I Dare You

All the downtown ladies call him treetop lover

No, I DOUBLE dare you:

I double dare you not to break into a happy jig when you’re standing in line at the convenience store, buying a normal-sized Snickers bar and the new Us magazine (IN VITRO!), when, all of the sudden, “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” comes on the radio.

Guess what? This is not only a dare but a test. I just upgraded to WordPress 2.6 and want to find out how many things are messed up.

So far, my categories are gone. MY CATEGORIES! GONE! How will people know that I “do nude”? Eh, I’ll figger it out.

In the meantime, why don’t you go download “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” if you haven’t already. And dance a happy jig for me.

Stay tuned!

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37 Responses to “I Dare You”

  1. 1 Fashion Paramedic

    I wish I would’ve let you upgrade to 2.6 so I wouldn’t have to.

    Damn. I really hate the new “insert picture” process. Among all of the other stuff.

    Fashion Paramedic’s last blog post..Hermione Grainger is All Growns Up

  2. 2 Babs - beetle

    This is a weird comments form ;O) Looks nice and clean, if you know what I mean.

    I might tap my foot, but I’m glad you will dance the happy jig for me – I’m more likely to do the wombat wobble.

    Babs – beetle’s last blog post..My metamorphosis

  3. 3 JD

    Fashion Paramedic: It hasn’t gone too badly. I fixed the worst thing (so far). Still have to figure out the categories thing. UGH! Why must there be upgrades?

    babs – beetle: Does the comment form look different? I’d love to see the wombat wobble. Maybe your Voki can do it so you don’t have to?

  4. 4 Angi

    Looking good so far!!!

    P.S. I love that song…the only way a jig to that song could be any happier is if it were a King size Snickers…

  5. 5 Alice

    Happiness IS buying chocolate and a rag mag at a convenience store. : )

    Alice’s last blog post..Tale from the Radiator Underworld

  6. 6 JD

    Angi: Phew! Thanks. Still a few bugs to work out. And I agree. A king-sized Snickers would’ve done it for me, but the stupid store only had normal-sized. Still, I did have to do a little jig.

    Alice: Yeah, I thought so too! It’s the simple things. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to read about why Angi didn’t let Brad do the inseminating himself.

  7. 7 Regan

    Who’s Leroy Brown?
    I can’t exactly break into a happy jig, but I can pretend I know who he is, then pretend I love the song, and do a happy jig. Then I’ll say I’ll look this guy up on google so I can know who he is, but not ever really look him up.

    I think I’ll look this guy up on google….

    I hope the categories come back soon. It’s horrible even to imagine imagining that people won’t know about how you ‘do nude’.

  8. 8 Jeff

    I read Regan’s comment and 5 liver spots appeared on my hand.

    Jeff’s last blog post..Dear Diary – Help Me Rhonda

  9. 9 Jenny

    Well, let me say this: my blog hosters just “upgraded” and it took me longer to post a post last night than it took to write it. I have complained and complained and they tell me it’s all the fault of my computer. No it’s not. They are about to lose my business. I am so mad.

    Love ya, JD.

    Jenny’s last blog post..Six Fours (And More) … Part One

  10. 10 Stephanie

    In Vitro!! Who would have guessed? I was wondering how to have a set of twins and now I know. ;)

  11. 11 Chat Blanc

    I haven’t heard or even thought of “Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown” in forever!! I’m such a dork, I love it when I’m in any store and a song from way back plays, I hum, sing along and smirk at myself!

    Chat Blanc’s last blog post..The natives are restless

  12. 12 MarketingDeviant

    Omg! You “do nude”!? >_< 2.6 isn’t that bad, nothing bad happened yet!

    MarketingDeviant’s last blog post..Commitment, I Commit, You Commit

  13. 13 Tim

    2.6 isn’t all that great. Adding tags is like some sort of unpleasant nonsensical waste of my time now. I would prefer to just type them in a line like I used to. I haven’t upgraded all my sites and I doubt I will. Why fix what isn’t broken?

    Tim’s last blog post..Can You Understand The Words Coming Out Of My Blog?

  14. 14 Natural

    man i had to yahoo this leroy person in order to figure out who i am about to make fun of. then after listening to the clip below and reading the lyrics i said oh, that leroy brown, not another one of james brown’s kids that crawled out of the woodwork. whew!

    http://users.cis.net/sammy/badleroy.htm remove these [ ]

    JD, you scared me with your upgrade story. i just got home and don’t think i can sleep now. hope you find your categories. i upgraded my test blog to 2.6. not ready to do the other one yet.

