Friday Unwind #24: Fluorescent Scorpions; Bank of Dave; Uke Phantom; It Ain't Over;
Scorpions, Phantom of the Opera, and Yogi-isms
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🦂 ULTRA VIOLET LIGHT
I was excited to move to Prescott, Arizona. It’s a town where they read cowboy poetry, hold the oldest rodeo, offer drinks from a whiskey bar with Wyatt Earp bullet holes….and….gulp….have scorpions. I haaaaatttttteeee scorpions. I have yet to meet a person who disagrees with me.
After finishing our new house, we went without a scorpion sighting for six months.😁 But then… (you knew this was coming…)one night along the white baseboards a scorpion scuttled along looking for an evening meal. I happened by at that exact moment.😱 Wham. Wham. Wham. I’m sorry. That doesn’t sound very kind, but even I have my limits.
I immediately bought an ultra violet flashlight because google told me that scorpions glow in the dark if you shine an ultra violet light on them. Scorpions have an exoskeleton that is called a cuticle… but not like the cuticles on our fingers. This cuticle has a thin layer called the hyaline layer which reacts to UV light and causes the scorpion to glow when you shine a black light on them or even in the moonlight.
I haven’t seen a scorpion since. Maybe word got out that I holster a black light flashlight when I walk around at night. They call me The Flashlight Cowgirl.
🎬 GROOVIE MOVIE: Bank of Dave
I love movies based on real life. Ok, I know those Hollywood producers can get a little creative with the truth. But still, I just love watching a movie and thinking, “This really happened.” (sort of…)
Bank of Dave is like that. 🏦
Dave Fishwick is a self-made millionaire. He’s also a hero in the small town of Burnley, Lancashire, England. He lends money to people who are down on their luck and those trying to start a business who can’t get a loan from the ‘Big’ banks.
He’s a positive, karaoke loving guy in every way… except one. He resents the snobbish, elite British banks whose greed has lined their coffers with money taken from the everyday working man, especially the working people of Burnley.
Dave sets his sights on taking them down and getting the first banking license issued in more than 100 years. (No Hollywood creativity here….this is true)
Rotten Tomatoes and the groupies all loved this film. Me, too. Netflix.
PS - For you music lovers, Def Leppard plays an important role…
🎻🎵 UKE PHANTOM
This is totally self serving…my adorable husband gave me a ukulele for Christmas. Early Christmas, actually. I have never played one. I’ve played the piano since I was a pipsqueak, but a ukulele….nah. I just thought it would be fun.
So far the skin along the tips of the fingers on my left hand are starting to peel (after being in some considerable pain), I’ve learned about a dozen chords and I can play (really slowly) We Wish You a Merry Christmas and Stand By Me and The Lion Sleeps Tonight.
But I have a goal….. to play Phantom of the Opera on my ukulele. I had no idea that it was even possible until I stumbled upon Carmen. Enjoy. PS - Pretty sure this is a BHAG.
BTW, the ukulele owes its origins to the Machete de Braga, a similar instrument from the islands of Madeira, Portugal. Portuguese immigrants brought the machete to Hawaii in 1879. Madeira is out in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, 669 miles from mainland Portugal. (This is a random fact paragraph 🤣)
🎬 GROOVIE MOVIE: It Ain’t Over
When I was a tomboy kid growing up in northern New Jersey I was a Yankees fan. My idols were Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Roger Maris and Yogi Berra (Lorenzo Pietro Berra).
Until I saw this movie I never knew that Yogi was dealt a bad hand.
Original footage, including Willie Mays, Jackie Robinson, Hank Aaron, Derek Jeter, and Mariano Rivera and, of course, Yogi.
You don’t need to be a Yankees’ fan (believe me, I know there are plenty of folks who feel about the Yankees the way I feel about scorpions), but if you are a fan of the human heart, the spirit of integrity, and a great true story, you’ll like “It Ain’t Over”. After all, “Baseball is 90% mental. The other half is physical.” (Yogi Berra)
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