March 4th, 2005

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Wanted: Drummer Who Won't Die

I read this in mental_floss magazine, and I was laughing so hard that people in the cafeteria were staring.

Spinal TapWhile rock drummers are notorious for duing too young, no band has had more trouble keeping the slot filled than legendary (and utterly fictional) rock group Spinal Tap. Here's a recap of how just a few of their so-called drummers have disappeared.

>>In 1969, original drummer John "Stumpy" Pepys, also known as the Peeper, is killed in a bizarre gardening accident that the police claim is "best left unsolved."

>>Eric "Stumpy Joe" Childs (from the band Wool Cave) is hired, yet tragically dies in 1974 from choking on someone else's vomit. The originator of the vomit is still unknown however, because—as Tap bassist Derek Smalls so insightfully points out—"you can't really dust for vomit."

>>Peter "James" Bond steps in, but dies from spontaneous human combustion.

>>Mick Shrimpton is hired to fill Bond's shoes (and sticks), but he, too, spontaneously combusts.
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Spring Is Nigh

American robinI didn't get on last night and forgot today, but yesterday on the way to my car after work I saw my first American (red-breasted) robin of the year, a traditional sign of Spring. Other symbols of the fertility that Spring represents are brightly colored blue robins' eggs and rabbits. Sound familiar?

I cherish Winter, but am greatful to see the sun more hours each day. It really helps with the seasonal affective disorder.

The moment of the equinox this year is 6:34am CST. I figure that if you happen to be about 20 miles west of Lincoln, NE (i.e., the middle of nowhere), you can enjoy the synchrony of the moment of the equinox and sunrise. My Colorado friends will get the sunrise a little after and we in Iowa and Minnesota and Wisconsin will get it a bit after. Aim, maybe we can average it out. :)
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    Vivaldi - The Four Seasons - Spring