This is a guest post by Mr. Turtle. He loves music, and he does that thing people do where they’ll quote song lyrics. Some other people find this annoying, I realize. For myself, I may or may not enjoy seeing this kind of “thing,” depending on quality and quantity considerations.
Mr. Turtle has impeccable good taste and a keen sense for appropriately shareable snippets. I’ll turn it over now to him…
Hello. I’m Mr. Turtle, but you can call me Ed.
I wish Mr. Carpenter wouldn’t have insisted on that preamble, and I wish he’d let me link to my own blog. I think he’s afraid — rightly so — that you’d all flee this dump for my groovy black sand blog in Hawai’i, where I still reside even though he attempted to steal my soul by taking the picture shown above. (I think the only thing keeping me free is that he shares it with a free culture license.)
Anyway, yes, this post has some song lyrics. But it’s really about poetry, you know? Groovy poetic poetry. Despite my great age and wisdom, I’ve had a hard time “getting” poetry. But when set to music, I can see it. I can feel it.
Navin R. Johnson: The new phone book’s here! The new phone book’s here!
Harry Hartounian: Boy, I wish I could get that excited about nothing.
Navin R. Johnson: Nothing? Are you kidding? Page 73 – Johnson, Navin R.! I’m somebody now! Millions of people look at this book everyday! This is the kind of spontaneous publicity – your name in print – that makes people. I’m in print! Things are going to start happening to me now.
–The Jerk (of course!)
That’s what I felt like after receiving a copy of the 2008/2009 Rapid City/Gillete phone book in the mail recently. Look!
See, there in the upper right corner:
That’s a picture I took of Sylvan Lake in the Black Hills of South Dakota a few years ago.
The text reads:
Sylvan Sunset, by Scott Carpenter
Creative Commons Attribution License, v3.0
Isn’t that an exciting something? Although I don’t think it will necessarily lead to big things happening to me now, and I certainly wouldn’t want the same kind of results that Steve Martin’s character achieved from his listing.
How did this happen?
I remember in 2000 there was some residual Y2K dread that things might have gone leftwards on February 29th, because of the funny business around years divisible by 100 not being leap years except when divisible by 400. If we would have been a bit faster on the learning curve, that would have created a slightly different flavor to the Y1.9K bug.
Hard to believe this is already the second leap year since 2000.
And here I am like so many other people, posting today for no other reason than to post on a leap day.
I’ll give you three semi-random items: