Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Grandma Opted For Surgery

Today was the last day of my cousin’s family visit to Virginia.  Although it was a fun visit, it came to an emotional end as we found out that my Grandmother decided to proceed with a surgical procedure that she has been contemplating for several years.  She has been a patient at the Cleveland Clinic for more than a week now while her heart is being monitored.  She was admitted after experiencing several fainting spells, and has been in very good spirits while there.

This morning we found out that she opted to have open heart surgery where a triple-by pass and valve replacement will be attempted.  Although 92-years-old, she is very aware of her surroundings and still maintains nearly all of her faculties.  Not only did she opt to have this surgery performed but she also actively participated in a conversation with the surgeon and hospital administrators' where she signed a do-not-resuscitate form.

Everyone was surprised at this, since the only family in town with her when she made this decision was my aunt.  The two grandchildren she has that live in the Cleveland area were both on vacation with their families.

This morning my cousin and her family will get back to Ohio as quickly as they can to await the outcome of my grandmother’s surgery and to be with her.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Inside the Udvar-Hazy Center

We have been to the Udvar-Hazy Center dozens of times.  Each time we go with at least two cameras because we love to take pictures of the exhibits.  This visit was the first one where we brought a fully articulating external flash, so we had some fun with it.  Below are some of our favorite images that we captured while visiting with my cousin and her family:

Outside the Udvar-Hazy Center

This weekend my cousin and her family came to visit us for a long weekend.  One of the first things that we went to see together was the Udvar-Hazy Center.  Below are some pictures we took outside of the building while we enjoyed the blossoming cherry trees.

Ahhh, Clean Air In The E!

I was surfing the web a few weeks ago looking for how to change the HEPA filters that clean the cabin air in my Element.  I wasn’t sure if this was something that required the car to be put on a lift or if an average owner like myself could do it.  Then I stumbled across a web site called Drive The Americas which had the following video in it.

Equipped with some knowledge I went to my favorite Element parts and accessories retailed (H and A Accessories) and purchased replacement cabin filters for $12.00 and performed the change myself in less than 10 minutes.  Below is a picture of the old and new filters on the tailgate.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ

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After I revealed my BBQ tour to the colleagues I was visiting in Overland Park, they strongly recommended that I visit Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ before I left town.

Since this was a local recommendation, I felt it was a moral imperative to honor it.  However, I was cautioned about the potential of a very long line as this is a very popular establishment.  I heard this warning, but wasn’t expecting to see what was waiting for me when I opened the door (although I found out later that this line often wraps around the building well outside the door).

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It took me less than 20 minutes to make my way up to the counter to order.  There was some wonderful people watching that took place during that span.  Most of the people in the restaurant were on a lunch break, but all of the conversations I heard were about barbeque.

The menu at Oklahoma Joe’s is not very elaborate, which is what I like.  Even though I had never been there before, I knew what to expect…with the exception of one thing.  Because I was there on a Friday during Lent, Oklahoma Joe’s had a couple of lent friendly items on the menu.

When you get to the counter, you place your order at the left end of the kitchen and walk the width of it to the cash register when you receive your food.  I liked this because while you walk you can watch your order get plated.

I ordered a double meat sandwich, with pulled port, smoked turkey and a side of BBQ beans.

The food was good, but not great.  However the entire restaurant experience was superb.  I enjoyed the whole process from the line, to ordering, to eating much more here than at any of the other restaurants even though I had better food elements and sauces at other establishments.  What a wonderful trip.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbeque

Today for lunch I went to Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbeque with some colleagues I was visiting.  I had been hearing rave reviews about Jack Stack since my feet hit the ground in Kansas City, so I was very eager to see and taste it for myself.

One of the people I was visiting described eating the BBQ Beans at Jack Stack as a religious experience.  It sounded like a stretch to me, but that comment alone peaked my interest in this place.

As soon as we stepped inside, I knew I would enjoy this place. The front door opened to the view below.  I feel that any restaurant that thinks so highly of their kitchen to allow it to form a customer’s first impression, is a restaurant that I have a lot of respect for.

When it came time to order, I literally found myself struggling to pick from more than a dozen items that had caught my eye.  I decided to order a dish called the “Arkansas Topper”, which was a grilled chicken breast topped with sliced smoked turkey, BBQ Sauce and Cheese.

