Saturday, January 05, 2008

vitameatavegimin vs. v8banana

Vitameatavegamin, the TV sitcom tonic of vitamins, meat, vegetables, minerals and alcohol, made a classic episode of I Love Lucy. If you haven't seen it, you're missing one of the funniest routines ever broadcast.

In contrast, V8banana, is a real health drink that sounds awful, but isn't--depending on your taste, of course. It's easy to make, you just blend:

1 ripe banana
1 can of V8 vegetable juice (5.5 ounce can)
3 or 4 ice cubes

What you get is a drink that's not too sweet but a little more exotic than either a banana smoothie or just a straight drink of V8.

Friday, January 04, 2008

see your new house live at 2:00

You can see your newly renovated house on local TV today at 2:00 p.m. "I don't have a new house and I haven't done any renovations," you say, "and even if I did, a TV station wouldn't be there."

True, it isn't your personal residence, but you did pay for it and it does belong to you.

The broadcast I'm talking about is The People’s House: Rededicating Utah’s State Capitol and if you can't catch it live at 2:00 p.m. on KUED, watch the repeat tonight at 8:00. Here's how KUED is promoting the event on its webpage today.

The show repeats tonight at 8:00 p.m. and is followed by a documentary from producer Mike Dunn, With Anxious Care: The Restoration of the Utah State Capitol.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

to douse or keep lighting

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We took down our indoor decorations on Saturday, but the outdoor lights will be up for a while, too dangerous to try to get them down when there's so much snow and ice on the house.

Usually I'm ready unplug the timer and douse the lights by early January, but this year I'm still enjoying the visual warmth they provide. True, it would save energy and save the life of the bulbs to turn them off, but I haven't pulled the plug on them yet.

But maybe I should take a lesson from Jackie Gleason. I learned last night that he only let the Honeymooners run one season because he didn't want to get old. Dousing the lights now may help insure that we'll enjoy them even more next year. You can't take a vacation if you have nothing to vacate.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

putting putin on my list

former USSR insignia on monument in Russia

I spent some of my holiday relaxing with Time magazine's Person of the Year issue on Russian President Vladimir Putin. Here's the online version and an editorial comment about it. I think I'll add a Putin search to my Google alerts and see what this net will net on the net.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

happy new year anagrams

Parley's Way on a Winter Morning

Here are a few anagrams for the greeting: Happy New Year!

    Anyway He Prep
    Reap Yawn Hype
    Yea Happy Wren
    Happy Ya Renew
    Nappy Way Here
    Pray Ya Nephew
    Near Pa Yep Why
    A Nap Per Ye Why

There are several anagram makers on the web. Here's the one I used today: The intro to the site says, "Did you know that parliament is an anagram of partial men? Or, Clint Eastwood an anagram of Old West Action? Someone once said, "All the life's wisdom can be found in anagrams. Anagrams never lie."

Monday, December 31, 2007

a memory of music on new year's eve

Alex on Lake Baikal

Alexander Schreiner, the longtime Tabernacle Organist who retired 30 years ago, proudly displayed a tapestry of an organ on the wall of his South Temple apartment. He told me that organ produced the best sound. Now as 2007 draws to a close, I'm also hearing strains of music that exist tonight in memory and imagination.

Among the melodies are It's a Boy Mrs. Walker, It's a Boy from the Rock Opera Tommy, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, and Ring Out Wild Bells. Back in 2004 I posted this entry and tonight I'm listening with deeper appreciation of music, text, bold ideals and a creator to make it all possible:

"Ring Out Wild Bells by Alfred Tennyson includes eight stanzas, not just the three I've sung for years in the hymn with music by Crawford Gates. Here's the complete poem.

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light:
The year is dying in the night,
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind,
For those that here we see no more;
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.

Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.

Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes,
But ring the fuller minstrel in.

Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.

Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.