Archive for August 25th, 2014

Today Is “National Lock Your Car Day”

Monday, August 25th, 2014

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Lock Your Car:

Heads Up!

Monday, August 25th, 2014

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Many sunny, summer mornings I read on my terrace for an hour or two.  Thursday morning was raining so I was inside at my computer working on this blog.  Suddenly I heard a loud “klunk!”  A 3-inch piece of concrete had fallen off the roof from about a story and a half (I live on the 18th floor.)  Had it landed on my head it would have put a real dent in my day. 

Is someone trying to tell me something?


Can a penny kill you if dropped from the Eiffel Tower?

Killing “My Way”

Monday, August 25th, 2014


Karaoke is big in the Philippines. In America, it’s often performed by a staggering drunk trying to sing to the machine with a mike in one hand, a bottle in another, and intoxicated with mad delusions of talent.  You’d better not try that in the Philippines which takes its karaoke seriously – sometimes, deadly seriously.

Karaoke machines are all over the nation in streets, grocery stores, and sometimes, even standing alone on country roads.  Unfortunately, all of this singing is not universally appreciated by everyone in the country – not even by other karaoke singers.  Arguments, brawls, stabbings, fights, and even an occasional murder are common.

The reasons? People criticizing others’ singing, alcohol, crowding, and machismo all contribute to the chaos.  But the unquestioned leading cause of the killings is Frank Sinatra’s classic hit, “My Way” – and no one seems to know the reason why.  Many karaoke bars have eliminated the song from their play books and most singers won’t even try to warble it.

Imagine, old Blue Eyes can still start a barroom brawl years after his death.

Deaths-by-karaoke are not limited to the Philippines. In the last two years,  a Malaysian man was fatally stabbed for hogging the microphone at a bar and a man from Thailand murdered eight people after the group sang John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads.”

Now, I can understand the Thai man – but the rest seem mighty strange.

(BTW: Orange was Frank Sinatra’s favorite color.)

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