So, even for me this stack of proteins was a bit much.  It was good, but it was one of those combinations that I think may have been better as separate elements.  However, the BBQ beans, were all that I heard about and more.  I asked one of the cooks what the secret to their beans was and he immediately replied with “pork drippin’s”.

The beans here get their flavor from the way that they are prepared.  They cook beneath a humongous rotisserie that the pork ribs and butt sit on.  This allows the beans to not only benefit from the same smoke as the meat, but the beans also catch any pork that falls off the rotisserie.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Census Season!

I am sure that anyone who has access to our blog has seen the media blitz from the US Census Bureau.  The census process is something that I find myself fascinated by.  The data collection effort is enormous…and all for just a handful of questions.  I often wonder what adding or removing questions would do to the response rate.  I wonder what would have a more significant impact, changing the number of questions or changing the wording of the questions.

So I was surfing the web earlier and came across an article that mentioned the US Census Bureau was posting daily progress on their website (http://2010.census.gov/).  Check it out.  I know I will be looking at it regularly for the next few weeks.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The View From My Grandma’s Hospital Room

A couple of days ago my grandmother took another spill while out for a meal and was taken to the hospital.  Fortunately, this time she didn’t loose consciousness, so I was hopeful that she would have an uneventful stay in the hospital while they checked her out.  She was transferred to the Cleveland Clinic the next day where she was to be examined by several heart specialists.

To this point, everything was calm and moving along very smooth.  That is until the early morning of the 23rd.  My grandmother was staying in a room that looked out at The Euclid Avenue Congregational Church of the United Church of Christ.  That night a fire broke out and completely gutted the church.  The fire was so big that the hospital administrators decided to move the patients who occupied rooms that faced the fire due to concerns of excess heat potentially damaging the windows.  My grandmother was one of those patients.

Thankfully, none of this activity seemed to effect my grandmother.  She is still a patient at the Cleveland Clinic, but her condition has not worsened.

The video below is from a Cleveland news channel (WKYC) and contains some raw footage of the fire fighters as they battled the fire in the early morning.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Hayward’s Pit Bar-B-Que

After work today, I found my way to Hayward’s Pit Bar-B-Que.  Hayward’s became the second stop on my BBQ tour of Overland Park.  I found Hayward by searching the internet for nearby BBQ establishments.  After browsing their web-site, and reading that it is a family owned business I decided I needed to stop in.

When I walked in, I was immediately greeted by the mouth watering smell of the BBQ pit.  The smell elevated my expectations of the dinner I was about to order.  I ordered the smoked sausage platter based on it being highlighted in the menu and a side of onion rings at the suggestion of my server.

The onion rings were superb as they were covered with a light but very crunchy batter, and the onion was thin enough to break clean with each bite.

The sausage was super tender, but not nearly as flavorful as I was expecting.  In hind sight my expectations may have been set too high from the way I was greeted when I walked in.

I was also a bit disappointed in that the signature sauce didn’t seem to have that much flavor.  It wasn’t quite ketchup, but it wasn’t far from it either.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

While I am in Overland Park I plan on trying out as many BBQ restaurants as possible.  Not far from my hotel is Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, so it will be my first establishment on this trip.

Dickey’s is a national chain, that I have eaten at in Los Gatos, CA as well as Albuquerque, NM.   However, I haven’t seen one in several years.  It has actually been so long since I ate at Dickey’s that I forgot that they serve their sauces hot rather than cold.  This means that you get your sauce with a ladle from a pot rather than from a bottle on your table.

IMG_0668 I ordered my favorite BBQ dish, a pulled pork sandwich. It isn’t the most difficult to plate, nor does it require the most time to prepare.  However, it is my favorite to eat.

The sandwich was decent.  It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t anything to rave about either.  The beans were not bad, but the waffle fries were great.  Nice and crispy on the outside while being soft and moist on the inside.

Two things were very notable about Dickey’s.  First was the staff.  they were very talkative, and all were more than happy to recommend their personal favorites to anyone who needed help deciding on what to order.  The second was the sauce.  I tried all three sauces, and my favorite was the sweet.  I’m not sure if the sauce itself was unique or the fact that it was served hot, but either way the sauce was the best thing about this visit to Dickeys.  So good that I bought a bottle to take home with me.

What? GIANT Cheetos!

While in Overland Park, KS I stopped in a Target to pick up some items.  While walking through the store, I came upon the display above.  I was on the phone with Barbie when I saw these, and I believe my statement to her was “What the heck?  Have you ever heard of a Giant Cheeto?”

