Memento mori.

And ye shall be remembered, with, I dunno, some teddy bears ‘n’ stuff, and a big card, and a poster, all destined to be turned to mush the first time it rains, which was last night. I am moved to say what I always say at times like these:

Makeshift Memorial would be a really cool name for a band.

Random bloggage: An eye-popping anecdote at the end of Jack Lessenberry’s column in Detroit’s Metro Times this week:

Anyone who knows any history can see that we are making the same mistakes in Iraq as we did in Vietnam, or worse … except that so few of us know any history. Once recently, I asked some swaggering “we’re-gonna-win-in-Eyerak” guy why he thought it was different from Vietnam.

“What we did in Vietnam was run away before we were there long enough for our military to have a chance to win,” he said.

He doesn’t mention how old this person is. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and assume…oh, 16 or so. Too young to know our involvement in Vietnam spanned, what? Twelve years? Yes. Three times the length of our WWII campaigns. Amazing. If I were a taxpayer in his school system, I’d want my money back.

Posted at 8:13 am in Popculch |

19 responses to “Memento mori.”

  1. Randy said on April 12, 2006 at 8:34 am

    Heh, that’s a great name…

    On that tangent, we used to pass time coming up with band names. We’d give each letter of the alphabet a word, and then see what we could cobble from, even better if the name came from consecutive letters.

    My favorite creation: Treehouse Utopia

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  2. Dorothy said on April 12, 2006 at 10:17 am

    Randy has thrown down the challenge! I’ll suggest the next letter and see what y’all come up with: P

    Now I’ll start thinking about my entry….

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  3. Mindy said on April 12, 2006 at 11:10 am

    Makeshift Memorial should be Marilyn Manson’s band. Or maybe Roadside Cross.

    I’ll play Mary. P for Pink Pork, another band for Marilyn.

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  4. Mindy said on April 12, 2006 at 11:11 am

    Whoops, sorry Dorothy. I didn’t have my RDA of caffeine today and don’t do so well without it.

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  5. Dorothy said on April 12, 2006 at 12:35 pm

    ‘s okay Mindy.

    I’m wasting way too much time on this but I’m gonna put two out there so I have something to show for my used up 30 minutes.

    Plethoric Quaffs (an all-girl band)
    Priestly Quivers (which just sounds disgusting)

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  6. John said on April 12, 2006 at 1:14 pm

    Pixelated Quakers….

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  7. nancy said on April 12, 2006 at 3:11 pm

    Quasi Retarded.

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  8. Jeff said on April 12, 2006 at 3:18 pm

    Revolving Sufis

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  9. Jeff said on April 12, 2006 at 3:20 pm

    Silly Twits

    (ok, i’ll stop now; sequence triggered)

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  10. nancy said on April 12, 2006 at 3:24 pm

    Transexual Uruguay.

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  11. brian stouder said on April 12, 2006 at 3:54 pm

    Uvula Vibes

    Quantum Rips

    Vanilla Walls

    Vexing Wailers (or Boston Wailers)

    And in keeping with the

    ‘Historic Ignorance’ theme – we could go for the all-seasons

    ‘Unlike Vietnam’ refrain

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  12. Dorothy said on April 12, 2006 at 9:09 pm

    Wobbling Xysters

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  13. vince said on April 12, 2006 at 11:18 pm

    In high school a group of us lilly-white suburbanites went on a 10 day exchange program to England. This was 1980. Punk was in. But punk was foreign to us. Leather and chains and piercings looked oh so ridiculous to us. And the angry, sometimes nonsensical lyrics prompted us into parody.

    Ta daaaaa.

    A new band was born.
    We named ourselves “Rotting Flesh & the Exploding Penguins.”

    Our one and only song was “Die, Die, Die!”

    Ok. So we had too much time on our hands.

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  14. Randy said on April 13, 2006 at 8:56 am

    We have a great band here in Winnipeg that’s been around forever, but I’m not sure how their name would go over in the US…

    JFK and the Conspirators.

    Some of the members came from another great band, Chocolate Bunnies From Hell. I always think of them, around this time of year…

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  15. Kath said on April 13, 2006 at 9:32 am

    My brother had a band called “The Colorful Genitals.” One of their songs consisted entirely of driving guitar riffs followed by things my father would yell up the stairs when my brother was in his room, such as “Get up! You’re goin’ to church!” or “Joe, let Spot [our dog] out!”

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  16. brian stouder said on April 13, 2006 at 10:05 am

    “My brother had a band called “The Colorful Genitals.�? ……“Get up! You’re goin’ to church!�?”

    If you drive to Walton, Indiana, you will go past a church called Blue Ball United Methodist (which, appropriately enough, has a blue ball atop the spire)

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  17. Mindy said on April 13, 2006 at 7:56 pm

    For years my husband has been wanting to form a band called the Scratch ‘n Sniff band. Think pencil-thin moustaches, ugly polyester sports coats, big belt buckles, and shoe-swingin’ rockabilly.

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  18. Joe Kobiela said on April 13, 2006 at 10:31 pm

    Friend had a band called peter and the four skins

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  19. basset said on April 14, 2006 at 10:35 pm

    reminds me of the guy who used to call the Sunday night contest show on our college radio station… under the name “Curtis Interruptus.”

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