BixMeister

BixMeister

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The End of the Road. Since I talked about work, this is an appropriate time to reveal what the numbers mean. By the time the numbers reach #1 I will be officially (semi) retired. I know myself enough to realize I will need to get out of the house a few days a week, but this is a perfect time to move on. If I was totally honest, the start of the pandemic would have been the perfect time, especially after dealing with the mask-holes who have become emboldened to make retail worker’s life a living hell. When I first mentioned retirement, a friend suggested I break it down into how many Mondays I had left. Since then, I have adopted other ways to count it down. 91 workdays or so (vacations are upcoming) 18 Weeks 9 tanks of gas. 1 work password reset 127 days 22.75 four packs of muffins. I haven’t been as present on here as I used to be. The mobile site crashes for me frequently at work, and it makes contributing difficult. I’m not saying I will be on here 24/7 after retirement, but it will be easier. Except for a short period after I moved from Bixmarck to be with GBear, I have been working since “Maggie May” was Number One. I can honestly say I deserve the time off.
End of the Road The further adventures of Bix in the limelight AKA This story socks. I went down an internet rabbit (rabbit) hole last night, and for a second there I was convinced I saw Boyz II Men in concert twice, but then I put the puzzle pieces together and realized I was wrong. The timeline is convoluted, but so is my brain, so bear with me. In 1992 as part of the 2 Legit 2 Quit, MC Hammer scheduled a tour stop in Bismarck ND with Boyz II Men and TLC as opening acts. My friends and I were 2 Legit excited about TLC, then Boyz, then MC Hammer, but that isn’t how it went. Early on, TLC was pulled from the line-up. “I Ain’t too Proud” to say it was a huge disappointment. Then Boyz II Men’s manager was murdered in Chicago, forcing them to miss the show. MC Hammer was alright, I guess. It had a certain feeling that you were seeing someone that was rocketing down the charts, just as fast as he had rocketed up them. A few years later in 1995 Boyz II Men made up for missing that concert by scheduling a headlining show in Bixmarck (I might as well give in by calling it BIxmarck. My fingers go there by default.) I’m not sure what I wore, probably something in linen since it seemed to be the fabric of the moment, but I do remember one sartorial detail that Boyz II Men wore, their socks. GBear was visiting me, we had good seats with the store manager and her husband, about 5 rows back. Earlier in the day I was working in the Men’s department of the local Dayton’s and a stylish young man was looking at socks. I offered help and he mentioned that he was the stylist for Boyz II Men, and he needed colorful socks for their show that night. I pointed to socks we had in various bright colors, and he bought 4 different color socks. I told my store manager and she laughed and then said, “Wouldn’t it be cool if they wear them tonight?” Nathan, Wanya, Michael and Shawn entered the stage, their linen suits billowing from the wind machine. Their loose linen slacks were pegged at the ankle, and even from 5 rows away, you couldn’t miss the red, orange, purple and blue Gold Toes they were wearing. My store manager and I looked at each other and laughed. It was our private joke, one that GBear and the manager’s husband didn’t get. Now I need to go down another internet rabbit hole and figure out when I sold Olympic Gold Medalist Oxiana Baiul a pair of Levi’s and helped Brian Boitano. 55
Fun fact: Gbear is a Yankees fan and had Twins season tickets just to attend all the Yankees games. He also would stay at the same hotel as the Yankees and developed a friendship with Phil Rizzuto. On late games they would go to movie matinees downtown before heading to the game. Phil got him into the locker room a few times and we have a Mickey Mantle signed baseball as proof. Gbear had a connection with a pair of scandalous Yankees, though not at the same time.
I'm not dismissive, and rather enjoy the nostalgia. I saw the movie in the theater with my mom and sister, so I understand what you are saying about your daughters. Many of the characters remind me of the strong female role models in my family. Enjoy your weekend, I'll be doing my best to enjoy mine, while I work.
I think Tom was right when he said: “Maybe that scarcity helped sell a few “This Used To Be My Playground” singles, and maybe those sales helped the song reach #1. In any case, it’s really not one of Madonna’s immortal hits” I know I bought the“Playground” CD single as a Madonna fan and I’m sure others did the same Though I won’t grade it, I found it recently and it is still in its shrink wrap prison. That may give you a clue.
P.S. on the numbers, today’s hint. I know of people who count sleeps until a vacation for example, I’m counting Number Ones. But for what goal? Maybe the next Number One will give you a clue. The other numbers are another way to countdown to the same goal.
