  This was one of my favorite stages in the game, despite it being somewhat difficult.  The music, as I alluded to in a previous post, bears an uncanny resemblance to “Night on Bald Mountain.”  Interestingly, it popped in my head today as I was riding to Jewel.

11) Interstate 80 Iowa by (unknown).  It’s a joking song about driving through Iowa, and seeing nothing but corn on I-80.  My favorite line: “There’s that smell again!”  I have Ryan Carlson from my freshman year at UNL to thank (blame?) for getting me into this song 🙂

12) Turn Your Love Around by George Benson. (Repeat!)

12b) Boss Battle I from Chrono Trigger. It’s a high-energy song, and although I liked “theme II” better at first, this one started to grow on me.  One time that it was on my MP3 player, and not in the game, however, was when I was entering the Mo-Pac trail from East Campus after eating at the Dairy Store, en route to the office.

13) It Better End Soon Third Movement by Chicago.  I get these songs confused all the time.  The building tension as the movement continues is a good lead-up.  Unfortunately, hearing this brings to mind the senseless violence that takes place on the South Side daily, and the highly-publicized acts.  It better end soon, my friend!

14) Green Onions by Booker T and the MGs. There is another memory besides the UNL band.  At the Saltdogs games, they often played the song when the opposing manager stepped to the mound, whether to replace the pitcher or not.  Other times, it was the “Jeopardy!” theme.

15) Pickem loser from The Sportsvoice.  It’s a “demoralizing montage” of sound clips after the person in the pick-em segment of The Sportsvoice on WNUR is judged to be the “loser.”  “You’re a loser.” “You’re despicable!” “Well, hello loser!” “Turrible, turrible, turrible.  Crazy knuckleheaded turrible!” “So go home and cry to your daddy!  You don’t cry here, OK?” “Why don’t you go back outside and talk to trees, or whatever it is that you do!” <Losing horns: wah-wah-wah-waaaaaaah…>

That’s it for this round.  Starting to get the repeats!

Today is the twenty-fourth day of O.C.T.O.B.E.R.  That makes three weeks and three days.

Birthday memories

Today is my birthday!  Even people who don’t necessarily record their everyday events often tend to remember special days to them, such as birthdays.  Although I don’t have a full memory of every birthday that I have had since I could hold memories, a few of them stick out to me, even those before I started writing journals.  Here are some of my most salient ones:

*Sixth birthday: I was living in Fort Dodge at the time, and with some of my friends from Cooper Elementary School, we ate at Pizza Hut on 5th Avenue South.  The skies were dark and menacing, and it started raining heavily as we left.  My family was also doing a garage sale at the time, and by the time that we got back home, the floodgates opened.  There was so much water on Knollcrest Drive that a few of our neighbors took out canoes and we got to paddle down the street!

*Seventh and eighth: Evidently nothing memorable happened for me on these ones, or at least nothing salient sticks out.

*Ninth birthday: This was essentially my “last blast” in Fort Dodge, as the month before, Mom and Dad broke the news to all of us that we would be moving to Lincoln at the end of the summer.  On my ninth birthday, it was a great amalgamation of friends and family.  In particular, Papa provided a magic show at the Country Club in Fort Dodge, which was always exciting.  There was also a swimming party following, and it was billed as a triple function.  Not only for me, but also for Grammy (z”l) and Aunt Pam.  Also, Mom and Dad put a “Happy 9th Birthday” picture for me in the Fort Dodge Messenger.  Wow–it’s been 16 years since then, but I know people who still have that picture.

*Tenth birthday: It was a fun round of golf at the Ager Junior Golf Course in Lincoln, with some of the new friends that I had gained in my first year in Lincoln.  We ate lunch at Arby’s afterwards, and just like the previous year, there was not a rain cloud in sight!  The next day, we went to Seward, and the low dipped to less than ten degrees Celsius!

*Eleventh birthday:  My choices here were based off events that had happened in March and May of this year.  In March, my sisters did their birthday party at Laser Quest, and I had a blast (pun intended) at that, so I wanted to duplicate that for my birthday party.  Indeed, I did, and it was just as good, if not better.  In May of that year, Dad took us to Shogun, the Japanese teppanyaki restaurant, and I had trepidation for going originally, as I was incredibly picky back then.  I enjoyed it, and it seems that Asian cuisine has become a staple of my birthday dinner ever since!  I plan to go to Koi tonight for dinner to continue that tradition.

*Twelfth birthday: This birthday began a family tradition of the birthday treasure hunt, suggested by Levi, since some of my gifts were Pokemon plushies, so as to make it like searching for wild Pokemon in the video game.  Later in the day, we went to the tract that contained our rapidly-building house.  The day itself, besides that, was fairly uneventful, although the negative of that night was before we got a seat at Shogun, someone in our party was talking about needles, and it brought back thoughts of when I got my finger pricked for a blood test… and suffered the same vagal reaction.  Go figure!  Thankfully, it had no ill effects other than the lightheadedness.

