The Who?

I found this list of explanations of some band names. It’s pretty interesting, especially the Blue Oyster Cult one…

Hot Tuna – they were originally called Hot Shit but their record company made them change the 2nd word to Tuna.

Pearl Jam – Eddie Vedder came up with the name in honor of his Aunt Pearl’s homemade jam which supposedly is a natural aphrodisiac and contains peyote.

Beastie Boys – Beastie is supposed to stand for Boys Entering Anarchistic States Towards Inner Excellence

Blue Oyster Cult – the name is an anagram of “Cully Stout Beer”. One band member came up with it one night when he was doodling at a bar with the band manager.

The Gin Blossoms – a gin blossom is slang for the capillaries in your nose and face that burst because of excess drinking

311 – the police code for indecent exposure in California.

Generation X – named after a book that Billy Idol found in his mother’s bookcase. It was a mid 1960’s sociological essay that featured interviews with teenagers in competing gangs in the UK.

Foo Fighters – World War II fighter plane slang for UFO’s

Counting Crows – comes from an old British poem that states that life is as meaningless as counting crows

Blind Melon – according to the bassist (Brad Smith) the name is slang for unemployed hippies in Mississippi

The Who – The band was originally called The High Numbers but one day they were sitting around thinking of a new name and each time somebody mentioned one, they would joke and ask, “the who?” Finally a friend said, “Why not just call yourselves, ‘The Who’?”

Dead Men (and Horses) in DC Parks

Living in DC, we get our fair share of circles to drive around. On many of them there are statues of war heros. I rarely check out who they are and what they did, but ever since i read this little fact i’ve been much more interested:

If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

The two guys near me are George McClellan on Connecticut Ave (photo to the left) who was a badass. He was a general in the Civil War and the Democratic presidential candidate opposite Lincoln (in 1864). He was injured in battle. I know because i see that the leg is up.

The other one near me on Mass Ave is Philip Sheridan. He took 5 years to graduate West Point (George McC finished 2nd in his class). His’s first combat command led him to win the critical Battle of Chattanooga in 1863. Grant put him in charge of cavalry for the Army of the Potomac in 1864 and he led the raid on Richmond that ended in the death of Confederate general Jeb Stuart. He became commander of the Army of the Potomac in 1864. In this capacity he led the army to battle at Appomattox and, with Grant, compelled Gen. Robert E. Lee to surrender, ending the Civil War. In 1884, he succeeded Sherman as commander in chief of the Army. Not too shabby.

The statue was designed by the guy who did Mt. Rushmore and the horse (named Rienzi) is famous too and on display at American History Museum.

There is a site (here) that will tell you who is who on the horses in and round DC. If you have a home in DC, it’s worth checking out.

Lots of People in the Air

I was just travelling throughout the US and Europe over the past two weeks.  I’ve been to the following airports in the past 3 weeks: Washignton DC, Boston, Chicago, Minnesota, London, Paris, Milan, Bucarest, and Cluj (Romania).  Each time i hit a new airport, i’m amazed at the type of people and kids that are milling about.  The airport is a perfect display of globalization.  You have all different cultures and languages mashed-up and forced into one system.  In a way it’s beautiful that we can all find this common ground.

The average number of people airborne over the U.S. in any given hour is 61,000, i have no idea how many are over Europe or Asia, but one thing is for sure – the world just keeps getting smaller and smaller

What's My Name Bitch!

I found this site today which has the real names of musicians. It’s interesting to see that Sly Stalone, Eddie Vedder and others aren’t really called that. Here are some good ones….

Aaliyah – Aaliyah Dana Haughton
Tori Amos – Myra Ellen Amos
Ashanti – Ashanti Shaquoya “Shani Bani” Douglas
Erykah Badu – Erica Wright
Beyonce – Beyonce Giselle Knowles
Bjork – Bjork Gudmundsdottir
Michael Bolton – Michael Bolotin
Jon Bon Jovi – John Francis Bongiovi Jr.
Bono (U2) – Paul David Hewson
Pat Boone – Charles Eugene Boone

David Bowie – David Robert Hayward Stenton Jones
Bobby Brown – Robert Barisford Brown
Jackson Browne – Clyde Jackson Browne
Buckethead – Brian Carroll
Vitamin C – Colleen Fitzpatrick
50 Cent – Curtis Jackson
Ray Charles – Ray Charles Robinson
Cher – Cherilyn Sarkisian La Piere
Eric Clapton – Eric Patrick Clapp
Patsy Cline – Virginia Patterson Hensley
Joe Cocker – John Robert Cocker
Coolio – Artis Ivey Jr.
Continue reading “What's My Name Bitch!”

Day for Numbers

There was a great clue this weekend at the beer scavenger hunt that was only numbers which had to be decoded to receive the location. I was so happy that someone (Tiger) spent the time and effort to make someone work for their beer. In honor that clue, i’m sharing this little piece of trivia that i got from my cousin Joe:

111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

i have no idea who figures this stuff out

Elizabethtown – The Real Story

bilde.jpgI saw Cameron Crowe’s Elizabethtown last year in the theater and although i love Crowe’s movies, i left the theater thinking that it was one of his worst films to date. I also thought that that Orlando Bloom completely ruined the movie. He had no depth, was not interesting and had no redeeming value as a character.

