Muse and Whirled Retort Archives 2010
Muse and Whirled Retort special 10 10 10 edition
Sunday, October 10, 2010
The special 10-10-10 edition of T.H.E. .M.U.S.E. .A.N.D. .W.H.I.R.L.E.D. .R.E.T.O.R.T.
tyn-y-fron by Melin-y-Wig, Cymru
(house in the bosom by the mill in the woods, Wales)
October 10, 2010
It's that time of the year again. 10-10-10
Since 1-1-1 every three hundred and ninety five days (approximetly) I have written a little essay.
1-1-1, 2-2-2, 3-3-3 etc... well we have made it to double digits.
We count in base ten because well... we have ten fingers. the Mayans - they counted in base 20 because well... they didn't wear any shoes. (really)
Ten is the first number to be represented with two digits. Ten eleven and twelve are ummm... odd cause they're not teens and not ones... I guess that is why we have yet to name this decade (speaking of ten) - and i don't know about you but tweens just sounds wrong...
Perhaps it is the neon year - ten is the atomic number of neon.
There were ten plagues in Egypt before the exodus...
I always liked that Mel Brooks bit - Moses standing before the wandering masses.... "I bring you these fifteen... ooops ten commandments."
Jews observe the annual ten days of repentance beginning on Rosh Hashanah and ending on Yom Kippur.
Giving one tenth of your income to the less fortunate among us is a tithing.
In my case that would be ten cents.
There are ten cents in a dime and ten dimes in a dollar, and ten dollars has a portrait of Alexander Hamilton.
Ten tens has a portrait of Benjamin Franklin,
and ten hundreds has a portrait of... Ben Stein.
There are zero statues in Washington, DC for John Tyler the tenth president (and the first to ascend to the presidency because of the death of... Tippacanoe.)
I never quite got why the jack, king and queen are all of equal value - ten.
It is a perfect score in Olympics and a poetry slam.
There are ten events in a decathlon.
Ya need ten yards for a first down.
Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as the soccer genius Pele, wore number ten, as did Fran Tarkington, Walt Frasier and Sparky Anderson.
A basket ball goal is ten feet high and there are ten players on a basketball court - assuming you count both teams. I think that is true in hockey too but there are so many fights and penalties it is hard to tell. I know one position is the goal TENder.
Speaking of fights... I am in Wales right now and it occurs to me that to decimate is to destroy 1/10th of the population - which is exactly what the Romans who invented the word when they wrapped their TENatious TENtacles round the Island, and has affected the UK, leaving it TENse from the time of the invasion to the building of 10 Downing Street.
When I think about it i get so mad I have to count to ten, then I have to go see my therapist who gives me Rorschach test which has ten ink blots.
Canada has ten provinces as does (of course) French Guinea.
It is the last one syllable number (unless you think twelve has one syllable. I am southern so, I think it has three syllables). Speaking of southern, the origin of the word Dixie is NOT the Mason Dixon line. It is because the French currency was the most common before the Louisiana Purchase, and when you traded with a southerner you would receive the French ten Franc note - known as Dix.
Speaking of Dixie, I-10 runs along the southern end of the country from Florida through New Orleans and on to California, and is the name of one of my friend Mike West's CD "Interstate Ten."
It is a poor slang term for attractive women - as in a scale of one to ten. Bo Derek was the subject of a movie on that topic - but really did little except make white people accept the corn row as a hair style.
Love me TENder was at number one for ten weeks.
This is the tenth time I have set one of these number missives.
I was born in January which makes me a Capricorn - the tenth zodiac sign. January begins with J which is the tenth letter.
If two banjos really duel there are ten strings...
I hate to leave you with a banjo reference - but since I have I should end it there...
Have a wonderful 10 10 10.
Jen (which rhymes with Ten) and I are in Wales.
When I return Paul Benoit and I will do a tour starting with a house concert in North Berkeley.
going down towards 1-10 through AZ, NM, San Antonio, Austin, San Marcos, Houston, New Orleans, Tallahassee, Gainesville, Broward County, Jacksonville, Atlanta, Ashville, Winston-Salem and Nashville.
MOST OF THE DATES ARE STILL NOT FIRM.
if you would like to put something together such as a house conccert it would be a huge help!!!
I will be posting details as i get them on my website and face book.
join me there. www.facebook.com/chrischandler.org
heres da dates
This is the worst job I have ever done! It is largely my fault but this is what I am looking at.
All is tentative and if I can't get a few more confirmations we wont be able to do this.
I should know i a week. Thank you for your patience with me.
Please check back to www.chrischandler.org as they get confirmed!
Also, Paul and I are planning a February West Coast tour.
We are taking requests.
all shows with Paul Benoit
Sunday October 24
A house concert in North Berkeley
RSVP to get address
510 277 6669
Phoenix? Tempe? Anybody in that area?
Wed October 27
Thursday October 28
San Antonio? Kerrville?
Friday October 29
Saturday October 30
Flipnotics with Laura Lee Imhoff and Frankie Hernandez
Sunday, October 31 (Halloween)
TENTATIVE Dan Electros
before the Halloween Blues jam
Wednesday, November 3
New Orleans, LA
TENTATIVE at Chickie Wah Wah
Thursday Nov 4
Anyone between New Orleans and Miami want this night?
Friday November 5
Broward County Folk Club
Saturday November 6
Indy Media Center
Sunday November 7
West Palm Beach, FL
Monday November 8
Tuesday November 9
Wendesday November 10
Winston Salem, NC
Thursday November 11
Firestorm Coffee house
Friday, November 12
ANYONE OUT THERE?
Saturday November 13
House Concert TBA
The Eye Drum
November 19 20 21
School of the Americas Watch