Monday Memories & Meme...

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Monday, April 28, 2008

Hoping your weekend was full of new pleasant memories...still no ability to upload new music, so we are into the "repeats" season here on The Couch. We are looking into another option, suggested by our friend LeeLee...this option will cost money though and I am thinking I want to wait until we publish the new format and site home.

I spent some time on the ballfields watching my friends play, but the weather canceled other games. Great news, Lewisburg High School has moved on to the next round in the State Championship. This is a huge accomplishment for a new school with a team that includes some Juniors and mostly Sophomores. There is not one Senior on the team. Hoping they continue their run this weekend.

So, I received this note from Mom Joan and Dad Vince this weekend in the mail:

How sweet of them. So I debated whether to post these or not, knowing full well the slew of reactions which you, our most wonderful guests, will fill our comments box.

But...what the hell...

So, you all know how much I love baseball...this love has been life-long...

And there is no doubt I love music...I would dream of taking the stage to the bellowing love of thousands of fans...I even had a unique concept for outfits for the maybe it was a little ahead of it's time...
And anyone who knows me knows full-well that if there is a party, I am ready to get jiggy wit' it any time...always ready to roll to a celebration...

Our most exellent friend, Travis, came up with a meme...and I wanted to play. I asked if I could mix categories and was told I had his permission.

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to:

1. Choose a category from one of these: Television, Stage & Screen, Nightly News, Publishing, Lives & Times, Music

2. Find 8 bits of trivia about your selected category

3. Be sure to let me know when...ok, decide to play along so I can see what you come up with.

4. You may tag, or simply offer the meme for borrowing or stealing as you like.

Let's start with #4...steal away if you like, I don't tag.

And awayyyyyyyyyyyyy we go...
  • The term "Jumped The Shark", means a TV show has gone too far, and it has reached it's peak with it's viewers. The term comes from the "Happy Days" episode when Fonzie took a challenge to jump a live shark while water-skiing. COUCH NOTE: You can find all kinds of "Jump The Shark" info HERE.
  • Casey Kasem, the radio DJ who turned 76 yesterday, was the voice for "Shaggy" on Scooby-Doo (thanks to Dana for the Birthday info)
  • Not to stay on one TV show, but arguably, "Happy Days" has the most spin-offs; Laverne and Shirley (1976–1983), Blansky's Beauties (1977), Mork & Mindy (1978–1983), Fonz and the Happy Days Gang (1980), Joanie Loves Chachi (1982–1983).
  • The Los Angeles Rams were the first U.S. football team to introduce emblems on their helmets.
  • In 1963, baseball pitcher Gaylord Perry remarked, "They'll put a man on the moon before I hit a home run." On July 20, 1969, a few hours after Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, Gaylord Perry hit his first, and only, home run.
  • The "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" we sing at ballparks is just the chorus. There actually are two verses in which heroine Katie Casey tells her beau that she doesn’t want him to take her to a show.
  • Jimi Hendrix's first major North American jaunt was as opening act for Davy, Micky, Peter and Mike - The Monkees. But did you know that when said tour hit Chicago, and the notorious "Plaster Casters" appeared backstage to, umm, immortalize each bands member(s) in clay, several myths were forever shattered when it turned out Jimi's family jewels failed to measure anywhere near up to those belonging to none other than Peter Tork!
  • The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley's gum.

OK, we know you want to know what the other two verses are..

Nelly Kelly loved baseball games,
Knew the players, knew all their names,
You could see her there ev'ry day,
Shout "Hurray" when they'd play.
Her boy friend by the name of Joe
Said, "To Coney Isle, dear, let's go,"
Then Nelly started to fret and pout,
And to him I heard her shout.

"Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowd.
Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack,
I don't care if I never get back,
Let me root, root, root for the home team,
If they don't win it's a shame.
For it's one, two, three strikes, you're out,
At the old ball game."

Nelly Kelly was sure some fan,
She would root just like any man,
Told the umpire he was wrong,
All along, good and strong.
When the score was just two to two,
Nelly Kelly knew what to do,
Just to cheer up the boys she knew,
She made the game sing this song.

"Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowd.
Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack,
I don't care if I never get back,
Let me root, root, root for the home team,
If they don't win it's a shame.
For it's one, two, three strikes, you're out,
At the old ball game."

We will be seeing this gentleman on Friday evening in the Tennessee Lottery Blues Tent...

