Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Timex Watches
Howdy from the “Music City,” Nashville, TN. My mother and uncle will soon be arriving and I think a fun weekend will be had by all. I’ve got my camera and will snap lots of photos.
Polonium is HOT! HOT! HOT! Ever since that spy died a horrid and mysterious death from this highly toxic element, polonium is all over the news—Paris, Britney and Lindsy must be fuming! Although I hate chemistry, I did a little background research on polonium in order to educate my readership. Polonium was discovered by none other than Marie Curie and her less famous husband Pierre (who died in 1906 when his skull was crushed in a freak horse and carriage accident!). Marie, who was from Poland, named the element after her motherland with the hopes of publicizing the plight of her people who were unfairly dominated by Russian, Prussian and Austrian rulers. It is likely the only element named to highlight a political controversy. Its symbol is “Po” and it has an atomic number of 84. Polonium is very rare. It uses include neutron trigger for nuclear bombs, photography brushes and obviously, radioactive poison.
My 80’s music reviews are clearly no longer coming on a weekly basis so please enjoy my first 80’s Song of the Month: “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley. British-born pop star Astley exploded onto the music scene in 1987 with his debut album Whenever You Need Somebody. “Never Gonna Give You Up” was the first release from the multi-platinum album. This freckle-faced red-head, who looks similar to comic book hero Archie Andrews, has such a distinct, booming voice that had it not been for the popularity of music videos, few would have ever realized that Mr. Astley is not a black singer. Like most of his singles, the song begins with a bombastic drum machine and synthesizer intro before his deep, powerful voice takes center stage. If you believe the lyrics to the song, Rick Astley would make a pretty great boyfriend. He promises that he is...“Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down, never gonna run around and desert you. Never gonna make you cry, never gonna say goodbye, never gonna say a lie and hurt you.” What a sweetheart. It’s an upbeat song—great for exercising—and was a huge smash all over the world. The song was a UK number one hit for five weeks before reaching the top of the Billboard charts in the spring of 1988. Rick retired at the height of his fame claiming his distaste for celebrity and a desire to raise a family.
Christine and I "ran" over the Williamsburg Bridge this morning. It was good fun! Who else is going to join us? It's approximately 2.5 miles back and forth.