Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Special "Guest" Wednesday

OK, so I went on and conscripted Shayna for this weeks "guest." Actonbell, you're on notice, Missy.

Shayna defined for us the word, GUEST.

GUEST, v.i.

About Shayna: Unlike some sites where they make you work for your guest post, at Shayna's My Music Highway Project, you just fill out a little form, answer a couple easy questions, and BAM! Next thing you know, your name is in lights and people are saying all kinds of nice things about you beginning with Shayna. Plus, you get to name a favorite song, bring attention to your favorite charity, cuss at some children and you're done. ¡No hay trabajo, no hay problema! For those of you who don't speak Spanish, that means Keine Arbeit, Keine Schwerigkeit.

Shayna's main site, My Music Highway is where Shayna talks about Shayna instead of about you. It's surprisingly engaging for that. It's not an exaggeration to say that Shayna writes her life through music and the people around her. Shayna is a former professional singer with a big voice and a little Willie. She writes of her past and present, posts songs and movies and still manages to always pay attention to the people she knows locally and through blogging. I first got to know Shayna under another name when she interviewed our Alice/Cooper. Since then, Shayna has also interviewed friends Pia, Sar and mi hermana, Miz B. Some dude named Sgt. Hook too but you'll have to read the interview to find out who he is. I'm supposed to be working.

As in the blogosphere, so in flesh. Shayna's attention to others fills her own life as well. Her friendship with Eugene, an aging veteran has moved a lot of us, as have often difficult stories of her youth as does her life with her husband and son, the aforementioned Little Willie. What did you think I meant? They make a wonderful family, despite any deficiencies she might find and point out to the world at large. This is the part where I normally thank the guest for being a guest but since Shayna didn't volunteer I'll thank her instead for having the kind of generous heart I just knew I could take advantage of.

How to be a future guest on this site: Just send an email to dpascover at mac dot com. On a future Wednesday, after posting that week's guest, I'll send you an email with a word to define. You'll be expected to return your definition along with a graphic representing either your definition or yourself by the following Saturday. The only rules are no profanity and no novels, please. And whatever I make up at the last minute.

I will be contacting previous guests who regularly comment here to repeat in no particular order. Previous guests who haven't been much heard from since their guest post should recontact if they would like to repeat.


Shayna said...

I am about to leave for work... and reading this was/is a great way to start off my day!

Thank you, Doug! I truly apprecaite this... the project has taken off because of the help of you and others!!


Anonymous said...

Guest, Christopher: aka, Nigel Tufnel aka Count Tyrone Rugen aka Harlan Pepper aka Corky St. Clair

NIGEL: It's part of a trilogy, a musical trilogy I'm working on in D minor which is the saddest of all keys, I find. People weep instantly when they hear it, and I don't know why.

Marty DiBergi: It's very nice.

NIGEL: You know, just simple lines intertwining, you know, very much like - I'm really influenced by Mozart and Bach, and it's sort of in between those, really. It's like a Mach piece, really. It's sort of...

Marty DiBergi: What do you call this?

NIGEL: Well, this piece is called "Lick My Love Pump".

~ Nigel Tufnel, This is Spinal Tap

Excellent Exploitation Today, Doug!!

Minka said...

Well, you sneaky little devil!
Making soemone do a guestpost without taht somebody knowing? YOu sure do go teh extra mile:)

Now two things,

a) thanks for translating Spanish into German for all of us to understand:)

b) little Willie, you knew we´d stumble on that one and exploited our folly!

Shayna, you know I adore this project, I signed up as soon as I got wind of it, and I do think that music can bring people together.
Thanks for being and making us guests.

Lovely Wednesday to the rest of you.

Minka said...

Oh...and I know I am fourth, but I am limping behind :) I´ll try to be a guest on all your blogs before midnight my time (I do make myself laugh!)*giggles*

Anonymous said...

