Ain’t That a Kick in the Head?

by Frank Roche on October 4, 2012

in Frank's World

Glimpsed in a reflection, he saw himself as he must look to the world: bewildered, as if expecting a final blow to the head. (via)

Click to hear Dean Martin sing Ain’t That a Kick in the Head

It All Works Out in the End

by Frank Roche on October 3, 2012

in Frank's World

It all works out in the end.

If it hasn’t worked out yet, it’s not the end.

I heard that phrase on The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. It’s not the end yet.

Be Obsequious, Purple, and Clairvoyant

by Frank Roche on October 2, 2012

in Frank's World, Funny, Music

I grew up in the Let’s Get Small era. I knew every word and every gesture that Steve Martin did. My friends and I would act out King Tut randomly throughout the day. In 1978, I parked by the Union Stock Yards along with thousands of crazy Steve Martin fans and saw Steve Goodman open for him in a sold-out International Amphitheater.

And to this day I still sing, “Be obsequious, purple, and clairvoyant” when it suits the occasion. (Believe me, I wedge those words in somehow.) So I smiled this morning when by chance I heard Grandmother’s Song. I knew every word. Strange how that works that I can remember something so vividly from 35 years ago. But I still forget the milk.

Click to hear Steve Martin’s Grandmother’s Song

Hall of Fame

by Frank Roche on October 1, 2012

in Uncategorized

My brother-in-law, Jim Demmer, was inducted into the Western Dubuque High School Hall of Fame this past weekend.

Jim taught English and Social Studies. He even taught one of my sisters-in-law (not the one he married, lol). Jim was a great teacher — and is the funniest guy I’ve ever known.

And he got a parade. That’s too cool. Way to go, Jim!

Cut Me, Mick

by Frank Roche on September 28, 2012

in Frank's World

Click here to see Rocky Balboa say that famous line: Cut me, Mick.

And yes, The First Cut is the Deepest