Orrico Flow

A kiss for all of you fans of Mecca Muzak Monday!

A kiss for all of you fans of Mecca Muzak Monday!

It’s Monday, Monday, Monday!  That can only mean it’s time for DJ Scratchy to show us where it’s at and break out her two turntables and a microphone for this week’s platinum meccamuzakmondaysplatter on Mecca Muzak Monday!  Watch out for falling prices and invading earworms!

I’ve mentioned before that if I ever run out of awesome songs from the series of muzak CD’s our stores across the country have been provided with, I’ll use this space to highlight some of the classics that made the now defunct Mecca Radio (RIP 2009) so fun to listen to back in the days before the Spark replaced the Squiggly.  Unfortunately, very few of those solid gold oldies have appeared on the CD’s… but we just got our new CD for the Fall a few days ago, and lo and behold, a Mecca Radio classic has made the cut!

And I'm not talking about the #@^& holiday music...

And I’m not talking about the #@^& holiday music…

The young lady you see at the top of this post is the lovely Stacie Orrico, who was only 17 years old when she recorded a song that took the world by storm… with the exception of the US, where it was largely ignored until Mecca put it on the final iteration of its broadcasts from Bentonville in 2009.  Here is Orrico’s #52 hit from 2003, which can once again be heard in Meccas across the nation this Fall, “Stuck”…

For whatever weird reason, five years ago this song would always get played twice within the 1:00 AM hour on Friday nights/Saturday mornings.  But that was just fine with me, because I couldn’t get enough of it!

Help, I'm STUCK!

Help, I’m STUCK!

Orrico was precocious enough to have signed her first recording contract at age 12, and was 14 in 2000 when she released her first album, which was Christian/gospel related.  Luckily for us, three years later, she recorded the much more mainstream self-titled album that contains “Stuck”… the typical teenager caught up in the confusing game of love song involving a dude who’s probably a big doucheknocker….

Or in the case of the video for “Stuck” that you saw above….. her cousin!!!

There's nothing like being stuck on incest...

There’s nothing like being stuck on incest…

Much of the rest of the Fall CD sounds pretty drab on the first few listens, but I’m sure as it grows on me like earwax I’ll find some more hidden treasures and guilty gems in it somewhere before the Christmas muzak takes over in two months.  Stay tuned to MMM!

The Backstreet Boys are on the Fall CD, so it can't be that bad!

The Backstreet Boys are on the Fall CD, so it can’t be that bad!

 

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A Squirrel Upon High

Who down there dares to approach my tree?

Who down there dares to approach my tree?

sqturday squirrel logoI have nothing overly profound or noteworthy to show off for this week’s Saturday Squirrel post.  I just went back into my vault and dug up the first really cool squirrel photo I knew I hadn’t used yet.  Here we have the bushy tailed guardian of the tree looking down upon something repulsive far below his perch who is threatening his arboreal kingdom.  Is it a cat?  A dog?  A possum?  Maybe some crazy human with a camera?  Whatever it is, it’s likely about 5 seconds away from getting conked in the head with an acorn.  Squirrels don’t mess around with intruders on their turf….. and they plunk with deadly accuracy.

Have a great weekend, but keep an eye to the sky!

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Tough As Nails

This post's gonna be all about me, I just know it!!!

Hello everyone!  I’m baaaaaaack!!!

April, May, June, July, August, and now with this week’s post, we will have used up every Friday in the month of September re-telling this wonderful, wacky, and overly drawn out tale of my Millionaire Journey!  Can you believe it’s been six months already?  Why, I feel like I just started writing this last week!

Or maybe 4,000 years ago... it's hard to tell.

Or maybe 4,000 years ago… it’s hard to tell.

Last week, we saw Amy Turner dazzle her way to $16,000 in the Hot Seat, earning more than enough to buy herself that dishwasher she always wanted along with some custom seat covers for her Austin Healey Sprite… assuming she can make it past the critical $32,000 question, that is.  Sure, she talked a lot and maybe stalled a bit, but hey, we’d all do the same if we were under those white hot lights having to answer these questions for real life-changing stakes.  Now that she’s answered nine questions and had nearly 20 minutes of real time in the Hot Seat, certainly things will go much easier for her, right……????

$32,000 – What is the name for the light, crescent-shaped mark at the base of the fingernail?

A. Velum
B. Cusp
C. Lunula
D. Axilla

Who in the hell bothered to give that thing a name, anyway?

Who in the hell bothered to give that thing a name, anyway?

Amy does her best to evilly stare down this question while she figures out what her best strategy is to get to that safe haven of 32 grand.  The first words out of her mouth, “I don’t have any manicurists on my phone a friend list,” is typical of a lot of the nonsense babble contestants will spit out under the pressure of playing the game.  Sure, it sounds reasonable, until you really think about the fact that knowing the stupid name someone once gave to an imaginary part of the body has absolutely no bearing on the fitness of one as a manicurist…

I don't know what it's called either, Daddy, but it looks all pretty now!