"There's a little hotel called the Shady Rest at the Junction...Petticoat's run by Kate come and be her guest at the junction...Petticoat Junction...and that's Uncle Joe he's a moving kinda slow at the junction...Petticoooooaat Junction!

Sorry, the whole music thing combined with a sense of nostalgia I seem to being feeling...this old theme from one of my favorite shows just popped into my head. Petticoat Junction aired from 1963 to 1970 for those of you too young (you disgust me) to remember.

Anonymous said...

did i really just quote Spinal Tap? what was i thinking? (i was thinking "musical" in honor of the beautiful and talented Shayna, actually) in terms of finding wonderful guests, perhaps i'm better off quoting a Guest character from Waiting for Guffman:

"It's like in a Hitchcock movie, you know, where they tie you up in a rubber bag and throw you in the trunk of a car. You find people."

Joel: Petticoat Junction took place in Pixley, which was just down the road from where i grew up. it was most likely not *the* Pixley, but still... i remember the show. not to mention Uncle Joe. (but you knew that!) xox

The Violent Vixen said...

guest: bloggers who show up then disappear for a long while, but always return at some point in the future.

example: Me

*I don't plan on disappearing again though. That is, as long as my muse doesn't disappear first...

Ariel the Thief said...

hi, Shayna! I LOVE your lyrics, if I didn't tell you before, I do now. they stun even someone talks little English like me.

@Doug, your translating from Spanish to German (and so keeping the mystery of the phrase, which I am sure was your intention) reminds me of this old joke:

One elegant foreigner lady steps to two policemen in Budapest.
-Excuse me, can you tell me the way to the Eastern Railway Station?
-Oh... do you speak English?
-Sprechen sie Deutsch?
-Parle vu France?
-Gavaritye paruszki?
-Parla Italiano?
The lady gives up and walks away.
-We should have learnt languages. -
sighs one policeman.
-Hey, - the other one answers, - that woman talks a lot and she gets nowhere with them!

Ariel the Thief said...

guest: one that you are not supposed to put out of your house until they decide to leave on their own.

Anonymous said...

guest: like fish, best when thrown out after 3 days

Ariel the Thief said...

how to save ourselves from guests: feed them to death.

Anonymous said...

good one Ariel!

actually i should have said:

a guest, like fish, should only be *kept* for 3 days

same difference

Lila said...

Very original!

I'll have to check out Shayna's blog...

Sar said...

Creating a self-penned guest post for the sake of self promotion? That's by far the most sensational display of shameless self promotion I've seen. I'm shocked - I never knew you had such shameless promotion skills in you, Doug - Bravo!

And in all seriousness, bravo to Shayna too. Her project is indeed admirable.

TLP said...

Guests are okay. If you like people. Doug seems to.

Kyahgirl said...

Hi Shayna! Glad to see you here (by hook or by crook)

Doug, I think Wednesday has to be my favorite day at WA. That was nice of you to feature Shayna because you're right, her website is great and the Music project is very cool.

Now that you've crossed the line into guest hijacking, I'm looking forward to Actonbell :-)

Miz BoheMia said...

Yeah figures that that made it through! Hmph!

Shayna is indeed one hot and rockin' mama with quite the little Willie! FO SHO!

Shayna is a former professional singer with a big voice and a little Willie.

Brilliant line hermano mio! BRILLIANT I TELL YOU!

Guest hijacking, says Kyah? Oooh! What a delightfully sneaky idea dearest brotha man! You de man!

And I got a mention? Ooooweee! 'Tis good to have connections FO SHO!

Guest... (a) desired companion(s) with whom to temporarily share one's territory... in-laws need not apply... for full in-depth in-law explanations see pest...

Doug The Una said...

Shayna, I think they call that "Helsinki Syndrome" but you're welcome.

Morning Brian, thanks. You have a big post up today too, don't you?

Puppybrose, that was a great film but Waiting for Guffman is one of my all-time favorites. Only two people Act, Direct and Sing. Barbra Streisand and Corky St. Clair.