We both laughed as we eat more than our share of Frito Lay products, but neither of us had even heard of this product.  So, of course I had to get a bag.  Once I got back to my hotel for the night, I had to document what I found inside with the following pictures:

 

Friday, March 19, 2010

43 Of The Most Mispronounced Food Words

… and their correct pronunciations:

  • Basil (bay-zill)
  • Boudin (the Cajun kind, “Boo-dan”)
  • Bouillabaisse (booyah bahss)
  • Bruschetta (broo-SKEH-tah)
  • Buffet (boo-fay)
  • Cabernet sauvignon (cabber-nay so-vin-yahwn)
  • Caramel (car-ah-mel)
  • Charcuterie (shahr-KOO-tuhr-ee)
  • Chipotle (chi-poht-lay)
  • Chorizo (chore-eetz-zo)
  • Cognac (cone-yack)
  • Coq au vin (co-ooh-vin)
  • Crudite (crew-da-tay)
  • Endive (en-dive)
  • Escargot (es-car-goh)
  • Espresso (es-press-o, no ex)
  • Fajitas (fah-hee-tahs)
  • Filet or Fillet (fill-ay)
  • Ghee (ghee, not jee)
  • Gnocchi (NYOH-kee)
  • Guacamole (wah-cah-moe-lay)
  • Gyro (YEER-oh)
  • Habanero (Hah-bahn-air-oh)
  • Herb (erb)
  • Horchata (orrchata, silent h, roll the r)
  • Hors d’oeuvres (ohr-derves)
  • Huitlacoche (wheet-lah-KOH-chay)
  • Mole (MOH-lay)
  • Muffuletta (MOO-fa-la-Tuh)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

How Google Search Works

I was surfing the web this morning and came across three videos from Google on the Google System Blog.  One of them is below and I think it is a very elegant description of how Google search works.  If you have ever wondered how this works, or if you think you have figured it out on your own, you may want to watch this short video by Matt Cutts.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Phantom Fireworks

On our drive out to Ohio, we noticed a huge Phantom Fireworks retail location as we drove through Pennsylvania, but since we were in a rush to get there we didn’t stop.  However, on our way home we reached this same spot in time to stop and see what was inside for 40 minutes before they closed.

Once we got inside, we both stood in awe of what we were looking at.  It was a supermarket of fireworks.  Rows and rows of fire crackers, fountains, mortars, and rockets.  AWESOME!

 

Driving Through The Allegheny Mountain

Our drive through Pennsylvania took us through the Allegheny Mountain on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.  This is not a typo as I am not writing about the Allegheny Mountain chain, but rather an actual mountain.

The current westbound tunnel was built in 1939 as part of the original construction for the highway. At first, this tunnel served both westbound and eastbound traffic with a single lane in each direction. The eastbound tunnel was completed in 1965 as part of an expansion and upgrade of the turnpike due to increased traffic volume.  Both tunnels are approximately 6070 feet in length.

Long term plans call for major maintenance to be performed on the tunnels; however, this presents a major problem for traffic.  Terrible backups prompted officials to build the second tube. With today's traffic volumes, it would not be feasible to close one tube and route all traffic through the other. Possible plans include building a third (and possibly a fourth) tunnel, as well as bypassing the tunnels completely.

The video below was captured as we drove east bound through the mountain.  The video begins just as we entered the tunnel.

Super, Sonic!

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Growing up in the southwest, Barbie and I are both familiar with Sonic.  Sonic is a drive thru fast food franchise that differentiates itself from the Burger King’s, McDonald’s and Wendy’s of the world by using car hops and a more elaborate drink menu.

Since Barbie moved to the east coast she has been on a constant look-out for a Sonic anywhere we go.  We have driven from Charlotte to Philadelphia and were unable to find one that wasn’t more than 2 hours off the beaten path…that is until today. 

As we drove down the Ohio turnpike, we noticed a Sonic just off the Geauga Lake exit, and a celebration erupted in our car.  We found a Sonic!  Yay!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Winter on Lake Erie

We got to spend some more time with my family today including another long visit with my grandmother.  After that visit we decided to drive up to Lake Erie to see if there was anything interesting going on.

What we saw when we got there was a reminder that winter hasn’t quite left yet… .

