The Hazard of Reading
Sometimes, when you're also a subscriber to the Other Wild Places mailing list, you get to reread stuff that you've read before. Lucky you.
For the rest of you who don't subscribe to Other Wild Places, here's a recap:
There was no issue of
last week. Ed., your esteemed editor, partied too hardy at the company Christmas bash.
know the status of C.W. McCall's recording career, but some people just can't be bothered to check the facts before sending out form letters. I received this in the mail two weeks ago:
Date: Tue, 30 Nov 1999 19:59:23 -0800 From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: email@example.com Subject: For "C.W. McCall" Webmasters Dear C.W. McCall Webmaster - Thanks for making UBL.com the hottest music site on the web! To show our appreciation, we're giving some exclusive gifts to the web masters of our registered fan sites. Would you like... - Tix to your band's next concert? - An exclusive letter from the band for your web site? - Your site being the UBL Web Site of the Week? What do you need to do? - Link back to UBL.com. - Email us your URL once you have the UBL.com link on your site. That's it. You'll be in the running for some cool stuff! We'll be in touch with more info soon. Over and out. Thanks again! --Danielle Fansites, UBL.com
Although it's over,
Wall of Sound, and ABC Entertainment site, was conducting a poll of the "Top 100 Singles of the '70s". The members of
Other Wild Places
were urged to write-in their favorite C.W. McCall songs, because Wall of Sound neglected to mention any C.W. singles on its list. :(
But starting on the 15th, the new poll is the "Top 100 Singles of the '90s"; surely, "Comin' Back For More" ought to count!
Blatantly stolen from The Star of 21 December 1999.
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Surfin' With The Rubber Duck
Adrift on the stream of consciousness, The Duck is looking for a life preserver. :)
- "Mr. Music" and his opinion of alien convoys and mayors.
- This week's history lesson: newspapers in La Plata County, Colorado.
- The Best Bike Trip I Ever Took. An account of a trip in August 1987. [No, it wasn't my trip. - Ed.]
Song A’ Th’ Week
24 July 1983. The Kansas City Royals versus the New York Yankees. Ninth inning. George Brett of the Royals hits a two-run homer, putting the Royals ahead. Billy Martin, manager of the Yankees, complains that the run doesn't count because Brett had too much pine tar on his bat. The umpires disallow the runs.
For you non-baseball fans, "pine tar" is a substance that is rubbed on a bat to improve the batter's grip. The pine tar should only be applied to the grip area; if it's found more than eighteen inches above the base of the bat, it's illegal. Why? Because if the ball contacts the tar, it'll stick to the bat, however briefly, and give the batter more control over the ball than he should have.
(Larry Stewart, Larry Isley)
From the American Fan Records single "Pine Tar Wars", AFR-0018391.
The Exciting Conclusion: American League president Lee McPhail overruled the decision of the umpires. On 18 August, the game resumed from the point where it stopped, and the Royals outscored the Yankees 4 to 3.