Take your time, Minka. By the way, in case your German is rusty, it means no work, no trouble. (I hope)

By golly, Joel, I remember that show. They don't make 'em like that anymore. You sing beautifully, by the way.

Strike it, Puppybrose? (If you haven't noticed already, lines from Guffman erupt out of me like the Idiot and Princess Bride.

Solace, it's always good to have you back around. I promise no hard feelings during the absences, though.

Good joke, Ariel. I always keep my guests around until I've digested.

3 days, Puppybrose? Eek! (you can stay as long as you want, though)

Ariel, you like Paté, I guess.

Great quote, Anomie. Count me among the described.

Aral, you should. And you should definitely participate in the project.

Sar, we all have strategies for winning your contest. Shayna's a pawn in mine.

TLP, just don't let me catch you sleeping on the lawn. Come in for Pete's sake. Or Owen's.

Kyah, mine too.

Hermana, brothers are welcome right? I'm SHOCKED! SHOCKED, I say, to see such language from you!

Miz BoheMia said...

Are you an IN-LAW? Hmmmm?

Do you NOT KNOW how very welcome YOU are? Should I cry, CRY I SAY, at your not knowing? Dios mio!

As for the language, shocked? Really?


G said...

Guest: n The unwitting prey that children feast upon. Ya'll come back now hear?

Shayna: for you from Beauty and the Beast:

Be our guest
Be our guest
Put our service to the test
Tie your napkin round your neck cherie.

Great project, look forward to it each week.

mireille said...

♫ Shayna's got the music in her! ♫


Ariel the Thief said...

oh Mireille finally I did figure out who your avatar reminds me of, that portrait of Zrínyi Miklós was also seen on the American channels when that American humorist was promoting himself to be the one we name our knew bridge of. what a funny project! poor Chuck Norris...

The amoeba said...

GUEST, n. Just blows right in and ... oh, no, wait, that's GUST. Da.. oh, shucks.

Hi, Shayna!


Minka said...

26 comments and only one of them from Doug?
trying to define guest, by being a lousy host?
*shakes head and waddles off*

Doug The Una said...

Miz B, I'm as tortured by the idea that you would think I was actually shocked as you are that I would check my invitation. How about I come sleep on your couch for three days and you can cuss at me the whole time?

G, good definition.

Mireille, add "dingbat maven" to your resume.

Ariel, please tell us more about Mr or Ms Zrínyi. I've never heard of him. Any chance of a "Waking Ambrose" bus station?

O Ceallaigh, the gust is the quiet one.

Good gravy, Penguin! I've been busy leaving lists on your blog the last two days. And may I remind you that your foot was whole and you were (I assume) not on painkillers Monday. I think you've mistaken me for a fish, madame.

Jamie Dawn said...

Shayna sounds like an interesting person. She MUST be very special if she can be a Special Guest without even kowing it. That tops ALL!!

Little Willie said, "I didn't know the answer so I just guest it." ;-)

Shayna said...

brian... What about my Little Willie??? LOL!!! Thank you!

puppybrose... LOL!! Wonderful! Great quotes from Spinal Tap...

Minka... Yes, Doug can be sneaky and can be devilish... so sneaky little devil is a great name for our Dawg! :) I thank you so much, Minka, for joining! Because of my fellow bloggers you all are making this project come alive!!!! :) :) :)

Joel... I love it!!! Petticoat Junction... seems like re-runs come on Nick at Nite... Right? :) :) :)

Solace Cai... glad to see you re-appeared... :) :)

ariel... Thank you, darlin' (that's southern for darling) :) Great Joke... LOL!

Anomie-Atlanta... great quote and very true... I am at fault on that one... :) :)

AP3... Thanks... Stop on by anytime... the cookies and milk are free...

Sar...LOL! The Dawg can self promote all he wants when it comes to My Highway... :) :) Thank you, my dear!!!

