Thursday, May 31, 2007

Kye Kye Kule, part II & pOddcast!

Some folks have been wondering what the heck we're talking about, this whole "Shay Shay" "Kye Kye" business. Well.

First, listen to this, an audio file found as a free download at of the real "Kye Kye Kule" which is that kids song from Ghana:

Click here to listen!
Artist: Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer
From the CD: Nobody Else Like Me

Big Pig Redux

Here's an adapted photo of the extremely large wild pig referenced below. Hopefully this one won't offend (as badly).

Maybe think of it as a photo from family reunion or something...

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Kye Kye Kule?

Since the summer of 1996, one of the audience-participation songs that Shannon has done has been "Shay Shay Cool Yay". After watching a Camp School staff member do it before breakfast morning, Shannon knew he had to learn it. After writing down the words he remembered, it came out like this:

Shay shay cool yay (repeat)
shay coal fee sah (repeat)
coal fee sah longa (repeat)
longa choomonga (repeat)
hey-a-lay-a-lay (repeat)

Ever since then Shannon has done it that way. If you've seen it live you also know that he adds some crazy "motion" as he says each line.

Today, Shannon's "Shay Shay" world was changed forever.

This morning, Shannon and his kids were listening to "Old Joe Clark", a newer CD from Jill Trinka and John M. Feierabend. All of the sudden, Shannon heard something that sounded awfully familiar:

Kye kye, Kule (repeat)
Kye kye Kofi nsa (repeat)
Kofi nsa langa (repeat)
Kaka shi langa (repeat)
Kum adende (repeat twice)

It was the exact same song, but with the real words. Eleven years after hearing it for the first time, Shannon finds out that the words aren't just jibberish. After doing some digging, we found out that this song is actually a Ghanian childrens folk song. Who knew?

Oddwalk is going to look into getting booked on the Ghana youth rally circuit.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

More Awesome than a Keytar?

An inflatable keytar!

Not sure which is the funniest part, as advertised on ebay:

This is a unique KEYTAR keyboard. The 3 1/2 octave keyboard starts on a B note which in itself makes this a collectors item. Inflate with air and amaze your friends! Great for gigs, gags, games, theater, visual aids, education, wall art or your inflatable significant other. Anything except actually making music. Forget that phat heavy Moog sound. This keyboard is so light it floats on water. Seriously, you can lay it on water and it will float. Try doing that with a Roland Keytar. No adaptor, no case, no MIDI, no velocity. no after touch, no software, no sound. Made of cheap thin glossy flammable black & white plastic.

- 6 Slider controllers

- 20 buttons

- 3 rocker switches

- Almost Oberheim type logo

- Two dimensional keyboard

- Light weight 1/2 lb.

- 24" x 8" x 1"

- Waterproof

- Recyclable

Monday, May 28, 2007

Um, so, wow. That's a lot of bacon.

Not that we condone this sort of thing, but... wow.

Alabama Boy Kills 1,051-Pound Monster Pig, Bigger Than ‘Hogzilla’

Saturday , May 26, 2007

An 11-year-old Alabama boy used a pistol to kill a wild hog that just may be the biggest pig ever found.

Jamison Stone’s father says the hog his son killed weighed a 1,051 pounds and measured 9-feet-4 from the tip of its snout to the base of its tail. Think hams as big as car tires.

EDIT: Picture removed due to the sensitivities of our wives...

A "Family Guy" Keytar Sighting

Once again, appears to be a Yamaha SHS-10, poorly photographed by Orin's Treo.

Take Oddwalk Out to the Ballgame

Oddwalk and families were at last Saturday's Cardinals baseball game - separately. The Cernekas were celebrating their 4th anniversary, the Johnson/Hammonds were celebrating Kyle Hammond's 21st birthday. The groups were sitting nearly opposite of one another. Here's a pic of Shannon from Orin's perspective:

Here's a pic of Orin from Shannon's perspective:

The Cardinals eventually won, after a nearly 2-hour rain delay with 2 outs in the top of the ninth. Ack. A good time was had by all!

Happy Memorial Day

A few months ago we asked for your prayers when Belleville, IL police officer Jon Brough was severly injured in a raid.