Mr. Keb' Mo'


47 Of Your Sparks

  1. Mimi Lenox Says:
  2. Very cute photos, Bond.

    The meme? He just thinks he stayed out of the dungeon....I'll show him a dungeon....uh huh.

  3. Schmoop Says:
  4. In that second picture you look like a future member of The Village People.

    Maybe the one Monkee's name should have been Peter Dork. Cheers Vinny!!

  5. Kb Says:
  6. Vinny, thanks for sharing your adorable pictures! I love the bloomers and cowboy hat! Have a very Happy Monday!

  7. DrillerAA Says:
  8. Wonderful trivia.
    I'll probably play Travis' meme later this week.
    "Jewelry" aside, who would have thought to put Jimi Hendrix and The Monkees on the same bill? Would you like a little acid in that bubble gum boys?

  9. TopChamp Says:
  10. You were always a cutie then!

    I watched Happy Days yesterday - it's the first reruns of it I've seen for years. Still found it funny.

    I like Trav's meme.

  11. TopChamp Says:
  12. Hadn't finished commenting but hit return! Dumbo.

    The spin-offs - were they successful in America? I haven't seen any of them and wondered if they were good spin-offs or friends/Joeylike terrible ones?

  13. RW Says:
  14. Great meme and photos Vin!

  15. leelee Says:
  16. Vinny! Thanks for the shoutout. :-)


    Those piture are the cutest freaking things. My hubs has a photo of himself in one of those cowboy hats. nothing freakin cuter...

    I knew there was something about Peter Tork.

    Blansky's Beauties (1977)??????????????????????????????????????????? Now that one Inever heard of.

    Have a great day Vinny! oh and thanks to M & D for sharing those pics..


    PS: I made SAUCE yesterday with pork and sausage..and had it on Gemelli....Oh it was gooooooood!

  17. Twyla Says:
  18. LOVE the pictures...and love the outfits! :-P

  19. Travis Cody Says:
  20. Cute pics...I think I remember a cowboy hat similar to that one. I know I remember the cap guns I had.

    Thanks for doing the meme! I like the mix and match trivia.

    Have a great week!

  21. what a cute little boy! you little country music singer!!!

    smiles, bee

  22. Wait...are you saying that Jimi's schlong couldn't measure up to PETER TORK'S?!?! Oh, the horror!!!

  23. DrillerAA Says:
  24. Real Cowboys don't show their legs!
    I know for a fact that I have a pic of me with a cowboy hat very similar to yours. I had the complete outfit, vest, chaps, boots, cap guns and hat. I'm saving that post for my birthday in November. I'll post pics similar to your banner. I'm sure that it will generate numerous comments.

  25. Ken Says:
  26. Man, our generation really new how to look good in diapers.
    We could be called....
    "The Pre-Pampers" ha ha

  27. Great pictures, Bond.

    I had never heard of a couple of those "Happy Days" spin-offs before. I probably didn't miss much with them, though.

    Hope you enjoy the Keb Mo show.

  28. AtriaBooks Says:
  29. Vinny still looks good in diapers.

  30. MIMI: Do I need to plan another break-out?

    MATT-MAN: Yeah..let's break out your kid photos...Village People indeed!

    KB: That's me... mister generous! LOL

  31. DRILLERAA: That has always ranked up there with my "Mismatched Concerts"

    TOPCHAMP: Ah thanks - Laverne & Shirley and Mork & Mindy did well (it starred Robin Williams)

    ROGER: TY Sir!

  32. LEELEE: The shout-outs happen when they are deserved...Glad you enjoyed the pics and I ate the last of my lasagna yesterday...time to make some more!

    TWYLA: You just liked all the legs! LOL

    TRAVIS: I think we all had the hat and cap guns! I enjoyed the Meme...
    LEGS & ANKLES AND SHOES tonight!

  33. BEE: I think it was just a costume...I am a rocker! LOL

    SONGBIRD: That is JUST what I am saying... Peter Tork's Dork hung low it seems

    DRILLERAA: LOL..well THIS one did! And looking forward to November now!

  34. MICKEY-T: No one could wear cloth diapers like us...NO ONE! bwahahahahahahahaha

    RWA: I never saw some of them either...yup Friday is Keb and Charlie Musselwhite (they have him against Jonny Lang- the horror!) and a little bit of Joan Jett

    DOC: You promised not to tell dude!