    Natural’s last blog post..A Fish Out of Water, Literally

  15. 15 sheasy

    Great one! I do my supermarket karoake boogie to Brown Eyed Girl or Mr. Jones. If we ever hit Safeway at the same time, the folks are in for a real show.

    sheasy’s last blog post..Saturday

  16. 16 JT

    Lol, I was happy to upgrade because I couldn’t insert a picture to save my life. I had to upload to my server, link/load from the server………..the whole process was so freakin’ aggravating that I gave up half the time!
    And I had such great pictures to post too…….but oh well.
    I have the acapella version of brown eyed girl. Actually, I have the acapella version of most of those songs. It’s a great way to drive people nuts trying to figure out what I’m listening to :).

    JT’s last blog post..Bad Joke Day

  17. 17 Daisy the Curly Cat

    I think anyone who is badder than ol’ King Kong is good! I would love to dance all around.

    Daisy the Curly Cat’s last blog post..A PSA from Daisy about catnip

  18. 18 Scratch Bags

    Hey JD.:) Looks Good. Especially I like the way archive section is looking. Now I can read more about things that I don’t have to do. lol

    Scratch Bags’s last blog post..Long Live Ishmeet Singh!

  19. 19 Carole

    I still can’t get past the fact you don’t like cherries.

    Carole’s last blog post..Gratuitous Misc Maine Vacation Photos

  20. 20 brooke regans friend

    i can do a happy jig but who is leroy brown and why were you happy jigging to him

  21. 21 JD

    Regan: Oh, dear. Well, you have to watch the YouTube clip. It was a little before your time, I guess. All you need to know, really, is that he was meaner than a junkyard dog.

    Categories on the way!

    Jeff: SNORTLE! Oh, that’s funny. Yeah, I think I just developed lumbago. Ouch.

    Jenny: When will they learn that we’re smarter than that? I had someone tell me the problem with my site was “at my end,” even tho every person I knew was experiencing the same issue “AT THEIR END.” Grrr.

    Love ya, too!

    Stephanie: Yup! It’s easy AND expensive! Why bother with all that messy sex when you can just pay a few thousand dollars and do it in a lab?

    Chat Blanc: Me neither! That’s what made it so great when it came on the radio. There was a lot of smirking going on in the store, but most of it was aimed at me.

    MarketingDeviant: I do! Nude! Sometimes. Yeah, I don’t have any complaints. Had to deactivate then reactivate my plugins and redo my Categories, but otherwise: piece of cake!

    Tim: I’d actually kind of like to have a tag cloud, but WP puts the widget wherever it wants, and it blocks out other stuff in my sidebar.

    I upgraded mainly ‘cuz I was afraid of the hack. I’m sure it can still happen with 2.6 but maybe it’s less likely.

    Natural: Yeah, THAT Leroy Brown! Heh. Now, go ahead and make fun of him (and me).

    The Categories issue isn’t too big a deal. Yes, I have to redo them (there’s a quicker fix, but my brain is too puny to get it), but considering some of the horror stories I’ve heard, I feel pretty lucky.

    sheasy: Hi, Sheasy! Let’s make a plan to meet up at Safeway somewhere. We can do our whole repertoire and throw in some new ones, including Eye of the Tiger, Jessie’s Girl, Sister Christian, and 99 Luftbalons.

    JT: Oh, that sounds like a pain indeed. We MUST have pictures, especially when you do such cool things like rescue baby birdlets!

    Did anyone out there know that Brown-Eyed Girl is, in fact, about me?

    Daisy the Curly Cat: I bet you could do a mean jig, especially if you were wearing just the right outfit.

    Scratch Bags: I thought the Archives looked different . . . hmmm. Well, as long as you like them, I’m cool!

  22. 22 Stephanie in KY

    Great blog! I just finished reading through your archives last weekend, and I still have not recovered from the insane fit of jealousy I suffered when I read the post about seeing U2 in Dublin in 1984.

    Re:”Bad Bad Leroy Brown:” I love that song! My mom was a big Jim Croce fan at the time and I knew all the words to it by the time I was three or four. It used to crack up my grandmother and other older relatives to hear me sing it, particularly the “baddest man in the whole damn town” part. We have a weird family.

  23. 23 Canucklehead

    No word of a lie, when I was in like grades 1-4, we would have to get up and do some sort of excerise thing in class … this was one of the songs!

    /cue flashback

    Well on the south side of Chicago!
    Is the baddest part of town …
    And if you go down there …
    You better just beware …
    Of a man named …. sorry, were you sayin’ something?

  24. 24 Monique

    I had a panic attack while installing 2.6, but it came through for me without breaking my site.

