See Jane Run

Ah, bedtime for Zeeba!

Has the heat got your summer started off as a bummer?  Well, let The Nest bring you relief in the form of another windy earworm!  It’s Monday, so it’s time once again to scoop up another lost song that got fried on nostalgia’s sidewalk and serve it up in that giant outdoor cafe of good old music we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive!  DJ Scratchy is ready to have you sweating to the oldies, while the Sponkies refuse to come out of their air conditioned rooms.  It may not be late September, but it’s time to take you back to earworm school…

I first started paying attention to music around 1983 or so, and as far as I was concerned, the artists who I was hearing on the radio or watching on MTV were all a part of the same musical era.  Paul McCartney singing along with Michael Jackson was just as totally 80’s as ZZ Top and that new band Chicago with the cool hit “Stay the Night.”  Of course, I’d learn later on in life that Sir Paul, ZZ Top, Chicago, and even an 80’s legend like The King of Pop had already been in the music business for decades, performing songs before I was even thought of…

I just called to say I love you…. hey, not a bad first song, Stevie! You’ll go places!

One of the many artists who’d been around for a while that got lumped in with all the other 80’s artists I adored is Rod Stewart.  Stewart was an even more extreme case for me, though, as it wasn’t until the early 90’s that I learned he even had a singing career in the 1970’s, let alone was more successful then.  Doesn’t matter, though, because this will always be what I consider to be Rod the Mod’s very first song…

“Baby Jane” was released in 1983, and got a lot of airplay on the music video shows.  It was a #14 hit in the US, and his last #1 in the UK, where he’s known as Sir Rod or some such nonsense.  Despite it being the first of a long string of songs I knew him for in my decade (“Infatuation,” “Some Guys Have All The Luck,” “Love Touch,” “Forever Young,” etc…), it’s largely forgotten and no longer heard in the US anymore.  Actually, most of 1980’s Rod Stewart seems to have been lost in the black hole of shittiness that is modern corporate radio.  If you hear Rodney’s raspy voice these days, it’ll probably be crooning one of his 70’s songs…

Do you think I’m sexy?

As for the “Baby Jane” video…. well, it’s totally 80’s, packed with all of the cheesy visual effects so many other videos had that made you wonder if you needed to adjust one of the ten knobs on your big box TV set.  That includes Rod and his band’s gaudy 80’s fashion, and of course the titular Jane in a hot pink spandex bodysuit…

Madame Onassis got nothing on you, Jane!

Alright all you young turks, be sure to tune in next Monday for another totally mod lost hit…

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Weekend Threesome – 6/20/21

Sharing my week that was is as easy as one, two, three!  Here’s a trio of observations that shouldn’t take you away from your Sunday brunch (as opposed to Wednesday linner) for very long…

While on one of my walks this week, the house at the corner that marks the halfway point of my 2.7 mile jaunts had its automatic sprinklers on…. which were positioned right by the sidewalk, and of course, sprayed both ways.  Through fortunate timing, I happened to pass while they were pointed away… preventing me from having to finish the walk soaked on a sunny day.

it’s like passing a kid armed with a hose…

That being said…. I’m on record with despising yard work.  But hey, to each their own.  If you want to bust your balls to make your yard look like it belongs in a gated community country club, knock yourself out.  But for Dog effing sakes…. QUIT WASTING WATER ON YOUR FUCKING “LAWN!!!!!”

Seriously, it rains enough to keep the grass looking decent.  And when it doesn’t….. well, you probably shouldn’t be using water on frivolous things like your lawn anyway.  During the drought of 2012, when we went about three summer months without rain with triple digits temps, you could tell who the lawn watering assholes were by whether their precious lawns looked like the Mojave Desert or the lush green fields of Ireland.  Never mind that pesky water restriction that the city didn’t bother enforcing… probably because most of our officials had Irish yards themselves.

This lawn looks just as good as yours, water wasting prick!

Stop the insanity already!  There are thirsty kids in China who are more important than your damn lawn!

From my trusty weather source…

We hit a record high of 101 on Friday, beating the old record of 100 from 1953. It is also the hottest temperature in nearly 4 years, since July 22nd, 2017 when we hit 108.

