Taking The Scenic Route

The Guess Who – No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature

Today’s Quote: “Traditionally, most of Australia ‘s imports come from overseas.” — Keppel Enderbery


Because of numerous accidents on 75 this morning, I chose to take the scenic route (675) to work. I either got off on the wrong exit or took the right exit and got in the wrong lane but I ended up taking Far Hills into Kettering. Once I got to Stroop, I cut over to Dixie/Central and found my way into West Carrollton. My day pretty much went downhill from there. So here’s a couple of things that provided a thin ray of light today…


A commercial from across the pond somewhere. Windy Miller’s naturist uncle Guber from Norway learns the dangers of eating oatmeal in the nude.


While walking down the street one day, a senator is tragically hit by a truck and killed. His soul arrives in Heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.
“Welcome to Heaven,” says St. Peter. “Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we’re not sure what to do with you.”
“No problem, just let me in,” says the senator.
“Well, I’d like to, but I have orders from higher up. What we’ll do is have you spend one day in Hell and one in Heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity.”
“There’s no need! I want to be in Heaven,” says the senator.
“I’m sorry, but we have our rules.” And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator, the doors open, and he rides the elevator down, down, down. When the doors open again, the senator finds himself in the middle of a beautiful green golf course. In the distance is a club, and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him.
Everyone is very happy and in formal dress. They run to greet him, and they reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people. They play a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster and caviar.
Also present is the Devil, who is a very friendly guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are having such a good time that, before the senator realizes it, it is time to go. Everyone gives him a big hug and waves while the elevator rises. The elevator goes up, up, up, and the door reopens in Heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him.
So 24 hours pass with the senator joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by, and St. Peter returns.
“Well, you’ve spent a day in Hell and another in Heaven. Now, you must choose where you want to spend eternity.”
He reflects for a minute and then answers, “Well, I would never would have thought it, I mean Heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better satisfied in Hell.”
So Saint Peter escorts him to the elevator, and down, down, down he goes into Hell. Now, the doors of the elevator open, and he is in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage. He sees all his friends dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags. And it’s hot, hot, hot, and the odor is just horrible. Sweltering hot. Hot and miserable.
The Devil comes over to him and smoothly lays his arm around his shoulder.
“I don’t understand,” stammers the senator. “The day before I was here, and there was a golf course and club, and we ate lobster and caviar and danced and had a great time. Now all there is is a wasteland full of garbage, and my friends look miserable.”
The Devil looks at the senator, smiles, and says, “Yesterday we were campaigning. Today you voted for us.”


Today while installing software on a user’s computer, I saw an interesting “For Sale” ad tacked on his bulletin board. Steve in Farmington, UT is selling his $10,000 Suzuki GSXR 1000 motorcycle (with only 1,000 miles on it) because, to quote Steve:

It was purchased without the proper consent of a loving wife. Apparently, “do whatever the f*** you want” doesn’t mean what I thought it did.


No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature by The Guess Who, American Woman (1970)
At the same time this was released as a single, it was included as the B-side of their hit American Woman. This was the last Guess Who hit Randy Bachman played on. He left due to his Mormon religious beliefs before this became popular. He went on to form Bachman-Turner Overdrive. The band did not tour America when this was a hit there because Bachman left the group. On the album, No Sugar Tonight goes seamlessly into New Mother Nature. Disc Jockeys usually play them together. Guess Who vocalist Burton Cummings was not finished with New Mother Nature, and Bachman was not done with No Sugar Tonight, so they put the two songs together to make a complete piece on the album.

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Author: Rick

I'm a simple man, trying to make my way in the universe.