I don’t know what it’s called either, Daddy, but it looks all pretty now!

I could be wrong, though as a self-manicurist who has trimmed my nails with my teeth all of my life, it never once occurred to me what in the hell that white thingy at the bottom of my nails might be called… if anything.  Must we name something that serves absolutely no purpose at all?  Something that would never come up in casual conversation, even with your manicurist?  Something that only exists to make trivia hounds believe they are smarter than everyone else because they’ve retained the most useless knowledge?

Yeah, those things on the end of your shoelaces are really called aglets.  I learned that while inventing the fucking theory of relativity, bitch!

Yeah, those things on the end of your shoelaces are really called aglets. I learned that while inventing the fucking theory of relativity, bitch!

Regis reminds Amy that this is one of those mysteries we always wondered about as a kid… and Amy plays right along with him.  It’s quite obvious both of these people did not grow up in the era of video games like I did.  I was too worried about finding that other castle that the princess was hiding in, or how the hell to get past that fucking Moblin in the 7th dungeon on Zelda to pay any attention to the fact that there was that grotesque looking light colored blob hiding beneath each of my fingernails.

Who has time to look at their nails when they could be ogling over Samus' sexy bikini in Metroid?

Who has time to look at their nails when they could be ogling Samus’ sexy bikini in Metroid instead?

What is that damn thing called anyhow?

That ain't gonna help, Amy... or is it?

That ain’t gonna help, Amy… or is it?

Amy has two lifelines left at her disposal, the Phone a Friend and the 50/50.  The latter wouldn’t really do any good at this point, so she’s mulling over who on her list of friends would be the person most likely to know some insignificant shit like this.  Regis isn’t much help at this point, suggesting maybe Amy has one of her girlfriends as a lifeline who’s maybe had a manicure before and would maybe, perhaps know, ummm…

You know, on second thought, forget I ever said any of that stupid shit.

You know, on second thought, forget I ever said any of that stupid shit.

Amy scrolls down her PAF roll… she has someone with medical knowledge…

Sorry, I don't have fingernails.  That will be $399 after insurance.

Sorry, I don’t have fingernails. That will be $399 after insurance.

She has her sister, who would “have an absolute heart attack” if she called her… oh, let’s call her just for fun, Amy says jokingly!  I could admonish Amy for having such a useless lifeline who would go into cardiac arrest if she were to be called upon to answer a trivia question, but Regis does the job for me, scolding Amy for forgetting that the dishwasher is on the line here, and she needs to bear down here and do something seriously helpful, like call a person who’s had a manicure before.

Next up is the sports guy, who Amy immediately dismisses.  Regis kinda likes the medical lifeline here…

You can always count on someone who collects stool samples.

You can always count on someone who collects stool samples.

Amy finally decides on who to call….

I'm, like, totally having a cow, man!

I’m, like, totally having a cow, man!

Bart is someone she knows from Colorado who is a fellow computer programmer.  Amy says Bart has more medical knowledge than she does, while Regis once again takes the opportunity to mock the fact that me and him are obviously the only two people involved with the show that day who AREN’T in computer related fields.

I always imagined there was a lot of editing involved in getting the phone a friend on the line once the lifeline was invoked, but I was shocked to see everything occurred just as smoothly in real time as it appeared to while watching at home.  Within seconds of Regis asking AT&T to get Bart on the line, we hear the his Rocky Mountain voice in the studio.

Yes, corporate sponsorship was alive and well in 2001.

Yes, corporate sponsorship was alive and well in 2001.

Bart admits he’s not happy to hear Regis’ voice, making him about as pussified as Amy’s sister.  But he’s going to try to win that dishwasher for his gal.

Powers away those pesky spots of skunk spray!

Amy’s dog will be happy to go back to just licking its balls.

Amy carefully reads off the question, making sure to speak loudly enough for Bart to hear her voice from 2,000 miles away even without the phone.  It’s never good when halfway through the thirty seconds, your long distance lifeline asks you to repeat the question.  She does so, even spelling out two of the choices, and leaving just 8 seconds for Bart to quit staring at his fingernails and give a fucking answer…

Bart: I’m gonna go with A. Velum!

Amy: How sure?

Bart: About 60…

Amy: Is it a guess!?!?

Bart: Na…..

tick tick tick

TIME’S UP!

It’s uncertain what Bart was trying to spit out of his mouth as the thirty seconds expired on the phone a friend meter, and all communications to the Mountain Time Zone were cut off.

What did he say, Regis?  What did he say!?!?!?