Tan Lucy Pez... LOL! Tooo Funny!

Kyahgirl... Thanks! Doug does Hijack so well, doesn't he...

Miz BoheMia .. Wooo Weee my bohemian mama slays me with her words!!!

G ... I love that song... that was my favorite movie back in 92/93 (whenever the heck it came out... I was a freshman in high school... and it was my first date with my hotty boyfriend... LOVE IT! Geez... you brought back some memories!!! :) :)

mireille... Why yes... Yes I do... thinks for noticing! :) :)

O Ceallaigh... Hey There, O'Ceallaigh!!! :) :) :)

Minka... I suppose the man has to work... but is that really an excuse??? :)

brian... Oh come on!!! Let them Stew Away!!! hehehe!

Shayna said...

Jamie Dawn... why...thank you!! :) Not so sure how special I am... I think maybe Doug was desperate or something... LOL! :)

Charlene Amsden said...

Since the guest site is all about music, allow me to share Lionel Bart's idea on how to treat a guest:

Consider yourself at home.
Consider yourself one of the family.
We've taken to you so strong,
It's clear we're going to get along.
Consider yourself well in.
Consider yourself part of the furniture.
There isn't a lot to spare.
Who cares? Whatever we got we share!

Minka said...

Doug, Actonbell isn't giving in, now is she?

Quill, that is nice and just how it should be!

Omnipotent Poobah said...

guest - Someone who believes themselves to be a friend but is actually somethinig somewhat less.

Anonymous said...

Guest: one you can't wait to see coming and/or going

Anonymous said...

Shayna can be a guest in my home any day.

Doug The Una said...

Brian, you're thinking of "spoils the broth." Lots of guests makes a thick, rich stew.

Funny, Jamie Dawn. Sometimes a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do.

Shayna, why can't you be special and me desperate?

Actonbell, you seem to know that song very well.

Quilldancer, why am I getting a Dick Van Dyke vibe? I'm not sure I've had one of those before.

Minka, that's one tough teapot. Refined, but tough.

Poobah, leaches are your friend.

Puppybrose, they come in with a knock and go out with a slam.

Cooper, which home?

Charlene Amsden said...

Doug, not Dick Van Dyke -- Jack Wilde and Mark Lester, Oliver Twist.

Doug The Una said...

Oh, bother! That's right! I remembered the cockney accent and so, of course, thought of Dick Van Dyke. Please, Quilldancer, can I have some more?

Charlene Amsden said...

Be careful what you ask for:

MR. BUMBLE: For what you are about to receive, May the Lord make you truly thankful.
BOYS: Amen.
OLIVER: Please, Sir, I want some more.
OLIVER: Please, Sir, I want some more.
WIDOW CORNEY: Catch him!
MR. BUMBLE: Snatch him!
MR. BUMBLE: Scold him!
WIDOW CORNEY: Pounce him!
Trounce him!
Pick him up and bounce him!
Before we put the boy to task
May I be so curious as to ask
His name?
BOYS: O-li-ver
MR. BUMBLE: Never before has a boy wanted more!
MR. BUMBLE: Won't ask for more when he knows what's in store.
There a dark, thin, winding
Stairway without any bannister
Which we'll throw him down, and
Feed him on cockroaches
Served in a canister
ALL: Oliver! Oliver!
MR. BUMBLE: What will he do
When he's turned black and blue?
He will curse the day
Somebody named him
ALL: O-li-ver!
MR. BUMBLE: Never before has a boy wanted more!
WIDOW CORNEY: He won't ask for more
When he knows what's in store.
MR. BUMBLE: There's a sooty chimney
Long overdue for a sweeping out
Which we'll push him up,
And one day next year
With the rats he'll be creeping out!
ALL: Oliver! Oliver!
MR. BUMBLE: What will her do
In this terrible stew?
He will rue the day
Somebody named him...
ALL: O-li-ver!