January 23rd, 2001

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They're a strange bunch, management here, they really are -- harder to deal with than the Imperial Chinese court, and considerably less attractive to look at. (to paraphrase a Terry Pratchett) The big boss is fond of being loud. A bit of a bully, he's never really done that sort of stuff to me, but you can hear him 3 rooms down if he gets on a yelling jag.

Asked the mail shop gal if he knew anything about my invisimail. Sadly, the mail shop guy in charge got toasted on Friday, who knows where he's at now.

Ah well... the world still spins, light still shines, and love is in my heart. What more could a person ask for? Ornj was in severe slumber mode, so I had to fend for myself after 10:30 or so... spent the time browsing LJ, skimming on-line work ads, and playing with Punky Newtster. It got dang chilly last night... had to shut the windows and turn on the little space heater again... (I suspect it dropped to the mid-low 40s, but not sure of the exact temp. I do know that Newtie was poofed up to stay warm, until I got him into the covers. :) Little purry lawnmower)

Got into a stupid goof mood, so I ended up doing a little song for Newt... easy to take current tunes and pop in Newt for certain words...blue works especially well. "Newt Moon", "Newt of Earle", Use the word Newt for every note in the "Imperial Death Star March"... or for every note in "Green Acres" for that matter.
scotto monkeypulse


this just in from Ornj...

The Litter Box Song

you put your left paw in
you take your left paw out
you put your left paw in
and you scratch it all about
you do the Newty Pooty
and you cover it all up..

that's what it's all about....
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from straight dope! (edited mildly for size)

Dear Straight Dope:

Besides their poetic value to the song, what is the significance (if any) of the "parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme" in Simon and Garfunkel's song "Scarborough Fair?" --Jeny Dowlin

Scarborough Fair was not a fair as we know it today (although it attracted jesters and jugglers) but a huge 45-day trading event starting August 15--exceptionally long for a fair in medieval England. People from all over Great Britain, and even some from the continent, came to the seaside town of Scarborough in the north of England to do their business. Eventually the harbor started to decline, and so did the fair. People are still going to Scarborough--it's a tourist resort now--but all they get is parsley, sage, and rosemary. They just don't have the thyme.

No one knows who wrote the original song "Scarborough Fair," though most feel it dates from the middle ages. Bards in medieval England (or "shapers," as they were called) didn't usually take credit for songs they wrote. Most learned "Scarborough Fair," then took it from town to town where others heard it and passed it along. Each shaper changed the lyrics and arrangements to suit his or her style. Following this tradition, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel used only a small portion of the "original" lyrics on their 1966 album, "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme."

Though meaningless to most now, the four herbs spoke to the imaginations of medieval folk much as roses do today:

Parsley takes away the bitterness, in a spiritual as well as practical sense. Phytotherapists still prescribe parsley for people who suffer from indigestion. Eating a leaf of parsley with a meal is said to make spinach and other heavy vegetables easier to digest.

Sage has symbolized strength for thousands of years.

Rosemary--faithfulness, love and remembrance. Ancient Greek swains used to give rosemary to their ladies, and the custom of a bride wearing twigs of rosemary in her hair is still practiced in England and several other European countries today. The herb also stands for sensibility and prudence. Ancient Roman doctors recommended putting a small bag of rosemary leaves under the pillow of someone who had to perform a difficult mental task, such as an exam. Rosemary is associated with feminine love, because it's very strong and tough, although it grows slowly.

Thyme represents courage. At the time Scarborough Fair was written, knights wore images of thyme on their battle shields as a symbol of their courage and endurance. Guess even then when thyme took a licking, it kept on ticking.

--SDSTAFF Songbird
Straight Dope Science Advisory Board.