The film, for those who haven’t see it, is about Drew (Orlando Bloom). In the beginning of the film he causes the Oregon shoe company he works for to lose hundreds of millions of dollars, is fired for his mistake, and promptly dumped by his girlfriend, Ellen. On the verge of suicide, Drew is oddly given a new purpose in life when he is brought back to his family’s small Kentucky hometown of Elizabethtown following the death of his father, Mitch, as it falls to him to make sure that his dying wishes are fulfilled. On the way home to Kentucky, Drew meets a flight attendant, Claire Colburn (Dunst), with whom he falls in love, in a romance that helps his life get back on track.

That was the movie i saw (again, which is not very good). Now, over a year later, i have learned more about what the underlying real story of Elizabethtwon might be. Apparently, Kirsten Dunst (Claire) actually plays an angel sent back to earth to save Orlando Bloom (Drew) and place him back on a heavenly path. I learned most of this from Todd Zimmerman (here). I’d like to list these facts as i see them. They certainly would make a repeat viewing much more enjoyable.

Some clues of the hidden plotline….

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    • The corporate shoe king Phil (Alec Baldwin) plays satan and tries his hardest to condemn Drew and drive him to suicide. He has a monologue about the virtues of “original thought” and doing things for yourself.
    • Phil’s assistant, Ellen, is also Drew’s girlfriend. She clearly is trying to destroy him too.
    • Drew chooses to skip Christmas and a wholesome family event for the hedonistic office party – displaying his life is veering towards one of moral corruption. His soul is not grounded.
    • Drew’s main product – his shoes, similar to his self, have a flawed sole/soul that needs saving or fixing.
  • On the plane, we can conclude Claire (Dunst) has been sent back down by God to help a lost soul. She alludes to “not doing her job in the skies well” and that Drew is her last chance.
    • Her quote “I’m hard to forget but impossible to remember” makes a lot of sense if she really is sent to earth to guide people.
  • Claire decides to take Drew on as a case as he’s in need of help. She refers of a “trip to Hawaii” which we can interpret as going back to heaven, which she decides to pass on.
  • At the end, she has to make a decision about her own future in addition to saving Drew. Is personal love on Earth more rewarding than impersonal love from Ben.
  • Claire refers to another guy, Ben, and we have to determine for ourselves whether or not he actually exists. Ben=God.
  • His cousin Jessie could be a christ/god-type figure. He is an unconventional father. He fixes computers, i.e. solves modern man’s problems. He is very lenient to his own child Samson – who doesn’t seem to have a mother…odd? Everyone is equal in his house (Lincoln and Ronnie Van Zant).
  • Drew’s mother Holly was also a lost soul once, until Drew’s dad found her. They met in an “elevator.”
  • The cremator guy and Claire give each other funny looks as if they know they’re on separate sidelines. He convienently schedules the cremation to be done early and gets some strange satisfaction in that fact
  • The wedding Claire and Drew attend:
    • Symbol of people in Heaven.
    • No premarital sex – in fact, Claire is perceived by them as breaking that rule and jokingly called a slut by them (at the bottom of an elevator too

There are many other referecnes to Hell and God in the movie, but i think you get the idea. For me, the new-found plot doens’t change the movie’s “crappy” status. But, it does make it much more watchable and interesting. Kudos to Crowe for at least trying to put some layers into the film. It’s too bad that the first layer was so bad that i don’t care that much about the rest.

Rita Rudner Quotes

Some good quotes by Rita:

  • Before I met my husband, I’d never fallen in love. I’d stepped in it a few times.
  • I love being married. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.
  • Marriages don’t last. When I meet a guy, the first question I ask myself is: is this the man I want my children to spend their weekends with?
  • My husband and I are either going to buy a dog or have a child. We can’t decide whether to ruin our carpet or ruin our lives.
  • When I eventually met Mr. Right I had no idea that his first name was Always.

Pulp Fiction's Hidden Storyline

I was talking with some people the other day of the genius behind Tarantino’s second film – Pulp Fiction. I was surprised to hear that very few people knew about the hidden subplot going through the entire movie. So, i thought i’d write it down once and for all for y’all….

The real story is that Marcelus Wallace has sold his soul to the devil and he wants it back. He sends two of his goons to get it for him. They encounter some rough henchman of the devil, but through some intervention from God are able to successfully recover Marcelus’ goods.

How do I know this? There are some clues.

  • Apparently, the theory is that when a person’s soul is sucked out by the devil, it is taken through the back of a the skull. When you first see Marcelus – when he’s giving his speech to Butch – you see a bandaid covering the back of his neck.
  • Vincent and Jules are hitman who work for Marcelus. Marcelus wants his soul back and gives them the task of stealing his it back. When they arrive at the apartment in the beginning, they stumble upon a group of the devil’s henchman. Jules recites Ezikiel 35:17 as he is now doing God’s bidding to save a lost soul.
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  • The code on the breifase is 666. Besides being a big clue to this – leads you to wonder if that’s the code the devil uses on all his locks (garage code, luggage, etc.)
  • A henchman comes out from hiding in the back with a “hand canon” and shoots at Jules and Vincent. Miraculously all the bullets narrowly miss them. Jules knowing they’re on a misson with God, attributes this to divine intervention
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    A person’s soul as described in the bible is one of the most beautiful things imagineable. It is beyond compare and mesmorizing to look at. That is why, whenever anyone opens the briefcase up, they are in total awe of its beauty.

So, some choose to think this is all coincidence. I like to think it is both true and completely awesome.