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This is something which could go in the Cheerful or Annoying category, but I think we need a niche for just good old air-headery.

 

One of the morning news shows featured a discussion of last night's American Idol, and showed a clip of some young man crooning "Left a good job in tha city..."

 

How brave, burbled one of the guests, for a man to sing "Proud Mary". Maybe it should have been "Proud Michael."

 

Er...first, it's a boat. Second, if John Fogerty rings no bells with you, have you at least heard of Elvis Presely?

 

 

Dingbat.

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Oh man, a vast pit to mine. Where to begin.....

 

 

 

 

I actually had a very animated conversation last night with a contemporary about this. I now work mostly with people in their twenties, and the sheer disconnect is staggering. I've taken to just shutting up rather than bringing up mind-boggling topics such as literature and art. I've found that if one can't conduct a coherent conversation about a particular subject via text message, it's unlikely that they'll know anything at all about it. Or I'll get a "...oh yeah, we learned about that stuff in senior year...".

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Dingbattery plus a delicious irony. A couple of years ago I overheard a youth in the street alluding to "that guy" who said that in the future we'd all be famous for 15 minutes.

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Former boss reminding us that we needed to be sensitive in our concept for an Iron Chef stunt - "Cause the event is so close to Pearl Harbor Day".

The event was in June.

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I am reminded of the two youths who were standing next to me at a Roger McGuinn concert back in the 1990s. Roger got around to playing Knockin' on Heaven's Door. The kids looked at each other in amazement, high-fived, & one exclaimed "I can't fukkin' believe this! He's doing Guns & Roses!"

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Oh man, a vast pit to mine. Where to begin.....

 

 

 

 

I actually had a very animated conversation last night with a contemporary about this. I now work mostly with people in their twenties, and the sheer disconnect is staggering. I've taken to just shutting up rather than bringing up mind-boggling topics such as literature and art. I've found that if one can't conduct a coherent conversation about a particular subject via text message, it's unlikely that they'll know anything at all about it. Or I'll get a "...oh yeah, we learned about that stuff in senior year...".

 

 

i'm 26, and i am not like this at all, nor are any of my friends in their twenties. i'm sorry that you work with a lot of idiots, but i don't think it's really fair to automatically associate twenty-somethings with stupidity (although, of course, there are a lot of dingbats out there, in their twenties and otherwise).

 

 

edited to spell "stupidity" correctly. geez, maybe all 20-somethings are stupid. :rolleyes:

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my neighbors left the basement door open last night (yes, they're in their 20s <_< ). it was -3 out. i expect a flood when it thaws in about an hour.

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edited to spell "stupidity" correctly. geez, maybe all 20-somethings are stupid. :rolleyes:
Don't waste your time in apology. By the time you're my age, you'll be placing many more decades before "somethings" than just 20. :huh:

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Sorry for being repetitive. Dingbat of the month was whoever decided to keep Amy Winehouse out of the US so that she could perform at the Grammys. This, to protect us from a drug abuser. I feel so protected. Earlier this a a.m. I walked up Calle Norzagaray in old San Juan next to that bastion of lawfulness, La Perla which is remarkable for the density of criminals. But I was feeling happy since my people were protecting me from Amy Winehouse,

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John Schaefer, the host of the music program Soundcheck on WNYC, has some guests on his program talking about drug/alcohol references in popular music. Schaefer just played an excerpt from "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and asked if its reference to "getting high" qualifies as a drug reference.

 

Of course, the lyrics don't actually say that. The lyric is "I can't hide," NOT "I get high," although it was famously misheard as "I get high" by Bob Dylan, who was amused to find out when he met the Beatles that they'd never smoked pot.

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Reminds me of an old one. A British TV interviewer walking around Nashville with Kris Kristofferson, sees the steps outside the songwriter's old apartment building. "So when you wrote 'Sunday Morning Coming Down', these would have been the actual steps..."

 

And it was not a parody.

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John Schaefer, the host of the music program Soundcheck on WNYC, has some guests on his program talking about drug/alcohol references in popular music. Schaefer just played an excerpt from "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and asked if its reference to "getting high" qualifies as a drug reference.

 

Of course, the lyrics don't actually say that. The lyric is "I can't hide," NOT "I get high," although it was famously misheard as "I get high" by Bob Dylan, who was amused to find out when he met the Beatles that they'd never smoked pot.

 

I liked it even more in the Lil Abner strip, where he heard it as "I Want to Hold Your Ham."

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Ah yes, the sports journalist on television this morning proposing that today's Congressional proceedings involving Roger Clemens are so earth-shatteringly important that you have to reach back to McCarthy, Watergate and Iran-Contra for anything on the same level.

 

Stick to sportswriting, pal.

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