Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Taking Some Time Away

Hi everyone,

My very good friend and alter ego, the Pug pictured in my avatar, died unexpectedly earlier today. I'm going to take a break from blogging for a while. I'll be back when I'm ready. Take care, my friends.


Thursday, March 22, 2007

Beware the Ideas of March: Custom On-Hold Music

Hi everybody!

By this point, you're probably all "Bermuda Triangled" out, and might be ready for yours truly to disappear into the great beyond if he mentions the subject again (Oops! I just did ...). So I thought I'd switch gears and share my ideas on a vastly different topic; one that I've been ruminating on, as I wonder why things are the way they are.

I had an epiphany (I would've preferred "Tiffany", but I couldn't locate the mall she's singing at): we need to do much better in one key area of civilization: "On-Hold" and background music. Now if you're like me (and who isn't?), you'll listen to the occasional tune and think, "THIS would be the perfect background song for ___________".

So here goes. I've opened the phonebook and am targetting the major industries that require my help (and yours ... well, SOME of you ...).


You Never Give Me Your Money by The Beatles
Welcome To My Nightmare by Alice Cooper
Take The Money and Run by The Steve Miller Band
Money by The Beatles
Rambling Gambling Man by Bob Seger
Mony Mony by Tommy James and the Shondells


I Bleed by The Pixies
Under Pressure by Queen


Cool Jerk by The Go Go's


Crash by The Dave Matthews Band

Arson Hotline

We Didn't Start The Fire by Billy Joel
Let's Get It Started by The Black-Eyed Peas
Fire of Unknown Origin by Blue Oyster Cult
Fire Woman by The Cult
Hot Fun in the Summertime by Sly and the Family Stone
Fire by The Ohio Players
Cities On Flame With Rock and Roll by Blue Oyster Cult
Burnin' For You by Blue Oyster Cult
Fire Lake by Bob Seger
Fire Down Below by Bob Seger
Light My Fire by The Doors
Start Me Up by The Rolling Stones
Puttin' Out Fire With Gasoline by David Bowie
Oops! I Did It Again! by Britney Spears
Pictures of Matchstick Men by Camper Van Beethoven
Eternal Flame by The Bangles
Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing by Chris Isaac
If You Love Someone, Set Them On Fire by The Dead Milkmen
Start a Fire by Graham Parker
Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple
Disco Inferno by The Trammps
Burning Down the House by Talking Heads
Cities In Dust by Siouxie and the Banshees
Burning Down One Side by Robert Plant
Fire by Jimi Hendrix
Beds Are Burning by Midnight Oil
Heat Wave by Martha and the Vandellas
That Smell by Lynryd Skynyrd


Mack the Knife by Bobby Darin
The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia by Vicki Lawrence
Slippery People by Talking Heads

Bail Bonds

Set Me Free by The Kinks

Beauty Salons

Beautiful Loser by Bob Seger
Lola by The Kinks


Found Out About You by The Gin Blossoms


Touch Too Much by AC/DC
(anything by Judy Garland)


I Loved You So I Told You a Lie by Ted Nugent
Do The Brown Nose by The Dead Milkmen
Dazed and Confused by Led Zeppelin

Cruise Lines

Ship of Fools by Robert Plant
Love on the Rocks by Neil Diamond
The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Gordon Lightfoot
Sloop John B by The Beach Boys


Maggie's Farm by Bob Dylan
Junior's Farm by Wings
Sex Farm by Spinal Tap


Dancin' Fool by Frank Zappa
I'm So Tired by The Beatles
Dancing In The Dark by Bruce Springsteen
When You Dance, I Can Really Love by Neil Young
Shake Your Hips by The Rolling Stones