While there are still several surgeries left, Jon is doing as well as can be expected. He even threw out the first pitch at Busch Stadium yesterday:

Happy Memorial Day!

Friday, May 25, 2007

Congratulations Marianne (and all graduates)!!

Congratulations to Marianne Cline (pictured all the way to the left) for graduating from High School tonight at California (Missouri) HIgh School. Marianne is a faithful Oddwalkian and a dear friend. She is heading off to Truman State University this fall and we'll certainly miss having her around all the time.

Incidentally, if you've ever wondered what a high school graduation would sound like with twenty-one different air horn blasts, be sure to get your tickets for the 2008 Graduation Ceremony at California High School. Nothing says, "I'm proud of your academic achievement" quite like an air horn.

Congratulations to Marianne and all graduates this spring. Good Luck and God Bless!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

pOddcast - "This is the Day" (Ps. 118)

New on the pOddcast - "This is the Day" from the CD "For All Time." This was the psalm written by Shannon and Orin for Shannon and Erin's wedding, celebrated 4 years ago today!

As always, find our pOddcast in the usual places, including the Gcast window in the Oddblog sidebar.

PS - Another hint regarding last week's trip: someday soon, we'll be calling this "the old version" of the song... hm...


Four years ago today, Erin and I were married at St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanberry Church in Fulton, MO.

Alot has happened in four years:

a new house
two cats (then only one cat...sorry Otis)
Erin becomes a member of the NICU Transport Team
Erin becomes a baseball fan

I'm sure that more has happened, but those are the highlights. Thanks and CHEERS to all of you who have been part of our story so far!


Orin adds:
By sheer accident today, looking for something else, I found this:

Congratulations Cernekas!

Monday, May 21, 2007

A Strange 2:30

Another Hint

Regarding our "secret" mission last week:

This photo will self-destruct in... well, it'll probably never self-destruct.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Princess Erin

Another photo from the trip, swiped from Cerneka Family Adventures.

We're back!

Sorry about the lack of blogging this past week... Oddwalk (and families) was road-trippin' up to Chicago, working on an "ultra-secret project" -- so ultra-secret in fact, that a bunch of you probably already know what it is. If you don't, don't worry. All will be made clear as we progress through the year.

We do have some pictures which are pretty cool and might even serve as hints about out trip. We'll be posting these over the next little while.

Where we were, Orin tried one day to sit down in the hall during a break. Apparently, Orin somehow missed the floor, and put an Orin-shaped dent in the wall. While no pictures exist of this, pictures do exist of how the building owner responded. The next day, instead of the dent, Oddwalk saw this:

Day after that, we saw this:

If you can't make it out, the squirrel is unzipping its fur to reveal a Superman t-shirt. The building owner talked about keeping the location as-is, and updating it regularly, maybe even blogging it. If that happens, we'll let you know. We (well, Orin mostly) are just glad he had a sense of humor about it. See, his place is below a Starbucks Coffee and has had problems like massive leaks destroying a ceiling and putting a couple computers out of commission for a couple days... An Orin-shaped dent in the wall, in comparison, is not that bad.

More later - glad to be back home. Oh - and happy Ascension Sunday!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Happy Mothers Day!

Gene's got a cool post about his mom over there. Check it out!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Congrats, AI Graduates!

Peering out from behind the pillar is Timothy Radcliffe, OP, speaker at AI's graduation Friday.

Congrats to all graduates (Orin plans to be one next year), including Oddblog friend Michael (here, with Radcliffe):

Thursday, May 10, 2007

This reminds me of ice cream

Not sure which flavors though.

Would this work?

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Insert another insensitive joke about "religious crap" here

A drunken man staggers in to a Catholic church and sits down in a confession box and says nothing. The bewildered priest coughs to attract his attention, but still the man says nothing.

The priest tries a greeting, "Hello?" No response.

The priest then knocks on the wall three times in a final attempt to get the man to speak.

Finally, the drunk replies, "No use knocking, there's no paper in this one either."

