The Occupy the steps of the Berkeley Post Office Building effort was still continuing as this column was being posted.
Recently, we bought a used bargain copy of "Beyond Coincidence" by Martin Plimmer and Brian King. Chapter two, which is a series of examples, opens with a story of a woman in Berkeley CA, who went outside her home and became locked out. While fretting about her dilemma, the postman arrived and handed her a letter from her brother in the state of Washington. He had visited recently and sent the letter to return a spare key he had been using.
Speaking of obscure but influential, one might think that there would not be an example of the concept "an obscure recording by Elvis Presley" but since these are the dog days in the news (and punditry?) business when the Congressional summer vacation means that there won't be much political news and since Friday August 16, 2013, is Elvis Memorial Day, we'll try to listen to the laughing version of "Are you lonesome tonight."
While a performance in Las Vegas was being recorded, Elvis changed the lyrics and broke himself and the band up with laughter.
The musical group Daddy Yankee has posted a video on Youtube for their song about gasoline. Since the anniversary of the day Elvis Presley (supposedly) died will coincide with the publication date for the next World's Laziest Journalist "the week in the rearview mirror" column, we found that the Elvis track, allegedly proclaimed by Paul McCartney to be the best recording ever by Elvis, had less views than the ditty about what makes cars go. The laughing version of "Are you lonesome tonight" was at the 70,000 hit level when we checked. "Gasolina" has racked up more than 38 million hits.
New words for 2013? How about "selfie"? It means a self portrait and usually referrs to something of the kind of tourist snapshot plus mug shot combined that are posted by young folks on Facebook. It seems like a gimme to think that this word will land on the list of new words for this year.
[Note from the photo editor: The sports world extravaganza known as the America's Cup Yacht Races is being assessed as a fiasco for this year, but the media is overlooking one important aspect of the minor sports news story: taxpayers in the Bay Area, thanks to some contract lawyers who earned their fees, will be obliged to cover any financial shortfall. News photos of the sporting event may have some stock shot value for political pundits if the citizens ever decide to make a retroactive fuss over the fact they have been hustled.]
"Kim" Hubbard said: "Now and then an innocent man is sent to the legislature."
Now the disk jockey will play a song that tells the story of Elvis set to music in Bill Parsons' (Bobby Bare) song "The All American Boy," Elvis' saddest song "Old Shep," and the laughing version of "Are you lonesome tonight."We have to go see if we can purchase a Kangaroos Football Club t-shirt. Have a "do you look in the mirror and wish you had hair" type week.