Yeah, it was pretty warm Friday…. not that you could tell by the fact that my neighbor picked that day, of all days, to cut their grass.  Even the squirrels were out and about until late morning… which is very unusual for them to be active when it’s that warm.

Almost…. (pant) made it….. to….. (pant) the shade!

You know what’s more frustrating than having to reset a blinking digital clock that’s one minute ahead?

Hmmmmm? Sorry, I’m constipated at both ends…

Getting lunch on Friday and finding out the price of my usual’s gone up a dime, which with tax took it from $11.90 to $12.01.  And of course, I only brought a $20 bill with me….

More gold for the Shelf’s treasury!

The four pennies went in my cup holder……… for next time!

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A Squirrel’s Stuff

I know I put that nutcracker in here somewhere!

It’s a fact of life, we all have a lot of stuff, and not a whole lot of room to keep it.  When our stuff gets in the way, we find all kinds of nooks and crannies to keep it in.  Small stuff and miscellaneous gadgetry can go in the junk drawer we all have in the kitchen.  All those clothes we’re never going to wear, but keep around because you never know when leisure suits might come back in style, can be tossed asunder inside a moth infested closet (or wardrobes, for some of you).  You might have a spare bedroom now that your 37 year old child has finally moved out…. hey, let’s unclutter the house and move it all in there!  For the really big stuff, there’s backyard sheds…. and really, garages weren’t meant to actually provide shelter for your car…. move everything else in there and let the birds crap on the car under your oak tree!  And if you’re a world class hoarder, there’s probably no fewer than fifteen storage facilities nearby who’d be more than happy to charge you a monthly fee to keep all the stuff you have no use for anymore!

Squirrels are notorious scatter hoarders, so no doubt they have all kinds of caches full of the things they treasure all over their territory.  This squirrel’s digging around for something he needs inside his tree shed in the photo above.  If he’s like most people, he’ll find all kinds of things he was looking for months ago, but not that particular nut he was actually seeking out.  But he’ll keep turning that stash over until he finds it, because it’s always in the last place you look.  This week’s Saturday Squirrel will win the storage wars…

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Share Your World – Week 128

I’d be tired too if I had to blow that thing up…

The Nest is continuing its countdown of items that were not very popular when I started working at Mecca in 1998, but that have since become the big must-have swag everyone wants to blow their money on.  We’re getting into the real “Holy crap, did those become BIG!” territory now… and at #4 on our list is air mattresses!  What was once a novelty item for camping trips or for use as an emergency place to sleep in case that brand new futon you ordered from Rent-A-Center took a little too long to show has now become perfectly acceptable for use as a normal bed.  People have been buying these things like crazy for the past few years, and they now take up two entire sections in the sporting goods department, and even branched out into the regular bedding area about five years ago!  All I can say is the people who buy these things must not live with cats….

SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSsssssssssssssssss…………..

Now it’s time to use my head full of hot air to answer this week’s Share Your World questions, provided as always by Melanie

Take caution not to overinflate the planet…

What did you learn the hard way?

Not to trust people who are cheerfully waving you on to make a left turn in front of them

I couldn’t have damaged your truck that much, sir. I can still see my reflection in the wax job!

Which activities make you lose track of time?

I somehow managed to waste 50 minutes trying to think of an answer to this question, and still came up empty!

Let me answer for the stupid squirrel, dude!

Why do we seem to think of others the most after they’re gone?

I move on too well from people in real life for this to be an issue.  Chances are, I wasn’t thinking of them even before they were gone… and certainly not after.

It would help if they went away for good…

Is it possible to know the truth without challenging it first?

The only truth that can be known is unchallengeable… the basic, undisputable facts of our universe and existence.  The application of those facts in our world and everyday life is very challengeable, but that’s what makes it NOT truth, even though people like to refer to these inferences as “truths.”

We hold these truths to be self evident…….. BULLSHIT!!!!!!!!

Couldn’t have said it better myself!

GRATITUDE SECTION:

It’s gonna be 100 degrees tomorrow!  Summer is here….

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