Thursday, December 23, 2010

Anticipation!

My Cinderella Amaryllis will be blooming any day now. This variety is bright red with white stripes and was given to me by my friend June. The bulb was planted around Thanksgiving time, and it has been great fun seeing it grow each day—almost as I watched. There are two flower stems and this one looks like it's going to have four separate flowers. I haven't grown an Amaryllis in at least fifteen years and I'm really anticipating its over-the-top blooms.

• Carly Simon's classic Anticipation. It's ironic to me listening to her lyrics "These are the good old days," first released in 1971. Those WERE the good old days for many of us old enough to remember them. She supposedly was writing about her love affair with Cat Stevens, now Yusuf Islam. Now who among us WASN'T in love with Cat Stevens back in the day, lol?  For his beautiful Morning Has Broken click here. And, yes, it bothers me to no end that an entire generation equates Anticipation, and Ms. Simon, with a ketchup commercial—crass commercialism just bothers the heck out of me, the selling of one's soul for a few pieces of silver, as it were. Ruining the innocence and beauty of one's earlier works, to ensure a third beach house or a new Gulfstream G5, just shouldn't be the answer to anyone's questions of life.

• For the Wiki on Ms. Simon, click here. It's unusually informative, lol.

16 comments:

  1. And it's not like she really needed the money! She came from money (Simon & Schuster) and made lots!

    The phrase "these are the good old days" is one I have always loved. I don't think I thought it so much in 1971 but I sure did later in the decade and up until the mid 80s when the extent of what we were dealing with became all too clear.

    I hadn't thought of it in a while so for the next few days I'll be considering whether these are the good old days for me or not. Progress on the recognition of our equality will certainly figure into the mix!

    Paul, NYC

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  2. When my house of cards all comes crashing down and I'm living on a sidewalk heating grate outside of some Madison Ave office building or under a bridge in a warm climate, I'm sure I will think these are the good old days too...

    I had forgotten about her family publishing connection!

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  3. CASEY, YOU'LL NEVER HAVE TO LIVE UNDER A GRATE. YOUR FRIENDS WOULD NEVER LET THAT HAPPEN TO YOU. YOU SOUND LIKE YOUR HAVING A SAD DAY. THROW OPEN THE WINDOW AND GET SOME FRESH AIR.BREATHE. YOUR A MILLIONAIRE IN YOUR OWN RIGHT. ONLY IT'S SITTING IN YOUR TREASURES AROUND YOUR HOUSE.I FIND YOU CAN LIVE SIMPLE IF YOU WANT. WE BUY WHAT WE NEED NOT WHAT WE WANT. I JUST HOPE IT LAST TILL WE DIE.YOUR YOUNG YET HOPEFULLY ABLE TO WORK IF YOU HAVE TOO. UNLESS THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG HEALTHWISE WHICH I PREY [NOT]. OR YOU CAN WINTER WITH GRAMPS AND SUMMER WITH ANNIE. SHE'S A GOOD COOK. HERE YOU WOULD NAVE TO FIX YOUR OWN MEALS. I DON'T WAIT ON ANYONE ANYMORE. LOL SAVING THE WORLD WAS OUR PASS.NOW IT'S SAVING GRAMPS AND GRANNY. LOL I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THE FLOWER IN THE PICTURE.
    GRANNY

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  4. CASEY, I HOPE THIS DOSEN'T OFFEND YOU BUT WHEN I GOT IT THIS MORNING IN AN E MAIL I HAD A GOOD BELLY LAUGH.

    Since more and more Seniors are texting and tweeting, there appears to be a need for a STC (Senior Texting Code). If you qualify for Senior Discounts, this is the code for you....



    ATD: At The Doctor's
    BFF: Best Friend Farted
    BTW: Bring The Wheelchair
    BYOT: Bring Your Own Teeth
    CBM: Covered By Medicare
    CUATSC: See You At The Senior Center
    DWI: Driving While Incontinent
    FWB: Friend With Beta Blockers
    FWIW: Forgot Where I Was
    FYI: Found Your Insulin
    GGPBL: Gotta Go, Pacemaker Battery Low!
    GHA: Got Heartburn Again
    HGBM: Had Good Bowel Movement
    IMHO: Is My Hearing-Aid On?
    LMDO: Laughing My Dentures Out
    LOL: Living On Lipitor
    LWO: Lawrence Welk's On
    OMMR: On My Massage Recliner
    OMSG: Oh My! Sorry, Gas.
    ROFL... CGU: Rolling On The Floor Laughing... And Can't Get Up
    SGGP: Sorry, Gotta Go Poop
    TTYL: Talk To You Louder
    WAITT: Who Am I Talking To?
    WTFA: Wet The Furniture Again
    WTP: Where's The Prunes?
    WWNO: Walker Wheels Need Oil
    LMGA: Lost My Glasses Again
    GGLKI: Gotta Go. Laxative Kicking In

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  5. Back when I was writing children's stories and pasting my walls with rejection slips from publishers, I remember sneering at Carly's success at getting her books published, drat that Simon-Schuster connection. I love Cat Stevens music by the way, thanks.

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  6. I forgot to mention how much I loved Cat Stevens in the early seventies. Cat Stevens, John Denver, Linda Rondstadt, Arlo Guthrie, Loggins and Messina -- those were the good old days!!

    Paul, NYC

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  7. Even though I was only 12 by the time the '60s ended, and I went through my punk phase in the '80s and club phase after that, underneath it all, i'm most like a hippy than anything else. When I think about the way I'd like my life to have turned out, the hippy lifestyle, peace and love and live and let live, is what i'm closest to. I still wear Patchouli, lol.

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  8. Paul, had you sneaked a peek at my ipod? Your list (minus loggins and messina and insert the mamas and the papas) sounds right up my alley!
    You have excellent taste! :)
    Have a wonderful evening everyone..
    mare

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  9. Mare --

    I LOVE the Mamas and the Papas but I think of them as mid-60s when I was in High School. But I can still sing most of their albums right through! The groups I mentioned were ones that were important to me during a time of, shall we say, transition in my life.

    And as to the Patchouli, I had a funny experience that might not be shareable on this blog!

    Paul, NYC

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  10. OH PAUL, PLEASE SHARE. LOL

    I DON'T KNOW WHAT PATCHOULI MEANS OR MAYBE IT'S BEST I DON'T KNOW.
    I KINDA THOUGHT MAYBE SOME KIND OF THONG.LOL BAD GRANNY

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  11. Patchouli is a scent, an oil, that was used by hippies a lot back in the Sixties. I don't wear thongs, lol!

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  12. HOW FUNNY.
    YOU KNOW WHERE MY MINE WAS GOING.LOL. I EVEN LOOKED IT UP IN THE DICTIONARY AND COULDN'T FIND THE WORD. OH WELL, I HOPE YOU SMELL GOOD.

    GRANNY

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