Dating Services

I Hear You Knocking by Dave Edmunds
Who Can It Be Now? by Men At Work
Love is Like Oxygen by The Sweet
Give a Little Bit by Supertramp
Lady by Styx
Submission by the Sex Pistols
Another Piece of Meat by The Scorpions
Crying by Roy Orbison
Slave to Love by Roxy Music
Sympathy For The Devil by The Rolling Stones
When the Whip Comes Down by The Rolling Stones
I Didn't Mean To Turn You On by Robert Palmer
Super Freak by Rick James
That Ain't Love by REO Speedwagon
Creep by Radiohead
Breaking the Girl by the Red Hot Chili Peppers
I Got a Woman by Ray Charles
Sheep by Pink Floyd
Don't Sleep In The Subway by Petula Clarke
Big Time by Peter Gabriel
People by Barbara Streisand
Fire and Ice by Pat Benetar
Promises in the Dark by Pat Benetar
Goodbye to Romance by Ozzy Ozbourne
Don't Speak by No Doubt
Cracklin' Rosie ny Neil Diamond
Turning Japanese by The Vapors
Hair of the Dog by Nazareth
These Boots Were Made For Walkin' by Nancy Sinatra
Girls Girls Girls by Motley Crue
Let's Get It On by Marvin Gaye
What's Your Name? by Lynryd Skynyrd
Good Girls Don't by The Knack
Love or Confusion by Jimi Hendrix

Day Care

Pretty Baby by Blondie
Baby Come Back by Player (courtesy of The Simpsons)
Just Like a Woman by Bob Dylan
Runaway by Del Shannon
Runaway by Bonnie Raitt
She's a Runaway by Bon Jovi
Run Away by Jefferson Starship
Touch Me by The Doors
My Baby Left Me by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Little Creatures by Talking Heads
Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon by Neil Diamond
Sex and Candy by Marcy Playground
Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter by Herman's Hermits

Drug Testing

You Can't Catch Me by Chuck Berry
Piss On The Wall by the J. Geils Band
The River by Bruce Springsteen
Purple Rain by Prince

Funeral Homes

Alive Again by Chicago
(Don't Fear) The Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult
Can't Find My Way Back Home by Blind Faith
Alive by Pearl Jam
If You Leave Me Now by Chicago
Tombstone Shadow by Creedence Clearwater Revival
That'll Be The Day by Buddy Holly
Into the Great Wide Open by Tom Petty
Don't Take Me Alive by Steeely Dan
Goodbye to You by Scandal
She's Not There by Santana
Take Me With U by Prince
Can't Stand Losing You by The Police
So Lonely by The Police
Enter Sandman by Metallica

Marriage Counseling

No Woman, No Cry by Bob Marley
Where Did You Sleep Last Night? by Nirvana
Stir It Up by Bob Marley
You Give Love a Bad Name by Bon Jovi
Miracles by Jefferson Starship
If You Loved Me, You'd Let Me Go by Huey Lewis and the News
Just When I Needed You Most by Bread
Love Is a Battlefield by Pat Benatar
Just The Way It Is by Bruce Hornsby and the Range
Nobody But You by Lou Reed and John Cale
Hungry Heart by Bruce Springsteen
Never There by Cake
Goodbye to Love by The Carpenters
Victim of Love by The Eagles
Victim of Love by The Cars
I Want You to Want Me by Cheap Trick
Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen
Wicked Game by Chris Isaac
Maybelline by Chuck Berry
Devil Woman by Cliff Richard
Before You Accuse Me by Creedence Clearwater Revival
You're Not the Boss of Me by They Might Be Giants
Girlfriend is Better by Talking Heads
Promises, Promises by The Thompson Twins
Baby, Please Don't Go by Them
Goodbye Stranger by Supertramp
Haitian Divorce by Steely Dan
Tainted Love by Soft Cell
It's All Over Now by The Rolling Stones
She's So Cold by The Rolling Stones
This Old Heart of Mine by Rod Stewart
You've lost That Lovin' Feelin' by The Righteous Brothers
What'd I Say by Ray Charles
Cruel To Be Kind by Nick Lowe
You Don't Bring Me Flowers by Barbara Streisand and Neil Diamond


Don't Touch Me There by The Tubes
Touch Me In the Morning by Petula Clarke
(You've Got) The Magic Touch by The Platters
I Have the Touch by Peter Gabriel
Shock the Monkey by Peter Gabriel