*Thirteenth birthday: Surprisingly, this one holds no specific memories to me!  Probably because I held the bar mitzvah three weeks later to be much more important.

*Fourteenth: Golf with Dad at Holmes Golf Course on a very hot day, followed by lunch at Runza on 70/Van Dorn and Pokemon League at HobbyTown in East Park.  This happened to be one of the last days that they had Tuesday Leagues, and the beginning of the end of the “fad” phase of the Pokemon TCG.  We ate at Lee’s for dinner, and then two days later, I headed to Kansas for the Duke TIP summer program.

*Fifteenth: I don’t recall anything special on this one.

*Sixteenth: I enjoyed the early day at home, and later in the day, went with Mom to the DMV out in west Lincoln to surrender my school permit in order to get my POP (provisional operator’s permit).  Then, two blocks away, the party began at Sun Valley Lanes.  We played two games, and the invitees, other than my family, were some of my teachers and school staff members.  Then, we ate dinner at Lee’s (oops, there goes the Asian tradition :p) Chicken, and the most salient gift that I got was from Mrs. Divis-Ellenberger and Paul “Pineapple”: a Hawaii button-down that I wore until it wore out!

*Seventeenth and eighteenth: Surprisingly unremarkable, or at least what I can remember, as both of these were prior to journaling.

*Nineteenth: This was the first birthday at which I have a journal about it.  Therefore, I cheat and look at it.  On this day, I went to Tifereth Israel for the AM minyan, since it was a Monday and I was just starting to re-discover my Judaism.  There wasn’t enough for a minyan, but we still did the parts of the service that were allowed.  Then, working at Runza for a few hours happened, and then I went to Hillcrest for a golf/water basketball doubleheader.  Being a terrible golfer, I shot 71 over 9 holes, but had a great time anyway.  Then, I romped to a 132-86 win in basketball, before heading to Papa’s for a magic show and a cross-cultural experience with Japanese exchange students on a summer experience.

*Twentieth: Somewhat of a repeat of the fourteenth, minus League, since it was a Tuesday.  The Runza, of course, was now the one on 27/Pine Lake.  And Shogun was the dinner, at its new location on Pioneers/Highway 2.

*Twenty-first: I started by biking to Edgewood in order to get to UNL for the REU work, but did only half a day.  I took StarTran twice, once to UNL and then to the DMV, where Mom picked me up after I got my horizontal license (i.e. the one without the “UNDER 21” warnings).  Returning home on the bus and then driving to the country club, I did only golf (no basketball), and as I wrote in my journal: “Theoretical score: 36. Hypothetical score: 50. Experimental score: 76.”  I’m regressing!  Dinner was at Tokyo Restaurant, and I passed on alcohol, deciding that I would delay my first drink until after my first hand, to come in Vegas a little over a month later.

*Twenty-second: This day was pretty low-key.  I did a lot of journal transfer, and there was no real activity, other than family coming over in the evening as we ate at home with a turkey dinner.  We enjoyed the pool, but the weather was somewhat dreary.

*Twenty-third: I was in Kansas City with the family for the beginning of Michael & Megan’s wedding.  We picked up Casey at MCI, ate lunch at Chick-fil-A, and then went to the Plaza for some shopping.  That night, the dinner was at Famous Dave’s in the Power & Light district, and this was the night that I formally named my “Two Rules of Drinking” as follows:

–> Rule #0: If in doubt, do not drink.

–> Rule #1: If Rule #0 is violated, my maximum in a day is one drink.

I have never violated both Rule #0 and Rule #1.

*Twenty-fourth: As usual, blueberry muffins were the breakfast.  This was my first birthday away from family.  As it was a Sunday, the main activity was League, and then in the evening, I played bridge online.  After all, everyone knows that I love playing card games!

*Twenty-fifth: The rest is yet unwritten.  I will shortly head to Northfield to play bridge, and I need to do laundry.  As I said on one of the earlier ones, Koi is my dinner plan.

Let the next quarter-century begin!

Shuffling musical memories – VII

Episode 7 is now underway.  Here we go.

1) Make Me Smile by Chicago.  This is the album version, which has the instrumental introduction.  I heard it plenty of times when I was in Lincoln, but it always started with the lyrics on the radio there.  I like this version a lot better–and heard the “full” version a few days ago on WLS.

2) Silent Running by Mike + The Mechanics.  This song popped up a few times for me when returning to home from intramural golf in high school.  I really liked the background music of the song (as is the case for most salient songs), although after that one time, it was several years before I heard it again, and I didn’t know the name of it until I heard it on the Ultimate 80’s Request Party and someone else requested it.

3) Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen.  This song appeared for me on Pandora, and it was in the middle of a productive day working on homework back in my sophomore year.  It must have been some sort of problem I was working on involving Leslie matrices!  Yes indeed–Mathematical Models in Biology.

4) Little Willy by Sweet.  The version of this song I like best is from the LSE Marching Band.  They played it at a game or two in my senior year, but it reminds me of the homecoming game I went to the year after I had graduated.  Needless to say, it, plus the drum cadences that I developed dances to, were the numbers to get stuck in my head following that game.

5) Favourite Shirts by Haircut 100.  Oh, again?  Didn’t this just pop up last time?  Nothing else really seems to stand out about this song, other than I couldn’t find it for a while after hearing it, since I mistakenly thought that the name of the song (as opposed to the parenthetical title) was “Boy Meets Girl.”  And then, what do I find later?  It’s on my Mom’s set of MP3s on the computer!  Go figure!

6) Mine from Donkey Kong Country 2.  I’m not sure what about this song makes it stand out.  I think that the humming-like sounds toward the middle of the loop, or perhaps the clanging in the beginning, was quite amusing to me when I was much younger.

7) I’m Alright by Kenny Loggins.  In my junior year of high school, Southeast had just lost to Bellevue West in boy’s basketball in the state tournament by a final score of 48-51.   There was a long wait to get out of the Devaney Center parking lot, and this song came up on my radio while I was waiting.  Perhaps because of this, I try to avoid playing this song on big game days, since perhaps this song is now associated with The Cursed Score.

8) Groove is in the Heart by Dee-lite.  This was one of the first songs that I took from a CD that Mom had, as I was beginning to fill my MP3 player during winter break of my freshman year.  The slide-whistles amused me significantly when I was younger, although there’s no specific memory associated with the song.  What, ask for more?

9) What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy) by Information Society.  Although I had this song on a previous post, there is another memory associated with it.  The form that I heard on the radio was almost always the part that started with a short instrumental intro and then “Here I am in silence…”  But, then later on Pandora, I heard a different version (?) of the song, that began with whispering of “Pure energy” and a longer instrumental introduction.  Actually, the timbre of the voices sounds a little different too.

10) Shoehorn with Teeth arranged by Catatonics.  I had forgotten that this was one of the songs sung during the concert on the weekend before I started classes at Northwestern, but hearing it on my MP3 player always makes me happy with the upbeat voices of the Catatonics, as well as the lyrics that perhaps make no sense.  I have never heard the “original” of this song, however, so I have no basis for comparison.  I don’t even know the artist!

11) Seagate Overture by James Swearingen. This song, despite being by Swearingen, was not part of my band repertoire while I was in Mr. Schulz’s class.  But, after finding some of the other Swearingen songs that I did play in middle school, I decided to look for others that sounded similar (particularly songs with “Overture” in the name.  This one stuck immediately, and seems to be quite reminiscent of the late summer at the end of my freshman year, when it popped up while I was driving or biking (OK, I admit it!  I used to be unsafe biking by listening to MP3s while riding!)  My favorite part of the song is in the middle around the 2:30 mark, when the section changes to something broader and quite majestic, in my opinion.

12) אדון עולם (Adon Olam) arranged by Rabbi Mordecai Levin (from Omaha’s Beth-El).  This particular ניגון (tune) I had actually never heard before, but the song itself, obviously has plenty of memories associated with it, from services.  I remember this from an early Hebrew school class, using the “call-and-response” tune for my first experience with the tune.

13) Return of the Mack by Mark Morrison.  One time of hearing this song that somewhat stuck out was a few days before I began my sixth-grade year.  We heard this on the radio heading downtown, and I think we were picking up Casey from gymnastics or running some errand down there.  It was certainly a weekend, and we continued north in Lincoln to make a trip to Sam’s Club.  But first, we stopped at Brewsky’s at 27/Cornhusker and had lunch, and I got to play NTN trivia (of course, it’s now Buzztime).

14) The Metro by Berlin. The first time I heard this song was on an 80’s station while we were taking a vacation to San Diego before I began college.  I guess it was just a little bit of a premonition, not only of our next family vacation (which was to Boston), but where I would end up four years later (at Northwestern, where I use the ‘L’ as a significant use of transportation).  So not quite the Metro, but “Riding on the ‘L'” doesn’t quite have the same effect 🙂

15) Drinking Song by Hanggai.  Sort of a whimsical song, but I heard it on WNUR a few days before Mom and Dad came to visit me in late April 2011, and evidently the accelerando within the song, as well as the lyrics I can’t understand, and the banjos, got stuck in my head for the rest of that week, as I was sometimes humming it (along with the “HEY!”).  If I try to sing it, I don’t even attempt the lyrics, and just replace them with “yi-ni-ni” a-la song-fillers in services!

