Saturday, October 19, 2019

c'est la vie

Here at A Few Clowns Short we don't speak French. I don't really know much of it. I learned long ago that a direct one-to-one translation is not always possible. C'est la vie means that's life but the English title (and found in the lyrics) of the song offered at the bottom of the post is you never can tell. Both translations are very similar. Maybe I'm pushing it a bit but I would add whatever to the meaning of c'est la vie.

French fingers

I'll give you the Bob Seger version of the C'est La Vie lyrics. Below is Bruce Springsteen's performance of this song about the teenage romance and marriage of Pierre and the lovely mademoiselle. There's an old cherry red car in the song. We saw this pink Cadillac in a parking lot years ago. (yeah I know there's a good song title Pink Cadillac

The clip is a little long but I really enjoyed the warmup to the song. The song was a possibly a request. Bruce really shows his band leader abilities. Oh of the horns, I thought the sax was the best.

It was a teenage wedding and the old folks wished 'em well
You could see that Pierre did truly love the mademoiselle
And now the young monsieur and madam have rung the chapel bell
C'est la vie say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell

They finished off an apartment with a two-room Roebuck sale
The coolerator was jammed with TV dinners and ginger ale
And when Pierre found work, the little money comin' worked out well
C'est la vie say the old folks it goes to show you never can tell

They had a hi-fi phono, boy did they let it blast
Seven hundred little records, all blues, rock, rhythm, and jazz
But when the sun went down, the volume went down as well
C'est la vie say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell

They bought a souped-up jitney, it was a cherry red '53 And drove it down to New Orleans to celebrate their anniversary
It was there where Pierre was wedded to the lovely mademoiselle
C'est la vie say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell

Thursday, October 10, 2019

I often

I often tell myself …

Then before I even get to the real meat of my latest insight, - self replies, “you talking to me again? Go ask someone who cares to listen.”

I start to explain how finding someone willing to listen is so difficult.

Then self starts ranting, “knock it off, you big whiner! Only you can fix your problems.”

So I blog once in awhile.

Nice wagon for nice weather

I typically go with the flow. I’m not a boat rocker unless I’m on an amusement park ride. When the direction of the flow doesn’t match up well with my ideas, I’ll speak up. As I age, I’ve discovered that I resist the flow sometimes just because I don’t want to move.

Flowing on (yeah nobody ever says that) I’m curious what you think about this new space (space as in marketing jargon) called influencer space?

Isn’t it just a new updated name for people hawking products?

This influencer space seems like a social media medicine show without the wagon and horses. There is money in it. This article from 2018 says the Viral Nation (digital marketing and talent agency connecting brands to influencers) company takes in millions in revenue. Forget the old horse drawn wagon, they probably fly via private jet.

Do you follow any influencer?

Other than Lisleman. (Oh that's a joke. The wheels fell off my wagon long ago.)

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

parody of rhyme

I thought of updating an old nursery rhyme while in the shower today. The one involving an egg having the unfortunate last name of Dumpty. The poor guy had a thin skin and liked walls.

Then it occurs to me, Trumpty Dumpty. Well duh, that name has been around since the 2016 election. Maybe I subconsciously pulled it from my memory. I don't know.

So I did a quick google on "Trumpty Dumpty". Yeah I was not the first one to put those words together. Also an image search produced many orange-faced eggs.

One of the images lead me to this meme generator site called, where I created the following cartoon.

Here's my updated rhyme:

Trumpty Dumpty raided funds for his wall

Trumpty Dumpty made an impeachable call

Trumpty Dumpty took a big fall

All the GOP pols and the GOP attorneys

Couldn’t Trumpty back together again.

(don't blow the whistle on me but please leave a comment)


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