Friday, March 12, 2010

Visiting Grandma

We spent the entire afternoon with my grandmother today.  It was such a pleasure to sit down and listen to her tell stories about my grandfather, about my dad, and even about me as a child.  Barbie and I also got to share stories with her, but my favorite part of the visit was listening to my grandmother recount stories of her courtship, love and early years of marriage with my grandfather.

Another Locks Of Love Donation

One of the many things I love about my wife is her selflessness.  She regularly donates her hair to Locks of Love.  Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. The organization meets a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics. Most of the children helped by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure. The prostheses that Locks of Love provides help to restore their self-esteem and their confidence, enabling them to face the world and their peers.

The minimum donation length that Locks of Love can accept is 10 inches, so it takes some time for Barbie to grow her hair out to a length that can be donated.  Her last donation was 3 years ago, and when she left the salon her hair didn’t quite touch her shoulders.

For the last few months Barbie has been looking for a salon that can make the donation for her but won’t charge her an arm and a leg for the cut.  To both of our disappointment she couldn’t find a single salon in the Washington metro area that didn’t want to charge anything less than $120 for the donation.

My cousin, Suzanne, was able to find a salon in North Olmstead Falls, OH named Mary’s that could fit Barbie’s requirements and had an appointment available.  So, this morning Barbie, Suzanne and I headed over to make another donation.  We walked in, met a stylist named Shannon who welcomes us all in for the donation.

Shannon took a 12 inch donation from Barbie’s hair.  In the picture above on the left she is holding a ruler in her hand beneath the hair she is measuring.

As soon as the initial cuts were made for the donation, a huge smile came across Barbie’s face which immediately made Shannon, Suzanne and myself smile as well.  The energy was contagious.

We were in the salon for a little over an hour, but the mood was so light and happy with Barbie’s donation (the third one Mary’s accepted in less than a week) that time just flew by.  Even though there were more than 10 chairs in this salon, it seemed like we were the only people in the building because we were all having such a good time.

Barbie and I really wanted to take pictures of her hair being cut and for this donation, and we were ecstatic that Shannon was not only okay with me taking pictures, but she seemed excited about it.

To top the whole event off, after the cut Shannon told us that she wasn’t going to charge Barbie for the cut because “Barbie is helping people with her donation, so [Shannon] was going to help Barbie out in return.”  Thank you Shannon.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

We Made It!

It was a long drive that was proceeded by a long day at work, but we made it to my cousin Suzanne’s place just after midnight last night.  The drive actually wasn’t too bad as the weather was very nice and traffic was almost non-existent once we got close to the PA/OH state line.

This afternoon we were able to visit with a few family members including my grandmother.  It was so nice to see everyone.  Barbie and I were surprised at how well my grandmother was doing, so we are hoping that this will be a good sign for the rest of our short trip.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Quick Trip To Ohio

Last week my grandmother had a bit of a health scare that had her hospitalized for a few days.  Immediately after the scare, Barbie and I decided that we wanted to drive out to Ohio to visit with her.

As luck would have it, the day before yesterday my grandmother was discharged from the hospital and is now back home.  As a result we are going to make this trip without a set agenda and instead we simply want to talk and visit with her while we are able to.

I just left work, and we are about to get on the road for the 7+ hour drive.  More posts from the trip to come soon.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Tragöß and Grüner See

I found this by chance when surfing he web tonight. Tragöß is a municipality in the district of Bruck an der Mur in Styria, Austria. It is home to Green Lake (Grüner See).

What is absolutely amazing about Green Lake is that it dries out almost completely in the fall, but in the spring the lake is filled with snow melt runoff. This gives the lake crystal clear water, the existing rocks and meadow give the lake its green color.

The video below was taken in earl May when the water level was more than 25 feet deep.  I encourage you to watch this film as you will see familiar images in very unfamiliar settings.

Friday, March 5, 2010

49 Greatest Auto Racing Quotes

1. “To finish first, you must first finish.”
                    – Rick Mears

2. “Nobody remembers the guy who finished second but the guy who finished second.”
                    – Bobby Unser

3. “The winner ain’t the one with the fastest car, it’s the one who refuses to lose.”
                    – Dale Earnhardt, Sr.

4. “You win some, you lose some, you wreck some.”
                    – Dale Earnhardt, Sr.