Mental Health Services

Don't Bring Me Down by The Animals
She Talks To Angels by The Black Crowes
Can't Find My Way Home by Blind Faith
Crazy by Patsy Cline (courtesy of The Simpsons)
Runaway Train by Soul Asylum
I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow by The Soggy Bottom Boys
The Tracks of My Tears by Smokey Robinson
If It Makes You Happy by Sheryl Crow
Up! by Shania Twain
Fool to Cry by The Rolling Stones
Happy by The Rolling Stones
Everybody Hurts by REM
Busload of Faith by Lou Reed
Knock Me Down by the Red Hot Chili Peppers
Shiny Happy People by REM
Stop Your Sobbing by The Pretenders
Shine On You Crazy Diamond by Pink Floyd
Trouble by Pink
Nobody's Fault But Mine by Led Zeppelin
Friends by Led Zeppelin
Crazy Train by Ozzy Ozbourne
How Bizarre by OMC
Bark at the Moon by Ozzy Ozbourne
It's My Life by No Doubt
Can't Get You Out Of My Head by Kylie Minogue
Virtual Insanity by Jamiroquai


Papa Loved Mama by Garth Brooks
Lovers In a Dangerous Time by Bruce Cockburn
Prove It All Night by Bruce Springsteen
Anticipation by Carly Simon
Double Life by The Cars
Lust For Kicks by The Cars
You're All I've Got Tonight by The Cars
Stay the Night by Chicago
Too Much Money Business by Chuck Berry
Let's Go To Bed by The Cure
Everybody Wants Some! by Van Halen
Love In Action by Todd Rundgren
Waterfalls by TLC
Stop! In the Name of Love by The Supremes
Stray Cat Strut by The Stray Cats
Love the One You're With by Steven Stills
Evil Ways by Santana
Let's Spend the Night Together by The Rolling Stones
Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby? by The Rolling Stones
Love Rollercoaster by the Ohio Players
Roxanne by The Police
Since I've Been Loving You by Led Zeppelin
Hey, Hey, What Can I Do by Led Zeppelin
Gimme Three Steps by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Locomotive Breath by Jethro Tull


Get Out of This House by Shawn Colvin
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do by Neil Sedaka
Time For Me To Fly by REO Speedwagon
Walk Away Renee by The Association
Gone, Gone, Gone by Bad Company
She Caught the Katy by The Blues Brothers
Should I Stay Or Should I Go by The Clash

Paintball Supplies

I'm a Loser by The Beatles
Deadbeat Club by The B-52's
War Pigs by Black Sabbath
The Continuing Story of Bungalo Bill by The Beatles

Penis Enlargement

Big Shot by Billy Joel
Is that All There Is? by Brenda Lee
Just a Little Is Enough by Peter Townsend
One Tin Soldier (from the movie "Billy Jack")


Love Is The Drug by Roxy Music
White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane
Remedy by The Black Crowes
Bad Medicine by Bon Jovi
Toxic by Britney Spears
Haven't Got Time For The Pain by Carly Simon
She Sells Sanctuary by The Cult
Don't Come Around Here No More by Tom Petty
Get Off My Cloud by The Rolling Stones
Mother's Little Helper by The Rolling Stones
No-No Song by Ringo Starr
Lithium by Nirvana
Dr. Feel Good by Motley Crue
Time in a Bottle by Jim Croce

Planned Parenthood

Too Many People by Paul McCartney


I Don't Like Mondays by The Boomtown Rats
Bad Boys Get Spanked by The Pretenders
School's Out by Alice Cooper
Imaginary Lover by Atlanta Rhythm Section
Maggie May by Rod Stewart
Lovers In A Dangerous Time by Bruce Cockburn
Don't Stand So Close To Me by The Police
Bang a Gong (Get It On) by T-Rex
Smokin' In The Boys' Room by Brownsville Station
Hot For Teacher by Van Halen
School by Supertramp
(She's) Sexy and 17 by The Stray Cats
My Old School by Steely Dan
Mrs. Robinson by Simon and Garfunkle
Schools Are Prisons by the Sex Pistols
To Sir With Love by Lulu
Teacher by Jethro Tull
Harper Valley PTA by Jeannie C. Riley

