Happy Monday, darlings. Good grief -- time has flown since the blog party. Has it really been a month?? How are you? How's the weather?? :) I've been working, naturally, very absorbed in writing and other projects, and in between I seem to have embarked on a sort of obsessive deep spring cleaning. Not just the usual purging and sorting. I mean flossing out grout (there's tile all over this place) with a special little brush. Carefully washing the little crystals on the entry chandelier. Stuff like that. I honestly don't know what's gotten into me. Anybody else overtaken by a similar fever?? We just had a crazy heatwave for a week—97 degrees in San Francisco! I had to leave my windows open! LOL. And strange enormous flying insects (mosquito hawks....I think) took advantage of that and decided to play tourist in my house, much to my cat's delight. He murdered a few of them; I captured and escorted a few of them back outside. The fog is back, though, and I wore a sweater and a scarf to the grocery store today to combat the howling winds. :) And so it goes. And today was the famous (or infamous) Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco. Ever seen photos from that, or participate in it? It has to be witnessed to be believed. One year I'd actually forgotten it was Bay to Breakers day (it's all over by 10 a.m. or so) and I had gotten on the train to meet a friend downtown for lunch, and I was starving. On the train among all the people was....a giant oreo cookie. With legs. Holding onto the overhead bar. It gave me quite a start. For a disorienting moment I entertained the notion that I might be hallucinating from hunger, but then I remembered it was Bay to Breakers day, and that the cookie was just a person in costume. I do love San Francisco.
Anyway, I thought I'd share this video as part of my Julie's All Time Favorite Songs series. Remember that episode of Seinfeld where Elaine is dating a guy who practically goes into a bliss trance every time he hears "Desperado?" (you know, the Eagles song?) He shushes her and is all, very coldly, "Elaine...please..." whenever it comes on the radio? I kind of do that when I hear the song in this video. LOL. (It's not Desperado, btw.) Well, actually, I probably do that with a lot of songs, being a music freak, and all. But the melody of this song still makes the little hairs stand up on the back of my neck (in a good way). And it's been covered by everyone from R.E.M. to the White Stripes to Homer Simpson, but in this video we have the artist who made it famous doing it (um, rather, performing it, I should say) with Stone Temple Pilots, believe it or not. Very loose, very cool, very beautiful version. Do any of you have have songs that make you shush people??
Hope everyone's doing great. Tell me how you are!