Shuffling musical memories – IV

Here we go again.  Let’s start the MP3 player and have some fun.

1) “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley.  I could cop out and go with the whole “rickroll” meme, but of course that’s not my cup of tea.  Instead, I heard this song en route to intramural golf during my sophomore year of high school, and it was stuck in my head all afternoon.

2) “Steppin’ Out” by Joe Jackson.  One memorable time I heard this song was on July 16, 2006, when I was heading to the Devaney Center to watch Levi and Molly swim in the “Captital City Swiming Championshiips” (with the Hy-Tek’s MEET MANAGER cover sheet having ALL of those misspellings as is!)

3) “The Journey” by Alan Silvestri.  The first time I heard this song was on the promos played at basketball games advertising the 2009 NCAA Gymnastics Championships at UNL.  I found out that this was the NCAA’s fanfare, and I somehow managed to track it down.

4) “Please Don’t Go” by KC and the Sunshine Band.  Interestingly enough, this particular song doesn’t resonate much with me, as it was part of the KC and the Sunshine Band CD that I included ALL tracks on my MP3 player.  Instead I take a preference to the pumped-up version by Double You that I first heard on Pandora.   Fine, so I’m ducking the actual song.  I’m allowed to bend my own rules!

5) “Man In A Suitcase” by The Police.  This one was simply on my MP3 player because I enjoy the song.  But, as I said in Volume 1, not every song that I have downloaded correspond to a memory.   Either that or it has escaped me!

6) “Night on Bald Mountain” by Mussorgsky.  The first Husker football game I went to with my own student ticket (in 2004 during my senior year of high school… part-time student at UNL for the win!) and the band played this song for a little bit.  It sounded somehow familiar, like the “Haunted Hall” theme from Donkey Kong Country 2.  Not quite, but indeed the resemblance is there.

7) “After The Love Has Gone” by Earth Wind & Fire.  This song came on during the 70’s request show that I heard on 102.5 in Des Moines, coming back from the PTCG Iowa State Championship in 2008.  It was quite a paradigm shift from some of the other songs that had played on that show around it.  But, I like the lightness of the song.  Granted, I suppose the love has never left me… has it ever entered, though?

8) “Talking In Your Sleep” by The Romantics.  In ninth grade, I heard this song after returning home from DA^2 (Differentiated Advanced Algebra).  Ironically (or not!), Mrs. Munksgaard had said in class, “You’ll soon be graphing parabolas in your sleep.”  That’s my math side talking in my sleep!

9) “Amnesia” by Chumbawamba.  This is funny that I give a memory related to a song asking about long-term memory loss!  It was in May 1998, and on a Saturday or Sunday evening, we went to a Chinese restaurant at 17th and South in Lincoln, which is now an office or something.  The food tasted great, and on the car ride home, I heard this song. I liked this one better than their one-hit wonder–Tubthumping!  And even better, this song didn’t get overplayed enough to wear me out on it.

10) “Every Little Step” by Bobby Brown.  No specific memory immediately jumps out at me, but the tune keeps me interested, and it also has a “Kiss this guy” thing… I thought once that they were saying “No matter what your French fries taste like…”

11) “That’s The Way I Like It” by KC and the Sunshine Band.  This song was on the radio on the way home from the Fred Alexander Golf Clinic that I went to at the Crooked Creek Golf Course near Eagle, NE, on the weekend before Memorial Day Weekend when I was in fifth grade.  It was a fun clinic… just the way I like it!

12) “Off The Wall” by Michael Jackson.  I had this song stuck in my head on the day that I got to St. Louis in 2009 for the Pokemon TCG National Championships.  Well, this date was June 25, 2009, and of course what else happened on that day?  Somewhat ironic that I had that song stuck in my head prior to THAT breaking news.  The song continued to be stuck in my head all weekend.

13) “Breakfast at Igor’s” by Spyro Gyra.  It was one of the songs that I had on my long playlist for moving to Chicago.  Unfortunately, the MP3 player that I was using was a dud and decided to fail in the middle of playing this song.

14) “What’s On Your Mind” by Information Society.  This was one of the songs that got stuck in my head when I saw a commercial advertising a “best of the 1980s” CD.  I never got that CD, but it would probably be very disappointing to me nowadays.  Granted, I saw that commercial when I was starting to return to radio music–during middle school, my radio exposure was nothing to write home about.

15) “Land of Confusion” by Genesis.  The instrumentals in this song sounded familiar to me from somewhere else the first time that I heard the song, but were not it.  It reminded me somewhat of a song that I heard on KFRX, the day after the Texas Tech football game in 1997, but I don’t know what that song was.  Obviously, some of these songs have deep memories by association with other songs!

Well, that’s the end of this shuffle.  More coming later!