March 22nd, 2005

romance, flower

House of the Rising Sun

"There is a house in New Orleans
They call the Rising Sun
And it's been the ruin of many a poor boy
And God I know I'm one."

The Animals sang the most memorable version of this song with mournful pacing and plaintive singing of the sad lyrics which warn against a life of sin and ill-repute.

A recent archeological dig suggests that there may have been a real House of the Rising Sun in the French Quarter.

"...a hotel called the Rising Sun appeared to have operated on the site from the early 1800s until 1822, when it burned to the ground.

In an 1821 advertisement from the newspaper La Gazette, a company called L.S. Hotchkiss explained that it had taken over the hotel but offered reassurance to customers: 'No pain or expence [sic] will be spared by the new proprietors to give general satisfaction, and maintain the character of giving the best entertainment.'

The next sentence: 'Gentlemen may here rely upon finding attentive Servants.' Similar language, Gray said, was used in old bordello advertisements to make it clear — without explicitly saying so — that extracurricular services were available.

About 2½ feet below the surface, the researchers discovered a large number of liquor bottles. Alongside them was an unusually dense collection of rouge pots. The distinctive jars were painted sea green or blue and designed to hold makeup. They were heavier on the bottom than the top; that way a woman could sweep her fingertips across the rouge when she needed a touch-up without tipping the pot or stopping to pick it up.

The combination of liquor and evidence that there were lots of women who required much makeup was encouraging."
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Chocolate Overpowers Everything

Yuck, bleh, gross, ick! I just had the worst strawberries with my lunch from the salad bar. They looked beautiful but were like eating hard bits of blandness. I will just have to eat a handful of Whoppers Mini Robin Eggs to erase the memory of their awfulness. And if that doesn't work, I may bust open the Cadbury Eggs I bought to share with Juannie.

I will try to restrain myself from using this as an excuse to devour the Cadbury Eggs. Really! I do promise to try.
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Bush Speak

Bush still sounds like a dope to me...

"Because the -- all which is on the table begins to address the big cost drivers. For example, how benefits are calculated, for example, is on the table. Whether or not benefits rise based upon wage increases or price increases. There's a series of parts of the formula that are being considered. And when you couple that, those different cost drivers, affecting those -- changing those with personal accounts, the idea is to get what has been promised more likely to be -- or closer delivered to that has been promised. Does that make any sense to you? It's kind of muddled. Look, there's a series of things that cause the -- like, for example, benefits are calculated based upon the increase of wages, as opposed to the increase of prices. Some have suggested that we calculate -- the benefits will rise based upon inflation, as opposed to wage increases. There is a reform that would help solve the red if that were put into effect. In other words, how fast benefits grow, how fast the promised benefits grow, if those -- if that growth is affected, it will help on the red." (President Bush - Tampa, FL, Feb. 4, 2005)

But some linguists are saying that our Georgie is leaving behind his ranch-style lingo for more citified speech now that he's suckered enough voters with his down home verbal ineptitude. He's even making references to Camus, de Tocqueville and the Magna Carta and pronouncing them properly.

I picture a new sitcom that's Green Acres in reverse. George and Laura chuck their boots, barbecue and barns for books, brie en croute and brownstones. So long Hooterville! Hello Manhattan!