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Scarborough Fair

Wow, I certainly neglected this blog for quite a while. I am not going to say I will update on a regular schedule from now on, cuz I know I won’t, but we’ll see what happens.

So what have I been up to? Well, I took on a new job at a big company. That is certainly something different, as I’ve never worked a regular 40-hour work week in my life. I am more used to working way more when I am busy, and way less when things are slow. But hey, got to try it out sometime. I’ve also gone from never having more than five co-workers at a time to working in a company that uses ten out of the eleven floors in the building. Let’s see how it will go in a few months. So far, so good.

The job change also made my commute three times as long (was 15 minutes, now 45), which gave me a lot of time to listen to stuff in my car. All that driving gave me a lot more time to listen to things. Sometimes I listen to the radio (which I actually really enjoy) and sometimes I listen to my own music. And when I listen to music, sometimes I have strange thoughts pop into my head, especially if the lyrics is cryptic, poetic, or simply not the most straight-forward thing.

Let’s use Scarborough Fair as an example. If you’ve never heard of the song, it’s a traditional ballad from the UK and here’s a version by one of my favorite singer, Hayley Westenra:

The thoughts that pop into my head are in the forms of dialog, like this:

A: Are you going to Scarborough Fair?
B: Nah, I think I am going to stay home.
A: Dude, they got parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme!
B: Really? I am there!

A: Are you going to Scarborough Fair?
B: I am thinking about it. I don’t have thyme.

A: Are you going to Scarborough Fair?
Victoria Beckham: Nah.
A: What? But they got parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme! I thought you are a spice girl!
Victoria Beckham: Those are mostly herbs, actually.

Doesn’t make all that much sense, I know. Oh, and I happen to like traditional ballads for some reason. Here’s another one I like, called Willie o Winsbury.

While we are talking about songs and thoughts that pop into my head, when I heard “Baby Got Back” which had a line that said “Dial 1-900-MIXALOT”, I thought “Hm, I wonder who would pick up if I did?” I remembered it wrong and thought it was 1-800-mix-a-lot, though. So that’s what I dialed. That led to some kind of “Are you single? Call this number” commercial. Probably some kind of dating hotline. So that’s what the 800 number leads to. I wonder what the 900 number would lead to.


  1. August 15th, 2011 | 11:54 am

    Kelvin — Congratulations on the new job. I bet it is a change and keeping you busy!

    As usual, you had me laughing with your thought process. I loved the Scarborough Fair dialogue:~) That was fun.

    I had a hard time with the second video. I didn’t get the words very clearly, but you story was funny. So, you never tried the 1-900-mix-a-lot? It kind of makes you wonder with the words, “mix a lot”

    I don’t listen to as much singers as I used to, unless we go out and listen to live music. We listened to guy this last Friday, who sang on the old 1970’s ballad songs. He was great, but I’m sure the crowd in attendance really appreciated it. I did, however:~)

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  2. August 15th, 2011 | 11:53 pm

    1970’s ballad songs? But that was the era for disco!!! 😀

  3. August 16th, 2011 | 11:24 am

    Wow, that is a huge change! I find myself thinking about doing something similar now and then, but I think I’d miss the flexibility. Scarborough Fair is one of my favorite songs. Sage and I grew parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme so we could make baskets based on the song to sell at the farmer’s market, but the thyme didn’t do so well…

    Glad to see you’ve checked in!

  4. August 17th, 2011 | 12:04 pm

    You know what? I do miss the flexibility. But then again, flexibility also mean that I have to chase down invoices, while now I just automatically have money go into my bank account every two weeks. It’s definitely a trade-off of sorts. And freelancing (which I call “somewhat jobless”) was actually great for my social life, since I pretty much agree to whatever plans my friends have and schedule work around my personal life. I can focus more on programming though with a regular job.

    I love the idea of those baskets! And of course, when I hear the word “sage”, I am thinking of you guys. :-)

  5. August 23rd, 2011 | 11:31 pm

    Welcome back, congrats, happy birthday… and if I don’t talk to you, Merry Christmas, happy new year 😉

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  6. August 25th, 2011 | 3:41 am

    Very efficient, Katrina. Happy birthday and so on to you too! 😀

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  8. August 23rd, 2012 | 8:01 pm

    Long time no write! Nice to see you keeping busy though – and good luck with this new job.

    Scarborough Fair… why do I now have The Simpsons in my head? I do like the song though. And your puns :)

  9. August 28th, 2012 | 3:58 am

    The Simpsons? I have no idea why.
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