I saw “A League of Our Own” recently and I got nostalgic about nostalgia. The topic of baseball is always a cue to think about my dad. If you’ve seen “Field of Dreams” and remember the part where Kevin is going to the Iron Range of Minnesota to talk to a local historian, that’s a favorite scene. On his drive, he picks up a young baseball playing hitchhiker who talks about the local small town baseball scene. Seeing it in the theater, it reminded me of stories my dad told us about local small towns who would pay well for good baseball players. It was a gut punch. The young hitchhiker reminded me of my father who was a pro baseball prospect, but due to his Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, he was then slowly wasting away. Then “A League of Our Own” arrived the summer after my dad died much too young at 69 from PSP. I saw the movie in the theater with my mom and older sister. Afterwards my mom retold the story of she and dad visiting and aunt and uncle in Rockford IL and had attending a Women’s baseball game shortly before the league disbanded. Nostalgia about nostalgia, remembering a moment that happened before my time, was powerful to me because it connected me to mom, dad, and a favorite aunt and uncle. The connection was still strong when I saw it recently. “This Used to Be My Playground” continues to conjure nostalgia about nostalgia. We lived in a small town and our house was the only house on the lot which was basically a quarter of a city block in size. The backyard was large enough for a dedicated Wiffle Ball lot. Think Field of Dreams, plastic ball style. In a “build it they will come” manner, our yard was a gathering spot for boys and girls from the town. If you hit it over the street, into the Catholic Church yard, it was a homerun, something I never did. As we grew up and moved out, the Wiffle Ball field became a large garden. The symbolism was lost on me until I was in Psych 101 at the UofM and learned about Empty Nest Syndrome. Damn, dad’s garden could be in the textbook. Our playground was now his. Somehow, he was always weeding or watering it when church was in session. Where once he celebrated the athleticism and camaraderie of his kids, he was now awarded with kudos for his abundant garden. I left that home in 1975, and only went back for short visits. Though it hasn’t been owned by the family since the early 80s, it periodically appears in my dreams and my dad, alive and healthy is there. The backyard has become my “Field of Dreams,” though it “Used to Be My Playground.” Nostalgia about nostalgia renders these movies and this song hard to rank, but any song or movie that reminds me of my dad gets extra points. 56 (or so) 98 - 94 - 93 or so 1918 - 18 9 - 9 1 - 1 137 - 132 133- 130 23.5 – 23.25
try this https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc6idVVOePcvhY7bZylpjd9dkqvnnapiIGhgxn8Gn6EQ51rwQ/viewform?usp=sf_link
https://dominosbrainstorm.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/old-big-butts.jpg Since my poll doesn't appear to be showing yet.
The Numbers Last Friday – Wednesday (Tom skipping Monday has shaken this up a bit) 59 – 57 (We know that this is a countdown of what has become the next 57 songs, but why?) 98 - 94 or so 19 - 18 9 - 9 1 - 1 137 - 132 24.25 – 23.50 Today’s Clue, the fifth number, 1 will be the first to reach zero, sometime in March. All others will reach zero around the same time as each other, but much later than the first one.
Butt wait, there’s more. Fill out my Sir Mix-A-Lot questionnaire at: https://forms.gle/yy8JyRfgzE9LSJ676
I tried to post something earlier, thought it posted, but it seems to be gone. I will tryi it again without the link Apologries in advance if it ever shows up. As inspired by numerous posts on Twitter. If Sir Mix A Lot instead of Billy Preston collaborated with the Beatles, what would they have called the song? Baby Get Back Got Back 58
As inspired by numerous posts on Twitter. If Sir Mix A Lot instead of Billy Preston collaborated with the Beatles, what would they have called the song? Baby Get Back Got Back Butt wait, there’s more. Fill out my Sir Mix-A-Lot questionnaire at: https://forms.gle/yy8JyRfgzE9LSJ676 58
while that may be true, it is not what I am referring to,
Doing the festival age math of starting at 100 and subtracting a year for every act I know, I am exactly my age years old.
On Wednesday I joked that I should have done a Jump BixMix. Well, I did. https://www.mixcloud.com/BixMeister/when-i-say-jump/ https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51819144981_68e145904e_z.jpg When I Say Jump Kriss Kross – Jump – 0:00 House of Pain – Jump Around – 04:50 M – Pop Muzik (Paralyzer Remix) BixJump edit – 07:33 Dhar Braxton – Jump Back (Set Me Free) – 12:13 Madonna – Jump – 18:18 Stacy Lattislaw – Jump to the Beat – 21:46 Aretha Franklin – Jump to It – 26:30 VH Vs The Supremes – Jump! In the Name of Love - DJ Schmolli mashup – 32:36 Musique – Keep on Jumpin’ – 35:57 The Pointer Sisters – Jump (For My Love) – 42:20 The Movement – Jump! (Holographic Mix) – 48:25 The Rolling Stones – Jumpin’ Jack Flash – 53:01 Harry Nilsson – Jump Into the Fire – 56:17 The Cure – Jumping Someone Else’s Train – 59:40 Thanks to those who have already heard this mix, and apologies to DJ Schmolli who made the Van Halen Vs. The Supremes mashup “Jump! In the Name of Love” since I didn’t find his name to acknowledge him on the MixCloud upload. I’ve since updated my upload to reflect that important bit of information.
The Numbers, and what we know so far. 59, the first number is a countdown of the Number Ones, that was correctly guessed by Link. Wed - Fri 60 - 59 99 - 98 or so 20 - 19 10 - 9 1 - 1 139 - 137 24.75 - 24. 25 Today’s clue: All numbers will eventually hit zero, but they won’t at the same time.
Mariah has had so many Number Ones that we will have to start naming them like Friends episodes. The One Where Mariah Covers The Jackson Five 59
You correctly guessed the tie between the number and the song. The reasoning is nice, but incorrect.
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