Sex Change Clinics

She's Always a Woman by Billy Joel
Found Out About You by The Gin Blossoms
She's Got Everything by The Romantics
The Perfect Girl by The Cure
Girl Don't Tell Me by The Beach Boys
Something in the Way by Nirvana
Maneater by Hall and Oates
You Better Hang Up by Don Henley
Just The Way You Are by Billy Joel
Tell Her About It by Billy Joel
Where's the Dress? by Brooks and Dunn
Then He Kissed Me by The Chiffons
Boys Don't Cry by The Cure
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cyndie Lauper
Growing On Me by The Darkness
Changes by David Bowie
Rebel Rebel by David Bowie
Natural Thing by UFO
Here Comes My Girl by Tom Petty
I'd Love to Change the World by Ten Years After
Hurt So Bad by Linda Ronstadt
Man! I Feel Like a Woman! by Shania Twain (also suitable for Prisons)
Do Ya Think I'm Sexy? by Rod Stewart
Hot Legs by Rod Stewart
Here Comes Your Man by The Pixies
Wave of Mutilation by The Pixies
Get the Party Started by Pink
When a Man Loves a Woman by Percy Sledge
Evenflow by Pearl Jam
Just a Girl by No Doubt
Longfellow's Serenade by Neil Diamond
Down Under by Men At Work
Ohh! My Head by Richie Valens
Are You Gonna Go My Way by Lenny Kravitz
What Is And What Should Never Be by Led Zeppelin
Moby Dick by Led Zeppelin
Wang Dang Doodle by Koko Taylor
Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas
Any Way You Want It by Journey
A Boy Named Sue by johnny Cash
Thick As a Brick by Jethro Tull
Uptown Girl by Billy Joel
You Keep Me Hangin' On by The Supremes

Shoe Stores

Fairies Wear Boots by Black Sabbath


Every Breath You Take by The Police
Private Eyes by Hall and Oates
Baby Got Back by Sir Mix-A-Lot


I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For by U2
Lost In The Supermarket by The Clash
Green Onions by Booker T and the MGs

Tanning Salons

Sweet Leaf by Black Sabbath
Horizontal Bop by Bob Seger
Bad Moon Risin' by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Blister in the Sun by the Violent Femmes
A Whiter Shade of Pale by Procol Harem


Don't Follow by Alice In Chains
You Keep Me Hangin' On by The Supremes
Gimme Some Slack by The Cars
Cruiser by The Cars
Stuck In a Rut by The Darkness
Cruisin' by Smoky Robinson
Can't Get There From Here by REM


Congratulations! You are now cursed to walk the Earth, remembering these tunes (and looking like an idiot with that smirk) as you enter the aformentioned establishments.


Saturday, March 17, 2007

Happy Saint Patrick's Day

Hi Everybody,

The Pug is part Irish (which probably explains the shifty eyes). Here is a favorite of mine.

What's Irish and stays out all night?

Paddy O'Furniture


Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Handling the Pug's Mailbag

Hi everybody,

Now is probably as bad a time as any to introduce a new type of post which I will call "Handling the Pug's Mailbag". In it, I will attempt to respond to anonymous questions from readers.

1) Does the Bermuda Triangle REALLY exist?

Yes it does. But the "powers that be" in the Pentagon, Oval Office, and even Red Square, are doing their best to convince us that there is no Triangle. And it's sad that this is the shape the world is in.

2) What really happened to "Flight 19"?

Unfortunately the "lost squadron" was at the mercy of a leader who exhibited sheer stubborn cluelessness. His version of reality had him over the Florida Keys, even though the flight had been heading due east from Fort Lauderdale for dozens of miles. Thus - over the arguments of his student pilots (who insolently wanted to fly west) - he led them on a meandering northeast path; farther and farther away from land. Furthermore, the flight leader apparently had a history of becoming disoriented during flight, reportedly having ditched his plane into the ocean on two previous occasions. If nothing else, we can take solace in knowing that - ever since - organizations have realized the importance of hiring intelligent and open-minded managers with track records of success and sound judgement.

3) When can we expect your payment?

I really don't see how this question has any relevance to the topic of the Bermuda Triangle, so I will have to handle this one "off-line". Unless ... of course ... my payment ... "disappeared" into the "Triangle".

4) Could spontaneous releases of methane gas be sinking ships and crashing planes into the Bermuda Triangle?

Sorry, but that theory doesn't retain solid credibility with yours truly. I know people who expel methane gas constantly, and there is no empirical evidence to support the assertion that objects situated overhead (such as ceilings, fans and light fixtures) have lost "buoyancy". Market value? Yes. Buoyancy? No.

5) Did Columbus really witness strange phenomena (dancing lights, compass variations, and a fireball crashing into the ocean) in the Bermuda Triangle during his first voyage?

Fortunately, we can get the answer directly from the man himself, as I've been known to "channel" on occasion. And surprisingly enough, Columbus looks and sounds a lot like Robert DeNiro. Let me ask him.

