Friday, May 05, 2006

Funky Town

Chris worked from home today, and he got a wild hair to pick Athena up early and take her out for some fun. His original idea was to play Putt-Putt, but it was raining lightly, so we went to Bullwinkles instead. (Not familiar with it? Think of Chuck E. Cheese, but with Rocky and Bullwinkle instead.)

Food was decent, show didn't happen because we were too early, and Athena was only really interested in the Skee-Ball, but we had a good time. Then we went to downtown Apex (don't laugh... it's a whole three blocks, but it's nifty) and had ice cream. Athena had a cone and when her ice cream was gone (some was spilled to the floor), she held up her cone to get a refill. When I told her it didn't work that way, she started following the ice cream scooper lady around the store holding it up for her to refill. I wish I'd had a video camera.

On the way home (okay, honestly, it was on the way to get ice cream, so I'm taking a little license with story sequence for the sake of flow...), we were listening to a new station I stumbled across while in Greensboro a few weeks ago. Their call numbers are WSMW 98.7. They refer to themselves as "Simon," they have no djs except in the morning, and their tag line is "We play everything." They aren't kidding. It's like listening to someone's iPod Shuffle.

To date, I have heard the following songs (in no particular order and this does not include ALL songs... just the ones that stand out.) Keep in mind that these songs are played back to back...

Kiss - Rock and Roll All Night
Cyndi Lauper - She Bop
Styx - Come Sail Away
Duran Duran - Rio, New Moon on Monday, AND Union of the Snake
Olivia and John - Summer Lovin'
George Clinton - Atomic Dog
Howard Jones - No One Is To Blame
The Rolling Stones - hmmm... can't remember which one now
AND they have played various hits from the nineties and today.

However, tonight, they played Funkytown by Lipps, Inc. As soon as it started, Chris and I started bobbing our heads to the beat like the white folk we are. I glanced in my rearview and little Athena was bobbing right along with us. The kicker is, she wasn't even looking at us. She was staring out the window... so her head bob was totally her own. Primitive instincts... so cool.


Jason said...

Bwahahahaha...great story.

I got Sirius radio for Christmas and I just discovered the comedy channels this week. Git R Done!

Amy said...

We have a Bullwinkle's here too. I wonder if it's part of a chain. I always wonder if they bought the license to use Rocky & Bullwinkle or just took the chance that nobody will find them up here.

And what is the deal with the handicapped thing at the word verification? I noticed it elsewhere today too.

Jessey said...

It's nice that Athena just bops along.
When I try to sing or dance or just boogie down, my darling toddler tells me emphatically...

"That's ENOUGH Mommy, that's ENOUGH! No singing!"

Brant said...

The format originated in Canada as "Jack" and was inspired by a record exec's trip to a pizza parlor with his daughter. The jukebox was playing all sorts of stuff back-to-back and he thought it was a good idea for a radio station.
The one here in Columbus is called "Ted" - they all seem to adopt short men's names. I'm waiting for "Blaine-FM" (sorry - just watched "Pretty in Pink")...

eaf said...

Hmmm... the handicapped thing runs some sort of applet. Not sure what it did. Weird.

Thanks for the info, Brant! I figured it was some sort of box/package thing. I just love having no deejays. It kicks ass.

Amy, not only do they have a legitimate license for Rocky and Bullwinkly, apparently they are in cahoots with Disney too, as the video they showed inoluded music videos from The Cheetah Girls and Ali & AJ.