Monday, May 7, 2007

Insert insensitive joke about "religious crap" here

Haggling over the toilets in Christianity's most sacred church

Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre most recently made News of the Weird in 2004 because of continued petty territorial fighting among the six Christian denominations that share management of the church, which is home to some of Christianity's holiest sites, including that of Christ's resurrection. As Easter approached this year, three of the groups that control one 10-stall restroom could not agree how to divide responsibility for repairing it, leading to a pervasive stench in the building. Furthermore, the path of the outflow sewage pipe (which needed enlarging) passes under property of a fourth denomination, which has resisted helping unless it is granted control of one of the 10 stalls. [Daily Telegraph (London), 4-7-07]

Saturday, May 5, 2007

A challenge to Keytar Mystique

Some of you may remember from a few months ago Oddwalk's new fragrance, Keytar Mystique.

Well, it seems as if the Vatican has gone one step further:

The Pope's Cologne ....a fresh new fragrance from the past. The Pope’s Cologne is a classic Old World cologne made from the private formula of Pope Pius IX (1792-1878). We obtained this formula from descendants of the commander of his Papal Guard and lifelong friend, General Charles Charette. The creators have followed this complex, exclusive formula meticulously, using the same essential oils that his perfumers used 150 years ago. We believe that they have succeeded in capturing the same fragrance that he and those around him enjoyed so long ago. This is a truly extraordinary cologne with surprising freshness and notes of violet and citrus. We are pleased that you will have the opportunity to enjoy this wonderful, historic fragrance - this is a unique gift for anyone and may be used by men or women. Comes in a lovely and distinct box.

We don't know how long this will be on the site's "new" page, so check it out, quick. And if you order some — or smell it on the Pontiff himself — let us know what you think...

Seriously, we wish we were making this up. Thanks to Katie for the tip!

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Okay, we will (again)!

From indexed:

Hug somebody today, okay?


America's fastest-growing quiz sensation, "Find the Pope"

Can you find him in this picture?

Hint: He's the Pope.

More Famouser?

Oddwalk's friend mikemiller helps to put together the e-man newsletter from the Catholic Youth Apostolate in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. While you won't find his bit in the on-the-web version, his contribution, as pictured on the left, is in the emailed version. He gave us, in his words, a "shout-out" in the latest edition, apparently for our leading him to mangoooooo! Welcome to any new readers!

He also today called our attention to the David Crowder Band, who uses (as Oddwalk does) a Yamaha SHS-10 live. While both use the keytar for the greater glory of God (no, really), Oddwalk uses the keytar for melodic, eardrum-rupturing lead solos, while David and Co. use it for "phat beats" and something to whistle too.

Check out the animated music video below (especially about 1:30 in or so), then watch some of the live videos that are up on YouTube too. In one, he clearly says "Behold the Keytar." Hm. I guess it's not "Behold, the Oddwalk Keytar" so we'll let him off with a warning this time.

Thanks Mike (and happy graduating)!

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

pOddcast - Salve Regina

As May is traditionally the month of Mary, on the pOddcast, we've added a recording of Orin a number of years ago singing the Gregorian Chant "Salve Regina" — known to most folks in English as the prayer "Hail Holy Queen." Orin had recorded this for an in-house Shrine video on the life of St. Eugene DeMazenod, founder of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (who own and operate the Shrine) whose feast is also this month (the 21st).

Find the pOddcast, as always, in the usual places.

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our Life, our Sweetness, and our Hope.
To Thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To Thee do we send up our sighs,
and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate,
Thine Eyes of Mercy toward us, and after this our exile show us the
Blessed Fruit of thy Womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

It is on the other side of the world, after all

Can't Get to Australia?

Make a World Youth Day Pilgrimage to One of the Largest Outdoor Shrines in North America

WHEN: July 17 - 20, 2008

WHERE: National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville, IL

WHY: To celebrate in conjunction with World Youth Day in Australia

WHO: Youth 16 & 17 w/their chaperones, Youth Adults 18-30

Youth and young adults will enjoy gifted speakers, Christian music groups, and singing artists. Activities will include Catechetical sessions, prayer, liturgies, processions, and community time.

Details will be posted here as they become finalized.

SEPT. 3 - UPDATE - This event has been significantly altered... Check for more info.