Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Elton John, What's It Like To Bemp A Ship?

Over the years I've heard plenty of song lyrics that I just can not make out.  There are certain singers in particular that I just kind of give up and go with the flow of the tune.  (I absolutely and completely gave up on trying to understand Natalie Merchant (from 10,000 Manics and her solo career).

Today at lunch Elton John and Bernie Taupin's tune "Yellow Brick Road" came on the radio and I told my husband Rob that I couldn't understand half of what he was singing. Sharing what I was hearing was getting a chuckle and he tried to decipher some words for me but really, I kind of like what I have goin' on.

Yellow Brick Road*
(Lyrics: Bernie Taupin/ Music: Elton John)
*As translated by me, Ann Harrison)

Click the song and read along.  You just might be hearing the same words as I am ;->


When are you goin’ to come down? When are you going to land?  I should have stayed on the farm, I should have listened to my-oh-my. 

You know you can’t hope forever.  I didn’t sign up for you.  I’m not a present for your friends to open.  This boy’s too young to be singin' the bluuuuuuuuuues. 

Ahhh ahh ahhh ahhh ahhh

Ahh ahhh ahhhh  Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

So good bye Yellow Brick Road where the dogs of society howl.  You can’t plat me in your plat haaus. I’m going back to my plow.

Back to the hauuve of ow in the woods.  Button the howie blaa-toe.

Oh I finally decided my future lies beyond the yellow brick Rooooooad.  

Ahhh ahh ahhh ahhh ahhh

Ahh ahhh ahhhh  Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

What do you think you do then?  A bemp a ship down the plain?  
Can I take you a couple of hours ark tonics to set you on your feet again? 
Maybe you’ll get a replacement.  There’s plenty like me to be found.  Mongrels who ain’t got a penny.  Steffin for tickets like you.  On the groooooouund

Ahhh ahh ahhh ahhh ahhh

Ahh ahhh ahhhh  Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

So goodbye yellow brick road. Where the dogs of society howl.  You can’t plat me in your penthouse.  I’m going back to my plow.  

Back to the hauuve of ow in the woods.  Button the howie blaa-toe. 

Oh I’ve finally decided my future lies beyond the yellow brick rooooooaad.  

Ahhh ahh ahhh ahhh ahhh

Ahh ahhh ahhhh  Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh


Elton, if you ever want to collaborate with me let me know :->

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

She Wants To Go To College Where?!?



I stood in a huge crowd of 16 - 17 year old's this morning.  It wasn't for concert tickets or the latest tech gadget.  Today we visited Portland's "International College Fair".  Schools from around our Nation, and the World, presented themselves with educational offerings and recreational outings, trying to lure my child away from me.  Um... wait.  No.  That's not how I should be looking at this.

Time has just gone by so fast!  Katie's a junior in high school and the conversation about attending college is familiar at our dinner table.  I'm happy that her school is focused on higher education, really I am.  It's just... does it have to be so soon?  I mean, what about high school being a 5 year arrangement?  Or 6? Do I hear a 7?

Our elementary school experience was Kindergarten through 8th grade in one building.  The comfort of knowing the teachers, volunteering in familiar halls and connecting with other parents was great.  Then high school comes and it seems like it's over before you know it.  4 years definitely zips by.

So, here we are, narrowing down which programs suite her interests.  We live in Oregon and she's interested in Animal Studies, Biology, Zoology - things along those lines.  We have a primo school that's hours away (*sniff*) but she's found a program that made her giddy.  Where is this University you ask?  In Aberdeen... Scotland.

My family is very proud of carrying Scottish blood (family name Lawson - Clan MacClaren) but Yowza!  I never dreamed my child, the one who asked me just last year if she could go to the college down the street and still live at home, there is no way I thought moving so far away would be appealing.

I'm not freaking out yet.  There's time for that later.  Let's see how this plays out.

Have you had a child move away for college?  How did that work out for you?

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Week 2 Day 4 - The Intellectual Devotional: Eratosthenes

Week 1 Day 4 - The Intellectual Devotional:  Eratosthenes - Ann Again and again

Day 4 is for science and today's subject is Eratosthenes (276-194 BC).  The chief librarian of Alexandria who devised a way to measure the earth's size.  I've read this page two times and my mind is still boggled.  It took a water well, the sun and a measuring stick.  Oh, and a pacer - a professional walker trained in taking perfectly equal steps.  What?!?

On June 21st, the longest day of the year, Eratosthenes got crackin' with his plan to visit a special well in the neighboring town of Syene and wait for the sun to hit the bottom of the well. That time was 12 noon. By seeing the bottom of the well this meant that the sun was directly overhead in Syene, which was due north of his town of Alexandria.  If the sun was directly overhead in Syene then the suns rays must be hitting at an angle in Alexandria.  On June 21st (I'm assuming the following year, they don't say) Eratosthenes took a measuring stick and captured the angle cast by the shadow.  He knew the angle of the shadow was equivalent to the angle formed by the two cities and the center of the earth.  Are you with me?

There's division happening, and fraction making and percentages taking place.  What a brain this man had!  There's even a little quip about a nickname given to him by his contemporaries, "Beta".  He had so many interests that they considered him a dabbler, which they attributed to being second-class, a beta.  (I think they were just jealous.)

This brilliant man estimated the circumference of the earth to be 24,700 miles.  Today, using the exact same principles developed by Eratosthenes 2,000 years ago, modern instruments estimate the distance around the equator to be 24,902 miles.

There's so much more to learn!  I'm really enjoying this book.  (I need to read this page again.)

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Week 2 Day 3 - The Intellectual Devotional: Bust of Nefertiti



Nefertiti translates to "the beautiful one is come".  Did you know that?  The bust of Nefertiti is nearly 3,400 years old and is in near perfect condition.  Amazing!  Only the earlobes are chipped.  (I can't say that about plates I've had for only 10 years.)

Nefertiti's husband Pharaoh Akhenaton embraced a new, monotheistic religion that emphasized ethics.  I think a massive dose of ethics is very much needed these days!  I feel ethics is lost on those in positions that need it most.

I'm really enjoying the information found in The Intellectual Devotional.  It gives you just enough to make you want to delve into the subject and learn all you can.

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