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Archive for March, 2009

We got it at Bootleg!!!

When I worked in St.Louis I had a few students that seemed to think that “Bootleg” was a store. I would overhear conversations where they were telling another child about some movie that they got at Bootleg.

Finally one day, a student that was as out of the loop as I was asked, “Where is Bootleg?” The other boy replied, “It’s in the back of the Dollar Store over there on King Street.” Hmmph. Well now I know everything.

I recently swapped bootleg stories with a friend of mine and it’s been on my mind. Here are a few of my thoughts about the idea of “bootleg”.

The secretary at the school in St. Louis used to sell movies to the staff for discounted prices. One of my friends bought a few and found out they were really good bootleg copies. However, one of the movies she purchased didn’t work. She asked me one day, “What are the rules about buying a bootleg movie? Can you ask for your money back if your stolen property doesn’t work?” Anyone have an answer? I didn’t. I told her I kinda felt like all sales were final on that deal.

That same secretary also gave us CD’s for Christmas of various mixes. You could select what you wanted and then she copied them for you. I felt like there was something shady going on there as well.

In all my thoughts on bootlegging I started wondering where that phrase actually came from. I love Wikipedia because I can count on it to answer all such questions. The term bootlegging started when people used to run alcohol illegally. They would often hide the flasks in their boot. Thus the term bootlegging.

Now you know everything.

Got any good bootleg stories?

Song Lyrics

I love song lyrics. When I look back in my journals they are filled with them. I can remember (before internet) sitting with my headphones and walkman in my lap. Pressing play for two seconds, pressing stop, writing the words, pressing play for two seconds, rewinding, pressing play for two seconds …

Remember doing that?  Surely I’m not the only one.

Well I thought it might be fun to share some of our favorite lyrics. They can be inspiring, sweet, or twisted. I don’t care … just share some of your favorites.

Here are just a few of mine …

You’re the only thing I know like the back of my hand.  

~Taylor Swift


I will be the answer, at the end of the line. I will be there for you, while you take the time. In the burning of uncertainty, I will be your solid ground. I will hold the balance, if you can’t look down.  

 ~Sarah McLachlan


And all at once the crowd begins to sing. Sometimes we’d never know what’s wrong without the pain. Sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same.  

~The Fray


Well you need a blue sky holiday. The point is they laugh at what you say.

~Daniel Powter

(Sherry this one reminds me of Blue Sky … I really want a Blue Sky holiday.)


I’m your only friend, I’m not your only friend, But I’m a little glowing friend, But really I’m not actually your friend
But I am.

Blue canary in the outlet by the light switch, Who watches over you, Make a little birdhouse in your soul, Not to put too fine a point on it, Say I’m the only bee in your bonnet, Make a little birdhouse in your soul

~ They Might Be Giants

(I have no clue what that one means, but it’s fun to sing)


And last but not least …

I’m gonna tell you something you don’t wanna hear, You never listen when I talk, Maybe you’ll listen when I walk
So I made my mind up and made a sandwich, And I didn’t shed a tear, I gave you one last minute of my time, In this mess I left behind
When you come home tonight, And turn on the light, Don’t you be surprised to find

My little good-byes

Empty hangers by the closet door, Lipstick tube on the bathroom floor, Unpaid bills by the kitchen phone , I took the Beatles, left Billy Joel

I’m sure, you’re sure I’ll be back in just an hour or two, You’ll tape a Hallmark to my door, They always said it better than you
And if you’re wondering, When you’re gonna hear from me, Well, take a real good look around boy
And it won’t  be hard to see

When you come home tonight and turn on the light, Don’t you be surprised to find

My little good-byes

Took your favorite Dodger’s hat, Left the litter, but I took the cat, Loaded up the TV in the back of my car
Have fun watching the VCR

So, cry to your mama, And your sympathetic friends, And tell them how the story ends

Took the hourglass, left the sand, Now you got time on your hands, Took the statue from Japan, Funny little Buddha man

Change my voice on the machine, Or there’ll be little good-byes with every ring, Left the pictures and took the frame, I’ve got the umbrella, here comes the rain

Little good-byes


I’d rather have a dog!!!

 If you want someone willing to make a fool of himself simply over the joy of seeing you …


then buy a dog.

If you want someone who will bring you the paper without first tearing it apart to remove the sports section …

then buy a dog.

 If you want someone who will eat whatever you put in front of him and never says it’s not quite as good as his mother made it … 


then buy a dog.


If you want someone always willing to go out, at any hour, for as long and wherever you want …  

then buy a dog.

If you want someone who will never touch the remote, doesn’t care about football, and can sit next to you as you watch romantic movies …


 then buy a dog.


If you want someone who is content to get up on your bed just to warm your feet and whom you can push off if he snores …

then buy a dog.

If you want someone who never criticizes what you do, doesn’t care if you are pretty or ugly, fat or thin, young or old, who acts as if every word you say is especially worthy of listening to, and loves you unconditionally, perpetually …

then buy a dog.


But, on the other hand, if you want someone who will never come when you call, ignores you totally when you come home, leaves hair all over the place, walks all over you, runs around all night and only comes home to eat and sleep, and acts as if your entire existence is solely to ensure his happiness  . . . 377028_bclose-up-of-red-tabby-cat-posters then buy a cat!