  35. leelee Says:
  36. I love the smell of paper caps. We used to hit them with rocks on the curb..


  37. Tug Says:
  38. CUTE CUTE pics!! hee. ;-)

    Did not know there were verses to that song, awesome. And... GO RAMS!!

  39. Dana Says:
  40. I am so glad you posted those pics! They brought a BIG GRIN to my face!!

  41. Kimmie Says:
  42. Great Post Bond! I LOVE a good trip down memory lane. I also love to sing "Take Me Our To The Ball Game". But, I didn't know there were other verses to it. Thanks for enlightening me! I will have to print it out and sing along at the next Buffalo Bison's Game I go to! ;-)
    Have a Wonderful Day!

  43. LEELEE: OH yeah.... we absolutely did that..or set them off with a magnifying glass

    TUG: hehehehe TY Tug....yup Verses! Man girl, you have loyalties all over the country!

  44. DANA: That is why we are spread BIG GRINS

    KIMMIE: TY ..memories are fun are they not? Well when you sing it...make sure others know...people might look at you strangely!
    Enjoy your day dear.

  45. Anndi Says:
  46. I think whoever invented the diapers you can swim in must have been subjected to a diaper on the beach... hehehe!

    Even Fonzie couldn't get me to waterski.

  47. Tug Says:
  48. When you grow up in BFE Montana, you learn to um...spread the love? ;-)

  49. Liz Hill Says:
  50. I loves me some Keb Mo!

  51. Well then Peter should change his name to Holmes cause I have seen the Jimi cast and he has nothing to apologize for :P

  52. ANNDI: I bet you are absolutely correct on that one...diaper at the beach YUK
    Ah c'mon...water skiing is a blast! I love it

    TUG: LOL...Yeah, I guess you would have to do so!

    TURNBABY: You can still come down on friday...Charlie Musselwhite and Joan Jett that night also!

    STARRLIGHT: Thanks for clearing up that you saw the cast and not the real thing!

  53. Great job on the meme. I knew about Jimi & the Monkees, but the rest was all new & very interesting!

  54. So you knew Peter was bigger than Jimi or that he opened for them or both?

  55. OBLadyBug Says:
  56. Great pictures! You were so cute, and still are. Ooops at 53 .... you're Handsome. Great job on the meme.

  57. Meribah Says:
  58. Awwwwwww, lil Bond is SOOOOOOOOO cuuuuuute! C'mere, the puppy pinches your cheeks! :P

  59. NANCY: TY darlin'...and KISS

    MERI: NO cheek pinching...well if you want to pinch a cheek you can do so on my bottom!

  60. Julie Says:
  61. Awww just too precious! It's cool that mom and dad even think of your fans! Hugs to them!

    Now...this meme....i think I need to talk to Travis about it. I'm confused. As usual.

  62. Unknown Says:
  63. Anytime I can help...

    Peter, eh? I never would have guessed it :P

  64. Fred Says:
  65. I think we all have picture like that. Aren't they fun to look at?

    I'm back from my sabbatical...glad to see you're still out there.

    I'll catch up on all the posts I missed shortly. Hi to all in your family.

  66. Mia Says:
  67. Omg how cute are you? awww.

    Loved the Monkeys. sings 'hey hey we're the monkeys' lol

  68. Eh if HAD seen the Wang of Jimi I would have been too young to remember it :P

    Trav did a nice job on the trivia. I had to do one too. Mine has no penis references :P

  69. JULIE: LOL..they love the guests on The Couch...confused? Well, I stretched the boundaries...

    DANA: WHo woulda thunk it, I say.... LOL

    FRED: Welcome back dude! Ummm if you are going to read all you have missed, well my friend, hope you have a week! LOL

    MIRANDA: blushes...ty ...I guess they were equipped as such also...or at least Peter...

  70. Jeff B Says:
  71. That was some cool trivia. The bit about Gaylord Perry was a new one for me.

  72. TopChamp Says:
  73. I lied - I had seen Mork and Mindy - you're right. Twas many years ago and I had very much forgotten! I didn't know it was a spin off of Happy Days.

  74. Anndi Says:
  75. Editor's note: Do you know... I just realized you went from we to I to we...


    Our most exellent friend


  76. katherine. Says:
  77. so early on you had a sense for music and long did it take to get your sense of fashion????


    great post


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