“Sunday Thoughts”

“If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.”

–Bern Williams

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“Sellin’ To The Oldies”/”I Was Amwayed”

For some reason unbeknownst to me, Corporations in the 1970s and 80s decided that their training meetings, and Public Relations films needed custom-composed music to reflect the ideas and emotions of the company. April Winchell Dot Com has collected quite a few examples including songs about The American Dry Cleaning Industry and Coca-Cola Company. Her site used to be filled with other strange oddities as well as these songs, but now it contains just the songs.

As a former Amway distributor, I found a few merry melodies that brought back memories and embarrassment.

I have no idea who is singing this song and I would hazard a guess that in this day and age, they don’t want you to know.

Take a listen to Recruit and Train and Motivate.

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Then I found this gem. Believe it or not, I used to own this cassette tape and played it faithfully around the house and in my car. The group, The Sanborn Singers were quite popular on the Amway circuit of meetings and conventions and I knew all the words to the cassette. To this day, my wife STILL hates the following song , What is This Thing Called Amway

Back in the day, I thought it was a rousing little ditty about soap.

DON’T JUDGE ME!

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But, I’m not just picking on Amway, in hindsight. No my friend, let’s cue up Mary Kay‘s singing sensation, The Vickaroos.

And don’t say, you weren’t warned!

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Okay one more about Amway and I’ll quit.

Believe it or don’t, but legendary singer, Pat Boone, once considered himself a “rock and roller”. That is until he had Elvis Presley open for him at the start of Elvis’ career. Things were never really the same for Pat after that. Which is why, I guess, that in the 1970s and 80s, Boone became an Amway distributor.

The following video is Pat Boone audio from an Amway Motivational Organization meeting. The AMO is the LiveFree Organization. I’ve not heard of it, and didn’t bother to research what, if anything, it developed into. Maybe some of the old Amway Critics bloggers might wanna chime in, and fill in the blanks.

In the video, Pat Boone’s opening song is called, Squares. It is a counter to the counter-culture of the day. An anthem, if you will, to NOT be “hip” “cool” and “groovy”. It succeeds wildly on those points. But, stick around for the second song…you might wanna just fast forward to it.  (I couldn’t make it through the first song)

The second song is a little number called, “I was Amway”.  In the song, Boone actually says, “I was Amwayed”.   His intent is to say he was convinced by the products and the people associated with Amway so much, that he joined as a distributor.  My perception was that he was waylaid, ambushed, and brainwashed into a cult.  I don’t think Amway is a cult, but I’m sure Amway Motivational Organization Critics will love the double meaning the song can present.

 

More corporate ditties and other truly strange musical compositions are found at April Winchell Dot Com.  Listen to the German-language ABBA hits at our own risk and/or delightment.

This has been your Saturday Diversion for the night.

No  “Thanks” are necessary.

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One More Memorial Day

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To One More Memorial Day

One More Year
One More Memorial Day
One More Dying
One More Mourning

One More Grave
One More Gravestone
One More Skirmish
One More Remembering

One Less War
One Less Dying
One Less Battle
One Less Dying

To Many More Memorial Days
But To Many Less Graves Covered           
To Many More Memorial Days
But To Many Less To Remember

David Robison

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Watching Indy And Alberto

Welcome to my Memorial Day Weekend.

I had the good fortune of acquiring a 4-day-off-from-work weekend with Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Memorial Day off from my normal 9-6 day-gig. As is my custom on this particular holiday weekend, I spent it anxiously awaiting the running of the Indianapolis 500 race. You’d have to pay me to sit and watch a NASCAR race(A shame to my southern brothers and sisters), as I find no thrill in that form and consider open-wheel racing like Formula 1 and IndyCar the truest art of auto racing.
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2018-indy500-danica-patrick-crashThis year’s race featured the last race before retirement of female driver, Danica Patrick. Patrick made quite a name for herself in her career as a driver and can be credited with bringing new life and new fans to the sport. Her last race did not end on a high-note.  Though she was unharmed, her race ended in Turn Two as she lost control of her car and slammed into the wall.  3 other drivers also met this fate, due to a new design in the bodies of the cars that reduced downward-force weight and caused significant handling issues as well as over-steer.

Australian-driver, Will Power, with the Penske Racing Team was the driver that ultimately drove into The Brickyard’s Winner’s Circle.  Congrats to Will…and reluctantly to Team Penske.  (I was rooting for Tony Kanaan)

My viewing of the race was marred by one thing.  This “thing” also will be marring the remainder of my weekend.  If you are familiar with ESPN on ABC‘s airing of the race, then you know that during commercials, the network goes “side-by-side” and shows commercials AND the race in a split-screen that allows viewers to see the commercials and still watch the action on the track.  The race screen is smaller than the commercial screen.

But due to that ‘thing, I was talking about; I was subjected to a triple-split-screen.  The “thing; is Tropical Storm Alberto.

The tropical storm is currently in the Gulf of Mexico and is skirting its way up the Florida Peninsula and is expected on Memorial Day to land somewhere near Mobile, Alabama and Destin, Florida. Alberto will be bringing in approximately  50MPH winds and 4-9 inches of rain within a few hours.  Weather people are expecting storm surges and locally heavy flooding.

As this is a chance for the local stations’ weather teams to shine,  they insisted on breaking into the race coverage with hourly reports that basically repeated the same info over and over.  This caused a large screen of the weather coverage, a smaller screen of commercials, and an even smaller screen of the race.  I would have been happier with a “crawler” at the bottom of the screen and your standard postage stamp type radar image on the bottom of the screen.  But, it is the FIRST named storm of the season and who am I to deny Alberto its due coverage.  Thanks WEAR-TV.

So tomorrow, I imagine all the local stations will offer hours and hours of coverage as we face the deluge of rain and wind from Tropical Storm Alberto.  There’ll be no Robison smoker and grill going strong first thing on Monday morning.  No sitting in the backyard and eating BBQ ribs or chicken. No soaking in the sunshine and heat. Expect us to be sitting in the house, watching the rain, Netflix, and occasionally the local stations for weather updates.

I’ll also provide a Memorial Day blog post and “Memorial Day Thoughts” in lieu of today’s normal “Sunday Thoughts”.  And I’m sure we will find a way to cook a little pork with some kind of sauce that resembles a barbecue flavor.

I’ve finished watching the Indy 500. If you need me, I’ll be here on the coast, watching and waiting for Alberto.

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