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Its' a Wrap Folks

Iraan and Alley Oop

Another week down here east of Iraan, TX — the former home of Alley Oop comic creator V.T. Hamlin. Being as how I don’t post about how much caliche dust I choked down today or how many times I let Tuco the Dog out because she had a missile in the tube, we best be moving on. Pay attention because we are moving pretty fast  friends  and neighbors.

I was taking thyroid meds for years– underactive thyroid. I got to noticing just about the whole family was a-takin’ it. What is up with that? I did some checking and it doesn’t seem to be a genetic malfunction passed down and that was proved out because the in-laws are on the stuff too. Just rattled me is all. Every time I went to see the Doc for blood tests to check the levels, he increased the dosage. Every time. I never was able to detect any difference — bad or good–with all this pill takin’ so I just quit. 8 months later I am still getting around so were the meds necessary or not? I think we are prescribed way too many drugs as it is.

Anyway, they say one of the symptoms of hypothyroidism is fitful sleep. I got one we can add to that. The official name for you learn-ed folks is carmen in meus caput capitis. For the rest of us it means ‘I got a song stuck in my head.’  Every morning for the past 10 days, I have woke up with a song stuck in my head and it has stayed there all day. I didn’t really pay attention the first few days but then it

Golddiggers lookin' good

was Dean Martin hits for 3 days straight. Volare, That’s Amore and You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You were the daily selections. That is some kinda nasty to recycle through your brain eleventy hundred times a day ain’t it? Must be some sick karma payback for me watching all those Dean Martin TV shows strictly because those Golddigger dancers were boobalicious. That kinda stuff is definitely on the Top 5 list  of a 13 year old boy.  But hey,  broke that Dean Martin cycle this very morning!   I got a big ol’ dose of Ray Stevens as soon I cracked an eyeball open……..

I’m my own grandpa, I’m my own grandpa
It sounds funny I know but it really is so
I’m my own grandpa.

Yep, Ray Stevens beltin’ out I’m My Own Grandpa; stuck in my brain for the day. Christ on a cracker! What is up with that?…. and Miss K wonders why I get up grumpy as hell. Well when it gets down to fish or cut bait, you gotta do somethin’ right? I always say I am tougher than I look but every man has his limits. Welp, here is the plan… If at any time I wake up and we have moved on to the Slim Whitman replays I am gonna have to holler !calf rope! and get some help.  Ain’t no way I can stand that warblin’ bastard Whitman for more than a few hours.  I figger I will call My Bro and get him to overnight me some of his thyroid medicine stash to get me past Slim Whitman and rightfully squared away. Face it,  if you were in the HEB store and some old beardy dude in dusty Wranglers and a go to hell black Stetson was humming that ‘Grandpa’ song as he looked over the fresh avocados, would you call that John Law?  Thought so,  I ain’t safe out on the streets minglin’ with the general public so something’s gotta give.

End Note: Turtleback by the Good Medicine Band from the Spirit of the Sharecroppers cd.

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9 comments to Its’ a Wrap Folks

  • Joel

    Sounds to me like you’re just listening to the wrong tunes.

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  • Carmen in meus caput capitis stricks us all. I have been singing Willie’s ‘Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die” all morning. Go figure. I have several friends from Iraan.

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  • Bob

    Wasn’t it a Slim Whitman tune they were playing at the end of that movie “Mars Attacks!” that made all their heads explode? Now you know why.

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    • Andrew

      Yep. Indian Love Call to be exact. Our brains hold an amazing amount of utterly useless info.

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  • Cait

    You should know that your only daughter (who has impeccable music tastes thanks to her father) has been walking around singing Nicki Minaj’s “Superbass” (don’t YouTube it, it’s better that you remain free of exposure) for the past 3 days.

    Maybe it’s hereditary- or maybe I need some thyroid drugs too. I’ve heard that the only cure is to listen to the song that’s stuck in your head…sounds dangerous if you ask me.

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  • MissV

    Oh God, I once got the song “Love Shack” by the B-52’s stuck in my head after going to karaoke night at a Lesbian bar! Had to live with that for several days. To this day if I am somewhere and that song is playing, I literally flee and try to clean my brain by listening to some grunge rock or something.

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  • David

    Red solo cup
    I fill you up…

    You are the Abbot to my Costello
    You are the front to my loom…

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  • David

    Fruit
    Sometimes the autocomplete autocorrect feature on iPad is annoying

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