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Monday, 28 February, 2005

They're forecasting snow. Quick! Run to the store and buy bread, milk and eggs. After all, everyone knows that the best defense for snow is french toast! I have never understood that, but if this is what it takes to keep the BME Cartel in business, then by all means.

The Weather Charlatans have been having a ball since the middle of last week. Even when we were getting our snowfall last week - what day was that? Thursday? - they were gleefully predicting the evil Nor-Easter that was going to descend on us today. Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz - local meteorologist with bow-tie - even tossed out the "B" word yesterday - BLIZZARD.

[Which usually guarantees a non-event.]

We had a wonderful date on Friday. I actually enjoyed "Constantine", despite the fact that Keanu Reeves only has one character that he plays now: dark, brooding guy in black. Although he chain smoked in this one. After the movie we went to Morton's for dinner. The one here in Philly used to be located a half block from our office - and moved across town the week before we moved in here. I hadn't been to the "new" location - where they have now been for five years.

It was very nice. They still do that rather odd thing of wheeling out a cart with all the saran-wrapped steaks, huge raw veggies and a poor live lobster to illustrate their menu offerings. ["Hi, I'm Dave and I'll be your waiter. This is Chuck and he'll be your lobster."] We had - surprise, surprise - steak. And split a warm chocolate cake for dessert.


Speaking of restaurants, we're busted. We received this note from Jon following Friday's blog entry:

You know, with Diddakoi there are few secrets...........so I find there was a certain celebratory birthday luncheon and a certain individual was invited and I was NOT.

Just so you know, I would not have come had I been invited........so there!

Eva has explained that he will be invited to future quarterly celebrations, but he still has to plan and invite us to his own birthday party first.

[Really, it's only fair.]

Ran across a website that houses The Museum of Bad Album Covers. I found a couple to be particularly disturbing:


Ethel Merman Disco Album

Dan Betzer and Louie - the internet is a wonderful thing. They have their own website. Dan is the senior pastor of First Assembly of God in Fort Myers, Florida. Despite the, errr, surreal album cover, he has recorded over fifty audio and video albums of Bible stories which have sold all over the world. He has quite a thriving ministry.

The same cannot be said for "The Ethel Merman Disco Album" But even if you missed out on your opportunity to buy TEMDA when it first came out in 1979, you still have a chance. Amazon is carrying it and provides this review:

The title says it all. This is the disco album "the Merm" recorded in 1979, a few years before her death. Rumor has it that Merman couldn't stand the disco craze that was sweeping the nation in the late '70s, recording her vocals before the instrumental tracks were laid down. Masterminded by Peter Matz, who produced, arranged, and conducted the whole thing, Merman's disco album is one of those jaw-dropping, "what were they thinking?" UFOs that periodically land on the pop landscape. Merman (at her most bombastic, vibrato-laden) barrels through eight of her signature tunes. All are taken at breakneck speed, and even dramatic show-stoppers, such as "Everything's Coming Up Roses" (from Gypsy), become dance-floor burners. Whether you find the album simply horrifying or an entrancing testimony to the power of people to lose their heads as they fall prey to a dance fad, this collision between two completely different American musical traditions is nothing short of, ahem, breathtaking.

They even have sample tracks so that you can appreciate the sheer horror that is this album.

[There truly is no business like show business.]

Quote du jour:

"Always give them the old fire, even when you feel like a squashed cake of ice."

-- Ethel Merman (1909 - 1984) US singer, actor

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