Me: "Columbus, did you see anything unusual during your first voyage to the New World?"

Columbus: "I seen lots of things."

Well there you have it. I hoped that you found this first delivery of "Handling the Pug's Mailbag" entertaining, and most important: educational.


Saturday, March 03, 2007

The Lost Mission: Pugs on the Wing

Hi everybody,

Scary Monster left a comment yesterday asking about the meaning behind grouping bloggers into White Sheep and Black Sheep pens on my sidebar. I started to respond, but realized I needed a post that I could "phone in". So here we are with a classic "Win (me, for being able to phone it in) - Win (Scary, for receiving a more detailed answer than in a comment) - Lose (those of you who were hoping(?) for a real post)" scenario.

And what is the basic "politically correct" answer? It's the same as I explained to RevRee: White Sheep might use a feather during foreplay. Black Sheep would prefer the whole chicken.

But in "reality", it goes much deeper than that (I probably overuse that line more than I should).

It's a riches to rags tale that - alas - is too often recounted. When I started out blogging "back in the day", I fell in with a good crowd. They were wholesome and pure (except for Leelee, as I subsequently found out), and much too innocent for the likes of me.

Note: the western tip of the Triangle points to Leelee's Antique Shoppe. Coincidence?

My inner compass (which surprisingly works BEST in the Bermuda Triangle) advised me to take my blog in uncharted directions. Ones that pandered to my own whimSICKal version of life, and my penchant for burying treasure. So I reluctantly said goodbye to those landlubbers who would be appalled by my saltiness and nocturnal (brain) emissions, although I do sometimes miss and think about them as I'm "shivering me timber".

However, much to my delight, some of the White Sheep stayed on, and even new ones signed up for full shares on the voyage of this Ship of Fools into the "Bermuda Triangle of Short Subjects", or "Bermuda Shorts", if you prefer (and I know that some of you do ... sickos).

Only the White Sheep get regular floggings on this cruise, because the Black Sheep are too into it

So, I thought I would try to do my best to keep them in separate compartments below decks. Hence, we have the White Sheep and the Black Sheep (little did I know that Lamby would hijack the whole "sheep" concept for her own disgusting amusement).

But anymore, I can't tell the White Sheep from the Black Sheep, and nothing is as it should be. The compass says "north", but the moon isn't cooperating. I feel like Lt. Chuck Taylor of the ill-fated Flight 19 squadron, wondering if I'm actually in the Gulf of Mexico.

Well, like they say, when mixing metaphors, why not add the lemons that life drops into your lap for extra tangy-ness? We may as well enjoy ourselves on our little voyage of the damned. Here are a few activities (besides the floggings) for us to get our "Jolly Roger on":

On clear nights and calm seas (when vomiting is at a minimum), we can all gather on deck with our snifters of Cognac and stargaze. And unlike those Titanic idiots, we WILL have binoculars to view the wonders of the heavens, and to distract ourselves as certain passengers elect to play "sub hunt" with each other instead.

Another popular recreational treat is swimming. Even the more timid passengers are "encouraged" to partake in this often solo activity, and since the body does tend to stay afloat more readily in salt water, their fears quickly submerge, er, subside. And as such, being in the water theoretically improves their odds for survival versus being on-deck.

Who doesn't enjoy a good weenie roast? We can start with one of the White Sheep. Careful with that lighter fluid!

Before I wrap-up this installment, I would like to leave you with a relevant "Sea Chanty" that I know Mighty D in particular is quite fond of. And as a "Reader Rewards Bonus", I've taken "special liberties" with it, in the form of extra lyrics. So enjoy, mateys.


Love, exciting and new (Especially, when ... we first get nude)

Come Aboard. We're expecting you (On the lost voyage ... you are so screwed)

Love, life's sweetest reward (Until one month into it ... then I really get bored)

Let it flow, it floats back to you. (Not unlike ... a turd in the loo)

Love Boat soon will be making another run (As soon as I deposit this batch ... in the o-ce-an)

The Love Boat promises something for everyone (Hepatitis, Herpes and VD ... not all of it's fun)

Set a course for adventure (Our compass points to dementia)

Your mind on a new romance (Who may or may not be wearing pants)

Love won't hurt anymore (We have plenty of K-Y ... in our shipboard store)

It's an open smile on a friendly shore (How 'bout naked women? I'd prefer them more)