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Frank, Dean, and Bing “Together”

I think this is a clip from the 1959 TV special “Bing Crosby And Dean Martin Present High Hopes.” The song is “Together (Wherever We Go)” from the musical “Gypsy.” Charley Weaver, who is mentioned in the song, was a character played by comedian Cliff Arquette.

Remember a few days ago I mentioned that I just HAD to learn to play the recorder? Well I decided that, since I never learned to play an instrument when I was a kid, the Beautiful Girl just HAS to learn to play the recorder too. In other words, we’re doing it “together!” (See what I did there?) It’s an extremely cheap way to introduce the girl to some basic music concepts but that’s just the icing on the cake. More importantly, I get to lovingly heap just a bit more of my personal baggage onto my kiddo. That way, when the inevitable need for therapy arises, she can work out my issues as well as her own. It just makes more sense from a time and money management standpoint. After all, being dysfunctional is no excuse for being inefficient!

RIP Betty Garrett

Betty Garrett passed away on February 12 at UCLA Medical Center. She was 91. She got her start singing and acting on Broadway and then signed with MGM in 1947 where she made several musicals. In the 70s she began working in television. I remember her best as Archie Bunker’s neighbor Irene Lorenzo and then as Laverne and Shirley’s landlady Edna Babish. This clip is from the movie “On The Town.” The song is “Come On Up To My Place.”

RIP Ms. Garrett.

Christmas Is Coming…

The song was written by Irving Berlin and first introduced by Dick Powell and Alice Faye in the 1937 movie “On The Avenue.” Here Sinatra sings it on “The Frank Sinatra Show” (1950-1952). I’ve seen several clips from Frank’s shows and even a full episode or two and I think it would have been my variety show of choice if I were watching back then.

I like Christmas music whether it contains the word or not but I do love the winter themed songs. Here’s one of my favorites.  Johnny Mathis Christmas albums were the soundtrack of our holiday season when I was growing up so we heard this version of “Marshmallow World” often.

I picked this one because it’s my favorite one that doesn’t mention the “C” word but our real favorite from the album was “The Sound Of Christmas.” It contains the magical line “Silver bells that tinkle on a tree.” It’s pretty funny now but trust me, when you’re 8, anything that tinkles on a tree  is comedy GOLD!

Sinatra, Bushkin and the Romantically Impaired

Wikipedia says Joe wrote the melody in 1941 (lyrics by John DeVries). But then it says Sinatra recorded it for the first time on October 24, 1940 which would be a neat trick! I am not sure which date is wrong but I guess the main point is that it’s a great song. This particular version is from a 1957 album called “A Swingin’ Affair.”

Sinatra would have been about 25 when he recorded the song for the first time and recently wed to wife number one. Clearly he cared about a whole lot of love because he married three more times. Joe Bushkin also cared about love. He and his lovely bride met before he left for service in World War II and, as far as I can tell, they stayed together and lived happily ever after.

I think most of us chronically single folks would freely admit that, for whatever reason, we’ve not cared over much about matters of the heart. I don’t think most of us are unhappy about it either. Problems only arise when potentially attractive people do happen to cross our paths. Most of us have few if any coping skills in the unlikely event that flirting might or should occur. I propose we set up a Foundation for the Amorously Apathetic and Romantically Timid. It would be a place where we can go to learn the necessary skill set when we find we suddenly need to acquire “game.” Of course FAART may not be the sexiest acronym, but these are the sorts of things we can work on!

On A Bender With Blue Eyes And Bing

“Well Did You Eva” was written in 1939 for a Broadway musical but it was added to the 1956 movie “High Society” at the last minute because Bing and Sinatra didn’t have a number together. I have never seen the movie but according to IMDB it’s based on “The Philadelphia Story” which I also haven’t seen. The person who wrote the IMDB synopsis seems to have loved “The Philadelphia Story” and HATED “High Society!” I can’t find either one streaming online and that’s seriously bumming me out! Apparently it’s a love triangle (well square really with three men and a little lady). I really wanna know who Katherine Hepburn/Grace Kelly picked. If I had to make a guess I’d say it was almost certainly Cary Grant/Bing Crosby. I’m sure Google would give me the answer but where’s the fun in that?

You may find this hard to believe but there are some who consider me a bit of a drama queen. I know, I was shocked to hear it too! I’m sure no one who reads this staid and somber thread would ever get the impression that I have a flair for the dramatic! Okay, perhaps I am a tad “colorful” at times. The sad thing is, even with all this fabulous dramatic flair, I have almost no acting talent. I say “almost” because there is actually one thing I do pretty well. Like Sinatra in that clip, I’m told I do a pretty good fake drunk. In fact it’s my standard show stopping party piece (meaning I did it at a party once and some people laughed). My point in mentioning this (and if you’ve been reading this thread at all and you’re still expecting a point I pity your frustration) is that because my talent matches his in this one, admittedly limited area, I now feel confident in telling everyone I meet that I am every bit as talented as Frank Sinatra!

Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music + Jobim

This is a clip from a 1967 TV special called “Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music + Ella + Jobim.” This clip features the songs”Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars,” “Change Partners,” “I Concentrate On You,” and “The Girl From Ipanema.” Sinatra and Jobim had also recorded an album together earlier that year which featured all of those songs plus a few others.

I doubt it’d be fun to get “Girl From Ipanema” like attention all the time. I don’t think anyone would be thrilled to make every single “boy she passes go ‘ah’.” It is nice, however, to be noticed on occasion by the people we find attractive. It used to happen to me a bit more often when I was younger and cuter but it still occasionally happens even now. I was even gazed at from across a crowded room at a panel discussion I attended just last winter. I never did talk to the guy so I have no idea what that was really about. I have chosen to believe it was because I was at least sort of interesting to look at and not because I had something giant and green hanging from my nose.

The Great Minneapolis Adventure

Here’s a handy geography tip for the gentle reader: Minneapolis is NOT the same as Milwaukee. I’m sure you’re all as shocked to hear it as I was. Not only that, neither city was even willing to consider relocating to save me a little cash on the non-refundable hotel reservation I accidentally made in the wrong place! Yeesh, some municipalities! I had to fake cry my way through about seven phone calls to get a refund. But once I got booked into the right city and state, I actually did “make it on my own” to the hotel without incident.


My internet friend gang was already pretty stoked that we were going to get to meet each other and see some of Minneapolis and see w00tstock. Then serendipity smiled on the nerdy and we found out we could also see J Elvis Weinstein at the ACME Comedy Club! Mr J was performing with the very funny Chris Bliss. Only Super Geeky had heard of him in our group but apparently he’s quite famous. The two performed tag team style. They went for 90 minutes and I don’t think I stopped laughing once! Then when the stand up was done Chris did the amazing routine in the video. The crowd went wild of course. They closed the show with Chris juggling to a Fat Boy Slim song sung by Josh. Josh even got into the juggling a bit too. It was awesome! I know I saw some folks with cameras out bootlegging it but unfortunately no one’s uploaded it to You Tube that I could find. After the show Josh found us and chatted for a bit. Unfortunately we had all gotten up at the crack of dawn to get to the show on time so we were all pretty brain dead. I don’t think anyone said anything brilliant but I hope we were at least coherent! I attempted for the fourth time to get a pic with a Titan. I am convinced I’m cursed though so I’m betting that picture will never see the light of day.


Mall of America! Okay, it’s a totally touristy cliche thing to do but half of our group came from far flung corners of the Midwest and we wanted to see it. We had a blast! We got to fondle a cardboard vampire, take photos with a life size Lego Boba Fett and I got a high five from a bright blue land shark! After we finished exploring the mall we went to the very fine aquarium in the basement where the gorgeous, funny and talented Blablover5 (Introvertedwife on Twitter) shot the video for this section. We ended the evening at the Rain Forrest Cafe sharing fresh warm donut holes with chocolate and caramel dipping sauce. Nothing like sharing a mouthgasm with friends.


The tourist portion of our group started the day off at the Science Museum of Minnesota. They were having a Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit which was quite awe inspiring even for a heathen like me. We also had the pleasure of exploring a science museum with actual scientists which is entertaining as well as educational.

Next it was time for our entire group to meet for a pre-show dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory. CT forum was represented by Blablover5 and her Mister, Splatnuk, and yours truly. Twitter’s own Spideyo came along with his beautiful wife and their pretty daughter. Facebook was represented by a lovely woman who doesn’t frequent this forum or Twitter so, as far as I know, she doesn’t have a nickname I can use. The food was good and the company was even better. 

I had absolutely no idea what w00tstock was when I bought the ticket to see it. I just knew some cool people I really liked would be in it and some other cool people I really liked would be there watching it and I knew I wanted to be a part of that. It turns out w00tstock is a show which celebrates nerdiness in all its glory. I loved every minute of it. The clip features the show’s entire cast on stage singing a generic national anthem. Hard to hear but very funny!


I drove home. I don’t live in Chicago but hey, close enough. Besides I figure I really oughta get some actual jazz into this post.

I am beginning to formulate some reflections on the power of nerd gatherings. I really must write them out some day. Maybe I will after I go to my first Con.

Coffee, Sinatra, or Me

“There’s An Awful Lot Of Coffee In Brazil” is a bouncy little novelty number written by Bob Hillard and Dick Miles. Sinatra recorded it in 1946 and again in 1960 for the album “Ring-A-Ding-Ding.” I think this is the 1946 version.

I have an adventurous food palate. I love to try new tastes and textures and spices. My drink palate, however, is about 5 years old. In other words, if it don’t taste like candy, I ain’t drinkin’ it. That’s why I don’t drink booze or coffee or hot tea. I have to do so much to disguise the taste that it’s really pointless. Oddly enough though, I often “go out for drinks” or have “coffee dates” with friends. For me both terms mean the same thing. “Let’s get together for a chat, a caffinated beverage, and a snack.” The only difference is the time of day.

Well, that’s probably the least interesting tidbit I’ve ever shared about myself on this thread! I wonder if they give a prize for that. Of course, with my luck it’d probably be a Starbucks gift card.

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