How’s That Again?

The most informative sections of our local newspaper are the District Court record and the obituaries. When you live in a small community  it is important  to know who died and who got convicted of what.

Yesterday I was hastily scanning an obituary of an 86 year old farm wife from a tiny village south of our town when I ran across this sentence: “Lorraine loved doing the polka with Christ.”  That sure stopped me in my reading! What a wonderful image!  I never knew Jesus did the polka. I wondered if he did the Fox Trot and the Lindy, too.  More careful scrutiny of the obituary reveled that her husband’s name was Christ, as in Christoph,  and it was he with whom she loved to polka.   I was sort of disappointed,  but it sure brightened my day.

When have you misread  or misheard something? What are some funny misprints you have read lately.  What is your experience with the polka?




31 thoughts on “How’s That Again?”

        1. Don’t you think the reason was the art director somewhere didn’t want the page visible to us to be upside down and even though somebody else said but it’s upside down trying to read it, that wasn’t the point.

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        2. You are probably right but its not as if there is anything on the visible side that’s important. I think the photographer was the art director, the photo was shot for the purpose of stock photography and this is the sort of stupid things stock photographers do that make their photos unusable.

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  1. Rise and Shine Baboons,

    I will forever associate the polka with Lawrence Welk and his child polka partner, Janet Lennon of the Lennon sisters. Grandma watched LW faithfully, so we would see Lawrence and Janet lithely crossing the screen. I was really jealous of her outfits which were color coordinated with her sisters’ dresses.

    I am trying to remember some misprints, and coming up with nothin’ right now. It seems that with the advent of the on-line news, there are many more poorly edited typos and grammar misprints.

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    1. At work we were without internet 2 of my 3 workdays this week. Man does that make providing telehealth services difficult. Our provider, Mediacom, seemed to be unconcerned and have now been threatened with ending our account and going with CenturyLink.

      No internet also means no Lawrence Welk YouTube videos, either, so there was no polka in the office.

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  2. Some of my favorite are from a collection my mom showed me, “Church Bulletin Bloopers – here are a few gems:

    – Don’t let worry kill you – let the church help.
    – This being Easter Sunday, we will ask Mrs. Lewis to come forward and lay an egg on the altar.
    – The ladies of the church have cast off clothing of every kind. They can be seen in the church basement Saturday.

    and my personal favorite:
    – At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be “What is Hell?” Come early and listen to our choir practice.

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  3. John Prine told a story about a girl who asked him to sing “that song about the half an enchilada”. He couldn’t remember writing any song about an enchilada, let alone a half and enchilada. Eventually they got it figured out – it was this one:

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      1. Must be this verse (I just looked up the lyrics…):
        That’s the way that the world goes ’round
        You’re up one day, the next you’re down
        It’s half an inch of water, and you think you’re gonna drown
        That’s the way that the world goes ’round

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  4. My folks loved to dance to polka’s. Here in town it was at the Plamor Ballroom where it was BYOB. I was always curious about the brown paper bag in the trunk. When dad could get one certain station down in the barn played polkas for the cows. I. hated. it.
    Whoopee John. WHOO WHOO WHOO. Ugh.

    I work with Crist and Cris. It gets confusing.

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  5. I recently read a comment that included the phrase : “and sweartergawd!”

    My white, northern, knit-centric self puzzled waaaay too long on why someone was invoking a wool deity (sweater god).

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  6. Growing up, my family were faithful watchers of Lawrence Welk. Dad tried to teach all three of us girls how to polka. Our dining room and living room were basically just one long room so there was plenty of space to dance. Both of my sisters were much better learners than I was. It’s been a long, long time since I even tried to polka.

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    1. i remember watching lawrence well from a young age because our next door neighbor in fargo was his piano player and we’d see him every week
      frank scott was his name and lawrence kept him on as arranger til the end
      an a one an a two

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  7. I can remember them trying to teach us to polka and schottische in the grade school gymnasium. I guess they considered it an essential skill back then. It didn’t take.

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  8. There was this flap back in 2014 about Michelle Bachman supposedly saying:
    “If English was good enough for Jesus when he wrote the Bible it should be good enough for Coke,” Bachmann is quoted as saying in the graphic posted Feb. 3, 2014, by “Christians for Michele Bachmann.” It attributes the alleged quote to a Fox News appearance that same day.

    Bachmann, a former presidential candidate, has supported making English the official language of the U.S., but we found no evidence that she uttered the “good enough for Jesus” line.

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  9. Michelle Bachman always said such outrageous stuff that it was difficult to determine if it was really what she said or if it was a misprint. I do not miss her.

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  10. My funnest (is that a word? ) polka experience was at Nye’s Polonaise Room in maybe 1978 with my two roommates, now Husband and his sister. I don’t remember why we were there, but there was a lot of polka-ing going on.


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