What did he say, Regis? What did he say!?!?!?

It sounded like he was starting to answer Amy’s final query with “No”, that his answer wasn’t a guess… but then again, he only stated 60% confidence in Velum anyway.  That might be fine and dandy for a President’s approval rating, but for a question that literally meant the difference between leaving with $1,000 and $32,000, that wouldn’t be very convincing for me, and it certainly wasn’t for Amy.

This is where Good Regis, who I raved about a few posts back in this series, went to work…

Look Amy, I don't want to have to pitch yet another shit fit on this set today... so let me give you some advice here...

Look Amy, I don’t want to have to pitch yet another shit fit on this set today… so let me give you some advice here…

Whether it’s the strong, silent type like Ed Toutant, or the bubbly, vivacious kind of contestant that Amy was, Regis was always the contestant’s biggest champion.  Even though those of us dying in Finalist Puragtory are shooting Superman-like laser beams out of our eyes at her by this point, Regis’ main concern is always with the person who’s sitting right in front of him… and he wanted Amy to get this question right so she’d leave with a nice chunk of ABC’s spare change.

So Regis tries to talk some sense into Amy in case she had any wild ideas about blindly going with Bart’s 60% guess and asks if she’d like to use that 50/50 to see if Velum survives the cut or not.  As much as Amy would love to save that lifeline for later, she knows she’s up Shit Creek without a boat oar, and realizes that Regis’ advice to sanity-check Bart is wise….

And lo and behold….

Oh Bart!!!!  You BASTARD!!!

Oh, Bart!!!! You BASTARD!!!

Goodbye Cusp, and more importantly, goodbye to Bart’s answer of Velum.  Amy’s totally losing it over the fact that the only lead she had for this question has just disappeared like dirt under the fingernail, while Regis is having even more fun mocking Bart on national primetime television than I am on this blog that’s read by a few dedicated readers and maybe a possum or two.  “So much for the big, bad computer programmer, whatever that is, whatever he does!”  Methinks Regis may be a closet technophobe…

So I catch Gelman in the restroom taking a picture of himself in the mirror with this strange, flat device with a screen on it... I was so confused by this machine that i didn't even notice he was only wearing a pair of your underwear.

So I catch Gelman in the restroom taking a picture of himself in the mirror with this strange, flat device with a screen on it… I was so confused by this machine that I didn’t even notice he was only wearing a pair of your underwear.

Regis then further chides Amy by saying he’d advised her to call a woman instead… a woman would have known this!  What exactly this statement says about Amy, who I’m pretty sure is a female herself, only Da Reege himself could explain.

One more sexist comment like that, Regis, and I'm impaling you on my steed!

One more sexist comment like that, Regis, and I’m impaling you on my steed!

Oh my, oh dear…. what is Amy going to do now?  She has no earthly idea what the answer to this question is, and all of the help she is allowed under the game’s official rules is gone.  She already had to ask the audience about petty officers, she called Bart, she found out he’s a 60% dumbass with the 50/50.  There’s no more lifelines left, Amy….

Or is there?

Are you ready for your fourth lifeline now, dear?

Are you ready for your fourth lifeline now, dear?

It turns out Regis knows the answer to this question, or at least thinks he does… and he knows just how to get Amy to realize what it is…

Regis: “LUN-ula…. where does LUN-ula come from?”

And suddenly, an entire studio audience just had a Mentos moment...

And suddenly, an entire studio audience just had a Mentos moment…

I will swear on any Bible that will not burn my hand that the sound of mental light bulbs popping as soon as Regis gave that careful breakdown of Lunula was actually audible.  There was just a vibe that this question seemed as foreign to almost everyone else in the studio as it obviously was to Amy… and that vibe totally disappeared the millisecond Regis let loose with the key to deciphering this question….

LUN-ula….

LUNA

LUNA

MOON

MOON

HOLY SHIT!

HOLY SHIT!

As nastily as Regis had just mocked Bart, who was 2/3 of the way across the country and would have to wait two weeks to hear how much he was made fun of, Regis just made us all look like total morons by showing us that the key to unlocking this fucked up question was right in front of our faces the whole damn time!  Like myself, Amy catches on right away, and a smile almost returns to her face.

Almost...

Well, almost…

To be fair, and to make it look like he wasn’t intentionally feeding Amy any of his superior knowledge, Regis then asks her what Axilla sounds like.

This was Amy's answer... I swear to Godzilla!

This was Amy’s answer… I swear to Godzilla!

