we rode through the desert on a horse with no name
So, another trip to Lancaster for me and and my family for work, and more mix CD’s made for the 6 hour roadtrip. When making CD’s for the trip, my wife and I strive for a good variety of music that we enjoy, as well as some kid’s songs to keep Quinn happy in the backseat. It seems every year there’s a song or two that catches on with her that we end up listening to incessantly. Last year, it was the theme songs to iCarly and Drake & Josh. This year, it was the Hoedown Throwdown off the Hannah Montana Movie soundtrack. The Hannah Montana Movie is the first movie Quinn saw in a real theater. And we netflixed the DVD so she’d have something to watch on the portable DVD player on the trip and in the hotel room. I hadn’t seen the movie, and hearing the song on one of my wife’s two mixes was my first experience with it. Then, we arrived in Lancaster, PA, and stopped at the Olive Garden for dinner. And while sitting at the table, Quinn kept singing, “Boom boom clap, boom dee clap dee clap”. It took me awhile to realize she was singing this song, but when watching the DVD with her in the room, it all became clear. Miley travels home to Tennessee with her dad and brother to visit her grandmother, and during a party, spices it up by adding some hip hop to their hoedown. And from then on, Quinn insisted on listening to the “Miley Montana” song (don’t worry, she’s very clear on the Miley Stewart/Hannah Montana double-life situation). And we must have listened to that song about a million times whenever we were in the car. Quinn wants to learn how to do the dance, but thinks she’s still a bit young, and then realized that Miley sings that, “if you’re 5 or 82, this is something you can do”, and since she’s only 4, she’s not quite old enough to do it. Now, Hannah Montana has grown on me in the past year or so, and I must say, this song is damn catchy. I didn’t really mind listening to it over and over. See for yourself:
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My wife Kristen and I saw this commercial for GE Locomotive while watching the Today Show on NBC this morning. It features employees at the GE Locomotive plant in Erie, Pennsylvania performing their version of Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away”.
It also features an all too rare appearance of the keytar.
On this endless ocean finally lovers know no shame
Turning and returning to some secret place inside
Watching in slow motion as you turn to me and say
Take my breath away
Take my breath away
Ah, the holidays. It’s that special time of year where we travel around to holiday parties and spent time with parents, relatives, etc. My wife Kristen and I have family all over the place: Pennsylvania, Long Island, Eastern Massachusetts, Western Massachusetts, Florida… all this involves long road trips in the car and many family functions.
Last Christmas, Kristen and I decided to travel from N. Merrick, NY to Harrisburg, PA by way of Philadelphia, for the sole purpose of stopping at Jim’s Steaks on South Street for a cheesesteak. It was a little over an hour out of the way, but totally worth it. We’re hoping to make this an every Christmas tradition, so both of us are looking forward to it this year and keeping our fingers crossed we can make it happen.
For Thanksgiving weekend, besides traveling with my mom to Long Island and back (stopping at Ikea briefly for some Swedish meatballs), we also attended a party in Acton, Massachusetts for my grandmother who turned 90. After the party, my mom, Kristen, and I were a little zoned out in the car on the way home… reeling from all the family shmoozing we had to do. My mom was asleep in the back and Kristen was the passenger. I was the driver.
Now all I can think about is the sweet sweet taste of a Jim’s Steak cheesesteak sandwich whenever I hear this song from now on.
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I remember when the song came out when I was in high school, and how catchy it was then. It still gets airplay almost daily to this very day.
And now, the vocal stylings of Michael Scott, Holly, and Darryl:
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Jamie was in Pennsylvania at the NACA Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference in Lancaster, Pennsylvania this past weekend. As someone who used to work in the booths at those NACA shows, I remember the long stretches of time in between the trade show sessions where you’d have to find something to do with yourself. Jamie’s wife and young daughter were able to join him for this trip, for a mini vay k of sorts, so at least he wasn’t solo.
My wife Kristen is originally from the Hershey, PA area, which isn’t too far from Lancaster, which means she grew up around all things Hershey. Luckily she’s been able to show me around whenever we visit, because I LOVE CANDY. So we thought we’d suggest to Jamie that he and his wife and kid visit Chocolate World at HersheyPark. “Quinn will love it!”, we said. They did, and from what we’ve heard, Jamie’s daughter Quinn asked to go on the ride twice. (more…)
Just wanted to wish you well on your trip to PA this weekend.
What’s kind of weird was this coincidence.
It’s funny that you sent this because Open Arms is currently playing in my earphones.
So of course, Heather sends me a reply. Attached was a little file called Journey-CompleteBand.jpg.
Attached is a great photo of Journey that I found.
Can you guess which one is me?
Oh, by the way, the title is a reference to Journey to the Center of the Earth. Funny thing about that is– If you weren’t near Iceland and needed to attempt any kind of travel to the center of the earth, Palmyra might be a good place to do this. It’s known for its sinkholes. They even have a restaurant called The Sinkhole Saloon.
John Travolta may not have been to the center of the earth, but he was in Battlefield Earth.
Love is a Battlefield. At least that’s what Pat Benatar said.
Okay, I think I’m done.
Getting ready to leave for the big road trip from Massachusetts to Lancaster, PA we stopped by Cumberland Farms so Jo could get some chocolate milk and water for the trip. While she was inside and I was in the car with our daughter Quinn, I had my window open. A guy wearing a baseball cap and jeans (very Joe Schmo looking) was getting into a pickup truck parked nearby and sang, “Strangers in my pants” to the tune of Strangers In The Night by Frank Sinatra. One of the most random songspeaks I’ve ever experienced.