Shot Through The Heart

Hold still, Buster!

Ready to get another great week started?  No?  Well, too bad!  Because The Nest is gonna pump you up the only way we know how… with another awesome lost Monday earworm!  This is the day we rummage through our tampon boxes full of imaginary 45’s to find another forgotten favorite from that jumpin’ jukebox we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive!  Nobody will be snoozing on DJ Scratchy’s watch….. well, except when it’s the Sponkies’ nap time.

In 1980, a British pop band by the name of Vice Versa changed its name to ABC.  While that trick didn’t quite get their records sorted in the rack before ABBA and Aaliyah, the name change did coincide with their first breakout success… the 1982 album The Lexicon of LoveLexicon was one of the biggest albums of the year in the UK, but not so much in the US where its two hits only did moderately well on the Hot 100.  Luckily for us Yanks, there was MTV…

That’s the look, that’s the look, the look of a great video!

“The Look of Love” only hit #18 in the US despite a quirky and hilarious video that played a lot on MTV.  And faring even worse was their other single from that landmark album, which also had a great video and is an even better song.  If you were alive in the early 80’s, you have to remember this one….

“Poison Arrow” only made it to #25, but while it may have lacked in radio airplay, it made up for in this three minute theatrical masterpiece.  That girl who’s crushing Martin Fry’s heart in the video is even a bonafide Real Housewife of Beverly Hills.

As the weird musical interplay between Britain and its former colonies often goes, ABC’s next big venture, the album How To Be A Zillionaire, was a relative failure over there.  But it was their next big step to fame in America thanks to the single “Be Near Me,” which became their first US Top 10 hit.

Oh, and half of the band at that time had no musical talent at all….

If Milli Vanilli can be a success with two stiffs, why not ABC?

The weird midget with the glasses is David Yarritu, and the girl next to him is Fiona Russell Powell.  After everyone but Fry and keyboardist Mark White left the band after The Lexicon of Love, the remaining duo decided to bring Yarritu and Fiona along for the ride because it gave the band a unique look on stage.  And that was about all either of them contributed to the Zillionaire era of ABC.  Nice work if you can get it….

I better end this post before I get struck by lightning…

I’ll raise my aim for another awesome hit from the past next Monday!

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Weekend Threesome – 5/15/22

Three cheers for The Nest’s Sunday time killer known as the Weekend Threesome!  Three oddball bits from the past week I thought you should know about…

I enjoyed a nice five day respite from work this week before going back last night.  But before that, I still had to work last weekend, and I took my first break Sunday night on our lawn and garden patio.

The same patio where I once met these two…

One of the guys laying the new floor also came out for a smoke break (Which is what the front door’s for, but as I’ve learned from previous remodels, the construction peeps are treated like they have diplomatic immunity).  Anyway, he paced around while making a phone call to…. I’d assume some kind of significant other.  It’s actually rare to only get to listen to one side of a cellphone call these days given how many people use one of those face to face apps, whatever they’re called…

The flooring company he works for is based way out in the sticks of Illinois, and he was wanting her to bring something to him… but was trying to budget for how much gas that trip would eat up.  He advised her to only put a few dollars in the tank at home, which should let her make it to some place down the highway where he said it was 40 cents cheaper a gallon.  But then he had another tip….

“And use cruise control once you get on the highway!” he advised.

One awkward pause later…..

“Not birth control, CRUISE control!”

Thankfully my break was about over at that time, because I needed to get back inside the store so I could laugh like a hyena….

In the comments of my Saturday Squirrel post from two weeks ago, Lynette used the word plinth to describe the brick memorial the squirrel was standing on.  That’s a great word I hadn’t heard in ages, and as it always seems to go, I came across that word again just this past week in an amusing story from one of my bathroom readers!

A squirrel on his plinth.

This snippet appeared in Uncle John’s Curiously Compelling Bathroom Reader under the category “Oops!” which chronicles amusing mistakes people have made, and was reprinted from the British newspaper The Telegraph:

“One of Britain’s most prestigious art galleries put a block of slate on display, topped by a small piece of wood, in the mistaken belief it was a work of art.  The Royal Academy included the chunk of stone and the small bone-shaped wooden stick in its summer exhibition in London.  But the slate was actually a plinth — a slab on which a pedestal is placed — and the stick was designed to prop up a sculpture.  The sculpture itself — of a human head — was nowhere to be seen.  The Academy explained away the error by saying the parts were sent to the exhibition separately.  ‘Given their separate submission,’ it said in a statement, ‘the two parts were judged independently.  The head was rejected.  The base was thought to have merit and was accepted.'”

Just more proof that art is always in the eye of the beholder…

Perhaps the head was Carl Barger’s… in which case, I don’t blame them for displaying the plinth.

And finally, just a nag on Mother Nature….

It shouldn’t have surprised me that after a relatively cool Spring so far that it would just suddenly turn right into summer…. but 90’s with humidity in the second week of May!  That was just cruel…

Guess I’ll have to turn the fan on early this year…

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The Evil Eye

Don’t even think about taking my nut!

We tend to think of a squirrel’s eyes as looking like murky orbs of black without a whole lot of color or character to them.  But in certain light, the sciurine eye looks like more than just an onyx void.

