Archive for September 8th, 2009


Parenting Is A Skill

September 8, 2009

I like joking around with my kids, and I love to tease them. They’re getting older now, but for a while, my daughter thought I could fly, but only at night, when she was asleep. And my youngest son is just now figuring out that we’re not actually from outer space.

This old joke is also wearing thin:

  • “Daddy, what’s for dinner?”
  • “Mushroom soup and salad.”
  • “Daddeeeeeeeee …”

The odd prank is fun, too, like short-sheeting a bed, or the time I covered tennis balls in icing and served them for dessert. See, I had real cupcakes waiting once the initial confusion turned to laughter. That was funny.

This is not funny:

In case you can’t tell, that’s the box for an XBox, and this kid is really excited. At first, he’s incredulous, and you can tell this is a kid who is not used to good things happening to him. The riotous laughter accompanying his crushed slump says it all about things in this house.

I hope someone figures out who he is and sets up a Buy The Sad Kid An XBox campaign. Then again, his parents would probably spend it on socks or something.


Worst Music Video Ever of the Week: Runaway

September 8, 2009

Here’s a strange mid-80s video from Luis Cardenas, the drummer for the band Renegade, who apparently also did some solo work. This is a cover of Del Shannon’s pop hit Runaway, done in a hair-metal way. Go ahead, let it play. Hmm. Okay, we have all the stock ingredients of a rock video from this era: big-haired singer, a set of drumsticks, some relationship angst, dark alleyways, Bon Jovi-like vocals, dinosaurs … wait, what?

This video is a real favourite of mine, despite its weird combination of every 80s video cliche, plus a dinosaur hooker. Nothing about it should work, but it all does, from Cardenas’s crazy voice to his bizarre facial expressions (making faces was a staple of metal lite videos at this time, kids) to the stop-motion dinosaurs to Del Shannon’s cameo at the end. Even the magic tiger drum kit, with its Sammy’s Super T-Shirt action, is funny.

Maybe I just have a soft spot for singing drummers. There’s something about singing drummers that just cracks me up every time, particularly in live circumstances, when the vocals just seem to be coming from nowhere.

Anyway, while you may laugh at this video — I know I do — you should know that Cardenas is a kick-ass drummer and all-around cool guy. Read more about him here. And while I never liked Renegade, they were a popular band; I think this line from the Wiki says it all: “The band was honored in August 2001 at a David Hasselhoff¬†hosted event at the Conga Room, in Los Angeles¬†for record sales in excess of 30 million units worldwide.”

When my life draws to a close, I hope to be able to say I was once honoured by David Hasselhoff. But I’d settle for working with dinosaurs.


10 Ways Google Got You Here

September 8, 2009

Several times a day, people land here at Weather Station 1 by typing “topless weather” into Google. I don’t know why that phrase points here, but I’ll take it. I suspect my site has a rare combination of topless and, of course, the name Weather Station 1.

WordPress offers some very solid stats and tracking information, so I am able to see, daily, how people arrived here. Aside from “topless weather,” here are some other leading search phrases.

  • … buff carrot top
  • … megan fox naked
  • … shirley jones naked
  • … megan fox looks stupid
  • … worst rap video ever white guys
  • … fur shorts
  • … hayden bloom northeastern
  • … muscle bound teens
  • … pictures of wife naked
  • … nacket wife pictures
  • … weiners
  • … i think i saw a man wearing a bra
  • … how to dispose of a dead skunk
  • … does walmart carry KY intense

The fact that these things were search subject says a lot about you, but the fact that they led here says even more about me.