Monday, October 29, 2007

Ahhh, Kansas!

I got a reply! I got a reply!

From: Gene
To: Skye
Subject: Re: Ah - Kansas!
Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2007 07:42:13 -0500

Hi Skye!

Thanks for your nice comments. Where did you manage to find the lyrics? The jingle production company calls that "Ah Kansas" that is stuck in your mind "the hook." Once you hear it it's hard to forget.

It has now been 25 years since it first went on the air in 1982! I plan to play some of the various versions on my Saturday morning radio program in the coming weeks. If you live in the Wichita area you can hear them on the air again or on the podcast. I will try and attach an mp3 file of one version to this e-mail. Please let me know if it works. Bet "the hook" will get even your Texas born husband singing along!

all the best, gene
Gene is my new bestest friend in the whole wide world. The mp3 did work and I got to sing my song with all of the words and everything. And oh, how Alan is singing along! AHHHH KAN-SAS!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

I was born in Kansas, I was bred in Kansas...

I sent the following email to Gene - the man who came up with an ingenious marketing ad in the 80's to sell the ambiance of Kansas. Ahhhhhh, Kansas!

Dear Gene,

Thank you so much for creating the Ah,
Kansas! ad campaign. It was brilliant. I am still singing the song 20-something years later.

I hope you can help me with a little dilemma. I am searching for the Ah,
Kansas! ad song so I can let my husband hear the whole song and can't find it anywhere.

This song filters into my head and, apparently, out my mouth on a regular basis. The problem is that the song coming out of my mouth is:

Dun dun duh duh dun duh dun dun dah AHHH KAN-SAS!
(repeat this line over and over and over)

The issue now is that this same version of the song is now coming out of my TX-born husband's mouth, too. I guess I sing it a whole lot more than I thought.

I found the lyrics online, but my singing just can't do the song justice. Do you know where I can get a copy of the original ad with the lady singing the Ah - Kansas song?

Thank you in advance for your assistance.

I hope I hear from Gene soon.

ETA: The link to Gene's reply


Here are some pictures of the new bushes. The landscaping is about 1/2 finished.

~~Technical issues uploading the pictures. I'll get back to them later~~~

If any of the planting crew are reading this -

Friday, October 19, 2007

Someone stole the bushes!

We used to be the haunted house on the block. Now we're the NAKED house!

I am so excited. The landscapers came today and took the bushes away.

Embarrassingly enough, I didn't notice the missing bushes when I pulled up from work. I noticed that I could suddenly see the dining room table. And I noticed how the house was suddenly soooo dirty. Oh, and I noticed that there were mysterious orange lines spray painted on the lawn. But yeah, completely missed the lack of green leafy things.

This picture was taken when we bought our home. We had to remove the Maple because ants had made a home in the trunk.

This picture was taken yesterday after Tanya saved the hydrangeas that were along the wall with the little window that has shutters. They are now in a shady spot in her side yard.

And this is what I saw tonight when I got home from work. How cool is that?! We have a naked house!

Friday, October 5, 2007

Part of the 37%

We didn't get the results we were looking for. I'm not pregnant.

Alan was so sweet. He came home from work with flowers. He really gets what a big deal this is. I didn't think he did. He's such a strong, silent type and I just never could read if he knew what a big deal this is. Was.

We're meeting with the doctor 11/6 to discuss options for a 2nd round. We'll probably wait until January to try again.

In the meantime, here's some pictures of what's important in my life right now.

Alan and I eating dinner at Tanya and Jim's house.

Tanya decorated our gate early in the morning on my birthday!

Me and Alan at the Botanic Gardens on my birthday.

Alan's fish because they're pretty!

And a picture of Grace because she's even prettier!

She's trying to run away from the camera. She's shy.