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Manti Te’o’s Top Five Playlist

We have it on good authority — well, ok, from an anonymous spokesman from the Grassy Knoll Institute for Conspiracy Studies — that the following songs are the five most played on  Manti Te’o’s iPod:

#5)  If The Phone Doesn’t Ring, It’s Me — Jimmy Buffett

#4) You Won’t See Me — The Beatles

#3) Who’s That Girl — Madonna

#2) Imaginary Lover — Atlanta Rhythm Section

And last but not least,

#1) She’s Not There — The Zombies

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Did You Ever Wonder…

… what would happen if Schroedinger’s cat thought outside the box?

Sounds of the Season, Part 1

So the Thanksgiving family visit is over. The turkey’s been devoured, the leftovers turned into soup. We’ve survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Now the Christmas season really begins. Bells, tinsel, lights on rain gutters, the Grinch and the jolly old elf are all here for the big day. And of course, so is holiday music.

I’m a big fan of the season in general. And I truly enjoy the music. Somehow it’s doesn’t really feel like Christmas until I hear some favorite classics. Such as the Singing Dogs rendition of Jingle Bells. Or maybe Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer. OK, maybe not that one.

I do have some real favorites. Yes, the dogs really are one of them. As you’ll see by the list below, I tend to favor more contemporary songs for the most part. There’s no real order to the list, and I’m not sure I’d go so far as to call it a “Top 10,”  but it’s not really Christmas to me without these.  Copyright restrictions prevent me from including links,  but none of these are hard to find.

1. Step Into Christmas, Elton John.

A good way to kick off the party, even if most  folks under 40 don’t know what a turntable is.

2. I Believe in Father Christmas, Greg Lake.

A haunting, perhaps a bit cynical , take on the holiday and its commercialization.

3.  Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You, Billy Squier.

A great idea, and a great singalong favorite.

4.  Please Come Home For Christmas, Eagles.

A classic lover’s lament.

5.  Snoopy’s Christmas, The Royal Guardsmen

Ah, the spirit of the holiday. Almost brings a tear to my eye every time.

6. Ay Ay Ay, It’s Christmas, Ricky Martin

OK, fine, roll your eyes — I do too. But my wife loves this one, so on the list it goes.

7.  Silver Bells, various artists.

This is  the most traditional song you’ll find here. This was my Mom’s favorite Christmas song. Reminds me of her.

8.  Feliz Navidad, Jose Feliciano.

Just a happy little expression of the holidays, in two languages.

9.  The Rebel Jesus, Jackson Browne.

A reflection on the meaning of the season, but hardly in a traditional sense.

10.  Happy Xmas (War Is Over), John Lennon.

A timeless masterpiece.

So that’s my list. How about yours? Share your favorite holiday songs in the comments and I’ll post them for Part 2.  Until then, the dogs are barking and the bells are jingling….

A Very Special Day

Did you know it’s NATIONAL SAXOPHONE DAY?

The Walrus does! And you know what that means:

Epic Sax Walrus!

What? That’s not enough sax for such a special day, you say?

Got ya covered. Here’s the best, the late, great Clarence Clemons on a classic Springsteen track. Enjoy!

Sherry Darling!

Freedom of Speech …

Once upon a time, your humble Walrus was a journalist. It was a noble calling, ended only by the grim realities of newspaper economics. It was a glorious time.

When I was new to the job, I arrived one day at my first fire scene.  Luckily, no one was injured, but there was a huge crowd clamoring around the building, and I couldn’t get close enough to talk to the people I needed to interview.

So I did the only thing I could.

I shouted “THEATER!”

All the (Walrus) News That’s Fit To Print

A cousin gets a new home!

http://tinyurl.com/9yyr5oz

TGIF!

TGIF!

Ever said that? Sure, we all have. But what is it that makes us do so?

I genuinely like my job at WalrusEmployer Inc. The atmosphere is congenial, my coworkers are friendly, the coffee’s tolerable and I’d like to think I do my job well.

But by the end of the week, I’m ready for a couple of days away. And on Friday afternoons, that’s an understandable feeling for all of us, I’d say. We all need time to decompress, to break from the 5-day-a-week routine, to relax and enjoy life with our families and friends.

It wasn’t always that way. Until fairly recently in our history, jobs were often six and seven days a week, sometimes 12 hours a day at that. For some folks, it’s still that way.

Don’t believe me? Ask a farmer. Crops and animals don’t take days off.

Even with five-day work weeks, Friday isn’t always the last day of the week. Entire industries have to be served on a 24-hour basis. Health care, information technology, police and fire services don’t get to take the traditional weekend. For those who work such schedules, particularly the night shift, thank you.

But for the majority of us, Friday marks the end of the workweek, and the start of a two-day release from the cares of the office. Use the time well and you’ll accumulate fond memories to carry you through the next week. And if that little home repair project/trip to the amusement park/softball game or other weekend plan doesn’t work out quite the way you expect, look on the bright side: at least you’ll have stories to entertain your coworkers on Monday morning.

TGIF!

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