Once everyone is done laughing at Amy’s divine comedy, it’s back to the serious business of this question.  Sure, Lunula looks like it’s correct…. but then again, we all thought Tomato looked correct on Ed’s fatal question not even a half hour ago.  Regis has done his job of putting Amy on what he believes to be the correct track, and now the final decision is up to her.  Leave with $16,000… more than enough to get a dishwasher, a tattoo, and even a tattoo for her new dishwasher.  Or press on and risk getting the boot with just a grand in pocket for the chance at $32,000 and beyond….

Well, what’s it going to be, Amy?

........

……..

tickticktickticktick……

Don't mind us, Amy.  Take all the fucking time you need...

Don’t mind us, Amy. Take all the fucking time you need…

tickticktickticktick……

Don't mind the civilization crumbling around you... you've got all the time you need!

Don’t mind the civilization crumbling around you… your time is limited to only the lifespan of the universe itself!

Amy starts talking about what she could buy with $1,000…. a decent dishwasher.  She could get a whole new kitchen for $32,000.

She could afford nine funerals for those who starved to death on her watch...

She could afford nine funerals for those who starved to death on her watch…

Amy:  I gotta go for it!

Regis: OK

Amy: I gotta try

Regis: I understand…

Amy: The one that makes sense…

Regis: ….is?

Amy: C.

Regis: Lunula

It was really cute how Regis seemed to be finishing Amy’s thoughts for her.  At this point, I don’t think it was so much out of trying to help her advance as it was trying to get her to either shit or get off the Hot Pot.  Regis doesn’t have the same financial stake in Amy’s stalling that me and my eight cohorts surrounding her do, but even he seems to be getting a bit impatient now.  He has things to do and people to see, and he’s not getting any younger…

I'm praying to Godzilla that we get out of here before midnight!

I’m praying to Godzilla that we get out of here before midnight!

Amy starts to babble back the reasoning behind how Lunula connects to crescent shaped markings, the whole while looking for more assurance from Regis, who is completely done helping her out.  In air time, seven minutes have already passed since this question was first posed to Amy… it’s been even longer in the real time of the studio.  What’s worse is because of the slow pace Amy has proceeded at, it feels like she’s had this question for an eternity now!

You know, how you all feel reading this series.

You know, like how you all feel reading this series.

“I’m just trying to get through the day!” Regis finally retorts to her indecisiveness and attempt at maybe drawing another hint, getting another laugh from a studio audience that desperately needs a pee break.  Legend is, Regis once had a contestant take 52 minutes to answer a single question… and while it hasn’t been anywhere near that long yet with Amy’s $32,000 query, the day sure seems to be dragging along…

tickticktickticktick……

We interrupt this Millionaire Journey post for this breaking news!

We interrupt your Millionaire Journey post for this breaking news!

Amy’s finally decided to go for it!

C.

Lunula

FINAL ANSWER!

Dishwasher accomplished.

Dishwasher accomplished.

And we’re going to commercial break #3….

It's almost a mercy killing at this point...

It’s almost a mercy killing at this point…

And if you survived this week’s post, congratulations.  You are a real trooper, and a true blue fan of The Saga.  And since this edition didn’t get even close to as far along as I wanted to get… that means I get to tack on one more post to the series!  Yes, the neverending story just got even more neverendinger…

Sigh....

Sigh….

Me, Amy and Regis will see you next Friday!

 

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Evil Squirrel’s Nest Comic #126 — 9/25/14

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Lost And Found

Who needs a haircut, anyway?

Who needs a haircut, anyway?

meccamuzakmondaysHappy Monday to everyone, and welcome to this week’s rockin’ version of Mecca Muzak Monday!  The last few weeks, I’ve featured some acts that didn’t need much of an introduction since they had already achieved some mainstream success.  Well, on the advice of some people, DJ Scratchy thought it was time to go back to showcasing some talent that probably still needs to prop open their guitar case while performing to collect tips, and that was fine by me!

So today’s musical guest of The Nest is the California quintet Rooney, a band who was named after…

No...

No…

No...

No…

You're a terrible guesser...

You’re a terrible guesser…

DING! DING! DING! DING!!!!

DING! DING! DING! DING!!!!

Yes, they were named after Jeffrey Jones’ character Principal Ed Rooney in the classic movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”  These young California dudes have been together for just over a decade, forming the band while several members were still in high school, and have tasted small doses of popular success over that time.  But their only Top 100 pop hit is also a song that was included on the first two Mecca muzak CD’s that spun over the PA this year…

From 2007, here is Rooney’s wonderful little melody about love gone bad, “When Did Your Heart Go Missing?”

Rooney’s a little bit alternative, a little bit of rock, and a dash of 80’s new wave.  It all comes together to create an awesome sound in this 3 and a half minute tune that kept shoppers dancing down the aisles in the first half of 2014…

They don't play Rooney at Tarjhay...

They don’t play Rooney at Tarjhay…

Enjoy the week, and come back for more in-store earworms next Monday!

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