Friday, May 31, 2002

Computer Knows All

So I got up this morning feeling utterly dreadful (after tossing and turning for hours, I finally got to sleep at 1:30am, only to be woken again at 4 by, shall we say, a Spectacular Gastrointestinal Episode...must have been something I ate...after which it took another hour to get back to sleep, and then I was awakened again at 8:20 by my alarm clock), the first thing my Grandmother does is challenge me to come up with a most obscure piece of trivia.

"Do you remember that song," she launched into me without so much as a Good-Morning, "that goes 'I was strolling through the park one day, in the merry merry month of May'...?"

"I was taken by surprise," I completed the line, accessing the information from the Warner Brothers cartoon songs in my head, "By a pair of something-something eyes."

"That's the part I can't remember...what kind of eyes? It's been running around in my head all night."

"I don't think I've ever heard the song sung legitmately," I ventured, sipping my coffee and thinking about it, "I only heard Daffy Duck sing it in a cartoon, and he said 'gruesome eyes' because he'd just run into the Tasmanian Devil."

"Darn," she frumped, "I was counting on you to know what kind of eyes."

"Hang on a minute, I'll find out," I said, anxious to defend my position as the Manners Family Living Encyclopedia.

Of course all I had to do was go into the kitchen and turn on Computer, go to Google, and type the first line into the search window. As bizarre and arcane as that song is, the lyrics popped right up (though without the sound, since I don't have a sound card on my home system).

"'Roguish' eyes," I called to Grandmother in the next room, "I was taken by surprise by a pair of roguish eyes, in a moment my poor heart was stole away."

"Oh, okay..." was all she had to say, but I could hear the satisfaction in her voice...there was one set of lyrics that would no longer plague her sleep.

Thank you, Computer!

Today is going to be another double-entry blog day...I have more to say, but not just now. No Friday Five, and I'm not ready yet to do the other survey. I have completed the Accursed Binders Project at last (though naturally I suffered an extremely painful lower-back spasm while I was bent over the kitchen table inserting the last few documents). And now it's time for lunch. I think I will try something new and different, maybe a salad? I'll think about that as I choose some eye candy for you...

I just uploaded a lot of Versace ads, of which this is a definite favorite...for obvious reasons.

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