Check out the reflection on this squirrel’s eye… there’s almost a faint glow to it that makes it a tad demonic looking.  Combined with that dirty look on his face, this is one Saturday Squirrel that should definitely not be messed with.  Jeepers creepers!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Share Your World – Week 175

You got lucky, let me tell you…

On May 12, 1846 two pioneer families and their assorted posse left Independence, Missouri, following a long wagon train westward to California along the legendary Oregon Trail.  While nobody remembers the Reeds, that other family name is well known in American history for all the wrong reasons….. the Donners.  Yes, this is the Donner Party that wound up snowbound in the Sierra Nevada Mountains over the ensuing winter and resorted to eating whatever edibles they had around, including expired members.

I’ll drink to that…

While the Donner Party suffered a long string of misfortunes along the way that claimed the lives of 39 of its 87 members, what sealed their fate was bad advice on a “shortcut” off the Oregon Trail known as the Hastings Pass.  The rugged terrain of the pass put them a month behind schedule and is the sole reason they were unable to beat the winter snows before reaching California.  Just remember the fate of the Donner Party the next time someone tips you off to a shortcut….

And now it’s time to stop wondering where on earth Timothy went and answer this week’s Share Your World questions!  Hosted as always by Melanie….

Mmmmmm, I could sure go for a hand sandwich right about now!

What two totally normal things become really weird if you do them back to back? 

Preheat your oven, then adopt a pet.


What is something that you just recently realized that you are embarrassed by, that you didn’t realize embarrassed you?

That most of my Shelf critters are naked…….. and male.

Mitzi can’t make up for my shelf full of sausage…

If  Australia (including New Zealand and Tasmania – which I KNOW are different countries); the UK, Ireland, Germany, the USA, and Brazil or Italy were represented by one food, which would it be for each?

I admitted in my Millionaire Journey that I’m not good with food trivia…

Let’s see, there’s English muffins, Irish stew, German chocolate, Brazil nuts, Italian sausage and American cheese.  I guess Australia can have the yam, because you know about yams….

Love those 80’s movie quotes!

What might happen if Goldilocks and the Three Bears were set in modern times?

Goldilocks would have taken a selfie of herself eating Baby Bear’s porridge and gotten gruesomely mauled while she was distracted…


Where was the most most embarrassing or inappropriate place you’ve passed audible gas?

There are no embarrassing or inappropriate places to perform necessary bodily functions.

Eddie Murphy making a jacuzzi….. more great 80’s movie quotes!

If you celebrate it, how was your Mother’s Day?

Well, it was better than last year when I spent the morning in the ER.  Of course, I’m not really a mother, I just always get called one…..

Bonus: Mothers Day on The Shelf!

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Millennial Bug

a box full of junk

Is that….????  Yes it is!  It’s The Nest’s box of photographic junk you used to see here every Wednesday!  I’ve tried a few times to jump start my Random Image Inspiration feature since the last time it appeared here nine months ago, always being thwarted by bad results.  And this time was no different, but I was bound and determined to get some random inspiration even if I had to cheat a little!

Now, let’s see the little used Randomator spit out for us this time….

34, 1, 76, 95

The 34th post in my Reader was this one by Melanie.

The 1st word in that post is “mmmm!”

The 76th word in that post (wrapping around to the beginning) is “today”

Putting “mmmm today” into Google Images brought up exactly 20 results, few of which were images and many of them were just thumbnails.  So for today, to hell with that final number… the entire result is going to be today’s inspirational image!

“Grrrrrrrr!!!!!!” Rylee growled in frustration as she visibly shook like a leaf and finally slammed her smartphone down on the mattress.

“Honey, what seems to be the trouble?” Rylee’s mom asked as she poked her head in her daughter’s bedroom door.  “I haven’t seen you this upset since that boy put a frog in your backpack”

“Mother, this is even worse!!!!!”  Rylee picked up the phone and showed it to her mom.


“Dear, why are you looking up possum anatomy?”

“I have a super huge important research paper on possums for biology class due TOMORROW!!!  And Google is being STUPID again!!!”

“I’m sorry dear, but….”

“Just TWENTY results!!!  And none of them are even any good!”

“Well, you know….”

“This one here is some kinky porn site from New Zealand!  This one just has some dumb recipes for roadkill!”

“Rylee dear….”

“And THIS ONE just has some cartoon possum that keeps getting killed!  I can’t write some stupid paper with just these crappy results!  I’m DOOMED!!!!!”

Rylee’s mom sat on the bed and put her arm around her poor, doomed daughter.  “There there, honey.”

“This is awful Mom!” Rylee says between sobs.  “I remember when Google used to bring back THOUSANDS of results!”

“I know dear, I know.  I got through school on Google as well, back when you could get millions of results for any search.”

“Millions!?!? No way!!!”

“Really.  And we had Wikipedia, which everyone used to plagiarize back in the good old days…. before……”

“The termites?”

“Yes, the virtual termites the Russian hackers created in 2025.  They’ve been chewing up everything on the internet for ten years now.”

Rylee’s mom continued, “Hardly anything left to look at there other than a few under the radar sites that have somehow survived the bugs.  Now if you want to do real research, you have to use a….”

“Mom, don’t start talking about those ‘libraries’ again!  I heard they’re full of nothing but ancient artifacts!”

“Books, dear.”

“How am I supposed write a stupid research paper using BOOKS!?!?!?”

Rylee’s mom was stumped for an answer…….

“Let me call your grandmother….”

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