    However, I can not stand some of the new functions, like inserting a picture. It’s slow, and sometimes it locks up. Very frustrating… especially for a woman with little to no patience. :)

    Monique’s last blog post..Attention Ladies…

  25. 25 JD

    Carole: It is hard for many people to accept, I know. I also hate strawberries, peaches, and plums. Still with me?

    brooke regans friend: Just watch the video and you’ll have your answer!

    Stephanie in KY: Wow, thank you so much! Yeah, that U2 concert was pretty awesome, I’ll admit. Definitely a highlight. It may be all downhill from here.

    Your family sounds weirdly GREAT! I did stuff like that when I was a kid, too. I liked to pretend I was Zsa Zsa Gabor, much to the amusement of the adults. I’d love to see a little kid sing “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown.”

    Canucklehead: No, keep going, please! We want to hear the whole thing!

    Monique: I haven’t had a problem inserting a picture . . . yet. I’m sure I’ll find other glitches. Still, I’m glad I did it, panic attack and all.

  26. 26 Cathouse Teri

    I’m doin’ it! And I’ll be jiggin!

    Cathouse Teri’s last blog post..And I say, “Yes, you look wonderful tonight.”

  27. 27 Kelly

    I love that song! I don’t bother buying magazines (cuz reading covers while standing in line is plenty good enough for me) and I don’t eat Snickers (chocolate, yuck) and I don’t do the jig either. HOWEVER! I will sing along, oh yeah!

    Bad, bad Leroy Brown! The baddest man in the whole damn town!! Badder than ol’ King Kong!

    Yep, love that song.

    Kelly’s last blog post..Wordless Wednesday: Comfort

  28. 28 Jay

    Ha – I’m still using WordPress 2.3.3 because I like it and OH says there are things in the next upgrade I might not get on with! LOL!

    Bad, Bad Leroy Brown .. oh yeah, I’ll dance along for ya! It’s not half so embarrassing as jiggling along down the aisles when something by the Monkees comes on the store radio!

    Jay’s last blog post..Just a little what??

  29. 29 Kathy

    OK. Now listen to me. Don’t tell anyone. Do you want to know the only song I will sing along with, OUT LOUD and with gusto? Build Me Up Buttercup I don’t know what it is that makes me want to scream my lungs out. It just makes me so happy. It’s goofy, but I love it!

    OK, so you’ll keep that a secret, right?

    Kathy’s last blog post..Happy Birthday, Junk Drawer!

  30. 30 JD

    Cathouse Teri: Wheee! Look at you go!

    Kelly: Oh, that’s right! You’re the alien who doesn’t like chocolate. Well, at least you like Bad, Bad Leroy Brown. Now sing it, sister!

    Jay: I think there’s a lot to be said for the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” philosophy, but I’ve been hearing it’s easier to get hacked with the lower versions. That may or may not be the case.

    Aaaand, now I have an overwhelming urge to listen to Pleasant Valley Sunday!

    Kathy: I PROMISE not to tell a soul . . . (runs out into the middle of the street: HEY, EVERYONE! GUESS WHAT???!!!)

  31. 31 Meg

    Well, don’t feel like you need to do a jig for me–I’ve been step dancing for ten years now. I’m even on You Tube. And they don’t let just anybody be on You Tube.

    Meg’s last blog post..In Which I Lose The Battle

  32. 32 ann of the shampoo bag

    The generation gap has just arrived. I think that song was popular when I was my daughter, Regan’s age. Good grief!

  33. 33 Bee

    Grocery Line Dancing? A derivative of Line Dancing in the nineties?? I likey! My family, however, not fans.

    Bee’s last blog post..To the jag that splatted the mac, I still know your plates!

  34. 34 Bee

    Ha! The comment Luv just came up with a post for me from March or something old like that.

    Bee’s last blog post..The love of my life still makes me blush…

  35. 35 JD

    Meg: Just one word (and it’s a command): LINK!

    ann of the shampoo bag: And, like Jeff, I now have liver spots. Dang!

    Bee: Tell your family to get with the program. I’m sure if they heard Bad, Bad Leroy Brown, they’d have no choice but to start gettin’ jiggy with it.

    O, Comment Luv! Why hast thou screwed up again? Oh, well. Comment Luv is just trying to dig into your archives a little. You don’t want everyone always reading your most recent post . . . right?

  36. 36 The Chick

    OMG…I friggin love that song!

    When we were kids, my sis and I would sing baddest man in the whole “ham” town because we weren’t allowed to some damn.

    We lived right on the edge, I tell ya…..

    The Chick’s last blog post..Jack Kerouac………? Or maybe just Modest Mouse?

  37. 37 JD

    The Chick: YES! Me, too! And I hadn’t heard it for years.

    And I think I almost prefer your version. It brings up an interesting vision of Ham Town, a place where everything is made of pork . . .


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