5. “Aerodynamics are for people who can’t build engines.”
                    – Enzo Ferrari

6. “The client is not always right.”
                    – Enzo Ferrari

7. “If you think the last 4 words of the national anthem are gentlemen, start your engines, you might be a redneck.”
                    – Jeff Foxworthy.

8. “Need to tie some kerosene rags around his ankles so the ants don’t eat his candy ass.”
                    – Dale Earnhardt, Sr. speaking of Mark Martin.

9. “The lead car is absolutely unique, except for the one behind it which is identical.”
                    – F1 commentator Murray Walker.

10. “Turbochargers are for people who cant build engines.”
                    – Keith Duckworth

11. “Here Kitty Kitty Kitty!”
                    – Tony Stewart

12. “We broke something, I think it was traction…”
                    – Carl Edwards after getting spun out by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. at Michigan

13. “Auto racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing are the only real sports… all the others are games.”
                    – Ernest Hemingway

14. “Calling upon my years of experience, I froze at the controls.”
                    – Stirling Moss

15. “Faster, faster, faster, until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death…”
                    – Hunter Thompson

16. “I don’t know driving in another way which isn’t risky. Each one has to improve himself. Each driver has its limit. My limit is a little bit further than other’s.”
                    – Ayrton Senna

17. “It is amazing how may drivers, even at the Formula One Level, think that the brakes are for slowing the car down.”
                    – Mario Andretti

18. “Once you’ve raced, you never forget it…and you never get over it.”
                    – Richard Childress

19. “Race cars are neither beautiful nor ugly. They become beautiful when they win.”
                    – Enzo Ferrari

20. “There’s no secret. You just press the accelerator to the floor and steer left.”
                    – Bill Vukovich

21. “To achieve anything in this game you must be prepare to dabble in the boundary of disaster.”
                    – Sterling Moss

22. “What’s behind you doesn’t matter.”
                    – Enzo Ferrari

23. “When you win a race you’re on top that day, so take it for what its worth, have a good time and party, cause the next day when you get out of bed, the meter goes back to zero again.”
                    – Bobby Allison

24. “No, no, he didn’t slam you, he didn’t bump you, he didn’t nudge you… he *rubbed* you. And rubbin, son, is racin’.”
                    – Harry Hogge, Days of Thunder

25. “If you can leave two black stripes from the exit of one corner to the braking zone of the next, you have enough horsepower.”
                    – Mark Donohue

26. “If you’re in control, you’re not going fast enough.”
                    – Parnelli Jones

27. “Mr. Bentley – He builds fast trucks.”
                    – Ettore Bugatti

28. “Why worry about death, it’ll come sooner or later.”
                    – Jim Dunn

29. “Speed has never killed anyone, suddenly becoming stationary… that’s what gets you.”
                    – Jeremy Clarkson

30. “Auto racing began 5 minutes after the second car was built.”
                     – Henry Ford

31. “As far as cheating goes, they’ll never stop it. The only way it can be done successfully, only one person can know about it.”
                     – Smokey Yunick

32. “It’s like flying jet fighters in a gymnasium.”
                     – Dick Trickle was asked what racing at Windchester Speedway was like.

33. “You can’t fix stupid”
                     – Larry Morgan, NHRA Pro Stock driver

34. “You can tell that you’re in trouble when you feel the air on the back of your neck instead of in your face.”
                     – Buddy Baker

35. “I got hit in the head pretty hard. My clock ran backwards for two years.”
                     – Buddy Baker

36. “He ran out of talent about halfway through the corner.”
                     – Buddy Baker

37. “After the third flip, I lost control…………”
                     – Don Roberts after crashing in the Jade Grenade at New England Dragway in 1975.

38." “We worked 80 hour weeks for 30 years to keep from having to get a real job.”
                     – Tom Lemon’s comment on the rigors of being a drag racing.

39. “It’s basically the same, just darker.”
                     – Alan Kulwicki, on racing Saturday nights as opposed to Sunday afternoons.

40. “Auto racing is boring except when a car is going at least 172 miles per hour upside down.”
                     – Dave Barry

41. “If someone said to me that you can have three wishes, my first would have been to get into racing, my second to be in Formula 1, my third to drive for Ferrari.”
                     – Gilles Villeneuve

42. “There are seven winners of the Monaco Grand Prix on the starting line today, and four of them are Michael Schumacher.”
                     – Murray Walker

43. “When I raced a car last it was at a time when sex was safe and racing was dangerous. Now, it’s the other way round.”
                     – Hans Stuck

44. “I love this kind of racing, (but) these guys sure change their personalities in race mode. They’re like Doberman Pinschers with a hand grenade in their mouths.”
                     – Road racer Boris Said speaking of NEXTEL Cup drivers.

