Saturday, June 07, 2008

Thinking of Cleveland

We have a new vet at the clinic. He's an old school mate of my boss who is here to work so the boss can get a vacation. (Thank you for not leaving me alone!) As a bonus, he's going to work for me for 10 days at the end of the month! (and a big thank you for that!!)

Anyway, I was talking with him about Ohio. Australians cannot differentiate Ohio from Iowa. Sometimes, that can't even pronounce them- I guess it is hard for them. No silent R's. So, I had to move Ohio east and under the great lakes and, yes, way up north ("bordering Canada?" "Well, on the other side of the lake." "You get snow there?" "Yes") I was trying to connect Ohio with things he might know. So, naturally, I said I had last lived in Cleveland- where the river had caught on fire.

That didn't work for him.

But, it did reconnect me with Randy Newman.

I always liked this song - way before I lived in Cleveland. And, now, having lived in Cleveland I wistfully sing "Cleveland, city of light, city of magic".

The video is great- though I'm disappointed that the author cut out a verse in the beginning.

"Now the Lord can make you tumble
And the Lord can make you turn
And the Lord can make you overflow
But, the Lord can't make you burn."

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