Friday, July 27, 2018

Music Appreciation 2

Pete Dakota: BR. Hey, BR!

Benjamin Roy: Oh, hi, Pete.
Pete: What are you up to?
BR: Well, Daddy John and Daddy Steve are going to a concert Sunday night, so I was listening to some of the music by the band they're going to see.

Pete: Who is the band?  
BR: Their name is Erasure and Daddy John says they're his very favorite.
Pete: So that's why he's been acting all excited; dancing and singing around the house. 

BR: That Daddy John.  Still listening to CDs.
Pete: I know! Not streaming on his phone or the computer!
BR: What a dinosaur.

Daddy John the Dinosaur presents a musical fun fact:

We're all familiar with the Sasha dolls that appear on the band Yazoo's sleeve for the single "Don't Go," but did you know that Vince Clarke, who founded the band Yazoo, went on to found the band Erasure?

Friday, July 20, 2018


Daddy Steve:  The other day Rhoda came upon Mikko, Tyler, and Blake working out in their 'gym.'

Rhoda: What are you guys doing?
Tyler: >Ahem<  We're doing boy stuff.
Mikko: Yeah, boy stuff.

Rhoda: Dancing?
Mikko: No!  Boxing!  I'm practicing my footwork.  You know...'float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.'
Rhoda: You look more like a Junebug to me.

Tyler: Why don't you just run along now.
Rhoda: Those are cool-looking gloves.  Can I try them on?

Mikko:  Oh, alright.  But you know, these aren't the kind of gloves you wear to tea parties.

Mikko & Tyler: Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!

Tyler: Mikko! Are you okay?!
Mikko: Huh? Wha' happen?
Blake: You look like you're seeing stars; like in the cartoons.

Rhoda: Sorry about that.  I didn't mean to hit you so hard.
Mikko: Um, what?  No, I just lost my balance.  That's all.  I barely felt it.
Tyler: Yeah, he barely felt it.
Blake: Looked to me like he sure felt it.

Mikko: Ah, hey, Rhoda, ah, let's not tell any of the others about this, okay?
Rhoda: Sure thing.  And just for the record: I'm not the kind of girl who goes to tea parties.

Extra-special thanks (with cherry on top) to Marti Murphy for the boxing gloves!

Friday, July 13, 2018


Daddy Steve:  It's just another day out on the range (a.k.a the backyard) for cowboys Bowie and Pete Dakota...

Bowie and Pete Dakota (singing):
I'm an old cowhand, from the Rio Grande
But my legs ain't bowed and my cheeks ain't tan
I'm a cowboy who never saw cow
Never roped a steer 'cause I don't know how
Sure ain't fixing to start in now
Oh, yippie yi yo kayay, yippie yi yo kayay

Pete Dakota: My legs might not be bowed, but I do know all about ropin'.
Bowie: Is that a fact?  Well, why don't you prove it by ropin' that critter over yonder.
Pete: I'll do just that.  Now watch, sonny, and get educated.

Bowie: I declare, that wasn't half bad ropin'.
Pete: Let's see you try it now, tenderfoot.  If'n you can.
Bowie: If'n I can?  Oh pardner, you'll be eatin' that ten gallon hat after you've seen me rope yonder critter.  Here goes!

Pete: Well, shucks, if'n that ain't some mighty fine ropin'.  Put'er there, pardner.


These two cowboys were having a mighty good time.  The 'critter over yonder,' however, was not the least bit amused...

Anthony: Alright you two!  Enough of that horseplay!  Untie me now!

I'm An Old Cowhand (From the Rio Grande) by Johnny Mercer, 1936

Friday, July 6, 2018

Holly Belle's Cooking School

Ravi: Hello, Holly Belle.  What are you up to today?
Holly Belle: I'm going to teach Rolf and Paul to bake a cake.  The Gotz boys are such good, attentive students.

Patrick: What she really means is that they will believe anything she tells them.
Ravi: Exactly.

Holly Belle: Okay, boys, let's learn how to bake a cake.
Rolf: Ach, sehr gut.
Paul: I like cake!
Holly Belle: Let's get the ingredients out first.

Paul: Uh-oh, we're out of flour.
Holly Belle: Not to worry.  A good cook knows how to make substitutions when necessary.  Basically anything that looks like flour will work the same as flour.  Like this baby powder, for instance.
Rolf: Ahhh.
Paul: Very clever.

Holly Belle: When you think about it, a chocolate-covered cherry is really no different from an egg.  Both have a hard shell and are filled with liquid, with a big gooey thing in the center.
Rolf: Hmmm?
Paul: Ah, okay...

Holly Belle: Make sure you mix everything up well.
Paul: It's hard to stir.

Holly Belle: Now we'll put it in the oven and set the timer.
Rolf: This is exciting!

A little while later...

Holly Belle: All done! What do you think?
Paul: It looks kind of funny.
Holly Belle: Um, well, of course it's not frosted yet.  Let's have a little taste.

Rolf: Blech!
Paul: This tastes terrible!
Holly Belle: What?!?  Oh, I see what you mean.  It really is bad.  That's strange; I can't imagine what went wrong.  Well boys, it's important to remember that a good cook must know how to improvise.  I noticed that Daddy Steve bought some raspberry tarts from the bakery...

Rolf: Ach, ist yummy!
Paul: This is so good!
Holly Belle: Oh I just love to bake!  We should really do it more often.