45. “The crashes people remember, but drivers remember the near misses.”
                     – Mario Andretti

46. “When I started racing my father told me, ‘Cristiano, nobody has three balls but some people have two very good ones.”
                     – Cristiano Da Matta

47. “Moonshiners put more time, energy, thought, and love into their cars than any racer ever will. Lose on the track, and you go home. Lose with a load of whiskey, and you go to jail.”
                     – Junior Johnson, NASCAR legend, and one time whiskey runner.

48. “There have been other tracks that separated the men from the boys. This is the track that will separate the brave from the weak after the boys are gone.”
                     – Driver Jimmy Thompson speaking about Daytona International Speedway.

49. “Winning is everything. The only ones who remember you when you come second are your wife and your dog.”
                     – Damon Hill

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Slow Motion Dogs

Pedigree Dog Food captured some very slow motion film of the dogs below using a Phantom camera (1000 frames per second).  I am not sure if this footage ever went into a commercial that was on television, but if not it is a shame.  The geek in me loves video like this because it causes the viewer to look at something that we take for granted in a whole new way.  With this footage, that new view of dogs jumping for treats made me love our dog even more.  :-)

Fun Graphic: Everything About The Oscars

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

25 Best Opening Lyrics According to Spinner

Earlier today I came across this list while surfing spinner.com.  As the list progressed I noticed the smile on my face was growing larger.  So, I share this list with you and hope for the same result.  :-)

25 - "You were working as a waitress in a cocktail bar"
                                        --Human League's 'Don't You Want Me'

24 - "I've been a bad, bad girl"
                                        --Fiona Apple's 'Criminal'

23 - "You never close your eyes anymore when I kiss your lips"
                                        --The Righteous Brothers' 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin''

22 - "Go, shorty. It's your birthday"
                                       --50 Cent's 'In Da Club'

21 - "Hello, Darkness, my old friend"
                                       --Simon and Garfunkel's 'The Sound of Silence'

20 - "I am an Antichrist"
                                        --Sex Pistols' 'Anarchy in the UK'

19 - "Well, I guess it would be nice if I could touch your body"
                                        --George Michael's 'Faith'

18 - "We don't smoke marijuana in Muskogee"
                                        --Merle Haggard's 'Okie From Muskokee'

17 - "I was dreaming when I wrote this"
                                        --Prince's '1999'

16 - "Pigs, they tend to wiggle when they walk"
                                        --Pavement's 'Stereo'

15 - "She was more like a beauty queen from a movie scene"
                                        --Michael Jackson's 'Billie Jean'

14 - "There must be some kind of way out of here, said the joker to the thief"
                                        --Jimi Hendrix's 'All Along the Watchtower'

13 - "What's with these homies dissin' my girl?"
                                        --Weezer's 'Buddy Holly'

12 - "A candy-colored clown they call the sandman tiptoes to my room every night"
                                        --Roy Orbison's 'In Dreams'

11 - "Oh, I just don't know where to begin"
                                        --Elvis Costello's 'Accidents Will Happen'

10 - "Tommy used to work on the docks"
                                        --Bon Jovi's 'Livin' on a Prayer'

9 - "Jesus died for somebody's sins but not mine"
                                        --Patti Smith's 'Gloria'

8 - "Well, it's one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, now go, cat, go!"
                                        --Carl Perkins' 'Blue Suede Shoes'

7 - "In the time of chimpanzees I was a monkey"
                                        –-Beck's 'Loser'

6 - "Why do birds suddenly appear every time you are near?"
                                        --The Carpenters' 'Close to You'

5 - "Don't call it a comeback"
                                        --LL Cool J's 'Mama Said Knock You Out!'

4 - "Well, she was just seventeen -- you know what I mean"
                                        --The Beatles' 'I Saw Her Standing There'

3 - "Hey, ho, let's go!"
                                        --The Ramones' 'Blitzkrieg Bop'

2 - "I was born in a cross-fire hurricane"
                                        --The Rolling Stones' 'Jumpin' Jack Flash'

1 - "She's a very kinky girl"
                                        --Rick James' 'Superfreak'