Archive for May, 2014


Winner: Pluto

Mistress Daphne returned from her journey to the Far East a changed person – calm, almost zen like. She was actually nice to us. We are all waiting to see how long that lasts. Pluto made some lucky guesses on tonight’s music questions, and finished just ahead of Rosebud and Droppin’. His victory earned him a bunch of irreplaceable tchotchke’s, kindly bought back from Japan by the Driver.

Tonight we learned that algophobia is the fear of pain, and that the letter J is worth 8 points in Scrabble. Few of us could actually spell “Millennium”, because that double n tripped us up.

Good Question!: Paraguay has borders with Brazil, Bolivia, and which other country?

Choices:  a. Uruguay      b. Argentina      c. Peru      d. Venezuela

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Answer: Argentina

Let’s face it – we don’t pay much attention to South America, so a simple question like where is Paraguay is not so simple, even though their flag is a familiar Red, White, and Blue.  Imagine if the question had been “Who is Paraguay’s President?”

Paraguay achieved its independence from Spain in 1811. In the disastrous War of the Triple Alliance (1865-70) – between Paraguay and Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay – Paraguay lost two-thirds of its adult males and much of its territory. The country stagnated economically for the next half century. Following the Chaco War of 1932-35 with Bolivia, Paraguay gained a large part of the Chaco lowland region. The 35-year military dictatorship of Alfredo STROESSNER ended in 1989, and, despite a marked increase in political infighting in recent years, Paraguay has held relatively free and regular presidential elections since the country’s return to democracy. Currently the President is Horacio Cartes, a Paraguayan tobacco magnate. He won despite claims of drug-trafficking and other charges that had been leveled against him.

Natural Beauty of Paraguay

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Paraguay, Argentina and the World Cup

We won’t be seeing Paraguay in the World Cup because they finished last in their qualifying group. But we will be seeing Argentina, a perennial power with the best footballer in the world, Lionel Messi. His last World Cup was pretty forgettable, but he could carry Los Gauchos to the final game against home team fave, Brazil. Now that would be some match.

The World cup starts in 10 days, with the opening game for the US on Monday, June 16 vs Ghana.




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Winner: Droppin’

We had 13 players this evening which was bad luck for everyone but Droppin’, who led from start to finish. Rosebud was a fast closing second.

Mistress Daphne was away on holiday – AGAIN! She said that she needed more excitement in her life, so she headed over to Tokyo. Wanted to be there in time for their 6.2 earthquake. Cousin Vinny had another rough outing, but he’s still smiling and promises to study hard before his return in the fall.

We’re looking forward to seeing Inappropriate Bob at this week’s game. He will change into Flyboy Bob for this weekend’s Jones Beach airshow. He and his Skytypers do some awesome formation flying – gotta see it!

Good Question!:
In Lou Reed’s song “Take a Walk on the Wild Side” where did Holly come from?

Choices: a. Chicago,IL     b. Miami, FL    c. NYCity, NY      d. New Orleans, LA


Answer: Miami, FL

In the early years of the 1970s, Lou Reed was far more influential a figure than he was a commercial success.

Reed had been playing with “Wild Side” over a year before he recorded it; he had been asked to score a stage show of the 1956 novel by Nelson Algren of the same name. The play never happened, but Reed rewrote the original lyrics and came up with the song for which he is most likely to be remembered.

The fact that the song received radio airplay at all was, in retrospect, surprising. The notoriously conservative BBC clearly did not understand phrases like “giving head,” so when Radio 1 DJ Tony Blackburn made the song his Record of the Week, its ascent to #10 was hampered by no censorship whatsoever. In the US, RCA took the precaution of issuing radio stations with a cleaned-up version of the song that also replaced the phrase “And the colored girls say” with “And the girls all say.” Depending on the regional US market, the song was considered slightly politically incorrect, but DJs tended to play the unexpurgated version regardless.

Unlike Reed’s underperforming solo debut, it contained mostly new material that post-dated the Velvet Underground. “Wild Side” was a story song with a cast of characters that all came from the Andy Warhol Factory scene. “Little Joe” refers to Joe Dallesandro, who was in several films by Warhol. “Sugar Plum Fairy” is the nickname of actor Joe Campbell, while “Holly,” “Candy,” and “Jackie” are based on Holly Woodlawn, Candy Darling, and Jackie Curtis, all real-life drag queens who appeared in Warhol’s 1972 movie Women in Revolt.

Reed discussed the subjects’ proclivities in a matter-of-fact monotone: Candy “in the back room … was everybody’s darling,” Holly “shaved her legs and then he was a she,” Little Joe “never once gave it away,” Jackie “thought she was James Dean,” and the Sugar Plum Fairy was “looking for soul food and a place to eat.” He also refers to speed and valium, drug references that escaped the censor.

But it was the reaction of the characters involved that he feared. “I thought they would all claw my eyes out when I got back to New York,” the singer later admitted. “Instead, Candy Darling told me he’d memorized all the songs and wanted to make a ‘Candy Darling Sings Lou Reed’ album. It probably wouldn’t sell more than a hundred copies!”

But the song has continued to enjoy a life of its own. U2’s Bono took it to a new worldwide audience in 1985 when he ad-libbed parts of the lyrics at Live Aid.

source: http://www.neatorama.com

This video has some great images:

And here are the lyrics from this poet of the modern era:

Holly came from Miami F.L.A.
Hitch-hiked her way across the U.S.A.
Plucked her eyebrows on the way
Shaved her legs and then he was a she
She said, hey babe, take a walk on the wild side,
Said, hey honey, take a walk on the wild side.

Candy came from out on the island,
In the backroom she was everybody’s darling,
But she never lost her head
Even when she was giving head
She says, hey baby, take a walk on the wild side
Said, hey babe, take a walk on the wild side
And the colored girls go,

Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo

Little Joe never once gave it away
Everybody had to pay and pay
A hustle here and a hustle there
New York City is the place where they said:
Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side
I said hey Joe, take a walk on the wild side

Sugar Plum Fairy came and hit the streets
Lookin’ for soul food and a place to eat
Went to the Apollo
You should have seen him go, go, go
They said, hey Sugar, take a walk on the wild side
I said, hey babe, take a walk on the wild side, alright, huh

Jackie is just speeding away
Thought she was James Dean for a day
Then I guess she had to crash
Valium would have helped that bash
She said, hey babe, take a walk on the wild side
I said, hey honey, take a walk on the wild side
And the colored girls say

Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo

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