February 25th, 2006


Random Bits

So I opened the package from Amazon, unwrapped the Judy Garland 2-CD set, and looked for But Not For Me in the track list. Not there. Popped the discs into the player and looked that way, still not there. I bought the wrong CD. But one can't have too many Judy Garland albums, so it's far from tragic. And the correct collection CD is en route now.

Also in the shipment was Blossom Dearie, singing Someone To Watch Over Me. If you don't know Blossom's work, she has a voice which sometimes sounds like an 8-year-old, and sometimes sounds like an 8-year-old with a 3-pack-a-day habit. Usually she sings songs straight, but this time she chose to do it frustratingly slowly. Very nice performance, but not what I want to sing along with in the car. I'll do some more hunting for this, but it's a challenge since everyone from Frank Sinatra to Beverly Sills has sung this piece. I suppose I should start with cast albums from Oh Kay!

Wet to Walmart looking for replacements for the laundry bags which my hamper uses. They didn't have any. Mesh laundry bags which might make do cost $5 each, but the hamper with the three bags included was only $12. I decided to go online to see if I had any better luck, but didn't.

I'm on call this weekend and next week. I'm debating whether or not to go to the Peace Corps alumni annual meeting in SF anyway tomorrow night. The more I think about it, the more the answer is yes. The pager protocol is this:
I have 15 minutes to answer the page
I have 2 hours to actually start work on the problem (which means being online with my laptop or desktop (I can do this from home or work or Starbucks, doesn't matter).

Other plans for tomorrow are to take my sapphire collection outside into the sunshine and photograph them again. I may have to set up on the front lawn, since the patio doesn't get much direct sunlight, and then only in the afternoon.

It's supposed to rain Sunday. I can catch up on Netflix and the Olympics.
  • Current Music
    E.Y. "Yip" Harburg - Over the Rainbow

A Thai Pop Song

I've mentioned before that there's a Thai woman singer named Ploy whose work I enjoy a lot. Ploy is Thai for "Gem" or "Jewel". The first album of hers I bought is called Worm Eye's View (sic), and has quite a few catchy numbers. Thinking about them on the ride home from work today, it dawned on me that the reason I like her songs is they not only have catchy tunes, the lyrics are at about a 3rd grade level, so I can understand most of them.

There are two I like best. One is called "Dee Muan-gahn" which translates as "mutually good". We don't have an exact analog in English, which is a shame because it's a very happy phrase. The way you would use it is like this:

You are happy to see your SO, so you tell him/her/it you feel Dee Muan-gahn. "Dee" means "good" and "Muan" means "the same" or "equal to" and "gahn" makes it into an adjective. Another way to use it is someone says they fell good, you say you feel Dee Muan-gahn. And it implies you feel that way because the other person is there, or the other person is happy.

The other song I like for the contrast between the snappy tune and the message. Ploy has a very perky voice when she sings upbeat tunes, so the punch line comes like an O. Henry twist-at-the-end story. Here's a [very] rough translation:

Some people like to go see a movie
Some like looking at flowers
Some sit and watch TV

Some folks like to go to Siam*
Some folks like to swim
Some folks like to buy a CD

Who will go along which road
They'll do whatever is their story
They'll do whatever they will do, but
I like reading a book.

Some folks like to go plant rice
Some like to drink water
Some like to play soccer

Some folks like to go shopping
Some folks like to play chess
Some would rather sleep

Who will go along which road
They'll do whatever is their story
They'll do whatever they will do, but
I like reading a book.

I'd like to be near the sky
When you read a book
Then the world is small

Sometimes I'm a teacher
Or a cowboy or a doctor
Or I can be a chemist

I can try to be a soldier
Or a fisherman in the water
Or a bird in the sky

Who will go along which road
They'll do whatever is their story
They'll do whatever they will do, but
I like reading a book.

* Siam Square - a big shopping/entertainment complex