I began following geriatric1927 on YouTube about a year ago. I think I was checking out videos of older folks on the internet, thinking, perhaps, my dad might want to be interviewed. I was interested in how videos of older people were accepted on YouTube. geriatric1927 has quite a following.
Last April he was involved in a media event to raise money for a cause called Age Concern. He, together with about 40 elderly folks formed a group called The Zimmers. They even have a myspace page which you should check out because of all the extra videos there. Here’s their end product — My Generation. Watch it to the end — it’s worth it.
This video is relevant for me these days, having spent a couple of weeks with my mother and her friends. (not that they are quite as old as the folks in the video).
It seems a lot of folks search the Internet for “pi day” related stuff around the middle of March and this blog got several hits. Not millions or even thousands, but dozens — which is rare for Cluch Cargo Lips.
Last year I searched for songs about π for my Jeux Sans Frontiers blog but didn’t find too many fun ones. I ended up using American Pie. I didn’t realize I had one on CD. Kate Bush’s newest album has a song called π in which she sings the first 150 digits of π* but according to this guy, she made a mistake at digit 54.
*which is almost as much fun as Mrs. Bartolozzi in which she repeats “Washing Machine” ad nauseum. (just kidding. I love Kate Bush!)
π by Kate Bush
Sweet and gentle and sensitive man With an obsessive nature and deep fascination For numbers And a complete infatuation with the calculation Of π
Oh he love, he love, he love He does love his numbers And they run, they run, they run him In a great big circle In a circle of infinity
3.14159 26535897932 3846 264 338 3279
Oh he love, he love, he love He does love his numbers And they run, they run, they run him In a great big circle In a circle of infinity But he must, he must, he must Put a number to it
I found a stack of LPs and a few 45’s from my childhood and just purchased an ION USB turntable so I can upload all those old songs to my web space (at least until the RIAA yells at me, or worse) and allow you to listen to them while you read my stories.
The most embarrassing of the finds is one I’d completely forgotten about, but remembered immediately upon finding it. (Ok, the B-side was a little worse — maybe I’ll upload that one if I run out of stories)
Glen Campbell released The Dreams of the Everyday Housewife in 1968. I was 12. Somehow I became the owner of the 45 with this song on it. Because I remember the song, I think I may have been older when I liked it, but who knows… Perhaps I was really 12.
I found a 45 of The Dreams of the Everyday Housewife on a closet shelf in my mother’s vacation home in Hazelhurst, Wisconsin.