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ET Phone Home!

Today is Extraterrestrial Abductions Day.

Yeah, I was surprised too.

There really is a day for this which proves to me that we are desperate for reasons to party!

A relatively new holiday, it origins are unclear, but I’m sure weed, peyote, and gin were involved.

It stems from a 2008 Toronto celebration called Alien Abduction Day.

Oh Canada!

Seems Alien is a non-PC word, so Extraterrestrial it is!

The celebration can take many forms, but don’t look for any marches or pink hats.

Tin foil maybe, pink no.

Folks generally sit out in the yard waiting and wishing to be abducted by aliens.

Hey, it’s a reason to party, and it’s Monday, so bring on the tin foil and phone home ET!

Today is my 2,500th post, I know, I know, it should have been more monumental.

Have a great Monday.

UP On The Roof.

On January 30, 1969, The Beatles along with keyboard player Billy Preston surprised their business district neighbors with a rooftop concert at their headquarters.

In a 42 minute set, fans heard five different Beatles’ songs played several different ways.

All was going well until the Bobbies showed UP and demanded the lower the volume.

No one knows for sure whose idea it was and many insist it was impromptu.

It wasn’t.

Planned days earlier, George Harrison brought in Preston.  Harrison was hoping Preston’s presence would cement the rapidly dividing group.

It didn’t.

Drummer Ringo Starr said “…there was a plan to play somewhere.  We were wondering where we could go…the Palladium or the Sahara…but we would have to take all the stuff, so we decided, ‘Let’s go UP on the roof.’”

Engineer Alan Parsons recorded the event on two eight-track recorders and a film director brought in a camera crew to preserve the event for history.

Five stores below, spectators, some who were on lunch, were confused, but word quickly spread and the crowds began to gather.

That’s when the cops showed UP.

As the band played on, the Apple employees refused to let the police inside until threatened with arrest.

Realizing the concert would eventually be shut down; they played on for a few minutes to the delight of the crowd.

When they stopped, John Lennon said, “I’d like to say thank you on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we’ve passed the audition.”

It was their last public appearance as a group.

It’s A Mary Story…

I went to see Manchester by the Sea on Christmas Day.

So not a Christmas movie, so not.

Sad, depressing, foul language beyond the pale; it was a bad choice.

Now, don’t get me wrong.  The acting, story, script, etc. all great.

It was just sad, sad, sad.

The death of his brother is just the beginning of one sad event after another.

And, it has one of those endings you have to make UP yourself.

It’s what we used to call a Mary Story.

Mary stories don’t have an ending, they just stop.

We called them, and by we, I mean Connie, Kim, and I, called them Mary Stories because of our mutual friend Mary.

Her stories just stopped, they didn’t end.

The Subject Was Roses comes to mind.

They leave you hanging, and I don’t mean in a “who shot JR” kind of way.

They just stop – no ending – no resolution – no answers.

Manchester by the Sea is one of those, it’s a Mary Story.

But the acting’s good, and the UP side is I never thought I’d say that about Casey Afleck.

Put Em UP!

Happy Boxing Day!!

Boxing Day?

Happy Boxing Day to Lizzi Lewis, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, the royal fam, and all my British friends.

“Boxing Day?” you ask.

It has nothing to do with pugilism.

Boxing day is a holiday celebrated the day after Christmas in the UK and the Commonwealth nations. The Uncommon ones celebrate as well.

It is the second day of Christmastide, sort of like the Eve after Christmas, rather than Christmas Eve.  We on this side of the pond apparently haven’t the patience of our forefathers.

So, where’s it come from?

Well, of course there are several theories – none written in stone.

The OED says it dates back to the 1830s, calling it the first week-day after Christmas and is a day on which letter carriers, errand boys, and servants receive a Christmas box.

OH, Boxing day, I get it!

But, it may be older.  The term Christmas-box dates back to the 17th century, and generally contained a gratuity.

Sorta like tipping the doorman, mailman, paperboy, stuff like that.

Samuel Pepys’ diary mentions the customer and links it to an older tradition.  Since servants would wait on the master on Christmas Day, they were allowed the following day to visit their families and the master would give them boxes containing gifts, cash, and even food – leftover from the family Christmas Dinner…hey, you’ve seen Downton Abbey, no one eats like that and stays as skinny as Ladies Mary and Edith!

So, although there might be a football game on the telly here in America, don’t go looking for a boxing match.

That’s not what Boxing Day is all about.